Name: Sierra T.      Adopted
Age: 9 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.


Sierra T.'s Story:

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Meet Sierra T.!

She used to be known as Scrumpy T. (short for Scrumpilicious) but a naming contest was run to pick a more fitting name and the results are in... Sierra T. is the new Scrumpy T.

Sierra T. was adopted, but the adopter ran into housing/landlord problems and was forced to return her. Sierra is very healthy, has lots of energy, and loves to play ball, play with her bowl, play with sticks, anything to entertain herself and her companions. But interestingly, she can chill quietly in the house when left alone, and is not destructive. She is house trained and has excellent house manners. She is very affectionate toward people, especially when you have a ball. She knows some obedience, and will actually demonstrate it if you have something she wants She knows sit, down, heel. She walks well on the lead and rides well in the car.

But she needs to be an only dog, and no cats. She is a dominant female from working lines.

More about Sierra T.

Sierra T. is also a member of the GSRNC Thulani Program. She was found in the Chatsworth area of Southern California. Our veterinarian and trainer do not believe she is a senior dog as originally listed based on her play and energy levels. So we have revised her age listing to be consistent with their recommendations... 7 years old.

Sierra is a year younger than the normal senior Thulani Dog but we have extended the normal Thulani Medical Coverage to her. Sierra's medical expenses will be covered by The Thulani Program for the rest of her life.

She has a funny personality and an amazing way of letting you know when she is hungry. When at the shelter she played with her food bowl and held it for the kennel worker when it was feeding time – waiting for him to fill it... “More please!” We captured a photo of her doing this below.

She’s a tennis ball fanatic. Ball focused, but realizes people are part of the game, so brings you the ball and drops it. Then stares. If nothing good happens (i.e. you throw the ball) she picks it up and drops it closer to you. You can also take the ball from her mouth without tugging.

She would have made a great working dog. Can jump right into a car without assistance and will ride quietly. She also walks well on a lead.

Sierra T. would be good in an active home – maybe with kids who will play with her. She is incredibly social with people.

Did I mention she likes playing ball?!!!

If you want to learn more about Sierra T., or are possibly interested in providing her a home, please contact us by email at

As we learn more about Sierra T. we will update her bio.

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.