Available Dogs

 

  • Astra-Von-Nicholson_562x269All of our dogs are spayed/neutered and are up-to-date on rabies, bordetella, and DHLP or equivalent vaccinations. A current rabies certificate and current vaccination records are provided to adopters.
  • Our dogs are healthy, to the best of our knowledge, unless we specify otherwise. We do our best to disclose known conditions, injuries, and emotional issues. We do not warrant the future health or behavior of any animal.
  • All of our dogs have passed a strict temperament evaluation test and further assessment during fostering. However, dogs respond differently depending on their environment and the leadership provided. We do our best to match each dog with an appropriate adopter but cannot guarantee how a dog will behave in your situation.
  • Most rescue dogs have little or no training. We try to provide house training and basic socialization but obedience training and most socializing are the responsibilities of the adopter.
  • Each dog is assigned a dog rating level that sums up the amount of experience and leadership the dog requires for an adoption to be successful.

Heidi

heidi-101016-01sHeidi is an easygoing, sweet, long-coat German Shepherd who gets along very with dogs of all sizes. Heidi was hit by a car and lay by the side of the road for two days with a fractured pelvis and a dislocated leg. Today, Heidi is doing wonderfully, though she may always limp. Heidi gets two walks a day, totaling two miles, with very little discomfort, and once her muscles are stronger, she will be able to live a normal life. However, she should not be asked to hike or jog for long distances.

Breed—German Shepherd Dog
Sex—Female
Estimated birthdate—January 2016
Has special needs—Yes
Current weight—50 lbs
Dog rating—Level 2

 

Jester

Jester-02_532x517Jester, aptly named, is a big clown; he is pure joy on four legs.  This pup is very responsive and super quick to learn new behaviors.  Jester is active and can be quite vocal. He will thrive in a home with experienced owners who will give him the training and leadership he needs.

Breed—German Shepherd Dog
Sex—Male
Estimated birthdate—July 2015
Has special needs—No
Current weight—60 lbs
Dog rating—Level 3

 

 

 

 

Karma

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Karma is a real German Shepherd, with real German Shepherd drive and energy. She almost has enough drive and focus to be a working detection dog. Karma would make a great dog for someone how is interested in competing in obedience or other dog sports that require a motivated focused contender. She needs someone with previous experience with German Shepherds or similar breeds.

Breed—German Shepherd Dog
Sex—Female
Estimated birthdate—December 2010
Has special needs—No
Current weight—75 lbs
Dog rating—Level 3

No cats!

 

 

 

Lara

Lara-101615-02_649x847Lara is a three-year old 70 lb sweetheart who was dumped at a high kill shelter, where she sat until her time ran out. With a little basic training she has blossomed into a wonderful, loving dog. She gets along well with other dogs loves all the people she has met and will make a wonderful addition to a family that will make her an active member. As with all of our dogs, we recommend obedience classes — not only for training, it’s a great bonding experience for the dog and their people. Please note that Lara prefers to be an outside-only dog.

No cats!

Breed—German Shepherd Dog
Sex—Female
Estimated birthdate—January 2013
Has special needs—No
Current weight—70 lbs
Dog rating—Level 2

 

 

 

Lola

Lola-012716-02Lola is cat friendly and about as sweet as a dog can get. She loves to go for rides in the car and makes friends wherever she goes, is crate trained and housebroken, and walks nicely on leash. She was heartworm positive when rescued and has come through the treatment with flying colors, becoming a favorite patient at the vets office in the process. Although she has little formal training, her easy, willing demeanor and “will work for food” attitude will make her easy to train.

Breed—German Shepherd Dog
Sex—Female
Estimated birthdate—October 2009
Has special needs—No
Current weight— 70  lbs
Dog rating—Level 2

 

 

 

Maddie

Maddie-061816-03_650x654Maddie was surrendered to a NorCal shelter because the child in her home was allergic.  She is a sweet, soft, easy-to-live-with girl who will turn herself inside out to give kisses to anyone willing to stand still long enough.  Even with no formal training she walks fairly well on leash, she knows “sit,” and her fosterer is working on the basic commands.  Gentle Maddie has the potential to be an excellent family pet or a great dog for someone interested in getting into obedience work.  She’s a very quick learner.

Breed—German Shepherd Dog
Sex—Female
Approximate birthdate—June 2015
Has special needs—No
Current weight—65 lbs
Dog rating—Level 2

 

 


California Animal Rescue Dogs

Bobby

bobby-110215_578x750Breed—Chihuahua cross  (appears mostly Chihuahua)
Sex—Male
Estimated birthdate—November 2013
Has special needs—No
Current weight—6 lbs
Owner experience needed—Level 1

 

 

 

 

Buford

Buford2Breed—Miniature Pinscher
Sex—Male
Estimated birthdate—October 2010
Has special needs—No
Current weight—10 lbs
Owner experience needed—Level 2

No cats!

 

 

 

 

Dude

Dude-111514-01-lowresBreed—Jack Russell Terrier
Sex—Male
Estimated birthdate—September 2010
Has special needs—No
Current weight—15 lbs
Owner experience needed—Level 2+

No cats!

 

 

 

 

 


Greater California German Shepherd Rescue Dogs

(In residence at Alpha Dog Rescue of Northern California)

Amanda

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Amanda is a very sweet, happy, exuberant girl. She gets along with other dogs large and small; her best friend is a Chihuahua. She hasn’t been around cats much but doesn’t seem to have a lot of prey drive so she could probably learn to live with them. Amanda loves people and eagerly kisses everyone she meets. This darling girl is housebroken, crate-trained, and knows most basic commands—although sometimes she will make you prove you’re serious. With continued obedience training, Amanda will become a wonderful family member.

Breed—German Shepherd Dog
Sex—Female
Estimated birthdate—February 2015
Has special needs—No
Current weight—55 lbs (estimate)
Dog rating —Level 2 puppy

 

 

 

Corri

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Corri is a sweet, goofy girl who weighs about 70 lbs. Corri is shy at first but warms up quickly—especially if you have cookies! She loves other dogs, is very playful, and has abundant energy but eventually will settle down and snuggle. She is a great snuggler! Corri would benefit greatly from positive reinforcement training; she would crumble under a compulsion-based program.

Breed—German Shepherd Dog
Sex—Female
Estimated birthdate—March 2014
Has special needs—No
Current weight—70 lbs
Dog rating —Level 2

 

 

Gus

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Gus is a big, strong, handsome boy. He’s a very loving, affectionate dog who will do his best to please his person but the big fellow did not get the training he needed as a youngster. He’s learning to walk nicely on a leash and other basics, and with consistent handling and training, Gus will be a devoted, wonderful family member. He gets along fine with large-breed female dogs but probably should not be with other large males or small dogs. No cats!

Breed—German Shepherd Dog
Sex—Male
Estimated birthdate—September 2010
Has special needs—No
Current weight—95 lbs
Dog rating—Level 3

 

 


But the Shelter People Said it was a Dog….

Although we are primarily a dog rescue, we aren’t species snobs. We occasionally rescue cats, and we’ve even been known to rescue sheep.

Mimi

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Three-year-old Mimi is a sweet, cuddly longhaired calico house princess. When given the opportunity to be outside, she will always choose to stay inside, usually in a cushy spot.  Mimi prefers a nice soft bed of her own or a lap to roughing it outside.  Like all of our rescues, she is spayed and current on vaccinations.

Type—Calico cat
Sex—Female
Estimated birthdate—November 2013
Has special needs—No
Current weight—tbd

 

 

 

 

 

 


Owner Referral Dogs

These dogs are being rehomed by third parties. Alpha Dog Rescue of Northern California is listing them as a courtesy and has not evaluated them. If interested, please use the provided contact information; do not contact Alpha Dog Rescue.