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.

Upcoming Events

  1. PACC911 and PetSmart (The Pomenade) Pet Adoptathon

    March 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  2. PACC911 Glimmer of Hope

    March 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  3. PACC911 and Paws Around the Fountain Pet Adoptathon

    March 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  4. Dog Days of Glendale 2019

    April 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  5. Sparky’s 3rd Annual Rally For The Rescue

    November 9


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Great Update on Cesar!!! Cesar started out his day at the Sr. Center giving out kisses to his favorites and had a resident tell him she’s sure God is saving a spot for him in Heaven. Then off for an hour hike, then a spa day, then to his favorite patio for dinner. He has a better social life than some people. Lol!! #azfamily #gsdlove #cesarsalad #cesar #gsdlove #germanshepherdbathtime #gsdspage #adoptdontshop #germanshepherdworld #germanshepherdsdaily #givingbacktothecommunity


Look who having fun in the snow!!! great update on Nosey! Please share if you have a great update on your fur kid. We love hearing how they are doing.
#azfamily #germanshepherdsdaily #happydance #snowday #adoptdontshop #roadtrip #playinginsnow #germanshepherdworld #gsdlove


Sunday fun day at the dog house!! Miss Kooper enjoying her breakfast at the table and having fun with the volunteers. 😊🥳#megaesophagus #azfamily #misskooper @pacc911 #gsdlove #germanshepherdsdaily #happydance #lovethisgirl


Zeb had a great day out. He had a great vet check up. Thank you @pacc911 Zeb was so excited he jump up on the desk to show how much he is feeling better. Then his foster stop by @petfooddepotaz to pick out some treats and toys. Foster so excited to see Zeb coming out of his shell, 😊 #azfamily #germanshepherdsdaily #gsdlove #happypuppies #happydance #gsdjump #adoptdontshop #dogtoys #dogtreats #redbarntreats @greymuzzleorg #seniorgsd


Are you looking for a beautiful, young, classic-looking GSD? Do you have an active family and are familiar with the traits common to Shepherds? Yes, you say? Well, then…have we got the girl for you!

Young, 10-month-old Mila was surrendered by her owner due to lack of time for her. She has not had a lot of socialization around other dogs, and is rough around the edges. She can be rather mouthy and hasn’t learned her house manners quite yet, so she will need someone to show her how to behave both at home and in public. Being just a teen-ager herself, she has quite a bit of energy, so for this reason we think she would fit best with a family with older kids so she doesn’t knock the little ones down.

She is a sweet girl, eager to please, enthusiastic, and in no time flat will become your best friend. If Mila sounds like your kind of gal, be sure to click on the link below to get the adoption process started:

http://www.savingpawsrescueaz.org/adoption-form/ #azfamily #gsdlove #germanshepherdsdaily #puppybreath #gsdpuppy #gsdpuppylove #happydance #germanshepherdpuppy


Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Great photos received from so many families!! #azfamily #germanshepherdsdaily #happydance #happypuppies #loveintheair #gsdlove #belgianmalinois #thegermanshepherdworld


How cute are Noelle puppies!!! we are so excited they are leaving for they forever homes! #azfamily #happydance #gsdlove #puppybreath #germanshepherdsdaily #happypuppies #loveintheair #adoptdontshop


Some have asked how Howie doing. He getting better with each day. Unbelievable group of people and fur kids helping Howie get better. Miss Kooper is his rommmate. #azfamily #greatvolunteers #roommatebuddy #gsdlove #adoptdontshop #feelbetter #germanshepherdsdaily #howie #misskooper #lovingthebed @pacc911 #pacc911


How sweetdo these two look. Happy Sunday!! #azfamily #gsd #puppylove #germanshepherdworld #adoptdontshop #


Coffee fixs!!! Update from the Hill family!! White light from the Dutch Bros sign is Joie’s (fka Camilla) best light. Getting our Friday night puppachinos after playing at the park. She is just so beautiful. ❤ it sure it great to see how much the fur kids are getting loved. #azfamily #adoptdontshop #gsdlove #germanshepherdsdaily #dutchbros #puppachino #coffeetime☕️


The Rescue could not save as many fur kids lives without every volunteer and all their help. It’s not just one volunteer, but an unbelievable group of people giving up their time and effort to help the Rescue and the fur kids. We’d like to thank @diannamichellephotography for some great photos of Penny Lane’s puppies. They are all finally getting to go home to their furever families. We can not say thank you enough to their foster family for caring for Penny Lane and her puppies, and to all of the volunteers caring for the puppies along with all of the supporters for all the great donations to help the puppies and the Rescue! #azfamily #greatvolunteers #thankfulforsupporters #adoptdontshop #gsdlove #greatphotos #adoptadog #puppylove #happyfamilies


Great update from the Bailey family!! Ollie (fka McGhee) and his brother Jackson napping 💙 Ollie recently weighed in at 60 lbs at about 6.5 months old! He makes his “big” brother (2 yr old cattle dog/GSD) look tiny! #azfamily #adoptdontshop #gsdlove #familylove