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
BBQ
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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

Young, Female, Large
Echo
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Echo is one of the sweetest most affectionate girls you will ever meet. She is a little timid when first meeting someone, but warms up with a few minutes. She came to us from Michigan where she was treated for Parvo back in March, but you would never know she was ever sick. We think she is around 9-10 months old and 60lbs of all puppy. She loves to go on walks and only has minor pulling on the leash, mostly when she sees another dog or people she wants to say "Hello" to. With continued work, she will be great on a leash. She knows sit and "leave it." and is very treat motivated. Echo will need someone willing to exercise her and play with her to keep her happy. She loves to cuddle and invade your personal space, but since she is still a puppy it doesn't last long because something else will catch her attention. She loves to play with her four-legged foster brothers and has met other dogs on her walks and has never shown aggression towards them. She has not been tested with cats. She continues to work on potty training. Sometimes when she is outside with her foster brothers, she is too busy playing to go to the bathroom, so she has to go outside alone to get her business done. She would be a great family dog.

Young, Female, Large
Finn
Finn

Adult, Male, Large
Ginger
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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 morning.to 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
Jaeger

Jawger is a sweet boy came to us from a shelter in Kansas where he appeared to be suffering from OCD which manifested in excessive spinning and chasing his tail. From what we have been able to understand this may have developed from too much time in a confined area/crate at a young age Since being out of the shelter, weve seen great improvements. However, Jaeger may need to remain on medication for the rest of his life but it is possible the medication could taper off. Jaeger is a big puppy ( 8 months old and 85lbs) and needs some work on basic manners and social cues with other dogs. He loves people and could benefit from another confident and patient dog in the home. He may be fine as an only dog. Cats are unknown. Jaeger likes kids; however, due to his size and jumping we are recommending older kids but would consider younger children in the right circumstance. Jaeger must have a large yard to move around in and a plan for daily exercise. Fenced yard is highly preferred and apartments wont be considered at this time. Amazingly, Jaeger still crates well and appears to be housetrained, however he does not free roam and foster is extremely structured with his routine. No food or toy aggression or possession has been noted.

Young, Male, Large
Kobe
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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
Loretta
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Please apply for her on: https://gsdri.org/adopt/available-dogs/ 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: https://gsdri.org/adopt/available-dogs/

Young, Female, Medium
Molly
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I may be little, but I have a big personality with lots of love. At 48 pounds, I am the perfect lap size pup and will jump in your lap as often as I can to give you kisses and snuggle. I have lots of energy and would love an active mom, dad, and/or family. My foster mom says I need daily long walks twice a day. I walk well with two other dogs, so my foster mom looks amazing walking three dogs at once. I am very excited and manners are new to me, so I forget about manners more often than not. My foster mom insists on working on sit, down, off, leave it, and other commands. She says I'm learning, but need someone committed to working with me until I learn manners. I love all people I've meet so far, but my foster mom has only seen me with adults and teenagers. I love playing with my foster brother who is a very submissive lab mix, but I am not a fan of my foster sisters, another GSD and a Chow mix. I need either a tall fenced in yard, or lots of leashed activities as I love to personally find out what's going on in the neighborhood. I maybe middle-aged but I have the energy of a two year old. Without a way to get rid of my energy, I can get into trouble. I am kennel trained, but would rather be with my people. I sleep in my kennel, and when my people aren't home. I enjoy playing fetch inside and destroying toys. I also love playing with my foster lab brother. I do not always like to share toys, but I'm learning. My foster mom says my new family will be lucky to have me, and I can't wait to meet them.

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
Samson
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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. 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", 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.

Young, Male, Large
Sheila
Sheila

Baby, Female, Small
Sophie (FKA Aggy)
Sophie (FKA Aggy)

Black and Tan

Adult, Female, Large
Willow
Willow

Adult, Female, Large
Witz
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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
Ziva
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Hello, I am Ziva. I am 3 - 4 years old and absolutely gorgeous. I have the softest fur around my ears that my foster parents have ever seen on a GSD. I am a pretty good girl, but have some quirks that I will talk about later. I am fully potty trained and will let you know it is time to go out by knocking the door handle with my nose to rattle it. I know a few commands, though sometimes I am a bit stubborn and pretend I don't know what you want. I know sit, down, leave it, no, and shake. I walk really good for my fosters. I kind of like to lead, but don't pull much. You will need a training collar on me that you only use for walking. It is because I don't like anyone grabbing my regular collar to hook me up. But don't let that fool you. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to go for walks. They are the bestest thing ever other than my squeaky ball. I am a very trustworthy pup. I do really well when I am left home alone (well, with my foster siblings, but no grown ups). I don't do any destructive behaviors. If you need to, though, I do kennel very nicely. I just don't need to be in one to be a good girl. I am quirky about a few things. I don't like stairs. I can do them with encouragement, but cannot initiate going up or down on my own. My fosters are a bit confused. I don't like it when shadows begin to fall and the night becomes dark. I sometimes react with fear at quick movements during this time. I also do not want anyone near me when I eat. I have a bit of food aggression to humans with this. However, I do not have the same problem with other dogs, though. And if you are giving me a treat, I am the gentlest one of the GSDs in the house. I get a bit grumbly and will growl if you try to grab onto my regular collar. It makes me feel out of control. I need a family that will be consistent in my training. I cannot be with children under the age of 16. I would like a fence, but that is not a deal breaker. I need someone that will play ball with me and will take me for lots of walks. I will require more training and a lot of patience. I must go to a seasoned home familiar with German Shepherds or similar breeds.

Adult, Female, Large
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