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.

You can view our adoptable dogs on this page (see below) or visit Petfinder. (link opens in a new browser window)

 . 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. 🙂 Update July 2018: Major tested positive for heartworm disease at his vetting appointment. He is beginning his treatment shortly and will recuperate while in foster care. Once he has recovered from his treatment, he will be available for meet & greets by approved adoptive families, and as soon as he tests negative for heartworm, he'll get his neuter surgery and be ready to move to his forever home!
Adult, Male, Not known
 . Reggie .
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  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Special NeedsPrefers 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 .
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  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
This handsome young boy is Zeke. Zeke is mostly black with some white "pieces of flair" on his chest and paws. ****** ORIGINAL BACKGROUND INFO****** 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! *********UPDATE, JULY 2018*********** Zeke is doing so WELL! His veterinary workup confirmed that an injury to his head while he was still a young puppy (we know ... grrrrrr) is the likely source of his seizures. Zeke is now on anti-seizure medications and has not had ONE SINGLE seizure since beginning his medication. Woo hoo! And he's having a blast. Since he's still a growing boy, his dose will need to be adjusted for weight as he gets bigger, but the good news is this: Zeke's vets fully expect him to live a full, normal, long, and happy doggy life. And he's not wasting any of it, that's for sure. He LOVES playing with his foster fur-sister, so a home with a dog buddy would be divine for Zeke. Long walks and exploring with his dog buddy and his human are high up there on his favorites list. Zeke has completed a full obedience training, as well--gotta rein in that puppy energy sometimes! He is fully trained on sit, down, place, heel, and recall. Zeke is also fully crate trained and house-trained. Are you ready for some ZEKE in your life? This happy young guy would love to meet you. Just apply to adopt! He's ready to begin his life in his FOREVER home.
Baby, Male, Large
 . Anya .
 . Anya .  . Anya .  . Anya .  . Anya .  . Anya .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
This fluffy (coated) girl is a delight! Anya (formerly Ana) was adopted out in 2017 and returned in 2018 because she was “unruly”. As with all GSDs, she simply needed rules and boundaries. Anya has now had formal training and quickly won the heart of her trainer with her willingness to learn and eagerness to please! (He’s even willing to meet with her new family to make sure she continues to be the wonderful girl she has become.) Anya heels like a champ while walking on a leash, waits to walk out the door, sits until released at feeding time, and is remote collar trained with perfect with off leash recall. Anya is also fluent in "placing" on command--perfect for a busy home when you want your dog nearby, but not underfoot! Anya currently lives with 3 foster brother dogs ranging in size from 17 lbs to 115 lbs and loves to play with all of them! She plays well with small dogs as long as they aren’t “in her face”. She also lives with a cat (who is VERY dog savvy), but we do NOT recommend a house with cats, as she does need to be watched and corrected often due to her high prey drive. Anya LOVES her ball, and if you have water, she will be in it! She is a very active dog that needs a job to do (even if it is chasing the ball) or will become restless and “unruly”. She would do wonderfully in a house with children over the age of 5--she absolutely loves kids, but younger children may get knocked over through her excitement (definitely not malice). Anya has attended several public events with the rescue, and has charmed every single person she's met. She's a happy, energetic, polite young lady. Check out her hilarious "I'm thirsty" video from an event at Purina Farms in her photo gallery! If you are interested in adopting pretty fluffy Anya, please apply to adopt!
Adult, Female, Large

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