Age: 2 months

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Jake has a story that will break your heart and then restore your faith. He was purchased from a breeder by a family as a companion for their smaller dogs. Very soon after purchasing Jake, the family noticed that he was ‘different’. They spent $1,000 on specialized tests and learned that Jake was deaf. When Jake began playing too harshly with their smaller dogs, the family felt unprepared to deal with his disability—they were not experienced with special needs dogs and could not keep Jake from dominating their smaller dogs. Reluctantly, they returned Jake to the breeder that they purchased him from and asked that he be rehomed to an appropriate situation.

Immediately after they had returned Jake to the breeder, the family realized that they had made a mistake. The breeder told them that he would ‘try’ to find Jake a home, but that there was a good chance that Jake would be euthanized due to his handicap. Alarmed, the family asked for Jake back, only to be told by the breeder that they had to BUY HIM BACK AGAIN, even though they had not received a refund for purchasing him intially! Knowing that Jake deserved a loving home, the family bought Jake back and contacted GSROC. They do not care about the money they invested—they only want Jake to be loved and trained by someone who is able to work with him.

In the proper hands, Jake can be trained with hand signals, lights and other methods. Many deaf dogs function beautifully, and Jake is young enough to learn to cope with his hearing loss. The ideal home for Jake has had experience dealing with a deaf dog or a handicapped dog. His adopters must be extremely patient and understanding—just imagine not being able to praise your dog ‘good dog’ or to correct him with a stern ‘no’…it will definitely take an investment of love and time.

Jake LOVES other dogs and would benefit by being the ‘little brother’ to a good role model dog. He will model his behavior after the other dog and take his cues from that dog’s actions.

Please do not apply to adopt Jake simply because you ‘feel sorry’ for him. Jake doesn’t even know that he’s different! Please only apply to adopt Jake if you believe that you can provide him with the love, training, development and leadership that he needs to grow up into a wonderful canine companion.

To arrange to meet Jake, please complete the online application first and then contact Berrysheetmetal@aol.com for more details.

Adoption Application If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, you may submit an application online or via fax. If you choose to send a fax, please download the Adoption Application here in PDF format; fill it out and sign it. You can fax it to us at 714-773-9430.

Home Visit Prior to any dog going home, we do require a home visit to ensure that your environment is safe and secure. Once your home has been approved, the adoption can move forward.

Adoption Donation

  • Adult GSDs: $395
  • Purebred GSD Puppies: $495
  • Mixed GSD Puppies: $395
  • Special Senior-to-Senior Adoptions: $295
This donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law and helps to offset the costs that we have incurred for the dog’s care and housing during his or her stay with our group. The minimum adoption donation does not entirely cover the investments that we have made in the dogs, so if you are in a position to give more, we would be honored to receive your additional donation. All adoption donations go directly toward the needs of our dogs.

All dogs adopted through GSROC are spayed or neutered, current on their vaccines and de-wormed. Because the minimum Adoption Donation rarely covers the costs associated with each dog, we ask that adopters who are in a position to give additional funds do so at their discretion.

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