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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Moonie is a gorgeous pedigreed five year old boy.

We are helping a registered breeder to find a loving home for him.

His previous owner had to move to an apartment urgently so couldn't keep him.

He is friendly to all people, has lived with a cat and needs some more training as he gets excited when he sees other dogs.

Please note: Moonie is currently in foster care which may or may not result in adoption.

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

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Diesel is a handsome eighteen month old GSD boy.

He lives with his litter brother and the boys are no longer getting along well together.

His family love him but feel it would be better for him to live with someone who has more time for him.

He currently lives with adults and four children and has never shown any aggression to them.

Diesel is still a big puppy and will need more training to stop puppy behaviours like jumping up and nipping.

He currently is not comfortable with strange dogs and has never seen a cat.

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

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Luther is a six year old pedigreed boy from the best of breeding lines.

He previously had little exposure to life.

He has been in foster care with an experienced trainer for several weeks and has loved being introduced to many different situations.

He is sociable and would be happy to have a gentle GSD girlfriend to share his home with, or with a family who are home most of the time.

Luther is loving, gentle and responding happily to his new environment.

We are looking for an adopter who will provide him with leadership, exercise, training and plenty of company.

He is not suitable to be with very young children or cats.

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. 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)