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My name is Topper!

Facts about me

German Shepherd Dog/Akita
Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Pet ID

My info

Small red x Not good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Housetrained

My story

**Courtesy Post**

Topper is a 6 year old neutered male of mixed breed (perhaps part German Shepherd, part Bernese Mountain Dog, and/or part Akita) and is in need of a home.  

He is highly intelligent, strong and healthy. He is house-broken, loves his belly rubbed, and sings I love you. Topper has not been properly trained and has exhibited aggression toward other dogs. He is very trainable. He is currently at the San Diego Humane Society in El Cajon on an emergency boarding pass, which will expire on March 30, 2022.

He would do best with a strong male owner with some training ability, and in a home without other pets. He would be a great companion dog. He is very loyal and loving.  
For more info, contact Teri:

February 13, 2023, 12:02 am

Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue

Contact info
Pet ID
Donna Tavakkoly
San Diego, CA 91942

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

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.

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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:
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More about this 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! (

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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.

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