Name: Taz 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.


Taz T.'s Story:

The Thulani Program
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Taz T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
M 8 yrs 85 lbs Current 2 Yes

Good with Dogs, Kids, and riding in the car

Taz T. Description:
Looking to put a little Raz-A-Ma-TAZ in your life? If anyone can, the Taz Man can!

The Taz Man, formally Taz T. or just Taz, is a handsome, black/red male GSD. Don’t let the frost on the muzzle fool you. When told he was 8, he thought 8 months, not the 8 years he actually is. His real age, however, means he’s over all the chewing and other puppy behaviors. His virtual age, though, means he’s always up for a walk, a ride, or to chase his Wubba.

He was in fairly neglected condition when he was rescued by The Thulani Program. As a result, the Taz Man is very underweight and has hip bones that are prominent. He eats well however. In fact, he’s the epitome of the old saying, Never let a dog guard your sandwich when you leave the room. In fact, he’ll gladly finish it up before you return. He even scarfs pills without putting them in a treat.

Taz T. has a crumpled ear, probably due to hematomas. It just adds to his roguish handsomeness, and doesn’t seem to bother him.

Taz comes to life around water. He loves to have a bath, especially if it involves water from a hose. He only gets happier if he is brushed after the bath.

Taz seems to have spent allot of his time outdoors, but has adjusted quickly to being an indoor dog. In fact, he has to be coaxed outside to take care of business. He’s adjusted so well, he has the run of the house at night and when his fosterer is at work. Taz is generally calm and prefers to be around his people. If he is feeling left out he will sometimes let out a bark to let you know, but he quickly settles back into his calm state. He seems to ignore the barky dog next door, but occasionally decides to answer a call of the wild, especially if he wants in.

Taz is best suited if he is the only dog in the family. Sharing is not his strong suit. He has some tendencies to guard or hoard toys and food at times. Because of this it is recommended that he be fed in his crate where there are no guarding concerns. It should be noted that Taz has met other dogs and cats outside of his foster home and seems to be fine with them... but again this is outside of his turf.

Taz will do best if his person is a strong handler and takes on the leadership role in the home "pack."

Taz has been found to ride well in the car, and he loves to go for walks. Walks are very important for Taz as this allows his owner to establish him or herself as his leader in the home.

Since Taz is now 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, and his Wubba. His medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by The Thulani Program. If you want to learn more about Taz, or are possibly interested in providing him a home, please contact us by email at

We will update his bio as we learn more about him.

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.