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Puppies and dogs in Watsonville, California

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Heidi S

German Shepherd Dog

Female,
Cupertino, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
In the Spring of 2022, Heidi found herself on the intake list at the Stanislaus County Shelter picked up as a stray. Little did she know this was the beginning of an amazing journey to a second chance in life. Heidi was scared, hungry, and confused, but her sweet demeanor shone through and she passed her behavioral evaluation with flying colors. Poor, sweet Heidi was extremely underweight, suffering from GI issues, and had kennel cough. A few months later GSRNC answered her rescue plea and within 2 months of being fostered, this lucky girl had a new home. Her adopters fell for Heidi because she was super affectionate, playful, and non-destructive. They learned she was a little cautious with strangers at first but that didn’t last very long! Her extreme intelligence coupled with a love for treats made training lots of fun for the whole family. All the boxes were checked! As they got to know Heidi, the new adopters discovered that she had a high prey drive and could be dog-reactive. Anything small and furry was fair game (excuse the pun). This was a deal-breaker for her new mom and dad who decided to return her to GSRNC. No problem – resilient and charming Heidi was quickly scooped up by another incredible foster! Now 6 years old and 75 lbs., Heidi has settled in nicely with her new foster family. They love that this beautiful girl wants nothing more than to share love and affection with them. They are thrilled she has exceptional manners and lives to please. Heidi has learned to trust and now greets people of all ages with a gentle, yet enthusiastic reception. When asked what is so appealing about Heidi, her fosters say “she is just so snuggly!” Proud Heidi wants you to see all the boxes she checks now! I love: * Taking walks (she says this is a must) * Going on car rides especially if it includes new adventures * Showing off my good manners * Chasing squirrels and cats, it is just too much fun! I am: * House-broken * Crate-trained * Not a puller and walk nicely on a leash * Still a little reactive to dogs but am easily redirected * Possibly amenable to a sibling but honestly, I would love being an only dog! Heidi is a level 3 dog living in the South Bay who wants nothing more than to become the newest member of your active family. April 6, 2024, 8:01 pm
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Embry

German Shepherd Dog

Female,
Cupertino, CA
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(when grown) -
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Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Embry is a beautiful 5-year-old female who came from a Modesto shelter. She is a petite German Shepherd, weighing in at about 65 pounds, but in that small frame, she packs a lot of love and happiness. She walks around her foster home wagging her tail as if she knows she is one of the lucky ones to have been rescued. She is excited when her people come home but has learned that jumping is not the right way to greet them. Embry loves to be with her fosters and, if allowed, she will curl up next to them and snooze happily while they read or watch TV. This confident girl is crate trained but can also be left alone in the home without issues! Embry knows her basic commands, such as sit and down, and has even learned how to use the dog door. She alarm barks at new people coming to the home so will need to learn proper slow introductions to strangers (such as meeting in front of the home on neutral ground). Her foster family has discovered that Embry makes a great running buddy and she even joins them for a 4 mile jog. When she is leashed up and taken out for a walk or run, Embry is initially extremely excitable at the beginning of an excursion and may bark at dogs and people but she calms and settles after a few minutes of walking. She has walked through birthday parties in the park (balloons, loud music, children) without expressing any reactivity. Embry is a very intelligent dog who is still learning leash manners and sometimes pulls a bit. With consistent training, Embry will catch on quickly. Embry enjoys car rides but she really loves playing with and in water. Her silly antics will keep you quite entertained. Make sure Embry has plenty of toys, especially fuzzy squeaky ones! While she is always up for a game of fetch, if you say no and let her know you’re done, she will gladly entertain herself. And, Embry does not destroy her precious toys! Just think of all the money you could save! Currently Embry is an only dog, but she did well with another dog during her shelter evaluation, and lived peacefully with another dog in her prior foster home. With proper introductions, she likely would do well with a doggy sibling. There is some prey drive in Embry, but it isn’t excessive, so we are unable to say whether she could learn to live with a feline sibling. Her fosters have no children, therefore, we are unsure how she reacts to them. Mature Embry is at that perfect age, past the puppy antics, still able and willing to learn, and has plenty of energy to keep up with your activities. She has been patiently waiting for her forever family and would like nothing more than to be your loyal companion. This sweetheart is a level 3 dog being fostered in the Sacramento area. April 6, 2024, 8:01 pm
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Tara M

German Shepherd Dog

Female, Adult
Cupertino, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Tara is a beautiful, 70 pound, long legged 4 year old kind, sweet and generous dog who is thriving in her foster home. Tara is a kind, sweet and generous dog who is thriving in her foster home. Tara quickly bonds to women but was unsure about men. Never showed any aggression but would bark and hide from them. Through the amazing patience and kindness from her male foster family members, Tara has learned that she can trust men, and is comfortable and playful around them. Watch Tara get the zoomies! Tara is smart and curious and is responding well to training. She is crate trained but sleeps quietly on her doggy bed and waits patiently until her family wakes up. Tara has great house manners. She doesn't chew inappropriately and stays off furniture. In the backyard, she doesn't dig and isn't destructive. Tara is not a demanding dog and happily waits until her foster family is ready to play. Tara loves walking and hiking and never pulls on the leash. She can be fussy when other dogs bark at her but is easily redirected. We think Tara would do best being an only dog. Tara learns quickly and is working hard on being the best canine citizen she can be! Tara is a level 3 dog. April 6, 2024, 8:01 pm
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Taz

German Shepherd Dog

Male,
Cupertino, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Taz, a handsome 2-year-old male, was found as a stray in Stockton with multiple wounds and an injury from having a collar embedded in his neck. We found him to be a very sweet but timid boy and were delighted to bring him into our program to heal, decompress, to learn the art of becoming a great family dog. Taz has shown his true colors as a smart, playful, super-affectionate, and calm boy who just wants to connect with and please his people. At only 65 lbs., he is kid friendly and has been around children as young as 5 years old. Even though Taz is friendly to strangers (men and women alike) on his walks, he prefers the ladies and would do best with a woman owner upon whom he will shower affection, love, and unlimited snuggles. At home however, Taz is extremely uncomfortable with “big” men. Check out Taz's video on YouTube! Taz is comfortable around all kinds of dogs showing neither aggression nor enthusiasm. He can entertain himself with stuffed toys but he LOVES his ball and will play fetch with you for as long as you want! Very little prey drive is detected but he finds it entertaining to chase shore birds and deer. With a low prey drive, Taz just might be okay with cats! Given his previous neck trauma, Taz now sports a harness and enjoys a long morning walk and then just hanging out with his people and his foster-sister. He walks very lightly on the leash, at your pace with no pulling. Taz is housebroken, crate trained, and happily perfecting his house manners. He now responds well to off, sit, down, place and shake. Additionally, Taz sleeps soundly in his crate at night for 8 hours. With the foster’s consistency and a routine, Taz seems to gain confidence every day. We have no doubt that if his new owner continues offering this boy opportunities to safely explore his immediate world, he will be an amazing companion who is deeply connected and loyal. Watch Taz practice his obedience!  (and check out his soulful eyes!) Taz is a level 3 dog Watch Taz play with his pals!April 6, 2024, 8:01 pm
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Cyrus H

German Shepherd Dog

Male, Young
Cupertino, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with dogs, House-trained,
Story
Cyrus is a handsome 4+-year-old male who GSRNC brought into our program as a puppy in July 2020. He is a very playful, energetic, loveable, and affectionate boy, who immediately was adopted. His owners loved him but found he was a bit too playful with his senior dog pal. We are on a quest to find the perfect home for this boy who the foster describes as “a sweetheart and real lovebug.” Read what Cyrus wants you to know about him: -I am super handsome and just over 4 years old. -I always have a big smile! -I am an 85 lb bundle of energy with soft thick fur who loves to be brushed. -I walk well on a leash and enjoy going on hikes, neighborhood walks and runs. -I love car rides! -I get along well with other dogs but play rough so need a high energy fur sibling with a similar play style. -I haven’t had any experience with cats. -I am more interested in hanging out with my people and relaxing than playing with toys. I probably should have been named "Shadow" -I am housebroken, know my basic commands and I will sleep in a crate at night. But I don’t like being crated during the day. -I show no food aggression and take treats with a soft mouth. -I just got a foster home and am perfecting being the perfect family dog! Watch Cyrus making friends in his obedience class! and then Check out his romps with his buddy! Cyrus has come far with the help of a trainer. Despite being bounced from house to house and spending months in a kennel, Cyrus is ready to trust and be loved. His new family will require continued management so he can stay at the top of his game. Cyrus is a level 3 dog, more on the mellow side, and being fostered in the East Bay. April 6, 2024, 8:01 pm
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Cisco LB

German Shepherd Dog

Male,
Cupertino, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Meet happy-go-lucky 4 year old Cisco! Here is what we know about him: He likes people; I mean really, really, really likes people! He is incredibly affectionate and super friendly. He loves his rubs and pets, and will lean into you for more! He is good with and quiet around other large dogs and is currently fostered with another shepherd. He is great on a leash and will heel and sit when he stops. He seems to be non-reactive to to most critters, except things that like to hide in the bushes. His foster mom says that her very favorite things about him are that he is sweet, quiet, and has a spectacular coat. And if you want a quiet companion and love to be outside, Cisco is your kind of dog! Cisco is so fortunate that we came to his rescue. Now we need to fulfill our promise and find someone to offer him a great forever home. Cisco is a level 3 dog being fostered in the South Bay.April 6, 2024, 8:01 pm

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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter - Watsonville

580 Airport Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076

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Border Collie Rescue of Northern California

P.O. Box 640, Castroville, CA 95012

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Pregnant Mare Rescue

PO BOX 962, Aptos, CA 95001

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German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California

P.O. Box 1930, Cupertino, CA 95010

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Animal Shelter Relief

PO Box 2682, Santa Cruz, CA 93907

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Del Oro Foundation

Gilroy, CA 95020

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South County Tail Waggers

Gilroy, CA 95020

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Woof Den Husky and Herding Rescue

P.O. Box 381, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

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Paws for Genesis

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

1001 Rodriguez Avenue, Santa Cruz, 580 Airport Blvd, Watsonville, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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