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, September 17, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017

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By Invitation Adoption Day

Walnut Creek, CA
from 10:00am - 12:00pm
on Saturday, September 23, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 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.

Cubby
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Cubby

3.5 months old / male

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Cubby is a male, gray sable puppy that is about 14 weeks old and is super sweet. He's outgoing, happy, confident and a lovely pup who's just ready to find his forever home. Cubby is quiet in his crate and knows to go outside to go potty. He's even been good around the foster's cat and has met her horse and goats without incidence, just curiosity. He is a calm boy that will make a great addition to anyone looking for a good all around pup to add to their family.

Like all puppies he needs owners who are home enough, and have the time, energy, strength, and patience to guide him through his chewing, digging, and mouthing stages (which can last until they are 2-3 years old), and who will provide regular exercise, socialization and training so he will grow up to be a mannerly adult dog. All puppies bark incessantly, dig, and destroy things if they are left alone for long periods of time, and thus, need to be with owners who do not leave them alone for long hours. Priority will be given to families with experience raising German Shepherd Dog or similar puppies.

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 very young at heart senior dog; we believe he is about 7 years old. He is in very good health, is active, house broken, loving, and easy to live with! Rolf is fine around other dogs, but seems to do better with an easy going, older female or as an only dog. He's an all around lovely male GSD, medium size, great color and coat, and will make someone a lovely companion.

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.

Justice
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Justice

3 years old / female

Justice is a very soft natured and quiet, 3 year old female. She is one of the three dogs who were abandoned in a field in central California this past summer. Justice was pregnant but sadly, all of the puppies died due to the extreme heat in central California. She has recovered since then and is doing wonderfully in her foster home. She has gained weight, is housebroken, crate trained, and lives with her 3 foster siblings without difficulty. Justice will need a quiet home along with a calm & quiet owner; another calm dog would be wonderful as well.

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.

Bravo
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Bravo

2.5 years old / male

Bravo is about 2.5 years old and weighs about 80 pounds. He is very outgoing, affectionate, and gets along with other dogs. 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.

Snickers
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Snickers

5 years old / female

Snickers is a 5 year old female. She's a very playful girl, loves other dogs, rides well in the car, and loves attention. She seems more of a submissive type but not in a timid way. 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.

Charlie
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Charlie

2.5 years old / male

Charlie is a super sweet 2.5 years old, x-large bicolor male German Shepherd mix. We are not sure what other breed he's mixed with but his family could not keep him due to family changes. Charlie has lived with several Chihuahuas and farm animals without difficulty. He's housebroken, outgoing, playful, healthy, has not shown any interest in jumping fences nor tendencies to dig. He's very social and family oriented so it's no surprise that this boy would do best in a home where he can be a house dog and have at least one other doggie sibling.

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.

Blake
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Blake

1.5 years old / male

Blake is a medium size, soft and easy going young male who's about 1.5 years old. He is most likely Britta's brother. 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.

Koda
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Koda

5 years old / female

Koda is a lovely female German Shepard, about 5 years old. Her former owners had to re-home her due to severe allergies. She loves attention, getting brushed, and will use her nose to encourage you to pet her. But if you're busy, she'll lay down and patiently wait until you have time to pet her. Koda is a sweet and patient dog. She is a larger size female and although she gets along with submissive type dogs, she will do best as an only dog in the home. She can't wait to find new owners who love her like her fosters do.

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

Bonnie & Clyde
A Private Party Dog

Bonnie & Clyde

2 years old / male & female

This is Bonnie (blue collar) and Clyde (red collar), a bonded pair of shepherd mixes that spent a couple weeks on the run before we were able to bring them in early July. They were uneasy around us at first but they’ve responded to all the TLC we’ve been giving them and are now happy, healthy, and ready for their furever home. Bonnie and Clyde are playful yet calm and gentle, and they’re an absolute pleasure to walk on leash. They are are around 2-years-old and about 60 pounds.

If you are interested in meeting these two friendly sweethearts, please call us at (530) 824-1985 or submit an adoption application online here. Bonnie & Clyde are in the Sacramento area.

Romeo & Juliet
A Private Party Dog

Romeo & Juliet

2 years old / male & female

Romeo (black and white) and Juliet (black and tan) are a bonded pair of young shepherds, probably siblings, that need to stay together. When they were brought in as strays last May, they were underweight, and covered in ticks. In addition, Romeo had a big abscess under his jaw that had over 100 foxtails in it. They are now 100% healthy, spayed and neutered, fully vaccinated, and microchipped. Juliet is more outgoing and trusting than Romeo but both are very friendly and playful. They are about 2-years-old and around 75 pounds.

If you are interested in meeting these two playful sweethearts, please call us at (530) 824-1985 or submit an adoption application online here. Romeo & Juliet are in the Sacramento area.