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.

Did you hear the exciting news?

For those who follow us on Facebook, you might have seen our founder Trisha’s special message in December 2018. If you didn’t, you missed some exciting news happening in 2019 – Saving Paws Rescue is getting a new home! To read Trisha’s post and learn how you can help us in this special milestone, check out A New Home for 2019!

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.

Learn more about Love For Life

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!

Saving Paws chosen by Grey Muzzle to start a Seniors For Seniors program

Phoenix, AZ–Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants, and dogs at Saving Paws Rescue are among the winners. SPR is one of 66 animal welfare groups in 30 states who were chosen from more than 300 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs.

The Seniors For Seniors program is aimed at placing senior dogs and senior hospice dogs in adoptive and foster homes with mature adults in the surrounding metropolitan Phoenix retirement communities.

“This grant will help SPR give senior dogs, like 7-year-old Apollo, the veterinary care, medications, and support he needs so he’ll be ready to go to his forever home,” said Trish Houlihan, Founder. “No one is more grateful or loving than an old dog, and SPR is looking forward to helping more senior dogs get the second chance they all deserve.”

Over the past decade, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided nearly $1.5 million in grants to support its vision of “a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.”

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like Saving Paws Rescue AZ make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Many senior dogs in the Phoenix metropolitan area are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of Saving Paws.”

“At Saving Paws, we’ve always focused on saving dogs who many others overlook. Now, with this assistance from Grey Muzzle, we can save even more,” said Trish Houlihan, Founder. If you are interested in adopting or fostering a senior, such as Apollo, please be sure to fill out an adoption or foster application.

Additional information about our Seniors For Seniors program may also be obtained by contacting Susan Pratt or Debi Palestina by telephone: 480-737-6089 or by email: SPRSeniorsForSeniors@gmail.com.

The national nonprofit The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other nonprofit groups nationwide. For details, please visit www.greymuzzle.org.

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Do you remember Penelope puppies. Well we received a great up date on Dizzy now Harley. Look how big she getting. She looks great and doing well. We heard that “Harley has figured out that she can guard much better on the wall!” If you have an update you like to share. Please let us know. #adoptdontshop #azfamily #germansheperdworld #germanshepherdcentral #dizzy #harley #gsdlove first image thank you @diannamichellephotography


Check out the Muppet Fur kids one year late. 1 year reunion for the fur kids just come up. We can not believe how great they look. #azfamily #germansheperdworld #germanshepherdcentral #adoptdontshop #muppetbabies #germanshepherdpuppy #germanshepherd_corner


Unbelievable update on Roxy (Rescue Name – Wonder)!!! “Roxy’s first week on the road, adjusting to travel in the RV lifestyle. She seems to love it, as do we traveling with her.” #azfamily #roadtrip #roadtripdog #travelingdog #familyouting #adoptdontshop #germanshepherdcentral #germansheperdworld #germanshepherd_corner


Patti and Alumni Cheyenne have an unbelievable bond and always the best updates. “If you insist on following me in here, Cheyenne, I’m going to put you to ‘work’.” ~ Love, Mom “ Happy Saturday!!! #azfamily #germanshepherdcentral #adoptdontshop #cheyenne #gsdbathtime #sharman #azgsdrescue #phoenixgsdrescue


Reina enjoying some time with Trish after her surgery! They tried everything to save the front leg but did not work. But Reina not letting it stop her. She is still full of life. If you might be interested in Fostering or adopting Reina before fill out the application on website. #azfamily #germanshepherdcentral #adoptdontshop #belgianmalinois #medicaldog #tripoddog #greatgirl #happydog


Our dogs are part of our families. They eat and sleep with us. They play with our children. They entertain us. We love them like we would our own human children.
But like humans, something slight can trigger a reaction. Maybe it was sleeping and was disturbed. Maybe it is in pain and the painful point was touched. Maybe it was stepped on.

Did you know that by the time children are 12 years old, 50% of them will have been bitten by a dog? Most of those dogs are known to the child and his/her family.

There are ways that us, as parents, can prevent this from happening to our children. Most importantly, we must always remember to be vigilant and ensure that our kids and our dogs are safe.


What a great update on Onyx!! What an unbelievable rescue and great team that helped Onyx find her forever home! Not possible without all the help of so many great volunteers. Here are before and after photos of Onyx. Tait family sent this great update. Awesome job!!! We are all so excited for you both. Thank you for giving Onyx a great home and family. ”Onyx was finally certified as a Service dog on Tuesday. It was a lot of work for both of us but worth it.” #azfamily #greatjob #awesomefamily #onyx #gsdlove #belgianmalinois #germanshepherdcentral #familyouting #adoptdontshop #hardworkpaysoffs #happypuppy


Dusty saying Happy Wednesday!!! Great update on Dusty who was rescue by Saving Paws Rescue. He is one of our want to be German Shepherds. 🤣😂 #azfamily #germanshepherdcentral #adoptdontshop #happypuppy #doglove #lovemydog🐶 #greatdog #dusty


Paloma is a sweet 10-year-old girl. She came from the county shelter and went straight in to foster with Deb and John, who also have Donnie and Marie.

She is a shadow gal and will follow you everywhere. She loves affection and snuggles her head into your lap. She would be perfect in a home with just her people or with a non-alpha fur friend. In the short time she’s been in foster, she already has shown that she really wants to play.

We’re not sure what she encountered in her past, but she is deathly afraid of leashes and very touchy about her collar. It took John almost a week to get the paper collar off of her that she came with from the shelter. She also drops and pancakes when she sees a leash, and is unsure of so many new things she’s encountering in her home. Because of her fears, she will need a family who is patient and will show her how friendly and loving the world is.

The good news is she’s getting comfortable and starting to get a little vocal as she unwinds! She has a lot to say, apparently, about her new situation. She hasn’t yet been to the vet for a check-up and to investigate a lesion, but as soon as she gets the a-ok, she will be looking for her forever home.

If you’re looking for a super sweet senior who deserves the chance to learn the world is a friendly place, then be sure to click on the link below:

http://www.savingpawsrescueaz.org/dogs/ #azfamily #germanshepherdcentral #adoptdontshop #whitegermanshepherds #phoenixgermanshepherdrescue #germanshepherdaz #rescuedog #fostergsd #fosteradog


Do you remember Baby Foo (Fiona). Yesterday we heard it was her gotch date!! Rapacz family let us know ”Happy Gotcha Day (just a day late) to our sweet & sassy Fiona Josephina/Fifi la Foo/ Baby Foo! We couldn’t imagine our lives without her.” we are so happy to hear things are good!! Thank you Rapacz family for giving her a great home and family! #azfamily #germanshepherdcentral #adoptdontshop #gsdlove #germansheperdworld #greatday #gotchaday


Meet Gamora and Nebula!

Unlike their namesakes from the Avengers movies, these two cuties have never been anything but the best of friends. It will be love at first sight when you meet these two 18-month-old girls! They are litter mates and absolutely love each other, so we would like to place them in a home together. The sisters are as sweet as can be, and they want nothing more than love from people. They quickly became volunteer favorites with their playful, but not overly energetic, nature and desire for hugs and attention.
We think they would be fine with kids as they are sweet and easy going and love every person they meet. So, this pair would be perfect for a family who would enjoy taking them along to the coffee shop, where they can show off their adorable smiles, and earn some puppy snacks. They would love to help pick up the kids from school and head to the park or maybe take a walk around the neighborhood as the kids ride their bikes.
They will need some regular activity, but they play together well and aren’t nearly as high energy as some shepherds. We don’t think they’ve had much formal training, so would benefit from basic obedience classes; they’re sure to be the teachers’ pets. If you’d like to add this pawsome pair to your family, please fill out our online application.

http://www.savingpawsrescueaz.org/ #azfamily #adoptdontshop #germanshepherdcentral #gsdlove #germanshepherd #germanshepherdsisters #gsddog #rescuedog #azrescue #azgermanshepherd #phoenixgermanshepherdrescue


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