Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

The classic image of a German Shepherd Rescue dog is the sad animal cowering in the shelter with injuries and other health issues.  The dog who unfortunately got involved with the wrong humans.  I thought it might be useful to talk about the reality.

It breaks our heart and makes us even more resolved to help.  In these cases we put the dog into a foster home, sometimes for months and help it rebuild it's health and confidence.  We always discuss everything we know about the dog with anyone who is thinking of adopting.  The great news is that this is not the norm with German Shepherds - in fact it's quite rare.  

Where do you get your dogs?

Our dogs come from county shelters. The staff that we meet in the shelters do a great job and are wonderful people doing a difficult job.  

The dogs also come from private individuals who surrender them to us. In the vast majority of cases we see healthy dogs who have a nice temperament and we ask ourselves "How on earth did you end up here?". 

Every month we rescue stunning dogs that make our volunteers and adopters literally gasp.

So why do dogs end up with us?

In shelters we don't always know.  Often the dog has escaped and for whatever reason the owner has not called within the prescribed time limit.  Many will have been turned in to the shelter because the owners life situation has changed and others will be given up because the owner made a mistake, seduced by a puppy and then unable to cope with a woking breed dog.

Our second source of dogs from people who contact us directly to surrender their dog, knowing that their dog will be with people who love dogs and be treated super well.  usually the owner's health has deteriorated, or their financial situation has changed, a child arrives.... 

We undertake a very detailed evaluation of every dog that comes into our care.  each dog lives with our volunteers and we learn more about them.  That's why rescue is so much better than Craigslist and some other sources.

The bad news is that some dogs do get abused, the good news is that it's quite rare.


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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!


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What is BAGSR?

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