Aren't I cute?

6 month old Rattler had a bit of a rough start in life but he is ready to find his forever home. He came to us after he had been bitten by a rattlesnake at only 7 weeks old and it took a while for his body to recover.He also had a small accident and lost a tiny bit of the end of his tail.  All of that is behind him now!

Rattler is in a GSROC foster home busily learning all his puppy skills from the resident dog. Rattler is quite the character and charmer who absolutely loves to snuggle with his people. He is also a lover of fetch, toys of any kind, rough play, making funny noises talking to you and is housebroken. He gets very excited when greeting people and has trouble keeping his excitement under control and can be very enthusiastic in his greeting.

He loves to play with his foster sister who is an active German Shepherd and also lives with a small dog .  The small dog has let him know she is not fond of playing with her and Rattler respects her boundaries. He is ready for a very active family who is ready to invest the time and effort in training so he can be the best dog he can.

Rattler is only 6 months old and doesn’t always realize he is growing into a big boy.  He can be over exuberant while playing and – like all GSDs at this age – can be mouthy.  As a result, we  do not recommend that he be with small children.   Middle school and high school children are a better fit for this boy.

Please remember, adopting a puppy is not everyone’s cup of tea.  As cute as they are – puppies demand a large investment of time, patience, and training.  They are inquisitive, have endless energy and get into just about everything.  They dig, chew, and seemingly never stop! Think long and hard about your lifestyle.

If you are not willing to invest the time and training to ensure your puppy matures into the wonderful dog – then please consider an older dog.


If you would like to meet Rattler, 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.