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.

Upcoming Events

  1. PACC911 and Anthem Pet Adoptathon

    February 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  2. PACC911 and PetSmart (The Pomenade) Pet Adoptathon

    March 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  3. PACC911 Glimmer of Hope

    March 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  4. PACC911 and Paws Around the Fountain Pet Adoptathon

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

    April 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Check out these two good looking boys, Valentino and Armani! Valentino just got adopted but Armani is still looking for his forever home. If you are looking to open your hearts and home to a great boy, please fill out an application on our website in the bio #azfamily #greatgermanshepherd #adoptdontshop #makingadifference #gsdlove #brothers #valentino #armani #germanshepherdworld #savingpawsrescueaz


“Help! He’s smothering me!” – Xena. This little cutie has gone to her forever home for more love and smothering.

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Time for a puppy fix! The little munchkins are a week old today!
Our new momma, Penny Lane, is doing wonderfully! Her foster family reports Penny likes going on walks but gets scared when she sees people. Penny Lane loves lots of attention from her special human and enjoys snacks. She’s starting to get a little restless, but is still such a good mom. It’s easy to see, as these adorable guys are chunky monkeys!

In order of birth, we first have the brindle baby. Her name is Dizzy My Lizzy “Dizzy.” She is the smallest of all of them.

Next is our boy John Lennon, “Johnny,” wearing the green collar.

Michelle My Belle, “Belle,” was born third and she is wearing the red collar.

George Harrison, “Georgie Boy,” was born fourth and he is wearing the black collar.

Last out was Sgt. Pepper, “Pepper,” and he is sporting a white collar. He’s the noisy one and always has something to say!

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Meanwhile at The Doghouse…gorgeous Khaleesi gettin’ after the rope on a pole! Get it Khaleesi!

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We sure love to see what the fur kids are up to!! Great update from the Wueri family! We bet you have no idea what this cutie is up too. Love the expression! “Little stinker swiped baby Jesus in the manger from the nativity. You can sort of see it in her mouth. This is after I’m yelling “bring me Jesus!” 😂” Bet you never thought she had Jesus in her mouth!
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Please say hi to our newest honorary GSD, Ducky! This poor guy was running thru traffic on the street when he was spotted by one of our volunteers on her way home. She was able to lure him over with some hot dogs and nabbed him. When we got in touch with his owner, he said that he doesn’t want him back and he could to back to county where he got him from a free adoption event. We of course told him he didn’t need to call county, that we would take care of Ducky. We’re so glad he doesn’t want him back, because he deserves better! Ducky is a young brindle pittie & is so sweet. He is just so scared & doesnt know what is happening. It’s clear he’s been hit and he shakes when getting pets 😩. But he still wants pets and wants to be with people AND he walks great on a leash. He’s been a very good boy so far and hopefully he will come out of his shell soon. Welcome to the good life, Ducky! No more running through traffic for you!

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