Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

Some times when one of our dogs goes 'missing' at home, we will find them curled up in their crate. It's ironic because we often meet people who have an allergic reaction to dog crates.  They see crates as some form of jail for the dog and part of a punishment for the dog. 

Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

As humans, we see things very differently.  We know the concept of the prison and having freedom restricted as a punishment.  Crate is an unfortunate word as it has so many negative associations for us humans.

The dog sees the crate through very different eyes. If you look at dogs in the wild, they look for somewhere to sleep and hide that will be safe.  The ideal spot is a cave because they can reverse in and sleep knowing they are protected from all approaches apart from the front.  he has his teeth to protect him there.  The dog sees a crate as a den or a cave.

We think that crates are an important part of training and an invaluable part of day to day life.  Lets look at some uses:

1) Give your dog a break - Kids running round the house, neighbors everywhere, why not give your dog a break and let him sleep in his caret for an hour? He will appreciate you for helping him get away from a stressful situation.

2) Set your dog up to succeed - many people complain that they went out and the dog chewed a shoe or something.  Put him in his den/crate and unless you throw a shoe in there - he won't be chewing it.

3) Give yourself a break - you need a quiet few minutes.  put your dog in the crate with a chew / bone and you'll both be happy.

4) Super fast house training - dogs don't pee or poop where they sleep.  A crate is a brilliant part of getting your puppy or new dog quickly house trained.  make sure that you don't use an adult sized crate for your pup though!

We work with our dogs and the crate is a positive part of their lives. We NEVER put a dog in the crate for doing something wrong. It's never a time out.  It's a safe space!

Holiday Pup Pics 2018

Come and join us and get great photos of your dog!

Holiday Pup Pics

Come and join us and get great photos of your dog!



Our dogs are super smart and learn very quickly with the right direction.  We are often asked to recommend a dog trainer by people who adopt their new dog.  Our belief is that trainer works with you to help you train your dog. Over the coming days and weeks we will be creating a list with contacts.  We will only list trainers that our members have personally worked with and recommend.

Based in Novato, they offer an extraordinary range of training and behavior classes at very affordable prices. Many of our volunteers have undertaken their dog training classes with their personal dogs.  We are huge fans of Dawn and her entire team. See them on line here and call them on (415) 883-4621


Lisa Caper runs DogOvation covering Marin County.  Several of our volunteers have worked with her and they give great reports.  Like all the best trainers her focus is more on training the owner to train the dog.  You can read all about Lisa's philosophy on her website here and phone her at : (415) 299-1158 


Foster Application

Foster Application

* Required

Please note that if you rent your home we will require that you obtain approval from your landlord to have a German Shepherd dog.

IMPORTANT - When you are finished, make sure you click Submit Application at the bottom of the form.

Your Information

Through this process we will be regularly in touch with you.
Your First Name *
Your Last Name *
Email Address *
Cell Phone # *

Street Address *

City *
State *
Zip *

Work Phone #
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Your family and home

Other adult name and relationship *
How many children live at your home? *
What are their ages? *
How would you describe the activity level at your home? *
Do you own or rent your home?
How many dogs do you currently have at home? *
How many cats do you currently have *
Please tell us about any other animals (birds, lizards, livestock, etc.) you currently have?

Your Experience with Dogs

Please tell us about your dog experience as an adult *
Please tell us about the your dog training experience *

Your Future Dog

Describe your activities with your dog *
Why do you want a German Shepherd dog? *
If you currently have a dog, why do you want another?
Are you looking for a male or a female dog? *
What age of dog would you be open to fostering? *
Where do your dogs spend their time? *






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We are a proud group of volunteers who love German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. Click here to learn more.