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 Shelters often do not update us when dogs are adopted or euthanized so listings here can be out of date until we find out.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





Chief is a stunningly handsome boy looking for a new home to call his own. At 4 years old, Chief weighs in at just over 100 pounds! He came from a home with two other German Shepherds but was not socialized with any other animals. Because of this, he will need an experienced owner who knows how to handle a dog of his size and temperament. Though he may be big, he is a total mush once he gets to know you. Chief is a very smart boy and listens very well to his cues, so it will be important that his new owner not allow him to take advantage of his size. Chief enjoys playing and romping with his human friends. Chief is looking for a home without children. He definitely shows too much interest in small critters, so he is looking for a home as an only pet.

If you would like to meet Chief, please come by the shelter very soon. Please note, Chief’s adoption will require multiple visits, which will allow staff to fully explain his behaviors and needs.

Contact the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Brewster Shelter at (508) 255-1030 and ask for Veronica or Dawn. Potential adopters are also welcome to inquire via email at or




Rinda is a beautiful senior lady who wants to be your one and only! She came from a home with two other German Shepherds but was not socialized with any other animals. Rinda is friendly with people she meets but gets anxious when there is too much going on. Because of this, she would love to have a nice quiet home where she can enjoy retirement in luxury! Don’t let her age fool you though–she still has quite a bit of pep, and she loves to play and romp. It is important for her new owner to keep her comfortable as she ages, since she does already have some arthritis in her hind end.

If you would like to meet Rinda, please come by the shelter very soon. Adopters should be prepared to spend extra time discussing with staff about Rinda’s behaviors and medical needs.

Contact the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Brewster Shelter at (508) 255-1030 and ask for Veronica or Dawn. Potential adopters are also welcome to inquire via email at or




Xena is a beautiful adult female Shepherd looking for a new home. She previously lived with two other German Shepherds but was not socialized with other animals or people. Because of this, she takes time to warm up to new people and does not enjoy the company of new dogs. Xena is a big strong girl who loves her walks, so she will need a strong and confident handler.
Once Xena is comfortable with a new person, she shows off her silly side, pouncing at her toys and doing the classic German Shepherd head tilt when she hears something interesting. She is also super smart and would love to learn any new tricks her new family can teach her. She shows too much interest in little critters, so she will need a home as the only pet. She is looking for a home without children.

If you would like to meet Xena, please come by the shelter soon. Please note, Xena’s adoption will require multiple visits, which will allow staff to fully explain her behaviors and needs.

Contact the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Brewster Shelter at (508) 255-1030 and ask for Veronica or Dawn. Potential adopters are also welcome to inquire via email at or




Meet Bella, a 1-year-old German Shepherd. This gorgeous girl is a working dog in every way. Her ideal home could have dog-savvy teens, but no other dogs or kitties please! She can be overly friendly with dogs, so she will best succeed in her new home as an only dog. Her energy is endless, her brilliance is boundless, and her drive to work is astounding. This beautiful girl will need boundaries, limits, and training to settle into her new home. Though she can be rough around the edges, with guidance she will make a phenomenal partner.

If you think you might be a fit for this girl, come on down to meet her at the Potter League today!

Anastacia Southland
(401) 846-8276 ext. 123




Simon will be happy to see the snow melt away so he can get back to one of his favorite activities, fetch the tennis ball! This handsome big boy is just over a year old and full of energy. He would be an excellent hiking buddy, helping you get back into shape after this long winter. Although he may be shy meeting new people, he can be quite exuberant with people he knows. Basic manners classes will help him learn the polite way to say ” Hello, I love you”. Positive reinforcement training along with a patient adopter will help shape this boy into a fabulous member of the family. He is still trying to decide whether or not other dogs are friend or foe, so he’d love someone with experience helping dogs learn to make dog friends. He might be able to live with another dog under the right circumstances. Older, sturdy kids that are comfortable with a large, sometimes bouncy dog will be considered.

Simon is currently in a foster home, if you would like more information about this wonderful boy please email




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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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