German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County unites loving dogs with forever homes


German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County is a volunteer-driven organization. They are funded entirely by private donations and receive no government support. Dogs for adoption are housed in foster homes and in private boarding facilities.

Approximately 50 percent of the dogs they rescue come to them directly from owners who are no longer able to care for them. The primary reasons that they receive dogs are “moving” or “no time for.” Dogs also arrive when owners become ill, hospitalized, pass away or lose their homes.

The other 50 percent of the dogs in their care are plucked from public animal shelters throughout Southern California when no owner comes to claim them or when they are no longer wanted. The Rescue races to place as many of those dogs into their care as they can, however limited space and resources constantly make their task difficult.

Through a careful screening process, the loving dogs are placed into forever homes with compassionate individuals and families. They begin with an application, which tells them more about an adopter so they can recommend dogs that best fit the home. They perform a routine home visit to ensure the dog will be safe from any hazards, poisons or dangerous situations. Adopters pledge to love and care for the adopted dog throughout its entire lifetime. In the event an adopter is no longer able to care for a dog, German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County insists it return into their rescue for re-homing.

Due to their limited resources and volunteers, they are only able to place dogs in the greater Southern California area. Visit to learn more.

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