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FemaleGerman Shepherd Dog


Patches: The Happiest Girl in all the Land
2-year-old, female, medium, Belgian Malinois mix
Good with other dogs: Unknown
Good with children: Unknown
Good with cats: Unknown

If you’re having a bad day, just look at our sweet Patches and you’ll be cheered up in no time. This girl has been through a lot, and yet, she’s as happy and sweet as can be. Her face just lights up when our volunteers come to give her pets and hugs.
This sweet girl came from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and was reported to have been a dog fight that left her with a broken jaw. Of course, SPR took her to the vet right away, but the doc could find no evidence of any broken jaw, so we’re not really sure if she was actually in a dog fight. But out of an abundance of caution, we haven’t pushed socialization with other dogs yet for Patches. But seriously, this girl is soooo sweet and playful that all she needs is exercise and activity with her people!
She’s a young girl and a Mal, so that means she’s got energy to burn. She’ll definitely need an active family to keep her mentally and physically challenged. She will also need structured, consistent obedience training to ensure she grows up to be a well-mannered girl. As such, we’d also suggest a home with older children that she won’t accidentally knock down with all her energy. We’re sure she’ll pick up on instruction very quickly because this girl REALLY wants to please her people. And she takes correction on a leash very well and is learning quickly. We don’t think she’s had any previous leash training, but our dedicated volunteers are working on this with her, and Patches is a model student.
If you are interested in making Patches part of your family, please fill out our online application to get the approval process started. We will only schedule meet and greets with an approved application. All staff members are volunteers and are not compensated for their time and expenses. Many juggle family and full-time careers while volunteering at Saving Paws. Please be patient, as sometimes it takes up to 5 days to process an application.


If you have questions about Patches please contact Saving Paws


Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
Hair Length
Shots up to date
Spayed / Neutered
Ok with kids
Ok with birds
Ok with dogs
Ok with cats
Ok with small animals
Contact Person

Shelter Description

"Saving Paws" rescue specializes in German Shepherd Dogs and Belgian Malinois. These are the two primary breeds used in military and law enforcement service worldwide. We also partner with other rescues and can assist in locating your perfect pet.

"Saving Paws" is a registered 501c3 non-profit corporation. All staff members are volunteers and are not compensated for their time and expenses. Donations and adoption fees offset the high cost of veterinary care, food, boarding and numerous other expenses. By adopting from “Saving Paws", you become our partner in the rescue. You can make a difference in both financial contribution and working to save deserving animals. Adopting a rescue dog saves two lives. The K-9 friend that you adopted and another that can be brought in by the space created. Open your heart and adopt today.

"Saving Paws" primarily obtains dogs from local "High Kill" shelters. We are often there last hope. Our adoptions have gone on become service dogs, search and rescue dogs, sport dogs, AKC title holders and of course cherished family pets and protectors. Please consider a rescue dog and give these wonderful animals a second chance.

Shelter Driving Directions

Currently our resources do not allow one central facility for our operations. We have many dogs in foster care and board others at the Canine Country Club. They are located in Phoenix, Arizona. All adoptions are by appointment. We do our best to be available and accommodate your schedule. However, being volunteer, we ask for your patience and assistance in all matters. A minor inconvenience is a small price to pay for helping a dog in need.

"Saving Paws" also participates in numerous adoption events year around. We will post these to our website and to this venue as they are scheduled.

Areas Served

Check out our Facebook page for recent rescue stories.

"Saving Paws" serves Phoenix Arizona and the surrounding communities. Adoptions nationwide are offered through partner rescues and by special arrangement.

Adoption Instructions

"Saving Paws" works individually with each potential adopter to assure a good match and successful placement. The specific adoption process can vary and includes:

* Telephone and or email consultation.
* "Meet & Greet" with selected animals. We request that all family members and pets be present.
* Adoption application and reference check.
* Home visit
* Completion of the adoption process.
* Any additional follow up or assistance required.

Adoption fees and donations offset the extremely high cost of veterinary care, food, boarding and numerous other expenses.

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