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Our Featured Baltimore, MD Partner:

Shepherds to Love

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Baltimore, MD 21286

http://www.shepherdstolove.com

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Maryland and surrounding states

About Our Rescue Group:

Shepherds to Love is a small group of volunteers dedicated to saving German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs), GSD mixes as well as other shepherds from abuse, abandonment, and uncaring owners. Our dogs usually come from animal shelters throughout the country, rescued when their time is up at the shelter. Our mission is to find safe, loving, caring, permanent homes for our beautiful dogs that deserve a second chance at happiness. Our dogs will only be placed in homes where they will have indoor access and be an integral part of a family. Please keep in mind that German Shepherds are not the breed of choice for everyone, and we are committed to finding the perfect home for our rescued dogs. We provide training assistance and support after the adoption to all our rescued dogs.

Come Meet our Pets:

We are a small group of dedicated volunteers who rescue, care for and rehome unwanted and abused pets. We have no physical shelter location, our dogs are typically cared for in foster homes or temprarily boarded in kennels. We would love for you to come meet a pet you are interested in at its foster home. Please fill out an Adoption Application from if you would like to visit one of our fosters. Please contact us at shepherdstolove@comcast.net and an adoption application will be e-mailed to you. Your application must be approved before a visit is scheduled.

Our Adoption Process:

Our adoption process involves several steps to ensure that the pet you adopt is the best match for your family.




Step 1 - Adoption Application: The adoption process begins with the Adoption Application. Anyone wishing to adopt one of our dogs must first fill out an Adoption Application Form. Upon receipt, your application will be reviewed and veterinarian as well as personal references will be checked. Please contact us at shepherdstolove@gmail.com and an adoption application will be e-mailed to you.




Submit an online application




Step 2 - Phone Interview: After your application has been reviewed and references have been checked, if you are approved you will be contacted by phone to discuss the animal you wish to adopt.




Step 3 - Meeting the Dog(s): Following the phone interview, arrangements will be made for you to meet the dog you wish to adopt. This meeting usually takes place at the home where the animal is being fostered. If you have other dogs in your home we strongly recommend that you bring along your dog(s) to this meeting to make sure that all animals are compatible. Additional meetings may be arranged at your home, if necessary. All household members must be present at the time of the visit.
Step 4 - Home Visit: Following your visit with the dog you apply to adopt, we will schedule a home visit for one of volunteers to come to your home. A home visit is required to ensure that a proper and safe environment will be provided for the dog you wish to adopt.




Step 5 - Adoption Contract: Once the adoption has been approved we will contact you again to finalize the adoption (this can also be done at the time of the home visit or meeting the animal, as long as all other requirements have been met). At this time you will be asked to review and sign the Adoption Agreement Contract and settle the adoption fee.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.