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: 4/3/2012 11:19:01 PM

I was told Brenja (PRONOUNCED BRENYA) was found roaming in the streets of Oakland starving. She was brought to an SPCA and there a volunteer worker for GSRNC brought her home. I had been in contact with this person in regard to fostering/possibly adopting a german shepherd. My sponsor knew what my criteria was, I had an older dashchund. My sponsor called me and told me "I think I have the dog for you". I brought my dog to meet Brenja and Bren immediately licked him on the face. I fell in love with her immediately and fostered her for one month and then immediately adopted her. Brenja was Two and 1/2 years old. This past Sunday on April 1, 2012 at 5.9 mos I lost Brenja to EPI, Ectocrine Pancreatic Insuffiency. It is a disease, which if undetected, will take your loved one as it did mine. Ecocrine Pancreatic Insuffiency is a disease of the pancrease. The nutrients are not absorbed and sent properly through the bloodstream, but exit. This can lead to weight loss from malnutrition...and eventual starvation. 70% of dogs afflicted with this disease are german shepherds under the age of 4. Brenja was 5.9mos. My plea is for you to watch for weight loss. Dogs survive this with proper medication, for Brenja it was just dedected too late. I am telling my story in order to save your precious pet. Bren was so beautiful, loving, devoted to me, and protective witnessed by the way I found her 2 nights ago, ...lying in her pen ready for transport to the hospital...Bren had full run of the house, the pen was just put away in a back room...she even made her final moment easier on me... I will nevef forget Brenja...she was beautiful inside and outside. She was a devoted to the max pet who always was by my side whatever I did , wherever I went. She was my soulmate..I will always hold her close in my heart...she struggled, she was a fighter, she was an inspiration and she was mine. I'll always treasure this amazing girl. Brenja...she was something special. She was my soulmate...Thank you for all you gave in your short life time.....I will miss you forever Brenja


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.