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.



Iceman (We kept his name)
Post Date: 10/19/2019 11:20:38 PM

ICEMAN ICE (In Case of Emergency) This is our story about Iceman from GSD Rescue of Northern California. We kept his name. After I lost my 14 year old pup in February 2011, a lab shepherd mix named Max. Jerry said… you need another dog. NO! NO!, I’m done, I’ve lost too many. Jerry had one in his life, I think HE needed another! He even stole Max from me! So, In July 2011 there comes Iceman. BIG DOG! We took our youngest son Chase, and oldest granddaughter Merina for a meet and greet in San Jose, Ca. with Mike Walker from GSD of Northern California GSD Rescue. He said I have a 7 year old GSD that would be great for you. We met Iceman, he “leaned” on the kids and our hearts were won! We were informed of his past life. Being tied to a tree, running away and finally taken by authorities. We were approved for Iceman! When he came home it was a few weeks of challenges. Jumping on patio glass table to look in kitchen window! LOL!! But, we knew we wanted him to be part of the family in the house. And, at that time we had our house full of family due to financial difficulties. I have never shared the story to the family of when Iceman pulled 12 cooked pork chops off the counter onto the floor and then I promptly picked them up and fed my family. 5 Second Rule!!! He really calmed down after those first few weeks. The full dunk head in water bucket subsided. (It was funny to watch!) He finally understood that he was family, inside our home and outside. He never took food from a table or counter again and we could actually feed him a grain of rice without touching our fingers! No extreme training required, he just caught on! You might say he was spoiled, but we think he was just reborn…too bad we didn’t have him as a puppy. He had five beds…three inside, one on the covered patio, a camp cot under our tree, plus an Igloo! SQUIRRELS!!! He loved going out front with his dad Jerry. Kids in the neighborhood would love to come and pet our gentle giant through the iron gates. While we were at work our neighbor, Dewey, would steal him for visits during the day. When our house got flooded in winter of 2013, we spent two months at a Hilton Hotel. Dog friendly, they were not expecting how big dog friendly!! Luckily we had another friend, Tony, who would come to the Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel in Fairfield, Ca daily and pick up Iceman, and take him on daily walks through Harbor Freights and Home Depot! Great places to walk during winter. So, I became the feeder and treater…Dad Jerry became the “Fun Guy”. Rides in cars, mowing lawns, long walks, and going off leash for 1st time… scary, but fun! He went to work with Jerry a few times and got to meet the San Mateo County Sheriffs, Transit Division (who Jerry works with). Iceman found his home, masters, family and friends. He never left our front yard. Ice was our protector. He hated fireworks, gunshot sounds, but never coward… he just wanted to find the “bad guys”. Our Protector, who always postured himself for best view of our whereabouts, play peek a boo through bushes, and do parameter checks around the backyard, good boy! Jerry and I wanted Ice to live forever. But, I was seeing signs. I had to have a hard conversation with Jerry. We have always given Ice the best food, treats, and medical care possible. He is 15 years old now…not eating, not moving, the time has come. We will forever feel your warm breath on our faces during the night and see the silhouette of your ears. Christmas with family, friends, without Ice will never be the same. We loved Iceman so much and thank GSD of Northern California for giving us the best last 8 years of our lives and Iceman’s as well. We also want to thank Barney and Russum Animal Clinic of Fairfield, CA and Happy Campers of Vacaville, CA RIP Iceman Rescued and Reborn July 27, 2011 – 7 years old Died Sept 16, 2019 – 15 years old In Loving Memory, Jerry and Lori Mullen, Family and Friends P.S. Only allowed two picture, but we have so many!


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.