Shirley has been in a foster home with a disabled vet for the past several months. The plan was for her to be adopted and then enter the assistance program to become a service dog for her foster/adopter dad. Unfortunately, fate was not on Shirley's side.

Click here to see Shirley's journey with her "roommate" Laverne

Shirley's foster dad's family member has been diagnosed with cancer. The emotional upheaval that is going on in the household is unbearable for all concerned. Shirley is completely distraught at the breakdown of her person. There is no option -- her foster dad must remain in the house, and he feels asking Shirley to go through what she cannot understand is unfair to her. A difficult decision had to be made to return Shirley to our rescue for rehoming.

Shirley will be taking up residence at Doggie District to wait for her forever family to find her. She does well with older children, say 10 or 11 (we don't know about the younger ones as she has not been around them), and would love another dog to play with. She is sweet and friendly in her home environment, but has not been properly socialized and is uncomfortable traveling to places like PetsMart and Home Depot -- they're just too much for her. She may never be a service dog (due to lack of socialization and confidence); however, she can be a wonderful companion, playmate and protector for some lucky family. Shirley is spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on shots. She'd love the opportunity to steal your heart for the holidays.

Adoption fee $325.00.

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

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