Name: Blanche T.      Deceased
Age: 13.8 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 Permission Agreement.
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.


Blanche T.'s Story:

Blanche T. is an energetic, petite German Shepherd mix that the shelter says is more than 13 years old. She does not look that old, and she definitely does not act that old. Blanche has a great smile that she uses often and to good effect. She appears to be housetrained. She rides well in the car. She was dumped at a southern California shelter, presumably because she was too old.

Blanche is a bit confused in her attitude toward people. When you approach her kennel run, she happily bounces around, plays with her food bowl, wags her tail furiously, and barks excitedly. But when you get within about ten feet of her, she sometimes dashes to the back of the run. She is doing that less and less as she settles in. She seems to be a bit more wary of men than women, but again, she is getting better with time.

One of our volunteers who is very good with ‘worried’ dogs spent some tine with her and here is what she had to say:

Did you ever meet a dog and instantly know that inside what appeared to be a much less than perfect dog was a diamond in the rough?

Well I had the honor to meet a diamond today. Her name is Blanche. Blanche can be described by some as a “fraidy dog”, but Blanche is perfect.

At first Blanche seems happy to see you approach, but then as you get closer she backs up and seems afraid.

I spent time with Blanche in her kennel and within an hour she was leaning on me, soaking up ear rubs and neck skritches and allowing gentle back massages.

She wasn’t comfortable with my sunglasses at first, but before I left, she let me put them on her. The times you wish you had a camera.

So Blanche needs just the right home.

Blanche needs a quiet home with a gentle energy so this diamond in the rough can truly show all her sparkling facets.

Blanche will flourish in a home with the patience to let her build her confidence, get comfortable and learn to trust, be happy and relax. I suspect Blanche will be totally devoted and become a lap dog to the person who can let her shine.

Blanche has huge potential in the right setting.

Blanche is a work in progress, but she is progressing rapidly.

Blanche T. is part of the Thulani Program, and as such we are looking for a forever home that will care for her for the rest of her life, in warmth and love. She will come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. Her medical expenses will be covered for the rest of her life by The Thulani Program. If you want to learn more about Blanch T., or are possibly interested in providing her a home, please contact Bob at



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.