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 11:00am - 3:00pm
on Saturday, April 29, 2017
and
from 11:30am - 1:30pm
on Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017

- and -

By Invitation Adoption Day

Walnut Creek, CA
from 10:00am - 12:00pm
on Saturday, May 27, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 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 yrs old, medium-size male, and a very happy boy. He's been okay around other dogs however, he might prefer to be an only dog. Goliath is good in the car, active, and has some basic training. He would be a great dog for someone who would like a walking or hiking/running partner.

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.

Misty
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Misty

4 months old / female

Misty is about 16 weeks old, female, sweet, outgoing and ready for a home. She has a strong natural instinct to "search with her nose". If you are looking for a pup to train for scent work, you might want to consider this girl along with her sister, Stormy, as future "scent dogs."

Like all puppies she needs owners who are home enough, and have the time, energy, strength, and patience to guide her through her 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 she 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.

Stormy
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Stormy

4 months old / female

Stormy is about 16 weeks old, female, sweet, outgoing and ready for a home. She came into our program with her two sisters, Misty and Sunny. Like her sister, Misty, Stormy has a strong natural instinct to "search with her nose". If you are looking for a pup to train for scent work, you might want to consider this girl and her sister, Misty, as future "scent dogs." Stay tuned for updates on Stormy.

Like all puppies she needs owners who are home enough, and have the time, energy, strength, and patience to guide her through her 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 she 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.

Sunny
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Sunny

4 months old / female

Sunny is the sister to Stormy and Misty, all about 16 weeks old. Sunny has larger bone structure than the others and some wavy fur. She's sweet, gentle, and intelligent...like her sisters. We'll post more as we get to know her.

Like all puppies she needs owners who are home enough, and have the time, energy, strength, and patience to guide her through her 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 she 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.

Lacy
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Lacy

2.5 years old / female

Lacy is about 2.5 yrs old, a long coat GSD. Many people feel that long coats have a special sweetness to them and it seems to be true with this girl. Lacy is new to our program, stay tuned for updates on 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.

Snowball
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Snowball

1 year old / female

Snowball is about 1 year old. She is soft natured, likes other dogs, and is in good health. She's new to our program and 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.

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.

Leia
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Leia

3 years old / female

Leia wins the hearts of everyone she meets, including her current foster family. This 3-year-old girl loves nothing more than spending time with her people. It is difficult to describe just how incredibly loving she is. Leia loves cuddling, but is also happy hanging by your side for even the dullest of chores if you give her an occasional pat on the head. Leia is crate-trained, housebroken, heels well on a leash, and knows how to use a dog door. She's learned "sit" and "down," and is working very hard to master "come." Leia will occasionally growl at other dogs if she feels uncomfortable, but she plays well with polite dogs. Leia truly is a sweetheart and deserves a home with lots of 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.

Tori
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Tori

2.5 years old / female

Tori is about 2.5 years old, is very soft, takes correction easily, good around other dogs, is smart and willing to please. Tori knows commands such as sit, stay, wait at doors and gates and is a calm dog who prefers to be with her people. She rides quietly in cars and loves car rides. Tori is like all young dogs, she needs structure, time, and training. SCGSR has given her the basics so she is ready for a home of her own.

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.

Sasha
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Sasha

4 years old / female

Sasha is a 4 year old, black and tan, female; weighing in at about 65 pounds. She has been fine around other dogs but prefers being with people. She's very intelligent, learns quickly, loves being an indoor dog, has good house manners, and would be a great companion dog. Sasha would do best in a home where she will be part of the family and someone is home most of the time. She is a very loving girl.

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

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.