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German Shepherd Rescue

German Shepherd Puppies and German Shepherd Dogs rehomed across the UK. Help and Advice on All Aspects of Owning a GSD

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Do You Need To Rehome Your Dog?Do You Need To Rehome Your Dog If so, please read.

We are currently inundated with requests to rehome dogs. In many cases these dogs are relatively young and due to inadequate training, boundaries and guidance are reactive towards dogs and people. In some instances, they come with a bite history. It is virtually impossible for us to rehome these dogs. A lot of applicants aren’t prepared to or aren’t experienced enough to take on a dog with these issues. Often if they have the experience, visiting grandchildren for example, may make taking on a dog with these issues very difficult. As a result, these dogs are ending up in kennels with little chance of finding a home willing to give them a chance.

If you take on a dog at any age, it is a commitment for the duration of their life. If the dog displays behaviours that you are not happy with, it is your responsibility as a dog owner to put in the required work. Let’s be honest, this is often due to us not putting in the required work and expecting our dogs to behave perfectly and make good choices without us ever showing them how.
This may be done by reaching out to a qualified behaviourist or trainer and even if you get professional help, you will still need to put in the work in terms of putting what you have learned into practice, and by repetition.

Dogs are sentient creatures; they are not disposable. They are not there until you meet a partner, or until you move away, get a new job or your relationship breaks down. They are for life. Along the way this seems to have been forgotten.

There are more dog walkers, doggy day care and home boarders out there than ever before supporting you to ensure your dog isn’t left for long periods.
Would you get rid of a child if they weren’t behaving? Dogs are family and deserve the time and commitment you would put into any family member. If you don’t think that’s the case, don’t get one.
We can help with a list of approved trainers and give advice to help you work with your dog but sadly are not in a position currently to help rehome these dogs.

Do the right thing by your dog and get help. They would do anything for you, so I think they deserve the same.


GSDR/Swiis Foster CareGSDR/Swiis Foster Care

Swiis Foster Care are an independent fostering agency providing stable, loving homes for children and young people across England and Scotland. Swiis have services in Bristol, Buckinghamshire, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Lancashire, Leeds, Sheffield, Durham, Dundee, Dunfermline and Glasgow.

During the past 2 years Swiis have proudly sponsored over 30 dogs in partnership with GSDR, most of these dogs are from overseas and with the dedicated volunteers and partners of GSDR many have found their forever homes. You can view some of the sponsored doggy updates and their progress by clicking here.

Having adopted 2 dogs from GSDR ourselves, my wife Jill and I are passionate about helping as many dogs as we can and urge people who are thinking about adding a canine member to their family to consider adopting a rescue dog, there are so many rescue dogs waiting in temporary homes and kennels (both home and abroad) who need a safe and loving forever home.

German Shepherds are the most loving of dogs, they try very hard to please and are extremely loyal and great family companions, you just need to give them direction and an abundance of love. Whether you decide to provide a temporary home or adopt, the GSDR team will help you at every stage of your journey, with invaluable support and guidance.

Swiis Foster Care are pleased to continue to work in partnership with the GSDR and offer financial support to those dogs who are in urgent need. One of the dogs we are currently supporting is called Poppy who is a Romanian rescue found on the streets and was very undernourished and heavily pregnant. We supported GSDR to ensure that Poppy was able to give birth to her 7 pups safely. The pups are now 4 months old and GSDR, with support from Swiis Foster Care, will eventually arrange for their safe travel to new and loving homes. At the moment Swiis Foster Care have 775 foster children in placement and they are at the heart of supporting Poppy and her babies; We recently ran a competition for our fostered children to suggest names for each of the 7 pups, 4 boys and 3 girls. Please click here to see pictures of the newly named pups and their proud mum Poppy, they are so adorable.
Tim Notchell Company Director & Chief Executive Officer


Tessa desperately needs a homeTessa Has Been Waiting So Long For Her New Home

Tessa has not had the best start in life but going forward will need an extremely experienced home.

She needs a strong owner who she can look up to rather than dominate which she will do if she senses any signs of weakness. Tessa in a home environment needs to have rules that cannot be broken.

She loves her ball and would do well at flyball, agility, or anything where she has to use her brain. Too clever for her own good.

With work that has been put in at her foster home she is now fully crate trained, going in and coming out on command. She is happy be left in her crate when her humans go out. The foster home has given her own room as she will hopefully be the only dog in the household.

All in all this lovely girl deserves a home that she can call her own..... she will be the most loyal pet as long as you give her clear boundaries and training. She needs to know who is the boss and she needs to work and think. Read more about Tessa before applying to adopt her


Tasha in kennels most of her lifeTasha Desperately Needs A Home

Tasha arrived in the UK in 2018 and has been in kennels ever since thst's nearly 4 years, unwanted and unloved!

When she first arrived she was only a puppy but she was afraid and panicked as she was carried away from the van, went to bite the person carrying her and managed to escape and was running loose for 2 weeks. We do believe that this is the reason as to why she doesn't like people she doesn't know. She was caught and now she knows everyone at the kennels she is a happy contented dog.

Tasha will need someone who is prepared to visit the kennels maybe a few times to gain her trust.

Once she trusts and is settled shewill be your faithful companion.

She loves other dogs so would perhaps be better being rehomed where there is another dog in the home. She will follow other dogs and settles quickly in the presence of a happy relaxed dog.

She has no interest in cats, she just wants to be by your side.

Please give Tasha the chance of having her forever home, she has waited far too long.

If you are interested please complete an adoption form so that a volunteer can contact you.


Goliath a Caucasian ShepherdCAUCASIAN OVCHARKA (SHEPHERDS)

Although we are a German Shepherd rescue, there does not seem to be an official Caucasian Shepherd Rescue here in the UK, so since 2013, we have been helping these dogs find homes and have built up a good knowledge of this breed.

Most of these dogs are finding their way into the UK through unscrupulous breeders in eastern Europe or coming in via questionable rescuers with no rescue back up here in the UK. Most that we have helped so far, have been picked up as strays here in the UK.

This is certainly not the breed for everyone and if you are considering owning a Caucasian Ovcharka, please make sure that you thoroughly research the breed first. They may be the cutest bundles of fluff imaginable as puppies but they are a giant breed and will grow into a very large immensely powerful dog. Caucasian Shepherds that we have for rehoming.


Handy Nanny Pet Services HerefordshireHandy Nanny Pet Services Herefordshire

Over 20 years experience with German Shepherds and large breeds like Caucasian and Central Asian Shepherds.

The Handy Nanny is available for dog walking, pet sitting and is happy to help with other pets if you are at work or away on holiday.

Alice has been involved with GSD rescue since a child and has grown up with dsome very difficult dogs so nothing fazes her.

All breeds catered for, all temperaments catered for.

CIB checked, animal first aider and fully insured

Contact Handy Nanny Pet Services for a dog walker in Herefordshire


Personal Protection Dog and Family Protection Dogs

GSDR always has and always will operate a NO DESTRUCTION POLICY because we believe that all dogs deserve a good life. We will find the right home for all the dogs that come into our care no matter how long it takes. German Shepherd Rescue is both a registered charity and company, which produces yearly accounts so that you know where your donated monies are spent.

German Shepherd Rescue

We are German Shepherd Rescue the biggest and best charity in England and Wales helping to foster and rehome German Shepherd puppies and German Shepherd dogs (Alsatians).

German Shepherd Rescue helps rehome German Shepherds across the UK. Can you help us raise funds so that we can rescue more unwanted German Shepherd Dogs?

If you are thinking of buying a dog as a family pet forget that puppies for sale advert, please read this article first.

Please do not contact the rescue specifically for puppies - buying a puppy. We are looking for loving homes for rescue dogs of all ages. We always have many German Shepherd dogs for rehoming. Can you offer to adopt a German Shepherd and give it a good home or maybe you could foster a German Shepherd until a new home can be found.

If you would like us to feature a German Shepherd dog that is looking for a new home, please contact us with your details. Please note that this is a genuine service for German Shepherd Rescue and not a listing for people wishing to sell their German Shepherd dog.

We do not have puppies for sale or dogs for sale but we do ask for a minimum donation which goes towards helping other needy dogs. Monies raised go towards kenneling and veterinary costs.

Volunteers are always welcome.

German Shepherd Rescue is run by volunteers who are involved because of their love for the breed. Most have jobs and families and fit in rescue work when they can and at their own cost. Please be patient, and we will deal with your requests as soon as we can. Our rescue dogs are worth waiting for!

Please help us by donating so that we can help re-home more unwanted German Shepherd dogs. Donations can be sent to Jayne Shenstone, German Shepherd Rescue, Little Vauld, Marden Hereford HR1 3HA. We also accept Paypal payments - just click on the Paypal button below. Thank you.



Please help support the rescue
Please help us by making a donation so that we can help re home more unwanted German Shepherd Dogs. Donations can be sent to Jayne Shenstone, German Shepherd Rescue, Little Vauld, Marden Hereford HR1 3HA. Thank you.