Name: SuzyQ T.      Deceased
Age: 10 year(s)
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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.


SuzyQ T.'s Story:

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

SuzyQ T. is a very sweet 10 year old Black and Brown German Shepherd that was found stray and was being held at the Solano County Shelter in Fairfield. She spent several weeks at the shelter where she had a physical check up and had her vaccinations brought up to date. But now... SuzyQ has put the shelter behind her and has joined the GSRNC Thulani Program. The Thulani Program’s objective is to ensure that senior German Shepherds like SuzyQ have an opportunity to have a loving and good quality of life in their golden years… no matter how long that may be.

SuzyQ does have some lasting effects of her Pre-Thulani life that lead you to think that her life was likely short on TLC. She had likely been stray for some time. Her physical exam revealed that she had a few scrapes or wounds that needed medical attention to assure they heal up well. Also, her right eye seems to have sustained what looks like a deep injury that has healed but has left her with little or no vision in that eye. Fortunately her left eye is in good shape and she seems to have adapted well to this condition. At the shelter the staff did comment that she was a nice and friendly dog and that she was good to walk on a leash… but they also felt that she was a bit depressed. She would hang back in her kennel in bed and would only come forward when called. Given what we have observed about her life so far I would think it might even be normal to be a bit depressed.

After being rescued by The Thulani Program it appears that SuzyQ has already seemed to have her spirits lifted a bit. During a post rescue evaluation her behavior was no longer one of reculusion and she was observed as being very friendly to people and was even good with other dogs; greeting them with a gentle tail wag. As we have a chance to evaluate her more we think it may also be workable for her to live at a home with the right cat since her small animal prey drive appears to be low. She did show little interest in 2 cats that she met and also was non-reactive to a caged rooster as well.

Since SuzyQ T. is now part of the Thulani Program we are looking for a forever home that will care for her for the rest of her life, in warmth and love. She will come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.

Her medical expenses will be covered for the rest of her life by The Thulani Program.

SuzyQ will be ready for adoption soon so please keep an eye on her status. Additionally, as we learn more about her we will be updating her bio. In the meantime if you want to hear more about SuzyQ T., or are possibly interested in providing her a home, please contact Bob 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.