My name is Splinter!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Chicago, Illinois - Splinter
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Splinter's Info...

I am already neutered, purebred, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and not good with cats.

Splinter's Story...
Splinter is a ten-year-old, 90-pound, male German Shepherd looking for a loving guardian.

“This boy might very well be the sweetest animal on the face of this earth” … at least that’s what his foster mom says … and quite honestly, that was my opinion too upon meeting him back in June and again now in February. He has not had an easy life and the fact that he harbors no ill will towards humans is proof of his incredibly forgiving nature.

Splinter lived on the end of a chain in Kentucky for his entire life. He was 20 minutes from being euthanized when Samantha of Chicago’s Pal’s Place Rescue agreed to take him on. She had no idea what bad shape he was in when she committed to take him.

Splinter had been surrendered by his family to be put to sleep. He was completely bald with mange, starved near death, heartworm positive and his ears and tail were frostbitten. The shelter cut a heavy chain off his neck when he was relinquished.

Luckily Splinter’s intelligence and will to live kept him alive. His stomach was full of the skeletons of mice and rats that he was forced to hunt to stay alive since his “family” neglected to feed him.

He was barely able to stand or lift his head when he was rescued. It’s taken almost a year of loving care, blood transfusions, and a lot of medical intervention to bring him back to life.

He is now looking for an incredibly patient dog-lover to take him under their wing and give him the love, care and training he was deprived of during his first ten years of life. And, due to his previous lack of care … he will eat anything and everything; and he is not fully housebroken. However, he can now play ball for hours and LOVES female shepherds. He gets along best with other gentle-natured larger dogs. He is wonderful with people. He is really like a 90-pound, 10-year-old puppy!

You can read more about Splinter and follow his story here:

To meet and possibly adopt Splinter, please contact his foster mom Samantha at or 773-615-9864. His adoption fee of $275 benefits the rescued dogs of Pal’s Place. He is neutered, heartworm-free, vaccinated, and micro-chipped; he is being fostered in Chicago.

Facts about Splinter

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Splinter, a Chicago German Shepherd Dog dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a German Shepherd Dog for sale in Chicago, or seeking a German Shepherd Dog dog from a breeder in Chicago.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Chicago already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Chicago breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even German Shepherd Dog breeders who help with German Shepherd Dog rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Chicago paves the way for another one to be saved.