My name is Doc!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Louisville, Kentucky - Doc
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Tier Haven Rescue

Facts about Doc

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Gray Or Silver
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Doc is an adorable male approximately 3 years of age who is unfortunately no stranger to new homes. According to the owner who surrendered Doc to us he has had 3 homes prior to arriving in our care. Doc was never properly socialized and had a lot of catching up to do when he came to us. Doc continues to improve every day but is searching for a home who understands that he is a diamond in the rough and will need patience and training.

Doc is an extremely affectionate boy with everyone he knows and tends towards lap dog behavior. Unfortunately when meeting new people Doc is very insecure. Sometimes he will bark like he is big and bad while other times he will cower. He is simply so unsure of new people. Doc has not shown any signs of aggression and although his bark can be scary it seems to be a display of false bravado. When he is settled into his environment he doesn't have an issue meeting new people but when he is in that transition period and feeling extremely insecure he has shown his insecurity by barking. Doc is the type of shepherd that is 100% invested in his person and will amplify anything his person does including being nervous. Unfortunately his lack of proper socialization has left him with a lack of confidence and Doc needs an owner who will help him learn to stand on his own.

Doc does great with other dogs although he hasn't been around small dogs. As he has come out of his shell Doc plays with the other dogs more and more. He seems to take social cues from other dogs well and could benefit from having a dog to 'show him the ropes' in a new home. He has been introduced to adult cats and true to his current nervous nature he was timid approaching them and quick to avoid them. This could change as he gains confidence but will really depend on his future training.

Overall Doc is a great boy who is a cuddle bug and very playful once he is settled down. He will make a great companion for someone who has a good understanding and experience with German Shepherds as well as the patience to guide him through his mistrust. Doc is anxiously awaiting his fur-ever home.

If you have any questions, or would like an adoption application, please email us at

About Tier Haven Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Tier Haven Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit animal rescue agency based in Louisville, KY that specializes in German Shepherds and similar working breeds. Tier Haven realizes that many German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) find themselves in shelters due to a lack of training and understanding of the breed. Tier Haven is a no-kill rescue which limits the number of dogs we can care for at any given time for this reason Tier Haven focuses on taking dogs from shelters that are in direct risk of euthanasia and has a separate policy for owner surrenders.

Surrender Policy

Tier Haven accepts owner surrenders on a conditional basis due to the large number of dogs in kill shelters. If you have a dog you would like to surrender you must email pictures and the reason for surrendering to Tier Haven does charge a fee for surrendering a dog; $80 for a fully vetted dog (vaccinations, alter, heartworm test) when vet records are provided and $150 for un-vetted dogs.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

Ways to Donate: Purchase an item on our wish list to be mailed directly to Tier Haven Become part of our Young Living Essential Oil team using member #3144252 Shop through Enroll your Kroger Plus card to support Tier Haven while you shop through the Kroger Community Rewards NPO 27174 Donate money online through PayPal using the email address Shop online through IGive � Tier Haven Rescue, Inc to have a portion of your purchase donated to Tier Haven Tier Haven is a Partner and listed on the WoofTrax app. Simply turn on the app to track your mileage when you are out walking and WoofTrax will donate to Tier Haven based on the miles walked by supporters. Mailing Address: 2400 Bush Ridge Rd, Louisville, KY 40243

Our Adoption Process...

Tier Haven requires an adoption application to be completed and processed prior to meeting or adopting any of our dogs. As a completely foster based organization Tier Haven relies on the application to help ensure that adopters are only meeting dogs that are suitable for their household based on various factors. The application is completed via email and you may email us at to obtain an application. When submitting an application please contact your vet clinic and provide them with a release of information and also inform your personal references that they will be contacted.

Once your application is processed you will be contacted by a volunteer to discuss potential dogs and arrange a meet and greet. Since we are a foster based group we only allow up to three (3) dogs on each meet and greet to keep it manageable for everyone. Meet and greets are often held at public locations to respect the privacy of our foster homes and they are scheduled at the discretion of the foster homes.

Tier Haven charges an adoption fee of $250 for each dog. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, heart-worm test, micro-chip, and monthly preventative care while with our organization. All medical records are provided at the time of adoption along with an adoption contract.