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 Saturday, April 29, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017

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By Invitation Adoption Day

Walnut Creek, CA
from 10:00am - 12:00pm
on Saturday, March 25, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 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.

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.

Ginny
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Ginny

2.5 years old / female

Ginny is a white female German Shepherd mix (maybe part Lab) who is about 2.5 years old. She is very gentle, outgoing, calm, and fully trained. Ginny was adopted but her new dad was highly allergic to her fur so she came back to our program and is ready for a new home. Ginny is living in a foster home with another dog and a medium age child, and is doing very so well. She is a calm dog that likes to go on vacation with the family and likes the snow or anything that goes along with being part of the family.

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.

Zeke
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Zeke

2 years old / male

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Zeke is a 2 year old male. He is quiet in his crate, sleeps all night, and has been good on leash. Zeke is house trained and will use the dog door or let you know if he needs to go out. Zeke must not have been treated very well before he came to us because he is fearful of strangers, but given a bit of time to approach on his own, he will warm up and become a very affectionate boy. Once he feels safe, he will want to be with his person. Zeke is learning how fun it is to play ball and he plays very well with his foster brother. He is a gentle, lovely soul and would do best in a home with kids over the age of 10.

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.

Freya
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Freya

18 months old / female

Freya is a medium size female and about 11-18 months old. She's been great with other dogs she's met so far and plays endlessly with any dog who will play with her! We will 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.

Chief
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Hunter

18 months old / male

Hunter is 18 months old and new to our program. He has been easy to handle, very handsome, and easy to take on walks. We will 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.

Terra
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Terra

2 years old / female

Terra's current foster family loves her very much. She's a 2-year-old female who has captured their hearts with her sweet and loving demeanor, endless desire to please, and her expressive face. Terra is a timid dog and takes a while to warm up to people, so she needs a patient, calm home that will respect her boundaries. Your patience and love will be rewarded with a companion who is happy being your shadow or finding a quiet corner to rest in if you're busy. Terra's foster family is convinced she's a genius based on how quickly she learned "sit" and "down," and she's working very hard to learn "come." She's housebroken and crate-trained and the sweetest dog ever.

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.

Frodo
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Frodo

1 year old / male

Frodo is a 1 year old male who is on the smaller side at about 55 pounds. He was found as a stray, someone came by the shelter and wanted to adopt him, but never came back for him after his stray hold expired. Frodo is very sweet, loves people and other dogs, and rides great in the car. He attempted a polite sniff at the dog confident cat in his foster home but backed up as soon as the cat hissed. He doesn't know any tricks yet but is very willing to learn.

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

Radar
A Private Party Dog

Radar

2 years old / female

This is Radar. She is a sweet 2 year old German Shepherd Doberman mix. She is house trained and listens to obedience commands. Radar plays well with big and small dogs. She needs a new home this week as her family is moving.

If you would like to find out more about Radar contact Jackie at 925-325-0027 or by email jackiegallegos32@gmail.com. Radar is currently in Concord.

Loki
A Private Party Dog

Loki

3 years old / male

Loki is a handsome, neutered, 3 year old male German Shepherd with a splash of something else who weighs about 55 pounds. He has a lovely soft coat, moderate energy, and is an affectionate boy. Loki is up to date on his vaccinations. He is crate trained, house trained, rides well in the car and knows sit and stay. He is fine left loose in the house. Loki gets along with large female dogs well (but prefers other males to stay away). He likes to chase small animals that run. He is good with people. Loki loves to play with toys, chase a ball and go on walks.

If you are interested in finding out more about Loki, please call Lorrie at 619-398-7249 or email lastroh61@hotmail.com. Loki is in Albany.