Name: Guthrie 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.


Guthrie T.'s Story:

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

Meet Guthrie T!

Guthrie T was found wandering as a stray in early July, and was picked up by Animal Control and taken to the Moreno Valley Shelter in SoCal. We don’t know what Guthrie’s life was like before he ended up at the shelter, but it doesn’t look like it was a great one. He was pretty neglected, his coat was a mess, and he had an ulcerated area on his toe that was bloody and painful. While at the shelter, Guthrie was friendly with everyone, and got along nicely with his kennel mate. He was also tested with small dogs and seemed fine. We thought Guthrie T deserved to have a better life than his prior one, and so we offered him a spot in the Thulani Program which he readily accepted! We suspected his toe would need to be amputated, and so we made arrangements for him to go directly to the vet upon leaving the shelter, and thank goodness we did…because it was apparent when he was picked up that the poor guy was very sick, bordering on pneumonia. It took Guthrie nearly 2 weeks at the vet to feel well enough for the toe amputation. He is doing well and expected to make a full recovery. This boy is very sweet, but still a little scared at the vet – he’s had a rough road, and a lot of upheaval.

He is now definitely ready to transition into a loving home.

Guthrie is currently living in a foster home where he is starting to feel safe and loved. Instead of running and hiding from his foster family he is now enthused to see them when they come home and he loves the time they are all together. He will now bark for attention and will hang out at his food bowl at meal time. This is quite a difference from his earlier tendency to hide when they would get home. He has mostly come out of his shell and is now willing to love and trust again but he would absolutely thrive if he could find someone he could call his own. Like many GSDs, Guthrie identifies with a primary caretaker that he warms up to. He gets along well with the entire family but he is most secure and relaxed when “his person” is there.

We are finding that this great dog would do best in a home without another big dog, and no cats. He has managed to warm up to the foster home’s Chihuahua but he still is a bit cautious around their two GSDs. He loves affection from his owner... especially in the form of ear rubs and he still needs lots of TLC as he is starting to see the world as a loving place. He could use some additional basic training which we suspect Guthrie would greatly enjoy as this would allow him to spend more one-on-one time with his person.

Wouldn’t you like to be a part of Guthrie T’s transformation? We know he is going to bloom with attention and care – and some family is going to be very lucky to be a part of his life!

Since Guthrie T. is 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 Guthrie T., or are possibly interested in providing him a home, please contact us by email at

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.