Archive for February, 2000

Old Introduction


Offering a loving and dignified final passage

We sometimes find German Shepherd Dogs in shelters or being surrendered to us who, because of medical conditions or advanced age, have only a short time to live (typically less than year and sometimes much less). These dogs are very difficult to adopt to the public, and if we do not take them into our program, many likely will die alone and afraid in a shelter.

The Thulani Program of German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, a hospice sanctuary program, is designed to provide hospice care to terminally ill dogs during the final phases of their lives, with a focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. The goal is to enable the dogs to be comfortable, free of pain, and loved so that they may live each day as fully as possible.

Each German Shepherd brought into the Thulani Program is placed in a family foster home and remains as a family companion until it passes over to the Rainbow Bridge. These dogs stay permanently in German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, with all expenses related to their care and well being provided by the Thulani Program.

For more information about the Thulani Program, please explore this site and then visit the general German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California website ( and follow the links to the Thulani page.

*Thulani was a 3-month-old puppy that had been badly abused and had a grade 5 heart murmur. Although Thulani was not a dog we could adopt to the general public, two of our members decided they could give him a home for whatever time he had left. He lived for a few wonderful months with them before passing away. He died much too young but his legacy is The Thulani Program.

Bob’s sandpit


Bob, this is your play pen


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