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.



Mom's end of Life
Post Date: 5/14/2013 6:24:05 AM

When we got Dana I was happy to have my pet. At the time she was just that. With time and training she became so much more. Shadow her new name would go and sit by my mother in-law who is in a wheelchair. My mom had Alzheimers and Dementia, Shadow would go to her also. Mom would reach out to scratch Shadows head. Mom would not recognize any of us ,but would always smile when she saw Shadow. My father love to be with to the point when I came to the door he would look past me and ask wheres Shadow. How can one dog help so many at this time? She is a big part of are lives and has helped me cope with these times. We are in German Sheperd Meetup in San Jose. 2 trips to the airport to meet troops coming home, great for all. Will work to get her certified as a therapy dog as she has showing me that she has what it takes. Thanks to GSRNC for saving her,as she was found in Oakland with a broken right rear leg at 2 1/2 moths old. but she runs with the best of them and does a agility course just find. Still want to be able to get my mother in-laws cat to behave so they can be together. with time and training anything is possible. Tom Nelson


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.