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.

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Boo is a Dutch Shepherd who is looking for a loving home as her owner has to go into hospital.

She is seven and a half years old and is desexed and vaccinated.

She is an inside/outside relaxed girl who likes to lie around in the house with her owner.

Although she has lived with three other dogs she is happiest as an only dog.

Boo is friendly with people and children.

She is afraid of thunder and fireworks and seeks comfort from her humans.

She travels well in the car as long as she isn't fed before the drive.

On lead she is strong and will sometimes bark at other dogs.

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We are looking for an adopter with a big heart to care for this beautiful senior girl for the rest of her days.

Tara is an eleven year old pedigreed girl who has been loved all her life.

She is desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, trained and has no known health problems.

Her elderly owner now has to be cared for in a nursing home.

She is great with people and ignores other dogs on walks.

Tara just wants a loving home where she can sleep inside.

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Brodie needs a new forever home due to the passing of his previous owner.

He is a gentle four year old boy who is friendly to both people and other dogs.

He previously lived happily with his litter brother.

Brodie will need more training.

He will be desexed as part of the adoption agreement.

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

Some of the 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 and is shown in the adoption agreement.

Pay your adoption fee by Direct Debit
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