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My name is Randy T!

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German Shepherd Dog
Black - with Tan, Yellow or Fawn
11 years 9 months old, Senior
(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
(Current) 72 lb
Pet ID

My info

Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Purebred
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Housetrained
Small blue checkmark Has special needs

My story

NEW ARRIVAL - Give an enthusiastic welcome to Randy T., a new resident at Thulani Central.  This handsome dude will surely catch your eye.  Randy has been diagnosed with kidney disease, but that doesn't stop him!  He's a strong, exhuberent dog who loves going on walks.  Our volunteers are enjoying getting to know Randy while helping him learn to mind his manners.

Update:  Despite being in late stage kidney disease, Randy is still full of life and has shown himeself to be an athletic dog with high energy.  A favorite activity of his is walks.  He gets very excited when he sees people, dogs and other animals!  Randy’s ideal walking buddy is someone able to manage his overall strength while continuing to work with him on his door and leash etiquette.  We have discovered that Randy is what we call dog selective, in that he can become agitated and highly reactive around some dogs while calmly ignoring others.  Due to his ongoing medical needs combined with his active personality, Randy would do best in an experienced home.

Randy T Summary:
- Male, 11 yrs old, current on shots
- Good with adults, dogs
- Not Good with cats
- Special Needs - kidney disease

What's Next for Randy T:
Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that he is well cared for.  Randy is a Hospice dog.  We are working with our vet to develop a plan for managing his kidney disease.  If medically safe to do so, he will be altered prior to adoption.  We are looking for a special foster home for Randy and are also taking early adoption applications, so if you are interested, please apply!  He will come to your home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.

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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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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.