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
Bella
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Bella is a one year old girl who came to us from a shelter. She was very scared and timid at the shelter. When she meets new people she acts shy and takes a bit to warm up. She keeps her distance until she feels comfortable, it doesn't take to long. Once she she trusts you she loves to get all of the attention and sticks to your side. She has a fun playful personality. She is also content to hang out and lay by your feet. Bella does good in a crate at night and when her foster family is not home. She listens when corrected and learns commands quickly. She gets along with other dogs and kids. Bella will need someone willing to help her boost her confidence and let her enjoy being a dog.

Young, Female, Medium

Baby, Male, Medium
Boho
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Boho is a beautiful long coat German Shepherd female. She has been passed around from shelter to adopter and back, twice. Boho has a difficult time settling in to her new surroundings. She does not like people "in her face". She has bitten on at least 2 occassions when people have surprised her. Neither bite required medical attention, and neither bite was officially reported. However, we will always give all available information to potential adopters. We will not adopt Boho out to anyone with children. We will not adopt Boho out to an inexperienced adopter. We will also be giving Boho plenty of time in foster care to assess her triggers and work on the behavior. Boho gets along with other dogs. She is not a fan of cats.

Adult, Female, 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
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
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Adult, 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

Baby, Male, Medium

Young, Female, Medium

Baby, Female, Small
Madison
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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
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

Baby, Female, Small
Moon
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Moon is high energy and has started her obedience training with a long way to go due to her lack of focus. She can sit, lay down with helpful cues, as well as rolling over, paw and beg. She loves to toss toys on her own and catch them in air. Currently working on fetch and return, only she tends to just chase the ball until it stops rolling so far. Moon was recently moved from Illinois to Iowa and is not taking the adjustment well. Her separation anxiety has worsened to the point that she regularly has accidents in her kennel because she refuses to go outside. Her previous home had a large fenced in yard and the new one is a lead. She's much more vocal and now chases cats aggressively where this wasn't an issue before. She does get along with dogs but plays very hard as she's to be a large dog. Her dad was said to be 120lbs. She was born in February 2022, so she has a long time for growing up. Response to children is unknown. Great eater, just wants to give hugs and be close to humans. Timid around new people, but treats make it a lot easier for her.

Young, Female, Large
Nellie
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This sweet girls name is Nellie. She came to use from a shelter in Iowa City. She is potty trained and crate trained. She does have a little bit of anxiety when she first goes into her crate but with her kong full of frozen water she settles down. Nellie isnt a big treat fan but LOVES ice cubes. Nellie lives in a household with 5 cats and two other GSDS. She loves the cats, but if they run she with chase. Not with intent to hurt. With some training it will help. She has been to a daycare around small children and does great! When she gets excited she likes to bark and jump. Again with some trading she would do much better with this! She loves people and her foster siblings. Sometimes things can get a little out of hand but she has really good recall! Nellie will snuggle up in bed or on the couch, but also loves to run around. She likes to pull on the leash walking to the car but hasnt been on a lot of walks in her foster family. Nellie is looking for her forever home, fill out an adoption application to meet this sweet girl!

Adult, Female, Medium
Prince
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Meet Prince! Prince is a beautiful, big boy! Seems to be a German Shepherd/mastiff mix as he looks like a German Shepherd and has the colors and height of a mastiff. We pulled Prince from the Wichita kill shelter.. he was found as a stray, the shelter located a chip on him, and his owners didnt want him back. Im not sure why as I fell in love with Prince the second he got here for me to foster him He seems trained in almost every way! He is potty trained, crate trained, has amazing recall, knows sit, lay, shake, he does not jump, and all he wants to do is be next to his person getting pets. He will whine for your attention and all he really wants is for you to hold his hand he is leash trained but will pull when excited. Prince does have some resources guarding issue when it comes to his toys and bones so he will need to be placed with another dog that is not interested in what hes chewing on or someone that is willing to work with him on this to keep it from getting worse. Other than the resource guarding issues he is great with other dogs as he kind of does his own thing, he is cat friendly, and he has not been around kids yet in foster so unsure about kids but he is very laid back so I dont see that being an issue. Can you save this boy and give him all the love he deserves and forever be his hand holding partner?

Young, Male, Large
Princess
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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
Ralph
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Meet Ralph! Ralph is a young boy who still has some manners to learn. He is potty trained and crate trained. He will need someone to work with him on basic training and manners, we are currently working on sit and down commands. Ralph is just under a year is very much all puppy with lots of energy to burn off so an active family would be best for him. He is dog friendly but will need other dogs that dont mind him being all over them until he learns to play easier. He is cat friendly, but will need a dog savvy cat as when they start to run. He thinks its a game otherwise hes interested but leaves them be. Ralph should go to a home with kids that are 12 or older as Ralph gets excited and becomes very mouthy. We are working on no bite, kisses as well. Ralph is leash trained, will pull a little when excited, but calms down with a quick reminder to heel. I promise is not all work with Ralph as he loves to be next to his people, chewing on bones, and being held When he walks up to you and puts his paws in your lap he just wants you to wrap your arms around him and hug him while he sits there With a little training this boy will be all you want and more, are you willing to give this baby his forever home?

Young, Male, Large
Togo (CM05)
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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
Zeke
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Zeke is a very energetic, loving 6mo old puppy. He is potty trained and kennel trained and would do well with a companion dog. He loves kids but does try to herd them while they play. He knows how to sit and come and we are working on shake and lay down. He is very sweet and does try to share your lap with you but he'll get down especially for a bone or treat. He does well walking on a leash but does have interest in squirrels . Zeke is a sweetheart and deserves a very loving time with someone who can continue working with him on his manners in which he will be a very loyal family dog.

Young, Male, Medium

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