Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

First, Bandit joins Mom and Dad and two other GSDs that are dear to our hearts. Bandit is so easy going and sweet he fit right in with Sasha and Yoda. We are happy for all of them!

Karma found a great home in the North Bay. She will live with two kitties and three humans. Karma's mom can take good dogs to work; Karma will be a great ambassador for the GSD Breed, loving on the staff and elderly clients. Karma is a perfect choice for this line of work. We are very happy for the whole family as well!

Thank you to our adoption counselors, Kristy and Karen, for finding these two great families. Bandit came from our friends at the East County Shelter in Dublin; Karma came from our friends at the Mendocino Animal Control in Ukiah.

Last week we told you about a working girl called Spy. This week we can share a challenge that makes Spy seem easy.

A month ago we were approached by the Novato Police Department. One of their handlers had left and they had an 8 year old working K9 that needed to find a home. 

Ingo is an East German import who was trained in Holland. He is an older dog that has worked all his life - he is not a family pet. This was a serious challenge!

We joined forces with our friends at GSRNC, specifically Linda Vartanian and set to work. Linda networked her contacts and we did the same. We visited the officers at Novato PD and interviewed them to get the complete story about the dog. We visited the dog in Novato, photographed him and checked him out.

From this Linda prepared a bio, with photos and we spread the word within the correct community.


Then, suddenly, we found two potential adopters. A lady called Stephanie from Redding came down, met with Ingo with us in Novato and she decided that this could work. She has had a whole series of working GSDs and specializes in retired K9s. the other adopted, a K9 handler, said she would wait to see if Stephanie would adopt.

Stephanie and her family spent the last few days build a home for Ingo and today she drove down and adopted Ingo!

Ingo has worked his whole life and two rescue groups combined to help save him. He is an amazing dog and deserves a wonderful retirement. 

He’s going to get it! 

We often get asked: "Where are you located?" The answer: "Everywhere in the Bay Area." You see, we have volunteers all over the Bay Area and beyond, so that's how we were able to be in two places at once this weekend. First we were in Danville at the Petfood Express where we talked to lots of potential adopters which ultimately ended up in three dogs finding their forever homes this weekend! But that's not all, two dogs went to foster homes to be loved on and socialized, alumni dogs came to visit and we recruited more volunteers - it was a great day in the east bay!

Meanwhile in the north bay we were at the Bay Area Pet Fair in Marin. This is a wonderful 2-day event where we get to share our mission, meet potential adopters and volunteers, and of course, gush about all of the wonderful attributes of owning a German Shepherd. Many people came by to see what we were about, and it was really fun to talk to them about what we do and why we do it. 

Thank you to everyone who came out to see us this weekend, we really appreciate meeting you!

New volunteer Emma Kearn is writing a series of posts about the many reasons to Choose a Rescue Dog Instead of Buying from a Breeder.  This is the final part.

Millions of adoptable pets are euthanized in the US every year, and while no-kill shelters do all they can to save the lives of as many dogs as possible, there are always more dogs that need help.

Choosing to adopt a rescue dog rather than buying a puppy from a breeder may feel like a drop in the bucket in terms of helping solve the problem, but every little bit makes a difference, and there are many rewarding reasons to bring a rescue dog into your home.

You might inspire others to adopt rescue dogs

Some people avoid choosing rescue dogs because they mistakenly think that the dogs have something wrong with them.

The sad fact is, most dogs are abandoned not because of health or behavioral reasons, but just because the owners are unwilling or unable to take care of them any longer.

Unfortunately, myths about rescue dogs as difficult or unhealthy may contribute to the reluctance of potential owners to adopt.

Bringing home a rescue dog may inspire the urge to adopt in friends or family who might otherwise have purchased a puppy from a pet store or breeder—and those people in turn may do the same for others. 

Only recently a family met one of our dogs at a neighbor. They contacted us and now have their own GSD and the two are playmates!

Our team has placed over one thousand German Shepherds into their new homes and have years of experience of hearing from happy owners with their delightful new dogs. 

More soon, Emma

Ava went to her furever home yesterday.  She will living in Petaluma with her new family and little friend.

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 


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