The Ranch: The Dream, The Vision, The Forever Home

A safe harbor for German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois

Saving Paws Rescue Arizona is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) charitable organization in Phoenix, Arizona. We are dedicated to providing veterinary care, evaluation and adoptive homes for German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois dogs who are left in pounds to await uncertain fate, are owner surrenders (such as divorce, death, etc.) or are no longer wanted or cared for. We help provide a safe harbor for these dogs that might otherwise be destroyed. SPR doesn’t believe that being sick, injured, old or pregnant is a reason to die.  Saving the lives of the most vulnerable has long been a mission for SPR.  The sick and injured are often abandoned by owners who cannot or will not provide care.  The most vulnerable are the first to run “out of time” at the county shelters.  The abandoned and dumped are often sick and injured as a result of living life on the streets and desert.  Over 2,500 lives have been saved by SPR and our new facility will enable us to save more.  Read more about our rescue.

Why every dollar matters?

More than ever, we see the need in our community.  Dogs abandoned in the streets, shelters turning dogs away and owners at the end of their rope looking for help.   Saving Paws Rescue AZ has been given an amazing gift.  A generous donor is offering to match every donation, dollar for dollar up to $300,000.  Your support gives us the opportunity to get more dogs in need by completing our building and doubling the numbers we can help. More space means more lives will be saved to live another day.  The faster we can get there the faster we can welcome the next group of German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois dogs that are flooding the shelters and abandoned in the streets.  The Ranch is for them – their home. We believe with this big push from our matching donor, we can make 2024 our year to move into our new facility and save more lives.


Our motto is Home in ’24. Every little bit makes a difference.    Follow us on Facebook for our regular updates on the progress at The Ranch – “What’s Up Wednesday at The Ranch”.  We are so grateful for your continued support!

 Pictured: SPR Available dogs Chester and Lexi

Both are looking for their forever loving home or foster home.



Merry Matching Final Push


Where are we toward our $300,000 goal?

April 1, 2024 update: Donor total of $295,200 for a matching total of $590,400

March 11, 2024 update: Donor total of $114,303 for a matching total of $228,606

Jan 31, 2024 update: Donor total of $100,803 for a matching total of $201,1606

Dec 31, 2023 update:  Donor total of $88,088 for a matching total of $176,176

Dec 26, 2023 update:  Donor total of $65,700 for a matching total of $131,400

Dec 18, 2023 update:  Donor total of $43,797 for a matching total of $87,594

Dec 14, 2023 update:  29 donors gave $41,248 for a matching total of $82,496


Available Dogs

Are you interested in adopting a German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois? Head on over to our Available Dogs section and see who is ready for their forever home.

View available dogs

Love For Life Program

Our Love 4 Life program offers dogs with terminal illness or other conditions that makes adoption not a likely with a forever home in a loving foster or our rescue center. We provide the medical care, food, medicines and vaccinations - you provide a safe and loving home!

Learn more about Love For Life

How you can help

There are numerous ways you can help our rescue - from volunteering to becoming a foster! But did you know you can also help us out by simply shopping on Amazon or grocery shopping at Fry's Food Store? Check out all the ways you can help us save more lives!

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Rose:  2 year old GSD mix; spayed, UTD on shots, & microchip

If you’re ready to welcome Rose into your heart and home, get in touch with us today! If you can give Rose an indoor forever home, please fill out our online adoption application.   We will only schedule meet and greets with an approved application.

April Featured Dog: Rose “Rosey”

Rose is a young mom (now spayed) who came to SPR with her two puppies born in an Arizona Shelter.  They didn’t even realize she was pregnant until they come in one morning to her two newborns.  SPR was quickly contacted and the plea went out.  Rose and her two puppies have been in foster ever since.  Rose has finished being a mom and ready to reach out and find her forever home.

Rose is an athletic happy go lucky girl.  No other words to explain but she simply loves to play.  She was identified around 2 but with her youthful demeanor she may be younger.  She is a taller girl and we are not sure what her mix with GSD is – maybe rottie or doberman, but her puppies must have gotten a lot from their dad as neither of them look like her.  Since rose has been a mom, she hasn’t been able to go adventuring or to obedience classes but now she is ready and she attended her first class recently.  She was clearly doing something new, but she did well with all the basics and was good with other dogs in the class.  She will be a great for obedience classes or dog sports (agility, rally, nose work).  She rides well in the car, but likes to be in the front seat so a crate of seat belt is recommended for her.

Rose is housebroken and simply must have other playful dogs in the home of medium or large breed.  She is fast athletic and plays hard, so little dogs small pets might have challenges with her size and excitability.  She will need a secure fenced yard.  She is learning about toys but since she has had puppies there hasn’t been a need for toys since she has running puppies to chase after.

If you believe Rose is the right fit for you and your lifestyle, you can start the adoption process from our website at

Become a volunteer

Have you given thought to becoming a foster or volunteering time at our Dog House or Sanctuary? We have multiple areas we could use volunteer help, including: puppy nanny, house cleaning, dog enrichment/socialization, kennel maintenance, and items related to office/admin work. Visit our Volunteer page to learn more details along with a link to our volunteer application.

We also have a great need for fosters! Our rescue only has so much capacity to intake dogs which is at max most of the time, so having fosters allow us to continue helping increase the amount of lives we can save together! While fostering, we will provide the dog’s food, medications (if needed) and cover the cost of vet visits. You provide a safe and loving landing space until their forever family comes along. If you’d like to help, please head over to our Foster page to learn more.

Sponsor Spotlight:  Max & Neo

SPR is blessed to have the support of Max and Neo. Company Founder and SPR foster and adopter, Kenric lost his dog Neo and my brother’s dog Max Both dogs passed away on the same day in February 2013. A friend suggested that Kenric should consider fostering.   During his time fostering, he got an up-close look at animal welfare and the plight of rescues. He realized resources was a serious issue for rescues.   So, Kenric set out to find a way to resolve the issue in a way that would provide rescues with the equipment that they needed each month.
Max and Neo was born of that desire to make a difference in rescue. Through their “buy one – give one” program SPR has been the beneficiary of many donations of collars, leashes, blankets and other products.  Max and Neo continues to find ways to support the rescue community and Saving Paws has always been a recipient of their generosity, including our van!  Our volunteers along with other rescues volunteer their time to help on Donation Friday pack and ship the donations to rescues all over the world.  On behalf of all the dogs and volunteers at Saving Paws Rescue, thank you Kenric for your commitment to the rescue community and for being an amazing supporter of SPR.
You can check them out here!

Amazon Wish List

From cleaning products to food to toys, our Amazon Wish List is filled with items that would greatly help volunteers and dogs alike!

Amazon Wish List

Amazon Puppy Wish List

Help our Puppy Nannies take care of the littlest that we save. Be a Puppy Angel and help us save more lives!

Amazon Wish List

Chewy Wish List

Be sure to check out our newest Wish List added to Chewy!

Chewy Wish List

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Saving Paws Rescue is a proud PACC911 rescue partner