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.
The German Shepherd is a wonderful breed of dog and each and every one is deserving of a responsible caring owner.
If you wish to adopt a GSD or offer your home as a foster home to any upcoming rescues, please contact Barb at:
German Shepherd Rescue, Inc.
If the dog has any behavior issues, we try to help him/her work through them. If the dog is shy, we can't change the genetic temperament but we CAN offer positive experiences to help overcome the shyness. If the dog is too boisterous, jumping up on everyone, we teach him/her a better way to greet people.
Most important, we offer the dog love and security with behavior guidelines. Once we feel confident in our evaluation of the dog while in a safe environment, the dog becomes available to be adopted to his/her forever home. Often dogs display unwanted behaviors because they have been in a shelter environment for too long, or they are coming from an abusive or neglectful home. Once they receive love and security and guidelines, the unwanted behaviors disappear!
We also try to match the available dog with the right home. All dogs are created equally, but not all dogs are created the same! Because German Shepherds are herding dogs, SOME have a very high chase instinct. These dogs do better in an environment without cats or small children to herd.
Once a dog is ready to be adopted, I have interested persons fill out an application form. I check the application, contact references and a home check is done. There is an adoption fee and a contract to be signed stating that the dog must come back to me if, for any reason, the adopter can't keep the dog.
This is our usual process and I try to follow it as much as possible. I have placed dogs without following all of these steps but only when the adopter is know well by someone whose opinion I trust.
While the efforts of my foster homes are crucial to successful adoptions, I myself do all of the advertising, emailing, reference checks, paperwork, etc. and often I am not as quick to respond to inquiries as I would like to be! Please be patient with me while I try to keep this page current and reply to your questions or emails.
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.