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.



Bon-Bon aka Bonnie II - Los gatos 3-8-09
Post Date: 8/18/2010 5:40:49 PM

After we had to put our Ridgeback down after a 3 yr. fight with cancer, I knew we had to fill her void with another happy wagging tail! We didn't want another Ridgeback because they would just remind us of the great dog that we had before. So, my son and I started a search for the "perfect" dog, we landed on the GSRNC website late one night and as soon as we saw Bonnie II, I knew we would be bringing her home. I emailed and called the next day and set up a time to meet Bonnie II in Los Gatos with my son. We got to meet her and her foster mom, Heather. Wow, what a super job those foster parents do!! The next week we set up a time and place to pick our new addition to the family. When I met Heather, I wasn't sure she was going to really give me Bon-Bons leash, Bon-Bon was Heathers first rescue shepherd! After tears and hugs and promises she would be loved forever, Heather and Bon-Bon said their goodbyes, and we headed off to start our new lives together. She settled in emediately to our home routine. Bon-Bon loves running on the beach, going for daily 2-3 mile jogs with her adoptive mom, playing with her three new best dog buddies and she even has two cat friends! She loves to follow her adoptive mom around all day or take a leisurly afternoon nap on moms bed. When my son comes home from school or football practice, she howls and chases him all over the house and they wrestle each other to the ground. She has truly adjusted well into our family and is a super protector and best friend to my son. Bon-Bon was clasified as a level 3 dog and was heart worm positive when the rescue got her. She has been heart worm negative for over a year and a half now but remains on medication as a preventative and is not dog reactive as suggested in her bio. I would like thank everyone involved with the German Shepherd Rescue and for their tireless efforts to save these majestic dogs.


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.