Please read our adoption criteria and if you meet this, live in the South of the UK, and feel able to adopt a dog you will need to complete our online application form.  We do this in order to ensure we can find the most suitable home possible for our dogs.

Our adoption process is a simple way of learning about you, your environment and what your can offer one of our dogs. Once successfully completed our team will endeavour to match your requirements to the needs of our dogs and organise a time for you to meet the them.

We carry out regular checks on all our rehomed dogs and are always on hand to support you with our ‘GSRS Rescue Back Up for Life Guarantee.’


Having previously fostered a German Shepherd from GSRS, adopting one was always on the cards and we were lucky enough that a beautiful dog became available.

Life is so different now, enriched by this adorable guardian who gives so much unconditional love and joy, yet cares and protects in her own unique special German Shepherd way.

GSRS have been wonderful and have kept in touch to make sure the dog has settled in well.
To add to that we have also been invited to go along to the regular ‘Social Walks’ and GSRS events which has allowed us the opportunity to meet and chat to many other the rescue adoptees. It’s one big happy caring family! We can’t recommend GSRS highly enough.

Mr & Mrs A from Hampshire

Adoption Information

To Adopt one of our German Shepherd Dog’s:

Initially, if you live in the South of England and meet our adoption criteria, complete the Adoption Application Form.
To offer support and a full back up service German Shepherd Rescue South needs to be within a sensible and cost effective travelling distance of our adopted or fostered dogs.
Sadly we cannot do this if you live a long distance away from our base in Hampshire.
(We are not affiliated to any other rescue, however there are other national German Shepherd Dog Rescue Centres who deal with rehoming dogs throughout the UK.)

Once we have received your Adoption Application a volunteer will contact you to discuss details contained within it and arrange a Homecheck.
If you have previously owned a dog, we will also carry out a Vets check.
One of our Homecheck volunteers will then to arrange to visit you in your own home.
It is very important that ALL the family members should be present at this meeting.
Once the assessment has been carried out a member of the Administration team will then contact you to confirm if your application is successful or not.

What happens next?

If you pass the Homecheck a telephone call will be made to you to see if you still want to go ahead with the Adoption.
We take great care in trying to match a dog that we feel is most suitable for your family and the new home environment it will be residing.
Sometimes we are asked about a particular dog that has been seen available on our website, however, this does NOT always mean that this dog is suitable for your environment or lifestyle.

We do everything we can to get a perfect match and although we try to find out as much as we can about each individual dog when they first arrive at the rescue there are some that can have medical problems or social difficulties and these have to be sympathetically considered when rehoming.

If you have a resident dog(s), you will want them to meet your prospective new dog to judge whether they will get on. This can be arranged via our volunteers, but can sometimes take a little while to set up.
If you live in rented property for example, Council, Housing Association or Private Rented, you will need to provide written proof of permission from your landlord to keep a dog/s at that property. To save wasting time please can this be obtained prior to the Homecheck, and a copy forwarded to GSRS.

If you decide to adopt a dog, we will then proceed with finalising the Adoption paperwork and organise the transportation of your new dog.
You will then be given guidelines and advice as to the best way to help your rescue dog settle into your home.

We do not rehome to the following

Rehoming our dogs is our number one priority however there are certain situations and locations that we do NOT considered suitable for our dogs, these are:

  • Public Houses and Clubs.
  • Flats and Shared Garden accommodation.
  • For Breeding purposes. (We have no breeding policy)
  • Where they will be left outside in a kennel and not allowed indoors.
  • To be used for guarding purposes.
  • Families with children under 10 years of age. (unless they have previously lived with a German shepherd)
  • Gardens where the fence is not secure and does not stand to at least 6ft all around.
  • Where a dog will be left on its own for more than 3 to 4 hours at a time.
  • Persons under the age of 21.
  • Where an applicant would not be physically capable of exercising or taking the dog for regular walks.

If you feel due to a set of circumstances beyond your control that you are unfairly being put into one of the above categories but still should be allowed the opportunity to adopt a dog then please fill in the online Adoption form and include full details of these circumstances. We will then get in touch and discuss it with you.

Making contact

To help you during the initial adoption period we will keep in contact to see how the dog is settling in and how you are managing.
We will then arrange a follow up Homecheck approximately 6 weeks after the date of adoption. We will give you contact details of one of our volunteers in case you need guidance or support at anytime.

Telephone support is always available, so you will not be left alone to cope should you have any problems. We offer a ‘GSRS Rescue Back Up for Life Guarantee.’

Our Facebook page is an integral part of our GSRS social life and is a fantastic way to keep in touch with other German Shepherd Dog owners and to get help or pass on good advice when needed.


As part of the Adoption process GSRS will ask for an Adoption Donation to the charity. This is in the region of £175 – £400, depending on the age of the dog. This donation enables us to provide veterinary care and kennels for those dogs in need of our support.

If the adopted dog has a lifelong medical condition the fee will be negotiable.

Pure bred Geman Shepherds up to the age of 5 and German Shepherd Crosses up to the age of 7 do come with four weeks FREE Insurance.
(The insurance does not cover pre-existing medical conditions)

If after reading our conditions you still feel that you want to give a German Shepherd Dog a good home then please complete our online Application form.

By completing it, you will agree that your details will be held on file by GSRS.
In return we agree NOT to share your details with any other organisation or partner without your permission. Please read our GDPR safety policy.


We are in desperate need of Foster homes, so if you feel that you could help us then please fill out the online Fostering Application Form or contact one of the Administration team.

GSRS will cover all the costs and in return, you will provide a safe and loving environment for one of our dogs until a permanent home is found.

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It’s easy to adopt, just fill in the application form online and we will be in touch.

German Shepherd Rescue South

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