Name: Grizwald      Adopted
Age: 4 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.


Grizwald's Story:

Grizwald is a 3-4 yo gorgeous GSD/Husky mix who has been in our program for a while. Grizwald's story is a heartbreaking one that is all too often repeated and experienced by those involved in animal rescue.

His story begins about 2 years ago when the Walton County Sheriffs Department was called to investigate a hoarding situation. Grizwald, Grimley another GSD, along with a number of other dogs, cats, and horses were removed from deplorable and filthy conditions. The dogs were taken to the deFuniak Springs animal rescue center. Both were scheduled to be euthanized due to their complete lack of socialization and human interaction. A volunteer at the center placed an urgent plea on social media to see if anyone or any rescue association would save these two unfortunate dogs. A very kind hearted, compassionate lady named Lynne who has been involved in the rescue of countless German Shepherds saw the plea on social media and agreed to foster them. It became apparent that Grizwald suffered from psychological trauma and needed professional behavioral assessment to further assist in his rehabilitation.

A professional behaviorist/trainer named Theo from Refined K9 was brought in from San Francisco to assess him and implement a rehabilitation/training program. This was started in early 2015. He has improved tremendously since implementation of the rehabilitation/training program. Initially in the shelter, after being removed from the hoarder, he was catatonic and frozen in the back of the kennel shaking in fear. He allowed no human interaction whatsoever.

Over the course of the year and a half, he has blossomed into a funny, playful, energetic, loving, and wonderful dog. Those of us that knew him in the early days after removal from the shelter up to the present day are amazed at how far he has come. Those at the deFuniak Springs shelter find it extremely hard to believe that it is the same dog. That is how far he has progressed.

Grizwald is ready to be adopted to his forever home with the proviso that the new owner continues his rehabilitation/training program to see it to its completion. He still needs a little work on socialization, but other than that, he is ready for his forever home and loving family.

The ideal family would be one that has another stable dog of approximately the same age, is fairly active and involves their pets in family activities. The must be willing to spend the time and patience to complete his rehabilitation.

Grizwald is catworkable and great with all dogs!

Grizwald is a level 3 dog living in Santa Rosa



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.