Name: Samson T.      Adoption Pending
Age: 6 year(s)
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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.


Samson T.'s Story:

Samson T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
M 6 yrs 109 lbs Current 4 yes
Good with Adults, dogs(see below) and rides well in a car

Samson T. Description:
Samson is an 6 year old brown & black German Shepherd that was found stray in Contra Costa County area around a year ago. When he arrived at the shelter he looked quite run-down and was not feeling too well due to sore infected paws, blocked ears, malnutrition, and showing signs of extended neglect. His generally neglected appearance also made the shelter staff over-estimate of his age to be almost double his current age of 6 years.

Treating Samson's physical ailments has been straight-forward. His health is now good, he is quite strong and has a good appetite. He loves to play and has lots of energy. At his foster home he has several other foster GSDs to play with so his appetite is nicely balanced with the energy required for play. It is worth noting that because Samson went through a period of neglect, including time where food was not abundant, he will consume what ever is available for him to eat. So it is important for his owners to see that he is fed proper portions morning and night.

Samson also has very poor eyesight but overcomes this with familiarity of his home and surroundings. It does make him a bit of a bull in a china shop as, when he is excited, he does not see the finer elements that might be in his way.

Samson's foster parent advises that he has become a wonderful dog. He is a loving loyal companion and is seeking a home where he gets human attention from a strong leader. He bonds tightly with a strong leader who shows him discipline and keeps him within the home's rules. He also shadows his owner and is very much there to help you at every turn... With this in mind please remember to never back up without looking because Samson will very likely be there.

Samson has had basic training; spending several foster led sessions at Cooperhaus as well as a week of Cooperhaus train/board. He learns commands quickly but seems to need incentive or repetition to follow them quickly (always testing the boundaries of how serious the command giver is). He knows and respects a pronged collar and follows commands immediately with one attached. However, repetition of enforcing rules does keep him in line. The caveat to this is food. Having been a stray for a while food has a very high value. If you leave something within his reach, he will take it if he thinks it is edible. His current basic training vocabulary includes: sit, down, stay, heel, don’t touch, off, out and no. Again, he will need strong reinforcement of each by someone new.

Samson does have a strong jealous streak. He does not like sharing his owner. He is fine with dogs taking his toys or bones, but not his owner (or his food). This has resulted in some aggressive but not endangering behavior that is more annoying than anything. In a home with multiple owners they would ideally take on equal strong leadership roles leading Samson to a balanced bond with both of them.

If Samson's adoptive family were to have a sibling dog, that sibling would likely have to be a playmate from day one so they can establish a bond. Even with that bond, Samson is jealous of attention not paid to him.

Samson has come a long way and will make an excellent addition to the right family.

Samson walks well on leash although a bit enthusiastically at first. He loves to “smell” the neighborhood news to see which of his dog pals have been there before him. He enjoys meeting people and dogs on walks and does so well except when they “sneak” up on him because he cannot see well. Then he reacts like any startled dog and is defensive but easily settled.

To help Samson bond with his new adoptive family...and to help the family establish a leadership role with Samson... the new adoptive family will need to complete a 6 week training class with Samson at Cooperhaus.

As we learn more about Samson we will continue to update his bio... so please check back.

Samson T. has been accepted into the GSRNC Thulani Program and has been living in a Thulani Foster home where he receives lots of the normal home comforts. The Thulani Program continues to see that Samson receives updated vaccinations and other medical care necessary to his well being. In addition, The Thulani Program is now starting a search for his adoptive home that will care for him for the rest of his life. He will also come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.

“Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.”



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.