UPDATE: 2022 – Thanks to the donations from our supporters, Phoenix was able to get the care he needed at our vet.  The sparkle is back in his eyes and the spring is back in his step.  He is ready to find a quiet home where he can be safe and loved.   He is ready to stay by your side and people watch with you.

Phoenix has good leash skills and was very happy to go for a long walk with our volunteers.   He enjoyed the park and was non reactive when he saw other dogs.  He is rapidly winning over the hearts of our volunteers due to his easy going manner and ease around other dogs.

When he discovered our volunteer wanted to take his picture, he perked right up!  He knew he was looking better now that he is healthy and he gave us a bit doggy smile.


Our hearts broke when we saw Phoenix at the shelter. Phoenix was picked up as a stray by animal control and was in very bad shape. He is about 7 years old and looked totally defeated.  His eyes were sad and listless and his head drooped.   It was obvious to our volunteer that Phoenix was about to give up.   We could not turn our backs on Phoenix.  We promised him that better days are ahead.

Phoenix has multiple skin wounds that are infected and require antibiotics and further treatment.   In addition, he needs xrays and further vet evaluation.   Can Phoenix count on your support as he battles his way back to health?

If you would like to meet Phoenix, please complete the online application and an adoption counselor will contact you.

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Adoption Application If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, you may submit an application online or via fax. If you choose to send a fax, please download the Adoption Application here in PDF format; fill it out and sign it. You can fax it to us at 714-773-9430.

Home Visit Prior to any dog going home, we do require a home visit to ensure that your environment is safe and secure. Once your home has been approved, the adoption can move forward.

Adoption Donation In light of the rising vet care costs associated with Giardia tests and boarding at vets, we are raising our adoption donation for adult GSDs to $395.00 starting on July 1, 2021

The adoption donations for other dogs will remain the same — $475.00 for purebred puppies, $375 for mixed puppies. (On a case by case basis, e.g. senior for senior, we will place a senior for $275.00 with a senior.)

This donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law and helps to offset the costs that we have incurred for the dog’s care and housing during his or her stay with our group. The minimum adoption donation does not entirely cover the investments that we have made in the dogs, so if you are in a position to give more, we would be honored to receive your additional donation. All adoption donations go directly toward the needs of our dogs.

All dogs adopted through GSROC are spayed or neutered, current on their vaccines and de-wormed. Because the minimum Adoption Donation rarely covers the costs associated with each dog, we ask that adopters who are in a position to give additional funds do so at their discretion.