Name: Max SF      Adopted
Age: 2.6 year(s)
male, neutered
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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. Live in Northern California.
2. Complete an Adoption Questionnaire, either online, or by mail. If you do not own your home, you must also have your landlord complete the Landlord Permission Agreement.
3. Be interviewed by an adoption counselor.  
4. Allow a home visit by an adoption counselor.
5. Be approved for adoption.
6. Choose, and be chosen by, the right dog.
7. With our approval, sign our Adoption Agreement, and pay the associated fee.

After we receive your online Adoption Questionnaire, we will call you to begin the adoption process. 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.

If you cannot come to any Adoption Day, we can still assist you, this may 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.


Max SF's Story:

Max was an owner surrender from San Francisco. He is a high energy, 70 pound good looking young dog. Max went straight into doggy boot camp to learn basic obedience.

Max completed two weeks of training and has made a lot of progress. He now knows heel, sit , down and stay. He will still need a strong adopter who will continue his training.

Max is living in a foster home in San Jose. His foster mom says that Max is a velcro dog. He wants to be with his people. Max is not crate trained. He gets free roam of the house. He is house trained and has not had any accidents in the house. Nor has he chewed on anything that he was not suppose to. He loves to cuddle and be pet and will sleep where ever his human is. For the first two nights in his foster home he slept in the master bedroom on a dog bed. After that, he was given the run of the house and the dog door was available for him to use. He would split his time between the dog bed in the bedroom and the couch in the living room, where he is allowed to lounge. He will use the dog door, but doesn't like it that much. He barks occasionally when a dog walks by in the evening or early morning.

He whines in the car but seems to love being there. He rarely whines at home, only occasionally at the door when he wants to go for a walk. When it's clear his foster is not going to take him for a walk, he settles down nicely. Max is very focused and bonds with his person, but he can be distracted very easily. He is a strong dog who will continue to need guidance. Max has a high prey drive and cannot live with small animals. He has participated in structured doggie daycare and has done really well. Although, it is structured and a handler needs to be present since Max can act like a dominant dog at times. Max recently participated in an agility class and was the star of the class. He has an amazing athletic build, the drive, stamina and flexibility to be in competitive agility, frisbee or any fast moving sport.

Max is looking for an adopter who will involve them in their daily lives. He will need a strong handler who is very active, but also affectionate. Max is able to spend the day at home, unsupervised, free to roam inside and outside through a dog door, while his foster is at work (full time). Max is a responsible, well behaved, affectionate, mature dog who wants a loving and active home.

Max is a level 3 dog.



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.

Explanation of the Dog Levels

1 – "Fireplace dog"
Couch potato, super easy, low energy and no issues. This level of dog would do well in any home regardless of owner experience. (We rarely come across this level of dog.)

2 – “Easy Large Breed Companion Dog”
Low to moderate energy, needs some exercise but it is not a daily requirement. This dog will do well in most homes. The dog gets along with most other dogs, gets along with most other people and have been successfully been around children. The dog has no real behavioral issues that need to be managed or dealt with on a daily basis. This dog is an easy family dog.  

3 –“Standard Large Breed Dog”
Moderate energy, needs daily exercise of some sort to thrive and stay happy. This dog will do well in many types of homes, but some situations will not work for this dog. This dog may not get along with some types of dogs. This dog may be reactive to some other dogs while on leash. It may have too much energy to be around small children while unattended, and may have some behavioral issues that will require formal training or daily monitoring for the dog to successfully live happily in a family. These issues are normally minor such as fence climbing, prey drive, minor separation anxiety, nervousness in crowds, or other minor behavioral traits. A Potential Adopter for a level 3 dog must have prior, recent large breed dog experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully deal with the level 3 dog that they wish to adopt.  

4 – “Experienced Ownership Required”
Moderate, high or very high energy/drive. Needs an experienced owner familiar with working breed behavior to provide direct leadership and proper management. Level 4 dogs typically have a challenging behavior, but are good dogs. These dogs might be dog-reactive with most other dogs or dog-aggressive, may have to be an only animal in the home, maybe have moderate separation anxiety.  The dog normally needs daily physical and mental stimulation, etc. This level of dog is not an average pet. (We try to limit the number of level 4 dogs in our program.) A Potential Adopter for a level 4 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 4 dog.  

5 – “Competitive or Working Dog”
This is a dog that has an intense focus to ‘work’. It could be a dog that provides Search and Rescue services, could be a competitive Flyball or Agility dog, or has other working abilities. These dogs can be strong, pushy, dominant, and/or have extreme energy/drive. They need a professional handler or an owner who has the experience to provide a demonstrated commitment to the dog’s ‘working ability’. A Potential Adopter for a level 5 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 5 dog.