This beautiful boy is Thor… Up until now, Thor has had a life that no dog should ever have to endure. When Thor was a precious little 3 1/2 month old puppy, his family took him to a vet’s office for boarding. The family never came back for the little guy. He waited and waited and waited…Finally it became apparent that he had been abandoned. Instead of finding this healthy and happy little guy a home, the vet decided to keep Thor to be the vet hospital’s blood donor dog. Thor has spent the last SEVEN YEARS of his life living 24/7 in a dog run so that he could give blood when the vet needed it for other dogs. That was his life…To give to others. He has never known walks in the park, a nice warm bed, a ride in the car, or life outside of a cage.

A client of the vet’s learned about Thor’s plight and put out a plea through the Internet for someone to please help this sweet and giving dog have a chance at a new life that did not include living behind bars…German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County was one of the groups that got an email about Thor’s situation. Our bank account was empty and we had no room. But we were determined to help this dog who had given so much to help others. How could we not save this hero’s life?

One of our volunteers made the drive to rescue Thor from his life in a cage. We had no idea what Thor would be like after living caged for seven years… But, we knew we had to help him.

What our volunteer found was a dog is as gentle and sweet as they come… The staff at this Vets office cried tears of joy knowing Thors days of living in a cage were over. They thanked our volunteer over and over. Thor was so happy to be out of his cage he was dancing with joy. He happily jumped into Shawn’s car.. His first car ride in 7 years.

What we have learned about Thor: He rides wonderfully in the car! He adores walks in the park (he went from scared to prancing in about 2 minutes on his first outing!), he adores children, other dogs both large and small, and he’s great with cats. The world is his oyster and he can’t wait to explore it. Thor is 7 years old (shhhh…don’t tell him, he thinks he is a puppy) and weighs 100+ pounds. He is neutered, fully vaccinated and microchipped. He loves to give kisses and is a cuddle bug. Thor spent seven years saving lives, we think he deserves a wonderful family of his own …Who is the lucky person to love him forever?

To learn more about Thor, please call Shawn at 714/206-9002, email or fill out online application at

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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