My name is Ginger!

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

Facts about Ginger

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

This beautiful girl almost didn’t make it to her first birthday, which was on October 18, 2015! When she was 10 months old, she made the mistake of chewing up and swallowing a sock….and then another sock. Her owners didn’t see it happen and took her to the vet when she began to be lethargic and weak. They were told that surgery was needed to remove all the foreign matter from her intestines and that there would be a period of restricted activity and feeding only bland food. Her owners had two other dogs and young children and decided to ask GSRNE to take responsibility for Ginger and then find her another home.
With the surgery behind her, Ginger recovered from the ordeal and began to act more and more like the energetic puppy she is. Her foster Mom helped her cope with wearing a cone for 10 days and kept her on restricted activity for 3 weeks; gradually, Ginger healed and was finally given the “all clear” to run and play as she had been itching to do.
Ginger is now ready to find her forever home with someone who will enjoy the way she loves to cuddle, will take her for walks and continue her obedience training. Ginger is nicely motivated by food and the ball she likes to play with, and she’s eager to please, all of which makes it fun to work with her. She also loves to play with toys, but she hasn’t learned her lesson about NOT eating stuffed toys or other soft objects and will need to be supervised like any other puppy or young dog.
She has met other dogs while out walking and at the vet and is good with most. Once in a while, though, there will be a dog she’s not comfortable with, and she will react with barking and lunging. She’s learning to look to her foster Mom for treats when there’s an unknown dog around, and that’s a work in progress. She does have some prey drive and showed too much interest in chasing the cats in her foster home.
Ginger loves it when you talk to her and will give you the “head tilt” as she tries to understand every word. She has met a lot of different people and enjoys making.

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.