PO Box 981332 West Sacramento CA 95798-1332
KikaGerman Shepherd Dog
We are pausing accepting applications for Kika to process the applications received to date. Thank you so much for your interest. Should...
We are pausing accepting applications for Kika to process the applications received to date. Thank you so much for your interest. Should we not have an appropriate match for Kika once the current applications are processed, we will turn her adoption button on. Kika is a beautiful, agile, and athletic young girl who, in typical GSD fashion, loves to shadow her people and during downtimes be right at her person's feet or somewhere in sight. And if allowed, she adores laying her head on their feet while they work from home. She loves dogs with a puppy-like play style of zoomies, hip checks, body slams, leaps, and downtime for rest near at least one of the resident dogs. As she's settled in, she's become more independent, spending time playing with her pack and less focused on her person. Kika is easy to walk on a flat or martingale collar, and responsive to cues through the leash. Kika greets people and dogs easily on her walks, shows no reaction to other dogs, and is undisturbed by cars, bicycles, and motorcycles passing her. Kika must have been an indoor dog with a solid understanding of household rules, pottying outside and settling in her crate with some short-lived low-level howls at the unfairness of being crated when the resident dogs are free to roam. Kika is now trusted to sleep free at night, she curls next to her humans' bed and sleeps soundly through the night. She's also been trusted to stay home uncrated while her people run short errands, she occupies herself cuddling with items that have her foster mom's scent. Although not fond of her first bath, she tolerated it for us to get all the sticky stuff off her coat. In contrast, she napped with her head on her foster mom's lap while being brushed. She knows mealtimes, and when her people dilly dally or when the water bowl is empty, she's persistent in letting her people know. And right after her meals, she lets out a big belch. Speaking of dogs, Kika is a huge fan. She met the resident shepherds in her foster homes with natural, appeasing, and submissive body language asking for play shortly after. She has learned each dogs' boundaries quickly and respects their signals. In addition to the three shepherds, she currently lives with, she spent a few days with another foster family with their shepherd and played with their neighbors Husky too. It was an opportunity for us to learn more about her comfort level with kids. We think she would love to live with another dog in a physically active household. Kika gives the resident cat plenty of space, backing up when the cat comes towards her. She hasn't earned any correction from the dog-savvy cat who sets boundaries with all foster dogs early on. With the right cat, Kika is most likely to do fine. She doesn't seek the resident cat out and continues to give him a wide berth when their paths cross. Kika bonds firmly with the confident handler in the house without a gender preference. Her initial shyness with her foster dad has disappeared, she greets him happily when he comes home from the office, and she seeks him out for affection, nuzzling him when he's sitting to pay attention to her. She has also become more comfortable with her college-aged boy, forgetting her shyness most of the time. Kika would prefer to live with older kids rather than the under seven age group as she is more comfortable with older kids whose noise and activity levels are more muted. Her forever family will need to be patient with her as she gets to know them; in return, her sweet, adorable affection will reward them. She must have been treated heavy-handedly at some point in her young life as she can be head shy with new folks. Treat motivated, Kika makes friends for those high-value treats with an exceptionally soft mouth. A bit of a counter surfer, she seems to be enthralled with smells of pizza. Her appetite is now robust on kibble only; she eats comfortably next to her pack of dog mates without any food guarding. She has been out with her people to outdoor seating restaurants; she settles comfortably under the table with her head in her favorite spot - under the chair of a family member. Kika loves to please her person, has mastered sit, working on a reliable down, wait, and decent recall. Finally healed from her spay surgery, she is game to run with the resident dogs while they play fetch and exploring whether she'd like to swim with them. She had a great time at the lake during Father's Day weekend. She gravitates more to bones to chew and soft toys for play during downtimes. Her favorite playmate is the resident one-year-old male shepherd. She rides comfortably in the car, only grumbling at people at stop signs and going quiet when asked to keep her those thoughts to herself. She continues to be a natural car passenger, more comfortable in the back seat due to her girth, and generous with her nuzzles to share her joy in going places. Kika came into the shelter from a community foster who found her a few weeks ago. When she began displaying the onset of a head tilt and wobbliness after a couple of weeks in their care; they brought her to the shelter. Treated by the shelter vets, she came to us with a left-leaning head tilt, adding to her charm. Although she was available for adoption, the shelter staff and volunteers reached out to rescues to place her in a foster home environment to ease her shelter stress and for us to seek additional answers on her symptoms. She was treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories while waiting for her neuro consult. While in our care her head tilt has virtually disappeared, we see her head tilt at the end of the day when she's tired. Kika's neurology consult and exam showed her to be stable with a diagnosis of a peripheral vestibular disease, an inner ear problem that has resolved with the exception of the slight head hilt. Described as injured hair cells in the inner ear, they are likely re-generating and healing. A cause can be a bacterial, a parasitic, or fungal infection of the inner ear or simply being born this way. It's promising since her symptoms were resolved with one course of antibiotics. She has no restrictions and the neurologist asked us to update him at the end of two weeks as to how she is doing. We are so excited with her progress. Adopters interested in Kika will need to have a large breed or german shepherd experience as she is a typical young, energetic, and athletic shepherd who will need regular exercise and further training to be her best self.
LaydeeGerman Shepherd Dog
Looking for a daily running partner or a steady companion to drop balls in your lap with expectant eyes encouraging you to head outdoors...
Looking for a daily running partner or a steady companion to drop balls in your lap with expectant eyes encouraging you to head outdoors for hours? Laydee gets along with dogs and is always ready for a car ride, which we hope will include beautiful parks, hiking destinations, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and other outdoor adventures. She asks that you have the AC running before she hops in as she's not in favor of hot cars. Laydee is looking for an active family who will appreciate her energy, athleticism, swiftness, and agility. She is ball driven with the accompanying hunt drive always to bring it back from where it landed. With a terrific nose, she could be an excellent nosework or tracking partner and other dog sports. A lover of people, she greets them delightfully. Very proper indoors in her greetings and way more exuberant outside. She has to be reminded not to jump in excitement to say hello with a wiggly body and wagging tail when outdoors. She is indifferent to bikers, skateboarders, and dogs on her walks. Laydee has lived in a household with a senior golden retriever and is currently living with four shepherds (3 males and 1 female) in her foster home. She has been in dog care settings playing with other dogs also. As an owner surrender, we are familiar with Laydee's life since she was a puppy. Laydee has been well-cared for her entire life as a lovely companion with excellent household manners. Since she grew up in a home without a fenced-in yard, she is used to being walked regularly for exercise, potty business and had many friends dog and human at the local dog park where she was a regular visitor. As an urban dog we had not expected Laydee to be at ease in ranch settings; she loved the outdoors and wide-open spaces showing that she can be comfortable around ranch animals and horses in pastures. Whether its to sit pretty with her feet up, sit or down, drop it, leave it, or model Bunny ears, Laydee loves to engage with people. Although she will play with dogs if she doesn't have a ball readily available, she is more focused on her human interactions. As with all dogs, she will need refreshers, and it would be lovely to have her next family bond with her through training as a mental stimulation since she is very bright and so ready to please her people. Her motivation is her ball, any ball, although she is super attached to her jolly soccer balls and ones that squeak. She is an independent thinker, so excellent recall will be needed if she is to be off-leash. This smart cookie is crate and potty trained, knows to open lever type of doorknobs. Laydee is living with a resident cat and just can't seem to resist the temptation to push the cat's boundaries. As such, she should not live with a cat. Although she is trusted to sleep free, she is crated most nights in her foster home to give the resident cat a respite. She's delighted for the morning when she showers her people with kisses before starting the ball rotation. As with all our dogs, we require current shepherd or large breed experience for Laydee and a commitment to formal positive reinforcement training to enhance their bond with her and for her to spend her life with rich experiences as a treasured well-mannered member of her next family.
OscarGerman Shepherd Dog
While Oscar was prepped for surgery, it became apparent that he was compensating on his other eyelid,. Now he's sporting this goggle loo...
While Oscar was prepped for surgery, it became apparent that he was compensating on his other eyelid,. Now he's sporting this goggle look post-surgery. He was his sweet self throughout his outpatient surgery and is recovering in his foster home. So excited to share with you that Oscar saw the ophthalmologist on the 7th and he only needs surgery on his left lower eyelid which is scheduled for Monday, July 13th. As his skin improved so did the swelling around his eyes. Such happy news for such a great boy. We were able to view his exam via a phone app, he was a love bug throughout giving big kisses to the staff. Oscar is a sweet, loving, friendly, curious, gentle giant and an excellent house guest. Oscar knows all the basic commands: sit, down, paw, stay, leave it, and come. He also knows how to "gentle give" and "gentle take" when reminded to give a ball back or take a ball. Oscar sits and waits for his meal until his foster mom gives him the ok. Oscar can be in front of an open bag of his food and will just sit and wait. He has never jumped up on the counter or tries to get into anything he isn't supposed to. Oscar has an uncanny sense of what is proper and what isn't in the home. When entering or leaving the house, he has learned to "stay" and let his humans go through first. Oscar is lovely in the car; most of the time, he just plops down and takes a little snooze. He loves car rides. Oscar is thoroughly crate trained. He snoozes on his bed in the family room with his humans in the evening, and when it's time to go to sleep for the night, he goes straight into his crate. Oscar met the young children next door about 6 and 8 years old, he sweetly gave them kisses and let them pet him; however, this is the only time his foster family has had him around small children. Due to his size (76 lbs) and his toy-driven personality, Oscar may need a home with older kids or if younger kids who have experience living with big dogs. Did we say toy-driven? There is nothing Oscar likes better than playing fetch with a ball. He knows to "drop" the ball on command; he'd rather chew on it a bit first and spit it out to land on your feet. Oscar is agile, fast with excellent control of his body. He is a joy to watch as he lights up when his humans play ball with him. When his humans are tired and call it "done", Oscar lays down in the grass and happily chewing on his ball until playtime again. Oscar has learned that his outdoor balls are not allowed in the house and will drop the ball before coming into the house. Sometimes a command isn't even necessary! Inside, Oscar loves his stuffed animals and will carry them around the house. A hearty chewer, Oscar loves to pull all his toys apart -but he never is silly enough to eat any stuffing! On walks, Oscar is a dream, rarely pulling. He gets "heel" and "leave it" for minimal reactivity to other dogs with his experienced foster mom. Oscar has made terrific progress in behaving nicely around other leashed dogs that he passes on the street. We are so proud of his progress and are happy to show him on a walk at https://youtu.be/45jvQISohdY. Although Oscar's friendship with his daily male walking buddy has evolved to where they are living together we are still seeking another foster home for him until adopted by a forever family. Oscar puts himself to bed on the dog bed in the bedroom about 9:30 pm, and self crates when his foster mom is ready to turn off the lights. We still think Oscar would be the happiest being the solo dog unless the resident dog is similar in personality, dog indifferent, as the resident male dog in his foster and an adopter who sets firm boundaries. Oscar's focus is his people, where he settles in comfortably with a toy near his people waiting for when they can play again. Oscar has also spent time with other alumni dogs for us to learn more about his dog preferences. He's not interested in play with other dogs and can be around them for some time. He seems to be less tolerant of female dogs. The foster family has an outdoor cat that occasionally comes into the house. Oscar and the cat are aware of the presence of each other. Oscar is reactive when he sees the cat and likely not cat workable. In the morning Oscar exits his crate when his family says it's ok, he stretches, then comes to his foster, laying his head in her lap to show his love and revels in his head scratches. Like a big cat, he closes his eyes and just absorbs the love. Oscar also loves belly rubs. Oscar has been continuing his weekly baths with his medicated shampoo. While he has to be coaxed to his bath, he is exceptionally cooperative and even enjoys the massage and water. His coat has been filling in faster than expected, and his dermatologist does not see a need for allergy testing. Oscar has been off his antibiotics for some time and his anti-itch medication successfully. He is currently on atopica only. His condition may have come about from a benign flea allergy easily prevented with Bravecto or Nextgard. Oscar is a loving, loyal, attentive dog. He is very attached to his humans and is always aware of where they are in the house. He makes beautiful eye contact and wants to please. His people play training games with him; Oscar likes the nose games. Oscar would benefit from group training classes for further assessment as to his dog preferences in a structured setting and bond with his new people through training. Until then, his people are continuing to reinforce what Oscar is good at and practice new training commands and play new games to keep his curious brain active! Oscar seems to understand when his people have to work from home during SIP, plops down to chew on one of his toys, or snooze in the shade in the backyard. Oscar went through the shelter as a 6-month-old pup and again 2.5 years later after being found tied to a pole, certainly looking much worse for wear. Although microchipped with a known address, he wasn't claimed. When we met Oscar, he had a composite body score of 2 where the ideal is 5. Stinky with skin infections, significant hair loss, he was not likely to have anyone be willing to adopt him. That is if the shelters were open. But we knew that he deserved a second chance with his sweet temperament and love of humans. As his skin infection improved, we hoped his eyelids would also get better. It's a good thing that Oscar became ours, as he needs one more medical treatment. Diagnosed with entropion in both eyes at the shelter, Oscar has been treated successfully with antibiotic ointment relieving the itching and irritation. On July 7th Oscar will see the ophthalmologist to grade his entropion level and our next steps. With the backlog of patients and many vet practices still restricting surgeries, it has taken longer than we expected to accomplish our last commitment to Oscar. We are grateful for all of our volunteers' and donors' support to help Oscar. He is a happy boy, and we love seeing him thrive. It has taken a large chunk of our financial resources to bring Oscar to an ideal body score and grow his coat in the last three months. As he's healed, we aren't sure how much of a GSD he has in his gene pool. He appears to be a little of that, a bit of this. But to us, he's super cute and loving. He's been exceptional at his dermatology and regular vet exams, earning lots of treats for his easy-going personality. Are you interested in Oscar? We ask that you have experience with a working breed or large breed dog and be committed to his health and training to build his confidence. In return, you will have an outstanding companion to adore you for the rest of his life.
RiverGerman Shepherd Dog
Say hello to River! Are you excited to add a loving settled 4-year-old to your life? Her foster family says "she's gentle, well trainabl...
Say hello to River! Are you excited to add a loving settled 4-year-old to your life? Her foster family says "she's gentle, well trainable & affectionate". And was very much liked by shelter staff for her sociability. River slept soundly with little snores her first night to let her foster people know that they had a furry guest in their house. Although she appears black, River does have a brown undercoat so possibly a bi-color shepherd. She's been freshening up in her foster home with medicated baths and supplements to grow in the rest of her coat. With her skin in shambles and bare spots most likely from a flea infestation, she was treated by the shelter and placed in their community foster to begin the process of growing her coat in. We took over with that the last couple of weeks, helping River on the final stretch to a glossy, beautiful fur. River saw our vet on the 8th, a great check-up showing that her skin had made excellent progress in our care and doesn't need any further medical treatment. She is slightly underweight due to some parasites that we've treated, so we'll work on putting on a few pounds back on her frame. From her split ears likely from prolonged fly strikes, she must have been an outdoor dog for a large portion of her life. River loves being an indoor dog ready for excursions and outings for fun rather than permanent outdoor living. River loads into the car without hesitation from any door, and settle in for a ride as if she's been riding every day. She does like to check in with the human passengers by giving them soft nuzzles from the back seat along the way. Open windows are an invitation for her to stick her nose out for the wind to sweep by carrying lots of great odors. A large dog and strong gal at 93 lbs, River takes direction well and loves her multiple times a day walks with her foster family. She's also joined our volunteers pack walks fitting in with all the alumni dogs and friends with other breed dogs showing that she's an adaptable gal and willing to please her people on the pack walks and with some training exercises along the way. She is non-reactive to kids on bikes, playing ball, and loud noises during her visit to the local park. Super friendly meeting people, she happily takes treats with a gentle mouth. She is crate trained and will crate herself upon request, and is potty trained too. River plays easily with socially appropriate large dogs and had a great time with another super playful energetic bi-color female shepherd Kika while waiting for her ride to her foster home. Her community foster indicated that she is not tolerant of small animals and, we noted River as not compatible with cats or small dogs at arrival. We have seen the reactivity to small and medium dogs on walks, and although correctable on walks, we'll honor her preference for larger dogs in her forever home. River would have been a foster failure if not for their close family member's Corgi whom they dog-sit during non SIP times. We ask that you have German Shepherd Dog experience or other large breed working dog experience to substitute and a commitment to continue training to enhance your bond with River in applying to adopt her. And as with all adoption, we ask that you commit to a group or private training classes to enhance your relationship with River.