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.



Buddy finds a home
Post Date: 6/1/2014 10:51:26 AM

We have owned GSD's for over 40 years. We lost our beloved Riley a few years ago and were left with Freia, a GSRNC alumni. We waited seven or eight months but then spotted Buddy (then named Buc) on the GSRNC site. We called right away and spoke with the right people who understood our background and commitment to GSD's. We brought Friea to meet Buddy and they got along so we brought Buc, we named Buddy, home. He was found wandering around with no collar or chip in Sacramento and was brought to the pound. He was fostered by great people who indicated that they hated to lose him. I have attached a picture of Buddy and Freia and people on his adoption day. He became our 7th GSD (three rescues) and he has been happy with us. Freia died about six months ago so he is now an only GSD. We are checking out the site thinking we might find the right female buddy for Buddy. His first weekend here in Fort Bragg I took him to a canine event and he won best looking dog, although clearly not best behaved. He loves it here and we think he was born to be a coastal dog. The second photo is the most recent of him at his favorite walk spot, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens which is walking distance from our home. It is beautiful and is the only coastal botanical gardens in the US and they are extremely dog friendly so any GSD owners who come to the Mendocino coast with their GSD should visit.


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.