My name is Ziva!

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

Facts about Ziva

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Gray Or Silver
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Before calling about this dog, please read our adoption requirements at

Ziva is a cute as can be but has some personality traits that mean she will need a knowledgeable GSD person to live with and work with her. She came into rescue with resource guarding and other issues, most of which have been worked through, though will still need to be managed by her new owners. Therefore, a household with no children or older children will fit her best. She has a good amount of energy and will thrive with an adopter who knows how to direct that energy through training and play sessions.
Ziva was picked up as a stray when she was fairly young so we estimate she’s about 2 years old now. Initially, she had no concept of “personal space” and would jump and mouth her foster mom for hours at a time when she came home from work and her interactions with people were almost exclusively by mouthing their hands. Any corrections would just make her escalate her excitement into more jumping/biting harder, and her foster mom used to say it was a good thing she is so adorable! During the time she’s been in foster care, she’s been taught to redirect her attention to a toy and a quick game of tug if needed. She still mouths your hand occasionally but it’s always easy.
Ziva needs a low energy household and owner. We are not talking about someone lazy as she needs someone to help her get her own energy out with walking and ball playing. We are talking about a personality type, or someone that has learned how to control the energy they give off. Ziva is very sensitive and will pick up on your energy level and act accordingly.
Ziva gets along with some other dogs and plays vigorously with the young mixed breed male in her foster home. She can be rough at first, so any other dog has to know how to tell her to knock it off without hurting her. Once they’ve been together for a few minutes, Ziva will calm down. She will also bite (easily) and harass another dog for a few minutes when you come home as she is over-stimulated with excitement but usually can be redirected into getting her toy fairly quickly. Any other dog in the household would need to be able to put up with this. She does interact well with her the other dog in the house the majority of the time; playing tug and chase/grab games with other dogs are favorites for her.
Ziva has an obsessive personality which means she notices reflections and shadows on the floor, wall or ceiling and has to be redirected to a toy or fetch game to get her mind off it. She wants to chase cars on walks and needs work with not barking at passing cars when riding (especially at night because of car headlights shooting by).
Though it may sound like she is a difficult dog, once you know how to manage her occasional issues, she is a fun dog. She bonds closely to her person, and after her initial excitement when you come home and some walking or ball playing to get our her energy, she can lay calmly on her bed. She’s learned that petting can be nice and especially loves having her chest scratched.
She will play fetch with a ball in the house, bring it back and dash after it again and again. Her enthusiasm is catching, and she makes training sessions fun. Ziva is an adorable little girl who needs someone to adore back. Any work you put into the relationship with her will be worth it as she has a big heart and lots of love to give.

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.