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.



My little Lady Cheyenne
Post Date: 4/12/2011 2:02:38 PM

My grandfather had GSDs “seeing eye dogs” (as they were called in the 60’s and 70’s) as I was growing up. I played with them every day after school and fell in love with their playfulness, spirit and intelligence. I have never been a parent to one though. Last year I decided my Whippet/Dalmatian mix "Lola" needed a “sister” to play with. I found the GSRNC website and read the dogs’ stories. So many heartbreaking sad stories that I decided I would adopt a GSD. I didn’t want a puppy; I wanted a dog one to two years old. Filled in the application, was assigned “Christy” as my adoption counselor (who is a BLESSING to GSRNC!) and the search began. I have not only a dog but cat as well, so it was very important to find a GSD that would get along with both. Several dogs caught my eye, but each one was already spoken for. One night Christy called and said she had a dog that she thought would be perfect for my family. The only issue was the foster family thought she was pregnant. Lady Cheyenne (formerly Sweet Cheyenne) had been with a breeder and had already had at least one litter of puppies. At 3 years old, she was given up to GSRNC and pregnant. I met her and while it wasn’t love at first sight, I found her to be very sweet and acted perfectly fine with Lola. I figured she would work out very well in our family. Well…I was correct! Lady Cheyenne came home the Saturday before Thanksgiving, a full month before I expected to get her. She was very shy and showed signs of abuse (urinates and tries to hide from men), terribly thin, and her fur was awful. I have had her for five months now and she is a wonderful addition to the family. Gained weight, fur soft and shiny, adores Lola, plays with the cat, follows me everywhere (so much for any privacy in the bathroom now), and is discovering her personality. Play bows, chases the cat, sneaks into cupboards for treats, cuddle time with Mommy, long walks, or just laying in her bed next to the sofa with one eye closed and the other fixed on Mommy, Lady Cheyenne is a permanent member of her “forever family.”


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.