Name: River T.      Deceased
Age: 10 year(s)
female, spayed
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Adoption Process

Our adoption process is designed to help you and the right dog find each other. Our goal is to place each dog into a permanent, safe, and loving home.

To adopt a German Shepherd Dog from us, you must:

1. Live in Northern California.
2. Complete an Adoption Questionnaire, either online, or by mail. If you do not own your home, you must also have your landlord complete the Landlord Letter.
3. Be interviewed by an adoption counselor.  
4. Allow a home visit by an adoption counselor.
5. Be approved for adoption.
6. Choose, and be chosen by, the right dog.
7. With our approval, sign our Adoption Agreement, and pay the associated fee.

After we receive your online Adoption Questionnaire, we will call you to begin the adoption process. We encourage potential adopters to come to one or more Adoption Days, because that is the best way to meet several German Shepherds and to find your new companion. If you attend an Adoption Day and choose a dog, you may be able to adopt the same day, if all adoption requirements are met.

If you cannot come to any Adoption Day, we can still assist you, this may take longer because the people who will help you are volunteers who usually have jobs, and scheduling meetings with dogs can be complex because our dogs live in many homes and kennels.


River T.'s Story:

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River T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
F 10 yrs 57 lbs Current 2 Y

Good with Adults, dogs, and rides well in a car

River T. Description:
Before reading River's description take a look at what his foster Mom has to say... "River is one of the sweetest dogs i have come to know through the Thulani program. Once she started feeling better and learned that she will be fed and petted and given a comfy bed, her sweet spirit started shining through even more. She shows her happiness with a wagging tail and leaning in with a wonderful body hug. She is on the quieter side with a calm demeanor but she is not shy and enjoys being a part of the household with our other more active dogs. River is very special and will bring so much happiness to the lucky person who adopts her ♡"

The rest of River's story...
River is a 10 year old spayed female German Shepherd that has needed to survive a minimum of a month of neglect. We don't have allot of history on her but it is clear that she has lots of home living skills so we suspect that she was a loved dog in a comfortable home in the past. What is also clear however is that her prior home did not prioritize her needs and safety adequately which lead to her being stranded at a shelter in the Sacramento area. For a senior large breed dog this is often times their final stop.

Sometimes a dog is lucky. It may have gotten lost and picked up, but after arriving at the shelter it is reclaimed by its owner. Following lots of dog kisses life returns to domestic bliss. When this does not occur and the dog is an adoptable senior German Shepherd in the California shelter system it is the goal of The Thulani Program to provide a safety net for the GSD. For River T's case she was not reclaimed by her owner (or anyone else) at the shelter so her future was pretty dim. Fortunately, The Thulani Program did learn of her situation before it was too late and she has been rescued and is now safe...

We see lots of home-friendly living skills in River. Her foster home advises us that she is spending allot of time recovering from her brush with fate. She is quite tired and is sleeping much of the day. She has not had any potty accidents however and will wait until she can go outside.

River is not quite a long-coat GSD but her coat is longer than most. It is currently covered with many scabs however after being treated for ticks. In addition to receiving flea and tick treatments she is also going to receive proper nutrition and ultimately receive some grooming so she will regain her long-coat beauty. This is all further signs of the neglect that she has had to recently endure.

After she left the shelter River had the occasion to meet both large and small dogs and was calm and collected around all of them. She also met an 8 year old child and interacted as a well behaved senior should. No jumping up and being very tolerant and gentle.

River has been transported from the shelter to her Thulani foster home. She traveled nicely in the car but needed a boost to get in and out of the car. Xrays at the shelter did show that she has some arthritis in her hips so she is now taking some NSAID medication to help. It is additionally recommended for River to get a moderate level of daily exercise so that she can regain some of the muscle tone in her hind quarters. Both the med's and some consistent leashed walks can help her to quickly get her back into shape and bond to her new owners.

River T. has been accepted into the The Thulani Program. Her medical expenses will be covered by The Thulani Progam for the rest of her life!

The Thulani Program will be looking to match her with a forever adoptive home that will care for her for the rest of her life. River will come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.

If you want to learn more about River T, or are possibly interested in providing an adoptive or foster home, please send us a message by clicking HERE.

All of the available Thulani Dogs are also posted on the Thulani Dogs Website.

Additionally, you can sign up to receive a monthly email showing you the current adoptable senior German Shepherds from the GSRNC Thulani Program by clicking on Sign Me Up.

“Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.”



Important Note About Dog Descriptions

Please remember that the descriptions of dogs (of Dogs Available) have been written by GSRNC volunteers and are usually based only upon our observation of the dog since the time it was rescued. While we try to provide dog descriptions that are fair and accurate, the nature of our work involves contact with dogs whose background and history are unknown to us. GSRNC cannot warrant or guarantee any dog's future behavior. For example, if we say that a rescue dog gets along with children, cats, or other dogs, this statement is usually based upon the fact that one of our volunteers has observed the dog interacting with his or her own children or pets. While this information may be helpful, we cannot be certain of how a dog will do with the children or pets in your home. If you are considering adopting, we encourage you to come to one of our Adoption Days and meet our rescue dogs. Ultimately, only you can decide whether one of our dogs is right for you.

Explanation of the Dog Levels

1 – "Fireplace dog"
Couch potato, super easy, low energy and no issues. This level of dog would do well in any home regardless of owner experience. (We rarely come across this level of dog.)

2 – “Easy Large Breed Companion Dog”
Low to moderate energy, needs some exercise but it is not a daily requirement. This dog will do well in most homes. The dog gets along with most other dogs, gets along with most other people and have been successfully been around children. The dog has no real behavioral issues that need to be managed or dealt with on a daily basis. This dog is an easy family dog.  

3 –“Standard Large Breed Dog”
Moderate energy, needs daily exercise of some sort to thrive and stay happy. This dog will do well in many types of homes, but some situations will not work for this dog. This dog may not get along with some types of dogs. This dog may be reactive to some other dogs while on leash. It may have too much energy to be around small children while unattended, and may have some behavioral issues that will require formal training or daily monitoring for the dog to successfully live happily in a family. These issues are normally minor such as fence climbing, prey drive, minor separation anxiety, nervousness in crowds, or other minor behavioral traits. A Potential Adopter for a level 3 dog must have prior, recent large breed dog experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully deal with the level 3 dog that they wish to adopt.  

4 – “Experienced Ownership Required”
Moderate, high or very high energy/drive. Needs an experienced owner familiar with working breed behavior to provide direct leadership and proper management. Level 4 dogs typically have a challenging behavior, but are good dogs. These dogs might be dog-reactive with most other dogs or dog-aggressive, may have to be an only animal in the home, maybe have moderate separation anxiety.  The dog normally needs daily physical and mental stimulation, etc. This level of dog is not an average pet. (We try to limit the number of level 4 dogs in our program.) A Potential Adopter for a level 4 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 4 dog.  

5 – “Competitive or Working Dog”
This is a dog that has an intense focus to ‘work’. It could be a dog that provides Search and Rescue services, could be a competitive Flyball or Agility dog, or has other working abilities. These dogs can be strong, pushy, dominant, and/or have extreme energy/drive. They need a professional handler or an owner who has the experience to provide a demonstrated commitment to the dog’s ‘working ability’. A Potential Adopter for a level 5 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 5 dog.