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.



Ren formally Eeyore
Post Date: 9/28/2017 4:52:54 PM

We adopted Ren about 8 months ago. Thank goodness for the German Shepard Rescue Group and all the Volunteers that make it all happen. They had him for a few days and didn't know too much about him at that point, I think he was level 2 or 3 not sure, but we knew it meant we were not going to let him out of our sight for a while. This meant he went to work with me for about a month. We have three cats but also he wouldn't not have done as well if i had stuck him in the back yard right off the bat. Ren is a fantastic dog, smart and a fast learner, eager to please. We knew he would have issues at first and he did! He chewed everything in sight, lots of shoes and a brand new couch. He had lots of anxiety. We took it all in stride and just added in more activities/exercise. The biggest thing we learned from Ren is that he does real well with structure and now that he knows the routine every day with the same people he has calmed way down, the frustrated mouthy ness is gone.. mostly. He gets two walks per day with us and one full day at a doggie day care where he runs free with a pack of dogs for socialization and twice per week mid-day he gets a short walk with a dog walker to break the long day up. He hates being left alone too long. We have an older dog who was crucial in getting him climatized, used to a crate, going outside to pee. Kudos to my old dog Max, my other rescued shepard/chow cross from the pound. He made the transition and training a breeze. Thank you so much for Ren, we loved him right from the start. What good puppy he is turning out to be. Even when he is exhibits bad behavior we know he is still a very good puppy and will settle down... eventually.


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.