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 Shelters often do not update us when dogs are adopted or euthanized so listings here can be out of date until we find out.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





Hi, my name is Moose! I’m a 5-6 year old Shepherd mix who is considered a handsome boy with fur you can just snuggle up in. I’m house-trained, crate-trained, neutered, and enjoy going for walks or just hanging out. I love being petted and scratched, particularly on my neck and head.

I’m quite a homebody so I’m looking for someone special who enjoys the quiet life. I get uneasy with commotion; it interferes with my chi. I enjoy dogs who like chilling out. I’m OK with older two-legged kids who are kind, but leave me home with a chew when you go for Sunday drives (I don’t like car trips).

Like most people, I can get cranky at times. It’s unsettling when someone suddenly gets in my face. If new people respect my personal space, I’ll be at ease and not get snappy. This is just behavior that shelters sometimes trigger.

I want to be the best boy I can be to match my good looks, and I’ll get there with love, guidance and positive reinforcement. I’m a good listener and with basic obedience and confidence, I will quickly learn that life is more fun being centered.

Please come on over for a meet-n-greet. I just need a chance. If you are interested in being my best friend, please contact my buddy Mary Lou at for an application.

Moose xo





Obi is truly a wonderful dog, deserving of a peaceful home and loving family. He is a handsome 2.5-year-old, 80-pound German Shepherd/Great Dane mix. His current family loves him very much, but Obi has not adapted to urban life in Boston. Because of Obi’s anxiety and fear of noise, he must have a quiet rural or suburban home. When Obi is on vacation at a secluded cabin in Maine, he is a different dog!

Obi is neutered, housebroken, up-to-date on all vaccines. He uses his crate comfortably, though he is allowed to roam free when alone. Obi is very healthy, but has manageable skin allergies like a typical GSD.

Obi is very smart and trainable; he knows a number of commands, including sit, down, stay, touch, and cheese. He’ll accept pats from anybody, but thinks two-person scritchy-scratchies are where it’s at. He loves to give his people a good morning goose and leans his head against them when they come home.

Couch potato alert: Obi is 75% sleepy bear! He loves pillows and has learned the art of kung-fu sleep (pics available). Though he likes his beauty rest, Obi has ten-minute bursts of playfulness during the day. He plays chase and chomps down on his favorite stuffed animals, but his favorite activity is riding in the car on the highway (as long as he doesn’t see motorcycles).

Ideally, Obi needs an experienced handler, quiet home, and large yard. He’d benefit from a confident, playful older dog that can lead by example. Obi does well with cats, too. He’s familiar with children, though adopters should have only quieter older kids. Obi takes medication to quell his anxiety; however, a calm environment will be the best medicine. Obi wants you to know he’ll watch Star Wars movies with you, but needs cuddles during the exciting parts.

Contact Diane for an application:





Hi there, my name is Leyna. I am a strikingly beautiful dog with lots of high energy, looking for a home where I can get lots of exercise every day. I need a family who has experience with dogs. I would enjoy living with kids over 10 years of age who are gentle and respectful with dogs. I may like to live with a cat but I need to be the only dog in the home. Take me home and you’ll see that I’m a great dog with lots of potential!

If you are interested in meeting me, please contact the Waterford Pet Wellness & Adoption Center:

169 Old Colchester Road
Quaker Hill, CT 06375





Meet Max! This handsome youngster is looking for new home. He is 7 months old and very busy. He is crate trained, but as far as we can tell he has had no obedience training–so he needs a home that will spend some time teaching him basic obedience training and give him adequate exercise. He was surrendered because the family does not have time for him. He is not suitable for children under age 12 and he is a bit of a handful physically (because of lack of training).

Call the Warwick Animal Shelter 401-468-4377 or email to request an application.





Hi there, my name is Charli and my friends often call me Charli Girl. I am a beautiful 2.5-year-old spayed female Siberian Husky / German Shepherd mix. I am a very active dog with a lot of energy. I need to be the only animal in the home as I do not do well with most dogs. My new owner should be experienced with large dog ownership as well as obedience training; I need someone who is a strong leader. Tools such as prong collars are helpful for managing me. I love hiking, swimming, playing tug and fetch, and running around. If you have a fenced-in yard, that’s a huge plus! I will be your best friend if you give me boundaries as well as love and attention. I know how to have a good time and I’m a ton of fun. I am extremely smart and up for any challenges: train me, I will soak it all in!

I have been living in an animal shelter since December 2018, and I desperately need to find a family to take me home! I have so much love to give. If you’d like to meet me, please contact The Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter at (413) 448-9800.






Meet Lucy, a 2-year-old, spayed female GSD (up-to-date on all her shots) at the Providence Animal Rescue League. Lucy is an athletic, intelligent lady looking for someone who loves adventures. She’s an expert fetcher and LOVES the water. Lucy should go home as the only pet; she could live with older children. She was never given the opportunity to socialize with other dogs so she struggles to greet dogs appropriately. No cats, as Lucy has a history of chasing them. PARL will be sending Lucy’s adopters home with a LEAP fund voucher, which will contribute financially towards post-adoption training with an assigned trainer. This will help set her adopters up for success in working with her dog reactivity.

If you are interested in helping Lucy bust out of the shelter, call PARL at (401) 421-1399 or visit her at 34 Elbow St. in Providence RI.







Look at this gorgeous fellow!  Bane is a 6-year-old neutered male who is hoping to come home with you.  He is an active guy who knows basic commands like sit, down, give his paw, and he is really good at spin!

To meet this handsome pooch, give Charlestown Animal Shelter a call at (401) 364-1211







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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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