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.



Post Date: 7/29/2010 2:37:38 PM

In July 2009 my husband and I decided it was time to get a playmate for our 1 year old yellow lab Molly. Since my husband grew up with GSD's he knew right away that is what he wanted. He began doing research and applying at various rescues in California and almost immediately one of the reps called us saying they may have a match for us! The woman said that Harley had been wandering the streets for some time and was very under weight and suffering from dehydration and a few contagious viruses so he wouldn't be attending the upcoming Meet & Greet. We decided to go anyway even though I already knew in my heart that Harley was the one. At the Meet & Greet we were able to meet with our rep and get the contact information for the Vet where Harley was being taken care of. My husband and I happened to be hosting a reception for 100 people at our home later that same afternoon so as much as I wanted to go meet Harley, we had to wait. The following Monday night my husband and I drove to Stockton to meet him. Harley was so skinny you could see his ribs and his fur was extremely dull. I was amazed by his sweet and happy personality and all of the office staff raved about what a happy dog he was. We spent over an hour with him that night and I couldn't wait to make the adoption final! Within the next 2 weeks we had our home inspection and received approval that Harley was officially ours on August 10th 2009! Almost one year later he is now a healthy 100lb amazingly sweet boy!


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.