A safe harbor for German Shepherds 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 from abusive or negligent situations. We help provide a safe harbor for these dogs that might otherwise be destroyed. Learn more about our rescue.

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

In March 2016, we started a program called "Love For Life." Dogs are placed in loving foster homes until their rehabilitation process is complete, or dependent upon circumstances, may remain in a forever foster home or the rescue center sanctuary until the end of their lives. We provide all the medical care, food, medicines and vaccinations while the forever foster parents provide a loving home.

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How you can help

If you would like to help Saving Paws Rescue Arizona, there are numerous options available such as volunteering or 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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You can help make a difference!

Our mission will always be to help rescue a homeless or suffering German Shepherd or other dog out of a dire situation. We rely on donations and fundraisers to enable us to help needy dogs. It is the generous individual and group donations that empower Saving Paws Rescue Arizona to be able to help. We thank you for your support!

Jefke the Belgian Malinois

Featured Love For Life Dog: Jefke

Have you met our Love For Life boy, Jefke? If not, you are in for a treat! This middle-aged Belgian Malinois came to our rescue about 2 years ago. Jefke is one of the smartest dogs we’ve ever met. He is great on walks and knows many commands in German. It’s safe to say we haven’t even tapped into everything he knows! As much as we get him out of his kennel and play with him and walk him and cuddle him, he’s going stir-crazy. He needs an outlet. He needs a job. And he needs a family of his own to love. Because Jefke has been with our rescue for a while, he is part of our Love For Life program. This means we provide all the medical care, food, medicines and vaccinations while the forever foster parents provide a loving home. If you’d like to learn more about this special guy and fill out a foster application, head on over to Jefke’s Love For Life page.

Featured Available Dog: Khaleesi

We’d like to introduce you to Khaleesi! This beautiful girl was turned into the Apache Junction shelter as a stray and they contacted us right away when staff members realized she was vision impaired. Khaleesi is very sweet with people and loves attention and play time. Because of her vision impairment (she is blind in one eye), she does tend to react to people that approach her kennel. Once she realizes there is no danger, she is ready to hang out and play. The vet feels that with her vision impairment being caused by a birth defect, she may be a little slower to react as well. We recommend that Khaleesi be an only dog so that she can feel comfortable, secure and get all the love she deserves! This beautiful girl is fun to be around and really enjoys attention (and stealing shoelaces). She walks well on a leash and loves her car rides (although she prefers being the copilot in the front seat). Khaleesi is a strong girl that hasn’t had much training in her life, so she’ll need a patient, but strong handler who is willing to teach her how to be a proper young lady. But we promise that with her loving personality, you’ll be paid back 10 fold! If you’re interested in meeting her, the first step would be to fill out an adoption form.

Upcoming Events

  1. Desert Dog Police K9 Trials

    May 5 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  2. Desert Dog Police K9 Trials

    May 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  3. Phoenix Animal Care Coalition Baseball Event

    June 14 @ 6:40 pm - 11:30 pm


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The Queen of the Doghouse is still looking for a forever home. Beautiful Jackie O is an easy going gal and is in our Love for Life program. Read more about Jackie and the program on our website – link in bio! #motherhen #queenofthedoghouse #jackieo #fluffygirl #azrescue #loveforlife #germanshepherddogrescue #gsdlove #spraz #savingpawsrescueaz


Woohoo Boucheron got adopted! She looks pretty darn happy in her new home. She’s even got her blue parrots! Happy tails! #happytails #adoptdontshop #belgianmalinoisrescue #belgianmalinois #azrescuedog #happyfamily #congratulations #spraz #savingpawsrescueaz


We are very excited that Miss April has gotten her cast off. April is really not happy that she’s not able to play and go for walks during her recovery. Trish and SPR rescued her from county. We are not sure how her leg was broken but she is being taken care of now. We hope soon she will be able to find her forever home. She not up on the sites, but if you might be interested let us know and we can get you more information. We hope to have her up when she has recovered. Please see her before and after photos!! #april #gsdlove #germanshepherdnetwork #brokenleg #angelswatchingoverme #savingpawsrescueaz #spraz #greatpuppy #happygirls #pacc911 @pacc911


“HPTD” (humanely put to death) is something that should not be in any email for a 4 month old GSD! Greta was surrendered at county with Mega Esophagus. This is tough enough, but Trish went to meet her and asked for a Parvo test. She tested positive and is now at our emergency partner VetMed getting urgent treatment to save her life for PARVO and aspiration pneumonia. Please welcome Greta to the SPR family! Greta keeps fighting because there are so many volunteers and supporters pulling for her! We will have more updates soon. #azfamily #savingpawsazfamily #spraz #blackgermanshepherd #sickpuppy #blackgermanshepherdpuppy #gsdlove #germanshepherdnetwork #sickgirl #parvo #gsdofinstagram #gsdpuppy #savealife #savingpawsrescueaz #pacc911


Pretty Pearl enjoying some outdoor time. Read more about her and other available dogs on our website, savingpawsrescueaz.org – link in bio! #prettygirl #savealife #adoptapet #adoptdontshop #beautifulgsd #germanshepherdrescue #instagsd #spraz #savingpawsrescueaz


Lona picked the winner of the Lona birth guessing game!! AND THE WINNER IS……
Thank you to all of you who entered our Lona Puppy Birth Contest! Lona gave birth to 3 pups the night of Wednesday April 18th and finished on Thursday the 19th. No one guessed April 18th and 3 people guessed the 19th. Two of those people had exactly the same guesses. Randie Bricklin and Jennifer Baltz. Press play to see who the winner is!
Prize basket photo in comments, value $130! #lona #gsdlove #germanshepherdnetwork #adoptdontshop #adoptapet #greatmom #azfamily #germanshepherdpuppies


Apollo just got to The Doghouse – we can’t wait to get this boy cleaned up. Let the pampering begin! We can not say thank you enough to our volunteers Ashly and Danelle for giving Apollo a ride. We could not do this without our volunteers. #recovery #timetoheal #apollo #bathtime #azrescuedog #freedom #savealife #spraz #savingpawsrescueaz


Welcome Apollo to Saving Paws Rescue! This poor boy was found as a stray – his owners said he was living in the back yard because a family member has allergies. He was clearly neglected for a long time, he is emaciated and has skin issues. Life is about to get a whole lot better for this sweet boy! Stay tuned for recovery photos! #neglecteddog #savealife #themedicaldogskeepcoming #timetoheal #recovery #azrescue #seniorgsd #gsdlove #gsdstagram #germanshepherdrescue #gsdrescue #spraz #savingpawsrescueaz


On this last day of National Volunteer Week, we celebrate the lady behind it all! Trish is our founder and the reason we’ve saved over 1,200 dogs. She works hard each and every day to make it happen – thank you for all you do!! #nationalvolunteerweek #weloveourvolunteers #founder #grateful #volunteernumerouno #makeadifference #savealife #gsdlove #belgianmalinoislove #spraz #savingpawsrescueaz


Volunteer appreciation continues! Jean and Rex have a special thing going on. She works every Sunday at The Doghouse and takes Rex for walks and rides to Starbucks for puppaccinos. Her family has also adopted two of our dogs. Thanks for helping us save lives! @jeanmarykay #volunteersareawesome #weloveourvolunteers #sexyrexy #nationalvolunteerweek #gsdrescue #allvolunteer #spraz #savingpawsrescueaz


We cannot say thank you enough to our volunteers!!! We are so lucky to have Kenric from @maxandneo as a foster and supporter of the rescue. He’s fostered some interesting fur kids over the years! Please help us say thank you to Kenric for helping Saving Paws be able to save so many. Without fosters we could not do it. #nationvolunteerweek #greatfoster #greatvolunteers #gsdlove #germanshepherdnetwork #germanshepherdlovers #azfamily #adoptapet #adoptdontshop #maxandneo #furkids #cannotdoitwithoutthem


More volunteer appreciation! We have many experts at the rescue, but occasionally we get a dog so damaged it needs professional help. Indy is one such dog. Andrew at Destination Dog Training has done wonders with him. Thank you!! #nationalvolunteerweek #weloveourvolunteers #allvolunteerrescue #destinationdogtraining #azrescue #belgianmalinois #spraz #savingpawsrescueaz