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- $15 Buys a leash and a collar
- $30 Buys food for 1 month
- $50 Covers a vet appointment and vaccination
- $100 Covers a vet appointment, vaccination, and 3 months of flea preventive
- $200 Covers a neutering/spaying
ABBY is a small frame female. She is very active and energetic. She interacts well with the other dogs at my place and has settled in nicely. She does well in a crate but will whine a little when she feels she is missing something going on that she cannot see. She has had puppies in the past and you can sometimes see the mother come out in her when she corrects inappropriate behavior in my other dogs no matter their size. She is eager to please and loves being with people. She would probably do well in a home with a lot of activity and big yard so she can run off her excess energy.
Looking for Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome? Argo is an owner surrender who arrived at VGSR through no fault of his own. He previously lived in a family with three children ages 3 to 9 and is now residing with a 2 year old and a 15 year old. He was previously an only dog, but is getting along with his furry older sister just fine, even though she is a bit of a grumpy diva. He has seen the 2 resident cats but is content to just look at them. Argo is a nice boy who enjoys playing with his toys and getting his belly rubbed. He is VERY tall, sweet and handsome. He is also what I would call a handi-capable dog. What does that mean? For starters, if you're looking for a jogging buddy or agility partner, Argo is not your guy. He can't run, jump or do more than 3 or 4 stair steps. He has what the vets believe is a neurologic condition that makes his back legs appear to be a bit wobbly, floppy or disorganized when he walks or sometimes when he sits. This condition does not seem to cause him any pain and has not gotten any better or worse in the past 7 months since he began to show these symptoms. Will he get better, worse or stay the same? Your guess is as good as mine. Will he make someone a devoted, loving family member? Absolutely! Argo is being fostered near Charlottesville, VA. Foster home email: [email protected]
Bob, even though he has limited vision, is the watch dog extraordinaire. From what we can tell, he can see things directly in front of him, but his peripheral vision is lacking. He is very friendly and affectionate once he knows you. However, a stranger should not enter your home without an escort, or Bob will be right on the job. He gets along well with female dogs, even playing and flirting with them. He also got along OK with Remo and Maximus, but he can have an attitude with some male dogs. He has made tremendous improvement in his ability to get along with other dogs since he arrived here. He loves trips down to the river and stays close by your side. Bob is a good car passenger and well behaved in the house while we are at work. He loves to play with balls and even throws them for himself in our backyard. He does not mind going into the crate and even curls up in there to take a nap once in a while. He has KEEN hearing and will bark at any dog he hears on TV. Please contact [email protected] for additional information. SLVA
Anyone out there need a best friend? I am Bonita, and in need of one. My foster mom says I am endearing, full of personality. (Did I say deer? I would like to chase one...squirrels too, so my mom says I would not be good with cats). I am good with other dogs as long as they realize I am alpha. Kids? I really could not care less about them. I am basically a one person dog. I like walks, napping, car rides, basically doing whatever you are doing. I really like to talk and will give you an earful. I am housetrained, crate trained, take treats ever so gently. I have two special needs: allergies requiring special dry food my mom gets at petsmart, and an arthritic hip. If anyone wants to donate to vgsr to help in the care of my hip, hip, I would appreciate it.
What a beauty! Bugsy is an all around wonderful dog! He is good with kids, other dogs and even does not mind cats! He has a lot of energy and just wants to play all the time! With that being said, I think he would do great in a home with another dog. That will also help with his anxiety when you leave him. His previous owners crated him when they left the house. The one time they did not, he pulled down a curtain, but was not destructive otherwise... he does not chew things he is not supposed to. And although I have yet to witness it, I have been told Bugsy is quite the escape artist... he can easily clear a 4 foot fence. But he is good about coming right back when he is called. I cannot say enough good things about this dog... he is just so sweet and does not have a mean bone in his body!
Duchess is a very loveable dog. She is quiet and sweet but needs to lose a lot of weight! She was previously owned by an elderly lady who passed away, so she needed a new home. She was very unsure of herself at first but getting settled in nicely in her foster home. She does pretty well with my male Shepherd, and was okay with other dogs at a recent Adoption Event. She was a very good girl for her initial vet visit!
Are you looking for a highly challenging yet equally rewarding German Shepherd dog? If you have a lot of patience then Duke could be that dog. As you can see from his pictures, Duke is a very handsome dog. With those extreme good looks come some equally extreme issues.
Eva turns 3 yrs old on April 29. Pretty good for a megaesophagus girl who was given no hope for having any good quality of life.
Hi there! My name is Flash, my foster mom says it is the perfect name because I will find a forever home ’in a flash.’ I sure hope she is right!
Fritz 3724 is a large black and tan neutered male. He is very friendly and gets along well with other dogs but not so well with cats. Fritz is going to need surgery to correct an injury he received. He jumped from a second story window and hyper-extended the joints above his front feet. He is going to need surgery to fuse the joints and implant a plate. Fritz is a wonderful dog and even with his injuries all he wants is to be close to his foster parents. We will keep everyone updated on his progress.
Hercules is what rescue work is all about. He came from an animal shelter and was in bad condition. Like many shepherds he's intolerant of grains in dog food. That contributed to his weight loss as well as his chronic ear infections and skin condition. In addition, Herc has EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency), which makes him unable to digest his food properly, resulting in chronic diarrhea and weight loss. This may sound terrible, and, untreated, it is. However, a special diet and an enzyme supplement on his food is really turning this boy around. He has gained weight again and is looking better every day. EPI requires a very strict adherence to diet and schedule.
Meet Jenny - the hairless wonder dog! She arrived from NC on Friday and is now being fostered in Sterling VA. Jenny is a very sweet and affectionate little girl. She loves playing with squeaky toys and gnawing on rawhide bones. She loves to be close, give you kisses and she is an excellent passenger in the car. We went to the Reston Dog Park and she had a blast playing (very nicely I must say!) with the other dogs. When some kids were on the other side of the fence it caused her tail to wag furiously while she was trying to kiss them through the fence. Right now she is being treated for mange and a bad skin infection, but she is recovering from both very nicely. The huge open wounds that she had when she first appeared on our Facebook pages have almost healed!!!
Howdy, are you looking for a mature, but spunky fellow? Do you like the wind in your face? Enjoy leisurely walks and great conversation?
Kara is new to the rescue, and we are still getting to know her. She was dumped at the shelter with a litter of puppies and was a good mother to them until they could make it on their own. She is a very sweet dog and eager to please, but is jumpy around loud noises and fast-moving objects. She does not like to be crated unless our male GSDs are also crated next to her. She loves to ride in a car and wants to meet everybody she sees. She walks well on the leash, but does not seem to have much experience with it. We are starting to see her playful side with our two GSDs and believe that she will become much more active and assertive once she has had some time to adjust to her new environment. She has not had the opportunity to interact with children or cats yet. More updates to come as we get to know her better. Kara will be attending adoption events in the Tidewater area and will be available after her spay surgery. Approved adopters may contact their caseworker for more information.
Hi, my name is Lex, I had been with VGSR almost four years ago as a young dog . My dad adopted me back in April 2010 but recently has been very sick and could no longer care for me. So, now I am back with my original foster mom and dad. I love to run and chase balls with my foster GSD siblings. I'm faster than all of them and can keep going long after they're ready to go in the house. I love to play and wrestle with other dogs but I am loud and sometimes play too rough for some dogs. I walk fairly well on leash, come back to you if you stop, know sit, stay, paw, and down and love to ride in the car and go hiking. I have been in the country most of my life so I look to you for help when I'm in a new situation or going to the store. I am a leaner and like to rub up against love to have my chest and butt scratched. My former dad had horses and I used to trail ride with him which I really enjoyed. Kids scare me and due to my size and play style I probably shouldn't go to homes with ones under 12. I am good with both resident cats here although I do chase them once in awhile. However, I am good about taking verbal corrections when I do. My former dad told foster mom if I get bored I can easily get out of a six foot fence but since being back in VGSR I have made no attempts to jump the fence here which is only four feet. I probably need to go to a single family home because I complain when I first go in the crate. I'm really looking forward to finding a forever home that can provide me with lots of activity, no couch potato here.
Max 2466 was surrendered to VGSR because the number of young children in his home increased and Max is not gentle enough to be left with small children. Max is a "young" and energetic 10 year old who enjoys good health and he remains very active. He is very friendly to those in his home, but he is also a vigilant guardian and requires a proper introduction to people of all ages entering the home. Max is a very intelligent and trainable dog, but he also needs a strong willed owner to give him structure and discipline. He is currently living with an older German Shepherd and a young 15 pound active mixed breed dog. His behavior with other dogs has been very appropriate. Max is being fostered in Front Royal, and will be attending adoption events in Front Royal, Winchester, Purcellville, and Gainsville. Check the schedule to see when and where.
Max is a young male shepherd. He is a nice dog, friendly but not overly interested in other dogs. He has been fine with 8 -10 different dogs in his foster home but he absolutely is not good with small dogs and the same goes for cats. He has no leash manners and he is strong. Max is high-strung to the point that he will chase his tail when he gets excited until he is diverted off to another activity. Max has a lot of potential but it is just that, potential. He is not a dog for a first time dog owner or a first time shepherd owner. You can contact the foster home at [email protected] if you have any questions about Max.
Ochie appears to be a German Shepherd mixed with some Norweigan Elkhound. He is smallish at 45-50 pounds and has a beautiful grey sable coat. Ochie is just over four years old. He's lively, active, and playful. He gets along well with other dogs and is currently living with 8 -10 dogs in his foster home, both male and female. I do not know about cats or small dogs, however.
O’Keefe is just over a year old, he was born in February, 2013. He came from a rural area and was first given up because he chased livestock as a puppy. More recently he lived around cats and chickens and would chase but from what I saw he did not have a really strong prey drive. He is a typical active and playful one year old, actually he seems mature for his age. The former owner said he was house trained but she would crate him when she went to work because he had chewed a window sill. He has been crated in his foster home and is fine with that. He was submissive to the dogs he met in his new foster home, but they are all large breed dogs. He may have been around children as a young pup but he has lived with a single, older woman in a home without children for past nine months. He is playful with another foster dog about his age in his current foster home. The former owner was away from home for 12 hour days and wanted to find him a home with someone who has more time for him. He has not been leash trained but he is not the worst dog I have ever had on a leash by far. He is very people oriented and wants/needs to form that bond. He is being fostered near Charlottesville, VA.
Phoenix is an eight month old female GSD mix. She is a small girl weighing 40 pounds and looks a lot like a small Dutch Shepherd. Phoenix started out at Mattie, a dog at the Roanoke VA pound who had a broken femoral head and needed immediate surgery. FHO surgery is expensive and VGSR had to get approval for the surgery. At the same time she was approved for surgery, a local rescue pulled her because a donor from MA came forward to pay all the surgical expenses. So Mattie went to their vet and became Phoenix. After her surgery was completed, she was transferred to VGSR and has been with a post-surgical temporary foster home in Roanoke, VA. Her leg is healing wonderfully and Phoenix has been released and is now ready to go to her foster home so she can prepare for her forever home and a new healthy life. She is a little dog full of life and energy. Phoenix went to her first adoption event and was wonderful with everyone she met. She was a little snippy with some strange dogs and expresses it with a click of her mouth near the dog’s face. This is something that has been corrected with success. With other dogs, she is just fine. Cats are unknown but with her energy level, caution should be used. She was fine with children. This little girl craves attention and loves affection. She is allowed to exercise as much as she wants and there is no problem with that. Phoenix is very high energy and will need walks to expend some of that energy to be able to focus on being a good family member.
It is pretty obvious that sweet little Rumor has been on her own, trying to take care of herself and numerous litters of puppies for quite a while. She is very shy and not at all used to being a house dog, but she is so grateful to be inside snoozing on a soft bed. Instead of hunting or scrounging in the garbage for her food, she is eating 3 nutritious meals a day and gaining some much needed weight. Rumor has perfect house manners, is very smart, and tries very hard to please. She walks nicely on a leash but is still trying to figure out what walks are all about. She does not know how to play with toys yet. Rumor has some medical issues to overcome before she will be whole again. We are treating her for heartworms, hookworms, a swollen salivary gland, and a skin infection. When she is a little stronger, she will be spayed. She is blind in her right eye as the result of an injury, and the tips of her ears have been eaten away by flies. In spite of all her hardships, she is a very sweet and loving girl who appreciates any small kindness shown to her. With a little time and patience she will make a wonderful addition to a lucky family. KBJVA
Sadie is one of those dogs that you just can’t help but to feel sorry for. She has been through so much in her life and it shows. From being a stray and landing herself in a shelter, she made her way to VGSR. From there she went through two homes and ended up in a boarding kennel at a vet’s office, with nowhere to go.
Salem, (# 3916) is a young, intact Black and tan female GSD with floppy ears and a plush coat who weighs about 60 pounds. She is said to be eight months old. Salem does not know her name although she was surrendered. She is a large goofy girl who loves people and gets along well with other dogs. She plays hard with other dogs and may be too much for small children. She needs some manners, but is easily corrected by other dogs or humans. She is an eager to please girl who is very smart. She does not understand many things, like hardwood floors and objects she has never seen. She initially shows fear, but quickly gives something new a try and then is ok with it. Her ears may never stand up, but she will be a wonderful companion. She knows some basic obedience but the puppy in her often makes her forget. There were no problems at all in handling her, lifting or pulling and prodding on her. She seems to be housebroken. She is a delightful pup with lots of energy, but is not out of control. She is currently in heat. It should resolve in 3 to 4 weeks. Then she will need to be neutered. We will update.
Sancho #3611 is an energetic, happy guy. He is 15 months old and weights on 52 pounds. He needs some TLC before he can be adopted due to being so underweight and having hookworm. Sam loves to run and play fetch outside and play with his toys. He needs to be taught leash manners and other basic training as well as some further socialization.
Sandy 3937 is thought to be a GSD/boxer mix per the veterinarian she first visited. She is an owner surrender and was a cruelty case. Sandy had been housed in a vari-kennel in the back of a pickup truck without food and water for 12 hours at a time and was kicked in the face at least once. It seems her youth has it's advantage in her case. She has made the transition from that life to life in a home with a large pack of GSDs amazingly well. Sandy has learned a lot from the pack in very few days and is very eager to please humans. She attaches herself very quickly to the humans who care for her and is protective of the home. Sandy is a very smart young girl. She is completely housebroken, knows how to sit, down, paw and gentle. Her main challenge in life right now is to learn to be less excited when she meets people and not hop on them. She seems to like everyone she meets, but is leery of males with a lot of visible tattoos. She hates being crated (that's understandable) and has escaped from them twice, but never has harmed anything in the house. She no longer is being crated at any time. Sandy has her moments of sheer excitement when she runs and roughhouses with the other dogs but she does have an off switch and will lay quietly for hours with the rest of the pack. She indicates if she has to go potty and has had no accidents. She sleeps through the night and prefers the bed with the humans, but will get down if told to. This is a very easy dog to correct and train since she wants to please so much. She is good with large dogs. I was told she has been around small dogs, but she was very inquisitive of them as she was with cats at the vet. I would be very careful introducing her for the first time to either. She likes children and was with three under six years old for a few days. She did knock one down with her paw, but not because she wanted to hurt, just because she was too excited. She needs some work on that. If you are looking for a loyal and loving friend to share time with, this is a great girl. The more time you spend with her, the better she gets. She is not for families who would want to crate her, though. She's had enough of that in her short life. She might do best with an energetic large dog friend to play with.
Trinity has started to blossom out of her shyness thanks to her foster dad. She has now moved to another foster home in a more urban area so that she can continue to grow and learn and hopefully find her forever home. She is a very sweet dog that is house trained and crate trained and rides well in the car. She gets along with other dogs, but would also do well as an only dog. Cats and children are an unknown at this time.
Although she got her name from her majestic appearance, this shepherd is all brains! She likes to be in charge of playtime, directing the other dogs and tricking them into giving up their toys. Using her mind over might, she distracts her play partners with a "false alarm" and swoops in to steal their toy. She is the proud mother of 9 puppies and is now ready to take on the world with her forever family. Although she plays well with other dogs, her regal play style might not be compatible with all families. This center of attention would probably do best in a household with no young children and no cats. She is a great companion who will keep you company on your errands and trips, while also sleeping near you at night. She is easy to teach, loves to please, and almost smart enough to be your chess partner. Majesty is not quite ready to be adopted yet, but stay tuned for updates. WRVA
Ziggie is not a typical puppy for a 10 month old, she is small framed, sweet faced, paces until she is comfortable but then is very calm and none destructive. She is very shy and takes a moment to warm up to you and those around you but once she does she is a total love bug and tries to cuddle in your lap every moment available. She came into a house full of various sized and aged dogs and fit right in by learning the ropes and laying on the dog bed and having their evening bone. She is learning to walk on a leash but does spook at loud noises, or unexpected movements and needs a little comforting. Ziggie has meet the resident cats and thought her bone and toys were more enticing. Ziggie has been introduced to older children and allowed them to pet and crowd her after spending a period of time with them and realizing they would not hurt her. Ziggie is A very polite lady!
Hi all, my name is Ziggy and I am all anyone could ask for in a companion. I love kids and other dogs. I hate a crate though – I guess it brings back bad memories of my life as a stray and then shelter living. I really do not need the crate as I can be trusted in the house. When I was sprung from the shelter, I was under 60 pounds and my fur and back were pretty much flea infested. You should see me know – I am a handsome boy so says my foster mom and vet. Even after my shots and spending the day at the vet in a crate under observation, I still gave my doctor kisses when she hugged me as I was leaving. She tells me I am one of the sweetest dogs she has ever met.
The dogs listed here are available directly from individuals or through other area rescue groups. We recommend that interested persons contact those individuals or groups directly about these animals. In cases where no contact information is listed on this page, please contact the Virginia German Shepherd Rescue for referral information at one of the addresses shown below. VGSR has not evaluated these animals and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information. We provide these listings as a service to others in the hope that these dogs may find good homes. Dogs listed here will be removed after 3 months or sooner if we here from the lister that the dog is no longer available.