Name: Davey      Available Now
Age: 2 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 Letter.
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.


Davey's Story:

Davey is a gorgeous cream and black coat male of about 2 years who was rescued from the Oakland Animal Shelter. He is on the smaller side at 59 pounds. He is currently underweight and needs to put on some "groceries". Once at optimal weight he will still not be a large GSD.

Nothing makes Davey happier than being with his person; 24x7 would suit him just fine. Perhaps that would change somewhat if he gets a doggie best friend. For now, he likes going to the home office with his foster mom where he hangs out near her on the office dog bed for long periods. He has access to the yard from the office door but he continues to choose to be close to his foster mom while she works at the computer and is on the phone.

He is a very social dog. He likes meeting new people and going to new places. He will approach strangers, eager for them to pet him. He is not bothered by unusual street noises. The loud noises and unusual smells at Home Depot don't bother him.

Davey is house-trained and is mastering basic obedience commands. He will potty on command. He is freely on a dog bed in the master bedroom and stays there all night until it's time to start a new day. He has not marked in the house nor at any of the friends homes and local stores he's visited.

He is very food motivated, so training has been easy. He knows "come", "sit", "down", "house", and "car", "ok". While he knows the concept of "stay" he tries to decide when he's done staying, but we're working on him knowing that he's not the one in charge. He's just been introduced to "take it" and "leave it". He's getting multiple mini-training sessions each day which he thinks of as play, so his obedience is rapidly advancing.

Walking on a loose leash still needs work. He often breaks "heel" position and wants to wander around checking out all the smells. He complies with "sit" at each street corner and this is evolving into an auto sit. He would benefit greatly from structured obedience training and since he is treat motivated, he will do well.

He loves car rides. Davey rides loose in the back seat of a sedan where he quickly settles and doesn't disrupt the driver. He's been left alone in the car for brief (test) periods and no barking or anxiety were noted.

A playful side of Davey is starting to emerge. He also enjoys wandering up and down the backyard hillside while his foster mom rakes leaves and trims bushes.

Davey was fostered with a cat in a previous foster home. The foster mom said he was playful with cat but wouldn't trust him unsupervised although he often slept within 4 feet of her. He showed no aggression or prey drive with her at any time. We feel that Davey is definitely cat workable and could live with another cat.

Davey has been diagnosed with hemophilia, a genetic disorder involving a deficiency of the clotting activity in the blood necessary to stop bleeding. If Davey were seriously injured or required surgery, his treatment will require transfusion of blood product containing clotting factors. (NOTE - There is another young GSD with hemophilia who was rescued and adopted last year. He is living a very active life in a family with another dog. Upon request, his family is available to talk with potential adopters about their experience.)

Davey is a level 2 dog being fostered on the peninsula. We will be posting more about him as we get to know him better.



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.