Available Dogs

Adoption Process

We get most of our dogs from the shelters where their previous owners did not provide much training or socialization so they tend to need some training and/or management in order to successfully integrate them into a new household. We have an adoption process to help decide which type of home would be good for the typical dog we get into our rescue. Our adoption process is:

  1. Fill out and submit our adoption questionnaire
  2. Have a phone interview
  3. Have an in person home visit - this requires you to be located in "some parts" of the following areas where our volunteers live so they can do the required in person home visit: East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula, San Francisco and Marin areas, and in and around the Fresno, Sacramento and Roseville areas. We do not adopt outside of our volunteer area for the safety of our dogs as we need to be able to remove them from a home if things are not working out well e.g. with existing pets.

Adopters who already have had an approved home visit have priority to adopt available dogs. Our adoption fees are $350 for dogs under one year, $300 for dogs one year to six years, and $250 for dogs older than six years. If you do not own your own home your landlord must sign our landlord approval form.

Due to insurance restrictions children must be 6 years of age or older, and fencing must be 5' or higher and secure.

Adoption Days

Come meet our local volunteers and some of our dogs! We are looking for foster homes, adopters, and volunteers in our surrounding communities.

Find out more about Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue at:

Pet Food Express

1009 Galleria Blvd
Roseville, CA
from 11:30am - 1:30pm
on Sunday, July 16, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017

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By Invitation Adoption Day

Walnut Creek, CA
from 10:00am - 12:00pm
on Saturday, July 22, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
For adopters to meet our dogs in the comfort of a shady, relaxed home environment.

Available Dogs

We get most of our dogs from shelters so do not know their behavior and health histories. Rescue GSDs are not the easiest breed to bring into a home with children under six years old, frail or special needs children or adults in the home or visiting regularly, or small dogs or cats or other small pets, due to the lack of training and socialization from their prior owners. They can be good family dogs however they require regular exercise, training and management. They can display different behaviors in a new environment due to different stimuli and different dog handling skills present in different homes. Pediatricians, vets and trainers can help adopters decide whether GSDs are the right breed for their family at this time, or if a smaller, calmer breed would be more suitable.

All of our dogs are are current on all their vaccines and microchipped prior to adoption. All of our dogs are spayed or neutered as required of all California shelters and rescues by the California Food & Agriculture Code Section 30503.

Due to insurance restrictions children must be 6 years of age or older, and fencing must be 5' or higher and secure.


Hero
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Hero

5 years old / male

Hero is about 5 years old and he is our hospice dog. He came to us from a raid of a hoarder and he was thin, dirty, and in poor condition. He is now beautiful, happy, and generally thriving. Hero is good around other dogs, is quiet, and loving. Unfortunately, Hero has perianal fistulas which are advanced. For now, he is not in pain and they are not leaking as he keeps himself very clean. However, this is a progressive disease despite all the medications available to keep it under control. SCGSR decided to keep him in our program as long as his life is pain free and he is happy. That is why he is a "hospice" dog in our program. If someone would like to be a long term foster (or even an adopter) for Hero, please contact us. He is living in temporary foster home now with other dogs and he is crate trained and has no bad habits! Hero is a love.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Goliath
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Goliath

3 years old / male

Goliath is about 3 years old, medium-size male, and a very happy boy. He plays very well with our other rescue dog, Snowball. Goliath has been fine around all dogs he's met but he prefers to be around playful female dogs. He knows his basic commands, rides well in the car, is housebroken, and crate trained. He can be left alone if needed but he loves company as well. Goliath would be ideal for someone who does not want a puppy and would like a hiking or walking partner. Like all of our dogs, we do not recommend attending dog parks nor places with unknown loose dogs.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Hana
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Hana

4 years old / female

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Hana is a healthy, classic European female, smart, playful, and active. She has a beautiful black and silver coat, is about 4 years old, and weighs about 65 pounds. She knows basic obedience, is crate trained and food motivated. Hana does not dig and has been quiet and non-destructive in her temporary foster home. She is active and would make a good jogging, hiking or walking partner. Hana needs daily exercise but settles in nicely afterward. She has been good with the dogs in her foster home and with people. Hana is very loving and has generally been okay being outside for a few hours but prefers to be inside with her people. She would do best living with a compatible male dog or by herself.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Hans
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Hans

11 months old / male

Hans is a bicolored, medium/large male with heavy bone structure who is about 10-12 months old and currently weighs about 70 pounds. He's a very sweet, gentle boy who has been great with all the dogs he's met so far; very soft in nature. He's currently learning about life as a house dog in his foster home and loving it! He's most likely workable with cats and small dogs given his soft personality but we have not been able to test him with those animals yet.

Hans would love to be adopted together with his sister, Gretal, but would also be okay to go to a home of his own. Both he and his sister have superb temperaments, are gentle, willing, and quick to learn. If both dogs are adopted together, we'll only charge one adoption fee.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Gretal
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Gretal

11 months old / female

Gretal is a bicolored female who's roughly 10-12 months old and weighs about 55-60 pounds. She also has a heavy bone structure like her brother, Hans, but she's not as tall as him. Like her brother, she's also a gentle, soft natured dog, and has gotten along along with all the dogs and people she's met so far. Gretal would most likely be okay with cats and small animals with proper introduction; she's also been crate trained.

It would be great if Gretal and Hans can be adopted together but they can also be adopted separately. If both dogs are adopted together, we'll only charge one adoption fee.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Rolf
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Rolf

7 years old / male

Rolf is a senior dog, about 7 years old. He is a very easy going boy and simply wants a family to love and care for him. He's in good health and in need of a home where he is part of the family. We'll post more as we get to know him.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

May
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

May

12 months old / female

May is a smallish, purebred female who is about 10-12 months old. She is healthy, fully vetted, and ready a family of her own. May's very good with new people and dogs but needs some training. She's very eager to please so training should be fun and easy for her. She's a gentle soul and will be a great family companion. Like all youngsters, May needs time and training to become a mannerly adult dog.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Aero
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Aero

2.5 years old / male

Aero is a very handsome, standard/large male who is about 2-3 years old. He is healthy, happy, and a very easy going dog. Aero would love to be a house-dog and can be left alone if needed. He's quiet in the house and in his crate, calm, and generally easy to live with. He would be fine as the only dog in the family or paired with a stronger female dog; not cats for this boy. Aero likes other dogs and loves to play so much that his play style can be viewed as a bit strong but still appropriate; he's played very well with larger female dogs. This boy rides well in the car, is easy to handle, and is a gentle soul.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Hildy
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Hildy

18 months old / female

Hildy, an 18 month old female, was surrendered by her owner when they had to go into assisted living. She is a very sweet and submissive girl who likes other dogs, seems workable with cats, walks well on leash, is kennel trained, rides well in the car, and really bonds to her family. She can be shy at first but once she knows she is going to get attention she wants to crawl into your lap. Hildy is a very low key girl who will probably do best in a quiet home as she can be very sensitive to quick movements and loud noises. She doesn't seem to require a ton of exercise and seems content to sit on the couch next to you all day.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

George
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

George

4 years old / male

George Washington aka "George" is a 4 year old male who was found as a stray with all of his teeth fractured and infected. He is great with dogs and loves people. He walks well on leash, knows sit, is kennel trained, rides well in the car, seems workable with cats, and is just a big sweet heart. George loves getting attention and will lean into neck scratches. He will be available soon as he still needs to visit the dentist. All of his teeth are going to have to be removed as they are too far damaged. But we are expecting him to not have any long lasting health concerns and will be able to eat small kibble even without teeth. He doesn't seem to require a ton of exercise but sure does love his walks to the park. He then loves to come home and lay on his bed for the rest of the evening.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Koda
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Koda

4.5 years old / female

Koda is a large female, about 4-5 years old. She needs to find a new home because a family member developed severe allergies to dog hair. Koda is healthy, happy, housebroken, lives well with her current family's children, and is okay around other dogs. She's fully trained and is a great house dog. Koda is fine as an only dog but is used to living with another male dog.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Solo
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Solo

5 years old / female

Solo is a petite, black and red, 5 year old girl who's about 65 pounds. She's the mother of Hildy and a very sweet girl who seems to get along with most dogs. She can be a little whiny and fussy when she sees someone and can't interact with them but she's very affectionate when receiving attention. Solo rides very well in a car and seems to love crates, even pulls to get into one! She's showed a lot of interest in small animals so may not be good with cats.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Tootsie
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Tootsie

1 year old / female

Tootsie, a 1 year old female, was found as a stray in the central valley with a collar but no one claimed her. She was obviously someone's pet as she is very sweet, playful, submissive, loves attention, enjoys car rides, and is very smart. She also walks well on leash, knows sit, and is both kennel and house trained. Tootsie has been great with the dogs she's met so far but has a special love for the Dachshund in her foster home. He doesn't care much for her but she continues to play bow in front of him for hours. Not sure how she'll do with cats but she showed a chase response when they ran in front of her.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Liberty
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Liberty

18 months old / female

Liberty is a young female, about 18 months old and seems to be calm and very sweet. She is one of four abandoned dogs found in Fresno. A business owner found them and fed them for several days and finally contacted animal control as he couldn't keep them. One of the dogs was adopted by a rancher and the others came into our rescue. Liberty is one of the other three. We'll post more as we get to know her.

If adopting is not a possibility right now, can you join us in saving lives by giving a dog a temporary week or more, safe place to be? Contact us to find out about fostering.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care. They are spayed or neutered, have their core vaccinations of DHPP and rabies, are microchipped, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm, and come with a collar and ID tag.

Wish Bones Dogs

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Private Party Dogs

The following dogs are available through private parties and are NOT associated with Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue; they are listed here as a courtesy. Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue has not evaluated these dogs and does not make any claims about or take any responsibility for the temperament or health of any dog listed. Please contact the person or rescue operation indicated in the listing for more information about each dog. The links below may be helpful to review if you are looking at a private party dog or are trying to re-home your own dog.

For Owners Looking to Rehome Their Dogs
For Owners Screening a Potential New Home
For Prospective Owners Looking to Adopt a German Shepherd

Jed
A Private Party Dog

Jed

7 years old / male

Jed is a very well mannered 7 year old German Shepherd who's been with his owners for 5 years. He gets along with the two resident cats and other dogs, is great with kids, likes to chase the ball, and play in the water. Jed does have a hitch in his left rear leg but it does not bother him. It's been looked at by a vet and x-rays have ruled out hip dysplasia. It was determined as okay as it does not slow him down since he still chases balls and rabbits.

If you are interested in meeting Jed, please contact Mike at (916) 599-8798. Jed is in the Roseville/Auburn area.

Harley
A Private Party Dog

Harley

4 years old / male

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Harley is best described as a teddy-bear both in temperament and size. This 4-yo, 70lb overweight GSD-BlackBear is about as sweet a dog as you could ask for and is not made of any tough stuff at all. Harley's ideal day is following around his people and taking advantage of any opportunity to cuddle and give lots of kisses. Even though he's an adult, Harley has just started learning about the world and would love someone he trusts to gently show it to him. He's very smart, loves toys and treats and is eager to learn new things to please his people. With some time, he does well living with larger dogs, teenagers, and men, but really loves the ladies! In foster care he has been learning to walk on leash, sit for treats, eat more slowly (and what a diet is!), ride in the car, as well as working on his housebreaking and crate training. Harley would do best with a work from home parent or to hang out in a quiet office. He gets quickly overwhelmed by small children but is currently learning about quiet teenagers. He has not been cat-tested. All this huge, fluffy, goofy, shy bear needs is a forever home and some quiet adventures with you!

If you are interested in meeting Harley, contact Diana at (510) 333-4420 or theperfectdogrescue@gmail.com. Harley is in the South Bay.