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

This sweet boy Archie was an owner surrender. They just got Archie at the wrong time but Archie is the SWEETEST BOY and came from a loving family that had a baby. He absolutely adores kids! He is in a foster home with cat and dog siblings of all ages and loves them all! Archie is pretty much house trained, he is just still on puppy outside time which means letting him out every 30 minutes to an hour. If he ate or drink I take him out until he pees and or poops. He is kennel trained and is eating as much as he wants right now to gain weight! He is up to date on all his shots! Could Archie be just what your family needs?!

Baby, Male, Medium

Boho is a beautiful long coat German Shepherd female. She has been passed around from shelter to adopter and back, twice. Boho lives with 3 cats that are dog smart and is fine as long as they don't get scared and run. She also lived with another dog for a month. They were introduced slowly, kept in separate spaces for a few days with just a baby gate between, they did just fine. Boho chews on NOTHING- has destroyed zilch. She DOES need to be ignored when meeting ppl. She tricks you into thinking she's fine by acting submissive- don't take the bait - she will scare the bejesus out of you by fear barking- but has never bitten here. She does have a bite record from the shelter. Boho walks well in a harness, she has not figured out walking with just a collar. We have learned that when Boho is leashed up, she cannot be petted by strangers or be introduced to other dogs. She is fabulous off leash at a dog park or when off leash greeting UPS or running over to the park to greet kids, it's naughty, but it's happened when we're front porch chilling. Boho does not fetch or play much, she loves big puddles / creeks and sniffing, sniffing, sniffing. She is the hall monitor at our house watching for the 4th kitty that isn't dog smart.

Adult, Female, Large

Buddy came into rescue as stray. We believe he is about 2 years old. Buddy is neutered and up to date on his vaccinations. He is heartworm negative. Buddy is good with people, children, and dogs. We are not sure about cats. Buddy is crate trained. Buddy has been patiently waiting for his family since October 2022. Maybe you are perfect for him.

Adult, Male, Large

Young, Male, Medium

This sweet precious girl came to our rescue with her mother and sister. Life was not kind to them, as they were a neglect case in Oklahoma. Goldie is a 2 year old who LOVES her foster mom , but is a little wary of her foster siblings. She doesnt mind her foster cat siblings and has been around kids! She is the best snuggler and loves to give kisses. She will follow you around where ever you go! She is potty trained, but is still nervous on a leash. Goldy will need help to boost her confidence back up so she can be the best dog! We would like to see Goldy and her sister Pepper stay togethe, Do they sound like they could be a part of your family!?

Adult, Female, Medium

Who doesn't love puppies? My name is Gryphon and I am a 3-month-old purebred German Shepherd that came to GSDRI with my siblings. I love everyone and everything I meet. I love to do all the things puppies do including, follow you around, cuddle, chew, sleep, poop and pee, and do it all over again. Because I am a purebred German shepherd, I will require a family willing to commit to helping me become a good boy by training and keeping me busy and active. I don't mind walking on a leash, but I could use some more work on this because I am so young. I am working on potty training, but still have some accidents every once in a while. I sleep in a kennel at night and will sleep for about 6 hours before I need to go potty. I would love to have an older brother or sister to help me learn what to do, but I would be just as happy as an only dog as long as you keep me stimulated with play, training, and walks. If you think I will be a great addition to your family and have the time to commit to my training, please apply to adopt me. You won't regret it!!

Baby, Male, Medium

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

Hamlet is a very good boy. He loves his people and loves to carry around a toy. Hamlet is submissive to other dogs. Since coming to his foster home, he has mastered pottying outside and to get in his kennel when told. He has also stopped counter surfing. He is still working on leash walking. Hamlet (Hammy) has the cutest little fox ears and beautiful red fur. He is looking for someone to give him as much love as he gives.

Young, Male, Large

Adult, Male, Large

This sweet momma came to our rescue with her two babies as a part of a neglect case. Lady is not shy at all and loves running in the backyard but mostly she LOVES to eat!! Lady enjoys her foster siblings but doesnt need to be with them. She doesnt mind her foster cat siblings and has been around kids! She loves to be where her foster mom is at all times! Lady is still a little timid when doing new things or going to new places. We are still working on going up and down the inside stairs to bed and kennel. She is 4 years old and is potty trained! Does Lady sound like she could be a part of your family?!

Adult, Female, Large

Meet Lita! This girl is an angel! She seems to be potty trained and is very well behaved! She likes to have her people near her but also likes to be in her own space where she feels comfortable. Her favorite is butt scratches and she will ask for belly rubs!! She knows sit, shake, down. Before throwing the ball, she has to sit. She gets so excited. She loves playing in water and will jump up to catch any water splashed at her. This girl is amazing on a leash too, she gets a little excited to smell every once in a while but once you pull the leash, she takes the correction and is back to your side. She is dog friendly but seems to not like to share her food/toys so she will give a warning but doesnt attack. She is cat friendly as she avoids them at all costs. Lita is seriously amazing and so gorgeous with her silver/black coloring! Could this girl be the right fit for you? She is ready for her furever family at anytime!

Adult, Female, Large

My name is Madison and Im an eight year old long coat German Shepherd Dog. I am a petite girl who enjoys freedom in the house but dont let my good looks fool you - I am a very smart girl and love to steal food when youre not looking! I am a polite GSD who doesnt jump on humans but I do like to bark when the mail gets delivered. If youre patient with me, I can do well on a leash, youll just have to help me calm down when I get excited at the squirrel/bunny/bird that I see. I am potty trained and I know sit, stay, and will usually wait for my food if you tell me! I love squeak balls and love a good hard chew. Im not sure how I feel about other dogs - I see them at the groomers but I usually start to squeal. Im kind of picky when it comes to other dogs and Ive never met a cat before. Ive never met a stranger I didnt like and Ive even been around kids, old and young! I have a fenced-in backyard but I usually stay on a leash because I still havent mastered coming back when called. Im looking for someone who has patience and knowledge of GSDs and would love someone who can take me for a nice, long walk.

Senior, Female, Large

Mia is a sweetheart of a gal looking for a forever home that will love and cherish her. Mia is great with people, kids, and dogs. Mia is super playful. She has a genetic condition called MegaEsophagus. Her throat does not push food down to her stomach. To help her eat, Mia must sit in a "Bailey Chair" to eat softened food. She must then sit for 30 minutes while gravity works its magic. Mia knows her chair and her routine. Mia must also drink from an elevated water dish. If she eats in any different way, she will likely regurgitate and may aspirate. Due to her condition, she underwent a gastroplexy with her spay. This means you will never have to worry about bloat with Mia. With attention to detail, Mia can live a long happy life. She will reward you with a kind heart and dedication. Mia is whip smart. Mia has basic obedience down and would shine in good citizen and advanced obedience classes. She is an energetic girl who would make an excellent hiking/walking partner. Mia's chair and supplies will come with her.

Young, Female, Large

Moe came into rescue from the Springfield Shelter Missouri as a stray with mange and malnurishment. He has been with his foster since June 2023. He is heartworm negative and up to date with his vetting, including neuter. Moe gets along great with dogs. Although Moe has not been tested with children. We have no reason to believe that he would be a problem with them. We are not sure about cats.

Adult, Male, Large

Baby, Male, Medium
Nova 6/18/2023
Nova 6/18/2023

Nova came into rescue in June 2023. She was an owner surrender because she was not very nice to the feral kitties in the neighborhood. We will not place her in a home with cats. Nova is great with dogs and children. She is a lovely girl in the home, content to lay at your feet as you work or relax.

Adult, Female, Large

Pepper cam into our rescue with her sister and mom, life has not be kind to her. Pepper and her family were part of a neglect case in Oklahoma. Pepper LOVES to snuggle up with her foster mom but is still wary of her other foster siblings. Pepper is a very sweet girl, but she will need lots of love to get her confidence back up! Pepper does not mind cats and has been around kids. Pepper is approximately 2 years old and is potty trained. Because she is so shy and timid, she is still working on leash training. We would like Goldy and Pepper to stay together! Do they sound like they could be a part of your family?!

Adult, Female, Medium

Princess was surrendered to Dallas (TX) Animal Services earlier this year. A friends daughter fostered her and found her to be sweet. However, it didnt work with her other pets, so she took her back. Princess had a hard time at the shelter with a few incidents. I agreed to take her, and my friends daughter pulled her on the day she was to be euthanized. I picked her up in early April. At the time, she had heartworm. Treatment was completed. Shes probably due for a check on it now. The Dallas shelter had her as 13, but everyone here thinks shes younger. Maybe 10. When she was surrendered, she was in heat. They spayed her at the shelter. Since Ive had her, shes been sweet to others other than the growls at repairmen. She likes to lick people. Now the special issues she has. Princess has separation anxiety. Shes gone from Prozac when I picked her up to trazadone. The trazadone helps a lot. Acepromazine was too strong, but the boarding place I use sometimes gives her half doses if needed. I can now leave her for several hours without anything happening to the house. She became smart to my tricks to get her into the crate at night, so I leave her out now. She really doesnt get along with other animals. I was told that when I got her, so Ive left my four cats in bedrooms since she arrived. Thats a huge reason why Id like to find her a forever home. Im not skilled with dogs though, so maybe someone could help her overcome that problem. I understand that she was surrendered with another dog. I also go out of town a lot, so I end up boarding her. The staff of the daycare/boarding facility love her. She is kept away from direct contact with other dogs. Its been mentioned that she has made a lot of progress since she started there. Shes less reactive when other dogs go by her pen. I think the best scenario for her would be with someone who is home a lot and has no other pets. She definitely loves her humans.

Senior, Female, Large

Rachel Meet Rachel! The sweetest most gorgeous GSD mix who cant wait to find her new home! Rachel has had a rough start to life but that doesnt stop her one bit! Rachel has love for everyone and everything she does. We think she is about 2 years old but in those 2 years she was likely never inside. So know if you would like Rachel as part of your family that she will need training. She doesnt understand how house life works, whats acceptable and whats not. As her fosters we have taught her a few basics but with just a few short weeks with her she will need lots of attention in her new home. Shes a master counter surfer. She does great with the 2 young kids in her foster home (ages 4yrs and 18months) and also with the other 2 German Shepherds in the home (male and female). We do not know how she does with cats or small dogs. I believe Rachel would benefit from having another dog in the house who loves to play as much as she does! She is so playful and full of energy she could go for hours! She is very much a Velcro dog, she will follow you step for step everywhere you go. She is so attentive and eager to learn, with the right family and training Rachel could be an AMAZING dog! This gorgeous girl is ready to share her sweet, smart and sensitive self with her forever family!

Adult, Female, Large

Meet Mr. Wrangler! Wrangler is a goofy pup with a big heart and sensitive sole. He is just over 1 year old. Wrangler is shy around new people and places. But give him some time and he will become friends with everyone! One of his favorite things to do is sit in your lap to get all the rubs (though most of him hangs out)! Wrangler would benefit from a home with a fence. He also is very nervous around new dogs and will need an extremely slow introduction or be an only dog. In his foster home, he lives with 3 female GSDs and loves to play and play and play. Wrangler would benefit from basic obedience classes and regular exposure to new things to help him gain confidence. But he 1000% wants to be a good boy! Can he crash at your place?

Young, Male, Large

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