All Serendipity dogs are vaccinated, de-wormed, spayed or neutered, microchipped, heartworm tested (treated if needed), and started on heartworm and flea/tick preventative. If you find a dog you might be interested in adopting, please visit our How to Adopt page. See more updates on our Facebook page.

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 . Major .
 . Major .  . Major .  . Major .  . Major .  . Major .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This handsome hunk o'GSD is Major! Major is a 9-year-old black-and-tan boy who weighs in at a solid 103 pounds ... and none of it is fat! This boy's just BIG. But sweet! This big lug has a heart of gold. Major has made friends with his foster family's two dogs ... and even the cats! (Granted, they are very dog-savvy cats ... that probably helps.) Major has been friendly and open to every human he's met on his journey to rescue. Once living life at the end of a chain as a breeder dog, he found himself homeless when he got dumped in the local animal control. The wonderful team at that shelter just KNEW he couldn't get into the wrong hands. We all agreed that retiring Major from "stud work" for sure meant finding him rescue. While he is not currently neutered, he most definitely WILL be before adoption as part of his vetting. Major is proving to be a quick study training-wise. Having a 100-lb dog with zero leash manners is a recipe for precisely no fun at all, so he's learned how to be polite on leash, in the home, and even out and about at PetSmart where he got to pick out his own toys for his new life in foster. Major does beautifully well on car rides, and seems to enjoy them. He hopped right up into the cars of multiple volunteers with just the command, "kennel up" on his journey to rescue. Major is being fostered in the Belleville, IL, area--in the eastern part of St. Louis metro and surrounding counties. If you need a seriously sweet, seriously handsome, ... and seriously large special companion in your life, please apply to adopt Major! PS: The larger the surface area, the greater the pffft! pffft! factor of GSD coat-blowing seasons. If your vacuum cleaner is on its last legs, you may soon find yourself desiring an upgrade. 🙂
Adult, Male, Not known
 . Bianca .
 . Bianca .  . Bianca .  . Bianca .  . Bianca .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
Bianca is an 8-year-old black-and-tan German Shepherd Dog. She weighs in at about 74 pounds, is spayed, up-to-date on her vaccinations, on regular heartworm preventatives, and is house trained. Bianca found herself homeless when her owner left for another state, leaving her with a neighbor to watch "for now" and saying that a friend would pick her up in a few weeks. The friend never showed! Bianca was very lucky that the neighbor is what we call "good people." She wanted to adopt Bianca for herself, but unfortunately, her landlord would not allow dogs of her size. So Bianca's savior set out to find rescue for her--and she did! Bianca is currently in foster near Arnold, MO, located in the southern area of St. Louis metro and surrounding counties. She lives well with the two resident GSDs (also SGSDR alumni!) and with the resident cats. She has proven herself to be very gentle around small children, and happy to get lots of back scratches and petting from every human she's met so far. Bianca is a mellow girl, and while she needs her basic daily exercise like any GSD, she is not a high-energy dog. Hanging out on the cushy beds of her foster fur-siblings while waiting for a treat to drop sounds like the perfect day to Bianca. If a lazy walk around the block, followed by watching a movie on the couch with your favorite canine sounds like your idea of a great day, maybe you are just the right human for Bianca! Note: Bianca is currently getting vetted for a lump to determine its cause and what treatments may be necessary. While she will not be available for meet-and-greets until her diagnosis and any treatment is complete, if you think Bianca is YOUR girl, please do apply to adopt her!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Reggie .
 . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Special NeedsPrefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Reggie is a 9-year-old black-and-tan coated male GSD, weighing in at about 75 pounds. Originally brought into rescue with SGSDR in 2017, Reggie was adopted later that year. Unfortunately, Reggie's adopters chose to ignore the part of their adoption contract which requires that Reggie be returned to SGSDR should they become unable or unwilling to care for him. His former adopters dumped him in the local animal control shelter without notice. Through the magic of microchip technology and the caring heart of a wonderful shelter manager (who thought to scan him!), Reggie is safely back with us at SGSDR. Years before coming to rescue, Reggie suffered injuries to both back legs (likely hit by car) in his youth. Surgery to repair the breaks was successful at the time, but he was left with stiffness and pain. Now that he is a 9-year-old senior, he has difficulty with more than a few stairs at a time and would do best in a single level home environment. Reggie will require continued medication to soothe his aching legs, but is otherwise a happy, active dog. He enjoys going for car rides and short walks. He will happily put his front paws up on a vehicle seat or cargo area and give the the look to please hoist his back end in! Reggie is being fostered in the Springfield, IL, area with two senior female GSD mixes. Reggie is not a naturally dog-social dog, but with firm leadership, has learned to co-exist well with his foster-siblings. For less diligent or experienced families, Reggie would do best as an only dog. Small dogs or cats are a definite NO for prey-driven Reggie. He has proven he can move much faster than you'd think if he spots something he considers a "snack." Because of his aches, Reggie is best suited for a quiet home or one willing to give him "chill time" in his crate or separate room when company comes around. Like many GSDs, he can become anxious and nervous when surrounded by many people at once, especially if he does not know them. Reggie is not a candidate for a home with young children. He's not fond of the running, yelling, unsolicited hugs, wrestling, or "I wanna lay on the puppy" factor that comes with the world of small human beings! But Reggie is ALL about devotion to his adult human, and once he bonds with you, he will frequently seek out snuggles and affection from his person. Reggie is fully obedience trained, and is proficient in sit, down, recall, and place command (aka climb). Reggie is a coated GSD--meaning, long, flowing, "fluffernut" locks. His coat will take a bit more maintenance than a traditional flat-coated GSD, but not extraordinarily so. His coat was in horrible condition when he came into rescue, but a good grooming has put him back into Handsome Boy land. Now a brushing once a week or so is plenty for maintenance. Reggie will bond hard and fast to his humans. He will happily share your couch and your heart for the rest of his life. If you think having a sweet fluffernut follow you around and velcro himself to you for movie night, please apply to adopt!
Senior, Male, Large
 . Zeke .
 . Zeke .  . Zeke .  . Zeke .
  • German Shepherd Dog
This handsome young boy is Zeke. Zeke is mostly black with some white "pieces of flair" on his chest and paws. Zeke is only about 5 months old, but has been bounced around multiple homes already. He has experienced seizure activity of unknown origin. He arrived in rescue on 6/5/18 and his foster mom has already started him on the process of a getting a full veterinary workup. Zeke will be on medical hold pending diagnosis and a treatment plan, but if you think you may have an interest in this happy young boy, don't hesitate to put in your application. We will share more about Zeke and any special care he may need as we get to know him!
Baby, Male, Large
 . Racer (aka Speed Racer) .
 . Racer (aka Speed Racer) .  . Racer (aka Speed Racer) .  . Racer (aka Speed Racer) .  . Racer (aka Speed Racer) .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
Meet Racer! Also known as "Speed Racer" because, well, he was one SPEEDY young stray dog and it took a long time for his local animal control officer to finally catch him! But Racer's days of being on the lam are done, and he seems THRILLED with his new situation. Racer is in foster in the STL metro area and has done well in his foster family's busy home, including the resident small boy, dogs, horses, and even chickens. Racer is a happy guy, but he still needs to be securely contained because he LOVES to run. He'll be getting some training under his (securely attached) collar soon to learn solid recall and other obedience commands. Our vet estimates Racer to be about 18 months old and he currently weighs in at 67 pounds. Racer will need a forever family who reinforces his training regularly, gives him lots of (securely leashed or fenced-in) exercise time, and who genuinely enjoys getting happy dog kisses. If you think this soon-to-be reformed escapee may be the next light of your life, please apply to adopt!
Young, Male, Medium
 . Nora .
 . Nora .  . Nora .  . Nora .  . Nora .  . Nora .  . Nora .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Special NeedsPrefers home without cats
This young lady had a rough start in life, bouncing from Craigs List (yipes) to multiple homes, and then getting hit by a car! As it turns out, that last part was her salvation, because a wonderful woman who manages an area veterinary hospital took her in to get her repaired, rehabbed, and eventually onto the good life in a forever home. Nora has now completed rehab, and will always have a bit of a limp, but she is young, energetic, happy, and SMART. She is about 1.5 years old, and very typical for her age and her breed. She will need an experienced, active dog home and is not considered a "starter GSD." Nora's energy levels are HIGH and she does need frequent exercise to burn off some of that energy. She is well socialized with people and enjoys time with her humans. She knows several obedience commands, including sit, down, and shake. Her recall needs some work! Nora's future family will need to continue her training, and give this feisty young lady an early introduction to house rules, boundaries, and daily structure to her life. Nora **may** do well in a home with a larger male dog of suitable temperament, but this is unknown. We do know that she is not a candidate for homes with very small dogs, cats, or other small pets. Her prey drive is quite high, and she will chase (fast) with intent. Nora has shown resource guarding with her food when her foster mom's other dogs come near. Her future family will need to ensure she eats separately from other animals, or work with a reputable trainer to address this. Nora has shown no resource guarding behaviors to her humans, either with food or with toys. As is common with young working/herding breed dogs, Nora can get mouthy and wound up when excited, but she is easily corrected by a no-nonsense human. Nora tends to forget her size and can be a little clumsy on slick floors because of her injury. Because of this, she could easily knock down small children and would do best in a home with adults and older children who are less easy to knock over! Nora has an amazing personality considering all she has been through. She loves to snuggle on the couch, either in your lap or completely on top of you! Nora is spayed, up to date on her vaccines, and microchipped. If you think Nora is exactly the kind of dog your home is ready for, please apply to adopt!
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Anya .
 . Anya .  . Anya .  . Anya .  . Anya .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Anya (formerly Ana) is a 3-year-old coated (fluffy) German Shepherd Dog. Previously adopted through SGSDR, Anya was returned to rescue by her family, citing high prey drive and neighborhood restrictions on installing a fence to prevent interactions with small animals in the neighborhood. Anya did well in her temporary foster home with her foster family's large dogs, but showed too much interest in the cat! She will do best with dogs her size. Anya lived with young children and enjoyed their company. She is currently enjoying a board-and-train with a talented local trainer, learning impulse control and polishing up her manners. Anya is also learning off-leash recall and obedience and looks forward to sharing her new skills with a forever family! Anya will do best in a home with a family who will keep up her training and requires her to remain a good doggie citizen. With her training, she has learned to ignore small animals when led with authority, but we recommend a home with no small furries for safety and peace of mind. If you are interested in adopting pretty fluffy Anya, please apply to adopt!
Adult, Female, Large

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