Name: Kumal T.      Adopted
Age: 11.5 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.


Kumal T.'s Story:

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Kumal T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
M 11.5 yrs 78 lbs Current 2 Yes

Good with Dogs, and riding in the car

Kumal T. Description:
Kumal T. is 11.5 years old and was owner surrendered to the LA City Shelter system. As you can see from his pictures below he has classical German Shepherd good looks. Adding to his handsome appearance... he is very sweet, has kind-soulful eyes, and a gentle nature.

Kumal does have a wobbly rear end, a neurological deficit and a kinked spine so the Thulani Program had him examined by an orthopedic specialist. In a nutshell, the orthopedist felt that Kumal's condition is a result of spondylosis at a couple of vertebrae, most likely the result of an old injury, possibly from playing too much frisbee or the like. The important thing, although there is a neurological impact, he does not appear to be in pain as a result. He just walks funny.

Kumal also seems to have mild hip dysplasia (HD) which probably exacerbates the walking difficulty so he takes rimadyl for an anti-inflammatory and pain relief.

The likely prognosis for Kumal is that spondylosis and the HD are manageable and likely won't progress too rapidly. His walking is affected by these conditions, but he is very mobile, gallops at times, gets up with no problems, and can handle slopes and a few stairs with no problems. He does need help getting into a car, but can can go for walks which he likes, and he loves to ride in the car as he seems to enjoy watching the world goes by. At the bottom of this bio you can view a short video of Kumal meeting another dog named Princess where you can also view the wobble in his step.

Kumal is now safe and is no longer living day to day at the Shelter. He was rescued by the GSRNC Thulani Program which is dedicated to finding him a forever home where he can enjoy the remainder of his life.

Since Kumal is a Senior dog he has already learned to avoid most of the less refined behaviors that are sometimes found in younger dogs. For example the Thulani foster home where he is initially staying reported that he is quite calm in the house and sleeps quietly through the night without any problems. That includes taking himself out to relieve himself as needed... Yes, he is house trained!

Wouldn’t you like to be a part of Kumal T’s transition back to a forever home? 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 Kumal T. is part of the Thulani Program we are looking for a 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.

Also, his medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by The Thulani Program!

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

As we learn more about Kumal T. we will update his bio.

To see a video of Kumal T. and his meeting with Princess click here. Kunal T. seems to get along well with other dogs.

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.