Name: Willow T.      Adopted
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.


Willow T.'s Story:

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Willow T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
F 10 yrs 85 lbs Current 2 yes

Good with Adults, dogs, cats and rides well in a car

Willow T. Description:
Willow is one of 50 German Shepherds that were seized from a puppy mill in Lancaster in September. She came to the LA County Castaic Shelter as a result of the breeder case that followed. The Castaic Shelter staff advised that Willow has plenty of pep in her step, loves to play ball and she gets along with all other dogs and is so very sweet, a super friendly gal who likes all people and kids too.

Although Willow had spent a good deal of time in a kennel at the puppy mill....she isn't your typical breeding dog. Somewhere along the way she received a good amount of socialization and developed a love for being with people! She is a bit skinny and you can see her ribs but she doesn't let her physical condition get in her way of having fun! If you throw a ball for her, she'll happily trot after it. If you invite her to play a game of chase, she'll joyfully follow you! Better yet, if you pet her and rub her neck and ears she will give you sweet kisses! She can be seen enjoying her play time in a video at the bottom of this bio. Clearly Willow loves to play ball!!!

Willow walks beautifully on a leash and she enjoys being close with her people. When she was transported from the shelter she rode quietly and nicely in the crate. In fact, when we opened the back of our SUV and the crate door, she put her front feet on the bumper and and looked back as if to ask "how about a boost up?". After a little "assist" she went right into the crate and settled quietly.

Willow's Foster Mom (FM) has become close to Willow and it seems that she as well as everyone who gets to know her concludes that Willow is a Wonderful Dog. Willow's FM also advises..."She's housebroken, walks beautifully on leash, stays close to you when off leash, and is friendly with neighborhood cats. Willow T is stunning and has a physical presence that makes you feel safe walking late at night. She truly embodies the qualities of the German Shepherd breed that we all love."

Her FM also advises...
Willow T is gaining weight and is getting stronger with good nutrition and daily walks.

Please check back here for any updates on her.

Willow T. has just been accepted into the GSRNC Thulani Program. Willow will receive lots of love and pampering and will also receive any medical care necessary to her well being. Because she has been excepted into the Thulani Program her medical expenses will be covered by The Thulani Progam for the rest of her life.

As soon a Willow is ready The Thulani Program will be looking to match her with a forever adoptive home that will care for her for the rest of her life. Willow will come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. AND... as just mentioned, her medical expenses are covered by The Thulani Program even after adoption.

If you want to learn more about Willow T, or are possibly interested in providing an adoptive or foster home, please send us a message by clicking HERE.

All of the available Thulani Dogs are also posted on the Thulani Dogs Website.

Additionally, you can sign up to receive a monthly email showing you the current adoptable senior German Shepherds from the GSRNC Thulani Program by clicking on Sign Me Up.

To see a video of Willow while she is playing at her foster home click HERE.

“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.