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.

Help us build our future safe haven! One for one donation matching up to $100,000!

After saving over 1,700 lives, we are happy to announce having a premier safe haven is near! In 2018, SPR received an amazing gift from a previous adopter: five acres of land. This land is the foundation of SPR’s future. SPR plans 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 SPR has 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!

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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SPR Spotlight: Tempe

Temperance (Tempe) came to our rescue as a stray – she was skinny, weak and had a very bloated belly. Come to find out, this poor girl was so hungry she would eat anything she could find and had a stomach full of trash, bones, and even Christmas tree ornament hooks. If that wasn’t enough, we found out she is diabetic and ended up having to have one of her eyes removed. With the help of all the volunteers at our rescue, she slowly started to get better and was finally surrounded with love and kindness. Despite all this sweet girl has gone through, she continues to enjoy life and have fun! She loves toys, going on walks, and is overall a happy girl. Now Tempe is ready for a home of her very own!

Read more about Tempe and our Love For Life Program, which she is eligible for! If you think you could give this precious girl a soft place to land, please complete our foster application.

Shopping at Safeway or Albertsons? Check this out!

Throughout February, all Safeway and Albertsons stores across Arizona, as well as in Las Vegas and Albuquerque, are helping rescue animals. Saving Paws Rescue is one of the 22 recipients from this generous promotion!

So how does it work? When you check out, all you have to do is say “YES” on the keypad when it asks you to donate to animal welfare. It’s as easy as that!

A special thank you to the Love Pup Foundation, Safeway, Albertsons, 3TV and CBS 5 for the generous “Donate at the register” campaign!

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!

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!

We could use your help!

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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