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.



Lobo (formerly known as Matcha)
Post Date: 3/17/2016 12:04:35 PM

We wanted to send GSRNC some photos of Lobo (formerly known as Matcha) and how much fun he has been having, as well as Leslie and I. Lobo is absolutely fantastic and Leslie and I cannot believe how fortunate and lucky we are to have Lobo be a part of our lives. Since Leslie and I adopted Lobo in May of last year he has been having a great time each and every day. He goes to the Park and for walks each day, he has been to Donner Lake, Half Moon Bay, Mendocino and to southern California quite often. Lobo just loves being with Leslie and I, as we do with him. We have found ourselves making plans that include him in just about everything that we do for we want to be with him and include him with what we do and he loves being with us on adventures throughout the State. Lobo is excellent with Adults, children and just loves playing with other dogs and gets along great with our cat. About a month ago Lobo amazed Leslie once again in that a 6 year old girl was playing with Lobo and started giving him commands, sit, lay down, stay, fetch, etc. and each and every command that she gave him Lobo performed each one without any guidance from Leslie and I. While Leslie and continue to work with Lobo and train him each and every day we could not believe that he performed so well having just met this young girl for the first time. His favorite play time is running, fetching a ball or just playing with a stick. Thank you once again for bringing Lobo into our lives for we are truly blessed to have him. We thoroughly enjoy him and love him each day.


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.