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 Shelters often do not update us when dogs are adopted or euthanized so listings here can be out of date until we find out.Please let the shelter know that you saw the dog on GSRNE’s website.

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!






Etta is a gorgeous German Shepherd mix who arrived to us pregnant. She gave birth to a beautiful litter of puppies who have all been adopted, and now it’s Etta’s turn! Etta is sweet, loving, and exceptionally smart. She needs an active family with dog experience to help her become the best dog she can be. She plays rough with other dogs, and she will chase cats if they run, so she may do best as an only dog (although she is currently living with a dog and two cats in her foster home). She may accidentally knock over a small child, so older kids would be best. She would benefit from lessons with a positive reinforcement-based trainer, to help her work on her excitability on-leash around other dogs and small animals. She walks nicely on an Easy-Walk Harness when there aren’t any distractions around. With some time and training her potential is endless; she wants to please her people, and she is food motivated. She is a busy girl who loves to play fetch and chew on and play with her toys. She loves everyone she meets, and is very loyal to her people. If you are looking for a jogging or hiking companion, Etta would be perfect. She would do best in a home with a fenced yard to run and play in. Sadly, Etta is heartworm positive, but her treatments will be covered by Great Dog Rescue New England. Etta is housebroken and loves rides in the car. Can you open your home to this loving, sweet, girl?

Please contact:
Great Dog Rescue New England





UPDATE: Time is running out, and Bandit is still waiting for someone to take him home and love him… Won’t you give this dear boy a second chance at a happy life?

Bandit came to Worcester Animal Rescue League as a stray in May 2013, and he was adopted a month later. His owner died in May 2015, and his/her adult daughter took Bandit in. She reports that Bandit is fully house-trained, likes sticks, loves the car, is fine left alone, barks if someone unfamiliar approaches, is great with kids, and exhibits no apparent resource guarding. He loves his tennis ball. He is not a fan of other dogs, cats, or small animals, so he needs to be an only dog. He is 9 years old, and would give lots of love to the right family. Please contact Allie at:

Worcester Animal Rescue League
139 Holden St.
Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 853-0030



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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