Adoption Process

Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue gets most of our dogs from shelters, so we do not know their behavior and health histories. Rescued German Shepherd Dogs (GSD) are not the easiest breed to bring into a home with children under six years old, frail or special needs children or adults in the home or visiting regularly, or small dogs or cats or other small pets, due to the lack of training and socialization from their prior owners. They can be good family dogs; however, they require regular exercise, training and management. They can display different behaviors in a new environment due to different stimuli and different dog handling skills present in different homes. Pediatricians, vets and trainers can help adopters decide whether GSDs are the right breed for their family at this time, or if a smaller, calmer breed would be more suitable.

For the benefit of our dogs and adopters, our dogs are provided with gold standard care.  Prior to adoption, they are current on all their core vaccines of DHPP and rabies, heartworm tested (1 year old and up) and are negative for heartworm and are spayed or neutered, as required of all California shelters and rescues by the California Food & Agriculture Code Section 30503

Adopters who already have had an approved home visit, have priority to adopt available dogs. Our adoption fees are $450 for dogs under 1 year, $400 for dogs 1-3 years, $350 for dogs 3-6 years and $300 for dogs over 6 years.

Upcoming Adoption Days 

Come meet our local volunteers and some of our dogs. If you are interested in fostering, volunteering, adopting or just want to know more about our rescue,

we would love to meet you!

Only approved adopters will be permitted

to take a dog home the day of the event. 

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Sunday, December 18
11:30 am -1:30 pm
Roseville Pet Food Express
1009 Galleria Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678
Sunday, December 11
 11:30 am -1:30 pm
Weather Permitting
Martinez Pet Food Express
500 Center Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553
Private Showings By Appointment Only

Due to insurance restrictions, children living with or regularly visiting, must be 6 years of age or older and fencing must be 5 feet or higher and secure. Adopting families must reside in the State of California (sorry, no exceptions).

  1. Fill out and submit our Adoption Questionnaire.

  2. Have a phone interview.

  3. Have an in person or virtual home visit - this requires you to be located in East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula, San Francisco and Marin areas or in and around the Fresno, Sacramento and Roseville areas. We do not adopt outside of our volunteer area for the safety of our dogs, as we need to be able to remove them from a home if things are not working out well (e.g. with existing pets).  

  4. If you do not own your own home, your landlord must sign our Landlord Approval Form.​



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