Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue

PO Box 1065

San Juan Bautista, CA 95045-1065



1-833-SENIOR9   or  1-833-736-4679








  • Loren Girardot (6 years)

    Hi! I am the adoptions coordinator for the DFW German Shepherd Rescue (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area). As I’m sure you know the requests for intake are overwhelming. We try to take in our fair share of senior GSDs, however we are limited with lack of space.(like every rescue). Do you know of a senior Rescue in Texas?

    Thank you for your time and saving the seniors!

    • ravikravik (6 years)

      Hi Loren, I am not familiar with any senior GSD rescues in Texas. You might try contacting the Grey Muzzle Organization and the Miracle GSD Network. They might have some ideas to help you.
      Good luck,
      Bob Jachens
      Director of Thulani

  • Lauren Ingraham (6 years)

    Hello, I have a comment/concern about the article I read about your organization. I applaud your efforts to place senior/terminally ill dogs in loving homes to live out their lives loved and comfortable. My concern was the picture of the German Shepherd Elmo shown at the very beginning of the article. The conditions of the shelter he was being kept in were deplorable. A very small space, paint shipped concrete surroundings, laying on an extremely soiled house animals. I don’t know where this shelter is, but it is certainly nowhere fitting to keep animals.

    • ravikravik (6 years)

      Dear Lauren,
      We understand your concern and share it. Many shelters are not pleasant places to be but many also are staffed by very caring staff. Nevertheless, this is why we try to save them from the shelters as rapidly a we can. Please follow our dogs on facebook

      The Thulani Program

  • Lorraine McNichol (6 years)

    I’m interested in following up about Elmo who was spotlighted in a Washington Post article. I’d like to do a follow up article and wonder if you can put me in touch with the new owner, Steve Frost.

    • ravikravik (6 years)

      Dear Lorraine,
      Thank you for your interest in Elmo and Steve. Quite a story.

      If you want to pursue this, please email us a with additional details about what you would like to publish, where, what sort of information, some history about you, etc. We will respond.

      Thulani Program

  • Suzanne Lizanich-Aro (6 years)

    I am wondering if you know of any organizations similar to yours in the Washington, DC area

    • ravikravik (6 years)

      Dear Suzanne,
      Thank you for your interest in the Thulani Program. Unfortunately I do not know of any in the Washington DC area. But groups like ours are springing up all over so I would check with the Grey Muzzle Organization and see if they know of any http://www.GMO.ORG

      Good luck
      Thulani Program

  • Jonel Wagoner (6 years)

    I have a rescue, Kokopelli Moon Rescue, located just outside Springville, CA. I take in dogs (and other needy creatures), but mostly dogs, who have been injured, abandoned, abused, shot, etc, etc….you know. Anyway, I’m looking for some encouragement. I just picked up the ashes from one of the little rescues that I lost. He was tossed out of a car window. I loved him, treated him, and thought he was good. But I lost him. I’ve successfully re-homed over 150 dogs; however, I have several seniors and a few special needs dogs. I just retired from the federal government after 37 fire seasons, so this is my full-time job now, and I’m looking for advice for making this venture successful. I’m thinking that finding fosters for some of my seniors would help take some of the burden and worry off me. What do you think? Any advice will be much-appreciated. Thank you, in advance.

    • ravikravik (6 years)

      Hi Jonel,
      Thank you for your message. I love to hear from kindred souls–I so admire you for your work. I, too, retired and turned this into a full-time job.
      I don’t know that I have a lot of sage advice to pass along, but would love to talk with you. Please call me at your convenience at 408-718-8491

      Bob Jachens
      Director of Thulani

  • Patrick (6 years)

    Hello Bob,

    I was wondering if you knew which dogs would be at the adoption on 3/8/17? I’d like to read their stories. I know about the ones we’ve talk about, just wondering about any others.



    • ravikravik (6 years)

      Hi Patrick, the list should appear today (Or latest early tomorrow) on our web page

      See you Saturday.


  • Trista Starks (6 years)

    Please help with this sweet senior GSD girl who is a DEAD DOG WALKING. She was supposed to die yesterday at 2:00 pm but instead it is for 2:00 today. There are nearly $800 in pledges & sooo many people rooting for her to be saved today. She is at Devore Shelter & has some mass that they will not describe to us. Here is her link at Devore Death Shelter snd our hearts are breaking for her! Her name is Godiva & her ID# is A669404. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP MAKE A MIRACLE HAPPEN FOR THIS SWEET SOUL???

    • ravikravik (6 years)

      She was rescued

  • Alex Hayes (5 years)

    Please help two senior siblings, Sheba and Jesse. They are at Carson Animal Shelter in California.

    Female and Male, 14 year olds that were surrendered. They are big gentle giants that need rescue, ASAP! Please!

    The link below should take you to them!!!


    Thank you,

    • ravikravik (5 years)

      We are checking into them–The Thulani Team

  • Vickie Burgin (5 years)

    I can always foster a cat friendly senior. I love seniors and know how to take care of them with gentle walks and lots of soft places to sleep.

  • lydia (5 years)

    SENIOR ALERT! Poor baby so terrified at the shelter, just cries !!! HE IS AVAILABLE 5/2 ….he came in as a stray! 9 yr old only 29 pounds 136901 He will need our help if his owners do not show for him !!! Ramona Humane Society 690 Humane Way, San Jacinto, CA 951 654-8002 x 4 open seven days a week… contact for the rescue coordinator Jose is 951 260-7204 by TEXT or please email him at Please note the shelter does NOT provide transportation. I copied this lovely dog needs help pls help , found in FB Cindy Sorensen page

    • ravikravik (5 years)

      I am very sorry but he is too young for the Thulani Program. The Thulani Team

  • Diane Warriner (5 years)

    Bob, I was able to cancel the donation that went awry. The funds are back in my bank account. I just made want I think was a successful donation. I’ll check later today. This donation is meant for Lucy T. Thanks for all you do!!

  • Shelley Carpenter (5 years)

    I read that Ducessa was ill but went to a foster. What is her status?

    • ravikravik (4 years)

      We rescued Ducessa from the shelter and took her into hospice care. We gave her a month of love, care, good food, and comfort, but we could not save her. Her kidneys were basically non-functional. We tried our best. The Thulani Team

  • Kimberly Valois (4 years)
    • ravikravik (4 years)

      This is a really sad case, but unfortunately Thulani is set up financially and resource wise to only take GSDs that are 10 years old or older, or terminally ill. we are sorry we cannot help. The Thulani Team

  • Hannah (4 years)

    Is there an intake facility in Las Vegas?

    • ravikravik (4 years)

      I’m sorry, we are located in the San Francisco Bay Region and do not have any facilities in Las Vegas

  • Michelle McGee (4 years)

    I want to help you guys, may not be until August though. I love you care about senior dogs, animals. I don’t know where you are to foster. I live in Austin, Texas. God bless, and send me a email with your donate site again. Cos many requesting donations- but am drawn mostly to senior animals or hurt ones. We are a no kill city since 2011.

    • ravikravik (4 years)

      Hi Michelle, Thanks so much for your interest in Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue. We are located in the San
      Francisco Bay Region but service all of California. So we are a long way from you, likely too far to make any foster situation workable. But we appreciat your support and can always use donations, and supporting comments on our FaceBook posts. Our donate site is and click on the ‘donate’ button located in the banner across the top of the home page. That will take you to a site with a ‘donate’ button and information on other ways to donate.
      As you probably already know, we focus on German Shepherds in shelters that are 10 years old or older, or have a life expectancy of a year or less. These dogs have virtually no chance of being adopted from a shelter. Medical condition of the dogs we consider is not a decider, only the quality of life left to it–even if is is short. Bob Jachens, Director, Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue

  • Melody Workman (3 years)

    There is a senior German Shepherd at the Ramona Animal Shelter in San Jacinto that is scheduled to be put down on the 11th. Hoping to find someone to help.

    • ravikravik (3 years)

      Thank you for the alert. We will check into her.

  • Jen (3 years)

    there is a dog named Rocky @ the Stanislaus Animal Shelter. He has a few hundred dollars in pledges to any rescue that will save him. He seems to have a wonderful demeanor:
    German Shepherd Dog
    83 Pounds
    estimated 9 Years (they are calling him “aged”)
    intake date: 08/28/2019
    review date: 09/14/2019

    (not sure I posted this in the proper place the first time; apologies in advance if it’s a duplicate request)

    • ravikravik (3 years)

      Thank you for the alert regarding Rocky. Unfortunately he is too young for the Thulani Program. Good luck in finding him a Rescue–the Thulani Team.

  • Freida mosher (3 years)

    Hi, My name is Freida Mosher . I have a four and a half year old German Shepherd that I have to rehome . She is a very loving spayed girl and I love her dearly , but I am unable to care for her. I’m 80 years old my husband just passed away on October , 8 , 2019. I fell and broke my hip and I’m unable to care for Heidi. I have tried to find a home for her, but she has a lifetime of needing medication. The Medication is Panacare, and she also has to have a special diet food, Hills PrescriptionDiet Z/D, Plus a vitamin B shot once a month. The total medicin cost is $330.00 per month. No one wants to give her a home because of the cost. I don’t want to turn her over to the count shelter, I’m afraid they would euthanize her. Please help me if you can, I just don’t know what to do. If you can help I would be forever grateful.thank you, Freida Mosher

    • ravikravik (3 years)

      EDear Freida,
      I am so sorry that you need to give up your companion dog. Unfortunately, Thulani only rescues very old German Shepherd Dogs and your girl is too young for our program. We wish you luck in finding a rescue to take her. The Thulani Team

  • Patti Romnes (3 years)

    Hi Bob,

    It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of Scout (Captain T) on March 7, 2020 and on March 8, 2020, Sophie (Ethel T). I had Sophie for almost four years! She was one of the sweetest, most loyal dogs I have ever been owned by…Scout was also a sweet, loyal dog who seldom took his eyes off of me. They both were loved and appreciated by me and all who knew them. I miss them terribly.
    I have only once requested medical reimbursement (I think it was for Rex T) but I’m going to have to request it now–I just had shoulder surgery (three days prior to losing my best friends) and their costs were too much to absorb at this time. The total costs for both of them was $698.00, which is a big hit….

    I hope to recover from this latest loss soon–I miss all of my Thulani dogs but am comforted by the knowledge that they lived with love, good food, and comfy beds…

    Patti Romnes (Tahoe Thulani)

  • David Robinson (2 years)

    Hi, My name is David Robinson. I have copied a post as my situation is nearly identical. I am trying to place my mother’s 11 year old purebred white German Shepherd (approx. 75lbs -Mella). She is a very loving spayed girl but can be a bit gamey with small female dogs. She pals around well with a small male pomeranian and a female labrador. My mother is 88 years old and her husband/my father just passed away on April, 7 2021. My mother is a fall risk and after her knee replacement is beginning to show some signs of early onset dementia – she is no longer able to care for Mella and i can not bring both my mom and her dog into my home. I am beginning to look for a home as I don’t want to turn her over to the count shelter, I’m afraid they would euthanize her. Please help me if you can, I just don’t know what to do. If you can help I would be forever grateful.thank you, David Robinson – 916.273.0261

  • Kimberly Bonk (2 years)

    Good afternoon Thulani Senior GSD Rescue. We’ve been following your organization for many years as we have volunteered with Westside German Shepherd Rescue while living in California. We adopted two dogs from Westside in 2016 and 2018. We lost our senior GSD Mason on May 6. Lilly who is now 9 years old is still with us and has been with us 5 years today.

    Mason with special needs as well as a senior and we really feel that we’d like to continue to help senior and special-needs GSD‘s. We have relocated to Colorado. So our question is is does Thulani adopt out-of-state?

    Of course we are looking at Westside again as well as local here in Colorado. I was looking for an FAQ section on your website and do not see anything. Thank you for all that you do to help senior dogs. They are very special.❤️

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