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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]
Bella is a four year old, female GSD who is house-trained and great with other dogs! She was signed over to the pound when her owners moved away and could not take her. We have had Bella for a week now and she is nothing but perfect! She loves to play with her foster siblings who are both cats and dogs and young and old. She allowed for two puppies to play with her, jump on her and snuggle with her. Bella is working on being crate trained and is doing very well. She is great in the house alone and relaxes on the bed for most of the day looking out the window. She is also very smart and knows basic commands and is working on playing fetch! Bella walks well on the leash until something catches her eye, so she needs a little work in that area. She will be spayed soon as well!
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.
Charlie is a 1-year-old, fixed, male GSD that is both house and crate trained. He is an energetic bundle of fun that wants to fetch tennis balls all day, cuddle at your feet all evening, and sleep in his crate all night. He LOVES to play! Charlie is quite smart, picks up on commands quickly, and loves to be around his people. He is very vocal when he notices other dogs, to the point that he can’t focus on anything else (which we believe is a hyper-excitement at wanting to meet them.) Once introductions are made, he gets along well and enjoys playing with our dog all day. Charlie will need some training on his leash manners and could benefit from obedience training as well. He would be an exceptional family member to the active family who will give him attention, training, and endless belly rubs.
Hi everyone! My name is Daisy and I am a senior girl. I have been living with my new foster family for less than two weeks. The Vet thinks I am at least 10 years old, but no one knows for sure. I am still playful and enjoy my new freedom at my foster home with my two new sisters. You see, when I was rescued, I was tied-up in a backyard far far away from here, and not fed well either. From the time I was on the plea list until now, I have already gained 5 pounds, and I still look skinny. My foster mom is really trying to fatten me up. I rest a lot if my GS sister is resting, but if mom moves I am always trying to stay with her.
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.
Aren’t I the cutest thing?? OK, they say attitude is everything, and boy do I have that! Well, I have to... you see, I was born with megaesophagus, making me a special needs dog. I have to be fed a few times during the day, and I have to eat "standing up". My food needs to be blended to milkshake consistency. After I eat, my foster mom has this contraption called a "Baileys Chair" that she puts me in to hang out for a bit so my food stays down in my stomach. Good luck with that one! Hey, I am just a puppy and want to go, go, go! Megaesophagus has not slowed me down one bit. I still like to do all the things puppies do, like chewing stuff, dragging dirty laundry down the hall, running around all day, tormenting my foster siblings...you know...puppy stuff! Check out my Facebook photo album to see what I’ve been up to. You don’t need to have a Facebook account to look!!
Gunny and Miles are from the same litter and have been together with one owner their whole lives.They pull a little on lead at first but settle down quickly. They are good in the house and after the proper attention they settle down and enjoy being with people. They are closely bonded and I would like to see them adopted together. If you are looking for a great pair of GSD’s this couple is the real deal. They are both wonderful dogs and have had some obedience training.
My history has baffled everyone. I was rescued from a shelter when I was 4 months old, scared to death of everything. I've been in rescue for a long time, with a couple of visits to other homes. However, I always end up coming back to my foster home. Here is the thing, I'm a very, very nervous boy that does well with women, but no children. Men tend to frighten me, too. I've been looking for that special place to call my own. Foster mom says that the right place is out there and will take time. My foster mom requests that anyone interested in meeting me do so at an adoption event. After that, we would have several other meetings to gain my trust before she will let me to placed in another home. TDVA
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.
I have only had Jesse for a couple of days so I will update as we learn new things. Jesse is an AMAZING dog. She is a 55 lb lap dog. She is so sweet and lovable. She has already been vetted so we do know that she is heart worm (-) Yippee! She does have Lyme but we are treating that with antibiotics for 30 days and she should be fine. I have to get her spay. I had her with my 3 year old and 1 year old grand kids today and she was wonderful with them. She is not high strung like a lot of puppies that I have met. I have a 6 month old puppy and other then forgetting that she is bigger then my puppy they get along great. You can tell that she never been in a house. She does not even know the basic commands yet, but we are going to work on that. She has had a couple of accidents in the house so we will work on house training. She loves to have her belly rubbed. She just wants to be loved.
Josie is a beautiful GSD that is going to need a very special family to take her home. She was raised with an owner that left her outside 24/7. Due to this, she is so desperate for companionship that she is extremely unhappy being left alone. She is currently being crate-trained so as to help her anxiety levels when being left alone and she is taking great strides in this training. The crate has become her sanctuary in a way and she will spend a great deal of time in it when we are inside. She was also trained to chase her tail to the point that she became obsessed and ended up needing to get her tail docked so as to avoid her hurting herself further. Her behavior was evaluated by a specialized trainer at Colonial K9, who informed us that due to the neglect she received from her previous owner, she has not been properly socialized with other people or animals, creating a timidity and fearful attitude toward everything unknown. Due to this, it would be recommended that she be placed with owners who are ready to give her 200% of their attention and love and are highly experienced with dogs, especially Shepherds. She will need someone that is home with her a good portion of the day and able to give her the TLC she did not receive the first 7 mos of her life.
Howdy, are you looking for a mature, but spunky fellow? Do you like the wind in your face? Enjoy leisurely walks and great conversation?
This beautiful sweet lady was picked up as a stray, so little is known about her background. She is a large traditional black & tan GSD who would be best suited for an active home as an only dog or with another young large dog she can play with. Kaylea will easily and gently take treats from your hand. She is house and crate trained and learned to use our doggie door immediately. She appears to know sit and will come when she is called; though investing in obedience classes will be a must. Kaylea just attended her first adoption event and was friendly with adults and children alike. Kaylea loves giving kisses and getting belly rubs. She is currently Ehrlichia positive, but has begun her month long treatment of antibiotics (she is otherwise UTD on all of her shots). Approved adopters can contact the Kaylea’s foster at [email protected]
After a week, Kelsey has settled into her new foster home nicely. She has adjusted to having cats around, although she is still sometimes tempted to attempt to chase when they are playing. We do not allow it. She enjoys the residing male dog in the house, but has a tendency to mount and attempt to dominate him. She is learning that is unacceptable behavior. She has shown a quick attachment to me, and wants me to go with her everywhere. She follows me. However, she has some separation anxiety and whines when I am not within her sight. So far, there has been NO destructive behavior, but just whining.
King#3731 is a beautiful seven year old male GSD. He weighs 94 lbs and is all action. King is obedient but very noisy. He can seem very intimidating but really is a big teddy bear. He is very active and is always looking for something new but he is crate-trained and housebroken. King is up-to-date on his shots and has been neutered. He loves to be with people. I do not think he is ready to be around kids just yet, He likes to jump and play rough. He will need someone with a firm hand that will not let him take over. If you are looking for someone to be a constant companion King could be the one for you.
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 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.
Gunny and Miles are from the same litter and have been together with one owner their whole lives. They pull a little on lead at first but settle down quickly. They are good in the house and after the proper attention they settle down and enjoy being with people. They are closely bonded and I would like to see them adopted together. If you are looking for a great pair of GSD’s this couple is the real deal. They are both wonderful dogs and have had some obedience training.
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.
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.
Meet Rosa! She is a beautiful, young GSD looking for just the right person to help her grow! Rosa is very well mannered and gets along with dogs and cats, loves her crate and will bond very strongly with her new person. She is very timid and needs a person who has a great deal of GSD experience and is a calm, strong energy to help her gain confidence in this big scary world. With a little time and patience, Rosa is going to blossom into a amazing companion for one lucky family! BMMD
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.
Saige is a sweet tempered loving dog. She likes every animal and person she comes in contact with at this point. She is well mannered and listens well. I think she was for breeding and is going back into her puppyhood. She is very playful. I do not think she has really played with other animals even though she likes them. One of my cats loved up on her the second day she was here. She sat there and let her. She will chase them but she will also run away from them if they go after her. She walks with all the dogs in the neighborhood and loves it. A lot of them are small dogs. The one thing I have to watch is she will start to play and smacks at the other dog. I believe that is what she also did to my cat because now she hisses at Saige. She does not bark if someone rings the doorbell or other dogs are barking in the neighborhood. When she does bark, it is raspy.
Shadow is a handsome, 3 year old owner surrender who lived his life in a backyard and a basement. He was isolated from people and dogs, but you would never know it. He greets each human with a wagging tail and is appropriate with other dogs. He gets along well and is very respectful of his large male foster brother. He is very social and loves attention, even more than food. He rides well in a car and like going on adventures. He will need training, but it should be easy because he wants to please and be loved by his humans. He has nice house manners even though he never lived in a family situation. During the evening, he lays quietly on a bed. He is a very nice dog looking to begin a new chapter in his life with a loving family. He has a lot of love and is looking for that special family to call his very own.
Like any young GSD, Shira has a lot of pent up energy that needs to be expelled. She would do best in a home with a large, fenced in backyard and one that does not crate her for long periods of time. Shira was surrendered to VGSR, as her owners determined they could not meet her mental and physical needs. She will need someone with GSD experience and someone who is willing to challenge and stimulate her both mentally and physically. She does come with AKC papers and can be registered.
Twinkie 3783 is a ten year old spayed female GSD.She is very friendly and just wants to please. Twinkie is housebroken, crate trained and gets along fine with the other dogs I have here. She enjoys being in the house and being near her people but also likes being outside and laying in the sunshine. She is very energetic and shows no sign of slowing down. She has a great appetite and eats twice a day, even though she has had several teeth pulled. If this bio seems familiar it is, she came to us with her kennel mate Touché 3782 and they are alike enough to be sisters even though they are not. When they are not crated they are side by side in the house or yard.
I have not had Wolf very long, less than a week actually. He believes himself to be a lap dog and will do anything to snuggle with you. He loves to run and play and rides in the car very well. I think he has Chow in him and his temperament supports this. He is somewhat protective of the people that he has attached himself to, so I would like to see him go to a home with adults so that there is not a constant stream of strangers for him to be concerned with. Even though his is 5 he is not un-trainable and we are working on that, so things may change as we get to know one another. Around other dogs, he will tolerate them, but does not like them in his face and will growl to let them know this. He is a pretty laid back dog but very strong and big we are working on leash manners but he does not jump on people or get overly excited about anything. His looks alone are very intimidating so if you’re looking for a crime deterrent he is your man! OTVA.
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
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.