My name is Kaiser!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Wayland, Massachusetts - Kaiser
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German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc.

Facts about Kaiser

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Before calling about this dog, please read our adoption requirements at

Kaiser’s unique personality is a combination of a fundamental gentleness and loyalty, contrasted with a loud and startling way of introducing himself to strangers and the world. He really does want to meet and engage with people, but his initial greeting is a loud series of barks, even with people he has met before. He likes getting attention, petting and treats, so he’s quick to stop the barking and make friends. His paws attract a lot of attention, because they are big and splay out as he walks, making them look even bigger.

In foster care, Kaiser lives with a female German Shepherd who is also a senior. They don’t really play together, but they hang out and interact off and on. He will run to retrieve a ball; but, instead of bringing it back, he pushes it around and then pounces on it. He enjoys riding in the car but becomes anxious if left inside it by himself, even for short periods; he’s managed to displace the rearview mirror, turn on windshield wipers and has even locked the car. He doesn’t like to be left home, alone, either, but he has learned to stay in a heavy duty crate and has learned that his foster Mom will return in a reasonable period of time.

When we first heard about Kaiser, he was in a shelter without much hope of being adopted. He was emaciated, had a benign growth in one ear that was partially blocking that ear canal, and a rectal cyst that was open, bleeding and causing him pain. GSRNE paid to have both the growths removed, and the veterinarian also found that he had an inflamed bowel and was not absorbing protein when he ate. Kaiser was put on a daily probiotic, given Vitamin B12 shots weekly, given a course of prednisone and ear medications, and he gradually put on weight and began to feel better.

Kaiser didn’t like getting the ear medication when he was new in his foster home, and he would run for the nearest sofa when he saw his foster Mom pick up the bottle. He buried his head under a pillow and peeked out with one eye to watch her approach, but he made no other objection as the drops were administered. Afterwards, he would run off for a minute and then come back for some treats. As Kaiser started feeling better and better, his foster Mom made notes about his unique personality quirks. For instance, “Another item on the ideal home list would be a relaxed home environment, whereby a dog who is a bit clumsy and might walk through his water bowl instead of around it would be well tolerated.” Also, “he can be exasperating, as in his head inside the refrigerator when I didn’t even see him coming, causing me to almost drop things.”

Kaiser is a senior dog and is looking for a place to call his own for his remaining years. He has a decrease in strength in his hind legs, which is just starting to show when he climbs the stairs. As we’ve learned more about Kaiser and the love and loyalty he has to give to his own special person, we’re grateful that GSRNE had the support and funds to give him a much better life than he may ever have enjoyed before. His foster Mom wrote, “He needs someone who lives in a cabin way out in woods…with pails of water around and a big pick-up truck with a huge passenger seat for a dog.” We’re sure Kaiser will be very happy with adopters who will be home with him much of the time, enjoy tossing a ball for him in the fenced yard, take him for rides and love him as much as he will love them.

About German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc.

About Our Rescue Group...

German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc. (GSRNE) is an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing veterinary care, evaluation & adoptive homes for the countless numbers of German Shepherd Dogs who are left in pounds to await uncertain fate, are owner surrenders (divorce, death, etc.), or are from abuse or neglect situations. We help provide a safe harbor for German Shepherds that might otherwise be destroyed.

Each dog applying to our program is evaluated for temperament and behavioral information. All accepted dogs are spayed or neutered, updated on vaccinations, and receive essential medical care. Then the dogs are placed into GSRNE foster homes, while they await new homes. Finally, each dog is carefully placed in a loving home with a family that matches that dog's temperament, activity level and needs.

Come Meet Our Pets...

GSRNE does not do Meet Our Pets events. Instead, we prefer to get to know the dog and to get to know you, your needs, lifestyle, etc. Then we will work with you to match an appropriate Rescue dog with you.

Our Adoption Process...

Check out our Requirements for Adoption Page to ensure your situation meets our guidelines. You must meet the requirements listed. We regret that some good homes may be passed up because of this but find they are necessary.

Go to to check out our Requirements for Adoption page.

Please leave your name and phone number, along with a convenient time to return your call. It is important that you speak slowly and clearly so GSRNE can call you back. We try to return all calls within 24-48 hours.

NOTE: If you do not receive a callback within 48 hours, please call back. This means that your number wasn't clear enough to understand. When the volunteer calls back, they will go over our requirements for adoption as well as answer any questions you might have. It's a good idea to write down your questions so you won't forget.

Complete the Adoption Application

Read every bit of the Adoption Application packet that you receive in the mail! This packet is chock full of information about both GSDs in general and about adoption and how that works.

Have A Home Visit Done

Once the application is accepted, a GSRNE Home Visitor volunteer will call you and make an appointment to visit your home to discuss the needs of Rescue German Shepherd Dogs with you and your family. Usually we can get this visit done within a few weeks of your application approval. This volunteer will check the safety of your property, etc. This is great time to ask questions, voice concerns, discuss what you love in a dog, what you’d rather avoid, etc.

NOTE: We cannot “reserve” certain dogs for you to meet until the adoption application and home visit interview are completed. Receipt of your adoption application begins the adoption process.

Following the home visit, you will be contacted by the Adoption Coordinator and notified of your status to adopt a GSD. We reserve the right to refuse an application if the home situation or environment is deemed incompatible with the needs of a Rescue German Shepherd Dog.

Meet the Dog!

If approved, the Adoption Coordinator will help you set up an adoption visitation appointment with the dog's foster parents to meet the GSRNE Dog who best matches your family's profile and requirements. Because GSRNE has all of our dogs living in nice foster homes, not in kennels, we do not have a facility for you to visit. GSDs do NOT do thrive well in shelter situations, so we don't keep them that way! They live in homes!

This is by far the best way to meet a new dog - you can then clearly see how the dog lives and behaves in a home environment. And exclusive time is set aside by the foster parents and the dog to just be with you and your family so that you can focus on the dog you're meeting without the distractions or stress of kennel/shelter situations or short-handed staff. You can ask whatever questions you want of the people who have lived with this dog for over a month already, and you can have an unhurried, pleasant adoption visit experience where you are the focus for the foster parents.

Note that you will visit a dog a minimum of twice. Visitations to meet a dog may be set up right away, or can take some time, depending on the availability of dog(s) that match your needs and lifestyle.

Make Your Decision

After meeting the dog that seemed to match with your requirements, it's decision time! If there is a "love-connection," the actual adoption begins. If the match just isn't quite right, we'll figure out why, add that criteria to the search, find another dog who may match better, and another visit will be scheduled. Because we take SUCH care to find a dog that will match your lifestyle and preferences, it rarely takes meeting more than 1, possibly 2 dogs, to find that ultimate new family member!

Our organization is comprised wholly of hard-working volunteers whose only reward is seeing these wonderful German Shepherd Dogs in loving homes, given another chance for a happy life. We will try to match you with a devoted, loving, loyal companion. Thank you for your interest!

Please Remember

We are all volunteers, most of whom work full-time at day jobs, have our own dogs and families and are doing this out of a desire to make a difference in the lives of needy German Shepherds. We appreciate your patience while we work through the Adoption process.