Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

GOODBYE AUGUST - Another amazing month - 40% more dogs helped versus 2015. Thanks to everyone who played a part.

For the second month running we added many volunteers in new roles. Allison setting up new fosters, Emma working CraigsList, fritS and MaryLouise joined our Hotline, Chad chasing payments, Jon making sure dogs are in Sugar and Deb getting dogs microchipped. It takes a great team to keep saving even more dogs.

Incredibly, that's 9 back to back record months since November last year and we're already off to a great start in September.

Yesterday Donna joined our foster team to support fosters and Cathryn just started writing bios. Tomorrow Kathy is going to start to lead our transport efforts and Tatyana is taking over as match maker on our rehome project!

So here's to 10 straight record months and more dogs helped than we ever imagined. We have big plans ahead! 

We receive wonderful support from the Maddie's Fund.  Here are the 2015 statistics!


We receive wonderful support from the Maddie's Fund.  Here are the 2014 statistics!


Bark Avenue Foundations helps an important part of Rescue - spay and neuter costs

Bark Avenue Foundation (BAF) is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare. BAF partners with communities and with other nonprofit organizations, understanding that collaboration is critical to its success. BAF prioritizes spay/neuter funding and programs, to stop the pet overpopulation problem at its source: unintended litters.

BAF also supports pet owners, particularly those who are in at-risk and under-served populations (including the homeless), focused on pet retention and reclamation in Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

You can read more about them on their Facebook page   

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

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Wine and Wags - Sunday June 2nd

June 2nd !!

Mark your calendar for this wonderful 2nd Annual Wine & Wags event, in Livermore. Big White House Winery/John Evan Cellar has graciously offered us a spot at their beautiful winery where we will have our BAGSR table ! More than 15 wineries are sponsoring this event and many rescues are participating. Please plan on a beautiful Sunday and come do ya thing....with the wine glass thing and support our dogs. We will have a few ambassadogs there. Thank you for Carmen and Mark Battle, as well as Kathy Ramirez, who reached out to us. Who wants to have some fun in the sun?

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 


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.