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.



Mighty Mo
Post Date: 6/28/2015 2:02:08 PM

We have always owned German Shepherds and when we decided that we wanted to add a third dog to our clan, we decided to go through GSRNC...and it has turned out to be the best decision we could have made. In February of 2015, we spotted 4 yr old Monte (aka Ryobi), a striking almost black German Shepherd with gold eyes on GSRNC's website. It's always a bit of a concern when you add a new dog into a pack and Monte had not only entered the program once but had been entered back into the program for a second time. We were a little unsure of the reason but we went ahead and arranged a meeting with Monte and our existing dogs at a neutral location and we immediately feel in love. All three dogs got along and played well and we took Monte home on the spot. As we drove home, my husband sat in the back seat as we expected a little territorial snarl going on but the three dogs rode home home perfectly. Monte has fit into our lifestyle and the pack seamlessly from day one. He has been an amazing addition in our lives and has become a great playmate with our two other dogs. We have taken the dogs on weekend trips to the beach, after a little training he has learned how to run along side a bike really well, and he loves to cuddle in bed! It feels like our little Mighty Mo has been with us from the start because he fit in so well. This experience has been incredible and we wouldn't hesitate to do it again. We feel that the qualification and whole process from start to finish was pleasant and handled professionally. We look forward to years and years of adventures and enjoyment with our amazing Mighty Mo! Thank you GSRNC!


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.