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Rio desperately wants to be someone’s special boy! He will make a fantastic addition to a family that will keep his young body and young mind engaged in activities. In a basic obedience class, Rio is sure to be a stand out. He soaks up instruction and leadership with enthusiasm. Rio prefers female dogs his own size or larger, but might be convinced to have a brother dog to wrestle and romp with. We believe that he would play a little too rough for smaller dogs, and kitties are not among his favorite creatures.

Rio has learned to “sit” and “wait” before heading out the door. He is housebroken and would make a great jogging partner.

Rio was among more than a dozen purebred shepherds that were playing Russian roulette in an overcrowded shelter. We feel fortunate that we were able to rescue 4 of them. To arrange to meet Rio, please complete the online application first and then contact We would LOVE to introduce you to this comical guy!

If you would like to meet Rio, 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.