Name: Toby T.      Adopted
Age: 10 year(s)
male, neutered
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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.


Toby T.'s Story:

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Toby T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
M 10 yrs 80 lbs Current 3 yes
Good with Adults, dogs, CATS!, rides in the car

Toby T. Description:
Toby is a gentle and loving 10 year old male German Shepherd that was found wondering the streets alone near Downey California and was taken to the local County shelter. The shelter holds stray dogs for about a week to give their owner a chance to claim them. Unfortunately, during that period many stray dogs are held in an area where they are isolated and do not see any people that may want to adopt them. This causes many shelter dogs to feel isolated and alone and leads to such emotions as hopelessness and despair.

This is exactly what has happened to Toby! Fortunately, with the help of the Miracle GSD Network and local Thulani Program volunteers we became aware of Toby's situation and we were there to rescue him after his holding period. Some senior shelter dogs are not so lucky however and the depressing shelter holding period becomes their final memory.

Toby has a strong spirit that you don't often see in stray shelter dogs however. Even though no owner came to claim him Toby did not fall into despair and his handsome face continued to radiate hopefulness. It was as if he knew that we would be there to save him.

Toby Update from Thulani Program Facebook page -------
SOMETIMES IT TAKES A WHILE..., but TOBY T. is finally out of the hospital and resting in a loving foster home!

This sweet old man has had a rough time of it for several weeks! He's been in the hospital where he was treated for a nasty upper respiratory infection, and for the last two weeks he has had a dedicated foster Mom waiting patiently to help him finish his recovery in a warm and loving home!

He's still so very skinny and his poor old dry, cracked nose needs some TLC, but he will be well cared for by his foster Mom, who has opened her heart and home to give him everything he needs. And he'll have a foster-fur sister to help him in his recovery, too!

It takes a village to save these seniors and support them for the rest of their lives. That is what we do at Thulani, and Toby is just one of the most recent dogs to join the ranks of our Thulani family.


Toby is staying with a foster family and as he is getting better we are noticing that he does walk nicely on a leash, has been good with the forster's cats, has gained 8 lbs (now 80 lbs... yeh!) and travels well in a car. We are still learning more about Toby so we will be updating his bio with more details as we learn them.

Toby has just been accepted into the GSRNC Thulani Program. The Thulani Program will also see that he receives updated vaccinations and other medical care necessary to his well being. In addition, The Thulani Program is starting a search for his next adoptive home that will care for him for the rest of his life. Toby will also come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.

Toby T's medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by The Thulani Program!

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

You can also view a short video of Toby T while he was at the shelter. Even though it is short you can see that he moves well and responds to his caretaker while on a leash. Toby Shelter Video.

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.

“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.