My name is Rusty!

German Shepherd Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Newport Beach, California - Rusty
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I'm being cared for by:
German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County

Facts about Rusty

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog Mix
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 6675448

Rusty has endured horrific abuse at the hands of unknown monsters. Local police found him wandering the streets and brought him to the shelter. The staff were horrified at his condition and calls went out to try and save him.


GSROC was also appalled when we saw his photos. What soulless creature could do this to a defenseless dog? We are inundated with dogs needing expensive medical treatment but we could not say no.

Rusty is now safe in our lifeboat and being examined by our vet. His skin is dry and brittle - who knows when he last had a decent meal. His ears are crusty with scabs and wax. He will need IVs, expensive antibiotics and nutrients to restore his health.

Can you please help us save this poor boy? Celebrate ADOPT A RESCUE DOG MONTH by donating towards Rusty's care. Click on the sponsor button to send in your pledge.

UPDATE: Our vet has told us poor Rusty's ears were clearly a hack job, not done by anyone with skill. Rusty's skin issues are a combination of yeast and bacterial infections caused from an untreated flea infestation. This poor boy clearly has been suffering, He now has a bronchial infection too! Expensive antibiotics and medicated baths are continuing. Your donations and financial support are needed & greatly appreciated! Rusty is very animal aggressive - our vet believes he was used as a fight dog. Extensive training and rehab will be needed before he can be placed in any type of home.

All donations are needed! Please share this news with other dog lovers and ask them to celebrate with us by helping Rusty.

Please go to our website and complete an adoption application at: An adoption counselor will contact you to go over your application and assist you in determining which dog may be best for your particular situation.

About German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County

About Our Rescue Group...

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes purebred German Shepherd Dogs from all over Southern California. Approximately 50% of our dogs come directly from owners who can no longer keep them for one reason or another. The other 50% of our dogs come from high-kill shelters where they have been forgotten or relinquished by their former owners.

Come Meet Our Pets...

At any given time, we have more than 75 purebred shepherds in our care. Ages range from the youngest puppies to distinguished senior dogs, with the most common ages being 2-3 years old. We typically have all colors of shepherds to choose from, from the traditional black and tan, to pure black shepherds and bi-colors, to all- white purebred shepherds. Volunteers work hard to match prospective adopters with the dogs that best meet their lifestyles, experience levels, and needs.

Please check out our web site at for the location of adoption events and fundraisers that we will be attending throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego counties.

Our Adoption Process...

The process begins when you complete an online or in-person Adoption Application. The information that you provide allows us to learn about your expectations and experience level so that we can help you choose the right canine companion for your family. Completing the Application does not obligate you to adopt a dog from us, nor does it ensure that your request will be approved. Please note that due to the logistical challenges and our limited resources, we do not adopt dogs outside of the Southern California area.

Once you submit your Application, an experienced Adoption Counselor will contact you to talk to you personally. From there, we will schedule a Home visit to help you to ensure that the environment is safe for a curious, intelligent, large-breed dog.

Because we are funded entirely by donations, at the time of your adoption, a tax-deductible donation (minimum $350 + $25.microchip fee) will be requested. These fees will go 100% to assist the dogs in need. There are no paid staff members.