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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    May 5 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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


We like to do another spot light on two great volunteers. Thank you Susan and Alan for all you do to help the rescue. Thank you!! #nationalvolunteerweek #greatvolunteers #greatpeople #greatjob #volunteer #gsdlove #germanshepherdnetwork #savingpawsrescueaz #thankful


We are fortunate enough to have some wonderful regular volunteers. Chris is part of our “Sunday Crew” and has been volunteering for years. He and his wife have also adopted two SPRAZ dogs. Happy National Volunteer Week! #nationalvolunteerweek #weloveourvolunteers #grateful #sundaycrew#sprazvolunteer #volunteersareawesome #spraz #savingpawsrescueaz @jl_timms


In honor of National Volunteer week!! We can not say thank you enough to all the great volunteers that help Trish and the rescue to be able to save so many lives. Here is Bonnie and Kelly working with Captain Jack! #greatvolunteers #greatpeople #furkids #nationalvolunteerweek #gsdlove #germanshepherdnetwork #oneeyepuppy #germanshepherdpuppylife #greatboy #sweetfurkid #happyboy #germanshepherdlovers #germanshepherdfamily #hardworkers #verythankful #pacc911 #savingpawsrescueaz #spraz