Adopting a Rescue GSD

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.


The Top 5 Adoption FAqs

These are our most frequently asked adoption questions.

 1. Q. I sent in my application, when can I meet the dog I applied for?
A. Once your application had been processed (phone interview, home visit and approval) we will schedule a time for you to meet the dog you applied for if we determine that particular dog is a good fit for you, your lifestyle and your home. If we determine through the application process that the dog you applied for is not a good fit, we may still be able to match you with a different dog if you are willing.

2. Q. How often do you get puppies available to adopt?
A. We rarely get puppies into rescue and on the rare occasion that we might, we already have families that are approved that we would contact first. Applications to adopt puppies will be processed last, after we process applications for dogs already in our program needing homes.

3. Q. How long does the adoption process take? We are anxious to meet and adopt a dog.
A. Our adoption process can take at minimum a week or 2. We are a small volunteer organization, all of our volunteers work and have families and dogs of our own. We make every effort to move the process along as quickly as possible. From start to finish, if you have applied for a specific dog you can expect at least 4 weeks.

4. Q. Do you "cat test" your dogs?
A. If it is reasonable and a dog-savvy cat is available we "may" be able to gauge a dogs reaction to cats but this in no way would ensure a dog would be able to fit into a home with cats. If a dog has lived successfully with cats it will state this in their profile. If we feel that a dog may not be suited to a home with cats due to prey drive, past poor experiences with cats, etc. then they will be listed as "no cats". Safety and successful adoptions are our goal.

5. Q. Can we meet the dog we if we are approved before we bring it home?
A. You will be required to meet the dog before any adoption is approved. All family members and dogs must be present to meet. Often we like more than 1 meeting if you already own another dog to help with introductions and see how they react to one another. Meetings will be at a neutral site whenever possible. You may need to travel to meet the dog depending where it is being fostered or traine


Apply to Adopt a Rescue GSD!

Please Consider Adopting! You will save the life of a GSD.

Download and complete the Adoption application below and return it to us by any of the following methods...we will call you ASAP!  




U.S. Mail

German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc.

P.O. Box 210

Nahant, MA 01908

Attn:  Adoption Coordinator

GSR&RC Adopter & Foster Application 8 18 (pdf)


Get Pre-Approved

Your New Best Friend Could Be Our Next Rescue!

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 rescue 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


How Long Does it Take?

It Takes Time to Find Your New Best Friend!

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!


Do I Need a Fenced-In Yard? Can I Adopt with Kids?

No and Yes, But That Being Said...

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.  

Families with children under 10 will be eligible for rescue GSDs that have lived with children. Families with extensive GSD experienced and dog savvy children will also be considered. Adoption eligibility will be decided on a case -by-case basis. 


Our Adoption Fees

Every Cent Goes to the Care of Homeless GSDs


Effective January 1, 2016 our adoption fees are as follows:

Rehome Program

$400 for puppies (up to 12 months)
$300 for adult dogs (1 to 8 years)
$200 for senior dogs (over 8 years)

Placement Assistance Program

$200 for puppies (up to 12 months)
$150 for adult dogs (1 to 8 years)
$100 for senior dogs (over 8 years)


More Adoption Questions?

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German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc.

P..O. Box 210 Nahant, MA 01908