Adoptable Dogs

  • All of our dogs are adopted as indoor house pets only. No outdoor runs or permanent tie-outs are allowed.
  • We adopt to residents of Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska and Missouri in locations we have volunteers.
  • All dogs are vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
  • GSDRI has the right to decline any applicant for any reason.
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Hello, this is Aslan, a 2 year old long haired male German Shepherd Dog Aslan was surrendered by a family with young children. They were concerned that he would not be friendly around the other kids that would come and go into their house. Aslan never harmed anyone, but he has a loud long bark and is protective of the family unit. Strangers/door knockers are going to get an earful. Aslan may not do well in a house with a lot of people coming and going or small children. At his foster home Aslan is a very happy dog. He loves to be petted and scratched. Playing fetch with a squeaky tennis ball is one of his favorite activities in the yard (or house!) Aslan plays and gets along with three other large dogs. He loves walks too, when the leashes come out, he goes nuts. He is eager to please and if he feels you are mad at him he will give you small kisses to make it better. Aslan has had training and listens pretty well to basic commands. His recall is pretty good as he loves being with his humans. If invited up on the bed/chair, Aslan will cuddle, but if commanded to get down he does so and sleeps at the foot of the bed on his own pad. He doesnt gravitate toward furniture much, but prefers to stay at your feet. He will chew on bones and chewy toys (see ball above). The month hes been at his foster home he has not destroyed a single thing, even when left alone for a few hours. Aslan has only a small prey drive as he looks at squirrels and rabbits and our backyard chickens with curiosity, but has not given chase. He is VERY fast and could likely catch whatever he wants!! Kennel training is done, if needing to be secure for a bit. Aslan sees it as a safe spot as that is where he spent a couple days with us as he was decompressing. He does not need to be kenneled in the house. He is well potty trained and with asks with pushy nuzzling or whiny stares to be let outside. Aslan has been diagnosed with irritable small bowel. He is thin and needs some coaxing to eat his special food which he will need to be on for the rest of his years. The wrong proteins/fats will irritate his stomach, so treat/food selection is key. Aslan will be hard for us as fosters to give up as he is so loving and beautiful. Will you be his next great home???

Adult, Male, Large

BBQ is a wonderful young man. He has fit in nicely and gets along with his foster sisters and loves to play tag in the yard. He would like to have a sister to play with, but would be fine as an only dog. BBQ is going to be a big boy once he fills out, but he walks on his leash like a gentle giant. He greets strangers well and has mastered keeping all four feet on the ground. He loves his toys and has started to really like fetch. He brings his toy back and hands it off nicely. He sleeps in his kennel at night, but would be fine out. He is completely potty trained and has not chewed on anything he wasn't supposed to. The sky is the limit with this boy. He is very smart and is a blank book. He learns fast and is a happy go lucky boy. He seems a little too interested in the kitty and would take some training to be in a house with one (if it runs he wants to chase). Because of his size and age older kids would be best. All my friends think he looks like Charlie from All Dogs Go To Heaven. A raised feeder will be a must because he wants to eat laying down.

Young, Male, Large

Adult, Male, Large

Ginger is a rambunctious 18 month old female. delightful, smart and full of energy. She is still a puppy at heart. Loves to play and is curious about everything. She has a great personality and absolutely adores children. But, careful. Shes a jumper. She seems to get along fine with humans and other pets. She does bark. A LOT. when a person comes to the house. Heck, she even barks at me when I walk into a room. But the bark is harmless. After that, shes your best friend and if you have a treat to give her. she will be your buddy forever. She loves to go to the Iowa City North Dodge Hy-Vee in Iowa City. The staff at the gas station all know Ginger and love to come out and visit (and give her a treat). She knows that is part of her routine in the the point where she sleeps by the door in anticipation. Shes smart and strong. Takes a steady hand to hold on to her lease. She has been off the leash to play ball (oh, how she LOVES to play fetch) but watch out, she will take off if youre not looking.usually to a neighbor house with kids or others with dogs. For the most part, she is very good with commands. An eager learner as long as you have treats. Actually, there is not much negative to say about Ginger. She is a perfect pup. Granted she is young and as such tends to get into mischief from time to time. But, for the most part, she is well behaved, bright and loving. You couldnt ask for a better dog. But the best fit for her would be in a family with kids and LOTS of room to roam and run.

Young, Female, Large

Jaeger is a big lovable boy. He has some quirks that you should be aware of. He loves people and plays and lives well with people. He is not confident around other dogs. His reaction to them is loud and could scare people. I think his reaction is "I'm going to eat you before you eat me." It is more nervous and anxious than aggression. But it is something that could be addressed with time and training. He also chases his tail, a lot.... Work on disrupting the behavior works,and have seen great improvements. We think the tail chasing is a result of being confined too much as a pup. He will likely need to be on medication for his anxiety. That helps a ton. We recommend that he lives in a house where he is the only animal (dog or cat). Because of his size, he may be best around older kids, as he is a gentle giant with people, but certainly does not know how big he is. So what is great about this rather large, beautiful Shepherd? Just about everything else. He is highly trainable, very intelligent, and very loving. Physically, he is a great looking dog, in very good health. We would be so excited for him to find his forever home. He is an awesome dog, and would make the right family an excellent companion.

Young, Male, Large

Kobe is an 8 month old straight legged shepherd. He was born with a congenital birth defect which caused his rear leg muscles to adhere to the bones and prevent any type of bending. Kobe doesn't let it slow him down. He runs and runs and runs! Well, it's more of a hop, but he is fast. Kobe gets along great w kids and other dogs. We are working on socialization as he tends to be barky until he warms up to adults. Kobe is a typical landshark GSD. He loves his chew bones. Kobe will chew up any plushy toy he is given. Kobe will not require any specialized care for some time. We recommend joint supplements and a good healthy diet. Kobe can do 2 or 3 stairs without a problem so we are requiring a ranch style home with juat a couple of steps in and out. Don't let his straight legs fool you, Kobe is a terrific dog and will bring you great joy.

Young, Male, Large

Please apply for her on: When the moon hits your eyes like a big pizza a pie its Loretta!! Speaking of Pizza do you find yourself lonely at times craving that attention and love you require? Well look no farther, your cravings have been answered! Allow me to introduce the amazing Loretta. This gorgeous pup has stolen our hearts and we know she will yours. Loretta demonstrates traits of a previous life which love was not given in return. When she first came to us you could tell she was neglected however with time and Love this pup has done a complete 180. She wants nothing more than to please her owners and to give love and be loved. She is estimated to be about 1 year and 8 months old with VERY HIGH ENERGY and will need space to run and play. She loves to run around in our big fenced in yard and play with our other GSD and mini Aussie. She gets along excellent with our cat but does like to chase the cat when it runs through the house but I believe with time she could learn not to chase the cat. She shows incredible potential with her bright intellect and willingness to learn. She will need someone who is patient and willing to continue working on sit, lay down, stay and her confidence as she is shy. She loves to lay on the couch and snuggle when she isnt up running around and playing with every single toy you have! She is crate trained as well as potty trained and does not exhibit any poor traits (except her counter top pizza surfing). She loves to snuggle and lay on the couch with you when she isnt playing with every toy you have. She was recently fixed and has recovered well. We believe the best forever home for this pup would be with someone who is active but at the end of the day loves to snuggle and will engage her, train her, play with her and show her the patience, attention and love she deserves. She responds well to both male and females. We know that whoever is lucky enough to get this pup is in for a real slice of Heaven. Please apply for her on:

Adult, Female, Medium
Raja (FKA Courage)
Raja (FKA Courage)

Raja is a sweet, gentle, 2 year old GSD. She came from a breeder in Michigan, and had not had much socialization. Despite that, she is a very gentle girl. Raja is slow to warm up, but once she trusts you, she leans in for your attention. Raja currently lives with a family of cats, dogs, and humans. She does well with most dogs, in fact, we want her to have a brother or a sister dog to show her the world is not so scary. Raja initially avoids the leash, but walks pretty well. Raja knows basic commands, and has quickly caught on to house training. Raja is food motivated, and takes all of her treats very gently. Raja would also thrive in a home with another dog to continue showing her the ropes. Raja is a good girl indoors, and is happy to lay at your feet while you read a book or watch TV. With a little time, and some patience, Raja will blossom. She will be your sweet Velcro dog. Raja has a lot of love to give, and has been an easy girl.

Adult, Female, Large

Ruby has been a protective big sister and is now ready to have her own forever home. She is almost 4 months old and has lots of energy. She loves taking walks and playing fetch. But she can also be a cuddler and loves her belly scratched. Ruby uses her bark to say hello, while playing, and when she sees someone new. Ruby is a smart puppy. People love her big ears and she looks so cute when the perk up. She sleeps in a kennel at night and as long as she is let out every 3-4 hours hasnt had any accidents inside. We been practicing with bells on the door but she doesnt use this method consistently.

Baby, Female, Medium

Samson is a bit of a split personality dog. He is well behaved with his person, but he will take advantage of a bite opportunity with just about anyone else (anxiety/fear bite). We are working with him but his adoptive person will have to commit to training and protecting Samson from his worst side. He is a resource guarder and his person is his resource. He has not shown us consistent triggers. Samson has a bite history. Our foster dropped their guard and Samson took advantage and bit a teenager. We will not place Samson in a home with children as they are too unpredictable. Samson walks well on a leash and shows some interest in other people and dogs outside. Samson does show signs of separation anxiety.. He enjoys going for runs on a leash and has gone for about 3 miles at a time. Samson LOVES squeaky toys but needs some that are pretty tough. He is good at "sit", "stay", "lay", "come", "front" and "shake'. Samson has the potential to be a great companion for someone willing to put in the time and training dollars to work with him. UPDATE: Samson completed 7 weeks of K9 training and is choke chain trained. He has been better about strangers petting him while in leash but it's a slow process. Samson is currently on anxiety medicine to help him. He has not had any resource guarding issues with his current foster and even lays at his food bowl until the food is dumped in. Samson has interacted well with other dogs and has not shown aggression. Samson has nor shown issues with his paws being touched/cleaned/ or nails trimmed either. Samson will do well in a structured home with a strong handler. A single owner or couple with experience with dogs is recommended

Young, Male, Large

Sheila is a spunky girl! She wants to be where the action is, and isn't shy about it. A shepherd through and through, she is finding her voice and learning lots of new ways to cause puppy trouble. She also tries so hard to please and is doing very well with new words and commands. Sheila is such a little love, and as soon as nap time or bedtime rolls around shes searching for a cuddle buddy and her favorite blanket. So far in her foster home she has done well with cats and adult dogs, but like any puppy, can get a bit over excited. She also loves watching the small caged pets in her foster home and is very curious about them. Sheila is potty trained and crate trained, and is doing wonderfully with her recall. She would really rather interact and play with her people directly, but will also do well with independent play. Sheilas perfect family would be someone who is busy and willing to take her everywhere with them. She does very well in the car and loves checking out new places. She is very high energy, so she will need a family willing to tire her out during the day so that she can snuggle and sleep with her family at night.

Young, Female, Medium
Sophie (FKA Aggy)
Sophie (FKA Aggy)

Black and Tan

Adult, Female, Large

Witz is a beautiful black and tan female GSD. Witz loves people, ignores cats, but seems to be selective about dogs.

Adult, Female, Extra Large
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