Plight of Thulani Dogs in Shelters
Dogs like Thulani, or Rambler shown on left, with a limited life expectancy (measured in months to perhaps a year) often have little chance of getting out of the shelters alive. They are not adoptable to typical adopters, and with overcrowding there typically is little the shelters can do except euthanize them.
Few Rescue organizations have the resources to take in these types of dogs, and again, the typical adopter that approaches a Rescue is looking for a long-term companion.
The maiden voyage of the Thulani Program, focused on shelters and people in the greater San Francisco Bay region (Thulani Program dog stories), and demonstrated that there is a need to rescue Thulani-type German Shepherds from shelters and some owners (we saved more than 20 dogs from this limited area in the past two years), and not many Rescues have the resources or capabilities to do so.
The SF Bay region is not unique. During the past two months as we began to build the infrastructure to go statewide, we brought in eight new Thulani Program dogs. There clearly is a regionwide need to help these deserving dogs.
“Senior dogs are often discarded after a lifetime of giving their best to their people. How can we say no to them? All they ask from us is a safe place to lay their sweet old grizzled heads. In return they give us their unconditional love and gratitude. All you have to do is look into their eyes to know you’ve done something worthwhile.”
Although the future for Thulani-like dogs in shelters is grim, we have located a number of special people who will fundamentally change this equation. We need more, and with their help, we can make an incredible difference for these deserving dogs.