Overwhelmed, ‘spooked,’ German shepherd desperately in need of a rescue to save him

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An overwhelmed German shepherd, who is said to be “spooked,” at the animal shelter where he is being held, is desperately in need of rescue. The eight-year-old dog, named Falcon, has been at the Downey Animal Services facility in Downey, California, since April 11, and he is labeled “rescue only.”

A recent social media post made on Falcon’s behalf reads:


Gorgeous #GSD seems to be very spooked in shelter environment.
#gsdlovers sounds like a loyal GSD who is out of his element.
Stunning boy, great age.
please help.

Playgroup notes provide insight to Falcon’s discomfort at the shelter:

Playgroup Highlights ⬇️

Falcon sat in place, lowering his head as he tolerated the leash being placed
around him. He follows the runner to exit the kennel with ease, remaining close by him as he walks through the building. He
bypassed the other dogs in the adjacent kennels as he remained displaying a timid-like demeanor. Once reaching the catch
pen, Falcon kept his distance from greeting the other dogs in the adjacent play yard as he appeared overwhelmed with the
new environment. Upon approaching to place a collar around him, Falcon head dodged his head away, avoiding making eye
contact with the runner. He eventually allowed for the collar to be placed around him without issue, yet remained
discomforted with being handled.

Saving Falcon

QUESTIONS CAN BE ANSWERED 24/7 AT (562) 940-6898 or Email DowneyCTAIP@animalcare.lacounty.gov

Contact email for urgent rescue inquiries only: ACCDowney@animalcare.lacounty.gov

Note: Falcon will be made available for Rescue Only due to his discomfort with being handled, requiring further socializing and confidence building.

Petharbor link for Falcon here.

For more information about this animal, call:
Los Angeles County Animal Control – Downey at (562) 940-6898
Ask for information about animal ID number A5412729

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2 replies
  1. tamara beinlich says:

    I rescued a chihuahua who acted the same way when you tried to put a collar and lead on him. Turns out his old owner would hang him and jerk him around using the lead and collar. Poor guy was probably abused at some point in his 8 years.


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