In Area Shelters



We are sometimes 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 Shelters often do not update us when dogs are adopted or euthanized so listings here can be out of date until we find out.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.

And 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!




Rosy is a beautiful girl with a gentle personality. She was born with a deformity in her hind legs which causes her to have a low stance. But radiographs show that she does not have hip dysplasia or knee issues, which is great news! She is not currently taking any medications for her legs since they do not cause her any pain at this point. We do have her on a daily glucosamine supplement to help her joints. She will do best in a home where there are not a lot of stairs to climb. She would also prefer a home with rugs, since she tends to slip and slide on hardwood floors.

Rosy needs a patient owner who will give her structure to learn when and where to eliminate. She is fully crate-trained, and with proper guidance will become a wonderful companion. She is coming out of her shell each day, and she just loves to snuggle and be near what you are doing. Come meet this sweet pretty girl!

Animal Care Manager
Veterinary Technician
Pope Memorial SPCA
94 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301
Work phone: (603) 856-8756 x230
Cell phone: (603) 361-2031




Tucker is a GORGEOUS, exuberant, 90-pound 2-year-old neutered male GSD, given up because the owner had health problems. Unfortunately he did not land in an appropriate home, so he was surrendered by the well-meaning but inexperienced couple who couldn’t handle him. Although Tucker reportedly spent a lot of time at doggy daycare, his dog skills are a little quirky, in that he tends to come on too strong. So for this reason, he would probably do best as an only dog. It’s not known if Tucker was ever socialized with children, so he will not be placed in a family with children under 16. When he gets excited he can be obnoxious, but this is only because he doesn’t know what to do with himself. 🙂 For this reason, he is not a beginner dog. That said, Tucker is very smart and very food-motivated, so he should be a lot of fun for an experienced handler!

Tucker is at Mansfield Animal Shelter (Mansfield, MA), but inquiries should go through Sue Thibedeau (the Foxborough Animal Control Officer):

Phone: (508) 384-2523

Adoption pending…




If you love GSDs, you will love Miss Bridgette! Bridgette is a spayed, 4-year-old German Shepherd mix. She is smart, responsive, and loves to learn. Her obedience is great, and she is completely housebroken. Bridgette will play with male dogs, but prefers to be the only animal in the house. She would be a fabulous jogging partner, but is equally snuggly for watching movies. Bridgette is a big girl (over 80 lbs), and has not been around children much, so an adult home is preferred.

Please come meet this wonderful girl. She is charming, fun, and desperately waiting for a forever home of her own.

Please contact Nancy at: or (603) 942-5988






Meet Britta, a beautiful 4-year-old German Shepherd. She is spayed, up-to-date on all vaccines, house-trained, excellent on the leash, good with cats, and very, very easy going in the house. She loves to lay on the couch all day! She would be so happy to find a home where she could lounge on the couch and go for walks.

Britta is good with meeting strangers, if they have their hand out with a treat and they let her come to them. That said, she’s a shy girl. If she is trapped in a corner and someone keeps approaching her, she will get frightened and try to burrow into the wall. If the person is patient with her and offers her a treat, she warms up easily. Britta originally came from a home where she was kept outside and not handled as much as the other dogs.

She was lost for a short time, and has become frightened of other dogs. If they come up to her face-to-face, she will give an air-snap, but is too afraid to do anything more. She really just tries to get away from them. If she is with her leader, she will walk with other dogs without a problem. If the other dog ignores her, they can even coexist and lay right next to each other.

Britta needs a person who understands shy German Shepherds. Someone who will help her gain confidence and continue her training. She doesn’t need a lot of exercise, as she prefers to be with you. She needs someone committed to getting her comfortable and on a schedule.

If you think Britta is for you, please contact Ashley at:




Meet Jake! This gorgeous boy is 13 months old, neutered, and up-to-date on his shots. He is great with all dogs, and loves to play with ropes, balls etc. Jake loves people once he knows them, but he needs controlled introductions to strangers. He will bark aggressively when scared but warms up quickly with a proper introduction, and those he knows well can do anything with him. He responds best to positive reinforcement from calm people who are able to recognize his fears and help him rather than try to “correct” his behaviors. Jake would do best in a multi-dog home, not living as an only dog.

If Jake could be a member of your family, please contact John Gagnon’s Pet Resort via email:

Adoption pending…





GYPSY has been adopted!

LILY has been adopted!

ETTA has been adopted!


JACK has been adopted!


CHLOE has been adopted!


RUSHMORE has been adopted!


NOBLE has been adopted!


DUKE has been adopted!



EVA has been adopted!



ROCCO has been adopted!




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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