Name: LA Duke T.      Adopted
Age: 10 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.


LA Duke T.'s Story:

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

LA Duke T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
M 10 yrs 85 lbs Current 2 Yes

Good with Dogs, and riding in the car

LA Duke Description:
Duke is a Senior German Shepherd in the GSRNC Thulani program but he has the energy and spirit of a young to middle-aged GSD. Initially the S. Cal shelter that received Duke estimated his age at 14 years old but we suspect he is more like 10 years old (or under). Despite his age Duke runs very well, with long galloping strides which, coupled with his long and lean physique, makes one wonder whether he is mixed with a large sight-hound breed.

Like many senior GSDs Duke lets you skip over many of the puppy-oriented "new-dog" troublesome traits. His foster advises he is potty trained, sleeps through the night, is gentle on a leash, will hop right into your VAN or SUV, and is good with other dogs at their home. He also knows his basic commands such as "sit, down, give, and out of the kitchen".

Duke has a passion for playing with toys and is very athletic. Because of his high energy level and zest to play we find that strong Kong toys are a good match for him… fluffy toys just will not stand the rigor of his athleticism. When toys are involved Duke is up for most games… toss and fetch, tug and toss, or any combination. Because of his passion for playing (he will not quit) it is best to play a ‘two-toy’ fetch game with Duke; when he brings a fetched toy back, immediately toss a second toy and he will drop the first.

Duke looks thin but he has almost completely back to his native weight. Before being rescued by The Thulani Program he was emaciated do to a case of bloat. At the time this was life threatening and caused him to have parts of his stomach and spleen removed. He only weighted 51 lbs then but has since put on small increments of weight consistently to the point where he has now re-gained 35 lbs back.

Because of Duke’s age and energy level we feel he would be a good match for a family that can include him in their daily exercise plan... be it walking/jogging or hiking. His foster advised that he even went for a 1.6 mile walk.

We want to see this sweet senior gentleman spending his remaining life in comfort, surrounded by people who will love him and treat him like royalty.

The GOAL of The Thulani Program is to re-home senior German Shepherds that have found themselves in shelters or otherwise displaced at a vulnerable age of life.

LA Duke T. is now part of the Thulani Program, and as such 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 (Kong-only please!). His MEDICAL EXPENSES WILL BE COVERED FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE by The Thulani Program. If you want to learn more about LA Duke T., or are possibly interested in providing him a home, please contact us by email at

To see a video of LA Duke T's story click here.

All of the available Thulani Dogs are also posted on the Thulani Dogs Website. There you will find a separate matrix of only Thulani Dogs.



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.