My name is Leia!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Pleasant Grove, California - Leia
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German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley

Facts about Leia

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
"Leia" is a beautiful, large 8½-yo (born 4-6-2008) spayed female GSD who is very sweet but also protective of her people. Leia is friendly with strangers when properly introduced, but alarm-barks appropriately when people are at the door. She is great with kids of all ages, and genuinely likes being around them. She doesn’t mind being tugged on and is very attentive when children are swimming. Leia weighs nearly 100 lbs, but is clearly overweight and needs to lose at least 20 lbs to remain healthy and active into her golden years. Her excess weight is likely due to a lack of exercise.

Leia is somewhat of an alpha dog and occasionally will nip at another dog when first introduced. She does like to play with other dogs, but plays hard. She does better with other dogs when off-leash than on. She is good with little dogs and is also good with cats!

Leia is a housedog and regularly spends up to nine hours inside without any problem. She likes to sleep on the couch, so couch covers are in order for her next home!

Leia received formal obedience training when she was under one year old, but has not received any formal training since then. She walks well on a leash, but will pull if she sees another dog who gets excited.

Leia will fetch a tennis ball or Frisbee, but most of the time she only wants you to throw the ball once and then will run around with it and lay down somewhere comfy. She likes stuffed toys and tennis balls with squeakers.

Leia was reportedly purchased as a puppy by a police officer who was training her to be a K9. He died suddenly, and Leia was passed around his family but nobody really wanted a dog that big. She ended up in a place where she was being kept tied up, and so Leia’s present owner Rachiel took her in at about one yr old.

Rachiel is seeking a new home for Leia due primarily to financial hardship, as well as not having the time to devote to Leia that she deserves. A GSRSV foster caretaker evaluated Leia on Sept 30, and GSRSV is now placing Leia as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Leia through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.

Leia is located in Paradise, CA. Her adoption fee is $160.

About German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley

About Our Rescue Group...

German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley (GSRSV) is an organization dedicated to finding good homes for German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) at risk of being placed in shelters, or who are already in shelters and possibly facing euthanasia. GSRSV is an independent rescue organization operated by one individual: Brian Foran. Though countless volunteers and benefactors have supported--and continue to support--GSRSV, I run and primarily fund the program, as I have since February 2001. 

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

GSRSV became a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization in March 2013. All donations to GSRSV are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Since February 2001, Brian Foran has funded GSRSV primarily on his own. Donations have played--and continue to play--a huge part in keeping GSRSV afloat, as adoption fees are a drop-in-the-bucket compared with the costs of running a large rescue program.
To make a monetary donation, please go to the donation page on GSRSV's Website: Thanks for your support!

Come Meet Our Pets...

Because I am an independent rescuer caring for many dogs, I am presently unable to conduct regular adoption or "meet & greet" events.

I only arrange for people to meet the dogs that I have available for adoption after I have discussed the dog and have received an adoption questionnaire from them.

Our Adoption Process...

1. View my dogs available for adoption, either on this Website or on our own Website ( I also list German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes for other rescue groups and inviduals on my Website.

2. Contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or to discuss the particular dog(s) that you're interested in.

3. Complete my adoption questionnaire. It is a downloadable Microsoft Word file on the page of my Website titled "How to Adopt a Dog through GSRSV." If possible, return the questionnaire via e-mail.

4. Go see the dog you're interested in--at my rescue facility, at the home of the dog's foster caretaker, or at the home of the dog's owner.

5. If you decide to adopt a dog, I will have you sign my adoption contract and pay the appropriate adoption fee, which varies between $300 to $100, depending on the age of the dog and whether it is a purebred GSD or not. This fee includes spaying or neutering, rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, heartworm check, and a 6-month supply of heartworm preventative. The adoption contract is on the same page of my Website as is the adoption questionnaire.