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My name is Donovan!

German Shepherd Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Phoenix, Arizona - Donovan
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Saving Paws

Facts about Donovan

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog Mix
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Donovan is on the Mend, Now he Needs a Furever Home

3-4-year-old, large, black and tan, male German Shepherd
Good with other dogs: Yes, but does react on a leash
Good with cats: No
Good with children: Yes


Donovan has been through a lot in his young life. When Saving Paws got the call to save Donovan, we
weren’t really sure if it was even possible to save his leg. His leg had been damaged so severely from
“blunt force trauma” that the doctors were discussing amputation. But we’re nothing if not determined
here at Saving Paws. And after a long surgery where they put pins in his leg, a lot of hard work from our
volunteers, and a lot of cooperation from Donovan, we’re proud to say he still has all four legs and is
doing very well!  

Donovan is crate trained and already knows several commands, including “heel,” “sit” and “down.” And
he does OK with other dogs after some introduction, although his foster said he does react to other dogs
by barking and growling on a leash, but likes them up close. We don’t recommend that he be in a home
with small dogs or cats, as he seems to have a pretty strong prey drive.

Donovan recently had a play session with a one-year-old child and his foster said he did great. He seems
to like children, so a nice family might be a good fit for Donovan’s furever home.

After some training and patience from his foster mom, he is walking much better on a leash, and he
loves the pool, probably because we used it for his physical therapy. And he doesn’t even mind getting a
bath. He loves chasing the ball and he’s a pretty considerate guy; he likes to lay on the cool tile instead
of the sofa.

Donovan is being treated for an anal gland infection, but we’re hoping that a course of antibiotics will
take care of this issue. Overall, his foster reports that Donovan is very sweet and a good boy and he
needs a loving home that will be patient as he recovers from his horrific leg injury.

As always, if you are interested in a Saving Paws dog, you must fill out our 
online application
 to get the
approval process started. We will only schedule meet and greets with an approved application. All staff
members are volunteers and are not compensated for their time and expenses. Many juggle family and
full-time careers while volunteering at Saving Paws. Please be patient, as sometimes it takes up to 5
days to process an application.

About Saving Paws

About Our Rescue Group...

"Saving Paws" rescue specializes in German Shepherd Dogs and Belgian Malinois. These are the two primary breeds used in military and law enforcement service worldwide. We also partner with other rescues and can assist in locating your perfect pet.

"Saving Paws" is a registered 501c3 non-profit corporation. All staff members are volunteers and are not compensated for their time and expenses. Donations and adoption fees offset the high cost of veterinary care, food, boarding and numerous other expenses. By adopting from “Saving Paws", you become our partner in the rescue. You can make a difference in both financial contribution and working to save deserving animals. Adopting a rescue dog saves two lives. The K-9 friend that you adopted and another that can be brought in by the space created. Open your heart and adopt today.

"Saving Paws" primarily obtains dogs from local "High Kill" shelters. We are often there last hope. Our adoptions have gone on become service dogs, search and rescue dogs, sport dogs, AKC title holders and of course cherished family pets and protectors. Please consider a rescue dog and give these wonderful animals a second chance.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

Saving Paws is a registered 501c3 not for profit corporation. All personnel are volunteers and are not compensated for their time and expenses. Donations of food, supplies and dollars always appreciated and allow us to help more dogs.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Currently our resources do not allow one central facility for our operations. We have many dogs in foster care and board others at the Canine Country Club. They are located in Phoenix, Arizona. All adoptions are by appointment. We do our best to be available and accommodate your schedule. However, being volunteer, we ask for your patience and assistance in all matters. A minor inconvenience is a small price to pay for helping a dog in need.

"Saving Paws" also participates in numerous adoption events year around. We will post these to our website and to this venue as they are scheduled.

Our Adoption Process...

"Saving Paws" works individually with each potential adopter to assure a good match and successful placement. The specific adoption process can vary and includes:

* Telephone and or email consultation.
* "Meet & Greet" with selected animals. We request that all family members and pets be present.
* Adoption application and reference check.
* Home visit
* Completion of the adoption process.
* Any additional follow up or assistance required.

Adoption fees and donations offset the extremely high cost of veterinary care, food, boarding and numerous other expenses.