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  • Axel was a very young puppy dumped at the shelter because his purchasers believe he had hip displaysia, even though he was far to young to diagnose it.  He did not, and now he lives with his loving family whose lives revolve around their kids and their dogs.  Its the difference you make when you donate to SCGSR.
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Help us save the most needy animals.


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Check out our beautiful adoptable animals.

Learn more about SCGSR

Who we are and what we do.

Making a difference for pets.

Socalrescue takes in the neediest of dogs, giving priority to those most in need. Through the generosity of our supporters, we've saved the injured, the abandoned seniors, motherless puppies needing hand feeding, the neglected and the most likely to be put down in county shelters. SCGSR is a local San Diego organization and we believe acting locally is a rescue's job.

SCGSR rescues the most needy.

Rowdy was rescued as a 9 week old puppy, when his owner found he had heart problems. After evaluation by a cardiologist, it was determined that his condition is inoperable and he is happily living what time he has in a loving foster home.


SCGSR works with adopters to find the right dog to fit lifestyles, experience and homes. Our adopters become members of the family, and we are proud of our adopter's connection to their new family member.

Post-Adoption Support

SCGSR always stands ready to help, even years after adoption. We provide everything from materials on settling your new dog to trainer and vet recommendations.

Responsible Placements

German Shepherds are a special breed. They thrive in certain conditions, with families who understand their needs. We strive to understand each of our rescues and place it in a loving home.

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Foster Homes Wanted!

Foster homes needed now! Fostering a homeless, helpless dog and placing it in a loving forever home is one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do.
Summit needs a foster home!
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Volunteers Wanted!

Do you have some free time and do you love big dogs? SCGSR has volunteers all over San Diego, and in Canada and Australia! If you have skills you can use to help, from artwork to web design, you can help.
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Hans - Featured Pet!

Handsome Hans is a big, beautiful boy, maybe 3 years but probably younger. He's active, loving and yearning for a home to call his own. Hans is good with other dogs and kids too!
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9 week old Rowdy needs our help.

Rowdy is a baby German Shepherd who was sold by a breeder.  His new family found that he had a potentially fatal heart condition, Patent Ductus Ateriosis or PAD.  A valve in his heart failed to close as it should have at birth, and without surgery Rowdy will not reach…

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ItsPayd & SCGSR Adoption Event Sunday April 10!

Adoption event co-hosted by ItsPayd and SCGSR. Company founders of ItsPayd adopted an SCGSR dog, King, who is now their CCO (Chief Canine Officer). Check out the video on YouTube for more info: Location: Petco Clairemont Mesa 3994 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 Time: 11 am to 1…

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Asia – another German Shepherd rescued from a kill shelter!

SCGSR rescued five dogs this week from kill shelters. Please consider making a donation to help us give our rescues the care they need and to help us find them the perfect forever home. Asia is approximately one year old, would do well with an active family who knows how…


Rescued – three gorgeous German Shepherds & a spicy little mix!

In the past week SCGSR has rescued four dogs – Tucker, Tyson, Archer and Bandit. Tucker and Tyson came to the shelter together and appear to be related. SCGSR rescued Archer from the same shelter. All three boys are young, gorgeous and have been perfect in their behavior. They will…