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.



Happiness all around
Post Date: 4/19/2012 12:50:15 PM

GSRNC, we the Nuño family cannot thank you enough (Jennafer and volunteers). We lost our beloved Rocky (Border Collie) one and half years ago to Leukemia. We had just lost my mother, uncle, and son's godfather to cancer all in a 3 year period. Our hearts where broken and our faith questioned. We didn't know if we would ever have another dog companion as Rocky gave us 10 great years. Enter my husband's search to find the right companion. He said German Shepherd's are the way to go. I said, NO WAY they are aggressive, too reality I think I was protesting in a way for my Rocky. After months of reading up on German Sherpherds, habits, traits, and loyalty. I said, "yes we have to find the right one." Enter Jennafer from the first phone call to the last (multiple text msgs and emails. We had lost hope there had been too many reasons why certain dogs where not right for our family. We began to question ourselves and say it's just not meant to be. We had looked at TJ the minute he was placed on the site, I immediately called and was given the let down gentley as ever he is meeting potential adopters this weekend. I was like I am done I can't take the rejection anymore. Having 3 kids it's hard to hype them up just to let them down :). Then out of no where I was expecting one phone call but received another. Enter Nick and Kris Wittman the Fosters for TJ. The family fell through and we were given the option to come meet TJ. Of course we jumped all over it, and Drove out to Sonoma the following Monday to meet him. Kris and Nick were great and TJ although hesitant at first was definitely a joy to watch and hang out with during our three hour visit. We felt and knew he was the right dog for us and Nick/Kris felt the same. It was a sad moment to see him say goodbye at the fence to his buddy Hannah made us feel guilty for taking him away. Nonetheless we were confident in our choice. He has been a blessing to our home and family and made the waiting well worth it. He is no longer food driven, thrives on non-stop attention, takes direction well, and is quickly become the best of friends with our 3 children. My kids joke that they have been replaced as my attention goes straight to TJ when I get home. He enjoys is long nightly walks with myself every evening. Then three days a week he loves running with my husband on the trails, goes down for a nice long nap afterwards but keeps up well. We couldn't think you enough for the happiness that has been brought right back into our home. We couldn't even change his name it suits him just fine. Sincerely, The Nuño 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.