My name is Willow T.!

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

Facts about Willow T.

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With Black
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: ****
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.”

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.

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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.