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. 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.

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Zeus lived alone in a vandalised and abandoned home for four months.

The RSPCA received calls from neighbours, but nothing was done.

His owner was in a critical situation of her own and trying to cope.

He had been continually chasing his tail which had no hair at all.

His fur was dirty and matted but he has now been cared for and groomed.

Zeus is a friendly dog and no longer chases his tail.

He has some fears remaining from his past and needs a kind but firm handler.

He has stayed with another dog and slept with a cat.

He has now been desexed and is looking for his forever home.

We will be looking through the many applications we received for Zeus but please don't hesitate to add your application also.

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Ladies and gentleman, meet Storm.

This beautiful girl is 12 years old and her family find themselves in the heartbreaking position of having to move and not being able to take her with them 😢

Storm adores humans of all ages, even the itty bitty ones, but she is unsure of dogs, so she is looking for a foster or forever home as an only dog.

Please share her far and wide, and tag anyone who might be able to help this special little girl.

If you have already put in an adoption application with us, and think you might be able to foster or adopt Storm, please let us know.

PM us if you are interested in fostering Storm, or apply to adopt her here.

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Another of our cooperative ventures.

We received a request from a registered breeder to provide a verified adopter for one of her German Shepherd boys who was being returned to her.

Unfortunately his owners could no longer keep him due to a change in their circumstances.

So our adopters travelled right across the state the next day to meet him,

and it was love at first sight :)

Luke has gone home with them to have a happy ever after life in country South Australia.

This is two year old Luke, and yes, he's impossibly gorgeous!

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We were asked if we could help Moorook Animal Shelter with a lovely gentle GSD boy brought into their care.

Sam had been found wandering the streets in the Riverland and had been picked up by the local council.

As, surprisingly, no one claimed this lovely dog, Moorook took him into their shelter.

We looked through our database and contacted one of our adopters who went to Moorook to adopt him.

Sam and his new sister Neeka are already friends and playing together - what a lovely new home for him.

It was good to work with another rescue for an excellent outcome for a lovely boy.

Some of our happy dogs who have been given a loving forever home

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)