Name: Rudey      Available Now
Age: 7.0 year(s)
male, neutered
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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.


Rudey's Story:

Rudey is a 7-year old black & tan male German Shepherd that was picked up as a stray by Monterey County SPCA. We were advised that this boy had been picked up on a few prior occasions after escaping his yard; however, when the owner was contacted this time around, he was not reclaimed.

Rudey is a very sweet, loving, dog who has waited patiently at the shelter until we were able to pull him. When we first evaluated Rudey, he was found to have an abnormal hind end gait, with a crouching stance and occasional cross-stepping of his hind limbs. However, with the appropriate medications, he gets around just fine. With such a sweet and friendly temperament, we could not leave him behind and agreed to bring him into our program.

He is now safe, and enjoying the comforts of being in his foster home. He is quite calm, and being the semi-mature boy that he is, rides well in the car (uncrated), accepts the crate, and sleeps all night without issue. Over the past couple of weeks, we have found that all he wants is to be part of the family, who is allowed in the house. Initially, he avoided coming in and had to be coaxed. He now understands that he has full access and being inside the house is a nice place to be, and runs back in after doing his business. He has made no attempts to escape the yard.

He walks pretty well on leash, but will pull from time to time, as he is very interested in exploring. A simple correction will bring him back in line. He has not shown much interest in toys, but loves affection and pets from his human, and when called, will most often roll over for belly rubs.

Rudey has excellent behavior when interacting with other dogs, and shows special interest in the females in his foster home. As such, he is hoping to have a female companion in his adoptive home, but a mature one, so he is not overwhelmed with the high energy of a younger dog.

His reaction to cats and other small critters is unknown at this time.

It will be necessary for an adopter to have experience in raising a GSD or other large working breed dog. Some basic obedience would probably be beneficial, but he already has some pretty good manners.

Rudey is a Level 2 dog who is spending a few days in our boarding facility.



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.