Is there room in your heart and home for one of our dogs?

There is no greater gift you can give a German Shepherd than your love and loyalty for a lifetime. They will give you nothing less in return.

Adopting a German Shepherd is a lifetime commitment. Each rescue dog has his or her own story, history, and issues.

While sometimes we have rescue dogs who have been loved all their lives and simply need a new home due to the loss of a beloved owner, most have not been so lucky. Some dogs have had an unhappy past - dumped in shelters, found roaming the streets, neglected or abused. Most are in need of additional training and many are reactive to other dogs due to inadequate or non-existent socialisation. Most of these dogs need an experienced handler.

Please be aware that if you have very small children and other pets, it may be difficult for us to match a rescue dog to your needs, although some dogs have lived with a cat.

We make every effort to match our rescue dogs with the best possible and compatible forever homes where they are able to reach their full potential. To help ensure a successful placement, we work with our applicants and adopters to answer questions before, during, and after each adoption. If you are reluctant to keep your dog during good times and bad, during household moves, holidays or family changes, our rescue dogs are not for you.

If you are ready to open your home and heart to one of our beautiful dogs and to give them their very own "happy ever after home", please fill out and submit our Adoption Application Form here.

If one of our dogs is a match for your situation, we will contact you for a property inspection prior to arranging a meet with you and our rescue dog. It is not a 'first come first served' situation - we go through all current applicants on our waiting list to find the very best match for each dog. Please note that some of our dogs are able to be matched to adopters already on our database, so please register your application with us.

You can read our Adoption Policy here.

Adopt a German Shepherd dog


Meet Misty, a gorgeous and much loved 12 month old GSD girl.

She is being rehomed only because of a family situation which makes it hard for them to keep her.

She is friendly with all people and children and is extremely affectionate and cuddly.

Misty still has puppy behaviours like jumping up and mouthing which will need more training.

As she previously lived in the outback where there were very limited opportunities to meet other dogs, she will need more socialisation.

She has only shown interest in a cat and birds but has not chased them.

She is desexed, vaccinated and microchipped.

Misty will only go to a home where she will receive plenty of exercise and obedience training and someone is home most of the time.

If you have already sent us an adoption application, no need to reapply. Just let us know you are interested by emailing us at

Please submit new applications here.

Adopt a German Shepherd dog


Keely is two years old and is being rehomed through no fault of her own.

She is friendly to all people and children.

She is fine with other dogs and likes to play with them.

Keely has never been with a cat.

She walks quite well on the lead and will benefit from further training.

She has jumped over a four foot fence so high fences are needed please.

She will make the most loving and gentle companion for a family who will love her and spend time with her.

Her desexing, vaccination booster and microchipping will be part of the adoption process.

Keely will only go to a home where she will receive plenty of exercise and obedience training and someone is home most of the time.

Some of our happy dogs who have been adopted to loving forever homes

Dogs whose owners we have helped with training, advice or fostering

German Shepherd Dog Rescue South Australia Inc. charges a fee to cover costs involved with the adoption process. The adoption fee varies with individual dogs. Half is paid as a deposit and the balance is due when the adoption is finalised.

You can pay your adoption fee by direct debit through your bank account. Bank details for German Shepherd Dog Rescue South Australia are: Beyond Bank BSB 325 185, account number 03629202.

Pay your Adoption Fee by Paypal or Credit Card

(Part-payment or in full)