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!

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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: Bandit

Bandit has been with us for a little while and we would love to tell you about him and his story! Bandit was first rescued by HARTT – Humane Animal Rescue and Trapping Team back in December of 2019. They were contacted about a German Shepherd who was scared and abandoned and ran in fear from everyone who attempted to save him. They knew that the only way to help get him off the streets would be to humanely trap him. They worked tirelessly to ensure his safety and it paid off! Bandit went into the trap and he was SAFE! He then spent a while at HARTT decompressing before coming to Saving Paws.

With many rescue dogs like Bandit, there is no telling what happened to them in the past. Bandit can be very fearful of new situations and new people which is why he has been with us for some time. He has been learning to trust and is currently working with George the trainer at Couth Canine to not only help with his fear challenges but also work on basic obedience. We want to say a huge thank you to The Casual Pint Central Phoenix for being great partners with us and hosting multiple fundraisers for the rescue over the past few months. Because of them we were able to raise the money to send Bandit to training to help him be one step closer to getting adopted.

We are eager to help this boy find his perfect forever home! His ideal family would be one who has a quiet home environment with not a lot of people coming and going, he should not go to a home with children, and the trainer believes he can either go to a home with a well balanced dog who will respect his space, or preferably be the only dog. Bandit will need an adopter who has German Shepherd experience, and to ensure a successful transition we will want any potential adopters to come and meet bandit multiple times before going home. Because of his tendency to be fearful of new people, it will take a few times for bandit to feel comfortable and safe. But once he trusts you, he is a love bug! Because bandit is in training currently, this gives a great and unique opportunity for a potential adopter to work with our trainer directly before bandit would go home with you.

If you are interested in adopting Bandit, please know that it may take some time for him to get to know you, but he is worth it! Once he knows he is safe with you, he is eager to please and receive affection. He loves to cuddle, loves toys of all kind and will always be up for an adventure. He is extremely smart, he is on key with basic commands and is learning even more at training. If you think you can give bandit the love, time and patience that he needs please submit an application.

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.

Upcoming Events

  1. Relay For Rescue 2021 – Phoenix

    January 30, 2021

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