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Online Adoption Application

Thank you for taking the time to complete this rather lengthy adoption application. Your answers will permit us to more effectively match your needs with a dog in our program.
If you would prefer that we send you this questionnaire via email, please let us know.

If you do not answer all questions completely you will not hear from us.

Contact Information
First and Last Name REQUIRED
Daytime Phone 
Evening Phone
Please include your area code.
Employment History
How Long?
Please List 2 Personal References
GSD Preferences
Sex Male   Female   Either
Color? Black & Tan  Black & Silver  Black & Red
White  Black  Sable  No Preference
Age? Under 1 Year  1-2 Years
2-4 Years   No Preference

Which dog are you interested in adopting?

Who is this German Shepherd for?  

Have you owned a German Shepherd or any other dog before?  No  Yes
(If Yes, Please provide brief history)

What is it about German Shepherd Dogs that has generated your interest in the breed? 

What other breeds have you considered?

What are the three characteristics you find most appealing about the GSD? 

Most Appealing Trait

Second Most Appealing Trait

Third Most Appealing Trait

To facilitate the bonding process we recommend every German Shepherd and owner attend some obedience training. Would a formal obedience-training program be something you, as a new owner, would be interested in participating in? Yes  No
(Please provide a brief explanation)

What kind of work or behavior do you expect of this dog?

What would be your response if he made a mistake?

What amount of time & effort do you want to devote to training him?

What is your definition of disciplining a dog?

What is your initial reaction to the idea of disciplining your dog?

Which of the following best describes your current residence? (Check one)
Own Home  Rent/Lease Home  Rent/Lease Apt  Other

*(PLEASE NOTE: If you rent/lease your residence a copy of the lease will be requested before the adoption is finalized and you must provide Name & Phone number of the landlord)

Do you have a fence?  No  Yes  Type of Fencing
Fence Height    Type of Gates
Is fence solid & secure?  No  Yes
Can children open gates?  No  Yes

What type of improvements are needed to make the yard secure?

Are you willing to make the improvements?  No  Yes  Not Applicable
How long will it take? 
If you have a pool, is it fenced?  No  Yes  Not Applicable
If you have a dog run is it secure?  No  Yes  Not Applicable
If you do not have access to a fenced area, would you like your rescue representative to provide recommendations on the safe confinement of your dog?
Yes  Not Applicable No
I have made the following arrangements.  (Please describe.)

Have you checked the yard for dangerous articles, plants or anything that the dog could use to climb the fence?   Yes  No
Are there any distractions outside your yard that could plague the dog? (i.e., neighbors dogs, loose dogs on the street, mischievous children)?Yes No
Can children gain access to your yard?  Yes  No

Approximately how many hours a day will your new German Shepherd be alone?
3 hours or less  3-6 hours  6-12 hours 12-18 hours

Please list the people that currently live at your residence.
(Name, Relationship to you & Age)

Who will have primary responsibility for the care of this German Shepherd?

Have you & your family discussed the pros & cons of owning a GSD?Yes  No
Is your life style such that friends, relatives and children gain admittance to your home, property and car without your supervision?  Yes  No
If you have children are you willing to teach them the proper way to handle a live animal? Yes  No   Not Applicable
Are you willing to accept that the dog may not like all your children's friends?
Does everyone in the family want a dog?  Yes  No
What is your families overall reaction to owning a dog?

Which members are enthusiastic?

What members are unenthusiastic and why?

What complaints have been made? 

Have you and your family considered that a dog lives for years? Yes  No
Are you willing to accept the commitment?  Yes  No
Have you considered the financial cost of dog ownership?  Yes  No
Are you financially prepared to give your dog the routine medical care it requires?
Yes  No
Have you carefully considered how the dog will fit into your lifestyle?Yes No
Do you intend to keep the dog primarily indoors or outdoors?  Please elaborate.

Where will the dog sleep at night? 

What animals currently live in the household? (Please list.  Include the following info for each pet: Name of pet, type of pet, sex/age, How long owned?  Kept where?)

Have you had any complaints about your pets?  Yes  No
If yes, please explain.

Does anyone in the household have any known allergies to animals?Yes No
If yes, please explain.

Do you have a veterinarian you have used before and plan to use with your new German Shepherd?  Yes  No

Vet Name
Vet Address
Vet Phone

If you answered NO to the above question would you like your rescue representative to recommend a veterinarian in your area that is especially knowledgeable about German Shepherds??  Yes  No Because

How did you find out about our organization?  (Please be as specific as possible - Vet, Shelter, Friend, Newspaper, Internet - what site?, Other)

Would you consider volunteering for our organization  Yes  Not At This Time
If yes, which of the following areas interest you?
Foster Care   Personal interviewing of adoption candidates   Fundraising
Transportation of animals   Computer Assistance  Telephone calling

Clicking the Submit Button will return you to our Petfinder Site

Thank you for taking the time to complete this application for adoption. Your answers will permit us to more effectively match your needs with dogs in our program.

If your have any comments or concerns about adopting a Rescue GSD or about this program please take a moment to share them with us via email. We are always interested and open to your viewpoint.

We are always prepared to gratefully accept donations, which will help us to continue to provide care to homeless German Shepherd Dogs.

Diane Roberts
Tampa Bay German Shepherd Rescue
11904 Mc Mullen Loop
Riverview, FL 33569
Phone: 813-671-2913
Email: tampabaygsdrescue@frontier.com

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Last updated: 08/18/2017