About Us


Who We Are

German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California (GSRNC) regularly adopts dogs to residents of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties. We also consider, resources permitting, potential adopters in other northern California and Nevada counties.


GSRNC regularly rescues dogs from shelters in Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Yolo Counties. We also consider, on a case-by case basis, dogs from shelters in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Kern, Marin, Merced, Napa, Nevada, Placer, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Washoe (NV) Counties.


The GSRNC Thulani Program rescues terminally ill or extremely old German shepherd dogs from all of California and Nevada.


Our educational outreach extends to anywhere in Northern California.




The specific purpose of our organization is the prevention of cruelty to animals by:

  • Rescuing German Shepherd Dogs from life threatening situations at animal shelters and elsewhere.
  • Finding German Shepherd Dogs permanent loving homes with qualified owners.
  • Assisting owners of German Shepherd Dogs who can no longer keep them to find them new homes.
  • Working cooperatively with animal shelters and other rescue groups in the community towards our common goals of saving dogs' lives and reducing pet overpopulation.
  • Educating the public about the advantages of adopting dogs from shelters and rescue organizations, and about the need for spaying and neutering dogs.
  • Educating owners and prospective owners of German Shepherd Dogs about their proper care and training, and about other aspects of the breed.


Donna Bonnel
Tracy Ferea
Susan Hanna
Irene Torres-Tabor
Bob Jachens
Lorraine Kainuma
Louise Pellerin


Secretary: Jenny Horst
Treasurer: Joan Hoover

Rescue Operations:

Director of Adoptions: Beth Dovi
Hotline Coordinator: Donna Martinez
Volunteer Coordinator: Trish Kohrt
Merchandise Manager: 
Lena Faissaly
Newsletter Coordinator: Donna Martinez
E-Lists Manager: Kim Friberg
Webmaster: Teri Erickson



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