Available Dogs

If you are interested in one of our wonderful rescue German Shepherd Dogs, please review the information provided on our Adopt page and complete an Application.

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Roman is a sweet senior boy that was found as an abandoned dog. He was rescued from Chicago Animal Control on Christmas Day and is looking for a forever home!

Roman is a very affectionate boy. He will nudge you for pets and loves his back scratched. He is good on leash, rides nicely in the car, and is crate trained.

Roman is selective with other dogs. He is ok with calm, submissive dogs but wouldn’t mind a home where he was the only dog to be spoiled. He was great meeting a cat used to large dogs.

Roman has a great personality and still has his bursts of energy, but mostly just wants to relax with his person. He is an amazing boy that deserves a loving home in his golden years!

Riley is 2 years old and was given up by her former family because they said there were too many dogs in the house. She was surrendered to the shelter with her brother who she was very attached to. He was adopted separately, and since has been learning to find her independence.

Riley went through a few foster homes because she has a lot of energy and didn’t handle meeting lots of new people very well. Her current foster family says she needs a home with GSD experience and a fenced in yard, preferably a privacy fence. She thrives on structure, guidance and a routine. Riley is a really amazing dog when she is given direction, like many GSDs.

She likes to play with other dogs and would love an active brother to play with. She has two foster brothers now that she really loves! She’s been around cats her whole life and young children, though she’d do best with older children in her forever home so they can be consistent with her training as well.

Riley is crate trained, knows commands like sit, down, heel and the place command (though sometimes Riley forgets what place means). Riley has been working on her leash obedience as well and has been doing great.

Riley’s current foster family is open to meeting with potential adopters and working some training sessions so you can better understand how she learns. It will take some time for Riley to warm up to a new family because it’s scary when for a dog that’s lost their home and never experienced much outside of it.

Riley loves to go for walks, play fetch, and she’s food motivated! She would make a wonderful companion for someone looking for an active dog.

Boss was rescued from Chicago Animal Control after being surrendered when his owner could no longer care for him. He is 4 years old, weighs 75 pounds, and has the best ears ever! Boss is currently being fostered with our friends at Bark University in Mundelein IL. He is a happy, energetic boy looking for a GSD experienced home. Boss loves to play fetch and always likes to have a tennis ball within paws reach. He is good with most other dogs and currently attends play group. Boss does great with children ages 10 and up. He knows basic commands and is working on his leash manners as well as crate training. Boss’s ideal forever home would have a fenced yard and someone willing to continue training with him. He is an active guy and definitely not a couch potato! He is not used to being left alone long hours, and would need a home with someone home often or require daycare. Boss is very affectionate and is described as a “Velcro shepherd.” He is a volunteer favorite and is great with everyone he meets. Boss is not cat friendly, so no feline friends in his forever home.

Ayla was found as a stray in Chicago by a caring citizen who brought her to Chicago Animal Control. She was found with an injury to her head and X-rays revealed her skull was fractured. She has been in a foster home and has made a full recovery! Ayla is estimated to be about 12 months old. She is a sweet, friendly girl that loves to play with soccer balls! Ayla gets along well with other dogs and is being fostered with two male German Shepherds. She is very smart and food motivated. Ayla’s foster mom has worked on basic commands with her as well as crate training. Her foster mom reports that she is very smart! Ayla would make a great obedience or agility partner. She does have high prey drive so likely would do best in a home without small children or animals. Ayla is your typical pup with lots of energy. She would love a forever home with a big fenced yard so she can play! Ayla’s adoptive family should plan to take her to positive reinforcement training classes.

Drake is a 6 -7 year old 111 lb. male who was relinquished to Animal control by his owner after living outdoors for 3 years. He is a very sweet, gentle soul who loves being in his new foster home and enjoys all of the comforts of indoor living! He does well with calm dogs and loves all people and kids over 10. He does not do well cats. Drake's foster Dad is working on his manners using positive reinforcement and he excels daily! He loves going for long walks around the neighborhood and exploring his environment.

Kronos is a 5 year old male GSD whose special person can no longer care for him. He is not used to a crate and does fine in the house. He walks well on leash and enjoys car rides. Kronos is an active, affectionate, attentive, confident, easy-going, friendly, gentle, happy, obedient, playful, protective and sociable dog. He is great with people of all ages and with most dogs. He hasn’t met cats in his home and loves to play fetch and chew his nyla bones. Kronos has visited a home with 3 resident cats and had no problems. He doesn’t like the vacuum and fireworks. Kronos is on medication for pancreatic problems and needs special powder to digest his food.

Riggs was found as a stray and brought to Chicago Animal Control, but his owners never reclaimed him. It appeared he had been stray for a bit as he was covered in burrs, had ear infections, and had a very dirty coat. Riggs is a very big boy weighing in at 100# and is estimated to be between 6 and 7 years old. He is a very sweet, sensitive boy. When he first arrived at his foster home he was afraid to use the stairs or explore much, but each day he gains confidence. He is extremely affectionate and loves when his foster mom has visitors so he can get lots of attention! Riggs is good with other dogs and is being fostered with another German Shepherd. He hasn’t been around cats. Riggs would do best in a home without small children.


Sweet Nya is a 9-10 month old shepherd mix pup with a rough past she’s looking to put behind her. She is an active, playful girl that has a lot of puppy in her still! Nya can be a little shy when she first meets new people, but she warms up nicely. She is crate trained and working on basic manners. Nya is good with other dogs though she can play a bit rough. She has not been cat tested. Nya is good with children ages 9 and up that are dog savvy. She is very affectionate and has the typical shepherd quality of wanting to be with her person. Her foster family is working on building her confidence and getting her comfortable being alone. Nya has a ton of potential and will thrive in home with a family willing to continue training with her.


Jay was surrendered to Aurora Animal Control after living his entire life outside. He is a big, goofy boy looking for a GSD experienced home. Jay is 18 months old and is good with other large dogs. He did live previously with children, but we’d recommend older children in his forever home. Jay is working on basic obedience and house manners with his foster home. He will need an adoptive family willing to continue training with him. Jay loves to go for walks and is very active.

Bear 19 ended up at Chicago Animal Control as a stray. He came into the shelter underweight and with injuries to his ears. Bear is now in a foster home and is looking for a forever home! He is 3 years old and 75 pounds. He likely will be 90+ at a healthy weight. Bear is housebroken and crate trained. He is good with other dogs and attends daycare with our friends at Bark University. Bear is working on his basic obedience and house manners. He is very smart and his foster dad says he shows improvement each day! Bear is very mouthy and will need an adoptive family willing to continue to work on this with him. Due to his size and mouthiness, he would do best in a home with no small children.