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 Shelters often do not update us when dogs are adopted or euthanized so listings here can be out of date until we find out.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





Hello! I’m Luke, a neutered 5 1/2 year-old German Shepherd. Unfortunately, my parents were sad to let me go, as they were moving and could not take me with them. From previous interactions, I am good with kids (8+ years old), dogs, and I’ve lived with a cat. As a tall, young shepherd, my curiosity remains peaked. When I like you, you will know it, as I purposefully bump into you and stand by to let you know I care. I do require some TLC, as I have been diagnosed with Perianal Fistulas. Common with my breed, it will require lifelong management. I also take a pancreatic enzyme daily to help me maintain my weight and long-term health.

For more information, please e-mail the Pope Memorial SPCA at Or, you can send in an adoption application through the website:

Frankie – Animal Care Manager and Lead Veterinary Technician
Pope Memorial SPCA
94 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 856-8756 x230





UPDATE on 12-2-16:

Britta needs a quieter home without children or a lot of visitors. She strongly prefers women, and for that reason, we’re requiring that her new owner not be male. She gets along great with cats and dogs. She is house-trained and walks very nicely on leash. Britta spent most of her life outdoors and was not properly socialized, which has left her with a lot of fears and anxieties. She tends to be much more anxious in a home than when she is outside, and she especially loves to be loose in a fenced-in yard. She can only be left home alone for 3-4 hours before she begins to be very destructive. She really needs someone who is home a lot, to work on increasing the length of time that she can be left alone. Britta has bonded very well to her foster mom, and is extremely affectionate once she has settled in. She loves to snuggle! If you think you have the patience, time, and gentle approach to win her over, she will reward you with lots of love.

Watch a video of Britta:


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!



July 2016:

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:




Ty (female) and Cain (male), both about 8 years old, were rescued from unlivable circumstances. The rescue organization that found them usually only deals with farm animals, but they just couldn’t stand to see these two GSDs living outside in squalid conditions, being used for breeding.

Ty: This sweet girl is very shy, quiet, and scared. She wants to stay right at your feet, and she walks nicely on a leash. She was -positive but has been treated. She definitely warms up to women. She was a ratter and would kill the rats in her kennel. She has recently started a little tail-wagging. She’s probably never lived in a home–just a 4×6 kennel as a breeding dog. She has a beautiful face and just needs a new start with someone willing to take the time and patience to teach this shy girl.

Cain: At first they thought Cain was deaf, but his ears were just badly infected, and his hearing is fine after receiving treatment. He’s a barker and will spin like a top–both things can be worked on. Cain has been neutered, and he has learned to play a little with a ball. He needs some work on leash manners, but is great with kids, horses, and goats (not for cats and small animals). He loves car rides. He must have sat in a kennel for 8 years waiting to love someone. His person at the shelter says she feels like the luckiest person alive to get his tail wags! They are looking into some health issues but would be glad to give you an update if you are interested in helping this dear sweet boy.

For more information, please e-mail Deb at





BRIDGETTE has been adopted!

ZIPPY has been adopted!

SHEP has been adopted!

TARA has been adopted!

LUCY has been adopted!

ROSY has been adopted!

TUCKER has been adopted!

JAKE has been adopted!

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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