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Garden State German Shepherd Rescue

gsgsr_250The Garden State German Shepard Rescue (GSGSR) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization committed to helping rescue German Shepherds throughout New Jersey and the surrounding areas. The volunteers at GSGSR are dedicated to providing veterinary care, evaluation and adoptive homes for German Shepherd Dogs who are left behind in pounds, are owner surrenders, or are from abuse or neglect situations.

About GSGSR dogs:

  • GSGSR dogs come from shelters throughout New Jersey or from owners who have surrendered their dogs
  • Before entering the GSGSR program dogs must pass a temperament evaluation. They do not accept dogs with poor temperaments or bite histories.
  • All dogs accepted are fully vetted and up to date on required vaccinations and provided whatever medical attention is required.
  • Unless there is a medical reason all GSGSR dogs are either spayed or neutered.
  • Currently, ONLY applications in New Jersey, Staten Island and along the border of New Jersey are being processed. If you live more than 30 minutes from a NJ border, a list of alternative rescue organizations can be provided. Adoption to Connecticut is not available at this time.

German Shepard Info: 

  • German Shepherds are also known as the Alsatian
  • Coats most often come in black with tan, sable or all black but also can come in blue, liver, and white.
  • There are three varieties of the German Shepherd: rough-coated, long rough-coated, and the long-haired. This breed sheds bits of hair constantly and is a seasonally heavy shedder.
  • German Shepherds are often used as working dogs, they are direct and fearless, eager and alert. They are known to be obedient and eager to learn and known for their extreme loyalty and courage. They have a high learning ability, and enjoy being close to their families but can be wary of strangers.
  • German Shepherds need people, and should not be left isolated for long periods of time. They have a strong and protective instinct, so they should be extensively socialized to prevent over-guarding when they mature.
  • German Shepherds will do okay in apartments if sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors but do best with at least a large yard.
  • Adult  male German Shepherds usually range 24-26 inches in height; females 22-24 inches. They typically weigh 77-90 lbs. It is important to consider their size when considering a German Shepherd.

Adoption Info and Requirements:  

  • all of GSGSR German Shepherds are adopted to homes where they will be treated as a pet and companion.
  • adopter must be between the ages of 25 and 70
  • adopters are required to attend professional obedience training with their adopted dog
  • Adoption fees are as follows: $350 for puppies up to 1 yr old, $300 for a dog from 1-6 yrs old, $150 for a dog 7 yrs or older
  • A $150 refundable spay/neuter deposit for any puppy that is adopted but has not been fixed is required
  • Once applications have been received by GSGSR an email conformation will be sent. The first step is to perform vet and personal reference checks. Once completed, you will be contacted by phone for a phone interview and then a home visit will be scheduled. The goal in this process is to match the best possible companion based on their knowledge of their dogs, and the family and home environment.

Visit The Garden State German Shepard Rescue for more information on what they do, the adoption process and requirements or to make a donation and help save the life of a German Shepherd!

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