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GSRNE places dogs in the 6 New England states (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI). We cannot support long distance adoptions, but would be happy to refer you to a local GSD rescue group if you are coming from outside New England. Go to our Links page for information on other GSD rescue groups throughout North America.
The procedure for adopting from GSRNE is as follows:
Check out our Requirements for Adoption Page
to ensure your situation meets our guidelines. You must meet the requirements listed. We regret that some good homes may be passed up because of this but find they are necessary. Click here to go to our Requirements for Adoption page.
Call our Adoption Hotline (978) 443-2202
Please leave your name and phone number, along with a convenient time to return your call. It is important that you speak slowly and clearly so GSRNE can call you back. Because we are an all volunteer organization, we return all calls collect. We try to return all calls within 24-48 hours.
NOTE: If you do not receive a callback within 48 hours, please call back. This means that your number wasn't clear enough to understand. When the volunteer calls back, they will go over our requirements for adoption as well as answer any questions you might have. It's a good idea to write down your questions so you won't forget.
Complete the Adoption Application
After you've spoken to an adoption hotline volunteers, they will send you an application (if you meet the requirements for adoption). Read every bit of the Adoption Application packet that you receive in the mail! This packet is chock full of information about both GSDs in general and about adoption and how that works.
Have A Home Visit Done
Once the application is accepted, a GSRNE Home Visitor volunteer will call you and make an appointment to visit your home to discuss the needs of Rescue German Shepherd Dogs with you and your family. Usually we can get this visit done within a few weeks of your application approval. This volunteer will check the safety of your property, etc. This is great time to ask questions, voice concerns, discuss what you love in a dog, what you’d rather avoid, etc.
NOTE: We cannot “reserve” certain dogs for you to meet. Completion of the adoption application and home visit interview begins the adoption process.
We reserve the right to refuse an application if the home situation or environment is deemed incompatible with the needs of our Rescue German Shepherd Dog. Our requirements have been set thru our years of experience placing rescue and rehomed dogs. Our emphasis is on the dogs needs. Disqualification does not mean the prospective adopter would not be a good home, but that the situation does not meet our dogs best interest.
Meet the Dog!
If approved, the
Adoption Coordinator will help you set up an adoption visitation appointment
with the dog's foster parents to meet the GSRNE Dog who best matches your
family's profile and requirements. Because GSRNE has all of our dogs
living in nice foster homes, not in kennels, we do not have a facility for
you to visit. GSDs do NOT do thrive well in shelter situations, so we don't
keep them that way! They live in homes!
Note that you will visit a dog a minimum of twice. Visitations to meet a dog may be set up right away, or can take some time, depending on the availability of dog(s) that match your needs and lifestyle.
Make Your Decision
After meeting the dog that seemed to match with your requirements, it's decision time! If there is a "love-connection," the actual adoption begins. If the match just isn't quite right, we'll figure out why, add that criteria to the search, find another dog who may match better, and another visit will be scheduled. Because we take SUCH care to find a dog that will match your lifestyle and preferences, it rarely takes meeting more than 1, possibly 2 dogs, to find that ultimate new family member!
The adoption donation is $250 for adults and puppies, and $150 for Seniors or “Special Needs" dogs. These donations help to defray Rescue's boarding and veterinary expenses, but do not cover the entire expense we incur for each dog.
This fee covers the following:
Also included is a complimentary one-year membership to German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc., which includes a subscription to the GSRNE newsletter.
Our organization is comprised wholly of hard-working volunteers whose only reward is seeing these wonderful German Shepherd Dogs in loving homes, given another chance for a happy life. We will try to match you with a devoted, loving, loyal companion. Thank you for your interest!
We are all volunteers, most of whom work fulltime at day jobs, have our own dogs and families and are doing this out of a desire to make a difference in the lives of needy German Shepherds. We appreciate your patience while we work through the Adoption process.