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.



The Elvis
Post Date: 3/13/2017 9:51:26 PM

By Amanda, 8 years old We adopted our awesome dog, Elvis, in September of 2016. It was hard for our family to find the right dog. We looked everywhere, until we found a big dog with a playful expression. My parents and I took him on a short walk. After we returned we knew he was the right dog for us!!! We decided that we should adopt him. A little later, that day he was at our house and sniffing everything! The first night he was calm and sleeping all the time. However, the next day when we were coming home, the second I opened the door he had a lot more energy and came jumping towards us super happy to see us! When I come home I always like how he greets us, always happy to see us and whenever I need someone to play with there's Elvis!!! He’s not just a great greeter he’s also a great playmate too!! He especially likes playing don’t let Amanda steal the squeaky toy. When I try to take it from him he runs away to the opposite side of the room. Elvis has helped my family a lot, especially with exercise. We have to take him on walks day and night! When we get back from walks he always goes somewhere and lays down. I lay down with him and read or scratch his tummy. When my mom or dad are cooking, Elvis comes to the kitchen and starts sniffing the counter top to see where the good smell is coming from. Elvis isn’t just a dog that lives in our house, he’s part of our family and he will be forever.


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.