Available German Shepherds

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Available Dogs

We receive so many daily requests for us to accept dogs into our rescue. Our volunteers spend hours on the phones talking to owners of the pups gathering information and providing resources. The TNGSD Rescue team is accessing dogs daily to assist in them either joining TNGSD Rescue or helping to facilitate in getting them to the best placement.

There are many dogs waiting to be tested and accepted into True North GSD Rescue. Please consider fostering. Also, if you are looking for a new family member, complete an application as they many not yet be listed. We are continually looking for fosters to assist us in saving more dogs, and donations to help pay for their care.

Once a new dog has been welcomed into our rescue, we give them a few weeks to settle in and get comfortable. We get to know who they are and what they need. Once our fosters have a good understanding of who they are, we then begin the adoption process where we match the dog to a family or person that is the best fit.

Sara- Pending Adoption

Sara is a beautiful and gentle 3 year old German Shepherd looking for a forever home. She enjoys hanging out with her best friend, Kitty! She loves people, belly rubs, and of course, treats! Overall, she is as goofy as she is majestic. Sara enjoys running around in the back yard with her toys, snuggles on the couch, and helping out in the garden!

NOTE: This is a courtesy post, all questions regarding this dog will be forwarded to Sara’s owner. True North GSD Rescue can not make any guarantees regarding the personality or behavior of this dog. Please do your own diligence to determine if this dog is the right fit for your home. If you are interested in adopting Sara, please contact us directly at rescue@truenorthgsdrescue.org.



Looking for your new furry family member?

We are continually testing dogs of all ages that are waiting to be accepted into our rescue. When we commit to a dog, his or her life changes as we follow our adopted pups for their life! This is our commitment to them and you as an adopter. We will be your resource.

When a pup enters the rescue, we look at our approved adopters first for a potential new home. It may take a few weeks before your new pup enters our rescue, but we do a good job matching the dogs and the humans. Complete your adoption application through our website.



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.

Please donate by visiting smile.amazon.com and selecting True North GSD Rescue as your chosen charity,

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.

Save a Life


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.