Finn was born into the West Midlands police dog program in 2009 where both his parents were working police dogs.

He started his initial training of seeing the big wide world at 8 weeks old, he met his handler and new dad Dave at 9 months old and enrolled in his first training course aged 11 months. His on the beat life as a police dog began at 14 months old.

On the night of 5th October 2016 whilst tracking down a fleeing criminal Finn was stabbed repeatedly in the chest and head, potentially saving his handlers life he was now fighting for his own. Finn underwent 4 hours of life saving surgery and 11 weeks of recovery before miraculously returning to active duty ahead of his planned retirement in March 2017.

You may be surprised to learn that there is actually no law in this country to protect working service animals against such attacks as this one but since this horrendous attack Finn, his family and an ever growing army of supporters have been tirelessly campaigning to get this law changed.

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Since his retirement in 2017 this gorgeous boy has been very busy indeed spreading the word about Finn’s Law and also becoming possibly the most decorated police dog of his time. Here are some very interesting facts about our Finn:

During his service he received numerous police commendations, he scooped all the awards at the Regional dog trials 2 days before he retired. He has over 300 arrests to his name, he has recovered thousands of pounds worth of stolen goods and has also found in excess of 40 vulnerable people!

He has received the PDSA Gold medal for Bravery 2018, IFAW – Hero Animal award 2017, The Daily Mirror Animal Hero Awards – Hero Animal of the year 2017, Woofstock 2017 – Hero Animal Award, Finn has been to the House of Lords, Westminster, Holyrood House, Crufts. He has shared the sofa with This Morning’s Phil and Holly, the BBC and LBC. He also recently took part in the Memorial service for Animals in War.


In our opinion what better Patron could there be for a German Shepherd Rescue than……A German Shepherd and let’s be honest The Fabulous Finn ticks all the boxes and more.

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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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