Name: Bronson T.      Transferred Out of Program
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.


Bronson T.'s Story:

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Bronson T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
M 10 yrs 62 lbs Current 2 Yes

Good with Adults, dogs, cats, kids and rides in the car

Bronson T. Description:
Bronson is an 10 year old male German Shepherd that was picked up as a stray and placed at the Pinole Shelter. His condition was poor and as a result he was sent to the Martinez Shelter. He likely was dumped somewhere by his prior owner since it would be hard to believe he became lost or ran off in his condition since he has difficulty walking.

Bronson T. is a very special dog that needs a VERY special adopter. AND HE DESERVES ONE!

Bronson is handsome. Bronson is lovable. Bronson is affectionate. Bronson loves people, big and small. Bronson is totally fine with other dogs. Bronson probably is fine with cats. Bronson LOVES to ride in cars (more than any dog we have ever had—if he is going for a car ride, everything is fine in his world). Bronson’s eyes just radiate intelligence and curiosity. Bronson is house trained and has great house manners.

So, you are probably asking yourself, “why does Bronson need a VERY special adopter?”

Because Bronson has Degenerative Myelopathy or some neurological disease with very similar symptoms—he has only limited use of his rear legs and needs assistance with walking. On relatively flat surfaces he can move about enough to go to his food or water bowl, and can get up to relieve himself. For walks (which he loves and is very strong in his front legs) he needs support, or a dog wheel chair. Care needs to be taken to insure that he does not scrape and injure the tops of his rear feet—so dog boots for walks are important.


He needs an adopter with the same attitude—one that wants a fantastic companion with a bit more of a handicap than many dogs.

Bronson's initial foster Mom has been very helpful in optimizing Bronson's situation. The following are many of her observations:

1. Bronson would do best with someone who can manage him in his harness. That would probably mean someone who has sufficient upper body strength in a home with few to no stairs. He really shouldn't walk without the harness and assistance since we think he has some compensation pain. [This is pain that he experiences in mostly the front legs and joints due to his shifting his weight or stride to minimize difficulty he is having with his hind legs or joints.]

2. Bronson is house trained and continent. He whines when he has to urinate but has been a little inconsistent when he feels he has to have a bowel movement (its also possible we haven't always picked up his signals). He will not go to the bathroom on our patio so he needs access to a space that he doesn't see as his territory but is easily accessible to him. [For example]...He has been going to the bathroom on the sidewalk up and down the block a couple houses each way. We have him on a schedule of going out 3x per day.

3. Bronson is a picky eater and has lost a significant amount of weight (including muscle mass). He needs someone to patiently try to find what he likes to eat so he can gain a bit of weight (being underweight isn't a bad thing for dogs with mobility issues but he could gain a bit of weight and still be considered underweight).

4. Bronson is dragging his back paws which are scarred from past dragging and he really should walk in his harness with assistance and wear booties of some sort when outside.

5. Bronson is deaf so it is very helpful that he knows a few hand signals - stay, sit, down - and may know more than we can report. We gently tug on his front harness to indicate which way we'd like for him to walk.

6. Bronson has a strange affinity for the street. He has tried to drag us there and we're not sure why. He's strong so his next guardian needs to anticipate this and be able to keep him out of the street.

If we were able to talk to Bronson I suspect he would remind us that GSDs develop a very strong bond with their human life partners and usually pick 1 or 2 people in particular that they always want to be near. So Bronson would likely advise us that his medical ailments are an inconvenience and are nothing compared to being abandoned at the Shelter.

Bronson is exactly the reason why The Thulani Program exists. Without The Thulani Program he would typically never make it out of the shelter alive. His last memories would only include sleeping on a hard concrete floor and finally falling asleep one last time alone and afraid on a metal exam table. This will not happen to Bronson however!  He has been rescued and is at a comfortable foster home where he can decompress from the shelter and enjoy his life... for however ever long that is.

Thanks to local Thulani Program volunteers and in particular a kind-hearted foster family, Bronson is beginning to recover his life force again. Nothing will change the fact that he still has DM but he now has the opportunity to experience love and the warmth of his new Thulani foster family.

Please take a moment to view the attached shelter video of Bronson. It is the goal of the Thulani Program to see that Bronson and all adoptable senior GSDs in the California Shelter system be able to re-find joy and love in life during their senior years. 

As we continue to learn more about Bronson T. we will be updating his bio with more details so please check back here.

Bronson T. has been accepted into the GSRNC Thulani Program and is in a Thulani Foster home where he is receiving lots of the normal comforts of home. The Thulani Program will also see that he receives updated vaccinations and other medical care necessary to his well being and Hospice condition. 

Bronson's medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by The Thulani Program!

“Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.”



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.