My name is Joey!

Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler Mix Dog for adoption in San Diego, California - Joey
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Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue

Facts about Joey

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Joey is a goofball! He is a big boy at about 80 pounds and we believe he is a Lab/Rottie mix of around 2-3 years old. He is super friendly, making friends with the staff at the shelter who all wanted to say good-bye before he took his freedom ride! Joey still has all his puppy energy and would make a great companion dog for an active family. He would love to go running, hiking, splashing through the surf, bicycling, whatever you enjoy he’ll want to enjoy it with you. He walks well on leash and knows some basic commands. Joey learns quickly and is anxious to please and very food motivated making him easy to train. We taught him to lie down in just a few minutes. Joey loves to have tough toys like Kongs filled with peanut butter to chew on and keep him occupied. We believe he has been house trained but he has not had the opportunity for fostering yet so we are still getting to know him. He is a medium to high energy dog who is able to settle next to you to relax and enjoy your company. With regular exercise he is the perfect dog for a family with older children over 12. He would also make a perfect companion for an active single person. The best thing about Joey is how affectionate he is. He is an 80 pound lap dog! He loves belly rubs, being brushed, and giving kisses! Joey is a people dog and although he gets along with other dogs he prefers people. When on walks, he ignores barking dogs and doesn’t seem interested in cats. Joey needs a family to love and form a permanent bond with. He will be that “special” dog who will be loyal and loving and protective. He will give you years of love and loyalty and lots of big, sloppy kisses!

Most of our dogs are in foster care in San Diego County so if you would like to meet Joey, please complete an adoption or foster application on our website below and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.

If you would like to see our other dogs please visit our Facebook page:

or our dogs page on our website:

About Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

All our dogs are up to date on shots, neutered and microchipped before adoption.

If you are interested in meeting Thor please complete an adoption application on our website below.

You will also find all our dogs on our Facebook page below.



At Happy Hearts our primary mission is to save 11th hour dogs from being euthanized. We rescue our dogs from high kill shelters, rehabilitate them, and place them in loving forever homes. We work with fosters and trainers to facilitate the dogs rebuilding trust and learning appropriate behavior so that they can function well in their new forever home. Fosters who generously open their homes and hearts to dogs desperate for love and support are the foundation of everything we do. In foster homes dogs learn good doggie manners and recover from the loss of their previous families as well as other negative experiences. We are foster based so that dogs can be given the time and attention they need to recover from horrific experiences. We utilize boarding to remove a dog from a shelter when it has 24 hours or less to live and no other rescue interest. Occasionally dogs with more serious behavioral problems will need extensive training and rehab and can only go to experienced fosters.

On some occasions we board dogs in order to save them at the last moment, or when a foster has had a situation change, and they need a place to go. Although this is our last resort option, it is a regular occurrence since there are not enough fosters available to help all the dogs in need. However the kennel facility we use is close, and we are able to visit our dogs daily, so they get exercise, attention and training. We have a few wonderful trainers who help us deal with behavioral issues (from mild to severe) which is often the reason they have been given up in the first place. Thank you to our primary trainer, Alex Gant, for her many hours of work! (

Donate to Our Rescue Group...
Sponsors who are able to help support a dog through it’s stay at Happy Hearts make what we do possible. Boarding expenses, food, medical care, and necessary equipment from collars to chew toys are all very costly and help from those who share our vision and support us enables us to continue our work. We also take in many senior dogs that have high medical expenses and it is only though the generosity of sponsors and other donors that we can continue to do this.

To sponsor or make a donation please go to our website at:

Donations can also be made on Pay Pal to All donations are tax deductible. Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, filed in the State of California.

Donate to Our Rescue Group... for donations on pay pal. We are a charitable 501c3.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Most of our dogs are in the greater San Diego area although we have a few located throughout Southern California. An adoption application must be completed first and then a home visit is done. Appointments to see a dog need to be made so we can be available. Please check our Facebook page at:
or our website at:

Our Adoption Process...

Our healthy adult dogs are $300 which includes neutering, all shots and microchip as well as addressing any medical issues which are apparent at the time. We normally do a two week foster to adopt. The potential adopter first visits the dog to determine if they have a connection and want to pursue the adoption process. Then the dog and it's foster visit with the adopter in their home several times until it is apparent that the dog is bonding and is comfortable and ready to make the move. A trainer is available for all dogs as needed. A contract is signed and the a donation made. The adopter agrees to return the dog to Happy Hearts if for any reason and at any time the dog must be relinquished. A refund is given only during the initial two week foster to adopt. After the first two weeks no refund can be given. All donations are tax deductible