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05-12-2014 01:05 PM
wolfy dog "Our" rescue would not adopt out a spayed female to me because I had an 14 year old intact male. A conversation was not possible. I think it had been easier to adopt a foster child. They were the very reason I went to a breeder to buy a pup. They are too militant and distrusting for me.
If I were to rescue a GSD I would have to go to the county AC shelters in CA and get a nice road trip with a new dog out of it at the same time.
05-12-2014 12:48 PM
asja That is so sad. Where do all of those dogs come from?
05-12-2014 10:40 AM
Magwart Petharbor.com is another one some shelters use.

You identified a long-hair as being a dog of interest, so I put that one first first. Below that, I'm listing SOME of the GSDs listed in "kill" shelters in So Cal to give you a sense of the magnitude of what's available - I didn't even pull them all! This took me just a few minutes -- on adoptapet.com, just look for the ones tagged "act quickly" to know which ones are in public kill shelters, not rescues.

Plushie - Pasadena Humane:
Pasadena, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet DOC HUDSON a Dog for Adoption.

San Bernardino County:
www.PetHarbor.com pet:SBCT.A464852

LA County (Baldwin Park):
www.PetHarbor.com pet:LACO2.A4707915

Los Angeles (South LA):
1. Los Angeles, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet A1475378 a Dog for Adoption.
2. Los Angeles, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet A1473917 a Dog for Adoption.
3. Los Angeles, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet A1473741 a Dog for Adoption.
4. Los Angeles, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet A1473402 a Dog for Adoption. (looks young!)
5. Los Angeles, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet A1472870 a Dog for Adoption.
6. Los Angeles, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet MONROE a Dog for Adoption.

LA County (Downey) (older dog):
Downey, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet PRINCESS a Dog for Adoption.

LA County (Gardena/Carson):
Gardena, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet KING a Dog for Adoption.

Los Angeles (North Central):
1. Los Angeles, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet SOPHIA a Dog for Adoption.
2. Los Angeles, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet LASSIE a Dog for Adoption.
3. Los Angeles, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet A1471242 a Dog for Adoption.
4. Los Angeles, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet A1473381 a Dog for Adoption.

Pasadena Humane:
1. Pasadena, CA - German Shepherd Dog Mix. Meet SASHA a Dog for Adoption. (listed as a mix but looks like a pure White German Shepherd to me--don't trust shelter breed IDs!!!)
2. Pasadena, CA - German Shepherd Dog. Meet ANGIE a Dog for Adoption.

Orange County (older dog):
Orange, CA - German Shepherd Dog Mix. Meet BARON a Dog for Adoption.

Keep in mind these dogs on these kinds of lists don't have long. If you see one posted at a shelter you are interested in, call them to see if it's still there and GO.
05-11-2014 08:32 PM
SARpup I haven't looked at those yet. That is the petfinder and such?
I was just explaining my situation with the local rescues. I will check those sites. I have looked on the sites for the actual "pound" and haven't seen any. Not like people are describing! I do like the dogs on several of the rescues but again had bad experience!
I might message you to help me figure out how to get on the yahoo thing, I'll have to look.
05-11-2014 08:22 PM
Magwart
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I would love to go through a rescue but don't want to spend the $$$$ they are asking, I have heard to many shady things! PLUS the ones I did apply to wont adopt to me because I do not live in their county, you either want to place your dogs or you don't! I live in the adjacent county! Not like it's far!!
I'm confused. The resources I described are how the rescues find the dogs **at the public shelters**--you'd be adopting from a public, high-kill shelter (a/k/a a "dog pound") for about $100 (or sometimes less), and most shelters don't do much screening of adopters. These are dogs who often have euthanasia clocks ticking because no rescue has pulled them out of the dog pound.
05-11-2014 08:22 PM
LifeofRiley
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Nope I applied at 2 rescues in the same county and neither of them were willing to adopt to someone out of their county in case the adopters don't work out they need to be able to get the dog back and not have it go to the other counties shelter! I think THEY are making excuses not to place the dogs!
I know there are some good rescues but I have not encountered them!
I know the money goes to help other dogs but again I have seen and heard to much negative to trust!
Okay, sorry for making assumptions about your motivations. I wish you the best of luck in finding a dog. Hopefully forum members who are in your area can point you to some good resources.
05-11-2014 08:15 PM
SARpup Nope I applied at 2 rescues in the same county and neither of them were willing to adopt to someone out of their county in case the adopters don't work out they need to be able to get the dog back and not have it go to the other counties shelter! I think THEY are making excuses not to place the dogs!
I know there are some good rescues but I have not encountered them!
I know the money goes to help other dogs but again I have seen and heard to much negative to trust!
05-11-2014 07:04 PM
LifeofRiley
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I would love to go through a rescue but don't want to spend the $$$$ they are asking, I have heard to many shady things! PLUS the ones I did apply to wont adopt to me because I do not live in their county, you either want to place your dogs or you don't! I live in the adjacent county! Not like it's far!!
Really?

I think you are looking for excuses not to go to a rescue. No one here is going to judge you if you decide to purchase a puppy from a responsible breeder. But, maybe you would not want to pay for that either? Or, maybe you realize you have to take some time and save up for what you want.

Rescues are not out there to profit from dogs, adoption fees support their ability to provide veterinarian care to dogs brought into rescue. Some dogs require little, but others require a lot. The adoption fee is not just about what was provided to that individual dog, rather to help support the greater expenses of other dogs that need more intensive treatment.
05-11-2014 06:40 PM
SARpup I would love to go through a rescue but don't want to spend the $$$$ they are asking, I have heard to many shady things! PLUS the ones I did apply to wont adopt to me because I do not live in their county, you either want to place your dogs or you don't! I live in the adjacent county! Not like it's far!!
05-11-2014 10:56 AM
Magwart
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several people have posted about CA having tons of shepherd in shelters. Where are you finding this? I have looked on their web pages and can't find any!
It is true! Many shelters post to Petfinder.com, Adoptapet.com, and Pettango.com, but not all do.

There's are several rescue listservs that circulate them -- GSDwest has a Yahoo group that always has So Cal dogs listed at very high kill shelters.
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