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My name is Sassy T.!

German Shepherd Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Cupertino, California - Sassy T.
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German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California

Facts about Sassy T.

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog Mix
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: ****
Sassy T. Summary:
Sex Age Wt Shots Level Potty Trained
F 10 yrs 87 lbs Current 2 yes

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


Sassy T. Description:
Sassy is a sweet 10 year old German Shepherd who was owner surrendered to the Downey LA County Shelter. In 2007 her owners adopted her from the same shelter and now in 2016 they have taken her back and abandoned her because "she is too old". Both the staff at Downey and The Thulani Program don't see it that way. She is just coming into her prime. As you can see below in the photos... she is beautiful, lively, stunning, and very sweet.

Sassy deserves a family that will love her now and into her golden years.

Sassy rides nicely in a car... either in or out of a crate. Also, she walks nicely on a leash and seems to know some basic training commands such as "sit" and possibly "down".

Her current 87lb weight however suggests that she likely needs some additional exercise and/or dieting to get her weight down closer to the 75lb range for her frame.

Sassy has a sweet temperament and enjoys having attention from her people such as getting her neck scratched and ears rubbed. Below is a video of her enjoying a belly rub. When we tested her with our feral test-cat she showed little interest so she will likely be able to share a home with a cooperative cat.

Sassy was taken to an Ophthalmologist and diagnosed with Pannus, an autoimmune disease of the eye. It is a treatable condition that affects the cornea but not the functioning eye itself (even partially reversible). She is being treated now and has made great progress, not only in stopping the progression, but reversing the damage. She will need drops in her eyes for the rest of her life to keep the condition under control.

Since Sassy has been accepted into the GSRNC Thulani Program she will receive lots of love and pampering and will also receive any medical care necessary for her well being.

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

If you want to learn more about Sassy 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.

Finally, if you would like to see a few videos of Sassy T. while she was at the Downey Shelter you can select from the video links below:
Sassy Intro
Belly Rub for Sassy

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

About German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California

About Our Rescue Group...

German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California (GSRNC) has been rescuing and rehoming German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) of ALL AGES for over 15 years. We are a 501c(3) non-profit Animal Welfare organization and we are an all-volunteer organization which allows all donations and funding to go completely to the betterment of rescued GSDs. We are dedicated to the rescue and welfare of German Shepherd Dogs. Our volunteers help foster and adopt dogs to willing homes. Please help us in our efforts, for their sake.

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.

The Thulani Program
The Thulani Program is a sub-group within GSRNC that provides hospice care and sanctuary for German Shepherd dogs with limited life expectancy. It was founded in mid-2009 as a German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California (GSRNC) sub-group as a response to a need identified by our shelter evaluators. The evaluators were finding German Shepherd dogs in shelters that were wonderful dogs, but because of terminal medical conditions or extreme age, were not dogs that could successfully be adopted out to the public as part of regular adoption program. Yet these wonderful dogs have some quality life left for them, even though it might be short. The evaluators realized that, if they turned their backs on these dogs, they very likely would die alone and afraid in the shelter almost immediately.

The critical turning point came at the end of 2008 when we evaluated a three-month-old puppy who had been badly abused, mistreated, and neglected. Yet he was a happy, loving, affectionate puppy that just wanted to please, so we decided to bring him into GSRNC. We lined up a foster home for him, and planned out his stay with us before he would be put up for adoption, and then the lightening-bolt struck.

The puppy had a level 5 heart murmur that further analysis indicated would be fatal in just a few months. We called the prospective foster-er to inform her of his condition and that we would not be bringing him into the program after all. She was devastated as were we, but she called back in a few hours to tell us that she and her daughter would take him and would give him the best life she could for whatever time he had left! That dog was Thulani.

“It is one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I loved the experience of living with the Thulani Dog and I will always love her. It was very hard to say goodbye to her, and I don’t regret one moment.”

These are people who can enjoy the dogs ‘for the moment’ and bear the grief that they will shortly feel in order to give the dog a quality life for whatever time it has left.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Please visit http://www.gsrnc.org/calendar.asp for up to date events.

Our 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.

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.

We do not adopt to homes outside of Northern California.