Name: Charley Cody      Adopted
Age: 0.3 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.


Charley Cody's Story:

Charley is a 13-week old male German Shepherd puppy that was found by a concerned citizen at an elementary school. He was taken to a veterinarian emergency facility in Monterey, where he was diagnosed with a fractured distal left humerus, with soft tissue swelling around the fracture site and elbow joint. At that time, he was stabilized, with his leg being splinted, given medications to control the pain, and subsequently transferred over to Monterey County Animal Services.

After we received notice from the shelter, our volunteers stepped up immediately to pull him and transport to our local veterinary partners for immediate surgical intervention to correct the fracture.

To see Charley at his first hydro therapy session, click here.

Our little Charley has now undergone surgery and has been placed in a loving foster home and will be provided all the care needed to help him heal from the horrific ordeal that no fragile puppy should have to endure.

Charley is doing well, and recently had the pins removed. To our surprise, the vet shared with us that the fracture has completely healed. He does have some stiffness in the limb, so we will be instituting daily walks, and range of motion exercises, which we anticipate will help, and we expect a full recovery and clearance for adoption from the vet very soon. One of the pictures below shows Charley preparing for some hydro therapy.

Because Charley is now feeling better, his appetite has increased, and he is showing us his little sassy, feisty puppy attitude. He is very smart, will come when called, and is doing well with potty training. He will not hesitate to let you know if he is unhappy being in his crate, but does settle down. He does show interest in wanting to interact with other dogs, but we have only allowed guarded interactions at this point due to his recovery process.

Charley will need a committed, experienced adopter who can provide him firm guidance and keep him on the right track, as well as continue with his hydro therapy and range of motion exercises to help him gain strength and mobility in his leg.

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 based upon positive re-enforcement to help Charley become a well-behaved canine citizen.

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

Charley'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.