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.

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.

2 year old Riley was dumped at Chicago Animal Control when her owners claimed they had too many dogs. We were told Riley lived with other dogs, cats, and children as young as 4. Since coming to GSR, we found that Riley is nervous with new people. She was evaluated by our friends at K9 University. Riley did well with different handlers and in group play with other dogs. She enjoyed time on the treadmill and going for walks with her trainer. Riley is an active girl but not high energy. She enjoys playing fetch and squeaky toys. Riley is very food motivated which makes her easy to train. She knows a few basic commands and has good house manners. Riley’s adoptive family will need to be understanding that she needs slow introductions to strangers and continued training. Once Riley trusts you, she is very loving and affectionate. Riley will not be placed with small children or another female dog.

Rocco B needs a new home since a daughter has asthma. Rocco is a very large dog who loves people, children, dogs and cats. He is 7 years old and walks nicely on leash and loves car rides. He is affectionate, confident, easy-going, friendly, gentle, happy, mannerly, obedient, independent and quiet. He is not used to a crate His favorite toys are squeaky ones.

Marigold was brought to animal control when she was found as a stray. Her owners never reclaimed her and we brought her into rescue. Marigold is a gorgeous sable colored girl estimated to be about 7 years old. She is social and sweet with people. We haven’t tested her with other dogs but she was fine around them at the shelter. Marigold rides nicely in the car and is crate trained. She had an injury to her back leg and is now recovering in foster care.

2 year old Knight was surrender to Chicago Animal Control because his owners were moving to housing that did not allow dogs. Knight is a smaller male shepherd weighing 60 lbs. Knight is good with other dogs and lived with a Yorkie. He also lived with cats and children as young as 3. Knight is a bit confused why he lost his family and we will update his profile as he settles into foster care.

Beautiful Kayla Rose is a four year old female GSD whose special person has died. She is great with people of all ages but does not want to share her home with dogs or cats. Her favorite toy is the jolly ball and she will pick up objects that have fallen on the floor. She has been treated for allergies and is currently on Apoquel as well as medication for depression.

Colette (known as Coco) is a very cute puppy from Qatar born February 2, 2018. She is a happy and trusting puppy. Her foster home there helped her with potty training and manners training. She is a high energy puppy and needs her daily playtime, exercise, and mental stimulation. She loves her walks in her harness and has been known to carry her own leash.


Amy is a five month old puppy who is playful, energetic and very responsive to direction. She would do great in a positive training class! She is seeking a home in the general Chicago area. She is a lovely dog who is friendly with new people and very good with children. She is house trained, polite in the house and is learning her commands very quickly. She is a clever girl and walks well on the lead. She handles new situations without anxiety and is great in the car and at the vet. She can be somewhat fearful of dominant dogs and needs to take time to be introduced; she would do best with another dog who is mellow. Cats are unknown. Applications are at gsrescue1.org.

Gomer was found as a stray and brought to Vermillion County Shelter when his owners couldn’t be located. He waited for a month for rescue at the shelter and finally was able to join GSR! Gomer is a very sweet, affectionate boy estimated to be 7 years old. Gomer rides great in the car. He is good with other large size dogs but is too interested in cats and small dogs. Gomer has great house manners and does not require a crate. He knows basic commands and walks well on lead. Gomer is friendly with all people and has an overall easy going personality.

Whitey was surrendered to a shelter in Southern IL with no reason given. We can’t understand how someone could give up such a great dog. Whitey is about 9 years old and a big boy weighing in at 100 lbs. He is great with dogs of all sizes. Whitey hasn’t been cat tested but we think he’d be fine. He has a calm, easy going demeanor. Whitey walks nicely on leash, rides great in the car, and is crate trained. He would do best in a home with older children. Whitey is an all around wonderful dog that deserves a home that will treasure him!

Joss joined GSR in partnership with Qatar Animal Welfare Society from Doha! She was found as a stray with no microchip or tags but was clearly someone’s pet. Joss is about a year old and a smaller size shepherd around 40 pounds. She is happy, friendly, affectionate, and well mannered. Joss loves children and is great with other dogs. She was cat tested and was very respectful. Joss walks nicely on lead and rides great in the car. She is an all around wonderful dog and would be great for a first time shepherd owner.

3 year old Troy is looking for a forever home due to no fault of his own. Troy is a big, active boy that loves to play fetch! He knows a few basic commands and rides great in the car. Troy has never lived with other dogs, but was friendly with a neighbors dog. He will require an adopter with a fenced yard and would prefer a home in which his people are not gone long hours at work. Troy is good with all people including children, though he doesn’t always know his size so he’d do best with older children. He loves to go for walks and play in water. Troy has an overall great temperament and will make a great addition to a lucky family!