Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

Every day we talk with people who are looking for a new dog.  We often hear them say that they are looking for a Black German Shepherd to replace their last Black German Shepherd. They are focused on the physical characteristics of the dog. 

So what should you look for?

Our first thought is always about temperament. Think of a few words that describe your ideal or last dog. It might be “affectionate" or “intense" or “present”. You might love your dog’s “playfulness" or “silliness”. There is no right or wrong list. It’s something personal to you. Did you like that your last dog was “quiet” and a little "shy”? There is no right or wrong. 

Tell us the three to five words that are most important to you. 

What’s so good about this approach is that it lets us look at our dogs and tell you which dogs best match your criteria and why.  It also lets us explain the dogs that don’t.

Why temperament first?

A personal experience.  Nearly four years ago one of our team was looking for a Black German Shepherd.  He finally saw his dream dog on the website and having been approved, went off to meet the foster parents and the dog.  His ideal dog was confident, high energy and a little bit stupid.   The Black Shepherd was stunningly good looking but shy, quiet and retiring.

What would you have done?

He decided not to adopt that dog.  A few weeks alter adopted a black and tan dog that fitted his ideal description.  Four years later he knows it was the right decision.  They are rarely apart. 

So write down those words and let your adoption counselor know. We will do an even better job helping you.

We work with a wonderful team called the Miracle Group to save dogs from across the US.  

It's an amazing story.

It started just over a year ago with a comment made in a Facebook PM by Tuesdi Woodworth that went something like "wouldn't it be great if we all contributed regularly to a fund that could be used to rescue a dog a month". Such lofty goals!! A Dog A Month. It was that one comment to a handful of people with a dream to make a difference in the lives of a handful of dogs that launched the Miracle GSD Group - and there was no looking back.  

On October 29, 2012, the Miracle GSD Group pulled Taylor and Laku, 2 GSD's from Coachella heading to the safety of Southwest Michigan German Shepherd Rescue. Southern California dogs from a very full, high kill shelter safely transported across the country to a GSD rescue in Michigan that does not have the same overcrowding issues that California (and many other states) have. The  funds that were needed to pull, vet, board for a few days then transport these 2 lucky dogs were from "pledges" made on each dog's public post, with the Miracle Group members filling in the difference.  And it worked! Those two dogs were adopted in to loving homes within weeks and SWMGSR wanted to know if they could get a couple more. Beautiful, loving GSD's that were abandoned with little hope of surviving the overcrowded shelter life now being loved and spoiled in their forever homes. Yes, there were more, too many more.

The next month, November 2012 the Miracle Group pulled 13 dogs!! Three wonderful members of this group realized this could not continue without some serious organization and they got serious. New rescue partnerships were formed, "PLANS" were made and lives were saved. In July, 2013, the Group decided they needed a break. Nine months of chaos was wearing them out. They needed to slow down and take some time for themselves. That month they rescued 30 dogs! The most in a month to date - on their break - because they would not say no to a dog with a PLAN.  In one year the Miracle Group has saved 226 dogs, pulled dogs from 37 different places in 6 different states going to 17 different rescues. 

These three ladies give their time, their skills and mostly their love and devotion to save these dogs. They have families, soccer games, jobs, business trips, dogs to walk, yet they find the time to save so many lives and all three of them live on the EAST COAST. THANK YOU Tuesdi Woodworth, Lisa Lepardo Welch and Kathleen Sparti Dillon for ALL you do, for those you have saved and those yet to be saved and thank you to all the members of the Miracle Group who pledge, share, pull, transport, foster, board and help support the Miracle GSD Group.

We are thrilled and honored to be a part of this amazing group.

Over recent weeks we have seen a surge in the amount of people contacting us to surrender their dog. It's a sad moment that is often caused by poor health or changing economic situations.

We have been thinking about how we can best help people at this difficult time. So we have developed a new process to make it easier for the owner and ensure the best outcome for the dog.

You can read all about it here.

Imagine if you were the dog. Your great hope would be that you find a wonderful new home versus being left at a shelter, facing possible death. So we and other rescue groups can help.

Our great hope is that we can join forces with other rescue groups and form a network where we all share and promote these owner surrender dogs.  It would be great for the dogs, but it's just a dream at the moment. We will be reaching out to the wonderful teams at Golden State, Greater California and Northern California groups to see if they would like to be involved. For now, we are making it easier if you face this difficult moment. 

We are excited to be featured is this week's Bay Woof!  You can read all about us by clicking on the picture or here.

It's incredible to think that in 3 months we have had more applications, saved more dogs and more new volunteers than we could have ever of dreamed of. Over 2,000 people have liked our Facebook page in just 90 days.  The IRS granted us 501(c)(3) status in super fast time, wow it makes us breathless.

If you've ever thought that you would love to save lives and have fun, just email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be in touch.

Thanks to everyone for the last three months, it's been an incredible start! And yes, that's Shakey in the picture!

AbbyHere at Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue we have had a whole series of owner surrender dogs in the past two weeks. Abby on the left is just one. People's jobs or lives have changed and they have don the best they can and offered their dog to great owners we find as a rescue group. 

If you're reading this and thinking about this as a next step for you and your dog.....

KaliWe know how hard it is for an owner is to arrive at the point where they decide to give up their German Shepherd.  It can happen for many reasons.  A change in health, living location, economic situation.  It's a difficult time, whatever the reason.

We do NOT require you to first hand your dog into a shelter. We will not blame or criticize you.

Most people contact us through our hotline phone number (855) 473 5683 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We will soon contact you and have a friendly chat to help you through the next steps. We have done this too many times and know that this is not an easy time.

We will want to meet with you and your dog and get to know your German Shepherd.  We'll evaluate your dog to make sure he or she is suitable for adoption.  If all goes well we will take your dog into our program and help it get a wonderful new family.  In some cases the dog will remain with the original owner, if the change is not urgent.  

These dogs are wonderful and are just as in need of a good home.

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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

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