*HUERRO* IN A NUTSHELL: Big boy. Nice temperament. Needs training. No cats.
We literally did not have a square inch of spare space -- with THREE puppies and SIX adults (not counting two personal dogs and two cats) -- when we started receiving urgent emails on Huerro (we're going to call him "Hero" since we have no idea how to pronounce his name). He had been in a shelter for about a month with no interest from the public or rescue!

We reached out to the shelter to see how much time Hero had but, unfortunately, it wasn't much. We had to either save him NOW or let him die. Not willing to do the latter, we reached out to our pull team at Husky Camp to check on their availability. Unfortunately, they were already on a rescue mission in another part of the state on Saturday, but were available on Sunday only. Would the shelter make an exception for this handsome boy and open on Sunday? You bet they would!

The animal control officer at the shelter provided us with these notes on Hero:

He was found as a stray and here is his play group notes:

He was standing in the rear of the kennel with soft eyes, low tail and stiff body as the runner approached. The runner coaxed him while kneeling at the gate. He approached with a low tail wag and soft eyes. He jumped on the gate and licked the runner's hand with soft eyes. The runner opened the gate and he play bowed as the loop leash was presented. The runner easily placed the loop leash over his head. He walked well, next to the runner, on the way to the catch pen. He entered the pen and walked up to the play yard fence to greet a male husky. He had soft eyes and a neutral tail wag. He remained loose as the runner easily clasped the collar around his neck. He entered the play yard and began to explore. A female husky came up and sniffed his body as he walked the perimeter. He did not acknowledge her for a few moments. She came up to his face and he stopped to greet her. He had soft eyes, alert ears and a high tail wag. He then kicked his feet and walked away from her. The male shepherd came up to him at this time. He tolerated the husky sniffing his body with soft eyes and stiff tail. He kicked his feet out while scratching the ground once again and walked away. He approached a handler with soft eyes and low tail wag to briefly solicit affection. He then walked away to resume exploring. An energetic male Shar Pei came up and obnoxiously lingered in his face. He became tense with a high stiff tail and backed away from the Shar Pei, not comfortable with his energy. After a few moments the Shar Pei came back up to him. He was slightly more relaxed with the higher energy as he tolerated a longer greeting but remained tense with a low tail. He did not display any play style while in the yard. We have staff and volunteers that would love to see him get adopted or rescued!

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Checks made payable to WGSDR may be mailed to:

White GSD Rescue
2807 W Michelle Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85053-1732
(No dogs at this location; mailing address only)


If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, your donation must be processed through CABRA (Coalition of All Breed Rescue of Arizona), a 501c3 to which we belong as a participating member rescue. You can send your payment to CABRA in one of 2 ways:

  • Check: Please make your check payable to "C.A.B.R.A." and mail to:

    c/o Bill Ferrell, Treasurer
    116 Pioneer Street
    Gilbert, AZ 85233
    Note on the check "For the benefit of White GSD Rescue (*Huerro*)"


  • Paypal or credit card: Please visit CABRA's website and click on the "Donate" button on the first page. PLEASE BE SURE YOU DESIGNATE YOUR DONATION TO GO TO "WHITE GSD RESCUE" and the dog's name ("Huerro") that you are donating for once you are logged into PayPal. Please note: If you use a credit card, Paypal will take a percentage of your donation and we will not receive the full amount.
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To all of Huerro's faithful & generous supporters, we are eternally grateful...

UPDATE 9/24: Our friends from Husky Camp pulled Hero from the shelter this afternoon. He is safe and will be enjoying the hospitality of Husky Camp until we have room for him here in Phoenix, which may be a while. At least we know he is safe and being well taken care of.


UPDATE 11/19: Hero has arrived in Phoenix! Thanks to our friends at Husky Camp, who transported him from California to Quartzsite, AZ, and to volunteer Wendy, Hero has made his way to Phoenix in search of her forever home.

On the road with Chuck & Jon


Arrival in Phoenix

UPDATE 12/5: We tried Hero out on some "fetch" this morning. He definitely kept his eye on the ball and was more than willing to chase it across the yard, time and time again. But, bring it back was definitely not in his wheelhouse! He's such a clown.


This is one big, good looking boy! He does need to add a few pounds to his large frame, but we should be able to take care of that in no time. He seems friendly with the other dogs. No cats! Since he is so large, we would suggest someone with GSD experience (or lots of muscles). He's a big sweetheart, though. Just needs some manners.

UPDATE 12/9: Our thanks go out to long-time supporters and prior adopters Dave and Laura for offering Hero a foster home for the holidays.


Hero is making himself right at home

FOSTER UPDATE 12/10: "Hero got a very deep clean today. Loves the bath. Did not like the blow dryer. He got a bit aggressive."

FOSTER UPDATE 1/10: "Hope you are having a great week and staying warm. Too cold for me but I still have been going out walking for 4 miles in the morning. I haven't got Hero trained to take him out with me for long walks but he apparently doesn't care for the cold anyway. He has his standards and boundaries of what works for him. Goes back to the being completely spoiled in his former home. He loves laying on the couch with Dave and in his world a human bed is his bed also. Glad we are able to accommodate his way of life he that he was used too.

Our Vet did bloodwork and a stool sample. To quote her words 'Hero is perfect.' Of course she always said that about the boys and we know they were far from perfect. All organs, red/white counts are good. No valley fever, heart worms or parasites. Muscle/skeleton is good. The best news is he weighs 84 lbs. She wants 6 more pounds on him. We are starting him on Heart guard and Nexgard for now since we 15 doses left from the boys and then will switch to the once a year shot. Started Dasuquin also. He had a distemper/parvo booster. As for the itching, she didn't see anything or suspect anything causing it. She did give him a shot of Cytopoint to see if that helps with the itching. It has helped some. Maybe it is something with the rain just odd his skin is never red or irritated.

Of course, everyone at the vets office gave him a talking too about the shoes he will have to fill. That office loved the boys more than any other dogs we have had. Hero made a good impression with his silly personality but did get angry when the vet was feeling around his scrotum. He flung his head and gave a warning bark. When he did that he hit her in the face and her caused her a small lip bleed otherwise he was great. He does have an aggressive side we are trying to nip right now. Not with Dave but he has very quietly growled (the one you are not sure if he is growling or it is happy talk) at me a few times and once did the warning bark and we have not been able to figure out what circumstance promotes that but he is learning it is not acceptable at anytime. Who knows, right?

That is all I have. The handsome boy is happy, spoiled and is very entertaining with his silliness."

Adoption fee $365.00.

If you are interested in Huerro, please fill out our PROSPECTIVE ADOPTER'S QUESTIONNAIRE. You will be contacted by return email. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please Email Nancy at This questionnaire link is only for Huerro or other white German Shepherds on our site. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.

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