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Maxfield 2313

Maxfield was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Texas on a whim from an SSR volunteer. He was at risk of euthanasia so she brought him home instead. He spent two years living with his foster in Texas, and she treated him like one of her own dogs. Eventually she decided it was time for him to find his forever family and head north to Virginia. 

Maxfield has shown signs of dog reactivity so he is currently with our training partner, Sadie's Rules, in Nellysford, VA. Max has had some unfortunate encounters with dogs in the past and has even been attacked previously. Poor Max was even bit while out on a leashed neighborhood walk with his foster in TX prior to coming to VA. A stray came upon them and she was unable to safely remove Max before that stray attacked. This old guy has suffered a lot of trauma in his TX life and we promised him a brighter future here up North! Are you the bright spot in his life?

Max prefers to be the center of your world and would do better as the only dog in your home. He does not like when other dogs get in his personal space because of what he has experienced  (and who can blame him?) but he can coexist with other dogs. As a protective measure, when Max is out on the trail at training with numerous other dogs, he often wears a basket muzzle. He needs to know his new owner has his back and will protect him and not put him in dangerous situations. Max was already treated for heartworm disease and is negative. He is allergic to chicken and does really well on the raw diet he is on. His previous foster can share information regarding the holistic protocol and supplements she found successful in keeping him healthy. The finishing touches of his training program are wrapping up and Max is actively looking for his forever home!

The  15/10 Foundation  has launched an initiative to encourage the adoptions of German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes over the age of 5 years. Maxfield has been nominated and approved for adoption fee sponsorship.


If you are an approved adopter and are interested in this dog, please let your case worker know. If you are not yet an approved adopter but are interested, please complete an adoption application!

If you are viewing this animal on Petfinder, please see our organization’s Petfinder home page, linked below (on mobile) or to the right (on desktop), to read about our adoption process and to start your journey!

Donations can be made at or on PayPal to

German Shepherd Dog

9 Years 4 Months


Nellysford, VA

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