Name: Greta T.      Deceased
Age: 10 year(s)
female, spayed
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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.


Greta T.'s Story:

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Greta T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
F 10 yrs 75 lbs Current 2 Yes

Good with Dogs, Cats, Kids, and riding in the car

Greta T. Description:
Greta T. is a senior German Shepherd Dog (GSD) that has classic black and tan markings and a playful attitude. She was rescued by the GSRNC Thulani Program and is now staying with a foster family until a forever adoptive home is found for her. It seems that no one told Greta that she is a senior dog at 10 years old because she continues to behave as if she is half her age. She will be a great companion for someone who likes to have a loving playful friend at their side.

At the dog park she runs around and has a blast... playing with toys and bouncing around as she gets excited. After about an hour of this though she is ready for a rest. She also likes to go on walks to explore her neighborhood and visit the local coffee shops.

Even though Greta's demeanor is youthful, she like many senior GSDs has shown a slight stiffness in her hind hips when running or walking at times. This is typically helped by consistent light exercise which Greta seems more than ready for. Also, Greta has undergone a procedure to remove a right-rear toe that had a melanoma. After checking with the GSRNC vet we have been advised that she should now be fine and it should no longer be a problem.

Greta has shown good in-home manners at her present foster home. She sleeps nicely through the night and knows how to use the doggy door to go out when needed. And yes, she is potty trained! At feeding time she is very friendly and shows no signs of any food aggression but she has a tendency to want to eat whenever there is food around so her forever home may need to monitor her so she does not put on too much weight.

Greta seems to love all people and kids she has meet so far but we have not tested her with any toddlers yet. We did notice that she is kitty-curious but Greta did not seem to over focus on the kitty unless it ran right by her. In the pictures below you can see Greta relaxing with the foster family's Kitty. She did want to chase a resident chicken however.

Greta seems to be able to get along well with a mix of other dogs. Greta has spent some time in a doggie day-care group where the dogs can interact with each other. While Greta does seem to love to play with the other day-care dogs she also enjoys her afternoon "power naps" afterwards.

Greta also rides well in the car but it can take a moment for her to settle down.

Since Greta T. is now a 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. If you want to learn more about Greta T., or are possibly interested in providing her a home, please contact us by email at

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

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.