My name is Mya!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Pleasant Grove, California - Mya
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I'm being cared for by:
German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley

Facts about Mya

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Gray Or Silver
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
"Mya" is a beautiful 1½-yo spayed female GSD (born 4-4-15) who is very friendly, energetic, and a bit hard-headed. Mya bonds easily to her person, and is quite the "Velcro" dog, following her female owner from room to room. She is very comfortable being handled--she loves to be brushed and even likes to be bathed!

Mya is good with strangers, including young children--she has done very well w/ the neighborhood kids and children who approach her at the park. Mya is more of a social butterfly than a watchdog. Mya weighs approx 60 lbs, and is still filling out. Her optimal weight when full grown will likely be 65-70 lbs.

Mya is OK with other dogs, but lacks socialization and interacts with some dogs in
ways that they might take exception to. For example, she would "herd" one of my dogs when he was chasing a tennis ball and playfully bit him on the back of the neck. The other dog didn't mind Mya's behavior, being used to such shenanigans, but other dogs might very well object. Also, she picked on the most submissive of the GSRSV dogs, and would continue to pursue her (not aggressively, but definitely dominantly) even with me chasing after her telling her "no." So, Mya needs an owner who is familiar with these typical GSD behaviors and who is willing and determined enough to help her become more polite with other dogs.

Mya is definitely NOT good with cats, which is one of the reasons that her owner is seeking a new home for her.

Mya is housetrained and is well behaved inside. Her person keeps her outside when she is gone, and Mya apparently does not bark excessively nor does she dig or try to get out of the yard. She sleeps in a crate at night so that her person's cat can have the run of the house without being terrified.

Mya walks fine on leash, but her person does use a prong collar to maintain control. Mya obeys a few basic commands, but is still low on the learning curve. As mentioned, she is somewhat hard-headed and easily distracted. A formal obedience training course will do Mya a world of good, and will help her next adopter establish a solid relationship with her.

Mya's present owner adopted her from the Stockton animal shelter on 9-14-16. Mya's previous owner surrendered her to the shelter (for reasons unknown), which is how her birth date is known. Mya's present owner was not quite prepared for the "neediness" of a young GSD, and of course has been discouraged by Mya's prey drive towards her cat. Further, she has taken on a new job that allows for even less time to work with Mya. Not wanting to return her to the shelter, she sought GSRSV's assistance in finding Mya a new home.

GSRSV has evaluated Mya and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Mya through its adoption program while her owner continues to care for her.

Mya is located in Stockton. Her adoption fee is $260.

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.