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Olivia’s Next Adventure

Olivia has been settling into her foster home over the last couple months and is doing great! She enjoys family life and watching her new foster sibling ducks play.

This sweet pup is ready for any adventure but also looks forward to down time with her foster siblings, whether it be chewing bones together or enjoying the dog-savvy cats zooming by her. Olivia loves her foster family but she’s ready for her next adventure! 

Olivia also enjoys car rides and going on walks with you. She has almost mastered her new dinner manners. She is a calm and patient girl who would love a similar home. Have errands to run? Olivia is the perfect partner.







That is where you come in! Are you  looking for a new furry family member? This sweet girl just wants a place to call home forever! She has a paw-some personality and would love to be your best friend.

If you’re interested in adopting Olivia, submit an application!

One Tough Goodbye

Olivia has been through a lot since she got lost on a Fourth of July night years ago. Thankfully, she found her way to True North GSD Rescue!

Her first family thought their little girl had passed long ago – and couldn’t believe that she was alive and well! They have so many fond memories of her filled with love.

Life changes for everyone, both humans and dogs. Her family wanted her to have the best chance at an incredible life. They desperately wanted that life to be theirs as well.

After a lot of soul searching, they decided to entrust her in our care. They said to us, “with tears and all the love, we say our goodbyes again. We love you so much.”








Rescue is not just about taking dogs and finding homes. It is about doing the right thing, for the dog – for the human. It’s about listening to your heart and following cold trails of information. It’s about doing the right thing, always. 

Olivia and her previous owners know that True North GSD Rescue is that kind of place. Her family told us, “[we] know that the rescue will find the perfect, loving home for her.”

We have made a profound commitment to both Olivia and the original owners to do just that. 



Imagine you got a puppy. Her sweetness melted your heart daily. You and your puppy became good friends. You did all the responsible things, got her spayed, vaccinated, trained her to be safe around the pool, took her places; you got her microchipped. You did all the things because you loved this little puppy.

A year or so after she entered your home and your heart, it was the 4th of July and the most terrible possible thing happens! She bolts in fear of all the noise!! You look for her for hours, combing the neighborhood, calling her name, sobbing. Then the shelter calls – they have her! But when you get there and they tell you that her mental state is so bad that she must be euthanized. You don’t know any better so you sign the paperwork they say you have to sign. You aren’t allowed to say goodbye. Horrible. Anyone who experienced this would have lifetime mental scars and anguish. This was the puppy you loved.

Years pass and a rescue calls you to ask about your dog… that sweet puppy from long ago… She. Is. Still. Alive. How could this happen? How is this possible?

They tell you she had suffered neglect (an untreated aural hematoma), abuse (she was shot at in a neighborhood altercation), lived in a home with domestic violence; but she is still very sweet. Her foster has a baby, dogs, and cats; she is agreeable with all. Polite with most. Everyone in the rescue adores her kind gentleness.

This can’t happen, you say? Well it can. It did. The dog we named ELYZA was once known as OLIVIA. Our super-sleuths at True North GSD found her original owner – who thought that her sweet Olivia was dead.

We’d like to announce that we are giving Olivia back her name. She seems quite pleased with it too. Olivia will be temporarily removed from availability while her original owner assesses their life and ability to take back their beloved dog. We’d like to give Olivia’s original owner the respect and time they need to process all that has just happened and to thoughtfully make a decision. They love Olivia, but lives change and so do circumstances.

Rescue is not about just taking dogs and finding homes. It is about doing the right thing – for the dog – for the human. It’s about listening to your heart and following cold trails of information – It’s about doing the right thing, always.

True North GSD Rescue is that kind of place.

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Journey has a sweet soul. A rare offering in rescue, Journey has it all! He’s got personality, follows guidance, is sweet and playful. Journey is house trained and mannerly. He is crate trained and loves to be with his people. A shy boy, he warms up quickly to new people and would do well in a home with respectful children. He loves his walks, car rides and is learning the joys of toys!

Journey is currently fostered with other dogs and a dog-savvy cat and has shown himself to be mannerly with dogs of all sizes. This adorable, sweet dog just wants to be loved and to have a family to call his own. This dog is an incredible opportunity. He’s well loved by his foster family and all of us here at True North GSD. We’re looking for the right home and the right people that Journey himself will fall in love with! This could be you!



Nia is a young, beautiful, very distinctive female. She is super smart and loves to chase balls and play outside especially with other dogs! She also loves riding in the car. We found Nia being sold on a social media site and we rescued her. She really enjoys love and affection and playing with other dogs. We worked with another local rescue to place her into a wonderful permanent home where she is thriving and has a best friend.

Penny – ADOPTED!

Penny – ADOPTED!

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True North is dedicated to providing rescue and assistance to German Shepherd Dogs in need who meet our placement criteria. We are committed to finding permanent, loving homes for these unique and special dogs.

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How long does it take to get a dog?
Once your application is received and approved, we like to have the home visit completed within two weeks. This is a very important part of the process and we would like to have everyone who will be living with the dog present.
Where do you get your dogs?
Many of the dogs come from shelters but sometimes they are surrendered by owners for various reasons. All of our rescue dogs are temperamentally assessed based on our placement criteria. Only dogs that meet this criteria are accepted into True North GSD Rescue.

Additionally, they will be micro chipped, have the required vaccinations and will be spay/neutered prior to being permanently placed. We will also ensure each pup is noted for any physical challenges. All will be completed prior to placing the dogs into their permanent homes to ensure the best fit for you and our rescue dogs.

How do I adopt a dog?
Please visit the application page and click ” Application Process” to review the application process. If you have additional questions, please contact us!
If I already have a dog(s), can I adopt?
Part of the home visit will be an opportunity to meet household and pet members. If you already have a dog, once you have been approved to adopt and identified a potential dog to adopt, we would require a meet and greet with the dog(s) in your home to ensure they will make good companions.
Can i adopt a puppy?
We receive an amazing amount of applications for puppies. Sometimes we receive hundreds therefore, we will review the first 50 applications to ensure we find the best permanent home.