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.



Zsigmund Keeps Our Mental Health
Post Date: 6/25/2009 11:41:31 PM

One night in November 2008 my oldest son came in very excited. He said that a friend of a friend had lost his parents and needed a home for their young German Shephard. My wife and I looked at each other and immediately said yes. We loss our last shepherd in '97 after years on raising training and showing german shepherds. We were very ready to have another dog in our lives. Well the young dog my son had told us about was adopted by the time he got back to his friend but our family was psyched to get another dog so I contacted GSRNC. We saw Zigmund on the web site and the resemblance between him and my first shepherd was uncanny right down to their names. I tried to remian objective as we contacted GSRNC but we all new that if Zsigmund was sound he was coming home with us. December 22. 2008 We had our dog and he has been keeping us metally healthy ever since. You see even though our lives were full there was something missing. Those of you who are Dog people know what it was. There is nothing lonlier for a family use to haveing dog then go to the beach, park, or woods and see other people enjoying their outing with their canine buddy and not have yours. My wife and I had devoted ourseives to raising our two sons but we would look at the pictures of our beloved German Shepherds longingly. Now that the boys were older we new it was time and werwe ready to have Zsig come and live with us. I think he had a little difficulty adjusting to our lifsyle. We are a busy hosehold with a different schedule for all who live her not to mention our sons friends coming and going. Zsig adjusted well and is loved by all who see him. He an extremely loving and gentle type 3 dog. There was no limit to his walks as with four people he gets plenty of exercise. The concerns about his dog aggressiveness disappeared as he has been the model of dog behavior in our neighborhood. He goes running with my wife and sons three to four times a week and I take him for walks and bike rides weekly. He has four groomers ready to take care of those pestky itches and is even getting use to having his toenails clipped. Zsig is eager to please and has started Tracking. We hope to have his good citizen award by winter. All and all we are happy and he is happy. Adopting Zsigmud was the best thing for our family and he contiues to keep us healthy mentally as well as physically. Thank You GSRNC The Smiths


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.