Niko is a 10 month old German shepherd (possible mix) that was turned in to a California kill shelter by his owner -- "Moving from a house to an apartment; no room for the dog" was the excuse given. It's the same song and dance for people who find that dumping their dogs is easier than searching for dog-friendly apartment! We just don't understand it, do you?

Niko's Shelter Video

Thanks to Lisa, who heeded our call for help and pulled Niko from the shelter, and to Tera who transported him all the way to Crossroads where he will be safe until transport can be arranged.

Click to help Niko via Paypal:


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 (Niko)"


  • 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 ("NIKO") that you are donating for once you are logged into PayPal. Please note: Paypal will take a percentage of your donation.
Sarah S
Diane K
Irina T
Laura S
   Holly L
Kathleen U
Lisa W
Maureen C
   Ginny L
John W
Cindy L
Nancy F
Tamara V
Debra P
Susanne R
Thanks to all of Niko's Angels!! We couldn't have saved him without YOU!

Niko and Tera's little boy were great friends during the ride to Crossroads!!


UPDATE 12/10: Niko & Clancy have arrived in Phoenix! The next $200 of our "Pay-It-Forward" award went to bringing these two to Phoenix. Our thanks go to Monica for making the long trip from California and allowing these two furbabies to hitch a ride. Monica even rented an SUV to enable her to bring both boys on the same trip!


Niko was the first out of the truck. Happy-go-lucky and glad to meet everyone. Obviously he's not a full shepherd, but he has a beautiful face and a gorgeous coat with a personality to match. Except for the coloring, we're almost thinking Norwegian Elkhound, but we'll try for better pictures in the daylight and see what we come up with. Either way, he's a beautiful boy with a super temperament. For now, he's stashed away with a bone and a blanket for the night at the home of one of our staff members.


Niko saw the groomer today and feels 100% better

Adoption fee to be determined.

If you are interested in Niko, 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 Niko 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.