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.



Sadie's Happy Tune
Post Date: 2/20/2016 10:26:11 AM

It's been 3 weeks since I adopted Sadie. She fit right in immediately; it was my other pets that had to adjust. The birds did a flight fright in their cages and my 2 smaller dogs just didn't know what to make of their new sibling. But after a day, the birds settled down and the smaller dogs, although a bit begrudgingly, accepted their new sibling. The smaller dogs do get a little jealous and don't want to share momma. Sadie does tend to think she is a small dog. She curled herself up on the smaller dogs bed, covering it completely. She saw that my smaller dogs can wedge themselves behind me on the couch and tried to do the same thing. She did figure out that she wouldn't fit and got down. She just wants to be with the pack. She does jump up into my old easy chair, the couch when there is room and my bed. She has made herself right at home. She is also gentle with the smaller dogs--my Italian greyhound did snap at her when she was licking him and she didn't respond in kind. She will curl up next to them on the couch but she doesn't like it when they try to invade her space. I can understand, they want her to move and she isn't going to. Sadie has been to my vet who found nothing more wrong with her other than what she came with. I have enrolled her in training classes that will start in April. I hope to make her a therapy dog--she does have a very sweet and gentle nature about her and is very tolerant of other dogs and strangers. I've had people come up and pet her and she didn't mind at all. All-in-all, Sadie has me singing a new and happy song and I look forward to it being that way for many years to come. The only trouble I have here is that there are so many other cute stories and pictures than there is room to post. Maybe I'll email them to you.


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.