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Adopting 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



A gentle one-year-old, Maverick recently celebrated his birthday after overcoming a challenging start in life. Upon joining our rescue, Maverick received immediate care, including the removal of numerous fox tails. Settling into his foster home, he joyfully engaged with foster siblings and parents, showcasing his love for swimming, training, and relaxing by the puppy pool with his foster mom.

While initially adopted by a wonderful family, unforeseen medical emergencies led to Maverick’s return to our rescue. We wish the best for his previous family and are now seeking a new, loving home for Maverick. Confident, gentle, patient, and sweet, Maverick is a smart and playful pup. He interacts nicely with people and other pups, making him an excellent candidate for a new family member.

Maverick would happily welcome a sibling or thrive as the sole focus in his new family!

Previous German Shepherd or similar working breed experience required!



This adorable 10-week-old puppy, found her way to the rescue after being left alone in a field. Confident, intelligent, and incredibly playful, she has quickly become a delightful addition. In her brief time here, Zuri has mastered the art of playing with her ball, making lots of new friend’s (both human and furry), and practicing to sit before eating before her meal.

Prepare to be captivated by this fearless little gem! Anticipate her blossoming into a confident and affectionate pup who will undoubtedly steal your heart. 

Zuri is exceptionally perceptive of her surroundings, meets people and pups with her sweet charm. She revels in the typical puppy joys of playing, eating, and sleeping. With these endearing qualities, there’s no doubt that Zuri is poised to become an excellent and cherished lifelong companion.

Previous German Shepherd or similar working breed experience required!



At seven months old, Farah is a spectacular beauty. This confident and intelligent female exudes love, playfulness, and a fondness for exploring. Farrah delights in playing with her little stuffed lamb and tug, and she particularly enjoys swimming and engaging with toys.

Her social nature shines as she meets people, dogs, and explores new places. In her foster home, Farrah is having a blast playing with her foster siblings, demonstrating excellent people greeting skills, sitting before meals, and when exiting her crate.

This smart girl is destined to be an amazing companion, whether you’re hiking, running, or simply enjoying a quiet moment with a book—Farrah will be right by your side.

Previous German Shepherd or similar working breed experience required.



A delightful 3-year-old pup, has recently become part of our rescue family. Under the guidance of an excellent trainer, she has mastered her basic commands and is now prepare to meet her new family.

She is intelligent and sweet-natured, Hanna enjoys catching balls, playing with tugs, and meeting new people. This affectionate pup is seeking a vibrant family that will engage in walks, adventures and quality time together. Whether it’s going on rides, short or long walks, or simply sharing a quiet moment reading a book, she is in. Hanna is ready to become your devoted best friend!

Previous German Shepherd or similar working breed experience required.


Mia, a petite 7-month-old German Shepherd with a sprinkle of Malinois, boasts the sweetest personality. This little beauty warmly greets everyone and then happily indulges in a good snuggle. With an inquisitive nature, Mia is ready to embark on explorations, and we are just beginning to discover the delightful facets of her personality in her foster home.

Mia stands out for her intelligence, adventurous spirit, and her sheer enjoyment of various activities. Play, she is always ready to go on a new adventure, walking, hiking, chasing balls or just spending time with her human’s. She’s already crate trained and is currently refining her training and puppy socialization skills.

Experience with previous German Shepherds or similar working breeds is a requirement for potential adopters interested in welcoming Mia into their homes.



This little 6 month old puppy is already a BIG adventurer. He loves to explore and smell everything he can. He’s incredibly playful, inherently curious, and absolutely loves belly rubs.⁠ Felix is also a very happy puppy and a master bug catcher!

This sweet little puppy has a strong nose, loves sniff and go on sniff-aries. He is so smart, is learning leash walking and basic commands. He also visits places with his foster parents for socialization and everyone loves meeting this very sweet happy puppy! Felix is an absolute sweetheart and will be an amazing companion- he loves everyone!

Previous German Shepherd or similar working breed experience required.

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.