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, January 21, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Sunday, March 18, 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.

Mars
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Mars

5 months old / male

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Mars is a very soft natured, 5 month old male who was found as a stray. Our vet determined he had a badly infected broken leg, most likely from being hit by a car at least a month ago. He has been placed on strong antibiotics and won’t be available until we know he is a healthy pup. Mars doesn’t seem to care he has health problems. Despite being underweight and dealing with kennel cough, he is very playful and loves other dogs. He's very scared when he’s on a leash so he will need some training once he is in good health. He’s currently learning how to stay quiet in a kennel.

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.

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. If you want a calm, loving, loyal companion, Justice is your dog. She has come so far since she was found abandoned and pregnant in Central Valley. She has excellent house manners, knows several commands, and at night goes into her crate & shuts the door without being asked.

Justice loves attention & loves being with people. She prefers the company of people to dogs. She would be okay as an only dog, however she does get along well with the five other dogs, both large & medium, in her foster home. She does not seem to have a strong prey drive, so she may do okay with other animals. Justice is treat motivated & always sits straight for a treat and prances when she is in the yard playing by herself. She learns fast and is very easy to train.

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.

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.

Daimler
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Daimler

18 months old / male

Daimler is a large, 18 months old male. He is a lover and wants to be with his people. He has been fine with other dogs so far, knows basic commands, and is highly food motivated which makes training him easy! Daimler should be an indoor dog as he does not like to be left outside, he wants to be with his owner(s).

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.

Skor
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Skor

3 years old / male

Skor is a 3 year old male who was found as a stray. He came into our program with no manners but he has shown a desire to please and has been progressing nicely. He's currently in a very structured foster home where he is starting the training process and he will need this to continue in his new home. If he isn’t told exactly what to do every minute of the day, he becomes very hyperactive and anxious. Within a week he has learned to be kennel trained, house trained, heals on leash, rides well in the car, doesn’t jump on people, knows sit, and to stay on his bed. He does need exercise in order to expel his energy and would be a great running or hiking partner.

Skor does great with his other German Shepherd foster siblings but does like to chase small dogs and cats. He absolutely loves attention from people, even strangers. We have not heard him alarm bark and he doesn’t fence fight with the neighbor dogs. Skor still acts like a happy and ridiculous puppy but one can tell that with continued training, he will be an awesome and fun addition.

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.

Gretchen
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Gretchen

3 years old / female

Gretchen is an all black, female GSD, who’s about 3 years old. She’s a happy, outgoing dog who loves to go on walks and is friendly with new people.  She’s also smart and a quick learner. Gretchen prefers to be an only dog.  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.

Wendi
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Wendi

14 months old / female

Wendi is a sable GSD, about 14 months old, and weighs roughly 63 pounds.   She will probably weigh about 70-75 pounds as an adult. She’s a happy girl, likes other dogs, and is very intelligent. We have started giving her basic training and she is both toy and food motivated for learning. Wendi is still very "puppyish"  and will thrive with good training. 

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.

Tangi
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Tangi

3 years old / female

Tangi is a large female GSD who’s about 3 years old. She’s been fine around other dogs but not good with cats.  We will post more 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.

Lola
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Lola

12 months old / female

Lola is a super sweet, very petite female who's about 12-14 months old. She's a medium energy level dog who learns quickly. She's a little mouthy right now but she's working on it. 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.

Devo
A Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Dog

Devo

12 months old / male

Devo is about 12-16 monthss old and is a sweet, young male. We'll post more info 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.

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.