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.



Molly Dolly d’Alsace, Countess of San Carlos
Post Date: 4/12/2018 10:27:31 PM

We tried submitting adoption paperwork at numerous rescue organizations but GSRNC was one of the few willing to work with us because we have two kids (and one is a toddler). I wanted a dog that was 100% trustworthy and non-reactive, a “beta dog” who would quickly fall into our routine. We are experienced dog owners but also full-time working parents and couldn’t possibly handle a “challenge” or level five dog. We also needed a dog who was an owner surrender so we could know for sure if the dog was raised with babies or small children. Within three weeks of our pre-adoption visit, our counselor called: “I’ve found your dog!” Molly hasn’t left our sides since. She is a total sweetheart and incredibly tolerant—even when our persistent toddler tries to ride her. She adores our 12-year-old and cries when he departs for school. She’s an excellent hiking companion, loves road trips and clearly delights in the Sierra snow. She’s already passed two levels of obedience training and is one of the smartest dogs I’ve ever met. This sounds incredibly cheesy, but Molly has completed our family! I can’t believe our luck! If you’re interested in adopting a dog and have specific requirements, I encourage you to work with GSRNC and put all your total trust into their fabulous adoption program. The perfect dog is out there for you... though the very best one is my Molly Dolly, and she’s taken! :)’kk


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.