Name: Sara T.      Adopted
Age: 10 year(s)
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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.


Sara T.'s Story:

The Thulani Program
Helping the most vulnerable... free medical coverage for life

Sara T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
F 10 yrs 59 lbs Current 2 yes

Good with Adults, laid-back Dogs and rides well in a car

Sara Description:
Sara is a sweet and gentle 10 year old German Shepherd with lots of love to share. She was found stray near a freeway in Glendale California and was truly saved from likely danger by a nearby, kind-hearted person, we are calling her Angel. Sara's Angel that day helped her survive a dangerous situation and give her a chance to recover from some health conditions that often result from periods of neglect. Sara had a lump removed from her abdomen and received some general vet care which included a flea and tick treatment... all at her Angel's expense.

We observed Sara at a nearby park where she seemed to get along well with people but she seemed to get nervous and defensive around other dogs. While in our foster care Sara got along fine with another large dog that was relaxed or laid back and did not get in her face. That particular dog was a male but we suspect a laid back female would likely also be fine with her.

She walked well on leash and warmed up quickly to us after we spent time with her (and fed her a hot-dog). She is very thin around her hind quarters and appears to have some discomfort putting all her weight on this area.

She has a calm demeanor and lets the world come to her without great expectations. She seemed to be OK with children at the park and did not seem to be afraid or leery of kids when they approached...

Unfortunately for Sara her Angel is not able to care for her long term but she continues to look out for her welfare. By doing some research she found that there is an animal welfare group called The Thulani Program, whose mission is to help vulnerable senior German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs), like Sara, find a safe place to live out their lives ... no matter how long that is.

We are just beginning to learn about Sara so we will be updating her bio as we learn more. Please check back here to view our updates on her.

The Thulani Program has evaluated Sara and has accepted her into The Thulani Program. She will now be placed into a Thulani foster home where she can start to feel the comforts of normal home living. She will no longer wonder where her next meal is coming from, where she will be sleeping that night, or if she will be safe.

The Thulani Program will see that she receives any needed medical care that is necessary for her well being. In addition, as soon as Sara is ready, the Thulani Program will be starting a search for her next adoptive home that will care for her for the rest of her life. She will also come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.

Sara's medical expenses will be covered for the rest of her life by The Thulani Program!

“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.