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


Peppa is a lovely young GSD girl, two years and eight months old.

She is a working line, very intelligent, pedigreed girl whose owner is only rehoming her due to illness.

She is happy and loving, is friendly to all people and she loves children.

Peppa is active, so needs plenty of exercise and company, and further training.

She is desexed, vaccinated and microchipped.

A home with patience and experience with very active dogs would suit her.

She is not suited to a home with cats or other small pets and would preferably need to be an only dog.

Adopt a German Shepherd dog


We are looking for a foster carer or adopter with a big heart to care for these beautiful senior boys for the rest of their days.

They have been abandoned and are being looked after by a kind lady who, due to her own health problems, cannot keep them.

Tyson is a twelve year old GSD boy who is a little hard of hearing.

His bonded pal Max is a ten year old English Staffy.

We are trying to help another rescue to find a home for these lovely dogs and hope to get more information soon.

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.

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

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)