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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 (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 February 25, 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 02/25/17.

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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.

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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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Kalie Adopted 2-11-17!

"Kira" & "Kalie" are a mother/daughter pair who are both very sweet, affectionate, and well-behaved-- both inside and outside. Kira (the mother) is a 6-yo spayed female purebred GSD; Kalie is a 5-yo spayed female GSD mix (appears to mixed w/ a hound of some kind).

Both Kira and Kalie love people and are great w/ strangers. They are exceptionally gentle with their foster caretaker’s two young daughters (5 & 2), as you can see from the pictures here. (Click here for an additional picture of Kira & Kalie w/ the girls.) They take treats from hands gently and are not possessive of food or objects.

Kalie seems to be fine w/ other dogs, but Kira not so much. It could be that Kira acts protectively over Kalie, but it’s also likely that she has not had much socialization around other dogs. Their foster caretakers have two other dogs, but they keep them separated because of Kira’s reactiveness towards them.

Both Kira or Kalie are good with cats, so we will consider a home or homes with cats for both dogs. (Original post mistakenly stated that the dogs are not good w/ cats.)

Both Kira and Kalie have great house manners and love being inside with their people. They both like laying on the couch with the two young girls or on the floor near their foster “dad” when he works in his office. They usually sleep on the couch in the spare bedroom.

Kira and Kalie are fine when left outside—no excessive barking or digging issues. Both Kira & Kalie walk well on leash and obey basic commands. Both dogs are good passengers in a car.

Kira & 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 they have been together ever since.

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 they are happily residing now.

Kira & Kalie are available for adoption separately, but it would be nice if they could stay together. Separately, Kira’s adoption fee is $210 and Kalie’s is $160. However, if the two dogs are adopted together, their adoption fee is still only $210.

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"Lady" is a beautiful 4-yo spayed female GSD who is very sweet, devoted and obedient. Lady is great w/ people, though somewhat slow to warm up to strangers. She hasn't been around really young children since her present owners have had her, but I have no reason to believe she'd be anything but good with them.

Lady does fine with most dogs, but can not be trusted with very small dogs when left alone. She lives with a 6-yo neutered male Pitbull/Border Collie mix, and the two of them play constantly. She also lives w/ a female Chihuahua mix, and she is fine with her as long as her people are present. Lady has been to dog parks several times and does well w/ the dogs there. She did fine with several dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch, but was pretty much glued to the side of her female co-owner Ricki. (Click here for a video of her taking a short walk with Ricki and a few of the GSRSV dogs.

Paradoxically, Lady is great with the three cats she lives with (both indoors and outdoors), and is particularly good buddies with one of the three cats. (See picture lower left.)  (Click here for a picture of Lady, one of the cats, and the other two dogs she lives with.)

Lady is very well-behaved inside. Her owners keep her outside (with the Pitbull/Border Collie) when they are gone, but that is only out of concern for the safety of the Chihuahua they have, who remains inside. When her owners are home, Lady is inside.

Lady obeys basic commands even though she has not had any formal obedience training. She walks fine on leash, and has excellent off-leash recall. She rides calmly in a vehicle and likes to go for rides. 

Lady is not much into playing with toys. She mainly likes being around her people and playing with the other big dog.

Lady's owners unwittingly adopted her when a friend of theirs who they were watching Lady for about a year ago never returned for her. Though overall Lady has been a great dog for her people, they can not trust Lady with their Chihuahua mix "Nebi" when they are gone. Now, they are even nervous having the two dogs together when they are home. Not only was Nebi around before they began to watch Lady for their friend, but Ricki is very close with Nebi. Reluctantly, they are seeking a new home for Lady.

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

Lady is located in South Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $210.

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"Mya" is a beautiful 1½-yo spayed female GSD (born 4-4-15) who is very friendly, energetic, and a bit hard-headed. Mya bonds easily to her person, and is quite the "Velcro" dog, following her female owner from room to room. She is very comfortable being handled--she loves to be brushed and even likes to be bathed!

Mya is good with strangers, including young children--she has done very well w/ the neighborhood kids and children who approach her at the park. Mya is more of a social butterfly than a watchdog. Mya weighs approx 60 lbs, and is still filling out. Her optimal weight when full grown will likely be 65-70 lbs.

Mya is OK with other dogs, but lacks socialization and interacts with some dogs in ways that they might take exception to. For example, she would "herd" one of my dogs when he was chasing a tennis ball and playfully bit him on the back of the neck. The other dog didn't mind Mya's behavior, being used to such shenanigans, but other dogs might very well object. Also, she picked on the most submissive of the GSRSV dogs, and would continue to pursue her (not aggressively, but definitely dominantly) even with me chasing after her telling her "no." So, Mya needs an owner who is familiar with these typical GSD behaviors and who is willing and determined enough to help her become more polite with other dogs.

Mya is definitely NOT good with cats, which is one of the reasons that her owner is seeking a new home for her.

Mya is housetrained and is well behaved inside. Her person keeps her outside when she is gone, and Mya apparently does not bark excessively nor does she dig or try to get out of the yard. She sleeps in a crate at night so that her person's cat can have the run of the house without being terrified.

Mya walks fine on leash, but her person does use a prong collar to maintain control. Mya obeys a few basic commands, but is still low on the learning curve. As mentioned, she is somewhat hard-headed and easily distracted. A formal obedience training course will do Mya a world of good, and will help her next adopter establish a solid relationship with her. 

Mya's present owner adopted her from the Stockton animal shelter on 9-14-16. Mya's previous owner surrendered her to the shelter (for reasons unknown), which is how her birth date is known. Mya's present owner was not quite prepared for the "neediness" of a young GSD, and of course has been discouraged by Mya's prey drive towards her cat. Further, she has taken on a new job that allows for even less time to work with Mya. Not wanting to return her to the shelter, she sought GSRSV's assistance in finding Mya a new home.

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

Mya is located in Stockton. Her adoption fee is $260.

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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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"Odin" is a handsome, 2-yo (born 1-14-15) neutered male White GSD who is about as sweet and mellow as GSDs come. Odin is friendly with strangers, but definitely timid at first (of both men and women)—he was rescued from an abusive situation. Odin is great with children and very gentle. He lives with an 8-yo girl and her mother.

Odin is good with other dogs, cats, and animals of all sorts—even his owner’s pet rat “Ratsocute!” (See picture, right) Odin likes playing w/ non-dominant dogs and loves the dog park.

Odin is very much a house dog and likes to lie on the bed or couch. He is very loyal to his person and will be the same with his next person.

Odin has reportedly received basic obedience training form his former owner and responds well to basic commands. He walks easily on leash and has excellent recall off leash.

Odin is frightened of loud noises: thunder, fireworks, even yelling. He will need someone with patience and who can provide him with lots of TLC to boost his confidence and help him overcome his fears.

GSRSV has evaluated Odin and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Odin through its adoption program while his owner continues to care for him. The GSRSV volunteer who evaluated Odin describes him as "a very adoptable boy."

Odin is located in Magalia (near Chico). Hs adoption fee is $260.

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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.

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"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.

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"Ruby" is a 12-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 75 lbs. 

Ruby is in very good health, and has no noticeable arthritis. 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 dog her age. 

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.

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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.

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"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.

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"Toby" is a handsome 3-yo (born Nov 2013) 75-lb neutered GSD/White Husky mix who is very playful and affectionate. Toby can also be nippy with strangers in the house—not out of aggression, but in a mischievous, opportunistic manner.

Toby is great with those in his family—he craves attention and wants to be as close as possible—including in your lap if you allow it. He’s fine in the house with visitors who he is familiar with, and with those comfortable with dogs. However, when he senses fear from a visitor, he will bark at them in a somewhat menacing manner. Toby will also playfully nip strangers who play with him when they stop and turn around; it's as if he's saying "I’m in charge and I’m not going to let you stop!" The nips are never serious, but obviously unsettling to the person who got nipped as well as to Toby’s owners. Toby’s owners admit that they don’t have the necessary discipline skills to curb Toby’s nipping behavior, and I believe that an individual with a strong alpha presence would be able to prevent this behavior altogether.

Toby has not been around young children due to his nipping behavior and his size & exuberance. Personally, I think that Toby would be great with kids.

Toby is generally fine with strangers away from the house. He was completely fine with me when I evaluated him at the GSRSV rescue ranch, though he did take awhile to come to me so I could pet him.

Toby is great with other dogs—very playful and somewhat submissive. He likes to be chased rather than to give chase. He presently lives with a 5-yo female Golden Retriever. Click here to see a video of Toby romping around w/ several of the GSRSV dogs.

Toby appears to be fine with cats as well. His present owners have an outdoor cat that Toby mostly ignores. The cat trusts Toby enough to allow him to come nose-to-nose with it.

Toby is housetrained and well behaved inside. He can be left inside all day without any problem, though he does have access to the outside via a dog door. He enjoys hanging out on the couch with his people and watching TV. He sleeps on a loveseat in his owner's bedroom.

Toby has received formal obedience training and obeys multiple commands, including sit, stay, down, shake and sit pretty. He is good on leash and has good off-leash recall as well. He’s a good long-distance traveler in the car.

Toby loves to play fetch. He’s a big goofball who exhibits silly Husky behaviors like howling and catching flies.

Toby’s owners purchased him at 8 wks from a family who had both parents—his mother was a black/tan GSD and his father was a White Husky. His family truly loves this dog, but they are very social with lots of visitors and Toby’s unpredictable behavior w/ strangers in the house has created a dilemma. Further, they like to travel a lot and boarding Toby has become rather expensive. They feel that another family with more confidence dealing w/ Toby’s nipping behavior and less time traveling would provide a better home for him.

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

Toby is located in Pleasanton. His adoption fee is $210.

Posted 11-22-16

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OK with Cats!
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 marginally 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 2-12-17!

"Hunter" is a stunning 3-yo (Feb 2017) neutered plush-coat black GSD who can best be described as a Gentle Giant. Hunter weighs in at close to 100 lbs, yet is not overweight; in fact, he's light on his feet and jumps into his owner's 4WD pickup from a standing start.

Hunter is friendly, outgoing, laid back and confident. He's well socialized with people and fine with visitors--but is still a good watchdog. He's great with kids of all ages, including his owner's 1-yo grandson.

Hunter was great with the several dogs he met at GSRSV's rescue ranch, which is a testament to his good temperament as he had not been around many other dogs previously. (Click here for a video of Hunter with the other dogs.)

Hunter is not only good w/ cats, but livestock as well! His owner has sheep, and Hunter has never tried to go after them. He will chase after the resident cats if they run, but has never hurt them. In fact, the cats came two years after Hunter and the cats actually approached Hunter, sensing no threat from him.

Hunter has been kept as an outside dog primarily, but occasionally sleeps inside and has no problem "holding it." His owners say that Hunter loves being inside and if given a choice, would be a housedog. He's non-destructive both inside and outside. In fact, his owners leave their shoes outside and Hunter doesn't chew them up or run off with them--rare for a GSD!

Hunter is well-behaved and received a five-session group basic obedience course when he was  9 months old. If Hunter has one fault, it's that he does pull when on leash, but not really bad and if he had more on-leash time I have no doubt he'd improve rapidly. His off-leash recall is good w/ Hunter's "dad", but not so good w/ his "mom" (who babies him more). Hunter likes to go for car rides;  he rides calmly in a crate in the back of his owner's pickup.

Hunter's owners purchased him as an 8-wk old pup. Though they keep him outside, Hunter is obviously very much loved by his family. However, both of his owners work full time, and his "dad" is sometimes gone for days. They do not have a very large fenced area, and it's hard for Hunter's mom to keep him from wandering in the unfenced area where their livestock is. Wanting the best for their dog, they are seeking a new home for him (which will be somebody's big gain).

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

Hunter is located in Elverta. His adoption fee is $260.

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Adopted 2-10-17!

"Riley" is a 3 yo, approx 55 lb neutered male longcoat GSD who is affectionate and mellow (for the most part). Riley loves attention and often puts his head in the lap of his foster caretaker Andrew to be rubbed on, but he’s not a “Velcro” dog that needs to be by his person all the time. Riley loves to meet new people and does great with young children--even those in strollers, who he loves to kiss on the face. Riley has shown no aggression when Andrew dips his hand in his food bowl, so he would clearly be good in home w/ young kids.

Riley formerly lived with a female GSD (Reina) who he got along great with--they would occasionally race around the house playing chase. Andrew has taken Riley to the dog park several times, and though Riley is generally OK w/ other dogs, he can be overbearing on some dogs by getting right up in their faces and barking. He loves to chase other dogs. Riley will likely be fine in a home with another dog or dogs, but will need continued socialization and leadership to become a “canine good citizen” with dogs he meets outside of his home.

We do not know how Riley is with cats and so will only consider a house without cats for him.

 Riley is fully housetrained and since early December 2016 Andrew has been keeping him inside the house w/ access to the outside when he’s gone--which can be up to 10 hrs/day--without any problems. Riley formerly "counter surfed", but has put that behavior behind him. He likes to nap on the couch or lay next to Andrew when he’s watching TV, so if there is a strict “no dogs on furniture” policy in his next home, Riley will need to learn that rule.  

 Riley has come a long way w/ his obedience training since Andrew began fostering him, and now is quite responsive to commands. Click here for a short video of Andrew putting Riley through some basic obedience paces. Riley is still more of a happy-go-lucky GSD than a classic, serious GSD.

 Riley likes to go on walks, but would likely not be a good dog for a jogger--he's just not the athletic type. Overall, Riley walks well on leash--he generally pulls a little bit at the start of his walks but settles in quickly. Riley's on-leash reactions towards other dogs has improved considerably since Andrew began fostering him; he still gets excited when he sees another dog, but does fine if you tell him "No!" and stay about 20 ft away from the other dog. Riley’s off-leash recall has improved as well, especially if you have a ball in your hand!

 Riley alarm-barks appropriately when people are at the door, but is not a nuisance barker. When left alone outside (even before he was joined by Reina) Andrew’s neighbors did not report any excessive barking from Riley.

 Riley will fit well into a family that is seeking a fun-loving, low-maintenance GSD who enjoys hanging out with his people and going places with them. As a bonus,  Riley--like all true longcoat GSDs--does not shed nearly as much as a normal coat GSD, because he lacks an undercoat.  

GSRSV rescued Riley from the Stanislaus County Shelter on 8-8-16. He is in a foster home in Bay Point, along Hwy 4 between Antioch and Concord. Riley's adoption fee is $260.

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Adopted 2-10-17!

"Bailey" is a beautiful 4½-yo (born 6-24-12) AKC-registered spayed female GSD who is very loving, devoted and energetic. Bailey is super-friendly with people, and her only drawback in that regard is that she'll sometimes jump up eagerly to greet people. She is good with children and if you don't like dogs kissing your kids, better look beyond Bailey! Bailey lives w/ a 3-yo girl, but her mother mostly keeps her separate from Bailey because she's concerned Bailey might hurt her with her enthusiastic play.

Bailey weighed 72 lbs in April 2015, but has gained a considerable amount of weight since then due to lack of exercise; she is likely closer to 85 lbs now. Bailey is not a particularly large GSD, so her proper weight is about 70 lbs.

Bailey is great with other dogs, both large and small. She formerly lived with a male GSD and was socialized a great deal with other dogs growing up, including visits to dog parks. She did great among about 10 dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch--a little timid at first, but never too scared or defensively aggressive. Click here for a video of Bailey running around w/ some of those dogs.

Bailey has never lived with cats, and tries to chase them when she sees them, so only homes without cats will be considered for her.

Bailey is well behaved in the house, though she is primarily kept in the kitchen because the mother is very allergic to dog hair and dander. When Bailey's owners are gone for under approx 4 hrs, they keep her in a crate; for longer periods away they keep her in the kitchen. Only a baby gate partitions the kitchen, and Bailey has never tried to jump it.

Bailey obeys some basic commands readily, but is not an obedience star. She walks OK on leash, but does pull strong at the beginning of a walk out of eagerness. She rides well in a car and likes going for rides. She takes treats gently from hand.

Bailey loves water, as she demonstrated by immediately flopping down into a big puddle at GSRSV's rescue ranch. (See picture at left.) She loves kiddie pools, too. Her owners have never had her at a lake or river, but I'm sure she'd love to swim.

Bailey's owners purchased her as a puppy. She has been a great dog for them, but her "dad" is in the Air Force and will be deployed in a couple of months. During that time, her "mom" will be moving back w/ her parents and can't bring Bailey with her (she's allergic to her, anyway).

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

Bailey is located in Edgewater near Beale Air Force Base (near Marysville). Her adoption fee is $210.

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Adopted 1-14-17!

"Elise" is a friendly, energetic 1-yo, approx 60-lb spayed female GSD.  Elise is outgoing and comfortable with strangers; her only fault w/ people is that sometimes she greets them by jumping up on them. Elise is great with children; she has visited a nearby preschool and was fine with the youngsters petting her.

Elise is fine with most dogs, but she did not do well with a small female dog in a prospective adopter's home she recently stayed in for a few days--she wanted to play non-stop w/ the little dog and would persist even when the little dog had enough, leading to confrontations. When I met Elise at GSRSV's rescue ranch on Dec 4, she did great w/ the dogs she met there and was actually on the timid side. (Click here for a video of that meeting.)

Elise might be OK w/ cats, as a cat used to occasionally come into her former owner's yard with Elise out there, and though Elise chased after the cat it would come back and let Elise chase it again. That was a pretty sure sign that the cat sensed Elise meant it no harm. I will consider a home w/ a dog-savvy cat for Elise, but only if that home also has another dog for her to burn off energy with.

Elise is housetrained, even though her former owner mainly kept her outside when he was home. In the three days she spent in her prospective adopter's house, she did not have any accidents inside.

Elise received six 1-hr training sessions when she was younger. Elise heals well on leash and has excellent off-leash recall.

Elise loves water (she liked to swim in her former owner's pool), and loves to play fetch w/ a ball.

Elise's former owner purchased her as a 6-wk old puppy from a private party. He had to seek a new home for her because he moved into an apartment just before Christmas that does not allow dogs.

Elise went to a prospective adopter's home in West Sacramento on Dec 24, but as stated previously, there were problems between Elise and their little female dog. So, GSRSV took Elise in on Dec 27.

Elise's adoption fee is $260.

Posted 12-6-16; updated 12-26-16

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Adopted 1-14-17!

"Leia" is a beautiful, large, 8½-yo (born
4-6-2008) spayed female GSD who is very sweet but also protective of her people. Leia is friendly with strangers when properly introduced, but alarm-barks appropriately when people are at the door. She is great with kids of all ages, and genuinely likes being around them. She doesn’t mind being tugged on and is very attentive when children are swimming. Leia weighs nearly 100 lbs, but is clearly overweight and needs to lose at least 20 lbs to remain healthy and active into her golden years. Her excess weight is likely due to a lack of exercise.

Leia is somewhat of an alpha dog and occasionally will nip at another dog when first introduced. She does like to play with other dogs, but plays hard. She does better with other dogs when off-leash than on. She is good with little dogs and is also good with cats!

Leia is a housedog and regularly spends up to nine hours inside without any problem. She likes to sleep on the couch, so couch covers are in order for her next home!

Leia received formal obedience training when she was under one year old, but has not received any formal training since then. She walks well on a leash, but will pull if she sees another dog who gets excited.

Leia will fetch a tennis ball or Frisbee, but most of the time she only wants you to throw the ball once and then will run around with it and lay down somewhere comfy. She likes stuffed toys and tennis balls with squeakers.

Leia was reportedly purchased as a puppy by a police officer who was training her to be a K9. He died suddenly, and Leia was passed around his family but nobody really wanted a dog that big. She ended up in a place where she was being kept tied up, and so Leia’s present owner Rachiel took her in at about one yr old.

Rachiel is seeking a new home for Leia due primarily to financial hardship, as well as not having the time to devote to Leia that she deserves. A GSRSV foster caretaker evaluated Leia on Sept 30, and GSRSV is now placing Leia as a "Program Dog."
This means that GSRSV is placing Leia through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.

Leia is located in Paradise, CA. Her adoption fee is $160.

Posted 10-7-16