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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Sweet Luna ended up as a stray at animal control. Her owners were contacted and they decided not to reclaim her. Luna is 2 years old, possibly a bit younger. She is housebroken and crate trained, thought the crate isn’t her favorite place. Luna is being fostered with another male GSD. We haven’t tested her with small dogs or cats. Luna would benefit from continued training. She knows a few basic commands and is working on her leash manners. She is doing better with pulling on a harness. Luna always likes to have a toy or ball in her mouth; it’s almost like a pacifier to her! She doesn’t always want to share her toy with humans or canines, but her foster mom is working on this. Luna is affectionate and will climb in your lap for attention. She would do best in a home with older children. Luna loves to be with her person and will follow her foster mom around the house. She likes to play fetch and would love a fenced yard in her forever home.

Toby was found tied up outside of the shelter with no information as to why. He is a young, big guy looking for a GSD experienced home. Toby is currently being fostered with our friends at Bark University Inc. He is working on his basic manners and learning to socialize with other dogs. Toby can sometimes be startled by loud noises. He is strong on leash and will try to jump up to meet new people. Toby is crate trained and does well on car rides. He will require a fenced yard and an adoptive family to continue working on his training. Toby would do best in an adult home. No cats for this big guy.

Bitsy is a 4 year old, 45 pound dwarf German Shepherd abandoned by her family when they moved and left her behind. She was born with leg deformities, however this little girl gets around great! Bitsy is a very happy, friendly, and affectionate girl. She is crate trained, easy to handle on leash, and rides nicely in the car. Bitsy tested well with other dogs. She may need pain medication when she gets older and should be kept on a joint supplement. Bitsy is in a temporary foster and in need of a foster to adopt or forever home. She has been evaluated by a specialist and is not a candidate for surgery.

Darla was adopted from GSR 3 years ago and is reluctantly being returned. She does not like being hugged by the special needs child in her home, and would do best in a home with older respectful children. Darla is about 4 years old, spayed, microchipped, up to date on vaccines, and current on heartworm prevention. She lives with a male GSD and enjoys playing with him and of course bossing him around like a typical female! Darla loves a comfy couch and belly rubs. She likes to go for walks and to find hidden treats around the house (“seek”). Darla knows basic commands (sit, stay, down, stand, wait, come, touch, place, go to bed). She is working on “leave it”. Darla will go right into her crate to be fed and when we leave the house (with a kong/treat). She is friendly with strangers and new dogs. Darla likes bones and raw hides; she’s not really into toys or chewing. Darla loves chasing squirrels and bunnies in her yard. She could be ok in apartment living if someone took her for several walks a day. Darla loves car rides and is even used to RV living! Once in awhile Darla will find a shoe that sparks her fancy, or a snack on the counter. She is truly a sweet, good girl that will make a great companion.

Bosco was bought off of Craig’s list, and 2 weeks later dumped at Chicago Animal Control. He is about a year and a half old and looking for a forever home! Bosco is a bit undersocialized with other dogs and would do best with a slow, proper introduction. He has attended dog daycare and did well. Bosco is housebroken and crate trained. He is an active, young boy that needs a family willing to continue his training and exercise him. Bosco is good in the car, loves walks, and has had no issues meeting new people. He is not good with cats and we would recommend older children in his forever home.

4 year old Care Bear was surrendered to Chicago Animal Control due to a family members allergies. Care Bear is a very sweet, well-mannered lady! And she truly cares. While she is also a good snuggle bear and very affectionate, she does not jump up on furniture without an invitation. She has been learning how to enjoy chewing on no-hides and greenies, and shows interest in toys but isn't quite sure what to do with them yet. She's a smart bear though! She already knows "sit" and "kennel up," and is quickly learning "down," "touch," and "wait." She's also a very loyal bear. She's a bit slow to warm up to new people at first, but go at her pace, and you will be her best friend for life! She has good taste and is also easily won over with high-quality snacks, like chicken or hot dogs, and long walks in the park. Walks are her favorite! She's good on leash as well unless those pesky squirrels are out; she's always up for a good squirrel chase! She does have some anxiety when she's away from her people. She can kennel-up nicely for a few hours, but someone who is home often, at least initially while she adjusts to her new home, may be best. Care Bear is good with other dogs and cats! She lived previously with children ages 4, 6, 9, and 12.

Gage came to GSR as an old, sweet stray. He wasn’t chipped and of course, no one came looking for him. The volunteers at CACC raved about him and how he’d lean his body into your for some attention. He, like so many others, didn’t deserve the concrete floor or noisy pavilions. Lucky for Gage, his soulful eyes caught the attention of someone who couldn’t let him spend another night in animal control. Gage got his lucky break and was picked up by his foster, headed to a warm bed and quiet place to rest for the first time in weeks. We realized pretty quickly he was shy about using his back legs. He didn’t attempt wood stairs but was fine using the couple steps in and out of the garage for walks and off the back deck so he could access the backyard for potty duty. He did come down with a nasty URI within the first couple days of busting out of the shelter but it took him nearly 6 weeks to fully shake it. With the help of raw & dehydrated food, probiotics, bone broth, and antibiotics, he finally was feeling better and his hacking cough subsided. We were then able to get him to the vet for a full work up and had his hips X-rays. Gage’s X-rays looked great and our vets felt he just had some muscle atrophy. With regular walks and joint support supplements, we’d get him on the route to wellness quickly! We are happy to report he is doing much better and now has a clean bill of health! Here is the best part! Gage currently lives with a male and female Pittie, a Chihuahua, a cat, and a snake. He is SUPER friendly with everyone! No issues whatsoever. He also enjoys meeting new people and loves head scratches the most. His fosters lovingly call him “pancake” because he’ll flop to the floor for extra pets and he won’t move besides maybe nudging you to keep petting him. He is extremely affectionate and loves being with people. He is a calm dog and loves walks and he doesn’t pull on his leash. He is a joy to have outside! He also is pretty quiet and only barks when he hears you prepping his meals but hey- he’s a hungry boy so who can blame him! Dude has a great appetite. He especially loves his raw recreational chews, turkey necks being his favorite. We believe Gage is about 7 years old but he’s so excited to start each day that he certainly isn’t ready for retirement! Gage likely spend most of his life as an outside dog. Sometimes he gets scared with things like stairs, car rides, and handling. These are all things he never experienced before. However since joining his foster family he has learned to gain trust and we know he’ll develop the same with his forever home. Since Gage has never been around young children, we recommend placing him with older children. Gage will be a great addition to just about any family and will being so much love into your home!