Name: Faith F.      Available Now
Age: 4 year(s)
female, spayed
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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.


Faith F.'s Story:

Faith is a 4 year old female German Shepherd who came into Rescue on 8/25/18.

In her early life she had little-to-no training but since arriving in Rescue she quickly is learning new skills. Faith craves being with her people and wants to please them. She loves to cuddle! She is a large dog, weighing 88 pounds.

Faith has been shared between two foster homes, both with resident dogs. She is crate trained and house trained and uses a dog door to go out to potty. She has decent house manners and sleeps free at night. She has access to the yard and parts of the house when her foster mom is work and is fine when left alone with her foster siblings. She loves to go for car rides and does well crated in a vehicle. She does not get sick going over mountain roads. She is a very athletic dog who can easily jump into the back of a pickup truck.

Faith is a somewhat high energy dog who enjoys the company of other large dogs. She plays well with a smaller female dog in one foster home and with all the male dogs in both foster homes. She also did well meeting an adopter's male dog and was off leash with him a short time after their meeting. She is rough and tumble player.

To see Faith's play style click here and click here

At times Faith will attempt to push her foster brothers away from her foster mom. This has not been an issue in her foster home but will need to be considered by adopters who have a resident dog. Our experience has been that after a few days in her foster home she accepts the pack structure.

She will try to jump on counters and has been found holding a slipper. She will jump on people for attention. We are working on correcting those behaviors.

Faith has a soft mouth when taking treats. She does well taking treats side-by-side with her foster brothers but at meal times she will guard her food bowl and needs to eat separately.

We are working on basic obedience, heeling and sits & downs. She is smart and is coming along nicely. She enjoys going on walks and does not pull when wearing a prong collar.

Faith is a strong dog who needs home with an experienced family who will set boundaries and who have the time to get her out in the world to help her make up for missed exposures in her early life.

An ideal home for Faith would be one with another compatible dog or she can go as an only dog with a family who is not gone to long each day. Due to jumping we are not recommending Faith for a family with small children. She has enough prey drive that a home with a cat or small dog is not suggested.

Faith is a level 3 dog who is living at a foster home with two other German Shepherds. She is living in Napa.



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.