Success Stories

Walker2 fam pic SS


Five-year-old Walker (rescue name Walker2) bounced around among several homes and foster homes, honing his skills as an escape artist until he finally settled down and started trusting people. He found a family to show his affectionate side. Now he snuggles with everyone when he is not busy checking out the geckos in the backyard. …

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Briar spent most of his four years chained in a backyard and neglected until a good-hearted neighbor persuaded the owners to relinquish him. As the neighbor tried to find him a new home, Briar was attacked by another dog and ended up in quarantine at a dog shelter because there were no records to indicate …

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When young Stinson first arrived at his new foster home, his foster mom reported that he excelled at jumping on people, chasing cars, and un-stuffing toys at top speed. And that he was atrocious at walking on a leash. Nonetheless, she loved his enthusiasm for meeting new people and dogs, going for car rides, playing, …

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Five-year old Buckshot lost his way and ended up at a shelter in Lodi. The shelter reported that he was good with dogs, cats, and kids of all ages. His fosters brushed up his commands and house manners to help him find a forever home, while he enjoyed playing with alums Tigi (now Melody) and Koby (now …

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Do you hear an echo?? In 2007, a couple adopted a GSP as an owner referral through NorCal GSP Rescue. That dog’s name was Echo, and she was with them until she passed in 2019. As it happened, a new GSP named Echo was born around that time and ended up in our rescue program …

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Anaya success story photo with new adoptive mom


Two-year-old Anaya slipped away from home and ended up in a full shelter in northern California. The shelter called us because they were over-full and would have to start euthanizing dogs at the top of the list if they could not make more room. Our volunteers stepped up to spring this young dog the next …

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A black and white photo of the faces GSP Hazel and Springer Spaniel Caper, with the forever mom behind them


Hazel’s elderly owners reached a point where they could no longer care for their two senior GSPs, so they called on us for help. Hazel’s foster mom found her to be a sweet and mellow gal who enjoys typical GSP pursuits like car rides, ball games, and critter patrols. She loves being around people and …

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Success story photo - Mictlan, a white GSP with liver ticking and patches, being held on the sofa by his forever mom, sitting next to his forever dad who is holding Lena, a mostly liver female alum


Mictlan’s family surrendered him when it turned out that their older, smaller dog could not deal with his energy and became very stressed. His foster family found him to be a friendly, fun-loving pup with typical GSP habits. He also turned out to be able to match their young GSP Lena, another rescue alum, in …

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Hennessy family pic SS


When Hennessy’s owner passed away, a neighbor took the one-year-old dog in temporarily. One of our brand new foster volunteers with previous GSP experience jumped at the chance to care for him. Man and dog bonded instantly and enjoyed going on adventures together, with Hennessy sporting a bow tie on his collar. When the dog …

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May with new family


May was only nine months old when she arrived at the Stockton shelter as a stray. They were anxious to get her into a rescue program due to her very high energy. The girl could not sit still, ever. She wanted to be outdoors and play and play and play some more. Now she has …

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Tigi fam pic


One-year old Tigi was a stray. When no one came to the shelter to claim her, we did. She is a very high-energy wild child who loves to play and finds it hard to relax. She can be a bit bratty sometimes, but with persistent attention and training, she has settled nicely into a home …

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Rowdy fam pic


Rowdy had been rescued from a facility that breeds sporting dogs. Since he was gun shy and not inclined to hunt, he’d been relegated to a concrete kennel and all but forgotten. Some GSP-savvy folks spoke up for him, then spent a year trying to give him back the puppy time and training he’d missed …

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Bacall with new family


When Bacall first arrived in foster care, she was anxious, had a hard time relaxing, and wasn’t sure about human touch. Her foster folks worked with her daily, giving her the time and space needed to let her sweet side flourish. At nine years old, Bacall has plenty of energy and loves to run, fetch, …

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Shila with family


Wee Shila—a GSP/Lab mix puppy—was rescued from the street, where her mom and pups appeared to have been dumped. After just a few weeks, the family that took her in realized that, between work demands and health issues, they could not care for a young dog properly. They asked for our help. We found Shila …

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Corazon with Max


One-year old Corazon was saved from being run over as a stray on a Mexican roadway. She quickly learned about leashes, cats (!), treats and human beds. This smart and funny girl gets along great with her new canine sibling, Max. Thanks, Suzanne and Anne, for fostering Cora. And thank you, Rita and Dennis for …

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Remie with family


Young Remie loves the good things in life: fetching tennis balls, watching squirrels, going for walks, and hanging out with her people and other dogs. She’s also that rare GSP who can get along with cats! When her owner became very ill, we helped find Remie the right new home. Thank you, Pam, for fostering …

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Buddy with his new adoptive mom and dad


Buddy’s family had to move, so they surrendered him for rehoming. He arrived with allergic dermatitis, a bacterial infection, and mild conjunctivitis. In spite of all that, his foster home found him to be a calm and sweet boy! They soon learned that he loves treats, walks, and affection–but that you can’t turn your back …

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Riley with his forever family


Riley’s owners surrendered him for rehoming when their circumstances changed and they no longer had time to exercise him. Fortunately, we were able to find this sweet boy a family that was ready and eager to adopt a new best friend. Thank you, Leo and Paula, for fostering and adopting Riley.

Rip standing on two chairs


Rip’s owner gave him up because changes in his job situation meant he had to leave the dog home alone too many hours a day. Not a good situation for a one-year-old GSP! His foster dad gave him a taste of the good life, including daily runs, car rides, trips to the beach—and above all, …

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Dixie with forever family


Young Dixie’s owners had to move and they could not take the dog with them, so they surrendered her. She’d spent most of the past two years chained up in a backyard so she would not escape. Living indoors took some adjustment, but her foster home was patient and consistently showed her that she was …

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Timber with adoptive dad


Timber was not quite one year old when his owners decided they could not handle such an energetic dog with young children in their home, so they found him a new home. The couple who adopted him thought he was a good and handsome dog, but they realized right away that they would not be …

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According to his new dad, Timmy acts like an 8-year old,  although he is 11 years old. Affectionate Timmy quickly bonded to his adopter and his 13-year-old male GSP named Trigger. He was well-mannered in the house, even though he’d spent most of his life outdoors and had never even been to a vet. Thank …

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Young Beau’s family moved and had less time to spend with him. Beau was not happy about the changes. He started digging and chewing in frustration. We found a foster home with more time to spend with their pets and even a canine big sister to play with. Thank you, Rebekah and John, for temporarily …

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When we were contacted by a veterinarian for urgent help with a very young pup ill with Parvo, we couldn’t say no. Time was of the essence. Fortunately, he recovered fully. When you see how adorable this fellow is, you will understand why his foster home could not let him go. Thank you, Meg and …

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Powder-faced Hunter was relinquished by an owner who had to move and could not take the dog with him. The poor dog needed several operations to address his dental disease. Despite his advanced age (sixteen years!), his foster mom found him to be ‘a really sweet boy who deserves all the good stuff in life.’ …

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Young Cassidy got along with all the dogs at her previous ranch home—except for one that she couldn’t stop picking on. We got her a new home to try out. Her foster family found her to be loyal, sweet, and playful. Although she loved to chase squirrels and sniff for critters, she would come when …

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Nine-year-old Sage was extremely skittish and nervous when she came into our rescue program. She would hide under tables and startle at any large objects or loud sounds. Within weeks, she emerged from her shell and became very loving to her foster family. She’s grown active, enjoys long walks and squeaky toys, and behaves like …

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Image of Mitzy with her forever dad


Young Mitzy is a powerful gal who prefers to gallop rather than walk. Indoors, she is a cuddle muffin, loving nothing more than to snuggle up with her human. Thank you, Dalia and Wendy, for fostering this pretty girl, and thank you, James, for adopting Mitzy (now Ziva) and training her to leave the chickens …

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Image of Bobi in the snow with his new sibling, an older GSP


Handsome Bobi was sprung from the shelter full of rambunctious energy and pranks. He seemed to lack training of any kind. He was super skinny and eager to do anything in exchange for food or treats. He soon learned indoor manners and mastered some useful commands. Now he’s in a new home with a senior …

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Young Cane decided to go AWOL and showed up at a shelter just in time for Christmas. We found good foster care for him (thank you, Stephanie & Matt and Emily & Caleb). Cane revealed himself to be quite a friendly fellow, with a mellow temperament and a great fondness for snuggling. He was quick to …

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