Our Adoption Process

To be considered for a GSD in our Rehome Program, you must:  

  1. Live in New England.
  2. Complete an Adoption Application. If you do not own your home, you must have your landlord’s approval and letter from him or her stating the approval.
  3. Be interviewed by telephone by a GSR&RC volunteer.
  4. Allow a home visit, conducted by a GSR&RC volunteer.
  5. We match you to a GSD!

Once approved, we evaluate the rescue dog that you are interested in to see if she or he matches your preferences and lifestyle. If it’s a match and you want to meet him/her, then we schedule a visit with the foster home for you to meet the dog.

If the rescue dog is not suited for your family, we will then look at the GSDs in our Rehome program and those being evaluated to see if any of them are a match.

We work on a best match basis, not on a first come first serve basis. Our goal is to find the best home for our rescue dogs and the best dog for our adoption applicants. If we find two or three homes that are equally suited for the same rescue, we would proceed with the applicant who submitted their application on the earliest date.

Get Pre-Approved!

It is a great idea for adoption applicants to apply and to be pre-approved adopters. GSR&RC is constantly evaluating GSDs for our Rehome program and we usually have several GSDs in process.

If we have a rescue dog that is a match for your family, and you are already approved, we will immediately contact you with the GSDs profile to see if you are interested. One of our res cue dogs could be your next best friend!

Even if you are not ready to adopt, we will complete the process and keep your approval on file until you are ready. Once you are ready, we will review any changes to your lifestyle since you were approved and start the process to get you a

Do You Require A Fence?
We do not have a "fence requirement" for our dogs, however we may determine that a particular dog requires or would do best with a fenced yard. This will be stated in the dogs profile and homes without fencing will not be considered unless the home can demonstrate strong GSD experience.  If you do have a fence and plan on having a rescue dog unleashed in it, it needs to be in good condition without holes, secure gates and high enough that a dog cannot easily jump over it.

Electronic fencing, wireless fencing or invisible fencing are NOT permitted for myriad reasons. If this is your primary method of containment you will be considered an "unfenced" home and you will be required to keep your rescue dog on a leash. 

Unless your rescue dog can demonstrate that it will choose you over a squirrel, jogger or  another loose dog 100% of the time, you will be required to have your dog leashed at all times when not in a secure area.

Our Adoption Application

Our adoption application is an Adobe fillable form and you can download it here:

   Adoption Application
Don't be intimidated by it; it has lot of questions but there are no right or wrong answers. These are standard questions that all shelters and rescues ask. If you have a questions,  email us at adopt@germanshepherdcenter.org and we will help you.
Once you complete it, you can send it back to us by:

Email: adopt@germanshepherdcenter.org

Fax: 617 249 1555

U.S. Mail: GSR&RC, Inc. P.O. Box 210 Nahant, MA 01908

How Long Does it Take?

GSR&RC is staffed entirely by volunteers. All of us have families, and animals of our own and most of us have full time jobs. Many of us work more hours doing rescue work than we do at our full-time jobs.

While we make every effort to process applications and return emails and phone calls immediately, this may not always happen. We ask for your patience. We will do our best to review your Adoption application and contact you as soon as possible.

Application processing time averages 2-3 weeks depending on the volume of applications received.

Arranging schedules for you to meet our dogs takes time too. You may have to travel to meet one of our dogs as our foster homes are located in all of the New England States.

Homeless GSDs with a time limit, dog evaluations, emergency medical calls and calls about the safety of our animals take priority.

Consider volunteering with us; this will help us shorten our response time to both GSDs in need and adoption applicants. We’d love to work with you!

Our Adoption Fees

Effective January 1, 2016 our adoption fees are:

$400 for puppies (up to 12 months)

$300 for adult dogs (1 to 8 years)

$200 for senior dogs (over 8 years)

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