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?

Your donation gives the dogs of SPR “Twice the Love”.  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: Hope rescued by SPRAZ on January 13, 2024 with her mom and 6 littermates



Twice The Love: Every donated dollar has double the impact

Where are we toward our $300,000 goal?

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.

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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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Brandy: 1 year old White German Shepherd; spayed, UTD on shots, & microchip

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

Featured Dog: Brandy

Brandy, the sweet and fun-loving girl who is still awaiting her forever home and wondering if YOU will be her Valentine?  We think if you look closely at her face, you will see the shape of a heart, so no dog is more perfect than Brandy to be our Featured Dog for the month of February. Aa a year old, we still consider a dog to have a lot of “puppy” in them. Brandy is the youngest member of our rescue family that came in together and she is the last to find her perfect home.  We just know her family is just around the corner. While her heart is filled with affection, she can be a tad shy at first, but a treat and minute of play time and she is won over!

Brandy has developed love for a good game of “fetch”, but just when you aren’t looking, she will be right there looking for some love and affection!  Brandy will do well in a home that is ready to offer her the time and patience to adjust.  We frequently remine our adopters of the 3’s of adopting.  3 Days – 3 Weeks – 3 Months.  Dogs take time to learn the ropes and understand their new homes.  The dog you adopt today will go through stages as they adjust to living in a home – your home.  We ask adopters to give their new dogs time to adjust and learn what is expected of them.  If you’re ready to welcome Brandy into your heart and home, get in touch with us today!

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! https://www.maxandneo.com/

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