Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

All across the Bay Area people are volunteering with German Shepherd Rescue, but what is volunteering really like?  What sort of things do people do?  How much time do you have to give up?

We volunteer because we love the dogs and want to make a difference.  We care about these poor animals that have ended up in life threatening situations through no fault of their own.  When you’ve been a part in saving a dog it’s an unforgettable experience.

One of the best things about volunteering for Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue is that most roles are very flexible about when you do them and we have jobs that take only an hour a week – and you decide when.  And best of all, most of our jobs can be done from your own home. 

The best way to start volunteering, meet the dogs and meet other volunteers is to come to one of our adoption events.  We hold several each month so it should be easy to find one that fits your schedule.  Let one of us know you’re interested and we’ll tell you about the team and the event and find out what you’re interested in doing.  It’s great fun!  You can see the current schedule of events here.

There are so many roles you can play

Keen photographer?  We try and take great pictures of our dogs at our events as a good picture helps promote the dog!

Good with the internet?  We are frequently posting on Facebook, Tweeting and much more.  You could join our marketing team and help the dogs.

Looking for a dog?  Why not foster a dog and learn more about German Shepherds? We pay for all the expenses.  It’s our favorite volunteer job as you get a free dog!

Are you good with people and know about German Shepherds?  You could be an adoption counselor and help a family find their perfect dog.

Very organized?  How about one of the many admin related roles that oil the wheels of a rescue group.  You could support our volunteer coordinator or our adoption leader. 

The point is that volunteering can suit your schedule, be done from your home and there are many ways to help.  You’ll meet awesome dogs and people and hopefully have fun while you are making a real difference to the lives of the dogs.

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 #
Home Phone #

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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See our dogs

Click below if you would like to see all our dogs. They are available to be rescued right now.



How do I adopt?

Check here if you would like to see just how easy it is to adopt one of our wonderful dogs.



What is BAGSR?

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