Adopt a German Shepherd

Below are all of our dogs that are currently available for adoption. We receive many daily requests for us to accept dogs into our rescue. Our volunteers spend hours on phones talking to owners and shelters gathering information and providing resources.

Our team is assessing dogs on a regular basis to either accept them into True North GSD Rescue or help facilitate external placements. There are always dogs waiting to be tested, fostered, and placed.

If you are looking to adopt a German Shepherd that isn’t listed below, fill out an application anyway. We often have many dogs waiting to be tested that are not listed, but may be a good fit for you and your family.

Even if there isn’t a dog below that you would like to adopt, please fill out an application. You may also consider our foster or foster-to-adopt programs. 

Once a dog has been welcomed into our rescue, we often give them a week or two to settle and get comfortable. We get to know who they are and what they need. Once our fosters have a good idea of who they are, we begin the adoption process, where we match the dog with a family that is the best fit.

Available Dogs

Previous German Shepherd or similar working breed experience required!




Zena is a very sweet 2 1/2 year old pure bred female GSD. She is a gentle and a soft-hearted pup who loves being with her people. She really enjoys being loved on, organizing her toys and keeping you company with whatever your doing. Playful, yes of course. She is a happy girl that always has a smile to share!
She loves going on walks and adventures even if it includes playing on the mud! Zena is a well mannered girl who knows her commands and will be very excited to join you. She will make an exceptional best-friend!



Levi is the sweetest puppy. He is very playful, enjoys his foster siblings and parents. He is very good at meeting new people and pups. Fun, he is always up for fun! He is a confident puppy who is also so very sweet and loves cuddles. Recently he is was introduced to a puppy seesaw which he mastered!

Levi will be an exceptional loving companion and lifelong friend. He is going to be a handsome pup as his parents certainly are!



Bruno is the sweetest puppy, very handsome and so fun! He is a happy confident pup who is very intelligent and loving. He also has excellent engagement, is a brave little puppy who is willing to try new things and meet people! Bruno has looks that go on forever with his soulful eyes and playful nature.

He will be an exceptional loving companion and lifelong friend. He is going to be a striking pup as his parents certainly are!



Nova is an adorable puppy who is confident and loves to explore. She enjoys meeting people and playing with her foster brothers. This little gem is courageous, playful and very sweet. Her favorite toys are her lamb chop and her Nylabones.

This intelligent puppy will be an amazing companion and lifelong friend. She is going to be a gorgeous pup as her parents certainly are! She has excellent engagement and is a very happy puppy!



Duke is an exceptionally handsome puppy. At 5 months old, he displays his confidence and fun happy nature. Adventures, he is excited to go on car rides, walks and learn and play with his foster parents. He is very intelligent and ready to explore and have fun!

This happy puppy will make an excellent companion. As we learn more about this handsome pup, we will continue to update you!



Rollo is very handsome and sweet. He is confident, calm and very loving. He has excellent engagement is an intelligent little puppy. He is very good at meeting new people and pups. Rollo enjoys playing with his siblings, his foster aunt Stella and finding new toys!  Rollo has the soulful eyes of his dad, calm demeanor and good looks!

He will be an exceptional loving companion and lifelong friend. He is going to be a striking pup as his parents certainly are!

Our Mission

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.

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.

Support our rescue by donating today, so that we can keep helping dogs in need.

German Shepherds are the third most intelligent breed in the world.

One trait for which German Shepherd Dogs are well-known for besides their beauty, is their intelligence. According to scientists and dog experts, this breed is the third most intelligent breed of dog. This ranking was given by Stanley Coren in the book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’. The TWO Breeds that are considered more intelligent than a German Shepherd Dog are Border Collies and Poodles. According to Coren, a German Shepherd Dog will usually learn a simple task after only five repetitions. 95% of the time they will obey the first command they are given. It is this intelligence that has made them so popular as working dogs.

German Shepherds are the second most popular dog in the United States.

There are millions of dog lovers living in the United States and each dog owner has their own personal favorite breed of dog. The German Shepherd Dog is the second most popular breed of dog in the United States. The primary reason for this is this is such a diverse animal. They are popular family pets and work in a variety of capacities, such as performing dogs, guard dogs, show dogs, and dogs that serve the police or the military. As they are kept as both pets and working dogs, this accounts for the high numbers of these animals that live in the United States.

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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, if 2 years old, 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.