Fostering Rescue animals for any organization is probably one of the most challenging jobs in Rescue.  The fosterer welcomes a strange animal into his/her home, a largely unknown quantity often with behavioral, medical, or emotional baggage, and provides it with love and a safe haven while it waits for its forever home to come along.  All the while, the fosterer is learning about the animal, modifying inappropriate behavior, and teaching it the rules of successful family life.  And then he/she must let the animal go to its new home.

Fostering for the Thulani Program is even more difficult, because the German Shepherd is taken into the fosterer’s home with the full knowledge that it has only a limited life expectancy, and that heartbreak will soon follow when the dog crosses to the Rainbow Bridge. The same must be said for the Thulani dog adopters.

“Knowing her days are fewer, makes us do every thing we can to make each one memorable and special. A good reminder for everything else in life!”
Joan Hoover and Jim Rabjohn

This obviously takes a very special kind of person to take on a task like this.

“Every day of fostering a Thulani dog is rewarding.  We provide a comfortable and loving home, but it does not compare to the unconditional love and happiness we receive in return.”
Emily and Dave Leslie

Without any question, our fosterers/adopters are our frontline troops.  Without their dedication and strength, the Thulani Program would be absolutely impossible.  So we would like to give a huge SHOUT OUT to this incredible team of stalwarts (* indicates families that have taken in multiple Thulani dogs).


Susie Alarcon (Hendrix T. [AKA Henry T.])
Jackie Athey (Mazenda, Chewy T.)
*Valerie and Dan Auerbach (Zane T., Chance T. [AKA Joe])
*Colby and Jim Bibb (Euripides IV, Solo T. [AKA Otto], Sigmund T., Capi T. [AKA Wags)
K.C. Blair (Eugenia T.)
Nicole Breuner (Angel de San Martin)
Jessica Briskin (Thulani)
*Dorian Brumbaugh (Sweetie, Honey Bear)
Julie and John Burns (Roxy T.)
Robin and Carson Busher (Odis)
*Don Dasher and Lisa Hazen (Halo T., Nicko T.)
*Kelly Butler (Xena T., Blackie T. [AKA Lucky])
Marla and Dave Conkey (Tatum T.)
*Sharron Daniel (Marie T. [AKA Kassidy], Blaze T.)
Sue Daniels (James Bond T. [AKA Murphy])
*Brigitte and Bill Donner (Sammi, Kiska, Mazenda, George T.)
*Cassandra and David Draxler (Roscoe T., Marty T., Gordie T.)
*Eve and Steve Dutra (Lady T., Scooby T.)
Mary and Chris Dyball (Frisco T. [AKA Gus])
*Sheila Flodberg (Angelica, Wiley T., Blanche T. [AKA Brigitte])
*Andrea Gerbino (Shadow T., Gabe T.)
Kathleen Gilheany (Frances T., Rosie Lynn T. [AKA Dr Ruth], John T.)
Michael Giosso (Hannah T.)
*Lydia Green (King T., Caleb T.)
Marilyn Green (Scout Finch)
Morris and Jackie Hervey (Tito T.)
*Ann Hetherton (Stella T., Thunder T. [AKA Frankie])
Christine Hitchner and Lindsay Thompson (Dakota T. [AKA Rudy T.])
*Joan Hoover and Jim Rabjohn (Holly T., Martin T.)
Debra Ivey (Betsy T.)
*Bob and Karen Jachens (Reo, Janie T., Koby T., Halo T., Ice Princess, Caesar T., Thomas T.)
JJ Jacobson (Moxie T.)
Lorraine Kainuma (Samantha T.)
Janet Kotlier (Shylo T.)
Diana Kravel (Dahlia T. [AKA Danni])
*Patty Lacy (Lady Love, Rosemary T., Rusty T., Baby T.)
Michael Lawson (Shiloh LA)
*Sue Leong (Billie Joe T., Frannie T., Bear T.)
*Emily and Dave Leslie (Duke of the Great Basin, Bear T.)
*Ginger Lev (Thulani, Woolsey, Katsu T., Janie T.)
Marci Littlefield (Jake T.)
*Joan Lutz (Gatlin T., Katsu T.)
Barb and Robert McLeod (Jack T.)
Amy and Mike Matteis (Rambler T.)
Judith May (Ol’ Red)
Kathy Norman (Blanca T.)
Geri and Ali Nouri (Sunny T.)
Elisabeth Oui (Star T.)
Susan Preston (Janie T., Caleb T.)
Cindy and Randy Reid (Traylor T. [AKA Sherman]))
Jackie Richey (Nate T.)
Karyn Sabin (Apollo T.)
Robert Scarlett (Darby T.)
*Kaylee Senior (Fiona T., Ashton T., June T., Anny T.)
Pat Skora (Leeway)
*Ann Lining Smith (Jun4 T., Peggy T.)
*Mary Louise Snedden (Caroline, Euripides IV, martin T.)
*Carol Spinney (Sipote T., Luckee T. [AKA Lucy])
Veronique Strange and Keith Hearn (Bero T.)
Donna Strobel (Betty T.)
*Rob and Debbie Suduth (California Princess, Gingy T.)
Amelia and Don Summitt (Hawkeye Sr.)
fritS and Letty Vanderlinden (Red Max T., Winnston T.)
*PJ Vasconcellos (Moxie T., Panho T., Gabe T., Wyatt LA)
*Suzanne and Jim Wagner (Angel de San Martin, Guilia T. [AKA Goofy Girl])
Erica and Loren Walden (Daniella T.)
*Mike Walker and Jancy Thompson (Misty V., Ziggy T.)
*Blake and Elaine Webster (Buddy T., Pancho T., Schagnar T. [AKA Shaggy], Tatum T.)
Lynn Westerkamp (Tragen T.)
April Woods (Madura)
Sarah Yune (Georgia T.)





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