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.

Please help a German Shepherd.

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Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards 2016

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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’s Legacy – Please Adopt An Oldie!

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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 (see below) earlier 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 this weekend 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!

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Golden Oldie Competition – The Good Vet & Pet Guide

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Well, Well, Well…….I am sure lots of you will remember the competition many of you entered through our FB page about oldies finally getting their forever home kindly sponsored by The Good Vet and Pet guide among others……well our very own gorgeous Buster won out of a staggering 15,000 entries!!!!!! A massive thank you to Lisa and all her Tweeting, as this is how we came to be involved! Well done to Denise, Mark and Buster, we are very very proud of you!

Organised by The Good Vet & Pet Guide in association with Natural Instinct, numerous sponsors donated numerous prizes for Buster and for the rescue. We were very proud to be invited to the prize giving and met some wonderful people who have the same values and objectives to improve the welfare of dogs in this country.  A big thank you to all of them and we look forward to working with them in the future.

Golden Oldie Competition – The Prize Giving

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GSRE Founders Become Authors

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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.

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Puppy Farming

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.

Download a Kennel Club briefing on Puppy Farming here.

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Pup Aid has 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, we 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 we need your help to end puppy farming!

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 Adopting a GSRE Dog

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.

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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.

There’s nothing stopping you! Apply to adopt today!

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How you can help Pets Advertised on the Internet.

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“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.”

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Some of our Urgent Dogs Seeking a Foster or Forever Home

  1. Rocco

    Location:
    Essex - KENNELS
    Sex:
    Male
    Age:
    18 months
    Neutered:
    Yes
    Children:
    Yes - Older Only
    Other dogs:
    Careful introduction
    Cats:
    Unknown
  2. Midnight

    Location:
    Essex - KENNELS
    Sex:
    Female
    Age:
    1 year
    Neutered:
    No
    Children:
    Unknown
    Other dogs:
    Unknown
    Cats:
    No
  3. Bella

    Location:
    Chesterfield - KENNELS
    Sex:
    Female
    Age:
    3 years
    Neutered:
    Yes
    Children:
    Yes - Older Only
    Other dogs:
    Selective
    Cats:
    No

View all urgent dogs


Some of our Golden Oldies Looking for a Comfy Retirment

  1. Merlin

    Location:
    Cornwall
    Sex:
    Male
    Age:
    7 years
    Neutered:
    Yes
    Children:
    Yes
    Other dogs:
    Careful introduction
    Cats:
    Unknown
  2. Suevee

    Location:
    Devon
    Sex:
    Female
    Age:
    8 years
    Neutered:
    No
    Children:
    No
    Other dogs:
    Selective
    Cats:
    No
  3. Rosie

    Location:
    CHESTERFIELD - KENNELS
    Sex:
    Female
    Age:
    10
    Neutered:
    Yes
    Children:
    No
    Other dogs:
    Careful introduction
    Cats:
    Ignores

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Other Shepherds Looking for a Forever Home

  1. Ellie

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Sex:
    Female
    Age:
    19 month
    Neutered:
    No
    Children:
    Yes
    Other dogs:
    Selective
    Cats:
    No
  2. Zeus

    Location:
    Devon
    Sex:
    Male
    Age:
    4 years
    Neutered:
    Yes
    Children:
    Unknown
    Other dogs:
    Selective
    Cats:
    Yes
  3. Charlie

    Location:
    Essex
    Sex:
    Male
    Age:
    2 years
    Neutered:
    No
    Children:
    Yes
    Other dogs:
    Yes
    Cats:
    Yes

View all other german shepherds


Cross Breeds & Other Breeds in Need of a Loving Home

  1. Guy

    Location:
    Shropshire
    Sex:
    Male
    Age:
    2
    Neutered:
    Yes
    Children:
    Yes - Older Only
    Other dogs:
    Careful introduction
    Cats:
    Unknown
  2. Lucy

    Location:
    Essex
    Sex:
    Female
    Age:
    1 year
    Neutered:
    No
    Children:
    Yes - Older Only
    Other dogs:
    Yes
    Cats:
    Unknown
  3. Duke

    Location:
    Bristol - KENNELS
    Sex:
    Male
    Age:
    5 years
    Neutered:
    Yes
    Children:
    No
    Other dogs:
    Careful introduction
    Cats:
    No

View all cross breed dogs


 


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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.

Minoas at the kennels with his oinky pig that he takes everywhere.

Minoas at the kennels with his oinky pig that he takes everywhere.

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Looking to Adopt?

Please be sure to read our guide to adoption before considering adopting a Shepherd.

Adopt a GSD


Interested in Fostering?

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.

Foster a GSD


Like to Volunteer?

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.

Volunteer for GSRE


Want to Donate?

Any money donated goes directly to the dogs we help, so please give whatever amount you can.

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Visit our online shop and show your support for GSRE.

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Need a little support?

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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Walk Groups

Great way to socialise your dog or just meet like minded people!

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GSRE Newsletters

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German Shepherd Rescue Elite

Are proud to be members of:

Dog Rescue Federation

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and Full Members of:

Association of Dogs and Cats Homes

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Pet Advertising Advisory Group

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EU Dog & Cat Alliance

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Support Pup Aid

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Help stamp out irresponsible breeding today!


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💚JASPER 💚

Experienced forever or foster HOME NEEDED

Meet Jasper who is 4 years, male neutered, vaccinated and microchipped 🌟

This beautiful lad has had a rough journey so please read his full history (link at end)
He is a sensitive soul who displays anxieties so would need his new family to work calmly and confidently with him on these issues.
He walks lovely on lead and seems to prefer going through the small town to the open fields.
Has been out with other dogs but seems to prefer his calmer companions at present. If becomes too excited he will gently hold his lead but a firm no seems to calm this behaviour.
Likes his treats and for high value ones will give you a perfect sit and alternate his paws❤
He has a soppy side but always baring in mind his past so not to cause any unnecessary anxieties.
He has been fine with the mild traffic around the kennels.
I have great admiration for this lad, he is a strong lad for coming out of a negative situation and really needs that wing of guidance from a steady capable new home.
If could give Jasper that chance he so needs please get in touch to discuss him.

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❤ANGEL ❤

🌟Needs her forever or foster HOME 🌟

Only 8 years, female neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

Love this lady, a lady she is. She is a treat to be with, walks lovely on lead. Just potters beside you coming back just for a gentle nose to hand touch.
She is a people gal.❤
Unfazed by traffic and has been an endearing warm character with all people she's met.
She does get herself quite distressed on seeing other dogs so would have to be an only dog and a no to cats.
Took her for a little stroll around the Essex lanes yesterday and you feel you have your good friend beside you all the way.
Unfazed by tractors!
Loves her treats and does the most perfect sit for them.
She always comes in the kitchen with all of us whilst we have a break for lunch and she settles quick. Loves her strokes and will give you her belly for tummy rubs.
She wants her own people to love and be loved back, she wouldn't need much unless having unconditional love being so! A few little potter around walks and a routine that she can settle back into at her age again.

To truly know the unique shep love you must then meet this Angel❤

Get in touch as Angel is so waiting for you to do so...
Click on the link below for all Angel's details
gsrelite.co.uk/2015/05/26/angel/

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❤ANGEL ❤

🌟Needs her forever or foster HOME 🌟

Only 8 years, female neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

Love this lady, a lady she is. She is a treat to be with, walks lovely on lead. Just potters beside you coming back just for a gentle nose to hand touch.
She is a people gal.❤
Unfazed by traffic and has been an endearing warm character with all people she's met.
She does get herself quite distressed on seeing other dogs so would have to be an only dog and a no to cats.
Took her for a little stroll around the Essex lanes yesterday and you feel you have your good friend beside you all the way.
Unfazed by tractors!
Loves her treats and does the most perfect sit for them.
She always comes in the kitchen with all of us whilst we have a break for lunch and she settles quick. Loves her strokes and will give you her belly for tummy rubs.
She wants her own people to love and be loved back, she wouldn't need much unless having unconditional love being so! A few little potter around walks and a routine that she can settle back into at her age again.

To truly know the unique shep love you must then meet this Angel❤

Get in touch as Angel is so waiting for you to do so...
Click on the link below for all Angel's details
gsrelite.co.uk/2015/05/26/angel/

🌟 PLEASE SHARE SO ANGEL CAN GET HERSELF IN A HOME🌟
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Why we do what we do

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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