Success Stories

Sunza

Our volunteer was looking for the right canine companion and fostered a series of dogs before she fell in love with this one at first sight! She loved having Sunza in the car as her vigilant co-pilot. She loved the dog’s whiskers mixed up with bubble gum pink lips. She wanted to adopt her and …

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Chance

Chance came into rescue in need of neutering, but the vet postponed the operation when the dog tested positive for heartworm. As his foster home cared for him through the long healing process, they learned that Chance is an affectionate, happy boy. At the same time, Chance relaxed and grew fond of his new household. …

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Rudy

Six-year-old Rudy had a lot of anxieties. He was spooked by noises and would bark at other dogs. He’d been in two homes before he was surrendered to us. We helped him with vet evaluations and behavioral specialist sessions. His foster mom took his needs seriously, spent the time needed to continue his focused training, …

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Benson

Benson came from the shelter into foster care and quickly showed his foster families what a wonderful guy he is! He adores people, especially kids–but cats? He had to be moved to a cat-free foster home. This family had lost their two beloved GSPs within 6 weeks of each other in 2018. They weren’t sure …

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Jeanne

Eight-year old Jeanne came from a shelter but instantly showed us that she was house trained, crate trained, and knew her basic commands. She is a mild mannered, sweet girl who njoys walks and car rides. She proved to be an easy girl to foster. Thank you, Jill for fostering Jeanne; and thank you Mark and …

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Chester

Chester was a chunky monkey when he came into rescue. He showed his foster mom how he loves to hang out and cuddle. But he also turned out to enjoy running and biking, gleefully bobbing his head up and down with each stride. And he catches toys with his front paws like a human! No …

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Sophie

Sophie is a 12-year-old sweetheart who was surrendered when she refused to accept the new puppy in her home. Her anxiety issues became behavioral issues with that boisterous pup around. Once in a foster home as a solo dog, she became more confident and let her personality shine. Being a senior doesn’t stop her from …

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Chloe

Six-year-old Chloe came into our program not long after having a litter of puppies and extremely under-socialized.  Once settled into her foster home, she transformed quickly from a sad dog into a sweet, cuddly girl who adored human attention.  Chloe learned the fine points of indoor living, including how to cuddle on a sofa with …

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Mabel

MABEL is adopted! Mabel arrived with fleas and ticks and lumps and bumps—but none of that kept her from showing what a Love Bug she is. She tolerated baths and vet care and even surgeries like a champ. This go-with-the-flow girl was fine, as long as there were people nearby for cuddling. Thank you, Anna, …

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Betsy

Betsy liked to practice her fugitive skills, so she was well known at the local shelter. Her foster family was delighted to learn that she was house- and crate-trained, and she knew basic commands. Betsy showed she was both loving and lovable—getting along superbly with the humans, their terrier mix, Jack, and even the house …

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Abbi

One of our adoption team volunteers and his partner were considering adding another dog to their pack. They’d gone from having three dogs to two dogs, and then to just one, in about a year. Their senior Golden Retriever, Daisy, seemed to be slowing down without any canine companion. When they saw the foster request …

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Dixie

When petite, stinking-cute Dixie was found wandering in a desert, she was captured and sent into our rescue program. Because of the ongoing pandemic, lots of people are home, searching for pets to spoil. Numerous households volunteered to foster young Dixie, but fastest on the button were our longtime volunteers, Catherine and Jen, who live …

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Creek

Creek (now Luna) was a happy country dog—until everything changed. Her family moved to a home with a small yard, and no one had time for her anymore. We found her a foster home with a young active couple able to give her the attention and training she needed. They renamed her Luna and fell …

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Princess Leia

Princess Leia’s galaxy exploded when the human who’d raised her since puppyhood suddenly had to go into assisted living and could not take her along for a final adventure. No family or friend could step up, either, so the princess ended up in a shelter. That is no place for a sweet elderly GSP, so …

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Flaco

When we sprang Flaco from extended shelter confinement, this sensitive GSP’s anxiety had reached a near-manic level of fight-or-flight. The poor boy needed time and attention to recuperate and feel safe enough to show his true colors. Anne and Brad did a fabulous job of fostering him, with lots of help from a trainer and …

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Koby

Koby is a young GSP/Wirehaired Pointer mix who was surrendered to us from an unfortunate situation. He’d been living outdoors and arrived covered with ticks, as well as under-socialized. We placed him in a dog-savvy foster home, where he got along well with a small-breed canine brother. Koby met every new challenge with the determination …

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Marco

Three-year-old Marco (now Archer) landed in a shelter, but we got him out of there and into a foster home with a family including two human sisters and a pit sis named Clementine. Marco revealed himself to be a people pleaser who loves attention. He also loves to run through the yard at top speed, …

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Eisenhower

“Ike” (short for Eisenhower) arrived skin and bones, weighing a mere 40 pounds. He appeared to lack any training, but he was sweet and affectionate. His fosters treated him to the good life: lots of good food and loving, daily walks, playing fetch, and napping in the sun. Within three weeks, he gained 17 pounds …

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Jack

Jack behaved like an almost-perfect GSP in his foster home. There was that counter surfing, some couch climbing, and a bit too much interest in the resident cat, but he got along great with the humans and their Labs. We received a lot of interest in Jack because he’s young, handsome and affable. But we had …

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Piper

At ten years old, lovely Piper (now Lady) got her first opportunity to live indoors as a family pet. Her foster home renamed her Lady and started treating her like royalty. Happy retirement, Lady! Thanks, Mary and Tom, for fostering. And thank you, Diana and Tom, for fostering and adopting Lady.

Portia

For a petite gal, Portia (now Thea) is quite strong and high energy. She came into rescue with little training and found opportunities for mischief. Fortunately, she is very responsive to praise and craves approval from her humans, as well as any opportunity to snuggle up with them. Thank you, Ana, for fostering, and thanks …

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Sven

Two-year-old Sven (now Augie) turned up as a stray at a central valley shelter. Our partners, Pilots ‘N Paws, flew him to the Bay Area, where we were able to get his tests and vaccinations done, treat his kennel cough, and have him neutered. His foster family renamed him Augie. They found him to be …

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Connor

From the moment he first arrived in a foster home, Connor (now Otis) proved himself to be simply a doll: a lover and a snuggler, a gentle and well-behaved sweetheart of a pup. He was also a quick learner, eager to please his people–even if that meant learning to chew on dog toys instead of shoes …

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Caden

We assigned young Caden (now Kadee) to an experienced foster home, but how could her foster mom not fall in love with this beautiful GSP, who played so well with the house canine. Our foster fell in love, despite the pup’s rambunctious energy and urge to chew on almost anything. Once she figured out how …

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Aggie

Aggie (now Brynn Lee) turned up in a shelter as a stray. Once settled into a foster home, she proved herself to be a sweet girl with a strong nose for critters like squirrels–and way too much interest in cats. Fortunately, she landed in a forever home with two adults, two kids, and a GSP …

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Bella

Tiny Bella’s family had to move to a new place where dogs were not welcome. Her foster family predicted that if someone wanted to adopt “a sweet, young, affectionate girl…small in stature and super cute,” then they would fall in love with Bella. Well, she found a great home and will be living with an …

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Appa

Five-year old Appa has plenty to howl about. He’s moved on to a new life, after being surrendered by his owner. NorCal GSP Rescue addressed his medical issues and anxieties. Appa had escapist tendencies and too much interest in other dogs, but one trainer described him as “quintessential GSP—alert, curious, eager to please, high energy …

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Waldo

Where’s Waldo? He’s chilling at a foster home that turned into his forever home! This photogenic 4-year old is as easy–going as he is handsome. He walks nicely on leash and is an all-around gentleman, though he’s also a bit of a “party animal,” loving nothing more than a room full of people having fun. …

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Willa

Why is Willa grinning? This stunning four-year-old bounced around among several homes, trying them out until she found a perfect fit. She is active and athletic, loves to run like the wind and chase birds at the beach. She adores humans, will follow them around and try to snuggle any time they sit. She loves …

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Sofia

Sofia is so pretty and petite, she may have been used as a breeding dog. She and her happy go lucky partner were picked up as strays and assigned to new foster homes. Sofia landed in a home that adores GSPs and is very experienced in dog care and training—even dogs like her with the …

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