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.



Mack (kringle) story
Post Date: 1/28/2016 8:07:55 PM

When we adopted Mack (Kringle) he was a fragile 9 month old puppy. He had a really bad skin infection, was seriously underweight and a day after the adoption had cold symptoms. Although he wanted to play a lot, he didn't had enough energy to play as much as he wanted. My oldest dog Pepsi, wasn't very happy to be a sister and avoided him. Mack was fragile in many ways , corrections had to be made really gentle, and he will get scared easily. Today 7 weeks after been adopted Mack is another puppy. He is a healthy playful and smart loving guy, who loves to play with old sister Pepsi. Pepsi has become like another mother to him and protects him, plays with him all day long and cuddle with him. Mack has gain weight, he has a full beautiful coat of hair, and energy to play for long. He is learning some commands and good dog manners. Santa gave this two guys many toys to play, which they like to collect and keep together. Mack has complemented our family perfectly. My oldest dog is so happy, so do the rest of us( including our cats that like to approach him and be close to him) . Mack loves to follow me around and sometimes will "sing" with me when I do chores around the house. He loves to walk with me or just relax. Mack has a gentle soul that had a hard start , but now he is part of our family and our hearts, Thank you for your wonderful work 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.