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Our Mission and Adoption Policy

Coastal German Shepherd Rescue of San Diego is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned German Shepherds. Your tax-deductible donations go to support these very deserving animals.


Coastal is dedicated to providing new beginnings for homeless German Shepherds who have been abandoned, neglected, abused, relinquished by their owners, or just left at local shelters to await an uncertain future.


We are committed to finding loving permanent homes for the Orphaned dogs in our care. Coastal is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. Our mission is to educate the public about German Shepherds, their lifespan, personality, and activity level, along with overall responsible dog ownership. We also raise awareness of the overpopulation of animals through education, training, spaying, and neutering. We work very hard to match each dog with the adoptive families.


All prospective adoptive families must complete an online application followed by a telephone interview and then receive a home visit before a German Shepherd is placed in their forever home.


If you have a German Shepherd that you can no longer care for please see our Rehoming Information. For any other information, you can contact us by email at or by phone.



Our Adoption Policy

The minimum adoption donation ranges from $300 to $500. This amount only partially covers the cost of veterinary care, boarding fees, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the temporary care and adoption of our dogs and is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Before placement, all dogs will be spayed or neutered, receive current vaccinations, and are usually microchipped. If not, arrangements will be made on an individual basis. Special consideration may be given to those willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical problems.


Each dog has an initial exam, including Rabies, DHLPP-C, & Bordetella. All dogs are spayed and neutered before adoption. Our adoption process begins with completing an application online. A phone screening will soon follow, and lastly, a home visit will be conducted by our volunteers.


The above adoption fee does not cover medical expenses beyond basic vaccinations. Food, boarding, crates, bowls, leashes, collars, tag fees, etc. are all extra costs associated with every dog we bring into our care. Each rescue dog’s average cost is between $495-$850 and at times vet bills are over $1,000, especially when they have critical illnesses such as pneumonia or a fractured leg. As you may have guessed, the adoption fee does not always cover the majority of each orphan's expenses.


Out of Out-of-town adoptions


Persons living a few hours away by automobile are welcome to adopt but must be prepared to provide their transportation to visit the dog and pick up the dog. In place of a required home visit, applicants must provide at least one letter of recommendation from a pet professional (i.e.: veterinarian, animal trainer, or local humane organization) on letterhead in addition to photos of your home and property that will show where the dog will be sleeping, fencing, etc. If you have other pets, copies of vaccinations and proof of spay/neuter are required prior to adoption. If you have children and/or other dogs, bring the whole family to the appointment.


We are organized as a 501(c)3 certified non-profit charity. Our taxpayer ID is EIN 45-2899279. 

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