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 Shelters often do not update us when dogs are adopted or euthanized so listings here can be out of date until we find out.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





Meet Zeus. Zeus has a heartbreaking story. He came to the Scituate Animal Shelter after his owners gave him to a local animal control department. He had spent 10+ years outside, 365 days a year, tied up. He was emaciated and covered in feces and urine. We could tell that he wasn’t used to a kind touch because he winced when anyone reached to pet his head.

After a belly full of food, a warm bed, and some attention, it was as though he began to understand that things were going to be different. Zeus began to seek out attention, putting his head on a lap for a pat. After two days, we got our first tail wag and even some barking to go for a walk!

We weren’t optimistic about his vet visit but to our surprise, he received a relatively clean bill of health and is only in need of pain meds for his arthritis and medication for hyperthyroidism.

Zeus is house-trained, up-to-date on vaccinations, and neutered. He is great with other dogs, cats, and children. Please open your heart and your home to this sweet, beautiful, endearing boy who deserves a chance at happiness.

See more photos of Zeus on his PetFinder profile:

If you’re interested in possibly adopting or fostering Zeus, please email Ashley at




This is Ida. She is a 7-year-old German Shepherd who spent her entire life in an outdoor pen, being bred to produce puppies. Her owner recently took her indoors and is now looking for a new home for her. She is spayed, house-trained, loves her crate, walks nicely on a leash, and is very personable and loving once she knows you. She is the type of dog who is likely to bond very strongly to her people. She does best meeting women (versus men), and is very nervous in new situations and with new people. Her ideal home would be in a home with no children, other pets, or men. She is not high-energy but does enjoy long walks.

If you’re interested in possibly adopting or fostering Ida and have the time and patience for this sweet girl, please email Ashley at




Libby is looking for an experienced Shepherd owner! She is extremely intelligent and very focused. Even at 9 years old, she seems poised to excel at training. She has chronic ear infections, but we are working on resolving that. Although she hasn’t had much experience living in a household (she was confined mainly to the basement in her previous home), she is very well-mannered and walks well on a leash. She is also housebroken. Her ideal household would include adults or teens, and no other animals. Give this stunning girl a chance at the life she deserves!

Interested parties should contact the Lowell Humane Society at or (978) 452-7781.






Diesel (born 1/14/14) came into the shelter on 5/31/17. His former owner was having issues keeping him contained on his property. Diesel was primarily an outdoor dog with a doggie door that went into a shed from his outside pen. His former owner wanted to get him somewhere safe before he got hurt on one of his adventures; he would spend as much time as he could outside in the yard with Diesel, but when he was not at home, Diesel figured out how to open the gates and would go roaming the neighborhood. Animal control would pick him up and bring him back home. Once they even found him at a party, where he had spent hours with the people there, enjoying their company! He is a large dog that can easily jump 4-foot fences. He needs a home where there is at least a 6-foot stockade-type fence. He has not been overly receptive to other dogs (male or female) and would do best as an only pet. He has been great with everyone he has met here at the shelter. He loves to play ball. It has been an adjustment for him going from being an outside dog to being in an indoor kennel, but he is handling it like a trooper. He will probably need some housebreaking. He is up-to-date on his shots and neutered. His heartworm test came out negative. He did test positive for lyme, and has been treated. He is currently 80 lbs. He is one of our volunteers’ favorites! They all enjoy taking him out and playing with him. He is a great dog, and needs lots of love.

Come on by the Faxon Animal Care & Adoption Center to meet Diesel.
474 Durfee St.
Fall River MA 02720
Saturday through Tuesday, 10am-4pm

Or call and speak with Debbie, our adoption counselor: (508) 676-1061






Jaxson is a 4 year-old neutered male German Shepherd. He is tall and weighs 82 lbs. Jaxson was owned by a single woman for the first 3 1/2 years of his life. The woman moved and could not take Jaxson, so she listed him on Craigslist. His history is unknown after that until we took him in. Jaxson shows as a typical GSD in the shelter. He is playful, loves water, walks, and acting like a clown. In a home Jaxson becomes protective over his owner, especially women. Jaxson has not bitten, but because of his guarding tendencies, we are looking for an adult-only home with dog-savvy people.

Jaxson is currently at the Milton Animal Shelter in Milton, MA. Please contact (617) 698-0413 for more information on this handsome guy!





TY and CAIN have been adopted!

WHITNEY has been adopted!

RACHAEL has been adopted!

BELLA has been adopted!

LUKE has been adopted!

MOCHA has been adopted!

JANA has been adopted!

BRITTA has been adopted!

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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