Name: Symon      Adopted
Age: 2.5 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 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.


Symon's Story:

Symon is a very handsome, sweet, soft boy who is between 1 and 2 years old and still exhibits puppy playfulness and general goofy puppy behavior. He was rescued from the Oakland Animal Shelter and likely spent some time on the streets as he is very familiar with garbage cans! He is working on gaining some much needed weight. At the shelter Symon seemed a little depressed, constantly looking for his owner who never came for him. In foster care, he has blossomed into an outgoing, friendly, happy dog.

When we think of Symon, two words come to mind: gentle and loving. This classic-looking GSD is all about snuggling and giving sweet kisses to adults and kids alike. His mellow personality and friendliness make him an easy dog to take for walks in town, to the beach, or (potentially) to the dog park.

Symon is very good with other dogs, including small ones. He is currently living with a 5-year old male GSD and works hard to get his big brother to play with him. He has not shown any interest in toys or balls, but enjoys gnawing on a good bone for hours. He is capable of counter surfing and is still learning his house manners. He is house broken and does his business every time he is given an opportunity in the back yard or on a walk.

Symon walks exceptionally well on the leash. He is alert and attentive to his handler and doesn't pull. He rides well in the back of a station wagon, and jumps in with no hesitation and settles down for the ride.

Symon is smart and learns fast. He knows ‘sit' and ‘down' and working on ’stay’ and is easily trained with treats.

Symon shows signs of some separation anxiety, initially barking when you leave him. Having another dog in the house has been helpful to him, letting him know that his people will come back.

He does not like being crated at all. He will tolerate being in his crate only if he can see you.

Symon is one great German Shepherd Dog who will bond very quickly to his new owners! His ideal home will have another canine companion and preferably a home where he will not be alone all day.
No kitties for this boy!

Symon is a level 3 dog currently being fostered in Pebble Beach with a 5-year GSD male.



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.