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!

Vianne was brought into Chicago Animal Control as a stray with another dog believed to be her daughter. Her daughter was adopted at the shelter but Vianne never made it to the adoption floor. GSR met Vianne and knew we had to help her! She is about 7 years old and is very sweet. Vianne is calm and easy going. She tested well with other dogs at the shelter. We think she’d probably be fine with cats. Vianne is a smaller shepherd weighing 50 lbs. When we rescued her she had 2 mammory tumors and seemed to have been bred multiple times. Vianne is hoping to leave those days behind and find a loving family that will treasure her!

Gypsy B. was surrendered to GSR because her owners were moving to a new place that doesn’t allow dogs. Gypsy is 3 years old and 47 pounds. Her owners who had her since she was 4 months old described her as active, friendly, gentle, happy, loving, playful, and protective. Gypsy is great with other dogs, even dogs that rushed up to meet her at the vet! She has never been around cats. Gypsy walks nicely on leash and rides well in a car. She lived with 2 children ages 7 and 16. Gypsy is not used to a crate but has great house manners.

Boomer was brought to Chicago Animal Control when his owner died and there was no family to take care of him. He is a friendly, sweet boy that is estimated to be about 4 years old. He lived previously with cats and gets along well with other dogs. Boomer is strong on lead and would benefit from obedience training. He loves to go on car rides and will jump right into a car!

Sacha and Lyka are a beautiful, bonded pair of gorgeous females who are seeking their next home together in the Chicago area! Sacha is 4 and Lyka is 7. These two may just be simply the sweetest, most affectionate pair we've ever met. They love to lay on the couch, lay on the bed, be with you wherever you are. They don't demand attention, they just want to hang out and be loved. They came to us from Doha, Qatar, where their owner kept them on his roof. He cared for them the best he could, and when he realized it wasn't enough, he called a local Doha rescue for help. That rescue reached out to us and sent them to us here. Sacha is house trained and Lyka is working on her skills. Like most GSDs a slow introduction to other dogs is key and we would recommend a home with a laid back male dog or no other dogs. They are currently living with a nice male GSD and have also done well with small dogs they've met. We do not know how they would be with cats, but they are so laid back, dog savvy cats might be ok. They have already experienced Home Depot and PetSmart and handled it like pros! These two aren't the most active dogs you've ever met, but the do like having their people around, so a family who is home a lot would be best.

Puppy came to GSR from Vermillion County Shelter after being dumped by his owners when they purchased a new puppy. This beautiful boy was born February 28, 2011 and weighs 86 lbs. Puppy previously lived with other dogs and children. He is strong on leash and would benefit from positive training classes. Puppy is a sweet boy that is friendly with all people. He rides nicely in the car and is gentle taking treats.

Handsome Cash K was found as a stray and brought to Kendall County Animal Control. He was never reclaimed by his family and when a foster home stepped up, we were able to rescue him! Cash is estimated to be around a year old. He is a friendly, intelligent boy. His friends at the shelter found that he can open doors! He loves water and would enjoy a home with a yard and a baby pool. Cash would do best as an only pet in his forever home. He knows some basic commands but would benefit from continued positive training classes.

Vela is a sweet, friendly girl rescued from Chicago Animal Care & Control. She originally ended up at the shelter as a stray, and was forced to wait while her owner contested spaying her. After 2 long months, her owner decided he didn’t want to pay her redemption fees and signed her over. Vela is about a year old and still very puppy like. She is an energetic, bouncy girl working on her manners. Vela is crate trained. She would benefit from a home that is willing to take her to positive training classes. Vela previously lived with another large breed dog and is friendly with new dogs she’s met. With her puppy energy, she’d probably enjoy a playmate! She has not been around cats. We recommend a home with older children for Vela.

Riley was dumped at a local kill shelter when her family decided they had too many dogs. She has taken the loss of the only home she’s ever known hard. Riley is about 2 years old and 65 lbs. We are looking for an experienced foster home willing to allow the time needed for Riley to decompress. She is nervous with new people and has some reactivity issues that need to be worked through. Once she warms up to you, she is very sweet. Riley is energetic and loves to run around in a fenced area. While she has lived previously with other dogs, she needs to be the only dog in her foster home so she can get the attention she needs. Riley needs a committed foster home that will not overload her with meeting new people and that will help her work on her confidence.


2 year old Ali was surrendered to the shelter because his owners stated they had too many dogs. Ali is a smaller sized GSD that weighs about 55 lbs. He is very sweet, affectionate, and friendly with all people. Ali is strong on leash and will jump up when he’s excited. He knows a few basic commands but will require an adoptive home willing to take him to positive training classes. Ali loves to play with toys, especially tennis balls! He is an active boy that would love a fenced yard to run around and play in. Ali gets along well with other dogs and has lived with cats. He lived with children as young as 4. Ali loves to go for walks and car rides.