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.

***Will be available after heartworm treatment is complete in November*** Larry was found as a stray and brought to Kendall County Animal Control by local police. He was found to have a microchip but his owner never reclaimed hm. Larry is about two years old, and sadly tested positive for advanced heart worm. He is in foster care while he undergoes treatment. Larry has an amazing “happy go lucky” personality! He is strikingly tall and handsome. Larry loves to go for walks and would love an active home after he finishes treatment. He is great with other dogs and is good with dog savvy cats. Larry is very social and is great with children. He is crate trained and knows basic commands. Larry loves to fetch and enjoys playing with squeaky toys.

Bambina was surrendered to Chicago Animal Control because her owners were moving and couldn’t take her with. She is 3 years old and very friendly! Bambina lived previously with children, dogs, and cats. She is a happy girl that loves to play with tennis balls. Bambina knows basic commands and is crate trained. She has exocrine pancreatic insufficiency which requires enzymes with her food.

Topanga was found as a stray in Chicago but was never reclaimed by her family. We rescued her from Chicago Animal Control and now she’s looking for a forever home! She is a very friendly, sweet girl with all people. Topanga is a little nervous meeting new dogs but does well with proper introductions. Currently, she is being fostered with a male German Shepherd. She is 60 pounds and we believe she’s 5 years old. Topanga hasn’t been tested with cats or small dogs. We think she’d do well with children 10 and older.

Sweet Sheba V. is an 8-year old female from downstate IL. Sheba was found a stray and had a family that never reclaimed her from animal control. She was incredibly thin when she came to GSR and has been putting on weight in foster care. Her foster mom believes Sheba might be part unicorn since she is people, dog and cat friendly but will bark if someone comes to the door. Sheba is super smart and gorgeous to boot. Sheba is currently living with a senior male dog and would do best with a similar-sized playmate. She is incredibly affectionate, housetrained, knows commands, rides well in a car and walks wonderfully on a leash. She does not like to be crated and has full run-of-the-house when she is home alone. Sheba is food motivated and a quick learner. She enjoys playing with squeaky toys or any sized ball. Her foster family cannot say enough good things about her. Sheba would do best in a home with a family that is not gone all day.

Boss is a well-behaved, loving, protective, 75-lb, 4-yr old male Shepherd. He is house-trained and great around children ages 9 and older - we do not know what he is like with younger kids. Boss was surrendered to Chicago Animal Control when his family could no longer care for him. He previously lived with a Maltese and a German Shepherd. Boss is not good with cats. He is very friendly towards new people - he was a Boss with a huge Thanksgiving crowd! Right now, he needs a family with someone home frequently as he’s experiencing some separation anxiety from all the changes. His foster mom suspects he will be better at being left alone as he gets more comfortable in his forever home. He is not a fan of his crate, but has been able to be left alone a few hours without issue. He yearns to play with other dogs, but because of his humongous size, he often intimidates other dogs because of his playful, over-excitement. Boss's future owner(s) will definitely need to be able to work on socializing him and behaving politely with other dogs - with great power comes great responsibility! When at home, nothing seems to bother Boss. He is calm around loud sounds such as the vacuum, large groups, and general chaos. We see great potential in him: he is very trainable, in two weeks his foster family taught him to 'sit' and 'lay down.' A great future home for Boss would have a fenced yard and a family willing to take Boss to training classes.

Beautiful Abby O is losing her family since they are moving and can’t take her. She is about 6 years old and was the official greeter to people going in or out at the vet today. She is great with all people, very calm at the vet, fine in the car, likes her crate, and likes cats!

Princess Grace sadly ended up at Chicago Animal Control as an owner surrender. Her original owner fell ill, and a neighbor took her in, but brought her to the shelter because she kept attempting to get back to her original home when left outside. Princess is 5 years old and is one of the calmest GSDs we’ve ever rescued! She loves being with her people and snuggling on the sofa. Princess lived with 2 other German Shepherds previously and is good with her foster brother. She is crate trained and walks nicely on lead. Princess did well meeting a dog savvy cat. She is an easy going, sweet girl that will make an amazing addition to a lucky family!

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.

Priscilla F is a very sweet and gentle 4 year old female who was relinquished to animal control when her family could no longer care for her. She is shy when meeting new people but warms up once she feels comfortable in her new environment. We do not know if she has been around children so we will update her profile as we learn more about her. Her foster Dad said she is already starting to feel more comfortable with him. She gets along well with other dogs. We do not know about cats. Priscilla will thrive in a quiet adult home with someone who is willing to work on her confidence building.

Buddy H’s original home did not have the time and space needed to raise him.

Buddy will be two years on January 9. He is an active, friendly, happy , intelligent and playful dog. He can be mouthy and hyperactive.

We know he would benefit from time to play and time for positive training.

He is fine with older children, men, women, dogs and cats through the gate. He does like tug of war and destroying any squeaky toy.

3 year old Cha Cha was surrendered to Aurora Animal Control when her owner moved out of the country. She is a friendly, happy, and sweet girl! Cha Cha loves to fetch tennis balls! She lived previously with a male lab but has never been around cats or small dogs. Cha Cha is crate trained and walks nicely on leash. She doesn’t know any commands but her foster family is working with her! Cha Cha lived with previously with children and did well with them.