My name is River II!

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

Facts about River II

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
River is a beautiful soul who has had a rough patch in life. At 6 years of age River was surrendered by his owner after a divorce agreement required them to keep River regardless of ability to care for him. We don't know what changed to allow them to surrender River to the shelter but we are grateful that it wasn't too late for this gem of a boy.

River is possibly the sweetest boy you will ever meet and he does wonderful meeting new people. He is more subdued in public however on his home turf he can be very zealous greeting people. His personality speaks to having been a loved family dog once upon a time and he is eager to be part of a family again. River believes he is a lap dog and loves to be held as well.

River does great with the other dogs although he isn't too rambunctious or playful. He prefers to take a bone and keep to himself but is also open to playing when one of the younger dogs engage him. He does well being introduced to new dogs and doesn't want to make any waves in pack structure. He is very adaptable it seems and just tries to fly under the radar. River has been introduced to cats and kept his sweet demeanor. He did not have any interest in either of the cats he met nor did he offer to chase or bother them in any way.

River did test positive for Heartworm in addition to being extremely skinny. He has been started on our preferred regimen which includes Heartgard (Ivermectin) and a supporting supplement of Young Living ParaFree. It is vital that his adoptive home continue his treatment and we are happy to share all of the information we have on methods/options with an adoptive home.

River is a kind soul who is seeking a family who will give him the TLC he needs to recover from his neglect. He is a truly great dog and is going to make an amazing companion to any home.

If you have a place in your heart and home for River please email for an adoption application


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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.