Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
These dogs will be medically completed prior to placement with families whose adoption applications have been rigorously evaluated. An adoption fee is required.
GSRCNY is not a shelter. We are always looking for first-rate foster homes. In addition to responsible, safe, and loving foster homes, we always need people to help increase our visibility so we can expand our services to the overwhelming number of dogs in need. Most importantly, we need experienced homes to give these dogs a second chance.
An adoption fee is required when you receive your German Shepherd dog, and an adoption contract is required when the dog is placed. All dogs are temperament tested by our volunteers. We will not knowingly accept or place aggressive dogs or dogs with bite incidents. We do not place dogs for the purpose of guarding or fighting.
Upon adoption, copies of all available records will be provided to the family. All animals are spayed or neutered prior to placement, are current on vaccinations, are tested for heartworm, and are on heartworm preventative medication. Adopters are required to continue heartworm preventative.
While we do our best to accurately assess each of our dogs, animals in foster care and those adopted out through GSRCNY carry no warranty of any kind, express or implied.
All family members are required to meet the animals available for adoption. We do not ship or deliver dogs. We prefer that our dogs go to homes with securely fenced yards. If your yard is not fenced, we require the dog to be on a lead at all times.
Minimum requirements for adopting from GSRCNY are:
Previous large breed ownership experience; German Shepherd experience is preferred
At least 21 years of age
Participation in formal obedience training utilizing positive reinforcement and ongoing socialization
Demonstrated responsible dog ownership through excellent veterinary records; existing pets must be spayed/neutered as we feel this is part of responsible dog ownership
Demonstrated financial stability
Residency in Central New York
We will only adopt to individuals that own their own homes
If you do not meet these minimum requirements, please wait until your circumstances
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.