Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue

A San Diego, CA 91942 rescue helping to find loving homes for dogs.

Donna Tavakkoly

Pets at Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue

  • Any
  • Dogs
  • Any
  • Baby
  • Puppy
  • Kitten
  • Young
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Any
  • Male
  • Female
Photo of Leo


Male, Adult
Neapolitan Mastiff

Photo of Blaze


Male, Puppy
Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Photo of Marshall


Male, Adult
Siberian Husky

Photo of Topper


Male, Adult
German Shepherd Dog / Akita

Photo of Dante


Male, Young
German Shepherd Dog / Husky

Photo of Chronic


Male, Adult
German Shepherd Dog

Photo of Jessie


Male, Young
German Shepherd Dog

Photo of Duke


Male, Adult
German Shepherd Dog

Photo of Jake the Sable

Jake the Sable

Male, Adult
German Shepherd Dog

Photo of Izzy


Female, Senior
German Shepherd Dog

Photo of Kirishima aka Kiri

Kirishima aka Kiri

Male, Adult
German Shepherd Dog

Photo of Alfy


Male, Senior

Photo of Squib


Male, Puppy
American Pit Bull Terrier

Photo of Synpurr aka Sniper

Synpurr aka Sniper

Male, Adult
German Shepherd Dog

Photo of Zeke


Male, Adult
German Shepherd Dog

Photo of Sid


Male, Young
German Shepherd Dog / Doberman Pinscher

Photo of Buddha


Male, Adult
Chow Chow

Photo of Zeus


Male, Adult
Siberian Husky

Photo of Cedar


Male, Adult
Labrador Retriever / Beagle

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Areas Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue Serves

We serve the San Diego area and Southern California

Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue's Adoption Process

Our healthy adult dogs are $300, and puppies under 1 year of age are $400. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchip as well as addressing any medical issues which are apparent at the time. We normally do a two week foster-to-adopt. A trainer is available for all dogs as needed. The first step is to submit an adoption application. Next is a meet & greet and home visit, then, an adoption contract is signed and the a donation made. The adopter agrees to return the dog to Happy Hearts if for any reason and at any time the dog must be relinquished. A refund is given only during the initial two week foster-to-adopt. After the first two weeks no refund will be given.

About Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue

All our dogs are vaccinated, spayed/neutered and microchipped before adoption.

If you are interested in meeting one of our dogs, please submit an adoption application on our website:


You will also find all our dogs on our Facebook page:


At Happy Hearts our primary mission is to save 11th hour dogs from being euthanized. We rescue our dogs from high kill shelters, rehabilitate them, and place them in loving forever homes. We work with fosters and trainers to facilitate the dogs rebuilding trust and learning appropriate behavior so that they can function well in their new forever home. Fosters who generously open their homes and hearts to dogs desperate for love and support are the foundation of everything we do. In foster homes dogs learn good doggie manners and recover from the loss of their previous families as well as other negative experiences. We are foster-based so that dogs can be given the time and attention they need to recover from sometimes horrific experiences. When necessary we utilize boarding to remove a dog from a shelter when it has 24 hours or less to live and no other rescue interest. Occasionally dogs with more serious behavioral problems will need extensive training and rehab and can only go to experienced fosters.

On some occasions we board dogs in order to save them at the last moment, or when a foster has had a situation change, and they need a place to go. Although this is our last resort option, it is a regular occurrence since there are not enough fosters available to help all the dogs in need. However the kennel facility we use is close, and we are able to visit our dogs daily, so they get exercise, attention and training. We have a few wonderful trainers who help us deal with behavioral issues (from mild to severe) which is often the reason they have been given up in the first place. Thank you to our primary trainer, Alex Gant, for her many hours of work! (http://resultswithbehave.com).

Donate to Our Rescue Group...
Sponsors who are able to help support a dog through it’s stay at Happy Hearts make what we do possible. Boarding expenses, food, medical care, and necessary equipment from collars to chew toys are all very costly and help from those who share our vision and support us enables us to continue our work. We also take in many senior dogs that have high medical expenses and it is only though the generosity of sponsors and other donors that we can continue to do this.

To sponsor or make a donation please go to our website at:

Donations can also be made on PayPal to happyheartsgsdrescue@gmail.com

Come Meet Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue's Pets

Most of our dogs are in the greater San Diego area in Southern California. An adoption application must be submitted to start the process, then a home visit and meet & greet is done. Please visit us on Facebook:
or our website at:

Make a donation to Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue to help homeless pets find homes