German Shepherd Rescue and Rehoming

German Shepherd Rescue Elite (GSRE) has been formed with the aim of rescuing, re-homing German Shepherd Dogs and educating people on the breed. GSRE is backed up by a team of unpaid volunteers who strive to aid and promote responsible ownership of the breed.

GSRE’s aim is to be the prevention and not always the cure, through offering education on the lovely breed and how to look after these amazingly intelligent and energetic dogs. We not only look to re-home dogs but keep them in their original homes by offering training and behaviour advice.

Through our volunteers and website we want to inform people on all aspects of dog ownership before you decide to take the plunge especially as German Shepherd Dogs are a large working breed and are not suitable for everyone.

GSRE is a registered charity that works alongside many other reputable rescues which means that through team work and pulling together we can help even more dogs in need. To assist in this we are now a Full Member of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) who promote best practice in animal welfare, and a member of the EU Dog and Cat Alliance who call for EU action to build a better Europe for dogs and cats.

We are a proactive charity with a common goal; the welfare of animals.


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*****DOG OF THE DAY*****
*****PLEASE SHARE ROCKIE HE DESERVES A RETIREMENT HOME*****
#Bristol
Rockie has been waiting since Oct 14
Jacquie had this to say... Rockie.....so much more interactive nowadays...cheeky chappy! He had a rough time so deserves a break, he doesn't ask for much...just a home.....xx

May I introduce Rockie who is coming up to 9 years old and so desperately needs a home of his own!
We were asked to assess Rockie as there was now a baby in the house that was starting to crawl. Why their concern; because they had never bothered to socialise their dog. In fact they never walked Rockie either, and when the volunteer asked if he could take him out on a walk, they could not even find a collar or lead!

Rockie had been in this home since a pup and had not been vaccinated or neutered. He had spent his life on cheap supermarket food. Toys were plastic bottles or stones. We insisted on a vet check which the owner did do, and the vet said she was pleasantly surprised with his condition considering.
Rockie came into our kennels in Bristol where they have struggled to keep weight on him. He can be grumpy when being handled, but would imagine a lot of this is due to having been part of the furniture in the past.
Rockie tried a spell in foster with a calm bitch. All went well at first but he quickly decided that he wanted all the attention and started to bully her. He will need to be the only dog.
He was then adopted, but despite being told about his behaviour and that things would need to be taken slowly, he would over bond and become protective, all of this was ignored and he bit a gardener who was picking up branches. I guess he thought he was stealing something but should never have been put in that situation.
Rockie has now been in kennels for months and so wants a home and people of his own. We would not rehome him with children or other dogs. This lad just needs a quiet home with not much through traffic where he can be spoiled and at the same time, given his own space. He will love his people but will be protective of them, so his adopters need to understand his past and where he is coming from so he is not put in situations of meeting people unless muzzled.
This poor lad has had a crap life and deserves to enjoy his last years in a home that deserve him!
gsrelite.co.uk/rockie/
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*****DOG OF THE DAY*****
*****PLEASE SHARE ROCKIE HE DESERVES A RETIREMENT HOME*****
#Bristol
Rockie has been waiting since Oct 14
Jacquie had this to say... Rockie.....so much more interactive nowadays...cheeky chappy! He had a rough time so deserves a break, he doesnt ask for much...just a home.....xx

May I introduce Rockie who is coming up to 9 years old and so desperately needs a home of his own!
We were asked to assess Rockie as there was now a baby in the house that was starting to crawl. Why their concern; because they had never bothered to socialise their dog. In fact they never walked Rockie either, and when the volunteer asked if he could take him out on a walk, they could not even find a collar or lead!

Rockie had been in this home since a pup and had not been vaccinated or neutered. He had spent his life on cheap supermarket food. Toys were plastic bottles or stones. We insisted on a vet check which the owner did do, and the vet said she was pleasantly surprised with his condition considering.
Rockie came into our kennels in Bristol where they have struggled to keep weight on him. He can be grumpy when being handled, but would imagine a lot of this is due to having been part of the furniture in the past.
Rockie tried a spell in foster with a calm bitch. All went well at first but he quickly decided that he wanted all the attention and started to bully her. He will need to be the only dog.
He was then adopted, but despite being told about his behaviour and that things would need to be taken slowly, he would over bond and become protective, all of this was ignored and he bit a gardener who was picking up branches. I guess he thought he was stealing something but should never have been put in that situation.
Rockie has now been in kennels for months and so wants a home and people of his own. We would not rehome him with children or other dogs. This lad just needs a quiet home with not much through traffic where he can be spoiled and at the same time, given his own space. He will love his people but will be protective of them, so his adopters need to understand his past and where he is coming from so he is not put in situations of meeting people unless muzzled.
This poor lad has had a crap life and deserves to enjoy his last years in a home that deserve him!
http://gsrelite.co.uk/rockie/

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Rachel Hoyland look at this daft lump with her rabbit, she's had it outside too, carrying him about. ... See MoreSee Less

Rachel Hoyland look at this daft lump with her rabbit, shes had it outside too, carrying him about.

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Crystal SamAbsolutely beautiful ❤

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Ebony Jasmine EllisThat is one beautiful doggy!

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Alison GreenBeautiful

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Liz BlackmoreAwww.. she's gorgeous.. so photogenic 😘

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Mandy FordWell she's killed the rabbit and now started on the fox

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Mandy FordAnd Casper is leaving her to it lol

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Jules PerksSo beautiful.

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Carol DriscollBeautiful doggies xx

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Bagpuss PriceWhat a beautiful pup

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Teresa SpryBeautiful colour

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Nicola StinsonShe is absolutely gorgeous ❤❤❤

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Mandy FordShe is but she's a handful and very mischievous.

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Christine SwanWhat a stunning girlie 😍

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Tracy PettitWhat a stunner xx

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Sandra GeraghtyWhat a beauty......amazing colour! xx

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Mandy FordShe is liver coloured gsd cross with malamute and a digger. Lol

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Christina WorthWow she's beautiful. Such an amazing colour xXx

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Tina EvansShe is gorgeous 😊

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Julie MartinWow! Stunning!!

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Sheila EdwardsWow wot a stunner she is ❤

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Ann EdwardsWhat a beautiful looking dog stunning

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Lavinia Janet DzundzaShe is beautiful exactly what my Siri does

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Dawn ElliottA beauty

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Allison ClarkeAnd the best bit of all, she came to GSRE as a pound dog!!!!!!

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Hi all, I was just wondering if any of you peeps out there in GSRE land lived in the Sevenoaks TN15 area and were interested in maybe starting a group walk? ... See MoreSee Less

I am really cross tonight. I'm hoping you guys can help.

Following Boris's problematic ear infection and numerous visits to the vets we decided to claim on his insurance.

I've just spoken to Legal and General and before they can process the claim they are insisting on a full clinical history for Boris. I explained that Boss chops is a rescue dog and pointed out that I declared this when I took the policy out.

L&G will be contacting GSRE tomorrow (Sorry Lizzy they are ringing you) to enquire after his medical records. L&G are saying that GSRE are required to keep the dogs history for 5yrs!

L&G have taken our monthly premiums knowing we adopted him in January 2016 and we have them given full disclosure of his medical history via our Vet since he has been our dog.

Apparently their request for a full medical history is standard industry practice and any insurer would ask this.

Is this true? Has anybody had any experience of this before?

I can't believe they are going to waste the GSRE time like this! I am furious! They knew he was a rescue dog!

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Lin PotterI've never had this problem

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Barb CotmanNever had this problem x

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Susan ShoplandI have a rescue GSD and have made claims on insurance for him and have never been asked anything like that.

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Judy Alleninsurence, always trying to get out of paying.

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Joleen CarterLegal & general are really bad at paying out! How can a rescue have all your dogs previous history?!

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Brian AldertonI had it with E& L. I soon dumped them for John Lewis and have not had a problem since.

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Claire SugrueI have a rescue gsd my mum has had 5 never had this problem. I'm with direct line pet insurance x

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Lisa CulleyWe've been having a problem with pet plan as they want to investigate history before offering us any cover. We only got her in June and she's 3, we told them she was sick a few times and vet gave her ranitidine as thought possible acid reflux with eating food too quick (not had problem since changed to go slow bowl, she went from only dog and picking at food to being around 2 others) but they say they will insure her but won't cover anything at all to do with stomach 😔 some I don't think understands that a rescues background won't always be known

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Caroline GriersonI got shadow 4 years ago only insured him 2 years ago he came from the pound insured with e&l paid out for a lump removal from his leg middle last year no problem premium went up 2 pound month he is approx 7 yrs old x

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Verner Kristensenchange to ARGOS they are brilliant got paid out in 5 days

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Debbie WareThank you all. Obv not industry standard although a few are trying this excuse to not pay out! I was very clear this evening that I'm making a complaint to the financial ombudsman - I feel better now, although I'm sure it'll all be my fault for not reading the "small print" Just goes to show - I though legal and general were reputable!

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Rob DrayWe never had that as an issue ..

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Ros HillWith petplan. Came from GSRE with a month's insurance 2 years ago and carried on. Have for life cover. Made second claim today and no problem and as testing for EPI glad we've got it.

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Clare GaleWe had the same problem with Sasha's insurance when she eventually died of stomach cancer after extensive tests and many of thousands pounds later - " you can't provide full medical history even though I put them in touch with the vets Lizzy used before I adopted her and Battersea from where GSRE took her on from originally. After several phone calls stating that I had provided full details when I insured Sasha I explained that having read my policy details - cover to cover- in no section did it say that rescue dogs were an exception. A week later my cheque arrived in the post! Hope this helps - don't give up persevere- they are quick to take your premium each month. I won't name the company because they did pay out in the end. X

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Roger BehlingWith HelpuCover got rescue GSD, never had problems with them I fill in my bit vet does rest andsrnds it off, vet went back 2 yrs and claimed for tablets that I hadn't bothered with they paid out no trouble, less the excess of course.

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Dionne NewmanI stuck with agria which is the insurance gsre use when you take your rescue home they are fantastic pay the vet directly and offer lifetime cover at a really reasonable price. I couldn't fault them they have been brilliant with Stella xx

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Emma RounceL&G are nothing but crooks In my eyes they wouldn't let us claim for milos ear they just refused to payout and don't get me started on there home insurance that's as bad

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Sheron BowlerTy had massive problems with his ears last year, I have to say PetPlan were brilliant and paid out with no problem on what medical information I had been given, and the same with Sasha's op.

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Sally HarperI m with petplan they paid us out there good

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Lisa McCaulderWith Sainsbury's. Adopted Lucy at 2 and she has to have a regular allergy vaccine. They've never so much as queried her history.

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Sharon ClaridgeAnimal Friends didn't bat an eyelid when we claimed for our last girl when she took ill even though we didn't know much about her when we took out the policy just declared she was a rescue. Only history we knew of was she had a broken leg as a pup so they excluded that leg from the policy which was fair enough.

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Sarah Mifm MagalottiAgria were amazing re Barney. At the point of adoption Lizzy discloses any known about pre conditions, they didn't request anything further on his history. Paid out in days no quibbling!

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Debbie LarnerWe had boiler coverage with this lot (L&G) top £ policy. When our boiler broke down, in January, their 'emergency ' coverage was to get to us within a week! Cancelled that policy pronto, and used AA coverage that came with our bank account, who were brilliant! I think L&G are a bunch of sharks and wouldn't bother using them for any insurance ever again! I wish you much luck Debbie Ware! X

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Alan PritchardDirect Line were excellent with my previous rescue. Only reason I changed was because premiums went up each year (to £50 a month) & excess from £40 to £85. Their maximum payout was £4k which was reached quite quickly when Reb needed Atopica daily. With my current rescues, i'm with Tesco but not had to claim as yet thankfully

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German shepherds (well crosses) are so aggressive and hate children. Yea right just look at megs with my Milly. Sick of people saying I shouldn't have such a big dog with kids :-( ... See MoreSee Less

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Ashleigh-louise RossiterI know what you mean! My yorkie hates people ... he has a bright red coat saying danger and wears a muzzle when out. Just in case. But people still feel the need to approach(he now lives with my mum due to just having a baby) yet my utonagon people wanna run in the oposite direction. Why do I have her around the baby etc but she loves everyone! I don't understand people lol

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Sara AnnI have 2 from GSRE both easily could be PAT dog's..no other charity would let me have a dog because we have visiting grandchildren but my max thinks he's nanny from Peter pan and won't leave the kids side

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Nicola WoodAs a child I grew up with our dog and now my kids are growing up with our 2 big beasts, the dogs love the kids and vice versa nothing wrong with that. We're bringing up the next generation of dog lovers ❤

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Amanda DobsonI get that too

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Claire EllisThis is megs with all my 3 we adopted megs when she was 6 months old from gsre im just sick of the comments i get all the while, this is my 2nd gsd even though megs is crossed with a collie people cross the road, i had a women moan at me as milly was walking megs today saying i shouldnt have a dangerous dog around my kids :-( just goes to show people have no dog sense xx

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Amanda DobsonWhen I'm out with my boy most of the people cross the road to get away from him they are so loving xx

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Gemma BarnesI laugh when people pick their dogs up to avoid mine or cross the road or even pull their child in closer, mine loves cuddles with my son and she is so calm and gentle!! 🐶😍

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Sheila EdwardsWen people do that to me ( walk in opp direction / cross road etc) i just laugh and say to Daisy more silly folk who dont know how loving you are, idiots most of them 😃

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Martina Maria MooresI grew up with one An I once fell asleep when I was little on her Cassie we called her❤ she never moved till I woke up I shared everything with her

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Kasey-Alex ArgentHow could we allow these vicious beasts around our children 😂 gsd and gsd x

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Carolyn BurlisonYup know what you mean.

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Christina CampbellSomeone told us we shouldn't let our dog run free (on a big playing field) when we had our kids with us as he would bite them and he was aggressive........

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Darren HumphriesAgree entirely. Our Ruby was a 40kg bitch who adored our kids. Just look.

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Jo KirkwoodI would sooner trust my 2 beasts with my girls, than some of the crap that passes for human tbh!! Beautiful souls have taken care of my children for the better part of their young lives...❤🐕👱❤👱🐕

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Sara FairieOh God is this the sort of human behaviour I will be in for? What is wrong with ppl? I'm getting a gsd baby in 6 weeks, she's currently 2 weeks old and growing beautifully with her siblings and mummy. 😍

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Jo KirkwoodThey are such devilishly heathen beasties aren't they...😜👱🐕❤

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Sam RowlesI was three when we got our first GSD, she was a gentle protector, we were taught to respect her and she gave us endless love in return. Cheesy, but true. Forever grateful to my folks for having animals to grow up around ❤

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Ann Bellgentle giants lol

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Naomi MulcahyI got my gsd 2 days after finding out I was pregnant with my youngest people told me I was stupid etc I've got 3 kids 5 3 and 5 months she is always forever with the kids it's like having a 4th child 😂 x

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Becks SimmondsMy son and my gsd x are extremely close 😊

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Christine BakerSays it all...

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Scott JonesI've always said, it's not the breed of dog, it's the owner, and how they treat the dog, knew 2 people on our estate growing up, both had rottweilers, one was abused and beaten with a stick by his owner, and one who was treated like a dog should be, guess which one was the most approachable

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Angela HardyWhat utter rubbish! My baby girl is a GSD cross Labrador and she loves the kids. X

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Liz BevanGsd are the best they are very loyal and good company. It's not the dog with aggression it the owners that training them. Xx

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German Shepherd Rescue Elite was not only set up to help as many unwanted, abandoned and neglected German Shepherds as possible, but to also offer education to the general public on the responsibilities / pros / cons of owning a large working breed dog and to be able to offer help and advice so hopefully we can become the prevention for once instead of always being the cure.

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