Name: Teagan Cody      Adopted
Age: 4.0 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.


Teagan Cody's Story:

Teagan is a 4-year old male German Shepherd dog that was picked up as a stray by Monterey County Animal Services.

Teagan was found to have loss of vision; however, the extent was unknown until he was examined by the shelter vet. At that time, it was believed the glaucoma had induced his blindness. Aside from his medical condition, he passed all aspects of our evaluation with no issues.

Upon being pulled from the shelter, he went for immediate consultation with our local vet. Ocular pressures were checked and his eyes evaluated. He was found to have a severe case of glaucoma, which may have caused almost complete blindness in both eyes. At that time, we were in the process of determining how best to proceed with his care, and whether surgery would be an option.

We decided to seek consultation with an animal ophthalmology specialist. After conducting a few tests, the vet believed that Teagan's limited vision could be due to an assymetrical retinal degeneration, most likely the result of an inflammatory reaction to an immune mediated episode. However, rather than a comprehensive work up, we agreed to first treat the inflammation and see if he improves. He does have better vision in the right eye than in the left. The vet suspects he has episcleritis, which is inflammation of the wall of the eye. For now, in addition to the corticosteroid injection under the mucous membrane of the affected eye, he was prescribed Prednisone and eye drops. He will return to the ophthalmologist in 3 weeks for a recheck. Surgery was not recommended at this time.

Teagan presented for re-evaluation, and found that there have been no changes in his condition since his initial evaluation. We decided to have him undergo an electroretinogram. As the results were normal, the vet now believes that the cause of his vision loss is optic neuritis, an inflammatory event that affected the optic nerve, from which he will never recover. At this point, our goal is to maintain low vision in his right eye.

Teagan is such a sweet dog. He is crate trained, sleeping all night without issue. At this point, he has only been introduced to a female foster dog, and has done great. He is attempting to get acclimated to his new surroundings, but once outside, he acts as though he has been here for some time. It would be great for him to have a doggie companion in his adoptive home to help guide him in daily activities.

Teagan has begun to show some interest in playing with other dogs, as long as he is not overwhelmed.

It will be necessary for an adopter to have experience in raising a GSD or other large breed dog, as well as begin a basic obedience course to help Teagan maintain his good behavior.

His interactions with children or small critters is unknown at this time.

Teagan is a Level 3 dog being fostered in the Santa Cruz mountains.



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.