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 beautiful and gentle Nala, who is three years old.

She is well behaved and friendly with everyone, including children of all ages.

She needs to be allowed inside and to sleep inside.

She is friendly to other dogs and cats and has a low prey drive.

She has been to training classes, is food motivated and loves playing ball.

Nala has mild hip dysplasia - she has medication and limited exercise and we are working on weight loss and improved diet. Her new owner will need to commit to continuing with her health care.

She is desexed, vaccinated and microchipped.

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


Meet Shadow, a stunning four year old boy who is a very regretful surrender.

His owner has been transferred interstate in a FIFO role and does not have enough time to give to him.

Shadow is good with children and has played with other dogs.

He loves to play and can get a bit boisterous with excitement.

He prefers to have company but will soon settle if he needs to be left alone and also settles well at night.

In the car he is great, will lie down and enjoy the drive, and with vets and with grooming he is fine with no issues.

We are looking for an adopter who can give him the time, company and exercise he needs, preferably with a large garden and probably no cats.

He is vaccinated, microchipped and will be desexed as part of the adoption process.

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


Gorgeous Pagan is a sweet-natured four year old girl who is very much a companion dog.

She has been loved and is only being rehomed due to a change in her owner's circumstances.

She sleeps next to her owner's bed, and needs a home where she will be allowed inside.

Pagan has basic sit, down and stay, and walks well on the lead after settling down within a few minutes.

She has lived with a cat and has played with another GSD on several occasions.

She was gentle with a baby in the family but may unintentionally knock over small children.

She has a kind heart towards all small creatures, including birds.

She will be desexed and vaccinated as part of the adoption process.

Adopt a German Shepherd dog


Krueger is a gorgeous and very large LSC GSD boy, three years and eight months old.

He is loved and is gentle and well behaved with his family, but reacts to people who are not in his pack.

He needs to learn not to jump up and mouth new people, but after strangers have been in the house for about ten minutes, he is fine with them.

Krueger needs more training as he is not well socialised with other dogs.

This beautiful boy will make a wonderful companion for someone who is willing to work with him.

He is desexed, vaccinated and microchipped.

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)