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Apollo's owner loved him greatly but struggled to keep him safe and in the household. As a result, Apollo spent too much time wandering about the neighborhood and checking in with the neighbors. Unfortunately, this resulted in too many trips to animal control. Due to his frequent visits, Animal Control decided that Apollo would be safer if he moved forward with a new family.
Apollo is a big, sweet guy. Although it is clear that he has not had a lot of structure prior to his arrival, he is a quick learner and seems to prefer a calm yet confident handler. Apollo has lived with a couple of cats and has done well with them. He seems unaffected by their presence and is calm with them around. Having met a variety of dogs in his travels, Apollo has made it clear that he can live peacefully with another dog. However, he is not a big fan of high-energy dogs who get in his face. We can't blame him for setting his boundaries. Apollo is looking for a forever home that will provide him with the guidance and routine that will help him thrive. He will benefit greatly from training with his new family. This will not only help him bond to his new family but it will also help him develop the skills needed to become a good canine citizen. If your household is looking for a big, laid back guy, ask to meet Apollo today!Update:
Apollo continues to be a laid back and affectionate guest. As you can tell by the shot of him on my bed he is one LARGE bed warmer but space can be at a premium. He enjoys several walks a day and averages between two and three miles, which may account for his being laid back most of the day. As the weather has gotten cooler he tends to spend less time lounging in the back yard and more time on his day bed or on the rug. He now beats me to bed, but does give me room to get in! He is almost like a GSD in that he will follow you from room to room and as the other shot shows, he will put his head up on the corner of your chair to make sure you know he is there. Other than occasionally getting a little testy with oncoming strange dogs while on walks, he takes correction well and we are working on it. He is just a good buddy and has made a boatload of friends around the neighborhood.
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Athena Mae and her buddy, Laika, were surrendered to a local shelter as their family felt they could no longer afford the girls. Recognizing that the girls would be most successful in finding a forever family through a rescue, shelter staff began reaching out to GSD rescues to see if they had openings. As many rescues have been sitting at or near capacity this year, finding placement wasn't easy. However, shelter staff kept up the search and kept the girls safe and loved until they found placement. We welcomed the girls to the MAGSR family for the holiday season this year.
Athena Mae is a friendly and interactive girl. She has clearly been well socialized around people and is happy to meet everyone around her. Full of energy and curiosity, Athena Mae moves about checking out the world around her. Most successful with a calm and confident handler, Athena Mae enjoys clear structure and routine as this helps her read situations appropriately. Although Athena Mae lived in a home prior to her arrival, we do not know much about her previous life. As is true of any new dog, Athena Mae will need time to adjust to her forever home. She will be most successful in a household that provides her with the structure, routine, and leadership that all GSDs crave. Opportunities to effectively burn her energy and challenge her mind will be needed on a daily basis. Athena Mae is developing new skills every day with our volunteers and seems to enjoy the opportunity to learn. Training will go a long way. Not only will it help Athena Mae develop into a good canine citizen, but it will also help her develop a strong, healthy bond with her forever family. This girl cannot wait to find a forever family of her own. If she sounds like the right match for your household, ask to meet Athena Mae today.
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Beaker is a big, handsome guy who has moved around a bit lately. Although his most recent home hoped to keep him forever, it was discovered that he was a little too interested in the horses of the farm where he lived. In the interest of keeping him and the horses safe, his family decided that it would be best if he found a family with different circumstances. Wanting to ensure that Beaker found a safe and loving forever family, they surrendered Beaker to MAGSR. We promised we would find this big guy an amazing home.
Beaker is in many ways your typical GSD. He is intelligent, inquisitive about his surroundings, and observant. When first meeting new people he is friendly but takes a little time to let his full personality shine. However, given some time to adjust, Beaker enjoys a good lean-in and chin scratches. Although we do not know much about his past, we know that Beaker's future is bright. Beaker is looking for an active household that will provide him with the structure, routine, and leadership that all GSDs crave. He responds well to a calm and patient handler and seems to take cues nicely. Although he is still learning basic commands, Beaker is responsive and is likely to pick up expectations quickly. Training is critical to Beaker success. Not only will training help Beaker create a strong, healthy bond with his forever family, but it will also help him develop into a good canine citizen. Beaker is looking for a family that will commit to him for a lifetime. Could that family be you?
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Beautiful Brandi was picked up as a stray with her mate, Boscoe. These two incredible dogs had clearly been through some difficult times. Recognizing that these special pups would be most successful if they decompressed in foster homes, another rescue arranged for them to stay in foster families while they waited out their stray hold. Both dogs were placed in loving foster homes with other dogs. When their stray hold had ended and they had had some time to decompress, we were asked if we could welcome both dogs into the rescue. Really, who could say no to such a lovely pair of dogs?
Brandi is a lovely girl. She arrived with wounds on her shoulders and underweight. Her foster family worked hard to get Brandi healed and healthy. Although we do not know anything about Brandi's past, it does appear that she was mishandled at some point. As a result, she can be timid and fearful with new people, particularly with men. A slow approach and some tasty treats go a long way with Brandi. She does warm up with a calm, confident, and patient handler. Brandi is looking for a forever family that will give her the opportunity to slowly adjust to the household. Providing Brandi with clear structure, routine, and guidance will be key to her success. When ready, Brandi will benefit greatly from training. Training will help Brandi build a strong, healthy bond with her forever family; it will also help her develop the stability and confidence needed to navigate her world. While living with her foster family in the south, Brandi did begin to develop her socialization skills. She also has learned the joys of living in a safe and loving home. At this time Brandi is housebroken and crate trained. However, she will likely need to fine tune her skills once she finds her forever home.
Unfortunately, Brandi is heartworm positive. This diagnosis could have easily been avoided had Brandi been provided with monthly heartworm preventatives. Although treatment is very expensive, this active little girl is beyond worth the cost. Brandi's entire heartworm treatment will be covered by MAGSR. Donations toward her care are greatly appreciated as this will help us not only help this lovely girl get all of the care that she needs, but it will also help us continue to support medical dogs in need. Brandi will need to take it easy over the next few months while she completes her treatment. However, this will give her time to adjust to her forever family. If Brandi sounds like the right match for your household, ask to meet her today.Update:
Are you by any chance a morning person? Do you like to jog or hike? Brandi is looking to be your best friend. She wakes up ready to go and wants to be a velcro pup. After being here for a few weeks we've gotten a chance to see a little bit more about her. She is a pokey puppy. She loves to poke her nose everywhere and get the latest news. I also think she might have been best friends with a cat at some point. She constantly rubs up against everything just like a cat-- starting at her shoulder and curving down to the tail. So cute!
She would do best in a house with a little space from neighbors. She sings the blues when left alone and talks in yips and barks about her day regularly. She also barks loudly at people outside the door. Not characteristics that would be loved by apartment neighbors!
She is housebroken when kept to her schedule and sticks to her potty spot. She knows sit, in the crate, and down, and we are working on targeting/touch. She shows great potential but would do better if allowed exercise to calm her busy brain before being asked to focus.
I think she would be best with older children only. She likes to jump up and lick your face when she is anxious or needs to check back in with you. We are working on correcting that habit but she can't get any exercise right now which doesn't help. She also can be a bit mouthy and she has tried to catch hold of my sleeve (not my arm) a few times. Surprisingly though, she doesn't bite down on your hand when taking a treat. Your whole hand can end up in her mouth with her exuberance to get the food. But, at least she doesn't bite down on you. She is very food motivated and very food-focused right now. She will try to take food away from my dog so she would do best with a dog that is not food protective. I think she would do fine in a house with other dogs that tolerate teen rough-housing, or in a house without other dogs. She could use the exercise provided by a pack but would be fine if you plan on being that exercise source. She does very well with our routine and knows where she's supposed to be and, most importantly, which meal is supposed to come next. Did I mention she's food fixated?
She is not the best gardening buddy. Her favorite thing is to sit right in front of you, right on the dirt you just dug up so you could plant something, sticks her nose in the dirt to check the news, and then tries to give you a kiss right on the mouth. She will help dig though! She is prey driven, however, so she does keep the rabits, birds, and squirrels away from the garden very well. Hard toys only for this pup. She eviscerated a stuffy, grabbed up the pieces and chomped like she was going to swallow them in less than a minute. Fortunately, she is also very distractable (with the promise of food of course).
She is very ready to find her forever family. If you're looking to add a happy, bouncy young lady to your home, please consider her!
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Pups don't get much sweeter than Miss Candy. This lovely little girl was surrendered to a shelter in the south where she tested positive for parvo. Fortunately, the right people got involved and Candy received the lifesaving care she needed to survive. While recuperating at the vet in the south, it was noticed that Candy has some vision loss. She is able to see some items directly in front of her; however, her periphery vision is impaired. It is thought that this may have been a side effect of parvo. Knowing that this special girl would be most successful if she found rescue placement, a plea went out for her. When we heard about her situation, the MAGSR team stepped into gear and began making plans to welcome her to the family.
Candy is friendly, affectionate, and playful. A happy girl, Candy is well socialized with people and other dogs. She keeps everyone around her smiling with her puppy antics. Living with a foster family, Candy is learning the ins and outs of living in a home. She is excited to be with her people and is adventurous and curious. As is true of all GSD puppies, Candy will thrive in a home that provides her with structure, routine, and leadership. She is also hoping that her forever family enjoys toys, puppy kisses, and plenty of adventures outside. Training will go a long way with this little lady. Not only will it help her develop a strong and healthy bond with her forever family, but it will also help her develop into a stable and confident adult dog. Although Candy is an absolute lovebug, please remember that puppies require a lot of attention and support. They will whine, chew, have accidents, and fill your home with endless puppy antics. With time, patience, and training, Candy will develop into a good canine citizen. If your family is ready to welcome this little love into your home, ask to meet her today.
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Joyful Cooper has been moved about a few times in his young life. However, he was lucky that the right people stepped in and recognized that a young, social guy like him would thrive in a household that had the time and energy to work with him. So, they brought Cooper to a local shelter where staff members fell in love with this interactive guy. Although Cooper easily won over the hearts of the shelter team, they recognized that he would be most successful if he found placement through a rescue. When we heard about Cooper's need for placement, we immediately welcomed him to the MAGSR family.
Cooper is an interactive and social boy. He clearly has had the opportunity to interact with others throughout his puppyhood. Although Cooper definitely has a great start, continued socialization is imperative to his success as an adult. Typical of most young GSDs, Cooper has a lot of energy. It will be essential that Cooper's family exercise his body and his mind on a daily basis. This will help him maintain a stable and confident mindset. Although Cooper is still very young, he has already begun to learn some basic commands. His intelligence, willingness to please, and his food motivation makes him a great student. Cooper will excel in training class. Training will not only help Cooper develop a strong and healthy bond with his family, but it will also help him develop into a good canine citizen that we know that he is destined to be. Cooper is looking for a loving and active household who will love him for a lifetime. Could this be with you?Update:
Cooper has been with us for a little over a week, and he is already running with our pack of two GSDs, Nala and Vader. He clearly looks up to Vader, and he desperately wants to win over Nala (who is not as friendly as Vader!). He has had no issues socializing with Nala and Vader, and he would play with Vader 24/7 if Vader would relent and do so. He has boundless energy, but he is, thankfully, good at entertaining himself. He enjoys chewing all shapes, sizes, and types of bones and tugging on the tuffy toy rings. He is starved for love and comes by regularly for pets and snuggles when we are sitting on the couch.
Cooper came to us after a few weeks of formal training, and he knows and understands his commands. Temptation sometimes get the best of him, but he gets back in line easily when he is corrected. He is housebroken and can tell you when he needs to go out (he paces in a circle or scratches the door), and he sleeps in our mudroom at night (gated in) with no barking or other issues. He walks fairly well on the leash. He is occasionally reactive to another dog, but it is clearly fear rather than aggression. He is a voracious eater, which is good news because he needs to gain some weight!
The original description uses the best word we can think of for Cooper – he is joyful. Despite his rough start in life, he is a happy, easygoing, loving, playful dog. Any family would be lucky to have Cooper.
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Sweet Freddie was picked up as a stray and brought to a shelter in southern Virginia. Found at a local elementary school playing with all the children on the playground, everyone knew that Freddie was a special guy. Although they did everything they could to help him move forward, unfortunately, the shelter that he arrived at lacked the resources to meet his needs. As a result, dogs with medical needs, like Freddie, often do not receive the care and attention they need. Recognizing that Freddie needed more than they could give, shelter staff immediately began networking Freddie hoping a rescue could step in to help. When the shelter reached out about Freddie, our team immediately started working together to find a loving foster home for this handsome guy. Freddie, like so many seniors, had limited options at the shelter, but he deserved the dignity of living out his golden years in comfort and safety. We are excited and honored to be able to step up and welcome Freddie into the MAGSR family.
Freddie is a sweet, interactive, and intelligent guy. It is highly evident that somewhere along the lines he was socialized with people and other animals. Although we do not know anything about his past, we are excited about his future. Freddie is living with a loving and experienced foster family that has welcomed many seniors over the years. He is enjoying the comforts of a loving home, regular meals, and a warm bed. Still learning the ins and outs of his current home, Freddie is adjusting to the new routines. He will need time to adjust to his forever home as well. As is true of GSDs of all ages, Freddie will thrive in an environment that provides him with structure, routine, and leadership. Training will go a long way for this guy. Not only will it help him develop a strong and healthy bond with his forever family, but it will also help him develop into a good canine citizen.
Having joined the rescue family, we have been able to begin providing Freddie with the vetting care he has needed to move forward. Unfortunately, we have learned that Freddie is heartworm positive. This prognosis could have been avoided if Freddie's family had kept him on preventatives. Although treatment is expensive, this social guy is beyond worth the cost. Freddie's entire heartworm treatment will be covered by MAGSR. Donations toward his care are greatly appreciated as this will help us not only help this handsome guy but they will also help us continue to support medical dogs in need. Freddie will need to take it easy over the next couple months while he completes his treatment. However, this will help him develop a healthy bond with his forever family. If Freddie sounds like the right match for your household, ask to meet him today.
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Genie and her family - Axel, Jackie, Gyspie, Sally, and Birdie - are victims of cruelty and neglect. All six dogs were living in horrific conditions. Chained in shower stalls, living in filth, abused, and starved, they endured unimaginable suffering at the hands of their owner. When word of their situation spread to local authorities, all 6 dogs were confiscated and charges were brought against their owner. Recognizing that these dogs would need significant support, a plea went out to see if they could be moved to the safety of a rescue. MAGSR answered that plea and immediately began working with local groups and animal services to get all six dogs the resources needed (medically and socially) to begin to move forward.
Genie is a young, energetic, intelligent girl. She is looking for an active household that will provide her with the clear structure and routine that all shepherds need. Consistency and leadership are essential to developing stable and confident adult shepherds. This is particularly true in Genie's case as she will try to control the situation if she feels her handler cannot. As a result, Genie will be most successful in a household with a calm, confident, and experienced handler. Coming from a situation with little opportunity for affection or interaction with the world around her, Genie is learning about the smells, sounds, and sites around her. She can be a little timid at first; however, patience and confidence go a long way with her. As is true of all young dogs, Genie will need daily exercise for both her mind and her body. This will help her develop the ability to handle new people and situations in a calm and composed manner, as well as help her develop a healthy mindset. Continued socialization is also critical for Genie as she has spent her first year with limited interactions. Providing Genie with opportunities to interact with other people and other animals in a controlled manner will help her develop essential skills that could not be established while chained up. Training will be an essential piece of this process, as it will not only help Genie learn to develop a healthy bond with her family, but it will also help her develop the skills needed to be a good canine citizen. Fortunately, Genie has already learned many of her basic commands. Further practice will help her develop the stability needed to meet with success. With some heavier GSD specific traits, such as herding and guarding of property, Genie is a young girl who is looking for a safe and loving family. It is important that her new family understands the needs of the breed. If Genie sounds like the right match for your household, ask to meet her today.Update:
Genie has been with us for several months and is doing very well. Her horrible beginning thankfully has become mostly a distant memory. She gets comfortable with new people and dogs at her own pace and you just have to go slow and be patient. The good news is that once Genie bonds to a person or dog, it is true love for her. Genie has become very bonded to us. We give her lots of love and affection and she returns it tenfold. Like most dogs, she does best with plenty of exercise. We take her on several long walks every day and she plays with our dog regularly. Genie can be reactive to strange dogs and people while on walks in our neighborhood. She has an instinctive need to protect the people she loves, even though they don’t need it. It seems to be fear-driven in part as she sometimes barks at strange noises or movements. When a stressor can be anticipated such as a strange dog walking toward us, it is best to shorten the leash, step off the sidewalk, have her sit and gently tell her “it’s okay.” This puts her focus on the handler and helps calm her down. Genie generally does very well on the leash, but she may pull and bark if she sees a dog, person or squirrel. With slow introductions she has recently done okay with house guests. Again, she has to be allowed to get to know new people at her own pace and she does best if they are sitting and don’t reach for her. She can be hesitant to get in the bathtub, but we have worked with her and she is doing much better. She does occasionally jump out, but I have definitely seen worse dogs. Beware: Genie is a persistent sock thief, clean or dirty LOL. She is very smart and will test boundaries. For example, if given the opportunity, she will jump up on the counter and try to take food. We have been consistent in correcting this behavior and she rarely attempts it with us anymore. She knows the word “no” and quickly responds by stopping the behavior. She plays great with our 2 year old male dog and 7 year old son (who is very experienced with dogs; see video). We are able to touch her bones and toys and pet her anywhere when she is playing or eating. Genie does not exhibit any resource or food guarding behaviors whatsoever. She loves all of us and is very affectionate and generous with her kisses. She will gladly roll over for a nice belly rub. She loves to curl up on the couch for a good snuggle. Genie is a great eater. She lets us clean her ears and Dremel her nails without any problems. She also loves to be brushed. All in all, she has made great strides with us and is a beautiful, wonderful dog. If Genie sounds like the right match for your household, ask to meet her today!
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Mr. Herman is a beautiful, mild-mannered, somewhat quiet and timid gentleman from the south. We know little about Herman, as he was an owner-surrender due to their inability to properly care for and intervene with his separation anxiety and fearfulness of younger humans. Unfortunately, all of this commotion has left poor Herman very confused, and as a result, he seems to be a little quieter than usual. As days pass, Mr. Herman is slowly realizing he is being cared for and is beginning to come out of his shell. So far, this young and healthy fella has been wonderful with other dogs, adults and older children who understand boundaries.
As with any young GSD, Herman would do very well in a home with a person or family who is familiar or is eager to teach him the ways of a true GSD by implementing structure, boundaries, routines and consistency. He is learning the ropes of what is required to be an obedient side-kick, how to walk nicely on a leash, and basic manners, but could use the structured training and continued guidance of how a GSD gentleman from the south should act!
Herman does love the attention and respect, and would be happy to show you he can be a good boy, but doesn’t want you to miss any time spent with him. For that reason, he will need to be safely tucked away if you plan to leave, possibly with a mind-blowing puzzle of treats to hold him over until you’re able to snuggle him again!
Herman would thrive in a home with a person or family who is familiar with or is eager to learn the ways of a true GSD - structure, boundaries, routines and consistency. Herman would be eternally grateful for the rescue, love and structure. In return, your face will be adorned with mostly sloppy kisses and a shadow in the shape of a handsome GSD. If this sounds like the perfect companion to your household, then ask to meet Herman today!
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Lovely Katie Ann was picked up as a stray and sheltered by another rescue while they waited for her stray hold. Unfortunately, no one came forward to claim this lovely girl. Although they enjoyed their time with Katie Ann, the rescue caring for her felt that she would be most likely to find her forever family if she moved into a breed specific rescue. When asked if we could help Katie Ann take the next step toward her forever home, MAGSR immediately stepped forward.
Katie Ann is an affectionate and friendly girl especially with her people. She greatly enjoys the company of the people within her sphere and seems to understand the ins and outs of living with a family. However, as is true with most shepherds, Katie Ann will overbond if given the opportunity. This can cause her to become overprotective of her people, her property, and her home. In order to meet with success, Katie Ann is looking for an experienced household that will work with her to develop a healthy relationship. Boundaries and clear expectations are very helpful to her success. Katie Ann will thrive with routine, leadership, and structure. Training will also go a long way with this lovely girl. Not only will training help Katie Ann bond to her forever family, but it will also help her develop into a good and stable canine citizen. Katie Ann has already begun to learn some basics with our volunteers, but she will flourish with continued training. Although Katie Ann can be walked calmly in areas with other dogs, she is looking for a home where she is the only dog. Best placed with a confident handler, Katie Ann is looking for an active family that will commit to her for a lifetime. If this lovely lady sounds like the right match for your household, ask to meet her today.
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Kirby is a gorgeous, light colored young and healthy GSD who did very well in his previous home. We know a little about Kirby, as he was an owner-surrender due to COVID hitting this family particularly hard and unavoidable changes in the household. For Kirby’s former family, this was an incredibly heartbreaking and difficult decision to make, but they knew they weren’t able to provide the life Kirby once knew and deserved. They wanted to do what is best for him and brought Kirby to us. Unfortunately, all of this commotion has left poor Kirby very confused, and as a result, he is reserved and unsure.
Young Kirby will need some extra time decompressing as he realizes that he is truly loved and the right family is near. He would thrive in a home with a person or family who is familiar or is eager to teach him the ways of being a good GSD; structure, boundaries, routines, consistency and love.
Kirby would be eternally grateful for the rescue, love and structure. In return, your face will be adorned with mostly sloppy kisses and a shadow in the shape of a handsome GSD. If this sounds like the perfect companion to your household, then ask to meet Kirby today!
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Laika and her buddy, Athena Mae, were surrendered to a local shelter as their family felt they could no longer afford the girls. Recognizing that the girls would be most successful in finding a forever family through a rescue, shelter staff began reaching out to GSD rescues to see if they had openings. As many rescues have been sitting at or near capacity this year, finding placement wasn't easy. However, shelter staff kept up the search and kept the girls safe and loved until they found placement. We welcomed the girls to the MAGSR family for the holiday season this year.
Laika is a stunning lady. This intelligent girl enjoys the company of her people. Given clear direction and a confident handler, Laika is very responsive to the handler and quickly picks up new skills. Although Laika lived in a home prior to her arrival, we do not much about her previous life. As is true of any new dog, Laika will need time to adjust to her forever home. She will be most successful in a household that provides her with the structure, routine, and leadership that all GSDs crave. Laika is picking up new skills every day with our volunteers and seems to enjoy the opportunity to learn. Training will go a long way with this lovely lady. Not only will it help Laika develop into a good canine citizen, but it will also help her develop a strong and healthy bond with her forever family. Laika is patiently waiting for a forever family of her very own. Could that be with you?
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Lovely Lassie was originally purchased from a breeder in the south with the intention of potentially breeding her. However, as time passed, her family decided that this was too much for them. Unfortunately, with busy schedules and other things to attend to, Lassie was too often left without the attention and care she deserved too. Luckily, one member of the family adored this lovely girl and kept an eye on her. She made sure to visit and work with Lassie as often as possible. Although she loved Lassie, she knew that this such a special girl deserved so much more. When she reached out to MAGSR for help, we immediately started working with our team to welcome Lassie to the family.
Lassie is a stunning lady. Having been brought up around people of all ages, she is good with a variety of people. However, due to a lack of socialization it can take her a little time to warm up to new people. Once comfortable she is affectionate and playful. Lassie really enjoys playing with kids. Although Lassie is good with large dogs, she is not a big fan of cats or small dogs. Having lived in a home, Lassie already knows many of the ins and outs of living with a family. She is crate trained and housebroken. However, as is true of any new dog, Lassie will need time to adjust to the structure and routines of her forever home. Food motivated, Lassie is excited to start training and is planning on being the star of the class. Training is critical as it will not only provide her with the opportunity to develop a healthy bond with her new family, but it will also help her develop into a good canine citizen. Lassie is looking for a forever family that will enjoy her playful personality and affectionate mannerisms. Could that family be with you?
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Mattis was adopted out as a puppy from MAGSR. He attended puppy classes and grew into a big and intelligent guy. Mattis' family could no longer provide him with the type of care, attention, and living conditions that he needed to thrive. As a result, he was returned to the MAGSR so that we could find him the perfect forever family. We promised Mattis that we would find the right place for him as he moves forward.
Mattis is a big, handsome, and intelligent guy. Unfortunately, his medical needs were not addressed as expected so he arrived back in our care needing some support. With unaddressed skin issues, Mattis was very uncomfortable and required immediate veterinary support. We have begun working with our amazing vetting partners to help soothe Mattis' skin and bring him relief. He is receiving medication and baths and is already showing improvements. As we determine the root cause of Mattis' skin condition, we will make sure that he remains comfortable moving forward.
Having lived in a household, Mattis understands many of the ins and outs of living in a home. He is housebroken and crate trained. However, as is true of any new dog, he will need time to adjust to the expectations and routines of his forever family. With some more prominent classic GSD traits, such as guarding of the property, Mattis will thrive in a home that provides him with structure, routine, and leadership. Clearly responsive to a calm and confident handler, Mattis is looking for a more experienced household that understands the breed. Although we are beginning to provide Mattis with an understanding of basic commands, it is essential that his forever family takes him to training. Training will not only help Mattis develop into a good canine citizen, but it will also help him develop a strong, healthy bond with his forever family. Mattis is looking for a loving and active household that will keep him safe and loved. Could that family be you?
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Molly is the mom to the 11 Hogwarts puppies. This family was part of a cruelty and neglect case within Maryland. Upon their arrival at the shelter, staff did everything they could to begin working with this family. They were able to foster Molly's puppies out within the MAGSR family; however, Molly needed to remain at the shelter while she awaited a decision on her case. Although she was extremely emaciated, covered with fleas, and weak, Molly appreciated the kindness of staff members and slowly began warming up to new people. Shelter staff worked hard to help Molly begin the recovery process and began getting her some much needed vetting. However, Molly was significantly weakened by the years of mal-treatment and the need to keep her puppies healthy and strong. As a result, a case of kennel cough quickly escalated. When volunteers came through to move Molly into the MAGSR family, they knew something was not right. Molly's kennel cough had evolved and become two-fold. She now had pneumonia and bronchitis. Fortunately, our team came together to ensure that Molly was safe and received all the care she needed. With time, patience, and some extra TLC, Molly has made significant strides. Her body is much stronger and she is ready to move forward.
Molly is an intelligent and energetic dog. She is looking for an active and experienced forever family that will help her meet her full potential. Having survived horrifying conditions in her previous household, Molly is looking for a home where she can be the focus of the family. A home where she can be the only pet would be her ideal situation. This way she can soak up all of the love and attention of her family while filling their lives with giggles, snuggles, and endless kisses. As she continues to move forward, Molly will need to exercise her body and her mind on a daily basis. Not only will this help her find a good balance within the household but it will also help her use her mind effectively. Molly is a big fan of toys and can be found playfully throwing them around while making her goofy sounds. She is good at keeping herself entertained but also enjoys a good game of fetch. This smart little lady is already picking up commands. She is learning to sit, down, drop it, come, and roll over. She can't wait to learn more! Food and praise motivated, Molly will be a blast at training. Training is essential as it will help Molly develop a strong, healthy bond with her family. It will also help her further develop her skills and socialization so that she can develop into a good canine citizen. Molly is looking for an active home that will provide her with a lifetime of love and attention. Could that be with you?
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Handsome Motley was picked up as a stray at the end of the summer and brought to a local shelter where he tested positive for parvo. Fortunately, he was transferred to an emergency vet quickly, and he received the life-saving care he needed. As a parvo survivor, Motley is a superpup, he can never contract the disease again.
Having survived, it seemed that things were looking up for Motley. He was placed in a loving foster home through the shelter and started training. While working through training, his foster family noticed that Motley was uncomfortable when getting into a sit position and asked the shelter to look into things. Recognizing that Motley deserved every chance at an incredible life, the shelter had Motley checked out and discovered that he has hip dysplasia. Although hip dysplasia can often be kept in check with diet, balanced exercise, joint supplements, and thoughtful play options, there are also cases where surgery is needed. Knowing that Motley deserved the best, the shelter began looking for rescue placement to ensure that Motley could get the care he needed to move forward. MAGSR knew Motley was special and welcomed him to the family.
Motley is a sweetheart. He is friendly, affectionate, and interactive. He enjoys the company of his people and other animals. Motley's foster family did have kids, dogs, and cats. Motley was adored by everyone, but he was known to chase the cats. Motley is looking for a forever family that will provide him with the structure, routine, and leadership that all shepherds crave. This will help him develop into a stable and balanced canine citizen. Our team is working with our amazing vetting partners to ensure that Motley gets any additional care needed to address his dysplasia. Donations toward Motley's medical care are needed. Please consider donating to Motley's care as this will not only help him move forward, but it will also help us continue to support medical dogs in need. As we learn more about Motley's plan, we will provide updates. Motley is looking for a forever family that will cherish him for a lifetime. Could that family be you?
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Nova was picked up as a stray in the south and brought to a shelter. Although she waited patiently for her family to come and claim her, no one came. Staff at the shelter fell in love with this sweet girl; however, due to an overwhelming number of dogs at the shelter, Nova was on borrowed time. Fortunately, the right people heard about Nova and started working together to find her a safe spot within the MAGSR family. We were able to help Nova move forward in the nick of time.
Nova is a friendly, affectionate, and curious girl. As a young GSD, she is active and intelligent. It is important that Nova's forever family provide her with daily opportunities to exercise both her body and her mind as this will help her develop into a stable adult. Nova will thrive in a household that will provide her with the structure, routine, and leadership that all GSDs crave. Although we do not know anything about her life prior to her arrival at the shelter, it is clear that Nova was well socialized with other people and other dogs. It is critical that Nova's family continue to socialize her in controlled settings. When temporarily fostering with one of our volunteers, Nova seemed to have some knowledge of the rules of living in a home. She goes to the door when she needs to use the bathroom and crates well. She also seems to understand the importance of a comfortable bed and quickly gravitates to a dog bed or even the couch. As is true of any new dog, Nova will need time to adjust to the rules and routines of her forever family. However, she is more than ready to learn. Training will go a long way for Nova. Not only will training help Nova develop a strong and healthy bond with her forever family, but it will also help her develop into a good canine citizen. Nova is looking for a forever family that enjoys a playful and affectionate pup. If she sounds like the right match for your household, ask to meet Nova today!
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Handsome Schnapps was picked up as a stray and brought to a local shelter. Although he waited for his family to come and claim him, when no one arrived, shelter staff began looking for rescue placement. With limited shelter staff and volunteers available to work with Schnapps, they knew he would be most successful if placed within a rescue. When MAGSR heard of Schnapp's need, we welcomed him to the family.
Schnapps is a very large, driven boy. As a young guy, Schnapps has good energy. It is essential that he is placed in a household that can exercise both his mind and his body on a daily basis. With high ball drive, Schnapps is hoping that his forever family is looking to strengthen their throwing arm as he would be happy to play ball on a daily basis. True of the breed, Schnapps will require a home that can provide him with the structure, routine, and leadership that all GSDs need. As Schnapps embodies many of the typical breed traits, he would also be best placed in a household with breed experience. Training is critical for Schnapps as it will help him not only bond to his new family but it will also help him develop into a good canine citizen. Motivated by both treats and the ball, Schnapps should be the star of the training class. Schnapps is looking for an active forever family that will continue to support him as he develops into a stable and confident adult, could this be with you?Update:
Schnapps is making good progress in his foster home. The young Mr. Schnapps is a very handsome, smart, exuberant, and large GSD, who arrived at MAGSR with way more energy and drive than he knew what to do with. Evidently in his early days, he probably was not dissuaded from the notion that maximizing his innate tendencies to be pushy, mouthy, and noisy was the way to get what he wanted – but the net result was a confused and anxious dog. With training, consistent limits and boundaries, and structured outlets for all that energy and over-the-top drive, he’s gradually improved on all fronts and has developed a strong relationship with his foster. At heart Schnapps is a very good-natured and happy-go-lucky boy. He gets along nicely under supervision with the older dominant female GSD in his foster home, and he does very well on leash around new people and other dogs. But he is not by any stretch a turn-key dog – his impetuous enthusiasm can get him in trouble easily if mismanaged. So he will need continued love, leadership, structure, limits, and consistency to reach his full potential and succeed in a new home. He will need an experienced family who can manage his size, strength, drive, and volatility, and that with the help of trainer can mold this very impressive and lovable, big, and kind of goofy and unsure, teenager into the extraordinary dog he has the potential to become. Please ask about Schnapps if you are equipped and ready to give him the situation and life that he requires and deserves.
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Thor is on an adventure in search of his ‘superhero’ family! We know a little about Thor, as he was an owner-surrender due to an unpredictable change in the household. It was a very difficult decision for the family because he is a super dog, but they wanted to do what is best and brought Thor to us.
As a typical GSD, Thor is eager to please! He doesn’t always wear a cape, but when he does, it’s usually under a blanket on a couch next to you after a long walk, some play-time (catching bad-guys) so he can rest up for the next adventure. Thor has lived with a toddler and is good with other dogs with the same focus - catching bad guys (possibly the evil squirrel that wrecks your lawn)!
Thor loves his ‘super’-humans and wants to make sure his ‘superhuman’ family doesn’t emBARK on adventures without him, so he will need to be safely tucked away, possibly with a bad-guy defying puzzle of treats! Also, because Thor is a crime-fighting (squirrels) pup, he can sometimes have a delay in warming up to ladies - after all aren’t they all after him for his good looks? He is a heart-breaker if you’re not careful!
Thor would thrive in a home with a family who is familiar or is eager to learn the ways of a true GSD - structure, boundaries, routines and guidance. Thor will return the favor of being saved with superior loyalty…(mostly sloppy kisses and a shadow in the shape of a handsome GSD), if this sounds like the adventure you would like to emBARK upon, then ask to meet Thor today!