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.



The GSD Formerly Know as Oceana
Post Date: 8/2/2012 3:45:12 PM

My husband, Doug, our GSD boy, Koda, and I adopted Ocean--now known as Jana (or Jana Banana or Jana B or Jana the Bug Hunter--the day after Christmas 2011 and what an amazing gift she has been. Some of you may remember her as the pup with Triple M that Rob and the amazing folk at GSRNC rescued from the SPCA.At the time of her rescue, Jana weighed right around 48 lbs and was not able to open her mouth to eat. GSRNC got her the medical care that she so desperately needed and Rob feed her with a teaspoon--however, her condition was still serious. As I understand it, there was much fuss and celebration when the then Oceana could open her damaged jaws enough to take a small bite of a tennis ball. Jana can now catch a tennis ball in midair and she is off the prednisone--prayerfully for good. She had a difficult first 3 months as she suffered with other ailments likely caused by the immune suppresent properties of the pred--that and the appitite the medication enhanced...she ate 5 of my husband's socks in one day! Thankfully, they all came out and Jana has finally taught my husband to pick up his socks! Rob had indicated that Oceana was a bit of a couch potato and while we have found that she enjoys snuggling on beds and couches--which can make it hard from me to get up in the AM! We have found her to be a spirited and happy GSD-you should see her tail go when she is hunting bugs in the back yard! Jana prefers to be out in front on all walks, even though she has been trained to heal--she also prefers to wade in her new pool or in the lake instead of playing in the ocean waves. She and Koda have crazy, wonderful chase sessions that make Doug and I laugh out loud. She is a wonderful traveler and this summer has been camping in the mountains and at the ocean--she leaves for a week-long trip to Oregon soon. Our Miss Jana B is such a blessing. Thank you Rob for giving us a chance to bring her into our pack!


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.