In Area Shelters

We sometimes are called to help a GSD that we just can’t bring into the program. It could be that GSRNE is full and cannot take it for further evaluation, or the dog is in a shelter and we have not been able to see the dog yet. We try to help the shelters and are aware of the dog’s plights and want to help them by telling people like you about them. If a dog is at a shelter and you want more information about it, please call the appropriate shelter.

We have not temperament tested or evaluated the dogs on this page. Some of these dogs have a very short time to live, due to overcrowding at shelters or the dog falling apart mentally/emotionally. If you are interested in one, please call about these dogs right away, and please mention that you saw info about the dog on the GSRNE web site. Thanks!  Note: ALWAYS call first and ask if a shelter dog is still available. Shelters often do not update us when dogs are adopted or euthanized so listings here can be out of date until we find out.Please let the shelter know that you saw the dog on GSRNE’s website.

If you adopt a dog that you saw here,
we’d love to hear from you!

These are dogs we wish we could help and it would be wonderful to know their story of what happened to them. Let us know if it’s okay to put your story of adopting the dog here on the site and on our Facebook page as everyone loves a happy ending! Email to share your story with us!



We have good news to share.  The Animal Rescue League in Dedham reports that Sally has been adopted!!                                           


Update: This sweet girl has found her forever home.

Original post: Sally is looking for her forever home.  Her owner was placed in a hospital and Sally was taken in to the ARL Dedham.  She was neglected and dirty, but was friendly and calm with the workers as they cared for her needs and cleaned her up.  She is looking for a home to call her own and a warm bed to spend the remainder of her years.  She is estimated to be about 10 years old and she may have mastitis which they will not risk doing surgery at her age.  She is a sweet girl with lots of spunk but loves attention and love.  Will you be her savior?  Please call and tell them you saw her on our site.





Nakita's New Dad

Nakita’s New Dad


Nakita was a dog in urgent need of a home and we’re so happy to hear she found it! Her new mom Kaleigh told us the following.

“My boyfriend and I adopted Nakita December 31- from the Animal Rescue League of Greater Portland. She is the sweetest girl and I can’t imagine waking up without her excited greeting every morning now. She is doing awesome in training and loves to play ball! It is rare that we go for a walk when she does not get some sort of compliment, she is great with people and seems to have just been in the wrong situation before. (She was actually laying on her back recently letting a lady we met walking scratch her belly in the middle of the sidewalk!)

Nakita Relaxing at Home

Nakita Relaxing at Home

She is also a great nap buddy, she will sleep under a blanket with you and even use a pillow! Thank you for posting her story to your site- that is where we first saw her on Christmas morning. It did not take long for us to decide to go meet her and we took her home the next day.

Nakita's New Home

Nakita’s New Home

She is so smart- always knows and understands everything you say. Nakita would probably eat carrots for every meal if we let her, she also loves her kong with mashed bananas and treats!”


For All the Dogs in
Shelters Everywhere

by Shelly Guidotti

Old Friends

Old Friends

“Did you hear that?” the old dog shouted. They all ran to the front of their kennel doors to see if someone was coming to “pick them.”

“Sorry,” he said to the other dogs as his ears fell down from their perked position. “I could have sworn I heard voices saying, ‘Isn’t he cute? Can’t we take him home with us?'”

“You must have been dreaming again old man,” said the dog in the cage next to him. “Anyway, what’s the big deal about getting picked ? We’ve all been through that routine and look where it got us.” The word “home” meant little to these shelter dogs.

“Just once, I’d like to feel the warmth of a hand stroking my head,” said the old dog. “I’d like to be the one who kisses the tears off a sad face. I’d like to curl up next to a fire instead of this cold concrete. It hurts my bones.” He curled up and sighed as the others said, “The only place you’re going to find that is in your dreams old man.”


Hank’s wife had only been gone a year but the pain was as fresh as if time had stood still. He was an old man now, alone and longed for the comfort that he knew no other person would ever be able to give to him again. What would his life become without her by his side? Hank’s cupboards were close to bare now and, although he didn’t want to go out, he knew he should at least pick up the basics.

He drove slowly down the side streets for freeway driving had become too challenging. Suddenly, the car started chugging and sputtering until finally the engine quit altogether. One of the basic needs he forgot was fuel for the car! So he coasted over next to the curb, spotting a building within walking distance. Hopefully, they’d let him use their phone.

He walked into an office area and rang the bell for service but no one came. He spotted another door going outside, failing to notice the sign posted “Employees Only”. As Hank walked out, he was over- whelmed by yaps, barks and insane jumping from dogs all sizes and shapes.

He then realized he had unintentionally gone to the dog shelter. Slowly he walked down the concrete aisle looking for an attendant.

Three kennels down on the right, the old dog calmly sat there. Why should the old dog get excited? No one would want him. But, he sensed a need and couldn’t resist offering a kind look and a gentle wag of the tail. As Hank neared the old dog’s cage, he laced his fingers through the chain link to steady his gait and the first feeling of comfort he’d remembered in over a year came from a wet nose and lick across his arthritic fingers.

Just then a voice of authority sounded, and Hank jumped. “I’m sorry sir, you aren’t supposed to be in this area!” she said. Luckily Hank didn’t know he had walked into the “final area” where unclaimed dogs were scheduled to be put down. There went the nudge and lick thing again. Hank looked down to the most pleading eyes he’d ever seen.

Ignoring the attendants order to leave, Hank asked if could he see the dog closer? Her demeanor changed completely and her sternness melted away. She had forced herself to be this way so she could do the part of her job she despised. She brought the old dog out and instantly the two souls – once so lost – found reason to hope.

Hank’s cupboards were now filled, a warm fire crackled and the old dog Smiled inside as he remembered “only in your dreams.” Closing his eyes he felt Hank’s hand stroking his head whispering “sleep in heavenly peace”.


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