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. Tunnel To Towers Tempe

    September 8 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  2. 2019 Phoenix Strut Your Mutt

    October 19
  3. Sparky’s 3rd Annual Rally For The Rescue

    November 9


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We are going to try this again. We like to welcome two new fur kids to the Saving Paws Rescue family. Please welcome OSO who is now Maverick and Apolla who is now Artemis. We can not say Thank you enough to Lisa Korell and her volunteers for making this possible to be able to rescue this two great boys. Also Thsnk you to Julian and Brooke for flying them to us. You guys are unbelievable. @pilotjulianj Please look but for more updates, as we get to know the boys. #azfamily #azdog #azrescuedog #azgsdrescue #greatgsd #longhairgemanshepherd #planeride #dogonplane #adoptdontshop #longhairgsd


Pearl is sad to heard there is no hiking till summer over!! Maybe her dad will let her try out @runbuddymobile!!! But please remember trails are closed to furkids till the temperature drop in Phoenix area. Please make sure your furkids are safe during this hot summer! #azfamily #azrescuedog #azgsdrescue #greatgsd #gsdlove #germanshepherdcentral #germanshepherdsdaily #hikingwithdog


Great update from the Pratt family! ”4-Day camping trip ✅
Many walks through the woods with Jasmine, Jake, Sam, Kristoff and Sarge ✅
Kristoff’s ball is ready, in his mouth, and handy for play (SPR) ✅
Baths given back home ✅
Nap time with Sarge (SPR) ✅ —
#azfamily #azrescuedog #azgsdrescue #greatgsd #gsdlove #germansheperdworld #germanshepherdcentral #campingtrips #roadtrip #azdog #familytrip


We like to say Thank you to our volunteers for helping out this weekend to be able to make the Prescott Woof event. What a great day out. But also thank you to our volunteers that help behind the sense. From the newsletter, to Facebook main page, adoptions, working with the fur kids, transport, and Etc. With out all this great support the rescue would not be able to save another life. #azfamily #azrescuedog #azgsdrescue #greatgsd #adoptdontshop #adoptapet #gsdlove #germansheperdworld #germanshepherdcentral #woofevents #prescottaz


Great update on Kermit now Tukee. “Hi, it’s me Tukee, I was Kermit. I started to get a little shy with new people. Really I was just like hey I know enough people, but Mom and Dad said I have to greet people nicely. Thankfully I don’t have to be crazy in love with everyone but there is no reason to be shy. So I worked hard and happy to call myself a Canine Good Citizen now. Mom and Dad were proud I aced the test. I was most excited about the new toy I got to pick out.”
Great job Tukee keep up the great work. Please let us know how your furkid is doing. We love getting updates. #azfamily #azrescuedog #azgsdrescue #greatgsd #muppetpuppy #kermit #tukee #gsdlove #adoptdontshop #adoptapet #germanshepherdcentral #caninegoodcitizen #azdog #germanshepherd_corner


Hello My name is Rocky!! I am looking for a new swimming partner. Would you like to be my partner. So if you think you might be up for the role. Let the rescue know you are interested. They are taking applications for me. 😉 Rocky is a great boy looking for a place to call his own and a family to love him. He a great boy. Rocky about 1 year old. If you might be interested go to the website in the bio. #azfamily #gsdlove #azgsdrescue #seniorgermanshepherd #greatgsd #doglove #doglife #azrescuedog #azdogs #germanshepherdcentral #waterbaby💦 #kongtoy #kongdogtoys @kongcompany


Great update on Calvin from Wendy. “Happy Calvin! Up north with 30 acres to enjoy in the cool weather! (5 acres fenced in since his fur brother and sister aren’t as good as him staying close by 🙂).” #azfamily #azrescuedog #seniorgermanshepherd #gsdlove #greatgsd #germansheperdworld #calvin


Have you got to to meet Clive yet. He is one of our seniors looking for a place to call home. Where he can feel safe and play with his toys. Even with Clive being a senior. He loves his toys. He made sure to bring out Mr 🐇 by @kongcompany either where. Even out for poop breaks. Mr Rabbit I bet seen better days, but Clive does not care. Watch him saying hello to Rocky with the toy in his mouth. 😂 if you like more information on Clive. Please click on the bio for the website. If you are on Facebook there is a great write up of him too (saving paws rescue). Hit like to follow us on Facebook. #azfamily #dogtoys #gsdlove #germanshepherdcentral #azrescuedog #rescuedogsofinstagram #lookingfornewhome #greatgsd #kongtoy #kongdogtoys #seniorgsd #seniorgermanshepherd #azrescuedog #azgsdrescue #azdog #adoptdontshop #adoptapet @greymuzzleorg #greymuzzle


Take a seat!! My name is Valentino. I am taking applications for a new 🏡 home. So what you got to offer. 😂 lol!!! What a great boy. He a big lover. Well make a great addition to anyone home. #azfamily #azrescuedog #rescuedogsofinstagram #secondchance #valentino #gsdlove #germanshepherdcentral #lookingfornewhome #greatgsd #azrescuedog #rescuedog #petfinder


Remember Dee Dee?

As one of our volunteers headed down the driveway at the Dog House to walk a dog, there stood a crate tied closed with a note on top. Inside was a young, black GSD mix girl in heat. After posting her on lost dog sites, no owner came forward.
Miss Dee Dee has come a long way since being abandoned. She was a little shy at first, but she quickly learned that people can be good! Our volunteers have showered her with love and she has quickly won the heart of everyone who walks through the door.
Dee Dee is about 3 years old and she has definitely had puppies before, but is now spayed and looks forward to a bright new chapter in her life! She’s active, very loving towards people, walks well on a leash and would make a great addition to any family. She gets along with other dogs, so could go to a home with another nice dog. She would do well with a family that can continue showering her with love and kindness and make her a true member of the family by including her in family outings and activities. She makes friends wherever she goes!

If you can give Dee Dee an indoor forever home, please fill out our online application on our website:

http://www.savingpawsrescueaz.org/dogs/. #azfamily #germansheperdworld #germanshepherdcentral #adoptdontshop #thatface #beautifulgirls #gsdlove #gsddog #gsdgirl #gsdofinstagram #azdog #azrescuedog #azgsdrescue #rescuedogsofinstagram #fostergsd #secondchance