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


Luther is an awesome six year old pedigreed GSD boy.

In the past he had very little exposure to life and he has been in foster care for some months to experience the world.

He is good in every environment, with people, kids, other dogs, social settings, beach, everywhere.

Luther should be a great candidate for any family and would fit in well to most homes, and especially any with previous GSD experience.

He even plays and mixes well with other dogs visiting his foster home and sharing his garden.

Luther 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


We are looking for a one in a million home for these two beautiful pedigreed dogs, preferably together.

Unfortunately due to no fault of their own, they find themselves looking for a new family to spoil them to bits.

They are inside/outside dogs and this must remain the same with no exceptions.

Hansel is 3 years old, desexed vaccinated and microchipped. He is a very laid back boy - not much fazes him at all and he loves his cuddles.

Gretel is 3 years old, desexed vaccinated and microchipped. Gretel absolutely adores attention and wants all the belly rubs she can get. She can be shy with new people and surroundings at times but it doesn’t take long for her to warm up to you.

Both Hansel and Gretel are good with kids of all ages however we are looking for homes with either no kids or older ones. They both have basic training sit, drop, stays and heel beside you whilst walking - though they would both benefit from more training.

Neither of them have experience with cats.

Adopt a German Shepherd dog


Harvey is a friendly two year old gentle giant.

He loves to play fetch and ball and could play for hours, and he can sit, drop, roll over and shake paws.

He is a family dog who loves children and adults and sometimes needs an introduction to male strangers.

He also loves chilling out and being a lap dog even though he's too big to be a lap dog :)

Due to circumstances, his family can no longer give him the attention he needs.

Harvey needs to go to a loving home with secure fencing where they can be with him most of the time and will give him more lead training.

Harvey is vaccinated, microchipped and will be desexed as part of the adoption process. He has no known health problems.

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.

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)