Romeo our 7-8 month old boy had a rough start on life. He found himself in a shelter as a young puppy and needing an elbow surgery to ensure a quick recovery from an old accident–possibly an injury from an auto?

Even though we are very lean on resources right now, we could not turn our backs on this little guy in his time of need. Our vets were able to administer treatment “on credit” to help Romeo with his pain. Romeo is currently recovering in a foster home with two large German Shepherds (one male, one female) who are showing him the ropes on living in a home. He is a spunky, active young puppy who is going to grow up to be a medium size male probably topping out at 70 lbs.

Romeo’s left paw is what we call a “soft paw.” Romeo probably had poor nutrition growing up with little exercise. This has left his left ankle/paw muscles weak and has caused him to rely on his ankle and not his paw for support. Our vet decided against surgery and is confident that with proper nutrition and adequate exercise and time his body will heal on it’s own and slowly build up strength in his leg to allow him to walk properly. He is in a special splint like cast to help support his leg and build muscle through use.

If walking in a cast is hard, Romeo has never let on. More often then not, his foster family has to stop him from trying to run and play with the other dogs because he doesn’t know that he’s in recovery! Romeo is looking for an active and loving home who understands the work required to mold a young puppy into a proper canine citizen.

10/17/07 UPDATE
Romeo continues to be a typical, happy puppy. He has to be reminded not to use his cast as a bat to bop his foster siblings with. He has a wonderful, inquisitive and often silly disposition. Romeo is desperately seeking someone to help him pay his vet bills. Can you help him with a donation in any amount?

If you are interested in meeting him, please complete an application online and then contact for more information.

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

  • Adult GSDs: $395
  • Purebred GSD Puppies: $495
  • Mixed GSD Puppies: $395
  • Special Senior-to-Senior Adoptions: $295
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.

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