Name:Chaya M      Adopted
Age: 4.5 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.


Chaya M's Story:


Congratulations to Cheeto and his new family!!

Chaya, affectionately known as Cheeto, is a beautiful white and cream GSD/Husky mix who we estimate to be about 4-5 years old. When we first met Cheeto at a county shelter, he was so shy and withdrawn - his loving foster family has provided a lot of patience, love, and care - teaching him about all things fun and positive and good. It's so amazing what all that love and time can do!

Check out Cheeto on YouTube!
Cheeto frolics in the yard with his bestie!
Cheeto plays with his pint-sized pal!

Cheeto is a happy and bright dog who will put a smile on your face. He always affectionately greets his foster family and is very playful. Cheeto is a fun dog to be around and will keep you laughing with his adorable antics. He's looking for a special family to help him continue to grow in confidence.

Cheeto loves to be near his family, so a home where people are around most of the time would be best for this boy. He rides well in the car which makes it easy to take him wherever you go. He loves to go hiking and is always game for new adventures. He's truly awesome and will even patiently wait in the car while you run errands. But not to worry if you need to leave him home. Cheeto has good house manners and crates well or can be left unsupervised.

Cheeto can be a bit reserved when approached by other dogs, but warms up quickly when allowed to go at his own pace. He has a few large breed friends, both male and female, that he loves to roughhouse with. Although Cheeto currently lives with and plays nicely with a 12.5 lb resident dog, Cheeto is not recommended for a home with cats. He thinks they are much too interesting to live with or be around. And because of his energy levels, we feel a home without small children would be best.

Cheeto is working on basic obedience, and has good recall and leash skills. He is food motivated which helps with training. Cheeto is crate trained but sleeps free in the house at night without any issues. He loves plush toys but doesn’t destroy them. In fact, Cheeto’s mouth is so gentle, that he once caught an egg thrown to him without breaking the shell!

Cheeto is a good listener, fun, silly, energetic, entertaining, affectionate, playful, good companion, not needy, and makes a great family dog. Once you meet him, you will see how fantastic he is and want to make him a part of your family!!

Cheeto is a level 3 dog being fostered in the East Bay.



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.