applicationAll 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)

 . Finn .
 . Finn .  . Finn .  . Finn .  . Finn .  . Finn .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
Finn is a 3-4 year old black-and-sable German Shepherd Dog. He found himself in the pound as a stray and was very happy to get out of there! Finn enjoys playing (and sometimes resting) with his foster fur-sibling, Moxie the GSD. In the photos provided, she is the black-and-red girl he sticks with like glue! Finn is learning to walk well on leash, to sit and wait before going through thresholds or doors, and to chill out in "place" command, just like his friend Moxie. Like many dogs who've lost their homes, Finn experienced some challenging separation anxiety when first arriving in foster. With diligent work by his foster family, this has improved a great deal! With continued reinforcement of calm behaviors, manners, and his newest command ("quiet!"), we expect Finn to mature into a wonderful companion dog for the right family. If you think that might be you, please apply to adopt Finn!
Young, Male, Large
 . Misha (Bonded Pair with Gunny) .
 . Misha (Bonded Pair with Gunny) .  . Misha (Bonded Pair with Gunny) .  . Misha (Bonded Pair with Gunny) .  . Misha (Bonded Pair with Gunny) .  . Misha (Bonded Pair with Gunny) .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Misha is 8 years old, and will be adopted as part of a bonded pair with her lifelong companion, 12-year-old Gunny. Please check Gunny's profile for more information on him! In the photos provided, Misha is the dog with more "fluff" and a larger and darker saddle. She outweighs Gunny by about 15 pounds. Misha is a happy, bouncy, and still-mischievous girl! She has lived with "her Gunny" her whole life, and both lived their entire lives with one owner until July 2018. Misha is about 90 pounds and needs to lean out a little bit! Her foster mom and SGSDR volunteers are helping with that, with a close eye on her diet and regular walks. Misha LOVES going for walks ... as long as Gunny is with her. She does pull on leash, but is learning better leash manners with each walk. Misha is crate trained and will often mosey on in to her soft bed in her crate just to take a nap or hang out with her humans and her Gunny. Misha has some early signs of arthritis in her joints, but with moderate doses of anti-inflammatory meds, she has NO trouble getting around. She will race up stairs and chase her Gunny around the living room anytime she feels like it. Misha is definitely a face-washer if you make it into her trusted circle of friends. If dog kisses are your thing, she's happy to supply them. If you have a quiet home and a soft spot for the seniors, we'd love to see your application for Misha & Gunny! PS, this bonded pair is part of our "Seniors Furever" program. You can learn more about this great way for loving homes to help senior GSDs on our website here: http://serendipitygsd.org/adopt/seniors
Senior, Female, Large
 . Gunny (Bonded Pair with Misha) .
 . Gunny (Bonded Pair with Misha) .  . Gunny (Bonded Pair with Misha) .  . Gunny (Bonded Pair with Misha) .  . Gunny (Bonded Pair with Misha) .
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without catsPrefers home without small kids
Gunny is 12 years old, and will be adopted as part of a bonded pair with his lifelong companion, 8-year-old Misha. Please check Misha's profile for more information on her! In the photos provided, Gunny is the dog with more red and tan than black. Misha has a larger and darker saddle, and outweighs Gunny by about 15 pounds. Gunny is an old gentleman who has earned a soft spot to land and to live out the rest of his days in comfort, peace, and quiet. He lived his entire life with one owner until July 2018. With Misha as his constant touchstone, Gunny is a happy old man. He prefers a quiet home without too much going on. Gunny can handle other humans in his home, but he needs to be separated for his comfort as it causes too much stress for him. His forever-human **must** advocate for him and keep him separate, safe, and happy when life gets too busy or too loud. No boisterous youngsters trying to "lay on the puppy" and no over-adoring humans trying to hug him. Hey, he may be an old man, but he's still all GSD, and will try to "protect" his human and Misha if the environment gets too hectic. But as long as Misha is with him, Gunny's pretty easy to keep safe and stress-free! With touchstone-Misha by his side, he is perfectly fine just chilling in his foster mom's bedroom or behind a pet gate in the adjoining hallway if company comes to call. Gunny has some muscle wasting in his spine and hips, but with moderate doses of anti-inflammatory meds, he gets around just swell! Especially when he wants Misha to play with him. Then look out--two large GSDs racing around your living room. Gunny weighs about 75 pounds and his joints and muscles are happier in that weight range. He enjoys going for walks and needs them--it helps maintain his muscle tone and strength. Gunny is great on leash and a simple martingale collar is plenty to keep him in hand. Once you become "his trusted human," he will be devoted to you and offer plenty of face-washes. If you have a quiet home and a soft spot for the seniors, we'd love to see your application for Gunny & Misha! PS, this bonded pair is part of our "Seniors Furever" program. You can learn more about this great way for loving homes to help senior GSDs on our website here: http://serendipitygsd.org/adopt/seniors
Senior, Male, Large
 . 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 .
 . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .  . Reggie .
  • 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 .
 . Zeke .  . Zeke .  . Zeke .  . Zeke .  . Zeke .  . Zeke .
  • 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

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