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, November 19, 2017
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Sunday, January 21, 2018

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.

Heath
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Heath

10 years old / male

Heath is a 10 year old male who was found as a stray. He is showing some signs of his age by not having the best eye sight in the dark and having some very mild mobility issues. He still loves to go on walks and handles the hard wood great but probably won’t be a hiking or jogging partner. Heeath has been great with other dogs, large and small, but no cats for this boy. He loves getting attention from people, rides great in the car, is kennel trained and is learning manners like how to walk on a leash, sit, and down. He’s also been great when left alone free in the house and yard for 8 hours; no destruction or anxiety.

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.

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.

Lala
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Lala

2.5 years old / female

Lala is medium to large female who's about 2-3 years old. This happy, outgoing girl has gotten along wonderfully with her foster siblings and have been great around the people she's met so far. She's been good in the house, is crate trained, and very intelligent. She has not shown any digging nor chewing tendencies. We'll post more as we get to know this sweet 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.

Roxy
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Roxy

2 years old / female

Roxy is an athletic, happy, outgoing, 65 pound, medium size, 2 year old female. We think she has a splash of Malinois in her genetics and is very easy to train with food. Roxy LOVES her food and will work endlessly for a treat. She does like toys but food is higher on her list of preferences. She's played very well with her foster siblings, both male and female. Some dogs might be overwhelmed by her play style but she listens well to voice commands and is very trainable; no cats for this girl. Roxy would do best in a home with at least moderate dog experience, as she will need someone to exercise and train her to be the best dog she can be!

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.

Starburst
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Starburst

2.5 years old / female

Starburst is a beautiful, medium sized, 2.5 year old sable colored female. She has a heavy bone structure and has been great with all the people and dogs she's met but would do best as an only dog in the family. She's a medium energy level dog who would be great for an active owner. She's also quiet, playful, and has been crate trained. Starburst may have a splash or another breed in her background but she's mostly GSD.

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

Arya
A Private Party Dog

Arya

2.5 years old / female

Arya is a happy and very playful 2.5 years old, 80 pound dog. She is energetic and loves squeaky toys and balls. She especially loves to play soccer. She gets along with my 2 smaller breeds and loves to play hide and seek with my 5 year old. Arya was rescued from the shelter about a year ago with severe anxiety. Through a personal behavior trainer, positive reinforcement training and Prozac her anxiety levels have greatly improved. She enjoys walks in quiet parks or street. A home with a yard for her to run and play would be ideal. Arya is a quick learner and a very intelligent dog. She is loyal and is easy to train. She deserves a peaceful loving home with lots of play space. Unfortunately due to changes in my family dynamics we need to find her another home.

If you are interested in meeting Arya, please contact Affie at affiekoko@gmail.com.

Sophie
A Private Party Dog

Sophie

17 months old / female

This is Sophie. She is a 17 month old female German Shepard was needs a home with love and structure. She is loving, very smart with lots of energy and gets along with other dogs. She has gone through obedience classes and worked one-on-one private sessions with a dog trainer in home. She would be perfect as an only dog in a home where the owners can give her lots of exercise and love. She is currently in a temporary foster home but they cannot keep her long term as they have already 3 young dogs in training.

If you are interested in meeting Sophie, please contact Trillian Hamilton 408-427-1689.

Dory
A Private Party Dog

Dory

4.5 years old / female

Dory is a beautiful and smart German Shepherd who's about 4-5 years old. She is strong, but also mellow. She loves long walks, and walks very well on leash. She enjoys playing fetch and is happy playing with a ball all by herself. Dory was rescued from the Oakland Animal Shelter and seemed to have some separation anxiety and leash reactivity when we brought her home. She has since been to a board and train facility that helped some with her leash reactivity and obedience. We believe it will be crucial to continue with slowly socializing her with other dogs so that she gains trust. Dory is very lovable and clearly needs a stable life with someone who will provide her the attention and care she deserves. She has great potential to be a wonderful companion to any individual, couple or even family. We believe she should not be in a home with other dogs or cats based on her background.

If you are interested in meeting Dory, please email Paige at paigeklafferty@gmail.com. Dory is in the Palo Alto area.