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.
Please help a German Shepherd!
Simon Wheeler is the Managing Director of Agria Pet Insurance. But in addition to his day job, these past few months he’s been training for a rather big challenge – one that will see him helping to fundraise for German Shepherd Rescue Elite!
We’re so delighted that he’s chosen to cycle for our charity, we thought we’d catch up with him and find out some more about what he’s up to…
Tell us about your challenge! I will be cycling up the notorious Mont Ventoux in France on 21 May. It’s a ride of over 21km up a route that’s famously included in the Tour de France, from Bédoin to the top of Mont Ventoux. It has quite a fearsome reputation as being pretty relentless, with an average gradient of 7.43% over the climb. While that doesn’t sound TOO bad, once you take into account there are many sections reaching over 10%, it’s not going to be a walk in the park! Luckily I won’t be alone; six of us from the Agria cycling team are tackling the challenge, each for a different charity close to our hearts. We’re very supportive of each other, so having us all there will be a great help.
Why have you chosen German Shepherd Rescue Elite to support? German Shepherd Rescue Elite were Agria’s very first charity partner. Working closely with them I’ve seen the total commitment from everyone at the charity and the very real difference their hard, dedicated work makes to the lives of so many dogs.
And why the Mont Ventoux – it looks pretty tough…? I love pushing myself and I love cycling, and Mont Ventoux is just one of those things in life that ‘just has to be done because it’s there’. And if taking on such a tough challenge encourages people to support me by donating to GSRE, that’s surely the most important thing.
What’s your training regime? I’m continuing with my usual bike/swim weekly training. Although, obviously, good fitness will be needed, I believe that succeeding with a challenge like this entirely depends on having your head in the right place. Doing this for a good cause helps with that focus, as does being part of a team all going through the same mental and physical preparation.
What are you most looking forward to about the challenge? The incredible buzz I anticipate as I turn the final corner and can get on with considering the impending descent…
And do you any fears about taking something like this on? No fears as such, I’m just keen to ensure I enjoy the entire challenge – even the really tough parts. Also that my elderly, squeaky bike will be as enthusiastic about the climb as I am.
What’s the hardest cycling challenge you’ve done up until now? I’ve done quite a few tough rides – all of them have been very challenging in their own way. These have included Ride the Rockies in Colorado – 600 miles in 7 days including 8 x 10,000 foot mountains and Bealach na Bà out of Applecross in Wester Ross which is steep and greatest ascent of any road climb in UK.
Do you have a secret weapon to get you up the fearsome climb? Copious amounts of red wine the night before … numbs the pain in your backside and the headache takes your mind off creaking legs!
How proud are we!!
These awards are now in their fourth year, as is GSRE, and having been nominated for the Animal Charity Team of the Year, we made one of the 3 finalist spots!
The winners were announced on the 20th April at the Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards ceremony held during the ADCH Conference. We may not have won but being a finalist is an accolade in itself and all finalists were deserving of the award.
We could never have achieved this without our wonderful team so you should all be very proud of yourselves and thank you!
Check out the other finalists here!
And to add to this, GSRE has also just heard we have been approved as a Full Member of the ADCH (Association of Dogs and Cats Homes).
Buster came into the rescue in December 2013, along with a bitch called Storm. We never knew their true history as they had been dumped on a neighbour as no longer wanted. Storm found herself a home fairly quickly, but poor Buster kept on being overlooked.
During his stay he touched the hearts of so many of our volunteers with his fun loving antics and his truly individual personality. Buster was shared far and wide on social media in the hopes of finding him a loving home of his own and it worked. Finally Buster had his own Mum and Dad, Denise and Mark, who will honestly say he was not what they were looking for, but they fell for him hook, line and sinker.
Buster’s proudest moment was when he won the Goldie Oldie Competition in February this year, and he so deserved the honour! None of us knew then how little time he had left and he smiled the whole day, knowing he was King for the day.
Sadly and suddenly Buster passed on to Rainbow Bridge in April after suffering a very short illness. Buster had touched the hearts of so many people in his journey with us, the tributes and tears have poured in. Our hearts go out to his Mum and Dad who are just so thankful they had the chance to share in his life and to be there holding him at the end. Buster passed peacefully knowing love and happiness which is not much to ask.
Buster was one of the lucky ones. So many older dogs come into rescue on a regular basis, many from the pounds where they have been abandoned or picked up as strays. Today’s society seems to think it is OK to just turf the Golden Oldies out to make space for a younger version, or just because they no longer fit in with their lifestyle. The reasons are many, but these Golden Oldies all deserve a loving home to see their days out in.
They may not be around for long, but giving a Golden Oldie love and care until their time comes is so rewarding, as the love and loyalty they give back is more than you can imagine. They never leave our hearts but teach us how to open our hearts further to those in need. Please don’t overlook the Golden Oldies!
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.
Puppy farming is the mass commercial production of puppies purely for profit and without a thought for the welfare or happiness of the pup, breeding bitch or stud dogs. On a puppy farm breeding dogs and pups are usually kept in horrific dark conditions, totally unsocialised & riddled with both infectious and inbred, often incurable diseases. These poorly pups are then sold en masse to pet shops, online or from free newspaper ads, and usually die soon after reaching their new home.
Pup Aid launched an e-petition to help ban the cruel practice of puppy and kitten farming in the UK. Founded in 2010 by TV vet Marc Abraham, they have received huge support from a nation of animal lovers including celebrities Ricky Gervais, Liam Gallagher, Brian May, Joanna Page, Meg Mathews, and Sarah Harding to name a few and now they need your help to end puppy farming!
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.
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.”
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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German Shepherd Rescue Elite believes that pet insurance is an important part of responsible pet ownership allowing owners to undertake veterinary treatment at the earliest opportunity knowing help is there for the unexpected costs.