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.



Alexi, Our "Miss Thing"
Post Date: 7/29/2009 12:21:35 AM

Alexi became part of our family just over 5 years ago. I'm ever grateful to Joanie, Alexi's foster mom, for knowing just what Alexi needed and putting Alexi's welfare first. When Alexi came to us, she was terribly afraid of storms and loud noises. Not long after she moved in, I was awakened by severe shaking; I thought we were having an earthquake. It was Alexi pressed up against the side of my bed, terrified and shaking. The poor girl was scared to death! Today, she still reacts to certain noises, but instead of running, she comes and sits next to me. The shaking and wild fear I once saw in her eyes has disappeared -- she knows she's in a safe place. Her best buddy is Hawthorne, a male Flat-Coat one year older than Alexi. Most mornings I find them laying on the living floor, head-to-head, "talking" to each other. Then, they are off to the races -- literally. They chase each other, play tug of war, block and tackle and have a fun time. Mischievous and curious, Alexi keeps us on our toes. She opens doors and climbs rocks, keeps our house free from rodents, and always wants to be in the middle of everything. She's gained confidence and trust in people. Alexi is part of our family, a buddy to Hawthorne, and a great companion to me. We will be ever in debt to the German Shepherd Rescue organization and all the work they do to place these incredibly smart dogs in loving homes. -- Dawn and Hawthorne


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.