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.

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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 very gentle and friendly dog and no longer chases his tail.

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

He will be desexed in January and then will be looking for a forever home.

Adopt a German Shepherd dog


Willow is a beautiful five year old girl.

Her owner has to surrender her due to a change in personal circumstances.

She is relaxed and friendly and has lived with children.

In a past life she has been a working dog.

She is wary of strange dogs due to being attacked once as a puppy.

This could be improved with training.

Willow is a beautiful girl who needs a new loving home.

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

Dogs who have been able to stay in their own home with our help

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)