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.



Our rescue Fritz
Post Date: 7/19/2021 4:19:02 PM

On July 16th 2020 We lost our beloved German Shepherd Dieter at age 11 from DM. Our hearts were broken and after after a week of tears my wife came to me and said I Know we can't replace Dieter but we need another dog. The house is so empty without him. Dieter was our fourth German Shepherd and had actually scored 100 % in an obedience trial with a German judge. Unbeknownst to her I had already sent all the paperwork to GSRNC. They just didn't have it yet. I agreed with her. 2 days later I got a about 6 or 7 calls from foster parents regarding their dogs. One call was from Ace A. who was only a mile or so away. He had a 10 month old male. He sent me a couple of pictures of the dog and within 30 minutes we were on our way to see the dog. We met the dog and I put my leash on him. We went for a walk. He was really excited but after a few treats and a little play time he calmed down and just walked. I knew right then he was the one. Ace knew it was a done deal as soon as he saw us walking and playing together. We returned to the truck, named him Fritz and he jumped right into the crate. Fritz was ready to come home. Our hearts were mended that day and as soon as we got home and Fritz ran around the back yard our home was full again. We have trained him in German, he is very obedient and is now 22 months old. He has the run of the house and yard, rides in the truck, is very friendly and everybody loves him including the vet. As with most German Shepherds he is very protective of his humans. Fritz is currently living the life and we love him to death.


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.