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 rescues which means that through team work and pulling together we can help even more dogs in need.
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Very few people knew about this, but about 18 months ago we were approached by Crowood Publishers who asked Lizzy and Allison if they would be interested in writing a book on the German Shepherd. They had been trawling the internet for German Shepherd rescues, and were so impressed with our website and its content, that we were the ones they chose to ask.
They told us they wanted a book written in an accessible style whilst taking into account a rescue’s viewpoint. As you can probably imagine we were shocked, very excited and also a little scared as this was quite a task that had to be done well. So…..behind the scenes, along with running the rescue…..we have written a book!
It will be available from the 25th January 2016 and we will of course be selling it via the website with profits going back in for the dogs, so we hope some of you will buy one through our website and support us, our dogs and the rescue.
GSRE were contacted towards the end of last year by Devon GSD Rescue who had made the decision that it was time to close the charity as it was so difficult finding homes in a limited area and felt funds may not hold up during this coming year. Having worked with them in the past, and sharing the same kennels in Cornwall, it was agreed that we would take on their dogs, which currently stands at 10 in the kennels and 2 in foster.
All funds held by Devon GSD Rescue are being transferred across which will more than cover the dogs’ kennel bills for the next few months. The trustees are keen to continue working with GSRE in a fund raising capacity and we have already received some substantial donations from people who have adopted from them in the past along with some additional volunteers. The hope is with our national coverage we will be able to find these dogs homes, some of whom have been in kennels quite a while.
All rescues have adoption guidelines and regularly we hear that a potentially good home has been rejected because an adopter has young children for example.
Here at GSRE, we use the guidelines of Common Sense. Each home is assessed on its own merits and all adopters are considered regardless of age.
Having applied to adopt one of our many beautiful dogs, you will initially be contacted by one of our Screeners who will run through your information and the process, and where possible obtain a reference from your vet. The Screener will then arrange for one of our many experienced Volunteers to visit your home to meet your family (including any other pets) and check the environment is suitable for an additional member to join your family.
(If you live in rented premises your application cannot be processed until the Screener has sight of permission from your landlord to have a dog/dogs at the premises so please have this ready to send on.)
Our Home Checker will contact you to arrange a mutually suitable time to visit, and once the home check has been completed the report will be sent to your Coordinator who will contact you to discuss which dogs you may be interested in adopting and their suitability to your home and family.
Unlike many breed specific rescues. the majority of our dogs are in our care, either in foster homes or approved commercial kennels we use around the country, so meeting the dogs is an easy process. You will also have the confidence of knowing that your new family member will have been microchipped, vaccinated and where possible neutered.
If a dog has come in with no vaccination record it is necessary for us to start the course from scratch. which involves an initial vaccination followed by a second vaccination 2-4 weeks later depending on where the dog is located. This does mean you may need to return to our vets for the second vaccination.
We neuter all male dogs that are in our care as a matter of course (unless very young or medically not viable) but with females it is not always possible as we may not know their season history (it is safest to neuter a bitch mid way between seasons).
We obviously cannot microchip, vaccinate or neuter dogs that come straight from their home to meet you, but will discuss and work with you to ensure your new dog receives any care that has been missed by their previous owner.
Your new family member will come to you with 5 weeks free insurance, regardless of age (and subject to terms and conditions of course) which will automatically be activated for you once you have adopted your new family member. This is thanks to our new partnership with Agria Pet Insurance which is one of the few insurance companies that offers Lifetime Cover for older dogs. Insurance can be continued with Agria after the initial free period, but there is no obligation.
GSRE will be with you every step of the way throughout the adoption process, and once you have adopted from us, it does not end there! Your Home Checker will visit you once your new family member has settled in to complete a Follow Up visit to check all is well, and of course we are always there to give advice and answer any questions. Joining our Facebook group is a great way of sharing experiences and seeking help, as is joining one of the many Walk Groups around the country. Check out the links on the right for more information.
Petplan and the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) Charity Awards celebrate outstanding animal charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK who go that extra mile to help rescue and rehome animals in need.
Petplan has worked closely with animal rehoming centres for over 30 years and sees first-hand the fantastic work that goes on to help improve the welfare of animals. These awards provide an opportunity to recognise the dedication and commitment of charities and give pet owners a chance to say ‘thank you’.
How you can help Pets Advertised on the Internet.
“The Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG) was created in 2001 to combat the growing concern amongst animal welfare organisations regarding the irresponsible advertising of pets for sale, rehoming, or exchange. In certain cases, such ads were illegally offering dogs banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act, endangered animals, or advertising establishments which were not fit for the breeding or boarding of animals. There was also concern that readers of newspapers and magazines which carried pet advertising, were not even given some of the basic principles surrounding the selection and purchase of a pet.
The recent growth of online classified sites had led to increasing numbers of people choosing the internet to as a means to purchase their pets. As a group we became concerned over the number of inappropriate and illegal adverts we were seeing on these types of sites, so decided to draw up a set of minimum standards for these websites to adhere to with regards to selling pets.
We work closely with Defra, and were please to receive Government endorsement for our minimum standards in September 2013. We believe that such Government backing lends gravitas to our standards, which will in turn encourage more websites to comply.”
Olly Murrs found himself in rescue in July 2010 with 6 of his siblings in a neglect case where they were so underweight it was thought that he and one of his sisters would surely die.
Against all odds he battled through and today he is giving something back for having his own life saved.
Olly became a PAT dog in 2012 as his mum thought he had such a wonderful temperament that he should use and share it with as many people as possible to show what a fabulous breed the German Shepherd is.
Olly has a great passion for children and when his mum heard about the Read 2 dogs scheme she thought there would be no better boy to do it than Olly.
Olly started his placement at Abbey Hill school near to where he lives and the welcome he has received has been outstanding but the improvement made by the children reading to him every week is truly amazing.
Here is a photo showing Olly at work and I think you will all agree he is a natural!
Some of our Urgent Dogs Seeking a Foster or Forever Home
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Whilst many German Shepherd Rescue dogs have to go into kennels as a safe haven whilst a foster home or forever home is found for them, some dogs have to stay longer than others.
Please be sure to read our guide to adoption before considering adopting a Shepherd.
We’re always looking for foster homes, even if you can only spare time at a weekend to walk or look after our kennel dogs.
Volunteers are what makes our rescue, if you care about the breed and want to make a difference we’d love to hear from you.
Any money donated goes directly to the dogs we help, so please give whatever amount you can.
Visit our online shop and show your support for GSRE.
If we can help you with advice and support for your Shepherd, then visit our useful articles and information, get in touch or visit our Facebook page.
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