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Name: Kaja      Available Soon
Age: 2.0 year(s)
female
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Adoption Process

Our adoption process is designed to help you and the right dog find each other. Our goal is to place each dog into a permanent, safe, and loving home.

To adopt a German Shepherd Dog from us, you must:

1. Live in Northern California.
2. Complete an Adoption Questionnaire, either online, or by mail. If you do not own your home, you must also have your landlord complete the Landlord Letter.
3. Be interviewed by an adoption counselor.  
4. Allow a home visit by an adoption counselor.
5. Be approved for adoption.
6. Choose, and be chosen by, the right dog.
7. With our approval, sign our Adoption Agreement, and pay the associated fee.

After we receive your online Adoption Questionnaire, we will call you to begin the adoption process. We encourage potential adopters to come to one or more Adoption Days, because that is the best way to meet several German Shepherds and to find your new companion. If you attend an Adoption Day and choose a dog, you may be able to adopt the same day, if all adoption requirements are met.

If you cannot come to any Adoption Day, we can still assist you, this may take longer because the people who will help you are volunteers who usually have jobs, and scheduling meetings with dogs can be complex because our dogs live in many homes and kennels.

 

Kaja's Story:

Kaja (meaning Princess) is a 2-year old female black & tan German Shepherd (mix) dog that was picked up as a stray by Monterey County Animal Services. She is smaller in size, what we often refer to as a "pocket shepherd."

It was quite by accident that our evaluators found her at the shelter while evaluating other dogs. Seeing the bad shape this poor dog was in, we immediately pulled her so that she could receive the medical care needed from our local veterinary partners.

While at the shelter, Kaja was terrified when humans approached her. However, after some time, our evaluator gained her trust, and was able to leash her up and take her to the play yard. Still being scared and not knowing what was happening, she chose not to interact, but stayed to herself. Because of her medical condition and fearfulness, we did not push her.

After arriving in her foster home, she was given a good meal and a well needed medicated bath to help her feel more comfortable until her vet appointment. She did well being crated, and really takes comfort being in the company of other dogs. She even found some strength to play a little after meeting one of her foster brothers. It truly is amazing how just a little TLC can make a wonderful difference in the life of a shelter dog. We hope that in time, as Kaja begins to recover, she will show interest in toys and become the happy dog she was meant to be.

Upon evaluation by the vet, Kaja was found to be underweight, had hair loss and ear infections (both sides), resulting from bacterial and yeast infections, and possibly allergies that have been left untreated for quite some time. She also has a mast cell tumor on her chest that will be removed once she is healthy.

Kaja will be provided all the care needed to help her heal from the horrific neglect that no dog should have to endure. She will need a committed, experienced adopter who can provide her lots of TLC and guidance.

Kaja is new to our program, so we will post more information as her condition improves and we come to know her better.

It will be necessary for an adopter to have experience in raising a GSD or other large working breed dog, as well as begin an obedience course based upon positive re-enforcement to help Kaja become a well-behaved canine citizen.

Kaja is a Level 3 dog being fostered in the Santa Cruz mountains.

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Important Note About Dog Descriptions

Please remember that the descriptions of dogs (of Dogs Available) have been written by GSRNC volunteers and are usually based only upon our observation of the dog since the time it was rescued. While we try to provide dog descriptions that are fair and accurate, the nature of our work involves contact with dogs whose background and history are unknown to us. GSRNC cannot warrant or guarantee any dog's future behavior. For example, if we say that a rescue dog gets along with children, cats, or other dogs, this statement is usually based upon the fact that one of our volunteers has observed the dog interacting with his or her own children or pets. While this information may be helpful, we cannot be certain of how a dog will do with the children or pets in your home. If you are considering adopting, we encourage you to come to one of our Adoption Days and meet our rescue dogs. Ultimately, only you can decide whether one of our dogs is right for you.

Explanation of the Dog Levels

1 – "Fireplace dog"
Couch potato, super easy, low energy and no issues. This level of dog would do well in any home regardless of owner experience. (We rarely come across this level of dog.)

2 – “Easy Large Breed Companion Dog”
Low to moderate energy, needs some exercise but it is not a daily requirement. This dog will do well in most homes. The dog gets along with most other dogs, gets along with most other people and have been successfully been around children. The dog has no real behavioral issues that need to be managed or dealt with on a daily basis. This dog is an easy family dog.  

3 –“Standard Large Breed Dog”
Moderate energy, needs daily exercise of some sort to thrive and stay happy. This dog will do well in many types of homes, but some situations will not work for this dog. This dog may not get along with some types of dogs. This dog may be reactive to some other dogs while on leash. It may have too much energy to be around small children while unattended, and may have some behavioral issues that will require formal training or daily monitoring for the dog to successfully live happily in a family. These issues are normally minor such as fence climbing, prey drive, minor separation anxiety, nervousness in crowds, or other minor behavioral traits. A Potential Adopter for a level 3 dog must have prior, recent large breed dog experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully deal with the level 3 dog that they wish to adopt.  

4 – “Experienced Ownership Required”
Moderate, high or very high energy/drive. Needs an experienced owner familiar with working breed behavior to provide direct leadership and proper management. Level 4 dogs typically have a challenging behavior, but are good dogs. These dogs might be dog-reactive with most other dogs or dog-aggressive, may have to be an only animal in the home, maybe have moderate separation anxiety.  The dog normally needs daily physical and mental stimulation, etc. This level of dog is not an average pet. (We try to limit the number of level 4 dogs in our program.) A Potential Adopter for a level 4 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 4 dog.  

5 – “Competitive or Working Dog”
This is a dog that has an intense focus to ‘work’. It could be a dog that provides Search and Rescue services, could be a competitive Flyball or Agility dog, or has other working abilities. These dogs can be strong, pushy, dominant, and/or have extreme energy/drive. They need a professional handler or an owner who has the experience to provide a demonstrated commitment to the dog’s ‘working ability’. A Potential Adopter for a level 5 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 5 dog.