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German Shepherd Dog puppies and dogs in Santa Cruz, California

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These German Shepherd Dogs are available in Santa Cruz, California.
We'll also keep you updated on TERRY's adoption status with email updates.
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TERRY

German Shepherd Dog

Female, 11 yrs 11 mos
Santa Cruz, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Meet Terry! She`s looking for a soft place to land in her golden years. Despite being a senior, Terry has lots of pep in her step and will surprise you with her energy level. She enjoys playing fetch and going for walks. Terry can be selective about other dogs so she`ll likely thrive in a home as the only dog or with a well matched similarly sized dog. Terry has been around children in her previous homes and has done well, but even at her age, she`s got a strong predatory drive so she needs a home without cats, livestock or small critters. Terry attended a big public event with volunteers and did great! She jumped in the car and rode along happily, engaged with members of the public- going up to everyone for pets- and seemed fine even with lots of other dogs, loud noises and activities. Terry is a true treasure and will be a wonderful addition to your home! Terry`s adoption fee has been sponsored by a donor, so only a license fee will apply for her next adopter.
We'll also keep you updated on ROCKY's adoption status with email updates.
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ROCKY

German Shepherd Dog

Male, 9 mos
Santa Cruz, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Rocky was surrendered with Zotanas A311375. Both dogs were raised living mostly outdoors and are used to spending all their time together. We`ve kenneled them separately at the shelter to help them gain confidence and trust more in new people. Rocky can be a bit timid at first, but he warms up with kind, respectful treatment and enjoys going for walks and having playtime, either with toys or with dog friends, although it takes him a little time to get comfortable with dogs other than Zotanas. Rocky with need some patience and consistency to become fully housetrained if he`s to live mostly indoors. He is young and eager to learn through positive training.
We'll also keep you updated on GINGER*'s adoption status with email updates.
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GINGER*

German Shepherd Dog

Female, 1 yr
Santa Cruz, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Meet Ginger! Ginger is an adolescent GSD mix that came to the Shelter as a stray. We don’t know much about her life before coming to the Shelter. Ginger has been noted by staff to be exuberant, curious, and energetic on and off leash. She has been playful with other dogs that she has met at the Shelter. A home with another dog may be a fit provided they have a meet and greet at the Shelter prior to adoption. Ginger has been noted to be a little mouthy in the Shelter (a common behavior in adolescent pups). We anticipate that with daily mental and physical stimulation as well as being out of the Shelter, Ginger’s mouthiness will decrease. Due to this behavior, we are recommending a home with older kids. We do not have any history of Ginger with small animals or cats.
We'll also keep you updated on LEXI's adoption status with email updates.
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LEXI

German Shepherd Dog

Female, 7 yrs
Santa Cruz, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
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We'll also keep you updated on Jada's adoption status with email updates.
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Jada

German Shepherd Dog Mixed Breed (Medium)

Female, Young
Santa Cruz, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
WEIGHT: 36lbs Meet Jada- This sweet Super-Mutt is full of personality and has kind of a 90's cheerleader vibe going on. She has been taking part in our ‘Animal Olympics' themed summer camp and has been the star of the dog-agility show! She's basically doing cartwheels and back-flips out there. Jada has been doing well with kids and other dogs, so would be an excellent addition to a family looking for another high energy dog to entertain an existing high energy dog. Two is better than one, right? Think she might be the girl-sibling that your hyperactive only-dog has been looking for? Feel free to call our adoptions desk or stop by during Browsing Hours: Wed-Sun 11-5.
We'll also keep you updated on Leo's adoption status with email updates.
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Leo

German Shepherd Dog Mixed Breed (Medium)

Male, Young
Santa Cruz, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
WEIGHT: 78bs Meet Leo- Leo is a good ol' boy who would do well in a variety of home environments; so long as the adopters are active and physically able to handle him as he is quite large and will still pull on the leash when he gets excited. He is mellow and likes other dogs and kids. Leo went for the day with one of our fantastic volunteers and here is what they had to say about him: "Leo loved riding in the car. He is pretty good on leash although he tends to pull hard, especially when walking downhill. He was good with people; but he tried to jump at other dogs. It was more playful than aggressive but still had to hold him back firmly." Feel free to call our adoptions desk or stop by during Browsing Hours: Wed-Sun 11-5.

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We'll also keep you updated on Heidi S's adoption status with email updates.
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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. June 14, 2024, 7:11 pm
We'll also keep you updated on Tara M's adoption status with email updates.
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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. June 14, 2024, 7:11 pm
We'll also keep you updated on Cyrus H's adoption status with email updates.
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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. June 14, 2024, 7:11 pm
We'll also keep you updated on Sculley's adoption status with email updates.
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Sculley

German Shepherd Dog

Male
Cupertino, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Sculley, born in late 2017, is an energetic, healthy, well-loved boy who at 3 years old was picked up as a stray and adopted by a senior couple. Nearly 3 years later, Sculley's owners need to rehome him because they are experiencing long-term health issues. Sculley is a smart dog who loves people. While well-loved, he has had minimal training and exposure to the outside world. At 75 pounds, Skulley is easily stimulated and sometimes his excitement gets the best of him which sometimes results in him being jumpy and mouthy. Our GSRNC trainer and foster has been working with Skulley for several weeks and says he is going to blossom in an environment with consistent structure and training! Sculley loves to play! His favorite game is fetch. BUT, there are very specific rules to his game. The only things needed are two items to throw!!! Sculley's Rules of Playing Fetch: 1. You throw the first toy. 2. I retrieve and drop it. 3. You then immediately throw the next toy. 4. I retrieve and drop it. 5. Repeat rules 1-4, all day long. Sculley settles in nicely after his play sessions. He loves to snuggle in for pets, scratches, and belly rubs. He has good house manners, uses a dog door, sleeps in a crate and, for now, is getting used to his foster siblings through baby gates with no reactivity, other than he wants ALL the attention for himself. He also loves car rides!!! No cats for this boy, he will definitely chase them! Sweet, loveable, and smart Sculley has been given an opportunity for a redo in life. With some basic manners training, stimulation, daily walks, adventures, and fun play sessions, we are certain he will make a great, loving companion. Due to Skulley’s excitability, we recommend an adult-only home or one with older children. Skulley is patiently waiting for his new forever family. Is that with you? Sculley is a level 3 dog being fostered in the East Bay. June 14, 2024, 7:11 pm
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Roxie G

German Shepherd Dog

Female
Cupertino, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Roxie is a smaller 68 lb black on tan, curious, 4 year old girl who loves her people, playing ball and chasing her Frisbee. She has a sunny demeanor and plenty of energy. See how much fun Roxie has learning new tricks! Roxie likes all humans she meets and most of the dogs as well. She shows interest in passing dogs but is not reactive. Roxie is not cat friendly thanks to a traumatic experience she had with one when she was a puppy. Otherwise, she shows no prey drive. Roxie has good manners and has received formal training which will need to be continued. She responds well to basic commands: sit, down, stay, place, off, and come. This smart girl also has off leash recall (with an e-collar). Because Roxie walks well on a leash, going out is fun. Initially she can be a bit anxious but if the person holding the leash is confident, Roxie's confidence grows. Roxie’s energy level is medium to high. She is crate trained and can be left alone for several hours. This loving girl will flourish with an experienced owner who is willing to be patient while Roxie grows to trust them. We believe she would be best in a home with older children. Roxie is a level 3 dog June 14, 2024, 7:11 pm
We'll also keep you updated on Shadow Nose's adoption status with email updates.
Special Needs
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Shadow Nose

German Shepherd Dog

Female
Cupertino, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Needs special attention, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
My name is Shadow Nose and I just know someone is out there for me! Shadow is a perfect sized 53 lb., spayed, 3 year old well-adjusted girl who was recently diagnosed with maegosophalus*. She is friendly and comfortable around adults, strangers, children, and other dogs. To everyone's delight, not only is she adorable, but Shadow Nose is affectionate, energetic, outgoing, and curious. Check out Shadow Nose tossing her toy around! Shadow is crate trained and can be left alone without incident. She does not nuisance bark, or dig, and is happy to keep herself occupied when she has toys to play with. Our evaluator found Shadow to be relaxed while watching her in a sit, stand, and stay position as well as walking on a leash. This cutie rolled over for belly rubs before hopping up with a big smile and wagging tail hoping to entice our volunteer in a game of fetch. Shadow has some formal training and responds well to many verbal commands. Given her sweet demeanor, it should not take long to transform her from being a mildly mannered playful pup to your loyal loving companion. GSRNC and Shadow Nose knows the perfect home is out there. Is it yours? Shadow is a level 3 special needs dog. *Megaesophagus is a condition that decreases mobility in the muscles of the esophagus which interferes with proper swallowing movement. As a result, Shadow will need a special family who can feed her in a Bailey's Chair (provided by GSRNC) every time she eats. The Bailey's chair is constructed with the primary goal of positioning the dog upright during meals, allowing gravity to aid in the digestion process.  June 14, 2024, 7:11 pm

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

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1001 Rodriguez Avenue, Santa Cruz, 580 Airport Blvd, Watsonville, 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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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

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

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Santa Cruz SPCA

2601 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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Santa Cruz SPCA

2601 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California

P.O. Box 1930, Cupertino, CA 95010

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German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California

P.O. Box 1930, Cupertino, CA 95010

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German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California

P.O. Box 1930, Cupertino, CA 95010

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German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California

P.O. Box 1930, Cupertino, CA 95010

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