German Shepherd Rescue Alliance of Wisconsin



  • You must be 21 years of age or older to adopt from GSRAW.
  • We do not adopt dogs to people who do not bring them in the house and make them part of the family.
  • If you want more information on a dog, please fill out an application.  We cannot answer every question that comes in about every dog, so we don’t generally answer questions more than what is in each dog’s bio until the application has been submitted.
  • If you are interested in a dog, it may be in your best interest to fill out an application as soon as you see a dog.
  • Waiting for someone to call or email you back to answer questions will very likely put you behind others who have already filled out an application.
  • We do background checks on all applicants to ensure the safety of our dogs.
  • Thank you for your understanding.

After submitting an application, someone from the rescue will be in contact with you.  Please allow 7-14 days for someone to get back to you. Our adoption specialists are all volunteers who have their own dogs to care for too!

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Adoption fees are subject to change, but are generally as follows:

Age: 0-1   adoption fee $375

Age: 1-5   adoption fee $350

Age: 6+    adoption fee $325

The health condition of a dog can also cause the adoption fees to vary.  The adoption fee is required to pay for the care of the animal from the time it is rescued by GSRAW until it goes to its forever home.  This can include, but is not limited to, vaccinations, heart worm test, spay or neuter, worming and also costs for food and housing for the dog while in foster care.  We are a non-profit organization and all members are strictly volunteer.  100% of the adoption fee goes toward the care of these wonderful dogs.


  1. Potential adopter sends an application to GSRAW via our online form found here –
  2. The application is reviewed by an experienced GSRAW adoption specialist and the applicant is contacted via telephone or email.
  3. Upon reviewing and approving an application, a home visit is set up.  One or two GSRAW members will come to your home to meet your family, other pets, and generally evaluate where the potential adopted dog will be living to ensure that this is a good home for the dog.
  4. After the home check is completed and approved, an appointment will be made with the foster family and your family to meet the dog.  Most foster homes require that the entire family and any other dogs residing with that family be present for the “meet and greet.”
  5. Generally, the foster family makes the ultimate decision as to whether this dog will fit with this family.  We believe that this is the best approach, foster home generally knows the dog best and will have the most accurate thoughts on whether or not this placement would be in the best interest of the dog.
  6. If steps 1-5 are completed and satisfactory, then the adopter will set up a date to pick up their new family member!

**Because we are dealing with live animals and people, these rules cannot and will not be set in stone.  GSRAW is always looking out for the best interests of the dogs, and reserves the right to refuse any adoption application.**

 Please read our adoption process and adoption fees information before submitting an application. In order to make this process flow smoothly, we provide an on-line  form that you can fill out and submit.

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