When we asked for a temperament evaluation to be done on a dog at a California kill shelter, we had no idea that Atworth was even there. We did not find out about him until a last minute email, which told us that he and the other dog were in jeopardy unless rescued IMMEDIATELY. Of course, we have learned to take these "EMERGENCIES" with a grain of salt as we have come to find out all too well that "posters" (people who do nothing else all day but send out emails on dogs that they know nothing about) make up stories about dogs and their impending demise so that we will drop everything and rush to their rescue, when most of the time these dogs are really not in jeopardy at all or may, in fact, not even still be at the shelter at all, wasting precious time that could be spent on dogs that actually NEED to be rescued. Anyway, enough about the time-wasters.

When we found out that the other dog was on hold, and not even available for another five days (rather than being headed to the euthanasia room as we had been told), we asked that Atworth be evaluated instead, and he turned out to be a real sweetheart!

Atworth's Shelter Video
(Alcott is the black shepherd in the kennel to the right of Atworth)

Atworth was immediately picked up and exited the shelter through the front door! He is now safely tucked away at Crossroads in Rialto, awaiting transport to Phoenix. Thanks to Joe at Crossroads for taking these photos of Atworth.

Happy to be free


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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 (Atworth)"


  • 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 ("Atworth") that you are donating for once you are logged into PayPal. Please note: Paypal will take a percentage of your donation.
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Atworth wanted to start the search for his new family right away

UPDATE 3/11: Atworth has arrived in Phoenix!

Chuck helps Atworth out of the vehicle

On the ground in Quartzsite

Checking out his new yard in Phoenix

For those of you who remember our fabulous girl, Jinx, Atworth could be her brother. He's a "redhead" with a fabulous temperament. So sweet, but needing some training and manners. From his coloring and rounded ears, we're guessing this boy has a touch of lab in him, but we're not complaining as shepherd/lab is an excellent combination.

Atworth is neutered, microchipped, up-to-date on all shots (except rabies which he will receive shortly), and ready to move on with his life. His age is listed at 2 years, but we'll get an age verification once he sees our vet. Obviously he needs to put on some weight, and we'll get started on that right away; he otherwise appears healthy.

UPDATE 3/17: Atworth started training at Boot Camp this afternoon with volunteer Diane. He thoroughly enjoyed himself, meeting dogs of both sexes and all ages, not to mention some new people. His tail never stopped wagging the entire time.

Learning to heel

No problem in the flooding circle

Atworth (R) got to get in some playtime with Axel (recently adopted from our rescue)

Hey, Wendy, did you see me in class?

Dogs barked in his face and one even climbed on him, but Atworth took it all in stride and just kept wagging that tail of his. He had a ball.

Adoption fee $305.00.

If you are interested in Atworth, 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 Atworth or other white German Shepherds on our site. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.

Please familiarize yourself with our adoption policies by reading ADOPTION BEGINS HERE. THANK YOU.