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.



Post Date: 6/15/2016 2:30:46 PM

I lost Bobo (12 year old black shepherd) right after I moved to Reno. We knew when we took the trip that I would have to put him down, but I wanted him to see that I would be okay. Needless to say, I was devastated. Without my family and in a new place, without my best friend, I was pretty depressed to say the least. After gentle encouragement from my family, I contacted German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California. I went through the process and was approved to adopt a dog, but I wouldn’t commit. Finally, my representative sent me a picture of a black shepherd puppy that had been rescued 3 days earlier. After some not-so-gentle encouragement from my family, I drove to an adoption event to meet this little guy. All the while thinking… “I’m not going to like him. He’ll be nothing like Bobo.” I met Jethro and we bonded instantly, which surprised me. He seemed like he knew me. In fact, one of the volunteers was blown away that we’d never met before. Needless to say, I adopted him and we have been connected at the hip ever since. He is brilliant and has filled out to a nice 115 lbs of perfect. We have since moved back to Texas and everyone adores him. He is a great member of our family! Thank you GSRNC for all that you do! You not only saved his life, you saved mine too.


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.