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.



Tucker- A Rescued Dog That Is Now Rescuing People
Post Date: 2/1/2009

In 2002, we lost a wonderful German Shepherd to cancer. Our family felt empty and wanted a German Shepherd puppy. I called several local breeders and no one had any puppies. But the last breeder I called asked if we would consider adopting one. I told her of course we would. She stated she was part of the GSRNC and just came from the Manteca Animal Shelter, where there was a wonderful looking male, who looked liked one of her show dogs. She stated he was about a year old, and very thin. Once we saw Tucker, we fell in love with him immediately and took him home 2 days later. The officer at the Manteca Animal Shelter, stated someone found him tied up to a stop sign in Manteca. In 2003, I lost my sister to breast cancer, which was devastating, but somehow Tucker sensed my grief and was always a comfort for me. When our family moved to Ceres, I discovered we lived just 5 miles from the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. I thought it would be wonderful if I could visit with the patients, family, and friends, and share Tucker with them. He had a great calming and understanding affect on me, during my grieving, I was sure he could do the same for others. In 2007, I had Tucker certified as a registered Therapy Dog and shortly after, we began visiting, on a weekly basis, the Hospice House. I cannot tell you the impact the visits have had on me, and the difference Tucker has made to those we visit. The experience has been unbelievable, humbling, and heart warming. I never imagined when Tucker and I began this journey, the incredible experiences we would have. In June 2008, Tucker was voted 'Hero of the Year - in the Animal Category' by the American Red Cross, for the work that he does as a Therapy Dog. Tucker and I love doing our visits at the Hospice House and wish we could do visits all of the time, but because I work full time, I am limited to the time I can volunteer. Last Christmas, Tucker and I visited the pediatric unit at one of our local hospitals. After we finished in the PEDS unit, a nurse from the adult wing, asked if we would visit that wing, which we did. Both visits were unforgettable. I have always stated, whoever lost Tucker, lost a wonderful dog. Our family feels so blessed to have him in our lives. I am often asked how I trained Tucker to be a Therapy Dog, as he is so calm, gentle, and has the since someone needs his love. I simply tell them, this is just Tucker. He has always been this way. Tucker has become an ambassador for Therapy Dogs, as we meet new people during our visits, I am asked how their dogs can become a therapy dog. Therapy Dogs are used for many different things. There are reading programs at libraries and schools, where children with reading difficulties read to the Therapy Dogs and as a result, the children's reading levels improve because the dogs do not interrupt or criticize their reading. Therapy Dogs are now being used with our troops, in the Middle East. Tucker's story is amazing. He was a dog who was abandoned and then rescued and now he is rescuing others, during a most difficult time in their lives. What a wonderful contribution Tucker has made since his rescue! - Patti E.


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.