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.

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Update on Sadie!! Look how big she’s getting. We are so excited for Sadie and the great family that adopted her. Sadie has an unbelievable home. We love getting updates and seeing how great our dogs are doing. #azfamily #adoptapet #adoptdontshop #happyfurkids #greatday #betterlife #sadie #greatfamily #gsdlove #germanshepherdnetwork


Check out how great Apollo is looking! Apollo is camera shy, but got caught in a selfie with volunteer Dawn. “Apollo consoling me after I told him how much I missed him.” We love our volunteers. If you’d like to come hangout or help at the dog house, please fill out the volunteer application on the website in the bio. 👆#azfamily #greatvolunteers #greatday #happyfurkids #apollo #adoptapet #adoptdontshop #funtimeswithfriends #gsdlove #germanshepherdnetwork


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Look how fast these little guys have been growing!! Soon they will be going home to their forever homes!! They will be missed but we are excited to watch them grow. #azfamily #puppyfun #puppybreath #betterlife #happyfurkids #adoptapet #adoptdontshop #gsdlove #germanshepherdnetwork #germanshepherdpuppy #Tongueouttuesday


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