Breed: GSD Age: 5 Years Old Color: Sable
Weight: 66 lbs.
History: Unknown Location: Austin Adoption Status: Available
Good w/Dogs: No Good w/Cats: Unknown
Watch Zara's story!
Things could not be going better for this girl. All of the
inmates and staff of the
Paws in Prison program love her calm and affectionate
nature. Zara is a gorgeous 5 year old sable German Shepherd with
lots of love to give. Zara has come a long way since she entered
the Paws in Prison Program 2 months ago. The program has forever
changed the live of this beautiful girl. She has regained her
beautiful appearance, is crate trained, is obedience trained,
and has learned great house manners.
Zara is an owner focused girl who has learned all of her
obedience commands, and like all ladies, loves to have her hair
brushed and her nails done, but her favorite thing in the world
is a nice, long belly rub. The Director of the program said:
"Zara is doing so well. She is barking and wooooing hello at me
when I go into the pod and then of course she rolls over on her
back and wants her belly rub, pawing at my feet if I stop."
Zara adores spending quality time with her person. She really
loves people and meeting new people. All of the staff and
inmates just love her calm and affectionate nature. Zara demands
a little more respect from other dogs. She does not like other
dogs in her "comfort zone", and if they do not respect her
space, she will make sure that they understand that she wants
them to keep their distance. Although she has learned to be more
tolerant of other dogs in the program, with her tendency to be
dominant and overbearing with dogs in her personal space, she
would do best in a home where she is the only dog.
Zara really seems to cherish the one-on-one companionship with
her family. She will be a calm, close, affectionate, and loyal
companion to the lucky person looking for just those traits in
Zara will thrive in a home that has plenty of time for her,
since she appears to get anxious when left alone for too long.
When Zara is not training with her inmates, she is dreaming of
her forever home. She just wants to be with her family and is
happiest when her family is nearby and she can watch over them.
Zara needs a home that that can provide her with a consistent
routine and that will always be there for her. Could you be the
perfect family that Zara has been dreaming of ?
June 30 Update
dog sentenced to 60 days in prison!
A 5 year old female German Shepherd Dog rescued just hours
before she was scheduled for execution by lethal injection has
been sentenced to 60 days of hard training. Zara was delivered
to a Texas Women’s Correctional facility to begin her sentence
on June 25, 2008.
Zara is very fortunate to be participating in the Paws
in Prison (Cell Dog) Program. Zara will be matched with
two offenders who will share the responsibilities of caring for
and training her in basic obedience. (House Training, Sit, Stay,
Down, Off, Loose Leash, Recall, etc.) They will attend lessons
twice a week with a professional dog trainer. The inmates will
practice with Zara every day, teaching her all the things they
are learning from the trainers. After successfully completing
her 60 days of hard training at the Paws in Prison program, Zara
will be able to meet her AKC Canine Good Citizenship
requirements and will be available for adoption by an AGSDR
In our experience many German Shepherd Dogs are very good with kids.
In our bios, we may provide information on our experience with a
particular dog and children. However AGSDR discourages ALL
unsupervised animal/child interaction. Children should be supervised at
all times when they interact with ANY animal, whether it is a horse, dog,
cat, bunny, lizard, or any other species. Even loving household pets
can have a grumpy day, or otherwise get tired of a child's attention, so
proper supervision is essential for the well being of any child and any
The entire biography of this dog is based
solely upon our volunteers' direct experiences with the dog. The
dog's age is an estimate, and statements about the state of
health, temperament, training, and ability to get along with
other animals, children, cats and other dogs, is estimated
solely based on our volunteer's experiences with this dog. Your
experiences with this dog may be quite different.