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My name is Luke T!

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German Shepherd Dog
Black - with Brown, Red, Golden, Orange or Chestnut
12 years 4 months old, Senior
(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
(Current) 90 lb
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Small blue checkmark Good with kids
Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Housetrained

My story


Update (May 2022):  Luke's foster mom says he enjoys everything!  Sun, wind, cold, warm, well rain not so much, but Luke is always happy.  

Update (March 2022): Luke T has been enjoying his foster home while he waits for his forever family.  He is a friendly boy who enjoys meeting new people, going on walks, and playing with his toys.  He loves being with his people, so much he even tries to follow them out the front door!  Thankfully, he is learning the command “stay back”.  He loves playing keep away with people as well.  He enjoys car rides and is crate trained.  Luke has some stiffness in his hind legs that comes up occasionally.  He does well with other dogs, but he enjoys chasing the feral cats in the neighborhood too much for him to live with a cat.  Luke is a handsome, well-behaved boy who can’t wait to find his family.  

Luke T Summary:
- Luke is a male, 12 yrs old, weighs 90 lbs, current on shots
- Good with Adults, dogs, older children, and travel in the car
- No Cats

Introducing Luke T:  Luke T is a large, 12 year old male who came to Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue from a shelter.  Luke was originally a stray so we don't know his history.  We do know that Luke loves to play with all kinds of toys.  The more stuffing the better!  Luke has some weakness in his hind quarters but he moves well, enjoys walks and likes to play ball.  He is food motivated and enjoys the companionship of other dogs and people.  He is definitely a pack dog and will do well with other well behaved dogs.  Luke is house trained, crate trained and rides well in the car.

Luke passed a set of evaluation tests before being accepted into the TSGSR.  The tests are not intended to assess how smart the dog is but are important for TSGSR to determine if the dog is expected to be safe in a family home.   The tested behaviors check to see if the dog will guard or protect food or toys from people, will tolerate handling all over its body (including ears, nose, lips to check teeth, lifting paws, belly, back, and gently pulling the tail) and the ability to get along with other well behaved dogs.  He remained calm during all of these tests and showed no aggressive tendencies.      

What's Next for Luke T:
Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Luke  is well cared for.  He will come to his new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. 

If you want to learn more about Luke, or are interested in possibly providing an adoptive or foster home, please send us a message by clicking on the "Ask About Me" button.  We will often get feedback or "updates" from a dog's foster home and as any updates become available they will be included here.

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Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue

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San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

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 California California or close-in areas of adjoining states. 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.

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More about this rescue

The principle team members at Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) have been rescuing and re-homing German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) of ALL AGES for over 15 years. We are a California non-profit Animal Welfare Organization (AWO) and we are an all-volunteer organization which allows all donations and funding to go completely to the betterment of rescued GSDs. Because rescuing senior GSDs or ones with a terminal illness requires a dedicated focus TSGSR was founded for this special purpose. TSGSR provides hospice care and sanctuary for German Shepherd Dogs with limited life expectancy. TSGSR team members 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 a regular adoption program. Yet these wonderful dogs have some quality life left for them, even though it might be short. TSGSR 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 and eventually lead to the creation of TSGSR 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 a specialized rescue. 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 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's name was Thulani. Thulani's foster Mom later said “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.