Labeled a German shepherd / labrador retriever mix, this girl showed up in a California kill shelter as a stray in September. She waited out her time, then went up for adoption ... but no one came for her. She was kenneled with a young female husky, and the 2 were doing fine together, but by late October, her time was about up, and Alta Luna was starting to get kennel stressed.

The shelter marked her "Code Yellow ~ Rescue Only," which is usually a death sentence for any dog. Fortunately, it was about this time our facebook angel, Kathy J, spotted her and inquired. The shelter wrote back, "Very sweet ... but you know how the kennel environment can really take a toll on these sweeties. She is unaltered and our clinic is completely booked for a few weeks so we are asking rescues to take dogs 'as is.'"

Luckily, someone had taken videos and pictures of Alta Luna and her kennelmate.

We were torn. We had just taken in five on Saturday (Tally, Olivia, Carlo, Miley and Paloma) and had committed to taking in two more (Zack and Jeff). We just had to take a moment to assess but, in the end, we do what we always do and made room for just one more. By October 23rd, Alta Luna had an official rescue commitment -- she was going to be given a chance at the rest of her life.

UPDATE 10/24: Thanks to our wonderful transporter, Tera, Alta Luna is safe and sound at Crossroads.

Leaving the shelter

Safe at Crossroads

Alta Luna is scheduled to be spayed on November 13th, after which we will begin to work on a transport to Phoenix for her.

UPDATE 11/13: Alta Luna came through her spay surgery without complication. She is resting well and will be brought to Phoenix as soon as a foster spot opens up for her. In the meantime, we know she's in good hands.

UPDATE 1/3: We finally have an open spot, and Alta Luna will be making her way to Phoenix tomorrow, January 4th, to begin the search for her forever home. She will be available for immediate introductions and adoption.

UPDATE 1/4: Alta Luna arrived in Phoenix this afternoon, courtesy of our California transport friends, Chuck and Jon and two of our staff members.

Arrival in Quartzsite

Stretching her legs

Honey & Alta Luna loaded up for Phoenix

Alta Luna is now spayed, updated on shots and microchipped; she's ready for the rest of her life.

UPDATE 3/9: Our volunteer trainer, Jordan, went to Doggie District this afternoon to spend some time with Reno and Alta Luna. According to Jordan, "Reno and Alta Luna are so sweet! ...Alta Luna was super nervous when we first met and I had to coax her to get in my car. But the longer we were together she became comfortable with me and even started getting attached to me. She doesn’t seem to know any commands but she is smart and I got her to sit a few times for treats. She is super distracted by other people and dogs but again she didn’t bark either which is good. I feel she would do well with either a small family of two or someone single. She seems to attach quickly and will make a strong bond with someone. She just needs to get her confidence up. She has the sweetest personality and has lots of energy! I loved them both! ..."


Alta Luna and Reno enjoy playtime at Doggie District

UPDATE 4/4: In spite of everything that they have going on with the coronavirus and trying to maintain a doggie daycare facility in these trying times, the manager of Doggie District found the time to send us some photos and an update on our girl! According to Kelly, "She is such a dork. She's doing great. Shes great with all the dogs and people. Just a big doofus. So sweet." Kelly also says she trots and prances around the play yard like a horse!

Adoption fee $375.00.

If you are interested in Alta Luna, 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 White GSD Rescue at This questionnaire link is only for Alta Luna or other white German Shepherds on our website. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.

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