Coastal German Shepherd Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity based in Orange County, California since 2004. We are dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned dogs in Southern California. Our Rescue exists solely because of your tax deductible donations, which support our efforts to save these very deserving animals. Please donate today and help us save more lives!

Saturday Dec 10
Tustin Petco Adoption Event
Saturday Dec 17
Norm Reeves Adoption Event
Saturday Jan 14
Pet Supply Warehouse Event
More Events


New Coastal Gear Available!!

New Coastal Gear Available!

We have an assortment of Baseball jersey shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, hats, and hooded sweatshirts. Sizes are small, medium, large and extra large. All items are "unisex". Hats come in black with royal blue or turquoise logos or beige with turquoise logo. Sweatshirts are front zipper. Prices are:

  • Baseball Caps - $10
  • Hooded Sweatshirts - $25
  • Baseball Jersey - $15
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt - $15

We also have ladies tank tops, and v-neck, short sleeve t-shirts in royal blue with red and white logos and men's short sleeve t-shirts in blue, sizes large and extra large.

To get your Coastal merchandise you can go to any of the adoption events, or you can contact She will let you know if she still has your size. If she does, you can Paypal the money to Coastal and she will send you your clothing or hat.

National "Adopt a Senior Month"
Consider Adding A Special Senior To Your Family!

Give a Senior Dog a Home!

We are reducing the adoption donation for our Seniors all month!

November is National "Adopt-a-Senior Month". In keeping with this wonderful program, we are trying to find homes for as many Seniors as possible this month. What greater gift could these wonderful dogs receive than a loving family! Our senior dogs will be available for a reduced adoption donation of $175. These Seniors are very deserving of great homes for their twilight years. "There's still plenty of life left on their tires" and they still have plenty of love to give!

The grey hair of an aging dog, spreading across the muzzle and over the eyebrows, is known as "frosting". To many in Rescue, there's nothing more wonderful than a "frosted face" with all the wisdom and experience it communicates and all the love that is still there to give. In contrast, there is nothing as heartbreaking as finding these poor souls abandoned and alone in our high kill shelters!

All too often older dogs are dumped by their owners for one reason or another. These faithful companions have earned security with age, not change. Unfortunately it's likely that they will be waiting for a forever home much longer than the youngsters in the shelter, because many people are reluctant to adopt an older dog. And sadly for some, that chance may never come and they will not leave the shelter alive!

People give many reasons for not considering the older dogs available for adoption, but in fact, an older dog may be the perfect addition for your family!

When you adopt an older dog, you can erase unpleasant past experiences that they've had simply by loving and caring for them. Older dogs are very grateful for the second chance they've been given and are very good at giving and receiving love. There's absolutely nothing like the smile you get from older dogs, especially dogs that haven't felt like smiling in awhile, but now have reasons to smile because you love them. It doesn't get any better than that! So if you are considering adding a new dog to your family, please don't pass up these frosted faces so quickly. You may be missing out on the sweetest dog that has ever graced your home and your life.


Foster Homes Needed!

By joining our Foster Family program, you can offer the safety and healing environment of your home to a dog either waiting in a shelter for euthanasia or for rescue. The more volunteer foster families we have, the more dogs we can save from death in noisy, cold and uncaring shelters.

As a Southern California-based rescue, we make every effort to find LOCAL foster homes for the dogs we rescue. Unfortunately, though we appreciate the offers, we cannot send dogs out of state to foster.

Please fill out our online foster application if you would like to join our team of Foster Families and save a life by giving a dog in need a place to go!

Special Funds Needed!

Often, the decision to save a dog's life is determined by our ability to pay their medical bills! We have not been able to assist as many medical cases as our hearts have wanted to over the past couple of months due to a depleted medical fund. All too often, shelters in Southern California label a dog to be rescue only due to illness. This means the dog is not available for adoption by the public and their only hope for getting out of the shelter is a rescue.

Even more often, the dogs are released with a waiver of spay or neuter. This means that our rescue is taking on a dog that may likely be ill, is not altered and may not have its vaccines, all of which we are committed to taking care of. As an all-volunteer group that depends solely on donations, we now work even harder to raise the dollars to help these homeless pets!

How Your Dollars Help!

While we have several high cost surgeries recently, just $25 can fully vaccinate one dog! $10 will cover one night of boarding. Your donation, combined with others, can help us put together the funds. Here's how your dollars can help:

  • $100 - will fully vaccinate four dogs
  • $300 - will pay a month's boarding for one dog
  • $500 - will spay or neuter four dogs


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Every time someone offers to Sponsor or Foster one of Coastal's dogs, we can add one more to the number of dogs we can save.
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