My name is Olivia / Livvy!

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

Facts about Olivia / Livvy

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

Olivia—or “Livvy” as her foster family affectionately calls her—is a loving and energetic girl who is a nonstop ball chaser. Her foster Mom recounts, “When you pull out a tennis ball, she transforms back to being a puppy and will play with you all day long. She also pursues snowballs, and will often vault straight up in the air like a high jumper to intercept them.” After she’s thoroughly tuckered herself out, Olivia usually finds a willing family member to snuggle up next to, often nudging their arm to get even closer. Her sweet disposition and channeled energy make Olivia a delightful companion for someone seeking an active, devoted, GSD companion.

Olivia’s original owner got her as a puppy, but five years later she moved into a condo that disallowed dogs over a certain weight. Fortunately, a trainer who had worked with Olivia rescued her, but he knew that keeping Livvy in a kennel run would not be a good long-term solution, so he reached out to GSRNE to find a forever home for her.

Thanks to the professional training that Olivia received in her first home, she was able to bring many appealing abilities with her to her foster home, including an impressive vocabulary. Not only does she recognize and follow many commands in English, but she also responds to them when given in German. And, because of her affectionate nature towards her human companions, she readily follows commands given by different family members.

This attractive girl comes house-trained, car-friendly and grooming-compliant. She is comfortable being in a crate—where she sleeps at night—or anywhere in the house. She can be left alone out of a crate and has no chewing issues. Olivia is great with people in all kinds of situations. Her foster Mom says, “When we encounter strangers on our walks, she greets them nicely once I say ‘OK.’ When a stranger comes into the house, I greet them with Olivia on leash, and after getting a treat, she wags her tail and sniffs them. She especially loves kids.”

Olivia was apparently allowed on furniture in a former life, but now readily obeys when directed to get down. And while she first lunged at moving cars on her walks, her foster Mom reports that she is now learning to sit while a car drives by, especially with a pinch/choke collar to focus her. Olivia is also making progress with leash pulling according to her foster Mom. “We are working to get Olivia to slow down on her walks, so she is walking with you, not walking you.”

More challenging is her dog-reactive behavior. “Right now, Olivia doesn’t like other dogs,” according to her foster parent. “We have tried to have her approach all kinds and sizes of dogs, but she gets very nippy. Although Olivia’s early paperwork says she was good in doggie daycare, we have not seen her get along with another dog, and she may always do best as the only dog in the family.”

Olivia’s ideal home would be one where she is the only pet, loved by an active family—including kids—and living in a quiet area where traffic and other dogs could be kept to a minimum. Although she can be left in a crate or loose in the house, her drive for human interaction and regular exercise and play would be best served if living with someone who isn’t away all day.

If you have the experience to be Livvy’s loving GSD leader, the commitment to continue her obedience work so she can realize her full potential, and the time to give her the companionship and exercise she needs, please ask to meet her. See why her foster Mom says, “She is just a great girl—loves people, smart, wants to please, totally comfortable in a home, stable, and protective of those she loves. She offers so very much to the right family who adopts her.”

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.