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 was actually no law in this country to protect service animals against such attacks as this one, but since this horrendous attack Finn, his family and an ever growing army of supporters, tirelessly campaigned to get this law changed.

After more than two years of campaigning, Finn’s Law became a reality in April 2019 as The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019, which makes it an offence to harm service animals, was given Royal approval by The Queen. The first reading was held on the 13th June 2017 and Royal Assent was given on the 8th April 2019. The Act will come into force in June 2019.


Dave’s reaction:

“This has been an incredible but testing journey, however it has been such a joy to be a part of, we have met people from all walks of life with a common interest, to ensure police animals are protected while serving their community.

Finn has attended every single stage at Parliament and is quite a feature there now. He has made many friends throughout this journey and I’m sure he won’t forget a single one. I’m proud of my best friend, he has certainly gone down in history. He has turned such a horrendous event into something so positive, his legacy will never be forgotten by his furry colleagues.”



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.

And to top it off, In March 2019, Finn and Dave won Friends for Life 2019 at Crufts, also winning £5,000 for his chosen charity! A very special, and very emotional day for us all!


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. We could not be more proud!

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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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