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 has no foster homes available or we have not been able to see the dog yet to evaluate it. We try to help the shelters and the dogs 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 Shelters often do not update us when dogs are adopted or euthanized so listings here can be out of date until we find out.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 how they are doing. 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!





Zippy is an easy-going senior GSD who is very young at heart. At approximately 10 years young, he’s looking for a country home to retire at. Zippy came to AWS after his owner passed away and has been looking for the right family since. He has done well with respectful children in the past and has done well with the cats he’s lived with. Zippy doesn’t appreciate canine company and would like to be the only dog in the home. His hips can be a bit sore at times and his hearing isn’t what it used to be, but he still enjoys slow-paced walks.

For more information about Zippy, please contact the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk, ME at (207) 985-3244 or e-mail





Looking for love? Look no further! Shep is a loving, loyal, and laid back gentlemen looking for a family to spend his days lounging with. 6 years old, 80 pounds, neutered, and up-to-date on his shots, Shep loves ALL people he meets, and is happiest when he is surrounded by his loved ones. Shep does like to go for walks, but doesn’t need a lot of exercise–all he really needs is someone that will be his best buddy. Poor Shep was abandoned, and was rescued on a mountain road just three days before Christmas 2015. It’s clear he was a house dog and knows what is expected of him in the home. He is great on the leash and is wonderful with children. He can be picky with his dog friends, so he would do best as an only dog, or with a dog of similar size and temperament. He is a true gentleman, he is in great condition, and he deserves a second chance with a FOREVER family. He is fully vetted and ready for his new home. His family should have experience with the German Shepherd breed.

If you are interested in Shep, please visit the Sato Heart Rescue website at or email us at





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






UPDATE on 7-21-16:

Sweet Britta has had a rough life. She originally came from a home where she was kept outside, so she is always on-edge in new environments and needs a patient, gentle owner. Britta needs a person who understands shy, nervous German Shepherds. She doesn’t need a lot of exercise, but would do best with a fenced-in yard. She loves to run around and lay outside, and unfortunately she cannot ever be off-leash.

Britta does have separation anxiety and is working up to being left home alone more and more. She can be left alone for 4 hours before she begins feeling nervous, chewing at doors and nudging windows to get out. She would do well with someone who is home a lot and able to get her on a schedule. Britta is good with meeting strangers, if they have their hand out with a treat and they let her come to them. If someone was to corner her and she was trying to get away, she would snap at them if they kept going. She is not aggressive whatsoever–just incredibly shy. She does do well with easy-going dogs. Once Britta is bonded with you, she is incredibly affectionate and loves to snuggle on the couch with you and nudge your hand for more pets!




Meet Britta, a beautiful 5-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:





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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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