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.



Kozette aka Wyanet in Her Forever Home
Post Date: 2/26/2013 1:04:29 PM

We thought it was time to let you know how our Kozette (formerly Wyanet) is doing in her new forever home. She has been with us for ten days and has really started coming out of her shell. Her new brother, Bear, was a bit uncertain when he discerned she wasn’t leaving after a very fun playtime that first day. Once he realized that his standing in the pack was not being challenged, he became quite benevolent. We had removed all of his resources we were concerned he would fiercely protect and were delighted when he found a toy we missed and brought it to her to play with. She is still a bit timid and flinches when we come up on her too quickly and freaks out when she thinks she will be left behind, however, we are confident this will fade in time. She is going to “doggy daycare” with Bear and though overwhelmed by all the attention she first gets when they arrive, she fits right in with the ‘pack’ and enjoys herself quite a bit. She is still learning her manners and can be very stubborn, again with lots of love and proper guidance she is really coming in to her own. She was intrigued with our cats and showed such a curiosity with them though they did not return the interest. She has developed a healthy respect for them but will gladly take chase if they provide the opportunity. She is a bit of a kleptomaniac and we find our shoes in her bed, a t-shirt in her crate, a car cover rearranged, and other mysterious embellishments. So far her only decadence is inviting Bear to join in on ripping up the outside cat beds, and her own personal triumph, a large feather pillow we had outside. Oh well, like I said we are working on her manners. The most recent victory in their efforts to become loving siblings, captured in a short video, is Bear and Kozette sharing a floor pillow dog bed while each chewing vigorously on their own rawhide “chewie”… occasionally looking up at each other before returning to the task at hand. Forever inspired, confident & devoted to our new family member.


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.