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.



Allie (formely Alera)
Post Date: 6/25/2009 11:49:34 PM

On Oct.18,2008 we adopted a female shephard that was approx. 18mo.-2yrs of age. Her given name from her original owner's was "Alera" During her stay at her foster family with Mike & Diane, they nicknamed her "Allie". So when we brought her home , it stuck and "Allie" it was! When we first got her home she started to bond with Dan right away. You could say that she was becoming "Daddy's little girl". When Monday came around and it was time for Dan to go to work, boy did we had a hard time with seperation anxiety, but when he came home at night she began to realize that he wasn't leaving her, it was just for a short time during the day. She figured out Monday-Friday really fast because she new that Dan would be home all day on the weekends. After about 6 mo. she finally realized that this was going to be her final stop on a long journey of being moved around from home to home every 2-3 months. She loves being the only animal in the house, that way she doesn't have to share any of the attention or her toys with anyone else. She loves to go for walks and loves when my husand Dan gets on his bike and she gets her harhness on and runs right next to him. She has been clocked at running at speed up to 18+mph. She loves to go for rides in the car, even to the Vet. Recently we went on our first long trip in Grandma & Grandpa's (my parents)Motorhome up to Oregon to my grandfater's house. We weren't sure how she would ride, she was GREAT!! Once we got there she had approx 2acres to run and play on, she had the time of her life. All the freedom to run and not be tied down to a leash - she loved it. She's a wonderful dog, very sensitive and learned her boundries right away. She's a good fit with filing the void after loosing our first shepherd at 13yrs old, 3 yrs ago. She very caring and loving dog and just wants to please. We couldn't of asked for a better rescue do then her.


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.