GSRSV would like to help you find a good home for your German Shepherd or German Shepherd mix dog. There are three possible approaches you can take (though the third option is not available to everyone):
I. GSRSV Program Dog
When a program dog is adopted, I use the same adoption contract with the adopter that I would if s/he were adopting a dog in my care. The contract obligates the adopter to keep the dog for life, or, if the adopter is unable to keep the dog at any point in the dog's life, to return it to me. The one exception to this rule that I make for a program dog is if the dog is returned within two weeks of the adoption, then I will ask the former guardian of the dog to take the dog back until we can find another home for the dog. I realize that it is not always possible for a guardian to take back a program dog, and if that is the case, I will take the dog in at my rescue facility.
There are four basic
requirements for me to place a dog through my program:
I can begin the process of finding a home for a dog prior to it being spayed or neutered, but the surgery usually needs to be completed before the adoption can take place.
Before GSRSV lists a dog for its guardian, I ask that s/he bring the dog to my facility in Pleasant Grove for me to evaluate. I do not do an extensive temperament test, but simply ensure that the dog is not aggressive towards me. At the time of the evaluation, I take digital pictures of the dog and take notes of it's personality for my Web postings.
There are several advantages to placing your dog through GSRSV as a program dog. First, the dog will receive maximum Internet exposure by being listed on the primary adoption page (as opposed to the "Owner Placement" page) of the GSRSV Website, as well as being listed on the other two Internet Websites. Second, I do the "legwork" in screening prospective adopters, including performing house checks. Third--and most important--if the adoption does not work out at any point (after two weeks with the adopter) during the dog's life, I will take the dog into my care, rather than referring the adopter to the former guardian.
How Long Does it Usually
Take to Place a Program Dog?
In 2012, I placed fifteen Program Dogs, with the length of time between posting on the Internet and adoption ranging from 13 to 162 days. The median time from posting to adoption was 48 days. The following table illustrates the variation in the length of time it took me to place each of the dogs.
2012 Program Dogs
In 2011, I placed seven Program Dogs, with the length of time between posting on the Internet and adoption ranging from 5 to 310 days. The median time to adoption was 30 days. The following table illustrates the variation in the length of time it took me to place each of the dogs.
2011 Program Dogs
In 2010, I placed seven Program Dogs, with the length of time between posting on the Internet and adoption ranging from 26 to 87 days. The median time to adoption was 40 days. The following table illustrates the variation in the length of time it took me to place each of the dogs.
2010 Program Dogs
In 2009, I placed 10 Program Dogs, with the length of time between posting and adoption ranging from 7 to 182 days. The median time to adoption was 23 days The following table illustrates the variation in the length of time it took me to place each of the dogs.
2009 Program Dogs
II. Owner Placement
If you choose to place a dog on your own, I encourage you to screen all potential adopters carefully. Try to ensure that a potential adopter is not only a responsible individual with a safe, secure home for your dog, but that he or she knows the basic characteristics of German Shepherd Dogs. Consider asking some questions framed around the information provided on the page "Is a German Shepherd the Right Breed for You?"
GSRSV charges $20 to list your dog on the "Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner Placement" page of my Website. I will keep your listing on the Website as long as is necessary to find your dog a home.
I will list your ad within a few days after I receive both the necessary information (see below) and your listing fee. Listing fees are not refundable once I have posted your ad.
To list your dog, perform the following steps:
1. Mail (to the address below) or e-mail (to firstname.lastname@example.org) a picture and description of your dog. Include the following information: the dog's name, age, sex, and size; its temperament and any health or behavioral problems; how long you've owned it and any training it's received; how it is with kids, cats and other dogs; what kind of home you think would be best for your dog; and the fee you want, if any. Be sure to provide your name, phone number, and your e-mail address (if you have one).
2. Mail a check for $20, made payable to GSRSV. Send the check (and picture & description of your dog, if not sent via e-mail) to:
III. Dogs Available from
Other Area Rescue Groups/Individuals