Name:Chevy      Adopted
Age: 4 year(s)
male, neutered
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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 Permission Agreement.
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.


Chevy's Story:


Congratulations to Chevy and his new family!!

Hey there! I'm Chevy, a 4-year-old 65-pound lucky guy. I was picked up as a stray in September 2022 and taken to the Stanislaus Animal Shelter where they made sure I received all my vaccinations and neutered me so I could be adopted.

The next 3 months were a blur, but GSRNC gave me an amazing Christmas present. They enrolled me in a board and train facility for 30 days to decompress and learn to be a good canine citizen. Thank you GSRNC, that was a very nice way to begin the next chapter of my quest for a forever family.

The reason you haven’t heard about me before was because I was fostered all these months up north in Yreka, way too far to attend an adoption day. Recently, two amazing members of our dog team took a road trip in our GSRNC van to bring me down to the Bay Area. Oh my goodness, I loved the adventure; it was so much fun!

If you spend any time with me at all, it won’t take long for you to realize just how much I love going on walks, day trips, and anywhere else you want to take me.

I have been with my new foster mom for a few weeks now and she is discovering the real on:

I can pretty much guarantee you will make new friends, because I love everyone. I'll also help you make your daily step goal with walks in the neighborhood and keep you laughing with my doggie antics.

I like toys of all shapes and sizes and will even nap on a pile of them. Do you have another dog or doggy friends? I’m asking because I think other dogs are a ton of fun. I do play rough so please be sure to make sure they can match my level of play. I’ve not had the opportunity to discover the joy of cats but my prey drive is pretty low. I sure hope I like them!!!

I'm helping my foster mom with her training skills and she is learning to walk me more calmly on a leash. I am treat-motivated so we are having fun learning new tricks and commands.

Lucky for her I came with some great manners. I'm already house and crate trained, plus I don’t nuisance bark, dig, chew, or jump on furniture.

My foster mom describes me as energetic, outgoing, curious, playful, and VERY affectionate (I promise not to run out of doggy kisses). Other folks just say I am extraordinarily handsome.

Don’t you love my pictures? Oh, one last comment. Just so you know, I only stop smiling in my sleep!
Will you be the “Happily Ever After” family that completes Chevy’s story?

Chevy is a level 3 dog being fostered in the East Bay.



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.