Name: Banjo T. (formerly Boyd T)      Adopted
Age: 9.5 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.


Banjo T. (formerly Boyd T)'s Story:

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Banjo T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
M 9.5 yrs 100 lbs Current 3 Yes
Good with Dogs, Kids over 7 years, and riding in the car

Banjo Description:
Banjo T. is a gentle older guy, and was an owner surrender to animal control because he was old and needed medical care. Banjo’s real problem was actually neglect. He had an untreated flea allergy as well as other treatable issues, all of which wouldn’t have been a lot of trouble had he had regular veterinary care.

Even after being dumped at the shelter Banjo was friendly and alert and grateful for attention. At ninety pounds he was all skin and bones, but now at about 100 pounds, he is a large, stunning boy. His coat is full and shinny..and he has now regained much of his strength and mobility.

He seems to have had significant obedience training knowing sit, lay, and stay... and is great on the leash even with other dogs walking around him. And let me tell you he "lay-stayed" for a VERY, VERY long time at the first training class that we took him to at Cooperhaus K9.

With all his positives he is the kind of dog that will need a strong, experienced leader to keep him on track. If you enjoy training, but are looking for a dog that is calm and not needing tons of exercise like a youngster then Banjo and you may just make beautiful music together.

Banjo was in a home for two months but unfortunately his anxiety around two very young children made him uncomfortable. So we are looking for a new home for him; one with children no younger that about seven years. He seems to be fine with other dogs, but would also do well where he had his people all to himself. He is a fantastic dog.

Banjo has rejoined the GSRNC Thulani Program. Since Banjo 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. His medical expenses will be covered for the rest of her life by The Thulani Program. If you want to learn more about Banjo, or are possibly interested in providing him a home, please contact us by email at

Banjo is a level 3 dog currently in the South Bay. 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 and on a seperate Thulani Dog Summary page.



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.