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.



Pendleton and his 3 month anniversary with us!
Post Date: 7/26/2011 6:08:19 PM

Pendleton is now 3 months into the training of Ken and Coco and Cat. They've all passed their Beginner Training, received an appropriate certificate from Eric Von Falconer, and are now working on long Sit, Down, Long Recall without a leash (Coco has the attention span of a nit but showing great promise for a Primate!) Having no need for a crate, Penn has established a den under the computer desk in the office, where it is dark, has a soft LARGE bed pad,reeks of muddy beach feet, and is quiet except for the tap tap of what Pendleton thought was industrious work, but has now realized is another game of Spider Solitaire. A juicy lick to bare toes usually gets them up and reaching for the "walking" leash. The training leash he's made clear is only for the morning and late afternoons. We are hiking either on beach or in the Green Belt hills behind Chaminade Resort. He hangs with Tia and her primate, and a unruly hound named Roam who's SO not a German Shepherd it's like running with a cartoon, but great fun and great laughs. Pendleton's other project besides teaching Coco Basic Obedience is sharing precious time with Ken, who is gaining confidence in walking out to get the newspaper, making sure he's not getting lonely when the Giants aren't up to snuff, alerting him to the door knock, some sort of Primate Play-Day. All in all, Pendleton has assured his new people that they are "keepers", and wants to convey to the GSRNC gang that the whole adoption thing is a great success. Thanks to you all, and special thanks to JJ, PJ, Tish for her encouragement, and Adoption Day that made this union possible!


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.