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. Complete an Adoption Questionnaire, either online, or hard-copy (pdf format). If you do not own your home, you must have your landlord complete the Landlord Letter.
  2. Be interviewed by an adoption counselor.
  3. Choose, and be chosen by, the right dog.
  4. Live in one of the 14 Northern California counties we serve.
  5. Allow a home visit by an adoption counselor.
  6. With our approval, sign our Adoption Agree ment, and pay the associated fee.

If you come to an Adoption Day, the process of adopting can be completed in any order; otherwise you must complete an Adoption Questionnaire before we can assist you further. Normally, all our requirements must be met. Home visits may be waived in rare circumstances. We do not adopt to homes outside of Northern California.

After we receive your online Adoption Questionnaire, we will call you to begin the adoption process. Due to our home visit requirement, we only adopt to homes in Northern California. 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. The entire adoption process can be completed on the same day, or it may take longer.

If you can not come to any Adoption Day, we will try to assist you using email, the mail, and the telephone. This will probably 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.



Best Puppy Ever
Post Date: 1/2/2010 1:43:20 PM

This is Ruthie, and we adopted her on the 21st of December 2009. She is the best puppy ever, and has brought so much joy to our lives I cannot believe it. Ruthie and her sisters were a part of a large rescue in Monterey County when they were about seven week old, along with their mother Gift and their father Custer. I am happy to see that both of their parents have been adopted as well. If they are anything like our girl, they will bring a ton of love and joy to their new families. We did not expect things to happen for us so fast. Our home inspection was on the 19th and the next thing we knew, Ginger contacted us that there were three pups for us to see. We knew pretty quickly which pup was ours, and find ourselves very fortunate. We are looking forward to many, many years with Ruthie. I want to thank GSRNC for being so wonderful and I look forward to volunteering someday soon when Ruthie is a little older. We want to thank Andrea and Will, Ruthie’s foster parents, for taking such wonderful care of these puppies. Also a thank you to Ginger our adoption coordinator and Tish who met me in Santa Cruz to complete the paper work so that we could adopt her the same day we met the puppies Oh and to Bob too, who told us the puppies story when we were at Andrea and Will’s house. Happy New Year, Pat and Jon. Pacifica, Ca


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.