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!

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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    March 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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    March 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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    April 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Noelles’ puppies are growing so fast & their little personalities are coming out. Here they all are: Blitzen, Rudolph, Dasher, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Prancer, Dancer, & Vixen. Most of them put on two whole pounds this week!! And of course, the beautiful and very sweet Momma Noelle.

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You all know our heart lies with the special needs dogs. We always seem to have a dog needing surgery, a littler of puppies (or two!) or a dog who was on the euthanasia list because he was so misunderstood. All of these circumstances mean a lot of money, time, and effort. We have a generous group of adopters, fosters and supporters (thank you!) who continue to help us achieve our goal of helping those in such need.

Well, we’re excited to share that PEDIGREE Foundation has also given us a $1,000 grant to support our continuing mission of helping the medical needs dogs. Thank you, Pedigree Foundation! Now even more deserving dogs, like Hazey, can find loving homes. #azfamily #hazey #gsdlove #germanshepherd #pedigreefoundation #puppylove


Time for some puppy cuteness! Noelle’s pups came to us a little smaller than they should have been, which makes sense since she was skinny and malnourished. Now that they have all been wormed and are getting good food, they are quickly catching up to where they should be. They are growing like weeds and their little feisty personalities are coming out.

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Congratulations to our adoption coordinator @davemanan12 – we knew it would only be a matter of time before an SPR dog found his way into his home! This is what he has to say about our very precious old guy Chief “It is safe to say that Chief will be staying with Jasper & I. He has been the perfect addition to our family. He is the most easy going dog i have ever met, all he wants to do is chill. Him & Jasper get along great & it has been such an easy transition for us & him. He seems happy here. They both sleep together, play together, eat together, & they follow each other around. There has been no issues for either dog as they act like they have known each other forever. Chief is really such a great dog & i am so happy to finally have an SPR dog in my home. We love u Chief & no matter how much longer u have left to live we will make sure u have a great life bud ❤️ PS after having an older dog in the house i dont think i ever want another puppy again! 🤦🏾‍♂️” #chief #loveforlife #foreverfoster #wonderfulvolunteer #happilyeverafter #sweetboy #congratulations💕 #fosteringsaveslives #savealifeafoster #gsdrescue #seniordogsrock #seniordogsofinstagram #savingpawsrescueaz


We’ve shared some pictures recently of Noelle and her 9 reindeer puppies, but we have another litter! How about some updated pictures of Penny Lane and her 6 week old babies? How cute are they?! We are blessed to have an amazing family fostering this girl and her puppies. Without them we could not have saved the lives of Noelle and her babies. 14 puppies and two moms safe and getting closer and closer to forever loving homes!

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Henry wants to say thank you for his Christmas gift from the Fur Kid Angel Tree at @petfooddepotaz! Thank you ☺️ Pet Food Depot for all you do for us and the volunteer that made it possible for the fur kids to get so many great gifts!!! The dogs are loving their new toys and treats. Henry has been diagnosed with hermangiosarcoma, but is thriving in his Love for Life foster home.
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Noelle puppies are growing so fast. We can not believe how big they are getting. But we can not say thank you enough to all the great puppy nanny for all they do and help to take care of the puppies and Mom. Please meet all nine puppies. Several are spoken for but if you are interested please submit an application on the website in the bio. #azfamily #gsdlove #gsdpuppy #germanshepherdworld #adoptdontshop #adoptapet #rudolph #dasher #dancer #comet #blitzen #cupid #viexn #donner #prancer #greatvolunteers #puppynanny


Have we mentioned we have ALOT of great dogs right now? Well, we do. Because we tend to focus on medical dogs and those with behavioral issues, it’s rare that we have a house full of very adoptable dogs! Check out 3 year old Ryker! He was picked up by a good samaritan after he was seen wandering her neighborhood. Someone else had picked him up first and she asked him to surrender the dog to her but he refused. She then found him wandering again and was able to save him. She kept him for a period of time and learned that he was good with her kids (ranging in age from 3 to 12) and with her 2 cats. She’s got larger dogs and he was great with them too! She turned him into county and after his stray hold was able to claim him because she was his finder.

He is a tall handsome dude who knows how to sit, shake, and kennel up. He met her house cat who lounged on top of his kennel and he didn’t show any interest in her. He then met her garage cat who swatted at him. He learned to lower his head and walk quickly by. 😽😊 #goodboy #ryker #sweetboy #goodsamaritan #azfamily #azrescuedog #gsdrescue #gsdworld #germanshepherdrescue #instagsd #instagsdworld #savealifeadopt #adoptdontshop #rescuedogofaz #savingpawsrescueaz


Happy Friday!!! These one little guy falls asleep every week when getting his picture taken. So funny!!! Donner must play hard during the day!! But how cute is he? #azfamily #gsdlove #gsdpuppy #germanshepherdworld #adoptdontshop #puppytime #puppylove #tocute #donner #germanshepherdpuppy #germanshepherdpuppylife


Please help us Wish Happy Birthday to our founder Trish. Without her dream and passion it would not be possible to save so many lives. #gsdlove #adoptdontshop #happybirthday #trish #germanshepherdrescue #azfamily


Sometimes you just need to be loved!! Kristoff is a big cuddlebug and enjoys being spoil. “Kristoff is taking a pre-bedtime nap. Not spoiled…” #azfamily #gsdlove #germanshepherdworld #greatfamily #loved #naptime #germanshepherdsdaily #kristoff #enjoyinglife


Rex says “I’m too cute to be hidden behind a blanket!” He looks quite pleased with himself that he ripped it off his kennel. (He has a hard time with noises and alot of activity and new people going through his room. Since we have puppy nannies coming in 3 times a day, the extra traffic is very hard on him, so the blanket was put over his kennel to block his view and, hopefully, his barking and snarling at new people.) #sexyrexy #sillyboy #itsofluffyimgonnadie #fluffyboy #gsdmix #gsdrescue #azrescuedogs #rescuedogsrock #mrpersonality #instagsd #savingpawsrescueaz