Name: Oso SF      Available Now
Age: 6 year(s)
male, neutered
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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. Live in Northern California.
2. Complete an Adoption Questionnaire, either online, or by mail. If you do not own your home, you must also have your landlord complete the Landlord Letter.
3. Be interviewed by an adoption counselor.  
4. Allow a home visit by an adoption counselor.
5. Be approved for adoption.
6. Choose, and be chosen by, the right dog.
7. With our approval, sign our Adoption Agreement, and pay the associated fee.

After we receive your online Adoption Questionnaire, we will call you to begin the adoption process. 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.

If you cannot come to any Adoption Day, we can still assist you, this may 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.


Oso SF's Story:

Oso SF is a large 90 pound gorgeous Long haired German Shepherd. Oso is an owner surrender from San Francisco ACC. His owner claimed he was getting complaints about Oso and his other dog's barking. Why his owner chose to surrender just Oso is his loss and our gain. Once at the shelter he became a favorite along with several other rescues chiming in on what breed they thought he was. When Belgian Sheepdog rescue took a look at him, they said nope not a Belgian but a very beautiful long haired German Shepherd and so he became ours.

Oso is very new to our program but the first thing he is getting is a much needed bath and matt removal. We are hoping he will not have to be shaved but we will leave that to our groomers. Hair can always grow back but what is important right now is that Oso gets some much needed TLC. We will be looking for a foster home for Oso and until then he is being boarded in Milpitas where we will also see if he will enjoy participating in dog day care during the day.

Look below to see a video of Oso doing tricks!

UPDATE: Oso is now living in a foster home in San Jose. What we did learn about Oso when he was at our kennel was that he is dog friendly. He also had a chance meeting with a barky GSD in his face and he just turned away. We also took him to his first basic obedience course and found that he walks at a very nice heel but does not know any other basic commands. His fosters will be working with him on basic obedience. Also to note, that Oso is a moderate energy dog. He is a level 2 dog. Oso is potty trained but needs to work on some house manners. He has attempted to counter surf and jump on the couch. When his fosters told him "No" he stopped. Also, his previous owner stated that he was very gentle around children. The fosters stated that he does not mind when they come up to pet him.

His foster mom said that Oso is self assured and curious about the world. He likes to play tug with a rope toy and play with a flirt pole. He is not a nuisance barker. He is crate trained although he is trusted to sleep uncrated at night. He is not destructive or mischievous. He is great at the vet and is very food motivated.

Oso is a level 2 dog and anyone interested in him will need to have GSD experience or any other large working dog experience.

We will update this beautiful hunks bio once we learn more about him.



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.

Explanation of the Dog Levels

1 – "Fireplace dog"
Couch potato, super easy, low energy and no issues. This level of dog would do well in any home regardless of owner experience. (We rarely come across this level of dog.)

2 – “Easy Large Breed Companion Dog”
Low to moderate energy, needs some exercise but it is not a daily requirement. This dog will do well in most homes. The dog gets along with most other dogs, gets along with most other people and have been successfully been around children. The dog has no real behavioral issues that need to be managed or dealt with on a daily basis. This dog is an easy family dog.  

3 –“Standard Large Breed Dog”
Moderate energy, needs daily exercise of some sort to thrive and stay happy. This dog will do well in many types of homes, but some situations will not work for this dog. This dog may not get along with some types of dogs. This dog may be reactive to some other dogs while on leash. It may have too much energy to be around small children while unattended, and may have some behavioral issues that will require formal training or daily monitoring for the dog to successfully live happily in a family. These issues are normally minor such as fence climbing, prey drive, minor separation anxiety, nervousness in crowds, or other minor behavioral traits. A Potential Adopter for a level 3 dog must have prior, recent large breed dog experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully deal with the level 3 dog that they wish to adopt.  

4 – “Experienced Ownership Required”
Moderate, high or very high energy/drive. Needs an experienced owner familiar with working breed behavior to provide direct leadership and proper management. Level 4 dogs typically have a challenging behavior, but are good dogs. These dogs might be dog-reactive with most other dogs or dog-aggressive, may have to be an only animal in the home, maybe have moderate separation anxiety.  The dog normally needs daily physical and mental stimulation, etc. This level of dog is not an average pet. (We try to limit the number of level 4 dogs in our program.) A Potential Adopter for a level 4 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 4 dog.  

5 – “Competitive or Working Dog”
This is a dog that has an intense focus to ‘work’. It could be a dog that provides Search and Rescue services, could be a competitive Flyball or Agility dog, or has other working abilities. These dogs can be strong, pushy, dominant, and/or have extreme energy/drive. They need a professional handler or an owner who has the experience to provide a demonstrated commitment to the dog’s ‘working ability’. A Potential Adopter for a level 5 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 5 dog.