My name is Toro!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Sacramento, California - Toro
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Greater California German Shepherd Rescue - Sacramento

Facts about Toro

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 1729
Adoption fee on this dog is $300.

Toro is a 21 month old, striking black and tan male weighing 67 lbs. He is an owner surrender when his prior owners' age and health limited their ability to care properly for him. He came into the program with his sister, Abella.

Adopted at 8 weeks, Toro was not taken out into the world, except for grooming and occasional vet visits. Going for walks is a new experience and once a rhythm is struck, Toro walks fairly well on the leash. He gets anxious by loud cars and people walking past, but is learning to keep moving and enjoy the experience. Initially, Toro was very insecure in this new environment, but each day seems to be getting easier for him and he is showing more affectionate toward his foster mom.

Toro is housebroken and finds great security being in a crate. He is living with two senior male German Shepherds and a young female German Shepherd. He has not shown any interest in playing with the other dogs so far and displays moderate energy. He has ignored the cat in the house, but he has not seen the cat move about to know if he'd give chase. Inside, Toro tends to find a spot to lay down and plants himself in that spot. He is learning to share attention with the other dogs, but has corrected easily. All commands, such as sit and down, seem foreign to this boy. Outside, Toro has a loud, deep alarm bark.

Toro would benefit from having another stable, confident dog to follow. He also will need a home with patience to continue his socialization and training. He has lived with children 10 to 12 years old, but care must be taken with children of any age, so we'd suggest proper supervision of Toro around all children.

This dog is a Level 2. Please be sure you understand what a dog of this Level requires. Go to our GCGSR Dogs page for an explanation of the Dog Rating Levels.

For more information and to see when this dog will be attending an Adoption Day, please see our Dogs page on our main website at

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About Greater California German Shepherd Rescue - Sacramento

About Our Rescue Group...

Greater California German Shepherd Rescue is a 501(c)(3) public charity non-profit. We are an all-volunteer group of German Shepherd lovers dedicated to rescuing German Shepherd Dogs from at-risk and unacceptable situations and finding them permanent, loving homes with qualified owners.

We serve the communities surrounding Modesto, Merced, Greater Sacramento, and South Lake Tahoe, and occasionally parts of the North and East SF Bay area. Except for a portion of Nevada around Lake Tahoe, we don't adopt dogs out of state and rarely adopt out of our area. There are too many other German Shepherds in need of good homes in the other areas.

All of our dogs are in foster homes spread throughout our service areas. We aren't a shelter and don't have a facility. We don't take in strays, we will only deal with the dog's legal owner.

Come Meet Our Pets...

First Saturday of every month in Modesto, CA from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at:

2100 McHenry Ave
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 574-0441

Third Saturday of every month in Rancho Cordova, CA from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at:

10830 Olson Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 851-1813

Fourth Saturday of every month in Roseville, CA from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at:

Pet Food Express
The Fountains
Creekside Town Shopping Center
1009 Galleria Blvd
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 780-5555

Our Adoption Process...

Adoption Fees
Our fees are $350 for Puppies (2-6 months), $300 for Adult Dogs, and $100 for Senior Dogs (9 years & up) and Special Needs Dogs who have ongoing health issues that require treatment. All of our dogs are spayed/neutered (per California State Law), vaccinated, heartworm and fecal tested clear, and most are micro-chipped.

Home Visit
We require a home visit by one of our own volunteers because we match the home to a specific dog, and we want to meet all members of the household and all other pets at that time, and make sure that environment will work for that dog. The home must be safe and suitable for our dog, and that means we won't adopt to a home with out-of-control children or out-of-control resident dogs.

Outside Dogs
We rarely place dogs in outside only homes. All of our dogs come out of shelters and into volunteer foster homes where they live in the house with the people. We haven't had much success re-homing them to an outside-only home after that. We believe that dogs are happier living and sleeping inside with their family pack, which has been borne out from many years of bringing dogs into rescue.

Adoption Requirements
Our Adoption Agreement & Contract is a legal document, therefore we will only adopt to adults, and all the adults in the household must agree to getting the dog. The home must be safe and secure, and legally allowed to have a German Shepherd Dog, and be within the allowable number of dogs. We require landlord consent for renters. The entire household must be a good match for the dog, therefore we won't place a higher Level dog in a lower Level household.

We have special requirements and an additional questionnaire for puppies, please be sure you meet the requirements before sending in an application. Since we see so many dogs that have come out of an unsuitable environment, we want to make sure our puppies have the very best start in life. That means we won't adopt a puppy into an Outside Only home or where the puppy will be alone the majority of the time, as we don't feel that's an optimum environment to raise a happy and well-socialized dog.