German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (GSROC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing purebred German Shepherd Dogs that have no where else to turn.


GSROC is a volunteer-driven organization. We are funded entirely by private donations and receive no government support. Dogs for adoption are housed in foster home situations and in private boarding facilities.

Approximately 50% of the dogs that we rescue come to us directly from owners who are no longer able to care for them for one reason or another. The number one reason that we receive dogs is “Moving,” with the number two reason of “No time for” as a close second. Dogs also come to us when owners become ill or hospitalized, when owners pass away, when families lose their homes or lifestyles change.

The other 50% of the dogs in our care are plucked from public animal shelters throughout Southern California when no owner comes to claim them or when they are no longer wanted. We race to save as many of these dogs into our care as we can, however limited space and resources constantly make our task difficult.


Through a careful screening process, we place loving dogs into forever homes with compassionate individuals and families. We begin with an Application, which tells us more about an individual’s experience level, lifestyle, other pets, preferences, etc. so we can recommend dogs that best fit the home. Prospective adopters are encouraged to meet various dogs and to bring all family members and existing pets to meet the dogs they are interested in. Once “the” dog has been selected, we perform a routine Home Visit to ensure the dog will be safe from any hazards, poisons, or dangerous situations. At this time, we advise the adopter if there are any repairs or corrections that need to be made prior to the dog coming home. 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, we insist it come back into our rescue safety net for re-homing.

Despite recent spay/neuter efforts, pet overpopulation continues to cost 6-8 million companion dogs and cats their lives every year. Of this figure, more than 25% are purebred animals. We believe that by focusing on the niche that we know best—German Shepherd Dogs—and by placing the dogs in suitable, lifelong homes, we can significantly reduce the number of animal lives that are lost in our immediate area. We hope to build on the success that we achieve and one day expand our safety net to include shepherds in other areas as well. With your generous support, we can continue this life-saving mission one deserving dog at a time.

Due to our limited resources and volunteers, we are only able to place dogs in the greater Southern California area.  Please visit our RESOURCES page for information about other shepherd rescue organizations.


    For information on adopting, click here or contact us here.


    German Shepherd Rescue
    of Orange County

    120 Tustin Avenue Suite C-1111
    Newport Beach, CA 92663

    Federal Tax ID #20-3455479

    NOTE: This is a mailing address only.
    No dogs are housed at this location.

    Ph: (714) 97-GSROC
    (714) 974-7762

    Association of German Shepherd Rescuers, Inc.
    Board of Directors:

    Maria Dales — President
    Debby Kreutzkamp — Board Member
    Rita Grijalva — Board Member
    Cindy Pontanillo — Board Member
    Curt Christianssen — Board Member
    Corinne Dales — Board Member
    Scott MacIntyre — Board Member

    Of course, we cannot continue our life-saving work without the help of
    devoted animal lovers and concerned individuals like you. There are many ways
    that you can help us create more happy endings for beautiful, loving shepherds.
    If you are not in a position to adopt a dog at this time, please consider

    We can always use your help with walking the dogs, promoting them at
    adoption events, transporting them to vet appointments, conducting home visits,
    or raising precious funds for sick and injured dogs that arrive on our doorstep.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please email here.

    If you are interested in making a secure, tax-deductible donation,
    please click here
    . No gift is too small and all
    gifts will go directly to benefit our homeless dogs. And of course, please make
    adoption your first choice when looking for a new family member.

    IRS Determination Letter for Association of German Shepherd Rescuers, Inc. (dba German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County)

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