My name is River!

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

Facts about River

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
River is a handsome young boy who was found as a stray in the Louisville metro area. The shelter estimated his age around 2 years old and River has not had an easy life thus far.

River is extremely overprotective of "his people" and is a hyper-emotional dog. He has now bounced 3 placements due to this which is impacting the way he presents himself of meet and greets. River is fostered with an experienced Shepherd handler who is able to manage him just fine. She maintains strict boundaries on what the dogs are allowed to do though in regards to protection. It is not tolerated for River to try to step up as protector of all in her home therefore she has no problems with him living with her children and having visitors over. River will require an experienced handler who is able to provide clear instructors for him though as River is very sensitive to his handler. When they are upset he is upset which escalates situations.

River has some tell-tell signs of extremely poor training. We suspect that he was put on either a shock or pinch collar or both at a young age which has caused this deep-rooted fear and insecurity in him. The first time River was given a ball to play with he ran halfway to it and then dropped to the ground like someone was going to beat him. River is going to require someone willing to manage him behaviors while doing advanced training to overcome his past. He will be a minimum of 3 months intense training but he is going to be an amazing companion to the person who is willing to invest in him.

River lives with other Shepherds without an issue. He is friendly and playful with the other dogs. They help him chill out in many aspects as he is able to follow their lead. River has not been around cats nor has he been around small dogs.

River is going to be a project dog and we recognize that not everyone has the time or skill to dedicate to a dog like him. River is a warm, friendly, cuddly, and goofy boy with those who he trusts though. He would walk through fire for his owner which is partial what gets him in trouble but in the right home will make him the best companion you have ever known. If you take the time to invest in River he will return it ten-fold.

If you would like an application to adopt River 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.