Success Stories

This is what we are all about. When we place a dog in a great home, everyone in the rescue is elated. Nothing feels better than helping our dogs on their journey to find a forever home where they can love and be loved.

We thank every one of our adoptive families for opening their hearts and homes to our dogs.

These are the most recent MAGSR Success Stories. Success Stories reported prior to 2016 can be found here.

Posted: 07/31/2019

We have had Zeus and Athena for almost six months.  The pups came into our lives when we were devastated after losing our German Shepherd Malibu.  She was the love of our lives and battled lymphoma like a true shepherd...valiantly.  She was also from MAGSR.  Zeus and Athena are wonderful and make us laugh all the time.  Athena is clearly the Alpha.  What is Zeus’s is hers and what’s hers is hers.  Sometimes she scares her brother who in turn tries to get on my lap.  They are affectionate with us and each other.  Athena loves wagging her tail; while Zeus is more stingy with his wags.

You have to earn his wags.  They were a bonded pair when we got them but have relaxed and do not need to be in each other’s sight anymore.  They have come a long way and trust us.  They are fantastic with our kids.  They love playing with toys and ripping and racing around our house.  They are typical shepherds and are highly protective of our house, yard and people.  Thanks MAGSR for bringing them into our lives.  We are so very grateful!



Posted: 07/30/2019

“Harp!” is a trip! At 5-months and 33 pounds, Harp just graduated “Puppy Kindergarten” with flying colors. 
Thank you, MAGSR!
Harp rocks!!!

Posted: 07/30/2019
Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue

It has been almost 6 months since we adopted Blue. He is such a gem, we love him to pieces! He has adjusted well and even graduated training! 

Posted: 07/26/2019

We adopted Jazzmin on March 18, 2017.  The first day she was at our house - 5 hours after adoption, she snuck through the door and ran away.  We were heart broken.  We were unable to locate her until 9:30 the next morning and she pranced home on the leash like she was a queen.  She was very skittish and was definitely afraid of men more than women.  Coming from a high kill shelter, she truly had a terrible life.  It was months before she would even come to me.  My wife was more fortunate, Jazzmin befriended her and would come to her, etc.  After almost 2-1/2 years, she and our other rescue Beau, (formerly Boyka, adopted 4-9-2018) are best friends and love to play in our yard.  I am attaching a video of both of them fetching a lacrosse ball.  Jazzmin is the dog with the floppy ear.  They love to run and once finished, Beau will go for a swim in our pool.  We are grateful for all that the volunteers at MAGSR do to help the dogs.

The Brady's

Posted: 07/04/2019
Macklee (aka Francis)

Happy 4th of July from the Warner Family!

Miss Macklee has been with our family for 4 months now, and wow has she has she gone through a number of changes in that time!

As you can see in the pictures, she now snuggles in our bed with us and her big brother Nate. Every morning whil I get ready for work, she lays there with Nate and my husband and goes back to sleep. On the weekends, she and her brothers all snuggle in and we have what we call Shepherd Snuggle Time!

I recently purchased dog ice cream treats, she is a big fan! Well after I taught her that she can't eat the plastic dish!

She is all about routine, and if we are out of routine she let's us know!

She is our little firecracker for sure! We continue working with her trainer to build her confidence. We let her crate door open sometimes when we leave for short periods of time. Typically we come home to her on the couch or in her crate. She knows very simple commands and is doing well.

All in all, we are so thankful for our sassy, sweet, loving little girl!


Posted: 06/25/2019

Astrid (preciously Cora) was adopted 6/22/2014. She is the best friend of our now 10 year old daughter, likes dogs & people & cats, and often gets complimented on her behavior.  She also is not a fan of any delivery people, ever.  She likes riding on a paddle board, snow, fetch, and laying on couches and beds.  She’s an amazing dog!


Posted: 06/17/2019
Nia Nia

We went to the park today for a walk. Ann wore her Georgia 38 shirt from Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue. It has the names of all 38 German Shepherds rescued from the Georgia Puppy Mill and taken in by MAGSR printed on the back, including Nia's.


Look at how thick and fluffy her tail has gotten!


Posted: 06/17/2019

Gus became a big brother late last year and has taken his roll very seriously! He loves his baby sister so much. Gus still loves running and playing outside, going for walks, and playing fetch. He’s a huge 90 pound boy who loves to cuddle. He’s the best pet we could ever have hoped for


Posted: 06/13/2019
Emilia Emilia

Emilia it settling in nicely. She loves her dog brother and sister so much but her sister is her best friend. They do everything together and if we call one they both come running. We go to training every week to help her be a good dog and we can wait to see what the rest of the year bring her.

Posted: 06/11/2019

Lager's human sister was born this past March and he has been amazing with her!

Posted: 05/26/2019

I'm emailing with a great update on Takoda, adopted August 2018.  He had heartworm at the time and went through his treatment between August and November.  We just had his 6 month post-treatment antigen test and it came back negative, he is officially cured!  To celebrate, we introduced him to the beach on his first trip to the Outer Banks.  He loved walking, playing, and napping in the sand, wasn't too keen on the waves this year, but he had a great time!

Posted: 05/19/2019

Yesterday at training Macklee's love of water came shining through. She is working on confidence and slowly starting to allow other family members pet her. In our home, she is proving to be lovable and sweet. She is playful, sassy and very much about being on schedule. She uses a nose tap to the door as a signal she is ready to go out.  When the weather is nice, she is outside with my husband and I and her brother's. She is tethered to her 25ft lead and just wanders around smelling and getting used to the sounds. She is growing a little. We are continuing to teach and show her how much we love her.

It's only been a little over 2 months since we brought her home, but everyday she settles in a little more.

Posted: 05/11/2019

We adopted Remington (formerly known as Wendy) September 11, 2012.   She was just 7 to 8 weeks old.   Such a very ornery puppy that has developed into the most loving companion any human could ask for.    We are grateful that MAGSR was willing to take her and her siblings in so that they could find their forever homes.  She does have a brother and sister that were adopted together and it would be amazing to be able to see how they grew up and turned out too.


She is one very well-traveled pup too!   We have an RV and she is always happy to be the co-pilot and navigation system.  I actually think she has been in more places and seen more of the United States than most people.    I would absolutely call her one lucky little pup!    She now has two other “sisters” she lives with and EVERY day is an adventure with her.


THANK YOU MAGSR for doing what you do every single day .. and THANK you to all the FOSTER parents!!!!   Every animal deserves a loving home.


Tammy Brown

Posted: 05/07/2019
Dayse Dayse Dayse

Dayse is doing wonderful in her new home!

Posted: 05/02/2019
Zelda Zelda Zelda Zelda Zelda Zelda Zelda Zelda

Zelda is a 1 year 8 Month old Akita mix. She is all white except for some brown spots on her body and top of head and she has a black mask face.  She also has traits of Husky, Labrador Retriever & Shetland Sheepdog. She is a very confident dog. She has lots of energy. She absolutely loves everyone! She is so friendly. She went through training and is so intelligent and a fast learner too. When she started training, she was very on edge with the other puppies and not very confident at all. By the end of training, she is now very confident of herself, knows all her commands and loves everyone! It was a big turn around to see her just being a puppy. She loves my husband and kids very much but I am her person and she tends to get a little anxious when I have to leave. We noticed that this behavior was getting worse and we needed to do something about it. I worked with her everyday until I noticed that she would just look out the window and watch the birds and whine. She would see a deer and go nuts with whining and running around the house crying. We couldn't get her to play outside with us either. We realized that she was lonely and needed a friend. We rescued a puppy from our local SPCA who was rescued from Puerto Rico during that terrible storm they had. He is now a 10 month old Mega Mutt with a tiny bit of Toy Fox Terrier and Rat Terrier named Link who made Zelda the happiest dog in the world. She is back to herself and no whining at all. They are inseparable. She loves him so much. Zelda is a great, loving, pretty, funny, loyal, super friendly, energetic &  a super intelligent dog. She is so loved with us and we are so glad we could give her a "forever" home because she is also our "forever" furbaby!!

Posted: 04/14/2019


As you can tell by the photos, Macklee has a favorite toy. She loves to play with this football, however when she wasn't sharing her older brother Nate reminded her that she needs to share. 

She continues to work on her confidence with her trainer Miss Kathy. She gets in and out of the back of the car by herself with little anxiouness. We also learned that she loves water and loves to play in it.

She will go on short walks, but never far from our house. When we go for walks and is given the command "home" she walks me straight up the driveway to the door. She does not like things out of their place in our house.  She touches the doorknob with her nose when she wants to go out. She is still most comfortable in our home, with her fur brothers and my husband and I. 

She handled my being gone for a business trip better then I did too. That time gave her an opportunity to become more comfortable with my husband. 

We are all working together to help her be a confident, happy, strong and independent girl!


That's all for now!


Posted: 04/12/2019
Tzar Tzar

We could not be happier with our pup! He has been such a blessing since our son left for boot camp in October. He has truly been our therapy dog. He is loving and we could not ask for a better fit for our family. He keeps growing and is waiting for our cat to become his best friend! He loves rides in the car and visiting other dog friends. He loves the snow but wants to protect all the kids going down the hill. German Shepherds are truly amazing!


Posted: 04/07/2019
Willow v Willow Willow

Our new pup Willow is now going on her fourth week in our home, and things are progressing very nicely! She and our other GSD Emma are getting along very well. Willow is an excellent walker on the leash and is enjoying lots of sniffs and smells. She knows her name and manages to tease us by coming to within a few feet of our hands…unless we have snacks! Each day brings her a bit closer to coming right up to us. We’re getting there! Actually, she just came up to me while I was on the computer and let me pet her. She probably feels my pain…I’m doing our taxes!

Willow has been good in the home and only had one accident that I’m sure she too wasn’t happy about. All in all, Willow is a very sweet addition to our family and we look forward to the near future when we’ll start some level of obedience training. I’m certain she will be a model citizen. We couldn’t be happier with this former Southern Belle!


Posted: 04/04/2019

Hi everyone, it's been a year since my mom and dad brought me home and gave me a 2nd chance at life and what a wonderful life it is!!! It took my brother Jordan a few months to really warm up to me but now he shares his toys and his favorite chair.  We have snacks together each night and sometimes share a frosty paw treat. Mom is a runner so I enjoy it  when she takes me with her.  We exercise together alot. I love meeting new people but am still a little hesitant to meet other pups. I love going for rides in the car and and playing fetch in my big fenced in yard. Mommy tells me I'm such a girlie girl.  I love to lay at her feet in the mornings when she's getting ready for work or taking a bubble bath.  She even gave me my very own makeup brush.  She keeps it in a special drawer and when I tap on the drawer she get's it out and tickles me with it. I also love the vacuum cleaner.  When mom does housecleaning, I love it when she vacuums my belly. It's been a year of overcoming some fears and anxieties but I'm becoming more confident in my self and my surroundings. As you can see in the photo below,  I have the brightest smile and the biggest heart. I love my family and I know that I will be loved and spoiled forever.

Warmest Regards,
Suzanne (and Acadia)

Posted: 03/31/2019


So after one month of Macklee becoming apart of our family, she is really showing us who she is! She is totally house broken, follows and takes cues from her big fur brothers. In the mornings while I get ready for work, she likes to play with her toys. She goes to her "bed" when she is scared or just to take a break.

She has been working with her trainer for 2 weeks now and is really making progress. She is happiest when there is only her human mom and dad and her fur brothers, but she is curious and getting better about checking out her human siblings when they visit. She met her first baby last weekend. He was as curious about her as she was about him. They seemed to really like each other and she showed us that she is gentle with little ones. Every evening she lays on my lap and rests awhile. She's my lap dog. She is sassy and stubborn at times, but she is getting there!

All in all she is making progress and we love her. She has a way to go, but we are going to do everything it takes to make sure she is a happy, loved, and safe.