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The following dogs are available for adoption from the GSRSV rescue facility, foster caretakers, and owners working with GSRSV. For further information about these dogs, please call Brian Foran at 
916-655-3125 or e-mail him at bab43@msn.com. (Note: dogs that were recently adopted will be moved to the very bottom of this page.) For information about the adoption process and fees, please see How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption Fees.

What is a "Program Dog?"
Some dogs' descriptions state that "GSRSV has evaluated (name) and is placing (him, her) as a Program Dog." This means that the dog is still in the custody of its guardian, but that GSRSV is placing the dog through its adoption program. The same adoption process and adoption fee apply to these dogs as to those in GSRSV's custody, and the same 2-week money-back guarantee and lifetime take-back policy also apply. 

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The flag appears above the pictures of dogs that GSRSV is placing for military families who are forced to find new homes for their dogs due to deployments. Please show your support for our service men and women by adopting or fostering their dogs!

This page was last modified March 26, 2017.

Note: The dogs on this page--other than those added within one week--are  listed alphabetically, rather than in chronological order. I list the dogs this way because too many people overlook the dogs that have been listed for awhile, thinking (erroneously) that there must be something wrong with a dog that hasn't been adopted after a few months.  

This page was last modified 03/26/17.

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"Ruby" is a 3½-yo spayed female longcoat GSD who is loving, protective, and somewhat hardheaded. Ruby is fine with people in the house when properly introduced and on neutral ground such as a park. She is protective of her female owner Melinda, but not overly-so. Once comfortable around new people, she is quite affectionate. Ruby has grown up with three children who are now 12, 10 & 8, and has always been good with them.

Ruby is a mixed bag when it comes to other dogs. On the one hand, she's great with the two dogs she lives with: a 5-yo spayed female GSD (Cali) and a 7-yo neutered male Corgi mix. She's also fine with other dogs when not near Melinda or her house or vehicle. However, if other dogs approach Melinda or anything Ruby perceives as her territory, she becomes fairly confrontational.

I'm certain that Ruby is not truly dog-aggressive and simply needs more dog socialization. When I evaluated her at GSRSV's rescue ranch, I had to repeatedly tell her to "knock it off" when my dogs would approach her near Melinda or when she laid down near the truck she came in. She responded well to voice commands, and there never was a fight. Once we took Ruby and Cali out to the pond to swim and play w/ the GSRSV dogs away from Melinda (click here for video), it mellowed Ruby out considerably towards the other dogs--even when they approached Melinda.

Ruby has never been around cats, so I will only consider a home without cats for her.

Ruby is good inside the house, with the exception of counter-surfing and getting into garbage if accessible. She received formal obedience training soon after she was adopted at 4 mos old, then again at 9 mos old. However, Ruby does have a mind of her own and will not immediately follow commands unless she knows you mean business. Ruby is good on leash, though she can be reactive towards some dogs, especially if they are reactive towards her.

Ruby is generally a low-energy dog and loves just hanging out on the couch. She enjoys playing ball, but does not require tons of exercise as do some GSDs.

Ruby's health is good overall, but she does have a pre-existing medical condition that may deteriorate over time and ultimately require surgery: she has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) inthe knee of her rt rear leg. The injury is fairly recent and was diagnosed in December 2016. The injury is barely noticeable when Ruby is rested, but becomes more prominent after extended activity. ACL repairs are usually quite effective, but are expensive--typically $3-5K.

Melinda and her husband adopted Ruby from a rescue group in Ukiah when she was 4 mos old. They are seeking a new home for her because her territorial nature creates too much of a risk with three boys and their friends coming and going from their house--especially if one of them leaves the front door open.

GSRSV  evaluated Ruby on March 17 and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Ruby through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.

Ruby is located in Red Bluff, CA. Her adoption fee is $260.

Posted 3-22-17

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"Apollo" is a 7-yo (in Feb 2017) neutered male White Germans Shepherd who is very playful, affectionate and protective. Apollo weighs about 110 lbs, which is about 15-20 lbs overweight. Apollo is very people-oriented and craves attention. He is fine with strangers at home when properly introduced, and is OK with strangers in neutral settings--though can be reactive towards some people when on leash. He is OK with very young children and lives with a 2½-yo and an 11-mos old baby, but he's toy-obsessed and will grab toys or balls from the kids hands--the primary reason that he is up for adoption.

Apollo is fine with other dogs when off-leash, and does well with the 8-9 yo male Great Dane he lives with. However, when Apollo sees other dogs while walking on leash, he gets extremely agitated: barking, lunging and snapping. If he's far enough away from other dogs he does not exhibit the reactive behavior at all. He "fence fights" with the neighbor's dog, and again gets worked up into a snapping fit.

On the other hand, Apollo is absolutely fine with other dogs in an off-leash setting such as GSRSV's rescue ranch. GSRSV is presently boarding Apollo (until Jan. 4), and he has shown no aggression whatsoever towards the dogs here. In fact, he's not particularly interested in other dogs--again, Apollo is very people-oriented, which is the motivation behind his reactive on-leash behavior: he is in protection mode.

Apollo has not been around cats, so we will only conisder a home without cats for him.

Apollo is fully housetrained and used to be indoors primarily. Once his owners' first baby was old enough to start handling objects and toys and Apollo began to take them out of his hand, the owners relegated him to outside the house (with access to the garage).

Apollo's owners took him through three multi-session training courses to try to help him overcome his on-leash reactivity. Though it helped, walking Apollo is still a challenge. Consequently, Apollo's owners rarely walk him now, which explains why he's so overweight. Apollo walks OK when he does not see another dog or a person. His owners have used a prong collar when walking him since his early training sessions. He rides fine in a vehicle and enjoys the rides.

Apollo loves to play fetch, and is good about returning the ball or other object to you and dropping it. Apollo also loves anything water, and is an avid swimmer. (Click here for a video of Apollo fetching a stick in the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch.)

Apollo's owners purchased him as a 6-wk old puppy prior to having children. They are very attached to him, but they know it's not fair keeping him outside and rarely walking him. They are seeking a new home for Apollo in which his people are willing to avoid other dogs when walking him (again, he does OK at a distance). Apollo would do great in a rural setting where he can be walked safely off-leash, or a fenced property with acreage in which Apollo can be exercised without concern of encountering other dogs or people. A home without young children will be best due to Apollo's toy-grabbing tendency.

GSRSV has evaluated Apollo and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Apollo through its adoption program while his caregiver continues to care for him.

Apollo is located in Granite Bay. His adoption fee is $160.

Posted 12-27-16

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“Bella” is an adorable 4-5 yr old GSD mix who is very sweet and affectionate. She loves to be around people and to snuggle. She likes to hang out w/ her foster “dad” in his office. Bella is wonderful with her caretaker’s two children, 4 & 8-yrs old. (See the picture of Bella and the 4-yr old daughter middle left.) Bella is friendly with visitors into her foster home, but still an alert, watchful GSD. She weighs about 57 lbs.

Bella is great with other dogs she meets, though she is somewhat reactive towards other dogs when she’s being walked on leash. Bella routinely visits the female Border Collie belonging to her savior Jen and does great with her. Bella was a little overwhelmed when meeting several dogs at GSRSV’s rescue ranch, but overall did quite well. She was initially protective of Jen, but eventually lightened up when she realized that the resident dogs were no threat to Jen or to her. (Click here for a video of Bella walking w/ Jen and the other dogs.)

Bella is NOT good with cats, which is the only reason she is up for adoption. Jen and her family have two cats which Bella was predatory towards, so they found another foster home for her.

Bella is great in the house, where she is kept primarily—even when he foster caretakers are gone for several hours. She is good on leash, again except when she sees other dogs—then she pulls and barks a little. Bella loves to go for car rides and is a polite passenger for the most part.

Jen found Bella near Riego Rd and Hwy 99 on her way to work back in October 2016. All efforts to find her owner were unsuccessful. Bella captured Jen and her family’s hearts, so they didn’t want to take her to a shelter. They found some friends without cats who were willing to foster Bella, and she’s been with them since October. Jen had Bella spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested and microchipped—she’s got a clean bill of health.

Jen and her husband have tried to find Bella a permanent home on their own without success, so Jen contacted GSRSV in February for assistance in placing her. GSRSV evaluated Bella on Feb 12 and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Bella through its adoption program while her foster caretakers continue to care for her.

Bella is located in Roseville. Her adoption fee is $160.

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Adoption Pending!

"Khalipa" is an enormous (105 lbs) 19-mos old (born Aug 1, 2015) neutered male GSD who is loving, playful and energetic--a true gentle giant.

Khalipa is friendly with strangers, but is protective of his people and space. He barks loudly when people come to the door, but once inside they're fine with him. The woman who evaluated Khalipa had this to say about him: "He leaned against my legs as I was standing talking with Josh and his finance'." Khalipa is on alert when his people are walking him on leash and others approach from behind. Khalipa is good with young kids and presently lives w/ a 6-wk old baby who he loves and is paternal towards.

Khalipa is great w/ other dogs, including small dogs. (He lives w/ a Shiba Inu mix.) He likes to play rough, but that's what 105 lb, 19-mos old GSDs do.

Khalipa is reportedly good w/ cats. His owner states that he likes them and has slept w/ them before--but there is no cat in Khalipa's home. I will consider adopters with cats, but will definitely give preference to those without cats--everything else being equal.

Khalipa is fully housetrained and lives in an apartment. He has not received any formal training, but obeys several commands and is "incredibly intelligent." The woman who evaluated Khalipa noted that "He's eager to please", and that's the key to a trainable dog. He usually sleeps on a dog bed next to his owners' bed.

Khalipa loves to play tug-of-war, keep away (with a ball or toy in his mouth), and fetch. He has many favorite toys and often brings one to bed with him. He sometimes will pick a toy off the shelves at a pet store and refuse to leave without it; he then sleeps with that particular toy for months. Khalipa also loves to swim--he has swam in deep streams and in Lake Tahoe.

Khalipa's owners Josh & Leah obtained him in April 2016 from a woman who purchased him from a breeder but probably got in over her head. (Both of Khalipa's parents are AKC registered--Khalipa is not.) Josh and Leah love Khalipa very much--there's no doubt about that. However, they too got in over their head. They are both graduate students, both work, and now they have a 6-wk old baby. They no longer have the time to take Khalipa on the fun outdoor adventures that he loves. They want the best for Khalipa, so are unselfishly seeking a new home for him.

GSRSV has evaluated Khalipa and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Khalipa through its adoption program while his owners continue to care for him.

Khalipa is located in Reno. His adoption fee is $260.

Posted 3-2-17

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"Kira"is a 6-yo spayed female GSD who is very sweet, affectionate, and well-behaved--both inside and outside. 

Kira loves people and is great w/ strangers. She is exceptionally gentle with her foster caretaker’s two young daughters (5 & 2), as you can see from the picture middle left. (Click here for an additional picture of Kira & Kalie w/ the girls.) Kira takes treats from hands gently and is not possessive of food or objects.

Kira is not good with her foster caretaker's dogs and appears to lack socialization around other dogs. Their foster caretakers keep their two dogs separated from Kira because of her reactiveness towards them. It's quite possible that Kira simply needs to spend time around other dogs to overcome her aggressiveness, but she will not have that opportunity in her current foster home.

On the other hand, Kira is good with cats, so we will consider a home with cats for her.

Kira has great house manners and loves being inside with her people. She likes laying on the couch with the two young girls or on the floor near her foster “dad” when he works in his office. She usually sleeps on the couch in the spare bedroom.

Kira is fine when left outside—no excessive barking or digging issues. Kira walks well on leash and obeys basic commands. She is a good passenger in a car.

Kira & her 5-yo daughter Kalie belonged to a man named Stevie who lived in rural Oakhurst, just outside of Yosemite Natl Park. Stevie got Kira when she was just a pup. She gave birth to Kalie a year later, and the two were together up until January 2017, when Kalie was adopted.

Stevie became very ill and passed away on Nov 12, 2016. Kira & Kalie were taken to the animal shelter in San Francisco. The two dogs did not do well in the shelter, and on Dec 17, GSRSV received a request from Sonnet, a friend of Stevie’s best friend Michelle, to rescue Kira & Kalie. Michelle had been networking to promote Kira & Kalie's  adoptions from the shelter.

GSRSV rescued Kira & Kalie on 12-23-16, and Michelle & Sonnet brought the two dogs to a foster home in Danville, where Kira is still residing.

Kira's adoption fee is $210.

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"Koda" is a very loving, energetic and protective 5-yo neutered male longcoat GSD mix (perhaps mixed w/ Chow or Finnish Lapphund). He always wants to be near you, touching you or just watching you with his loving gaze. Koda is friendly with strangers on neutral ground and when properly introduced, but does not take kindly to workers in the yard or unintroduced guests—he has nipped a few people (usually from behind). Koda is fine with children, but he is protective of both food and toys, so a home with children under 10 is not advised. 

Koda is a "mixed bag" with other dogs. On the one hand, he was a great playmate with a female Pit Bull for a few years and did OK w/ most of the greeting dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch most of the time he was there to be evaluated. (Click here for a video of Koda walking harmoniously w/ some of those dogs.) On the other hand, Koda displayed aggression to a few of the GSRSV greeting dogs and is generally reactive towards other dogs when on leash. It's my strong belief that Koda's aggressive behavior was out of protectiveness of his owner Nicole. I was able to call off Koda each time he tried to stir things up w/ one of my dogs, but I don’t think that Nicole or her husband have established clear authority w/ Koda to be able to do this. 

It's clear that Koda lacks socialization towards other dogs, which in turn is mostly due to his owners' hesitancy to take him to dog parks and similar canine social settings. It's my belief that Koda just needs some firm guidance and redirection w/ other dogs, but it will definitely entail some work.  

Koda chases cats and other small animals, so we will only consider a home without cats for him.   

Koda is fully housetrained and never a problem inside the house. He received three months of formal training in a resident training kennel to try to address his nipping issues, on-leash reactions to other dogs and improve his response to commands; the training was somewhat successful, but there was little follow-up. 

Koda pulls somewhat when on leash, so his owners use a choke collar. Koda would probably do much better on leash with an authoritative handler. He likes to go for car rides and is a good passenger.  

Koda loves to chase after balls, but does not always return them to you. He also loves "stuffies."

Koda's owners adopted him from a family that was fostering him for some people who found him abandoned in a campground in Arnold when he was about 1 yr old. While Koda's owners are attached to him, they didn't think he would do well with their expectant baby due to his food and object possessiveness. Nicole brought Koda to her parents' house in Rancho Murietta about 1½ yrs ago, just before she had her baby. It was supposed to be a temporary arrangement, so now Nicole is seeking a new, permanent home for Koda.

GSRSV has evaluated Koda and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Koda through its adoption program while his caregiver continues to care for him.

Koda is located in Rancho Murietta. His adoption fee is $210.

Posted 2-27-17

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"Nar" is a large, handsome 8-yo (born 7-13-08) neutered male GSD who is very friendly with both adults and children. Nar is surprisingly good with other dogs, given that he has not been socialized with many dogs during his life.  Nar has never been around cats, however, so we're seeking a home w/ out cats for him. Nar weighs approx 80 lbs.

Nar had lived outdoors his entire life before GSRSV took him in in July 2015. He does occasionally come inside now, but still prefers to be outside. Nar is good on a leash, but his former owners lived on over an acre and rarely took him off the property, so they didn't often put a leash on him. The same is true now that Nar is at GSRSV's facility.

Nar loves to play fetch and to splash around in sprinklers. 

Nar is very bonded with his companion dog "Ruby", also listed on this page, who he has been with since he was a little puppy. For this reason, Nar can only be adopted together with Ruby.

Nar's former owners purchased him from a breeder when he was about 8 wks old, and had him up until July 2015 when they moved out of the country and GSRSV took him and Ruby in at its facility in Pleasant Grove.

Nar's adoption fee is $175.

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"Phoenix" is a handsome 5-yo neutered male GSD who is affectionate and well mannered (for the most part). Phoenix is very friendly with strangers and good with children. In fact, he is not much of a watchdog, as he does not generally alarm bark at outside noises. Phoenix is very affectionate and loves to be petted.

Phoenix is good with medium and larger dogs, but is very predatory towards small dogs. If he sees a small dog when he's off leash, he will charge toward it and likely attack it. Phoenix used to be a regular visitor to the dog park and interacted fine with other dogs there. However, after attacking a small dog in front of his house, his foster caretaker no longer brings Phoenix to the dog park for fear that Phoenix might go after a small dog there. Because of Phoenix's strong prey drive, we will not consider a home with cats for him, either. Phoenix is solidly-built and weighs about 70 lbs.

Phoenix is very people-oriented and always wants to be by his person. He is fully housetrained and can remain inside the house alone for 8 hours without any problems. He does not counter surf and has never tried to eat food left on the dinner table.

Phoenix generally walks easy on leash, but he does pull strongly when he sees other dogs--small or large. He is a good jogging partner and runs alongside his foster caretaker approx 15 miles each week. Phoenix loves to go for car rides and is a  perfect passenger.

Phoenix loves to fetch tennis balls, and drops the ball at your foot perfectly every time. He will play this game for 20 minutes non-stop! Whoever adopts Phoenix will be well-rewarded by a dog who will show unconditional love and devotion. However, caution must always be employed to ensure that Phoenix does not go after a small dog.

GSRSV rescued Phoenix from the Oakland shelter in July 2014. Phoenix's adoption fee is $210, which includes a microchip.

Posted 7-30-14; updated 2-20-16; updated 6-4-16

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"Ruby" is a 13-yo (born March 2004) spayed female GSD who is sweet, mellow, and rather shy. Ruby is friendly with everyone, including young children. She is fine with other dogs, though she pretty much interacts with only one other dog, "Nar" (see elsewhere on this page). She has never been around cats, however, so we're seeking a home w/ out cats for her. Ruby is a big dog, and weighs approx 70 lbs. 

Ruby is in excellent health for a dog her age. Her hips are sound and she moves with a nice, fluid motion. (Click here for a short video of Ruby running.) Her teeth look great for a 13-yr old dog.

Ruby lived outdoors her entire life with her former owners. Though she is allowed to come inside at GSRSV's facility, she still chooses to remain outside--no matter what the weather. She received basic obedience training when she was younger, but has not needed any follow-up training. Ruby is good on a leash, but her former owners lived on over an acre and rarely took her off the property, so they rarely needed to put a leash on her. The same is true with Ruby at GSRSV's property.

Ruby loves water, whether it's swimming, playing in the sprinklers, splashing in a kiddy pool, or just dunking her face into a bucket of water. 

Ruby is very bonded with her companion dog "Nar", also listed on this page, so can only be adopted together with Nar. 

Ruby's owners purchased her from a breeder when she was about 8 wks old, and had her up until July 2015, when they moved out of the country and GSRSV took her and Nar in at its facility in Pleasant Grove.

Ruby's adoption fee is $125.

Posted 6-23-15; updated 2-9-16

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"Sadie E" is a 9-10 yo spayed female GSD mix who is very sweet and easy-going. She's in great shape for a dog her age: no mobility issues, jumps into the back of a Subaru Forester without a running start, and her teeth look very good.

Sadie is great with people of all ages, including infants. (She lives w/ a 2-yo child who climbs all over her.) She's outgoing and friendly.

Sadie is fine w/ other dogs for the most part, though she's not particularly playful--she much prefers the company of people. She can be reactive towards other dogs when she's on leash, depending on the other dog's reaction to her. Sadie behaved perfectly with several dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch during her off-leash evaluation (click here for a video).

Sadie has never lived with cats and does pull towards them when on walks, so we will only consider a home without cats for her.

Sadie is a house dog and is fine left inside when her people are gone for several hours. She walks well on a leash, except (as previously noted) when she sees another dog who is reactive towards her. She if fine off-leash and does not wander far at all. She rides well in a car and has been on lots of long trips.

Sadie isn't big on playing with toys or fetching, but she will chase after other dogs who chase after a ball. She likes wading into lakes or rivers, but is not a swimmer. What she does like is to just hang out with her people on the couch and take treats!

Sadie's male owner Matt adopted her from the Sacto SPCA when she was about 1 yr old. When he joined his wife, they paired up Sadie and his wife's now 12-yo female Dalmatian mix Bridget. Sadie and Bridget never really cared for each other, and would get into occasional spats. Over the last year, however, the conflicts have increased in both frequency and intensity, forcing Matt and his wife to separate Sadie and Bridget for the most part. Further, with their two-year old child and another baby on the way, they have legitimate concerns about one of the kids getting caught in the middle of a scuffle between Sadie and Bridget. So, sadly, Matt is seeking a new home for Sadie (who apparently instigates most of the conflicts.)

GSRSV has evaluated Sadie E and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Sadie E through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.  Sadie E's adoption fee is $85.

Posted 9-4-16

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OK with Cats!
"Zoe"
is a loveable, energetic, 60 lb 5-yo spayed female Terrier/GSD mix with lots of personality. Zoe is friendly with strangers, but is also a good watchdog. (She barks at people who enter the home, but does not approach them aggressively.) Zoe is fine with children, but nervous around toddlers, so no kids under 4 yrs for Zoe.

Zoe is great with other dogs for the most part, but can be somewhat bossy with alpha female dogs, so it's best that Zoe be paired with a male dog. She is presently living with a male Pit Bull mix that she plays with constantly--and plays hard! Zoe is good with small dogs and spent a good amount of time in the same house as a small dog who she let boss her around. Zoe is good at the dog park.

Contrary to Zoe's previous Web profile, she is OK with cats! She was in a foster home with cats for three weeks early 2016 while she was recovering from knee surgery, and her foster caretaker at the time often had Zoe around her cats without a problem. Now, Zoe is back at her regular foster home, where Zoe does fine around the two resident cats when they are inside. Once the cats go outside, it’s a different story: Zoe will corner them and bark at them, though that is the extent of her harassment. Regina, Zoe's foster caretaker, thinks she would do fine with a dog savvy indoor cat. Though Zoe might be somewhat annoying to a cat, she has given us no reason to believe that she'd hurt one.

On the other hand, Zoe does has a very strong prey drive and loves to chase after squirrels, birds, and other outdoor critters. 

Zoe is great in the house and exhibits no separation anxiety when left alone. (She was previously an only dog in an apartment, in which she was left for several hours each day by herself.) She is fine on leash, but does pull hard when she sees a cat or squirrel.

Zoe is a quick learner and obeys numerous commands. She is even trained to relieve herself on command! She has good recall off-leash, unless she's spotted a small critter to chase. 

Zoe loves to play fetch w/ a ball or Frisbee and to play chase in an open field. More than anything, she loves to swim and to snap at the water stream from a hose. (Click here for a video of Zoe swimming in the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch.) 

GSRSV originally rescued Zoe in April 2012 from a woman who could no longer keep her due to a forced move from her home. Zoe was adopted by a young couple in Nov 2013. The couple had to return Zoe in Nov 2015 due to a death in the family and a subsequent move into the house of one of the parents. 

Zoe is presently in a foster home in East Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $175, which includes a microchip.

Posted 12-7-15; updated 7-11-16

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Adopted 3-24-17!

"Tazz" is a 2-3 yo neutered male longcoated GSD mix who is  very affectionate, playful and energetic. Tazz is friendly with everyone he meets. He has not been around young kids since we rescued him, but I have no doubt he will be great w/ little ones--though he might knock them over in his exuberance. Tazz loves to give kisses so if this grosses you out, keep looking! Tazz weighs about 55 lbs.

Tazz is great w/ other dogs, male or female, small or large. He formerly lived w/ a large male GSD who he got along well with, and presently lives w/ a male GSD mix about the same age as him--the two are good buds.  

We don't know how Tazz is w/ cats, so for now we will only consider a home without cats for him.

Tazz is fully housetrained and loves being inside. He is non-destructive when left inside for several hours. Tazz could definitely use w/ some basic obedience training, as he tends to run off to explore (though not very far) if he gets outside off-leash. When on-leash, Tazz tends to pull a little but he's not a particularly strong dog so doesn't pose much of a challenge. Tazz is not the protective type but he will bark when he senses something out of the norm. He enjoys going for car rides and is a great co-pilot.

One of GSRSV's foster caretakers took Tazz in from a neglectful (though not physically abusive) situation on 11-20-16. Tazz's former owner adopted him from the Sac County shelter on 8-13-15. Tazz was kept in a filthy dog run w/ another GSD and rarely walked. His long coat was so badly matted that we had to have it completely shaved by a groomer; it's still growing back. (Click here for a picture of Tazz pre-shaved--he has a beautiful long coat.) Tazz was also seriously underweight, which explains his eagerness when it comes to eating. (We suggest keeping food out of reach.) 

Tazz would do well in a home with another playful dog and an active family. He is still in his foster home in Antelope. His adoption fee is $210.

Posted 1-8-17

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Adopted 3-17-17!

"Bear" is a 1½-yo male GSD/Siberian Husky who is playful,  energetic and happy-go-lucky. Bear is friendly with all people, including strangers at his home. He does like to jump up on people out of enthusiasm when he first meets them, but he has not had any formal training and the jumping is a fairly easy behavior to curb. Bear is friendly with children, but would likely overwhelm most kids due to his jumping. Bear lives w/ an 11-yo boy, and the boy was comfortable with him until Bear began to jump on him; at that point, the boy became fearful of him and Bear's owners relegated him outside.

Bear is great with other dogs--not dominant or aggressive. His owners used to take him to the dog park where he always did well. Bear was fine with the dogs he met at GSRSV's rescue ranch, though he was much more interested in sniffing around than playing with any of the dogs. (Click here for a video of Bear walking with the GSRSV dogs.)

Bear grew up with an indoor cat, and has always done well with it. The cat never really cared for Bear, but Bear never gave the cat any reason to be afraid of him. I will consider a home w/ a dog-savvy cat(s) for Bear.

Bear is housetrained and was an inside dog for about six months, where he was free to roam the house. Again, he has never received any formal training and still likes to jump up on people. Bear does pull hard on leash and needs work in this area. He gets excited and pulls towards other dogs he sees when on leash, but only out of a desire to meet the dog.

Bear rides fine in the car, but most of his trips have been short ones and he appeared somewhat nauseous following the approx 45 min drive to GSRSV's rescue ranch. Likely, he just needs a little more experience riding in a car to be OK on long-distance rides.

Bear loves to play fetch, and does bring the ball back and drop it for another throw.

Bear's owners purchased him from a private party at about 8 weeks old.   They are seeking a new home for him because they do not have the time or the experience to train Bear and would like him to be in a home where he's allowed inside and paid more attention to.

Bear has yet to be neutered but we plan to have that done within the next couple of weeks.

GSRSV has evaluated Bear and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Bear through its adoption program while his owners continue to care for him.

Bear is located in Auburn. His adoption fee is $210.

Posted 3-7-17

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Adopted 3-9-17!

"Buddy" is a 2-yo (born 1-15-15) neutered male GSD who is loving, playful and devoted. He follows his owner all around the house. Buddy is reportedly also good with children--he likes to play with them and follows them around the house. The woman who evaluated Buddy for GSRSV said that he's an "awesome, super-friendly, happy-go-lucky type dog." (She also said that she'd adopt Buddy in a heartbeat, but she already has four dogs.)

Buddy gets along fine with other dogs. Though he hasn't been socialized with other dogs too much outside of the house, he reportedly runs around and plays with the dogs belonging to his owner's grandson. He is non-reactive towards other dogs when on leash.

Buddy has never been around cats, so we will only consider a home w/out cats for him.

Buddy is fully housetrained and is primarily an indoor dog. His owner does keep him in the backyard when she's gone for more than an hour. He sleeps in his owner's bedroom on a dog bed in the corner or by the side of her bed.

Buddy received basic obedience training as a puppy and obeys several commands. He walks well on leash. Overall, Buddy's a very well-behaved dog.

Buddy's owner Maureen adopted him when he was just six weeks old. Though she loves him, Maureen is 78 yrs old and can no longer walk a dog of Buddy's size, even though he is quite well-mannered. Reluctantly, Maureen is seeking a new home for Buddy in which he'll have a more active lifestyle than she can provide.

GSRSV has evaluated Buddy and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Buddy through its adoption program while his owner continues to care for him.

Buddy is located in Antioch. His adoption fee is $260.

Posted 3-3-17

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"Chip", Reilly's Pal
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Adopted 3-6-17!

"Reilly" is a beautiful approx 2-yo female GSD with a  perky, friendly personality that is so typical of solid black GSDs. Reilly is very tuned in to her caretaker and will likely be quite a loyal dog. She is accepting of strangers, and licked my hand when I reached inside her caretaker's car to pet her (generally not a good idea).

Reilly is OK w/ other dogs, but appears to lack socialization w/ dogs other than her male Chihuahua pal "Chip" (see picture left bottom). Ideally, we would like to place Reilly and Chip in a home together, but will also place Reilly alone.

Reilly was initially rather stand-offish of the other GSDs she let at GSRSV's rescue ranch, barking quite a bit at them, but she got much more comfortable w/ them as time wore on. When her caretaker Brandon and I took a walk with her and the other dogs, she did quite well, but remained close to Brandon for security. (Click here for a video of that walk.)

We don't know how Reilly is with cats, so for now we will only consider homes without cats for her.

It is not yet known if Reilly is housetrained, as Brandon keeps her outside because one of his three dogs (a female) has made it clear she does not want Reilly around at all. However, she is likely housetrained as Brandon keeps Reilly and Chip in his garage at night and she has yet to have any accidents in there. Brandon keeps Reilly and Chip in an outdoor chain-link kennel during the day when he's at work because the two dogs got out of his yard shortly after he brought them home. That escape was almost surely due to Reilly and Chip being used to roaming free (read below how Brandon acquired Reilly).

Reilly has clearly received some basic training previously, as she sits promptly on command and is very attentive to hand signals and vocalization.

Brandon found Reilly and Chip roaming the streets in Stockton late January while driving home to Sacramento. He tried to find the owners of the dogs, and a person told him that the two dogs were always escaping from their owners' yard and running loose. Brandon left a note on the owners' door, and when they called him they basically told him they had no way to contain the dogs (their fence was in terrible shape) and it would be OK for him to keep the dogs. Brandon already has three dogs, but didn't want to take them to a shelter. So, he contacted GSRSV for assistance.

GSRSV has evaluated Reilly and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Reilly through its adoption program while her caretaker continues to care for her.

Reilly is located in Carmichael. Her adoption fee is $260. She is scheduled to be spayed on Tues, Feb 14. Chip's adoption fee is $100 (including his neuter surgery), but if you adopt Chip w/ Reilly, his adoption fee will only be $50.

Posted 2-3-17