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Name: Junior T.      Adopted
Age: 8 year(s)
male, neutered
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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.

 

Junior T.'s Story:

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

Junior T. is an 8 year old black-and-tan male German Shepherd that was owner surrendered to the Baldwin Park Shelter in LA County earlier in August. The surrender paperwork says he is 12 years, but our vet disagrees strongly. Upon surrender the owner did NOT give a reason why they were leaving Junior behind… but there were some signs of neglect so what really matters now is that Junior has made it past his prior life and he has made it past his “shelter life” where the period for adoption is always limited. Now he is safe; he has been rescued by GSRNC’s Thulani Program which specializes in helping the most vulnerable German Shepherds. Most Thulani Dogs are like Junior and need a healthy dose of TLC so they can start enjoying the simple comforts of a loving home again just like most all other dogs enjoy everyday. Junior’s physical issues are not bad. He has some hair loss on his bum which is being treated and he like many other senior GSDs has a slightly stiff gate when he walks. Aside for these issues Junior is in most need of the normal love and care a family can bring.

The Shelter Dog handlers described Junior as spunky, sharp, alert, and possessing a young heart. He was friendly with other dogs and he seemed call out to them as they would cross his path to see if he could join them.

Overall Junior T is a lovable and curious GSD. While seemingly a bit stressed at his first adoption fair, he quickly bonded with his human handlers and over the course of just a few hours his demeanor calmed and his wonderful personality was evident. It was rewarding to see a relaxed Junior T who absolutely loved any 1:1 time that involved short walks and photo shoots.

While Junior T may need some basic obedience refreshers (walking on a leash, jumping in excitement to see you, etc.) he is overall very well mannered. He does not appear to be leash aggressive or show any signs of aggression toward other dogs. This boy is still very much full of life and could easily handle walks or non-strenuous hikes with his human companions. After some TLC and time, his coat (sparse in some areas on his back and ears) should grow back to be beautiful and healthy.

If you are looking for a loyal companion who loves to bury his head in to you for cuddles and has a zest for life, Junior T is your GSD!

Since Junior T. is now a part of the Thulani Program we are looking for a forever home that will care for him for the rest of his life, in warmth and love. He will come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. His medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by The Thulani Program. If you want to learn more about Junior T., or are possibly interested in providing him a home, please contact Bob at thulanidogs@gsrnc.org.

As me learn more about Junior T. we will update his bio.

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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.