UPDATE:  Sophia has had her surgery and is recovering.   We are awaiting the biopsy results post op.  In spite of the hard life that she has endured, Sophia remains gentle and forgiving, although terribly shy. We look forward to the day when we see the first tail thump from this sweet senior girl.


Meet our beautiful Sophia, estimated to be 10 years old, rescued from a high-kill public shelter. Sophia bears all the signs that she was used to bear countless litters of puppies for profit. She has a massive mammary tumor that is so large that she can’t lie down comfortably. Her coat is tattered and dry, and her eyes have lost their shepherd shine. When we found her at the animal shelter, she had clearly given up all hope of being rescued. Because of her age and medical condition, Sophia was on a short list of animals that would be euthanized due to shelter overcrowding, so we had to move quickly.

All donations, regardless of the amount are needed for her care.

If you would like to meet Sophia, 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.