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.
  • If you have questions, email info@gsdri.org
Aslan
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Hello, this is Aslan, a 3 year old long haired male German Shepherd Dog. Aslan will need a special & patient home. He absolutely needs an owner that has experience with German Shepherds or very similar breeds. Please be sure your situation fits him. He will be a slower to adopt dog as we want to make absolutely sure we have him matched well and in the best situation for him. You must be willing to handle a strong willed dog & lead him with full confidence. There are basic rules that will apply to him and how he meets/greets you and future guests. They are pretty easy, but allow him to gain the confidence he will need to thrive. 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. He has lunged and made contact with a person, but did not break skin. Strangers/door knockers are going to get an earful. Aslan will 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 four 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
Bo fka Rambo
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Introducing this young at heart boy. His name is Rambo and we believe he is approximately 6yrs old. Rambo was on the euthanasia list in a kennel down south because it got into a little bit of trouble and bit the neighbor. After seeing his video posted and how sweet he was, we wanted to give him a 2nd chance. Rambo is a good boy and would make an older couple very happy. He needs a home where he can just be a dog and not have strict rules. He is looking for a home that would be quiet, no kids and no small animals. He seems to get along with other dogs who are laid back as well. He does not like to be forced to do things he doesnt want to do. I think a couch and a fenced in backyard is exactly what he wants in his life. If you think this boy would fit into your home, please fill out an application.

Adult, Male, Large
Charlie
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Charlie is a big boy who found himself dumped at the shelter when his owner had no time for him. Charlie is has energy to spare, but he is content to be by your side. Given his abandonment, he needs time to learn to trust you. But, when he does, he will give you his whole heart. Charlie loves to play ball. Charlie loves butt scratches so much that he purrs (growls) a little bit. Charlie is learning how to walk nicely on a leash. Due to his size, he will need an experienced owner. He also needs slow introductions to new dogs. He gets along well, but shows some dominance. He will play bow and play nicely when he is ready. Again, due to size alone, we wouldn't recommend small children in Charlie's life. He is a big boy and full of energy.

Adult, Male, Large
Dillinger
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Dillinger was came to us from deathrow at the Wichita Animal Shelter. He is estimated to be 2-3 yr old. Dillinger used to be a bit of a compulsive spinner. We started on Prozac and his spinning has decreased to almost nothing. His foster dad thinks it was boredom and attention seeking. Either way, Dillinger isn't spinning anymore. Dillinger can be a little grumpy. He gives a growl/grumble when you touch him on the rear end. Despite this grumpiness, Dillinger has NOT actually offered to bite. Dillinger does well with other big dogs/GSDs. We have not cat tested him. If he is anything like his foster dad, cats are a bother. Dillinger will go into his crate, but he will be noisy and paw at the door when he wants out. He will quiet down given the time. Dillinger came to us HW positive. We have treated him and he has cleared the heartworms. He is neutered and up to date on his vaccinations.

Adult, Male, Large
Ellie
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Ellie is looking for her furever home. Ellie is a 4 yr old spayed female that came to rescue as an owner surrender because she nipped a customer at a home based business. The owner said she had to go - either a new home or she was going to be put down. Ellie was heartworm positive but has been through treatment and is now clear of the little buggers. She will need to be on preventative for the rest of her life to minimize the chance of a recurrence. Ellie is a dominant female that will get right up in the face of her foster brothers. She may not do well with female dogs. She is NOT good with cats. She plays rough so small dogs might not do well with her. Ellie appears to have a strong prey drive because of her attentativeness to birds and squirrels. She loves to jump in the pond and go for a swim. Ellie does well in a crate. Ellie will need a strong individual that take advantage of her food motivation and dedicate to training. She is so smart and willing to please.

Adult, Female, Large
Gus
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My name is Gus, but I answer to Gussy, Wussy, Gussy the Bear, almost anything. I am a big boy, I am working on it but these things take time. I might have a little mountain dog in me, I love to roll in the snow. I love going for walks with my foster dad and I am really good off leash. I get lots of off leash privileges when we walk. I love to chase geese but I haven't caught any yet. When my dad is at work, I get the whole house to myself and never abuse it or get into things Im not suppose to. I also stay off the furniture, not because I was told to, but because its just how I roll. I never knew what a bed was until I came to my foster dads house, now I love sleeping on it. Beds are the best! Also, I am very patient when my foster dad is home and just hang out until its my turn to go do something. Oh yeah, and I love car rides! Im a rescue from Waterloo. My first year I was on a chain and mildly abused. My second owner adopted me and I lived outside in a large fenced yard for about two years. My owner had shops outside and I would spend time with him in the shops. He liked to feed me people food and I got up to 160 lbs. Then my owner had to go to a home and I went to live with my foster dad in January. Since then, we have been working on my manners and Im learning to dog. I wasnt heavily socialized so I have some learning to do. The good news is Im really smart and I am getting better every day. I was maced by a delivery driver once and I still remember that. So when people offer me their hand to sniff, I get scared and bark. If you just ignore me, then I am content to hang out. Once I know you and trust you, then you can snuggle with me and touch me. When I first came downtown, lots of things scared me. I have learned to be confident and I keep growing every day. I get along with other dogs, I even live with one now. Just remember, I can get a little scared. We have been working on my weight and I am down to 115 pounds (June 21st) and still losing weight. I have been a good sport about losing weight but cant wait to get to my proper weight so I can eat a little more. The vet is monitoring me each month and we are not sure what my healthy weight is yet. Im curious about cats but probably should not be around them. Also, since I grew up without socialization, my foster dad does not let me around small children. I have a big heart and respond well to new boundaries my foster dad sets for me, but I still have work to do. If you are up for a big baby like me, I think we will get along great!

Adult, Male, Extra Large
Hazel
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This is Hazel (hazy/mazy) Hazel is an absolute sweetheart! She loves to explore and go on walks, still pulls and wants to chase bunnies and squirrels if spotted. When taken off leash with other dogs she hangs around the group very well! Always comes back even if a little distracted. Hazel is a super snuggler. She enjoys the couch, chairs and beds. When humans are at work/away she will go in the crate but needs a peanut butter kong with treats ! Some crates need to be more secure as she will escape if her anxiety takes over. We have found a calming pill/medication helps Hazel chill so when alone she doesnt get herself too worked up. With plenty of exercise Hazel doesnt seem to need her pills. If we know she will be in the crate longer than 5/6 hours we try to give her some medicine just so she doesnt get worked up and try to escape/injure herself trying to escape. If she has enough toys around we have left Hazel out of the crate for 2 -3 hours and nothing has happened. We are still getting to know her so we use the crate when no humans are around normally. But she has great potential as she really just wants her humans to be happy and home and doesnt seem to be destructive to household things. Unfortunately we have not had a lot of luck with introducing Hazel with the cats. They have remained separated despite lots of efforts and different approaches, it is possible she may have better luck with other cats. She is kept on a leash if we are roaming around in the same space with the cats. Feels playful but also unsure if there would be more than just chasing . Hazel is very smart, young, playful and a lover. She is very good with all other dogs and is always invited to see cousin dogs and friend dogs as she brings the fun and will play and chase so nicely! She will fetch sometimes and then also loves to chill in the yard and chew on a bone. She is young and still learning manners but very eager to learn and smart! She will jump when you come inside because she is just so happy her humans are back. When one human leaves you can see her nervousness start but a good toy and some distraction will calm her down. If you are looking for an adventure dog or a snuggle baby this is your gal! If you have other dogs Hazel will help play and entertain your current dog! Hazel does bark with new people in the house but is quick to switch to licks after an introduction. She is also great in the car for car rides . Well this was very hard write and I probably over did it! She really is a great dog !! If things happen to change with the cats we want this sweet girl to be part of our family. She did great camping with Todd even with lots of noises! She saw horses and other dogs and responded well! My cousin and brother both have high energy dogs and she is the best thing for them! She plays so nicely and gets the other dogs to chase and run. Then, when its time to chill and be quiet, we have a sweet cuddly girl. Or she will find her own spot and just chill.

Young, Female, Large
Jazzy (Jasmine)
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Jazzy requires a very specific home. Please read the description carefully, homes that do not fit the needs will not be considered. Jazzy is looking for a quiet home. Fast movements, loud noises, close human contact all make her nervous. She is not interested in living with children. They are too unpredictable. She is not aggressive towards humans, she is overly submissive and frightened. She will chase cats. She does very well with another dog to lead her and show her what it means to be a dog. She would prefer to attach herself to only one human, but she is slowly starting to let another member of her foster family into her inner circle. Jazzy needs to run. She needs a large fenced in yard that she can patrol. Being outside is her most favorite thing to do. She unfortunately is an escape artist so a solid fence is required because if she gets out she will not come back. Jazzy is very unique girl. Her genetic makeup consists of shepherd, husky, and wolf. She was severely under socialized, underweight, treated poorly by humans, and picked on by other dogs. She never had an indoor home until now. She prefers to be outside but will sleep in her kennel or on the humans bed at night. She has come a long way but still has a long way to go. Jazzy is house trained but will urinate out of fear when you are reaching for her (she is improving slowly). She has never been destructive to anything other than to rolls of paper towels and toilet paper. Those are her favorite.

Adult, Female, Large
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Adult, Female, Large
Lucky
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Lucky is a high energy boy. He is spirited and will take to training like a champ. Lucky desperately wants to please. He wants to train and learn and make you happy. Lucky is a chewer so toys are a must and you better put your shoes away! He will likely outgrow his chewing, but better safe than sorry. At the shelter, he showed signs of anxiety when left alone in his kennel. Crate training will be necessary to ease that anxiety. Mental stimulation, exercise, and training will go a long way in making Lucky a successful happy member of your family. We will require a training plan for Lucky's adoptive family.

Young, Male, Medium
Maggie (FKA Lily)
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This is the story of Maggie (FKA Lily). She came to us in January 2021 from a shelter in Texas with her mom (Sophie) and 5 siblings. She unfortunately found her way back to rescue but that is okay because she is adapting wonderfully. Foster Family Point of View After fostering Maggie for a short while now, we have determined that she will make an AMAZING addition to a family who is willing to pay attention to her, work with her, and give her the love that she very much deserves. She will return all of that love, plus more!! As a foster family, we have tried to socialize Maggie with as many people and dogs as possible while she has been here. Maggie has never been observed being aggressive or growling at anyone, or any dog, including while on walks in the neighborhood or in the park. In fact, she seems to LOVE the other dogs and people are definitely her favorite too. At home, she will bark at the door to notify us that she sees people approaching the house or walkers passing by, but Maggie is easily redirected and responds well when we assure her that they are friends. Maggies main purpose at home is to be loved by her humans and she just wants to be included in our family activities and adventures. Maggie is very food motivated and therefore will do just about anything for a treat. This means that she is VERY trainable, responds amazingly and is a very quick learner if she knows that her reward is a training treat. We have observed that Maggie will easily adapt to her new familys rules and expectations, especially if we are consistent with her. She has grown very attached to Sophie, (the other dog that we have in our home) and will often follow her ques as to what is allowed and not allowed in our home. Maggie loves to play with her toys, go for walks and car rides with the family, or simply snuggle up to watch tv with her humans. She loves her crate and willingly uses that as her safe space while we are at work or out of the house for errands. If the foster family had to describe Maggie, we would say that she is a very sweet, sassy, and energetic gal. We would say that she doesnt want to miss a thing going on in her household, shows all of her emotions through her beautiful brown eyes, and tries extremely hard to please the humans that love her and then love them right back. Foster Family Point of View After fostering Maggie for a short while now, we have determined that she will make an AMAZING addition to a family who is willing to pay attention to her, work with her, and give her the love that she very much deserves. She will return all of that love, plus more!! As a foster family, we have tried to socialize Maggie with as many people and dogs as possible while she has been here. Maggie has never been observed being aggressive or growling at anyone, or any dog, including while on walks in the neighborhood or in the park. In fact, she seems to LOVE the other dogs and people are definitely her favorite too. At home, she will bark at the door to notify us that she sees people approaching the house or walkers passing by, but Maggie is easily redirected and responds well when we assure her that they are friends. Maggies main purpose at home is to be loved by her humans and she just wants to be included in our family activities and adventures. Maggie is very food motivated and therefore will do just about anything for a treat. This means that she is VERY trainable, responds amazingly and is a very quick learner if she knows that her reward is a training treat. We have observed that Maggie will easily adapt to her new familys rules and expectations, especially if we are consistent with her. She has grown very attached to Sophie, (the other dog that we have in our home) and will often follow her ques as to what is allowed and not allowed in our home. Maggie loves to play with her toys, go for walks and car rides with the family, or simply snuggle up to watch tv with her humans. She loves her crate and willingly uses that as her safe space while we are at work or out of the house for errands. If the foster family had to describe Maggie, we would say that she is a very sweet, sassy, and energetic gal. We would say that she doesnt want to miss a thing going on in her household, shows all of her emotions through her beautiful brown eyes, and tries extremely hard to please the humans that love her and then love them right back.

Young, Female, Large
Mazie (Yellow)
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Hi, Im Mazie , a 16 week, 16 pound GSD/ Husky puppy born on February 27, 2022 . I THINK when Im all grown up Ill weigh between 45 and 65 lbs. Because I cant see, I'm considered a special needs puppy, but I think I'm just special! I might be a little reserved when I first meet and go home with you, but it wont take me long to feel comfortable, and then youll question if Im actually blind! I love playing with humans, but I equally love playing with other dogs. I'm a very happy puppy and I especially love running and playing outside. I hope you have a safe yard for me to play in because I love doing zoomies! Im quite the lovable puppy too and will gladly give you kisses in exchange for a belly rub. Belly rubs are my favorite!!! If you want me to be a part of your family, you must have lots of time to spend with me and/or already have another dog I can play with, because being alone all the time is no fun! My foster moms ( yes I'm lucky enough to have two foster homes so that I am never alone for to long!!) are really proud of me because Ive been doing a great job learning commands like careful, step up , and step down so I can do things every other puppy does. After I go up or down stairs, I can even navigate my way to my "room" or across the patio to the yard where Ive learned I should go potty. Yes, Ive been working on that too! Ive already mastered always going potty when Im taken outside and rarely have accidents at night, but until I learn to tell you that I need to go outside, its up to you to know when to take me out! Of course no puppy is ever considered to be fully house trained until theyre at least 6 months old, so I hope you know I will probably have accidents when I go home with you Im looking for a family who can spend a good majority of the day with me so I can continue to improve my potty training and those very important socialization skills. I love to go for car rides, so we dont even have to stay home all day! Also, all humans in my new family must to be mature enough to understand my visual limitations, especially while learning new things like the layout of my new home. Im a quick learner, though, so be ready to teach me lots of fun things! Before deciding to adopt me, please make sure you have the time, energy and patience it takes to raise a blind puppy. Like any other puppy, Im going to need a lot of love and patience until I learn to be fully house trained and while I go through my chewing stage when my adult teeth start coming in! NOTE: Mazie is no different from any other puppy when it comes to needing regular one on one attention from a family. Every puppy needs to be socialized, potty trained, played with and taught the structure and rules of the home. Mazie will require training to help her become her best self. She is very intelligent and loves to be challenged. Mazie suffered trauma to her eyes as a puppy and her condition will need to be monitored as she grows. Her adoptors must be willing to accept financial responsibility and continue her care. Additional note from Mazie- I am very good with other dogs that can tolerate me and my puppy ways. I am very annoying with cats and will bug them relentlessly if given the chance. Both of my foster homes have children (ages 6-13) who love me and understand how to interact with dogs and what is appropriate and inappropriate. Sometimes I like to chew on their ankles but I am learning that the human children don't like that. I don't mind rain, thunder, or fireworks. I am a very happy puppy who finds joy in everything!

Baby, Female, Small
Nado (HM11)
Nado (HM11)

Adult, Male, Large

Adult, Male, Large
Osa
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Osa is a high-energy, very good-natured girl who craves cuddles, hugs and attention. Shes 2 years old, around 70 pounds, Osa requires a strong owner that understands the importance of being the leader and has an understanding of working-breed dogs. She requires daily exercise that will burn off some of her energy. Osa loves to go to the dog park often so she can run with the other dogs (she likes to run alongside whomever is fetching a ball). She does like playing fetch/catch in the living room, but that also is not enough of an energy burner for her. She also loves playing tug of war. Osa gets along with all dogs, people and children, but will need to be watched closely around children or frail adults due to her size, because when she gets excited she has a tendency to pounce on people. With proper introduction and supervision, she might do well with dog-savvy cats only. Osa knows sit, stay, wait, down, lay down, come, catch, bring it, drop it, leave it, no, easy (when playing with me or small dogs at the dog park) and go to your bed, and she walks pretty well on a leash. She loves car rides, but the windows cannot be down far enough for her to jump out. Crating her when shes home alone and at night, if shes not able to sleep in the same room as you, is a must, probably for at least the first several months or so. Otherwise, she can be destructive. If shes able to sleep in a bed with someone, she will think she died and went to heaven and would probably not leave the bed all night. Gentle corrections are all thats needed with this sensitive girl. If you yell at her or try to punish her by, for example, putting her in her crate or shutting her in a room or putting her outside in a fenced backyard, she will get her feelings hurt and become destructive. Those things should never, ever be used as punishment. At the same time, though, if a boundary is not quietly and firmly held, she will run right over you. Osa needs an experienced GSD owner/leader, she has proven herself to be a docile, sweet dollbaby. Osa means goddess in African and bear in Spanish. Shes had her name since she was a puppy, but if someone wanted to change it, most people think Im saying Elsa when I say her name, so that would be an easy switch. For the right dog-savvy person or family who is willing to work with her through what will probably be a rough transition, the long-term payoff will be huge. With the right treatment, she is an absolutely amazing girl. and she will be greatly missed.

Adult, Female, Large
Ranger (Hans)
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Ranger came to us from a humane society in Kansas. Ranger is very high energy and needs a family devoted to training and exercise. He would hike miles of trails with you happily. He bonds quickly to his person and is very eager to please. Ranger's favorite place to be is next to his person. Ranger has been good with people and dogs, he is mildly interested in cats. We believe he would be wonderful in family. He can be a little mouthy if not corrected, but he is not aggressive. Ranger needs a strong leader to give him love and boundaries. He is a young boy and will fill your heart for years to come.

Young, Male, Large
Togo (CM05)
Togo (CM05)

Togo came to us from Wichita Animal Shelter. He was listed as a stray and on the euthanasia list. Togo is the BIGGEST lover EVER!! He loves loves giving kisses. He knows how to sit and lay down. He has been working hard to walk on a leash nicely and to limit his jumping. Togo loves to give his humans hugs and face kisses, but needs to know that he needs to be invited to do that. Because of this and his size, a home without small children is needed. He did great with Nymeria when we introduced him but cats are unknown. His quirks: He is a jumper and can clear a 6ft fence. I personally dont think he would if he was with another dog or human but just left in the backyard, he could. He is a big boy and will knock you over if you arent prepared, so no small children. Togo needs to be in with a family and spoiled rotten. If you are interested in a lieftime pf sloppy kisses, Togo is your guy.

Adult, Male, Large
Winston
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Winston is a strapping GSD boy. He is gentle and compliant. He is also energetic and ready to play. Winston loves to run, he would do best with an active family that will work his mind and body. Winston loves attention. He likes to snuggle! We are working on dog manners and cat manners. Winston may join in a dog scruff, but he likely won't start it.

Adult, Male, Large

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