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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
The most common way to place your dog through GSRSV is to allow me to list your dog as one of the dogs in my adoption program (thus the term "program dog"). Program dogs remain in the custody of their owners or guardians, but I seek adopters for the dogs the same way that I do for dogs in my own care. This includes listing the dogs on the main adoption page of my Website ("Dogs Available for Adoption through GSRSV"), as well as on GSRSV's adoption pages on Petfinder.com and Adoptapet.com. I screen prospective adopters for program dogs the same way that I do for dogs in my care. I charge the guardian of the program dog $50 for my placement service, unless it's a dog that the guardian found and is simply fostering, or if it's a dog that was left homeless due to the death or illness of it's owner. I also charge the eventual adopter of the dog the same adoption fee that I charge for dogs that are adopted directly from me.

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:
1. The dog must be non-aggressive towards strangers (timid or aloof is OK) on neutral grounds.
2. The dog must be either spayed or neutered prior to its adoption.
3. The dog must have a recent negative test for heartworm, or have evidence that it has been on heartworm preventative monthly since its last heartworm test.
4. The dog must have a current rabies and distemper/parvo vaccination.

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?
Most people who are seeking placement assistance for their dog(s) are concerned about how long it will take me to find a home for their dog. This is not an easy question to answer, as it depends on a multitude of variables. The most important determinants of how long it will take to find a home for a dog are the dog's temperament and its age. If the dog is friendly with people and other dogs, and if it is young, it makes the dog more adoptable and consequently will take me less time to find the dog a home. Additionally, if the dog is good with cats, this opens the door to numerous prospective adopters who I would otherwise have to turn away. Finally, it certainly helps if the dog is a purebred GSD and if it has the "classic" GSD look. 

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

Name of Dog Purebred? Gender Age at Adoption Number of Days to Adopt
Rocky Y M 6 yrs 17
Heidi Y F 2 yrs 59
Mikey Y M 6 yrs 38
Lovey Y F 6 yrs 21
Baby Y F 2 yrs 26
Ellie Y F 10 mos 13
Sage N F 7 yrs 57
Pepper Y M 10 mos 81
Opie N M 7 mos 73
Jade Y F 16 mos 85
Prince Y M 2 yrs 162
Sampson Y M 5 yrs 23
Mike Y M 1 1/2 yrs 13
Baron Y M 2 yrs 69
Solara Y F 7 3/4 yrs 48

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

Name of Dog Purebred? Age at Adoption Number of Days to Adopt
Zita Y 1 yrs 20
Lady Sadie Y 10 yrs 5
Heidi Y 1 yr 35
Jade (Flatcoated Retriever mix) N 8 yrs 35
Grace 4 yrs 60
Rocky (Pit Bull mix) N 2 yrs 21
Heidi Y 6 yrs 310

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

Name of Dog Purebred? Age at Adoption Number of Days to Adopt
Shotzy Y 6 yrs 40
Niko N 8 yrs 41
Lexie Y 11 mos 42
Stella N 5-mos  87
Bear Y 1 yrs 32
Gracie Y 1 yr 26
Deeoogee Y 1 yr 37

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

Name of Dog Purebred? Age at Adoption Number of Days to Adopt
Reggie N 6 yrs 182
Athena  N 1 yrs 34
Delilah Y 4 yrs 14
Piper Y 6 yrs 28
Sadie Y 8 mos 18
Bach  Y 1 yr 16
Hawky Y 2 yrs 9
Inge Y 5 yrs 7
Chunky Y 7 yrs 55
Goose N 3 yrs 81

 

II. Owner Placement
The second way for you to place your dog through GSRSV is via the "Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner Placement" page of the GSRSV Website. This page serves as an "advertising" platform. To advertise your dog through GSRSV, I only ask that the dog not be seriously aggressive. It's OK if the dog is a mixed-breed, and it need not be spayed or neutered (though I prefer that it is). When you use the Owner Placement option, you screen all prospective adopters, and I provide no assistance other than listing the dog on my Website (except perhaps for referring people to the dog if I feel the match is right). 

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 bab43@msn.com) 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:

GSRSV
P.O. Box 652
Pleasant Grove, CA  95668

III. Dogs Available from Other Area Rescue Groups/Individuals
If you are a rescuer and have a dog that you would like me to post on my Website, I'd be happy to do that for you on the "courtesy page" of my Website: Dogs Available from Other Area Rescue Groups/Individuals. Additionally, if you are an individual who has rescued a dog on your own or who has found a dog, and need to find that dog a permanent home, I can post the dog on the courtesy page of my Website. Just call Brian at 916-655-3125, or send an e-mail message to bab43@msn.com w/ a picture and description of the dog, and I'll post the dog on the courtesy page of my Website. For both rescuers and individuals, you will serve as the contact for the dog and all screening and contracting will be up to you when I list a dog for you on the courtesy page of my Website. There is no charge for this service.

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