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

Our Love 4 Life program offers dogs with terminal illness or other conditions that makes adoption not a likely with a forever home in a loving foster or our rescue center. We provide the medical care, food, medicines and vaccinations - you provide a safe and loving home!

Learn more about Love For Life

How you can help

There are numerous ways you can help our rescue - from volunteering to 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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Help us build a new safe haven

After saving over 1,700 lives, we are happy to announce having a premier safe haven is near! In 2018, our rescue received an amazing gift from a previous adopter: 5 acres of land. This land is the foundation of Saving Paw Rescue’s future. We plan to build a grand facility which will include a home that exudes a feeling of safety and warmth. Every dog that comes through the doors will know he or she is safe, loved and, most importantly, home.

Right now is a crucial step, though. Your support will go even further this year as we have a very generous matching challenge. The first $100,000.00 donated will be matched. Donations can be made via the PayPal link below or by mailing a check to Saving Paws Rescue Arizona, PO Box 87148, Phoenix, Arizona 85080.

Read more about our future location and plans! We are endlessly thankful for your continued support!



Seniors for Seniors!

We are looking for fosters for our program, Seniors for Seniors, to provide comfortable homes to older German Shepherds. All expenses will be paid by the rescue, including food, medications and vet visits. You just provide the loving home! Open up your heart and your home to become part of our Seniors for Seniors! Contact us at sprseniorsforseniors@gmail.com for more information. And be sure to check out an article about our program on page 12 of the January/February 2022 issue of Prescott Dog!

Kenric Hwang, founder of Max and Neo, started fostering for our rescue 7 years ago. By volunteering and fostering, it lead to his creation of Max and Neo. Right now, they are holding a fundraiser for us by donating gifts to supporters in helping build our new safe haven. Depending on the size of donation made by a supporter, Max and Neo will be sending either collars, treats, beds, blankets, or even paddleboards. A recurring monthly gift will be more gifts from Max and Neo, such as the monthly collar club.

To see the entire list of gifts, learn more information, and make a donation, please visit: helping Saving Paws AZ build a new safe haven

SPR Spotlight: Carmen

Carmen is exactly what you should expect of a 2-3 year old Belgian Malinois! She has endless amounts of energy and genius level intelligence. She will need someone who can give her a LOT of physical and mental exercise. She loves attention and will need loads of it. Someone wanting to adopt Carmen will need to be able to meet all of her breed’s specific demands. Carmen will need:

  • 3-5 hours of exercise a day
  • Daily training for mental stimulation
  • No small children in the household
  • No other dogs unless the handler is experienced with Malinois dogs living with other dogs
  • No cats or small pets in the household
  • A strong, active handler
  • Someone who has experience with Malinois dogs

If you can meet these requirements for Carmen then she will be one of the sweetest, most loyal, and loving companions you can find! If interested in meeting Carmen and learning more about her, please submit an adoption application.

Note: We will only schedule meet and greets with an approved application. We are an all-volunteer organization. It may take a couple of days to process an application and complete reference checks.

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!




Wish Lists for our dogs

Would you like to help support our rescue and treat the dogs to some special goodies? We have a few different Wish Lists for items that would greatly help our volunteers and dogs! Items on our list range from dog food, to toys to keep the dogs entertained, to gift cards for stores like Lowes (it’s not an area commonly thought of, but there is never a shortage of handyman projects, so this helps us keep the doghouse all nice and safe for everyone). Any donation is greatly appreciated!

Amazon Wish List

From cleaning products to food to toys, our Amazon Wish List is filled with items that would greatly help volunteers and dogs alike!

Amazon Wish List

Amazon Puppy Wish List

Help our Puppy Nannies take care of the littlest that we save. Be a Puppy Angel and help us save more lives!

Amazon Wish List

Chewy Wish List

Be sure to check out our newest Wish List added to Chewy!

Chewy Wish List

Looking for volunteers

Have you given thought to becoming a foster or volunteering time at our Dog House or Sanctuary? We have multiple areas we could use volunteer help, including: puppy nanny, house cleaning, dog enrichment/socialization, kennel maintenance, and items related to office/admin work. Visit our Volunteer page to learn more details along with a link to our volunteer application.

We also have a great need for fosters! Our rescue only has so much capacity to intake dogs which is at max most of the time, so having fosters allow us to continue helping increase the amount of lives we can save together! While fostering, we will provide the dog’s food, medications (if needed) and cover the cost of vet visits. You provide a safe and loving landing space until their forever family comes along. If you’d like to help, please head over to our Foster page to learn more.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Virtual Event: Pampered Chef Fundraiser (Entire Month of May)

    May 1 @ 12:00 am - May 31 @ 11:30 pm