Name: Luther Cody      Adopted
Age: 0.6 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.


Luther Cody's Story:

Luther is a 7-month old black & tan GSD puppy that had been hit by a car, and turned over to the Fremont Animal Shelter.

Due to his injury, the shelter had him evaluated by the VCA Specialty Animal Hospital, where he was found to have fractures of the radius and ulna of his front left leg. No other injuries were noted.

Because of his sweetness, the shelter staff advocated for him and asked GSRNC to help. Of course, after meeting him, we knew we could not turn our backs, and agreed to bring him into our program.

Luther was evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to determine whether surgical correction/stabilization would be necessary. X-rays confirmed that he suffered a fracture of the radius and ulna, and the best route to take would be surgical stabilization. After discussion, we agreed, and Luther underwent surgery, and is already moved into a foster home. The procedure was successful, and we expect a full recovery, which will be 6-8 weeks. He will be further evaluated while in foster care, as we felt it was not fair to him to go through an entire evaluation while he was in pain. However, we can tell you that everyone who has met him, has fallen in love with his sweet disposition, including the vet and several staff members at the emergency facility.

Update: Luther's healing process was re-evaluated by the orthopedic surgeon who performed the surgery, and found that his fracture has completely healed, and has cleared him for adoption. For the past few days, Luther had been limping and not placing too much pressure on his back right leg. The vet thoroughly evaluated his leg, and after finding nothing of concern, suspected that it may be a sprain. He has been prescribed Rimadyl for the next 10 days, so hopefully we will see improvement. The vet wants him to take things slow, with only leash walks - no heavy duty play/running with other dogs at this point; slowly increasing his activity over time.

After Luther's long recovery, he is now ready to find his forever home. One lucky adopter is going to have a fabulous doggie companion.

It will be necessary for an adopter to have experience in raising a GSD or other large working breed puppy, as well as begin an obedience course to help Luther become a well-behaved canine citizen.

His reaction to children or other small critters is unknown at this time.

Luther is a Level 3 puppy being fostered in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Luther's medical expenses are being sponsored by our Cody Program.



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.