German Shepherd dogs, as well as the other herding breeds that we have in rescue, are highly active, energetic, working breeds. They require considerable vetting, exercise, socialization, training, leadership and mental stimuli in order to be well-adjusted, well-balanced, and well-mannered dogs. Even if you exercise and play with your dog daily in your fenced yard, you MUST still take your dog out on daily walks and outings in order to work on his/her leash skills, manners, and social skills.These breeds make great additions to active families who will pamper them, but who will also work with them, as they are smart dogs who need leadership, structure, plenty of activity and mental stimulation.
If you are new to German Shepherds (and other herding breeds), please research the breed to make sure this is the dog for you. We ask that you consider the time and financial commitment that your German Shepherd (or other herding breed) dog will require before applying for one. Please review the section on our website (www.heartlandgsrescue.org) "Is a HUGS Dog Right for You?" for additional information.
Sweet Mara came to us when she was at her last hour in a small rural kill shelter that kills for space, after being found as a stray. Mara is amazing. One look into her big brown eyes and everyone falls in love!
Mara is energetic yet gentle, funny, sweet, cuddly, super playful, and just the sweetest girl! Mara knows some basic commands, and is eager to please and learn. She would do well as an only dog, or with another playful dog who is not possessive of his things (Mara is very playful, she just needs to be watched a little around high-value toys & chews, as she doesn't always want to share). Mara loves to be groomed and brushed. and even likes having her nails done! A Spa Day makes her happy! Mara is still young and is very puppyish. She will entertain herself in her crate, but mostly wants to be out and about, following people and amusing them. She would be a wonderful addition to a home that wants a fun, active, and very affectionate companion.
Mara's adoption fee is $325, all of which goes back into offsetting our high-cost vetting expenses and rescuing more dogs. We are a 100% volunteer-run rescue group and rely on adoption fees and donations to continue saving lives. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, current on age-appropriate vaccinations, fecal, deworming, flea/tick and heartworm preventative, heartworm tested if old enough (and treated if positive), and microchipped. Please visit http://heartlandgsrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/adoption for more information about our adoption process and requirements, and to apply.
More about Mara
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Please review the information in the "About Us", "Important Considerations" and "Adopt" sections on our website menu, as it contains useful information about the breed, adoption fees, the adoption process and our requirements, and how meeting the dogs works.
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