Name: Lillie T.      Adopted
Age: 9 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.


Lillie T.'s Story:

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

Lillie T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
F 9 yrs 86 lbs Current 2 Yes

Good with Dogs, Cats and riding in the car

Lille T. Description:
Beautiful Lillie T. is a 9 year old German Shepherd mix that was owner surrendered to the Orange County Shelter. She seems to be very gentle and very sweet but is still a little in shock not knowing why she was abandoned by her owners. As you can see from her pictures below she has classical German Shepherd good looks.

We also learned that Lillie seems to be cat-workable by introducing her to a feral cat. Lillie seemed interested in the cat but only looked. This does not mean that Lillie will be able to live just any cat however. We do expect that if a cat's behavior around Lillie does not stimulate her prey drive then they may be able to co-habit the same house.

Lillie as well as other Senior Dogs that are owner abandoned at the Shelter face long odds at making it through the shelter… but Lillie has beat the odds and she is now safe with the GSRNC Thulani Program. The Thulani Program rescues Senior or Terminally ill GSDs that still have a good measure of quality life yet to live. They are medically evaluated, treated, and given a healthy dose of TLC by one of the many Thulani Program foster homes while a new forever adoptive home is being located.

It does appear that Lillie has some thinning hair spots, most likely due to a flea allergies, and some slight stiffness in her walking gait. These conditions have been treated but are secondary to the love and affection that Lillie needs on an ongoing basis.

Wouldn’t you like to be a part of Lillie T’s transition back to a forever home? We know she is going to blossom with attention and care; and some family is going to be very lucky to be a part of her life!

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

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

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

In the following video you can view Lillie T. shortly after she arrived at the OC Animal Shelter. She seems to be exploring the exercise yard with limited walking issues (even though her vet paperwork indicates some arthritis and spondylosis). She also has a friendly greeting for a neighbor dog. To view the video you can click here.

As we learn more about Lillie T. we will update her bio.

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.