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Are you looking for that special companion who adores being with you? One who has wonderful house manners, who can let you finish the Sunday paper but be ready for ride at a moment’s notice? An older dog or senior may be for you!


Holling was a GSRNE fellow. At age 12-13 he began to experience some challenges that are common to senior dogs. Let’s exchange information and learn about experiences with our older dogs.

Consider this: older dogs whose lives have been disrupted in their later years have so much love to give and like nothing better than giving it. They tend to rely heavily on their owner for companionship and therefore bond very quickly. The desire to return the companionship given to them is very strong.

Older dogs, in most cases, do not have the same exercise requirements as their younger counter-parts, though depending on their age, they can still enjoy long walks or a good game of ball.

They have gone through the chewing and destructive stage long ago, and want nothing more than a warm pair of feet to lie next to or a soft lap or bed to snuggle on. Their daily walks can be therapeutic for *both* dog and owner!

Older dogs have the benefit of mellow age to help them focus and can often be more easily trained than their younger counterparts- they know what “no” means, how to get along with others, to be a part of the pack.

The joys of owning an older or senior dog will greatly outweigh the effort involved, as will the extra years of companionship gained.

Senior Shepherd Group on Yahoo



Animal abuse is a serious issue.  Below are resources to assist in reporting animal abuse in your area.

Animal Abuse Crime Database

Find Your Local Humane Society to Report Abuse
The easiest way to find your local humane society or animal control agency is online at Here you can enter your zip code and find a list of animal shelters, animal control agencies, and other animal care organizations in your community

New Hampshire

NHSPCA Cruelty Investigations


MSPCA-Angell, Boston, MA
To report suspected animal cruelty please call: (617) 522-6008 or (800) 628-5808

Massachusetts  Animal Coalition

Animal Rescue League of Boston:
Boston Center 617-426-9170
Brewster Center 508-255-1030
Dedham Center 781-326-0729


Animal Welfare Program, Maine Department of Agriculture
To report  neglect and abuse in the State of Maine use the following:
The Animal Welfare Program’s business hours are 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday, and may be reached by the following manner:
Toll Free Phone Number: 1-877-269-9200
Phone Number: (207) 287-3846

Emergency after hours, please call the Orono Barracks of the State Police at (207) 866-2121
and they will contact an Animal Welfare Program representative.

Maine State Animal Control Officers are listed on the Animal Welfare Dept website

HSUS If you suspect illegal animal cruelty in your neighborhood, contact your local animal control or law enforcement agency. If the agency needs assistance, you can contact Ashley at

Prisoners of Greed
Our experience tells us that the best way to shut down the mills is by telling the public the truth about the mills. If the public learns that puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills, they won’t buy them and the mills will close.

American Humane Education Society
350 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130-4803
(617) 522-7400

Dog Scandal Pushes New Fur Labeling Bill

The Coalition for Animal Justice is dedicated to fighting cruelty against species traditionally classified as companion animals.


Chaining Dogs

The Facts About Chaining or Tethering Dogs

Do You Chain Your Dog?

Unchain a Dog in Your Community Today With This Guide
Have you seen chained dogs in your neighborhood? Want to help ensure that pooches in your community live inside with their families? The Humane Society of the United States can help.

Download a free copy of our guide, “A Dog’s Life: Chaining and Your Community”—a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to pass an anti-chaining ordinance in your area—and start helping dogs now!

Dogs Deserve Better
Do you know of a dog that lives it’s life on a chain or pen? This nonprofit organization is
dedicated to freeing the chained dog and bringing our ‘best friend’ into the home and family.

Maine Friends of Animals
One of the most frequent requests MFOA hears from our members is about doing something about what we call “dogs chained for life.” Time and again we get calls about dogs continuously being left outside in inhumane conditions. In our view it is arguably the most pervasive form of animal cruelty that we presently have in the state, especially given Maine winters.




If you don’t give your dog a job, he will become self-employed.


OK to use treats now and then


Praising Your Dog

by Mary Farren

GSRNE Foster Home Training Director


Adroit Canine Trainer

There is a right way to praise your dog. When your dog has performed a command or action that you think should be rewarded, praise him. Now, if you were to jump up and down excitedly clapping your hands and using a high pitched squeaky voice, your dog is going to get really excited and move off (most likely up at you or away from the crazy squeaky human). Your dog starts zooming around causing havoc because he was just given a signal to do this.

The correct way to praise a dog is with a soft, calm voice – try using a simple “yes”. You can smile at your dog because you are very pleased with his actions. If you are the touchy type of person, give him one pat (yes, one). He is going to work harder for your praise if he’s not given it freely.

It is okay to use treats here and there if your dog is not mugging you for them each and every time he does something you are happy about. Space them out so that he is not receiving food each time he gives you an action.

We can end up force feeding our foster dogs with an abundance of hot dog pieces, squeaks, claps, and all sorts of actions that our dogs do not understand – we are, after all, only human ;-). Dogs like calm praise – it builds up their confidence in you. Praise them for a job well done, praise them often. After all, they are working hard for you.

Leash Training


There are many ways to handle a leash. Most times, you will see people place the loop of the leash around their wrists. This can lead to injury. Please note the proper way to handle a leash and be able to handle your dog safely. [read the article]

Ask The Trainer

Mary Farren

GSRNE Foster Home Training Director

Excitement barking in the car

Question: “My dog gets excited and barks in the car. She cues into direction signals and the car slowing down in certain areas. She has been doing this for several years. What can I do to stop this behavior?” GSRNE Member

Answer: “As soon as your dog hops in the car, she’s excited and happy about her new adventure. She starts out with her signature whining. It escalates as triggers happen, such as a particular stop sign or a left-hand directional being turned on. She’s starting to whine and whine with the urgency of a seagull at Kelly’s in Revere. She jumps up and starts her high-pitched barking. You feel as though your head is going to explode.” Does this scenario sound familiar? This behavior may have been going on for as long as you can remember, or maybe it’s just started. Either way, we can help change it by teaching her to settle. A good place to start is teaching them a solid down command. Once this is established, we can transfer her new behavior into the car. It does help if you have someone with you to help her out.

You get into your car to start your trip. Your dog and another person is in the back seat holding your dog’s leash. You are approaching that dreaded stop sign, you see her attentive pose with her ears forward, and you know what’s going to happen – the whine is about to start. “Down” Her. If she complies with the first command, you’ve done your homework. If not, your friend in the back seat can help by placing downward pressure on her collar with the leash to help you back up your command, “Down”. The downward pressure helps her go down as you gently and unexcitedly praise her, “Good”. You will remind her when you stop at the stop sign that she is doing a great job by telling her “Good Down”. This reinforces the command and helps to remind her of her new job. You’ll do the same when you turn on your left directional signal and when you arrive at your destination. When you have arrived, praise her again and give her a little pat.

You will find that this sounds a lot easier than it really is. Keep on practicing and help her understand what it is that she should be doing while in the car. A foolproof down command and patience is the key. After all, she has developed a habit that needs to be replaced by another behavior. Keep up the good work, and remember that she is willing to learn if you are willing to show her what you want her to do.

Rushing the Door When Company Comes Over

Question: “How can I get my four dogs to stop rushing the door when someone comes to my house? I can get them one at a time to do it. But the unexpected guest gets everything from kissed to sniffed and practically violated! I have tried to have them sit until the company comes in, but all it takes is one of the dogs to jump towards the guest and (pardon) all heck breaks loose!” HELP! – Wendy

Answer: This is an excellent question.What I would work on, since you can successfully do this one at a time, is adding one more dog at a time to the situation:

One dog will do a sit/stay while you invite a guest into your home. Add the second dog and have them both sit/stay while you invite a guest into your home, etc, etc. The hard part is when one breaks, they all break. Practice using their names along with their release. You can do this at feeding time, when they are playing ball, giving treats, etc.

Give one command for them all to sit/say. Say the dog’s name and have him come to you. If the others break, bring them all back and reinforce the sit. Say dog’s name again and have him come to you, etc, etc. They do learn that they need to wait to hear their name before they can get up and move. This helps with greeting guests in whom one dog can greet, then next dog can greet, etc, etc. Less stress on your company too.

Let me know if this helps or if you have any other questions since I do not know the level of training of your dogs.

Barking At the Door

Most dogs will bark when people come to the front door. This video will show you step by step how to teach your dog to give you a quick alert bark followed by quiet, calm behavior.

Visit to see more great pet videos!

What to look for when lining up obedience training for your dog.

Group training is an inexpensive way to teach the basics. This is the foundation for a dog’s learning. Many dogs go beyond this to work with agility trials, advanced training skills, Canine Good Citizenship (CGC), therapy dogs and other titles.

One-on-one or private lessons teaches in isolation and does not allow for the dog to be socialized. We would recommend this only if you’re dealing with specific associated behaviors.

Socialization is the major advantage as the dog must get use to the idea of having other dogs around. They must be exposed and learn to ignore major distractions in a controlled environment. You will learn the skills of how to walk the dog down the street and pass others.

Do more then just call if you are unfamiliar with the school.

Plan to attend a class or two before hand or enrolling. The first class is pretty wild. The last class is amazing what the dogs and owners learn over a period of time.

Look for training styles, abilities and people skills. How do they handle difficult dogs? How do they handle shy dogs? How do they handle fearful dogs? What are their attitudes towards German Shepherd Dogs (or your breed)? Towards rescued dogs?

Watch out for trainers who promise or guarantee results.

Look for humane training methods that use gentle, effective handling skills, not harsh or abusive methods which are unnecessary and often counterproductive and may even be harmful to the dog.

Look for trainers who have ethics, before profits. Is the trainer understanding and out for the welfare and quality of the dog? What are the class sizes like? Can they offer you references?

Look for trainers that have a sense of humor. If it’s not fun for both you and the dog, you maybe working to hard. If you’re not excited about training your dog, your dog is not going to be excited about learning new things.

Think of hiring a trainer for obedience school, just like you would if you were looking for a babysitters, day care for a child or educational schooling programs.

Sometimes to get the best quality you may have to look beyond the front door steps of your communities.

Talk to your vet for referrals, look at local animal shelters (most understand family pets), call state and local humane societies, check with local adult education programs (many offer basic obedience) and you can also post to various dog listserves.

Look for trainers that use praise, motivation, reward (food/toy) and use consistency.

Once you have established this communication system with your dog, continued to use them in your daily routines for the betterment of the dog. They will come to love you for their proud work and they will be a more enjoyable family member.

They look to you for your leadership and guidance more then ever.

A trained dog is a happy dog and a happy dog has an enjoyable life to live :o)

Written by: Janice Dobson

The Various Types of Trainers.

We’ve all heard the old adage “Train, don’t complain”. When that cute bundle of joy arrives, there are the best of intentions, and a rush to “train the dog”, before he gets too old to train. Better to remember “training never ends…” Most adult GSDs are loyal, active, loving, protective and intelligent. Without proper guidance and training, many GSDs can be rambunctious and exhausting to live with. It is up to you to guide your dog to suit your lifestyle and that of your family. GSDs need training and a structured lifestyle throughout their lives. Training is not something that you “finish”. It’s a continual process that takes place during the lifetime of your dog.

Before you rush out and arm yourself with supplies, it’s best to decide what type of dog you own, what type of owner you are and how best to approach your training goals. Just as humans learn differently, dogs do to! It’s best to become aware of exactly what you intend to accomplish before you start out. While our dream might be that of an obedience champion, might our goal be a well behaved dog?

For most dogs and their owners, the basics are the “goal”. Sit, down, stay, come seem simple enough to teach, so why do our dogs become obedience illiterate just when we are depending on our training to work? It comes down to what kind of owner you are and how you express you wishes and desires.

Here are some classic examples of the types of trainers who experience overall training issues with their dogs:

The Authoritarian – This is the person who makes sure the dog “knows” who’s boss. They are generally firm but sometimes on the harsh side. They tend to insist on obedience, yet not mutual respect. Consequently, this is the person that a dog will play the “You Can’t Catch Me Game”, in public. Why would the dog want to return and be chastised? The dog is busy having fun.

The Beacon – This person spends most of the time reassuring the dog that they are still there. In public, you’ll hear them calling to the dog every time the dog gets interested in something, lest the dog forget that they are still there. This is the person that gets ignored.

The Food Dispenser – This is the person who believes that dogs should be allowed to express themselves and rewards the dog constantly for everything. The dog gets treats for urinating, waking up, eating, or simply breathing. This is the person that gets ignored unless there’s something to eat.

The Lover – This is the person who is concerned that if they impose too many rules on the dog, the dog won’t love them. In the absence of rules, the dog constantly picks through life testing and unsure.

So, what’s the solution?

Well, always remember that “training never ends”.

And then ponder for a minute:

What are your goals?

What type of dog owner are you?

What type of dog is yours?

Once you’ve answered these few questions, you may find that the answer is fairly easy to find. You need to balance your personality with his and balance your approach. For instance, “being the boss” and using food or toys in training works quite well when a balanced approach is used. The most important thing to realize is that that balance changes with every dog and handler team!

Then be sure that your goals and training techniques are presented to the dog in a clear, consistent manner. Break down your goals and each exercise into small parts, and teach them and reinforce them in a clear way. We all learn best this way!

You’d be surprised how ready and receptive your dog is once these simple issues are addressed!


A rolled up newspaper can be an effective training tool when used properly. For instance, use the rolled-up newspaper if your dog chews up something inappropriate or has a housebreaking accident. Bring the dog over to the destroyed object (or mess), then take the rolled-up newspaper… and hit yourself over the head as you repeat the phrase, “I FORGOT TO WATCH MY DOG, I FORGOT TO WATCH MY DOG!”


The GSRNE ”Ask a Trainer” feature and all information contained within is meant to be entertaining and informative. GSRNE accepts no responsibility for any damage or injury to any person, place, or thing caused by the use of information within our publications. We accept no responsibility for any liability as any cause of action, claims, suits or demands of any kind that arises as a result of such damage or injury.


We recommend personally consulting a professional dog trainer prior to applying any methods or advice offered within our publications.


The advise, use, methods and opinions expressed by the columnists do not necessarily reflect those of GSRNE.


The GSRNE creators and columnists are responsible for their own words, but they can *not* assume responsibility for how you may misunderstand and/or misuse any suggestions given in this group. You are responsible for your own dog and how it is treated. Do not do anything to your dog, which you believe will be harmful.


The trainers here are experienced and dedicated. No one would intentionally give unsound training suggestions. But we are not there in person to see your dog and to observe its behaviors and reactions. We are not able to meet all family members to learn how they interact and respond to your dog. We are not there to make certain that you fully understand what we’re writing. For those reasons, we cannot tailor our responses to particular needs and requirements that are individual to your dog. Instead, we write here in somewhat general terms, giving suggestions and ideas, but we do not give advice.


Any information on GSRNE website or publications does not substitute for sound advice and recommendations from an experienced dog training professional who has evaluated your dog in person.

Please check back often for some new, delicious recipes for your canine pal!

Placing Your German Shepherd For Adoption

Please note:

If you own a dog you adopted from GSRNE and you need to place that dog, CALL US immediately: 978-443-2202, voicemail box #2. Leave your name, phone, name of the dog, and a good time to call you back. Your adoption contract stipulates that you must call GSRNE to help with placing your GSRNE dog.

At the present time, GSRNE rarely is able to accept dogs from private parties into the program due to the large numbers of dogs already on our waiting lists.

If you find that you cannot keep your dog and must turn it into a shelter, please feel free to forward the shelter information to us. We try to make every effort to work with shelters in order to help find appropriate homes though we usually have a waiting list of evaluated dogs waiting to come into the program. Let the shelter know that they can call GSRNE for assistance. Have the hotline number handy – (978) 443-2202.

GSRNE has been around since 1996. In that time, we have done our best to try to educate the public about the wonderful qualities of the German Shepherd Dog as well as dog ownership in general. If you are looking at this page, we are assuming you are thinking of re-homing your dog. However, not that long ago you were thrilled to have a German Shepherd of your very own. You never dreamed you’d have to give him up someday. Even if you can’t keep him any more, your dog still depends on you to do what’s best for him. Now, more than ever, he needs you to make the right choices for his future.

Throughout the next few pages, we’re going to be direct and honest with you. Your dog is your responsibility. He has no one else but you to look out for his interests. It’ll take effort, patience and persistence to find him the right home. He deserves your best efforts. Finding a new home for a dog involves several steps. Before you start, please take a minute to read all the information contained in the next pages.


Lost Pets




Notice To GSRNE Adopters

If your GSRNE German Shepherd gets lost or is missing for several hours, please call the hotline AND email Karen at, or Chris at Let us know when and where the dog was last seen. Make sure that your Rescue GSRNE dog is wearing his/her GSRNE tag.

With thanks to Debbie Hall for sharing these with us.

Have you lost your dog? If so, don’t delay reporting the dog as missing! The longer you delay, the farther from home your pet may be. The following are suggestions to help you find your pet.

We wish you luck in your search!


When searching for a lost dog WHAT TO DO ASAP , to create a flyer, hand it to

pet food stores, vegetable stands, gas stations, animal control officers of

surrounding towns, and police department

The below websites are user friendly.

POST your LOST pet here as well as view the FOUND pets section on each

website. (select appropriate state and be sure to view the Pets Category and Lost and Found Category)



  • Leave food & water outside door normally used when walking the dog, as well as something with a familiar scent, such as the dog’s blanket, crate, toy, owner’s smelly shirt or used pillowcase. Try to keep items dry. Dogs may return to where they bolted from at any time, familiar place or not.
  • Create a FLYER with picture of dog. Post and distribute quickly. *
  • Call surrounding towns’ ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER (ACO) immediately, no matter what the hour. If necessary, leave a message. You can call a town Police Department’s non-emergency number to get the name/phone number of each ACO. The ACO may be full or part time. Some towns share, big cities may have several. Ask who picks up dogs hit by cars. Get a flyer/picture to them ASAP. They need detailed descriptions.
  • Next, get flyers to police dispatch, veterinarians, shelters & rescue groups, kennels, dog groomers/walkers/sitters, feed and farm & pet supply stores in area.
  • Visit restaurants big/small, rubbish transfer stations or local “dump”. Go to doughnut shops, convenience food stores, golf courses, amusement parks, airports, senior centers, churches, libraries, fire stations, athletic fields and junkyards.
  • Contact the managers of Dept. of Public Works, Highway, Parks & Recreation, School Grounds, Cable, Gas and Electric companies and give them a flyer for the employees to view.
  • Tape flyers on your vehicle while in area for maximum exposure & publicity.
  • A brief ad with picture in local newspaper is helpful. See if local “free” paper will run an ad for you.
  • Stay “ahead” of dog & go to homes within a 3-5 mile radius and hand out flyers. Skip around if necessary, but cover key areas. Be sure to post at intersections, school districts and athletic fields. If you have time & helpers, the search area can be expanded immediately or on an “as needed” basis. It is better to talk to people in the area than to stuff a mailbox (not legal). Leave flyers on windshields, under flowerpots, in newspaper bins, etc. The newspaper carriers might help by giving flyers to their customers. Give flyers to people walking dogs, joggers/walkers, mail delivery trucks, FED EX, UPS, landscapers, construction crews and rubbish/recycling trucks.
  • Smile, be polite, courteous & always on a positive note. Go to search areas with flyers at different times throughout the day/evening. Make people aware that they are vital to successful lost dog search efforts. Reinforce “Do Not Chase – Call US”. Tell everyone if they see flyers posted, the dog is still missing.

Lost Dogs – Flyer Basics

Searching Hints and Behaviors

Lost Dogs Sighting Calls

Lost Dogs Trapping-Humane Cage Traps

GSDs, like many dogs, encounter a number of health issues. We are listing some here for your information. This information is not intended to take the place of regular check-ups with your veterinarian nor should it be used to diagnose your dog.

Degenerative Myelopathy

There is a yahoo group for those with DM that’s very helpful. They’ve been around since 2003 and have a lot of resources and experience.

They’ve listed the following websites where medical and additional information can be found:


Tyler died of Bloat

German Shepherd Dogs can suffer from stress

Strongheart, the “wonder dog”, was a German Shepherd whose story was published in 1926. Like his predecessor, Rin Tin Tin, he was a movie star in the 1920s and ’30s. In their films, these brave dogs caught clever criminals, delivered messages across war-ravaged battlefields, and fought wild animals without faltering. Nothing stressed them. These dogs did not tremble in animal shelters, nor whimper and pace when introduced into unfamiliar homes. They did not run and hide when thunderstorms rolled over the rooftops, or fire crackers popped like artillery on the Fourth of July.  They were known as “police dogs” and their offspring populated books and TV programs for many years. Thus, it is not surprising that many people formed the impression that German Shepherds do not suffer from stress. 

Recognizing stress in a dog is not  difficult, for the symptoms  are remarkably similar  to those in  humans: whining, hiding, drooling, lip licking, dilated pupils, repetitive behaviors, lack of  bowel or  bladder control, and  aggression, such as  biting or growling. Understanding the causes is also not difficult: traumas through accident or mistreatment, physical restraint, confinement, improper diet, change of routine, noise, rough handling, unwanted interactions, such as  with aggressive people or other dogs, and separation, to name the most obvious. Boredom is also a stressor, often overlooked because it is so common.

What to do with a stressed dog is the challenge. There are dogs pre-disposed to anxiety because of genetics, dogs who have been traumatized over time, and dogs distressed by a  specific situation that, once relieved, quickly regain their  equanimity, such as Schatzi. In most cases, time and love can work wonders. With storm phobia or separation anxiety, medication may prove helpful, but, overall, kindness and patience are the preferred medicines.

The recommendations for stress reduction are (surprise!) beneficial for every dog. Be the leader of the pack, even if it’s a pack of two. Set boundaries. Socialize your dog to new experiences, take long walks together, play ball, provide a variety of toys to engage the dog’s attention, and take dog obedience classes. These activities will promote confidence in your dog so that one day your anxious dog may feel like Strongheart, ready for whatever lies ahead.


Lip Licking is a Sure Sign of Stress


Flea and Tick Information


Lyme Disease This is very common in New England. Dogs get Lyme disease from a tick that passes bacteria into the animal’s bloodstream when it bites.  The tick must remain attached to the animal’s skin for at least one day before the bacteria can be transmitted.

Dogs and Ticks Thousands of dogs contract Lyme disease, canine Ehrlichiosis, canine Anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever every year, and despite simple testing, prevention and treatment options, many dog owners never realize their pets are suffering from these debilitating diseases.

Map of Lyme Disease This interactive map shows Lyme and Heartworm throughout the US. Take a look at how MA stacks up to the rest of the country when it comes to Lyme!

Babesiosis We learned about a relatively “new” (for up here) tick disease that you all should learn the signs for: it’s called Babeosis, or infection from the Babesia canis tick. The dog we found this in was lethargic, wouldn’t eat much, and had a bad fever.

A tick-free dog is a happy dog!

A tick-free dog is a happy dog!



German Shepherd Related Links

General German Shepherd Information

How to Pick the Best Dog Food

The Dog Food Comparison Charts
This is one of the most comprehensive websites for comparing dog foods. It starts with an
article on understanding dog food labels and then lists many of the dog foods available today. Must read!

The  Dog Food Analysis offer in-depth reviews and information on commercial foods.
Click on REVIEWS to see the foods, or SEARCH for particular foods

All Natural Diet for Dogs by Ed Frawley

Dog Aware-Diet
Tons of information and links on dog food/ingredients/dog food lists, etc. tells you how to read those ingredients labels
and has an extensive list of dog foods and their ingredients.


Great Article on Rescue Dogs that includes GSRNE


Help With Finding Pet-Friendly Apartments

The German Shepherd Dog Web pages

A Website to Help Save Dogs From Dying in Hot Cars

Dogs and Children


Pets and A New Baby

Preparing Fido
A CD of baby noises and some articles that are great for people expecting a baby

The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project

Planning for Your New Dog   A wonderful website for children


Puppy Mill Links

Want to know where those cute pet store puppies come from? Check out some of these links.

Video of an Indiana Amish Puppymill


Health Information

Poison Control numbers

German Shepherd Dog Health Issues



Pet First Aid class in Waltham, MA (free)
learn how to take your dogs pulse & heart rate. Learn to bandage a wound in a hurry
and what should be in your first aid kit. Be prepared. It could save your dog’s life.

Animal CPR Information

Canine Epilepsy Web Site


The Pet Fund
provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care

The Pet Arthritis Center


Take This Short Quiz to Find Out What is Poisionous to Your Dog

Handicapped Pets
Products, services, and support for elderly, disabled, and handicapped pets. We help you care for them.


Safety Information

 Which Cars Make the Best Dog Cars?

You can find any number of Web sites that review cars for all the usual reasons, which is why we don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on horsepower, handling and other things that make the usual lot of car reviewer hearts go pitty-pat. We’re going to figure you know all about how many cup holders a car has, and how many pre-teen soccer stars you can fit in it. So our reviews are about … well … dogs. How well does a car hold dogs and their gear? How easy it is to get crates into the back or otherwise restrain a dog for safety? Can you get air in the back? Do the seats fold flat? And how economic is the vehicle?

Training Links


General All Around Good Reference for Training Info

Dr. P’s Dog Training Library

The Marin Humane Society – Behavior & Training Notebook


General Information

Pet Loss

What Can You Do If Your Pet Receives Negligent Veterinary Care?
The vast majority of veterinary care in New England is good. When your dog is in physical trouble, a great emergency or regular veterinarian can competently and kindly help you and your dog in what can seem like miraculous ways. However, this is not always the case, as was seen in the tragic story of Eli.
How to Find Lost Dogs

The Missing Pet Network

Cremation Urns


Pet Sympathy Cards

Bereavement Group (free of charge) in Waltham, MA


Blind Dog Info

Tips & Suggestions To Help Both You And Your Blind Dog

Blind Dogs Yahoo Group

Hints for Living With a Blind Dog

Building a Harness & Hoop for a Blind Dog 

Story of a blind dog given new life by using large zip ties on his collars for “whiskers”

Littlest Angel Vest © ~the white cane for blind dogs PDF list of Resources for Blind Dogs


GSD History


GSD-Siegers (#1 dog in the world according to FCI world standards) 1899-on

An Absolutely Incredible Database. This particular page shows Siegers (male) and Siegerians (female).


GSD Types/Shows

Around The World Of The German Shepherd
Thousands of fans follow the National Breed Championship on the five continents. Here is a selection of the best adult males, which distinguished themselves in 2001 by winning the highly-coveted title of Club Champion, and what’s more, very often under the judgment of German breed specialists.


Other Links

War Dogs

Maine Warden Service K-9 Unit
Warden Ron Dunham and K-9 Grace, the Service’s first “rescue” dog donated by the German Shepherd Rescue of New England, joined the Unit in 2001. Grace, a female German Shepherd, is a true “workaholic” and a good choice even though she was a little old (three years) when starting training. (NOTE: GSRNE also placed Dutchess, a Dutch Shepherd,  with the Maine Warden Service in 2005.

Shelter Alliance and Resources for Animals with Handicaps, Inc.

 Reasons NOT to Give Your Dog “Free To A Good Home”

The Animal Rescue Site
Click on the link to help fund food for animals

Born To Die Pets
Documentary videos of the pet overpopulation problem. Caution, may include graphic images.



Nice flash show about older dogs


German Shepherd Rescue Links

Disclaimer: GSRNE does not recommend or endorse any of the shelters, rescues or private parties
listed within these pages, or affiliated /linked sites. We encourage you to seek references when making decisions regarding pet adoption, placement, care & training. GSRNE cannot guarantee the accuracy of the shelter or rescue listings in this site.


New England

German Shepherd Rescue of New England
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Address: P.O. Box 299, Wayland, MA 01778
Phone: (978) 443-2202 (24 hour hotline)


National Rescue Forums

German Shepherd Home, Forum

To provide an on line community where ALL German Shepherd enthusiasts can gather,
exchange ideas and information about breeding, training, health and behavior issues.
To support the rescue community and highlight their tireless efforts to help GSDs find a forever home.


This site is dedicated to all aspects of the German Shepherd Dog. The German Shepherd Dog is respected and admired throughout the world for its versatility, intelligence, and loyalty. Go to the forums section and then the rescue section.


Owner Turn-in Postings
Rescue Me! Mission:  Stop the needless euthanization of millions of animals each year byhelping more people adopt purebred & mixed animals from individuals, families, shelters and rescue groups needing to place them in an emergency.

Also, please check out our Placing Your Own section of this website


The German Shepherd Dog Rescue Group of Alaska
4933 east 6th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska  99508
Christa Burg  (907) 332-2352
or Julie McCann (907) 337-3486



Southwest German Shepherd Rescue
 3114 W Los Gatos, Phoenix, AZ 85027
Contact Name: Steff (for black & tans)
Phone:  623-516-2880

White German Shepherd Rescue-Phoenix
2807 W Michelle Drive, Phoenix, AZ  85053
Phone: 623-516-2880

Email: for whites
Adoptions to Arizona.  Intake from all surrounding states.



Coastal German Shepherd Rescue Coastal German Shepherd Rescue
Orange County Chapter
P.O. Box 50726;Irvine, CA 92619-0726
phone: 714-528-4730

San Diego County Chapter:
P.O. Box 722381
San Diego, CA. 92172
phone: (858) 779-9149

German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California
P.O. Box 1930, Cupertino, CA 95015-1930
Phone: 1-866-SAVE-GSD (1-866-728-3473)
Email: see website for various areas

German Shepherd Rescue
Los Angeles, Orange County, Tehachapi

Address: 417 N. Moss Street, Burbank, CA  91502

Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Address: 2721 Wigtown Road, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (mail only -
there are no adoptions at this location)
Phone: 310-202-SAVE
Contact: Robin Jampol



Colorado German Shepherd Rescue
Address: Falcon, CO
Contact: Sharyn Baker



Von Monte-Haus German Shepherd Rescue, Inc
Website: Working Dog Section
Tolland, CT 06084
Phone: 860 268 8525


K-9 Services & German Shepherd Rescue
Middleburg, FL 32068

South Brevard German Shepherd Rescue
Address: 1981 Mattison Drive NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905
Phone: 321-724-8873
Contact: Elena McKnight


German Shepherd Dog Rescue Group of GA
4906 Hadaway Garden Way: Kennesaw, GA 30152
(Atlanta metro area)



German Shepherd Rescue, Inc.
Chicago, Skokie, and northern Illinois
Address: P.O. Box 5092, Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847/677-0561
Email: (Rescue Coordinator)

Central Illinois German Shepherd Dog Rescue
P.O. Box 17464
Urbana, IL 61803
Web site:



German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa
web site:


German Shepherd Rescue & Adoption of Central Indiana
6189 E. 100 N.
Franklin, IN 46131
Phone: 317-736-0446 before 9 pm


Dumas German Shepherd Rescue
Stambaugh, KY 41257
Contact: Anna Wells
Web Site:
We are a small Non-Profit German Shepherd Rescue that deals with
ONLY kill shelters and works with individuals to place their dogs as needed.

Fables German Shepherd Rescue
Winchester, KY 40391
Phone: (859) 745-0354
Web Site:

Stepping Stone German Shepherd Rescue
PO Box 4435
Lexington, KY 40544
Phone: (859) 233-0511


Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue
Maryland, South and South Central Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, and D.C.

Address: Post Office Box 5, Laurel, MD 20725-0005
Phone :( 410) 644-7763 (message only)
E-mail: (general email)



German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc.
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Address: P.O. Box 299, Wayland, MA 01778
Phone: (978) 443-2202 (24 hour hotline)

Northstar German Shepherd Rescue
Address: PO Box 291, Winchendon, MA 01475

German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center

Address: P.O. Box 57 Hathorne,Massachusetts 01937

Phone: 617-694-1333



German Shepherd Rescue of MI, Inc.
Contact: Kari Selinger

Mississippi Valley GSD Rescue

Serving Iowa and Northern Illinois
Contact us:


New Jersey

Garden State German Shepherd Rescue, Inc
Address: P.O. BOX 242, Fanwood, N.J. 07023
Phone: 201-794-4746

Mostly Shepherds Rescue of New Jersey
Address: PO BOX 694, New Monmouth, NJ 07748
Phone: 732-671-3708
732 890 0899 Cell
Contact: Libby Cook


New York

Shepherd’s Hope
Serving the Greater Metropolitan New York & Long Island Area
Phone: (516) 801-3434
Email: or

BrightStar GSD Rescue
Address: 30 Wheatstone Circle, Fairport, NY 14450-1168
Phone: 585-293-0549 (Roxanne & Paul)
Phone: 716-751-9024 (Leann)
Email: (Leann)

German Shepherd Rescue of Central New York
Address: 2254 State Route 80, Tully, NY 13159
Phone: (315) 696-6806
Email: (GSRCNY Site Email)

Herding Dog Rescue
Address: P.O. Box 35, Baldwin, NY 11510
Phone: 631-924-3838

German Shepherd Rescue of Duchess County NY
Address: 136 Jameson Hill Road, Clinton Corners, NY 12514

Big Dogs, Big Hearts Rescue Inc. (“BDBH”)
Darcy E. Drons
Intake Coordinator/Shelter Liaison


North Carolina

GSD Rescue and Adoptions
Address: PO Box 19272, Raleigh, NC 27619
Phone: 919-547-4247 (voicemail checked weekly)

German Shepherd Rescue
Alamance County, North Carolina
Address: P.O. Box 8, Elon College, NC 27244
Phone: 336-221-0120



German Shepherd Rescue of Southeast Pennsylvania
Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties
Address: 9012 Cargill Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19115
Contact: Simone Mogul

Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue
Maryland, South and South Central Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, and D.C.

Address: Post Office Box 5, Laurel, MD 20725-0005
Phone :( 410) 644-7763 (message only)
E-mail: (general email)




Shepherd Haven German Shepherd Rescue
PO Box 816
Grove City, OH 43123

Lake Erie German Shepherd Rescue
Northern Ohio
Huron, OH 44839




Austin German Shepherd Rescue
Serving Austin and the Central Texas Area

Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Houston
P.O. Box 6038
Kingwood, TX 77325


German Shepherd Dog Rescue Houston, Inc. (Closed)
Sadly, in Sept 2007, German Shepherd Rescue of Houston made the difficult decision to discontinue rescue operations.  As a parting message they write, “After eight years and the successful placement of 580 abandoned German Shepherds, GSDR Houston is closing its doors. Unfortunately a lack of new volunteers and monetary donations have made it impossible to continue our mission to save and re-home German Shepherd dogs in the Houston area.”  Please don’t let this happen to the rest of the dedicated rescues on this list.  Support Breed Rescue!

Camp Wolfgang has closed

Good Shepherd Rescue of North Texas (TX)

Greater Houston GSD Rescue (TX) 

North Texas German Shepherd Rescue (TX)



Virginia German Shepherd Rescue
Virginia and the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area
Address: PO Box 126, Sterling, VA 20167
Phone: (703) 435.2840



Arf’s German Shepherd Rescue of Wisconsin
Address: P.O. Box 44 Lodi, WI 53555

Badgerland German Shepherd Rescue
Southern Wisconsin

Address: PO Box 22, Belleville, WI 53508


West Virginia

West Virginia German Shepherd Rescue Co-op
Address: 131 Greentree Dr., Parkersburg , WV 26104
Phone: 740-667-3545


Other Useful Rescue Links

Echo Dogs White German Shepherd Rescue
Most of the United States and Canada

National White German Shepherd Rescue
Contact: Denise Quartuccio

Dutch Shepherd Rescue
Contacts vary depending on where the dog is located. Please see the website for more info.


How To Adopt A Military Dog

Blue Moon
BlueMoon Meadows offers an alternative solution to the shelter system, the streets, or
private euthanasia for people who can no longer provide for their pets due to death or chronic medical illness.



New England Area Shelters & Rescues

List of various breed rescues in New England.

Also visit


Maine Shelters

Connecticut Shelters

Massachusetts Shelters

New Hampshire Shelters

Rhode Island Shelters

Vermont Shelters




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