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.



Shelter Shepherds
Post Date: 12/30/2009 12:40:12 PM

I really wish I had some photos but I thought the story might be worth a read. I am a Patrol Sergeant with the Stockton Police Department. In September of this year our Animal services supervisor was let go, and I got "Volunteered" to take over. I thought I was being sent to Siberia. Instead I found a group of warm, caring individuals who do a great job with the limited resources we have. I also met several people from rescues around Northern California including Jane, who is the local GSRNC contact. Since I have been here I have seen so many dogs and cats come and go, and not all have happy endings. This is a tough place to work, in some ways tougher than being a street cop. I am an animal lover, four cats, and a German Shepherd names Panzer Von Valkrie that is 7 months old and my wife and I refer to him as our big fuzzy kid. I also adopted a cat named Rascal (appropriate) who is Panzer's best friend. I noticed a lot of Shepherd's going through this shelter, and more than 99 percent were great, loving dogs. I also met Jane who is great to work with. Well prior to my coming to the shelter as the temporary supervisor, I caught a lot of flack from the other sergeants and cops. I was refered to as ARF-1. But a funny thing happened, as I told my cop co-workers about this place, I got them to start coming out, before long I had adopted out between 15 and 20 dogs, I lost count, and the majority were Shepherds. Some of my best friends have adopted them and they are Panzer's playmates. Not one has been brought back, and all are companions and not wokring dogs except for one who showed a skill at tracking. He is in training in Solano County with the Sheriff's department. I know that Jane has joked about me "stealing" her Shepherds, and we both laugh. I can't imagine how tough it is to do what you guys do on a long term basis, But I am going to keep placing Shepherds as long as I can. And we are keeping our eye out for the pefect companion to Panzer. I have always donated either time or money to various animal organizations, and will keep doing so. I just saw your December news-letter and was impressed with all the stories and photos. Keep up the good work.


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.