Name: Walt      Adopted
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.


Walt's Story:

Walt's Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
M 6 yrs 69 lbs Current 2 ?
Good with Adults, dogs, CATS, rides in the car

Walt's Description:
Walt is a gentle and handsome 6 year old male German Shepherd that was found stray and was taken to the Ramona Animal shelter. The staff at the shelter was quite taken by Walter (they all called him Walt... so we are too). They said that "Walt just wants to be loved! Whoever gets him will be very proud to have such a magnificent dog!".

As we evaluated Walt prior to his rescue it was clear that he was a very loving dog and must have been living in a wonderful home before his world turned upside down. He allowed the shelter staff to feed him by hand and take food out of his bowl without any aggression or fuss.

You can tell that he is still in shock as a result of being alone and abandoned in the shelter. He was also roughed up by a couple of Husky dogs there but Walt did nothing to cause or extend the skirmish... he was only an innocent bystander and victim. As a result when we walked him by other dog kennels he was a bit cautious and would carefully check things out before passing. When he went passed the holding area for cats he was interested but showed no aggression and even had a slight tail wag going. His pace quickened as we got to the shelter office area and were heading for the exit door. After that Walt never looked back.

Walt walks with a little hind quarter stiffness until he gets going but otherwise is quite mobile.

We were advised by the shelter staff that they feel he is potty trained as he would always wait until he was in the shelter yard before going... but never in his kennel. This has not been confirmed outside the shelter however.

He rides beautifully in the car. He settled down right away in his transport crate and never made a sound.

We are still learning about Walt. One of his parents had the following comments to say about him:
- very lovable, very sweet, easy to brush, groom and handle.
- likes to participate in whatever his human was doing.
- starting to learn sit
- would bark a bit when left alone but would settle down and was never destructive
- when walking through the house and he did not react at all to the resident cats... Possibly Cat Workable.

The next step now is to find Walt an adoptive home that can care for him for the rest of his life. Can you help?



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.