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.


Join us Saturday, November 10, 2018!

Join Saving Paws Rescue on November 10th at The Buffalo Chip Saloon! There will be food, fun, raffles and a special appearance by Sparky! Learn more and purchase tickets at Sparky’s 2nd Annual Rally For The 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!

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.

Upcoming Events

  1. Sparky’s 2nd Annual Rally For The Rescue

    November 10 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Our second annual Sparky’s Rally for the Rescue is less than a month away. So who is Sparky and how did this all come about? Sparky came to us as a 4 month old with a lot of medical problems, most likely due to poor breeding. He is vision impaired, is missing most of his essential teeth, has a deformed front paw and was in serious pain due to bilateral hip dysplasia. Not long after, this sweet boy needed emergency surgery to remove a foreign object from his intestines and still faced two hip surgeries to relieve the constant pain and allow him to walk and live like a normal GSD.
Last year, in an effort to raise funds for Sparky and our many other medical dogs, a volunteer (and Sparky’s foster) decided to organize a fundraiser. With just 2 months to plan, many SPR volunteers pitched in to create a fabulous night with music, great food, and thousands of dollars worth of raffle prizes and silent auction items.
November 10, 2018 will be our Second Annual Sparky’s Rally for the Rescue! Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon, to be held once again at the Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek! This is a family friendly event with the Chip’s famous BBQ buffet INCLUDED with your price of admission! Yep, that’s right – up to a POUND of BBQ meat is all yours! Three raffle tickets are also included with your ticket.

Sparky has had both his surgeries and is working on rehab with @runbuddymobile and doing great! Pucker up – he’ll be manning the kissing booth!
Purchase your tickets in advance on our web site (prices increase at the door). We are offering discounts for veterans and kids! Please share this with your friends – the more the merrier!


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One of SPR volunteers is doing a half marathon to help the rescue. Please see below. Thank you Chris and Jessica! ” “It’s that time of year again! My husband, Chris is running the Phoenix Half Marathon on behalf of Saving Paws Rescue AZ (SPR)! This rescue is near and dear to our hearts as both of our rescue GSDs were saved by SPR. Chris is a regular volunteer, and wants to give back more. This rescue takes in so many dogs that would have otherwise met the end of the road, including many dogs with high medical needs and bills. So as you can imagine, the funds to keep a place like this running are not small! Help us help them save more dogs. Every dollar counts, whatever you can spare is much appreciated. Thank you!” Here is the link if you like to help gf.me/u/mw7gd6

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Someone is a little anxious for the pool to be filled!
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Great update on Jax!! “Haven’t posted any updates on Jax in a while so I thought I’d share a few 😍 (including him spying on the neighbors). Smartest pup with such a personality and he loves his brothers!” #azfamily #adoptdontshop #greatgermanshepherd #makingadifference #gsdlove #adoptionrocks #adoptapet #germanshepherdworld