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Adoption and Foster

To adopt one of our GSD's.

  • Initial contact - please complete the adoption application form below if you live in the South of England.  German Shepherd Rescue South need to be within easy travelling distance of our adopted and fostered dogs to be able to provide support and back up.  We cannot do this if you live a long way from our base in Hampshire.  We are not affiliated to any other rescue, however there are national GSD Rescues who deal with rehoming throughout the UK.
  • A volunteer will contact you to discuss your application and arrange a home-check.
  • If you have previously owned a dog, we will carry out a vets check.
  • One of our home check volunteers will visit you in your home and all family members should be present.
  • A member of the admin team will contact you to tell your if you application was successful or not.

Where do we go from here?

  • You have passed the homecheck.
  • A volunteer will call you to see if you still want to go ahead with the adoption.
  • We will match a dog to suit your family lifestyle and suggest a dog to you. You can always ask about a certain dog, but this does not mean that this dog is still available or the right dog for your environment.
  • If you have a resident dog(s), you may want them to meet your prospective new dog to judge whether they will get on. This can be arranged via our volunteers but please do bear in mind that our volunteers have full time jobs and this introduction may take time to set up.  If you live in rented (council / housing association / private rental) you will need to provide written proof of permission to keep a dog/s at your property.  It would be wise to obtain this prior to home check so it can be produced for home checker to view.
  • If you have decided this is the dog for you, then we will proceed to the transportation and adoption of your new dog.
  • You will be given guidelines and advice as to settling your rescue dog into your home.


  • The rescue will keep in contact with you during the dogs life.
  • We will contact you during the initial adoption to ensure that the dog is settling ok.
  • We will set up a follow up home check in approximately 6 weeks from date of adoption.
  • We would like you to send us photos and updates on your new family member.
  • You will have contact numbers for one of our volunteers if you need advice.


Generally we will not re-home to the following:-

  • Pubs, clubs and guarding.
  • Flats and shared garden accommodation.
  • Breeders.
  • Families with children under 10 years of age. (unless they have been brought up with large dogs)
  • Gardens where the fence is not secure and does not stand at 6ft all around.
  • Where a dog will be left for more than 3-4 hours.
  • Persons under the age of 21.


A donation to the rescue (in the region of £175 - £300 depending on the age of the dog) will apply to enable us to continue the work of saving these gorgeous dogs. Dogs with lifelong medical conditions will be negotiable. Full Geman Shepherds come with 4 weeks free insurance up to the age of 5 and German Shepherd Crosses up to the age of 7.

If you have read our conditions and feel that you could give a GSD a good home please complete the form below.

By completing our application form you agree that your details will be held on file by GSRS, we agree not to share your details with any other organisation without your permission. 


We are in desperate need of foster homes, if you feel that you could help us please fill out the enquiries form or contact one of the admin team. The rescue cover all costs and in return, you provide a safe and loving environment for one of our dogs.

When you have completed your application form you will get an autotmated response from the Rescue.  If you do not receive this within 24 hours, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  - we have a few IT gremlins at the moment and don't want you to think we are ignoring you.  Every application is important to us.  Thank you.

Your Name (*)
Address (*)
Town/City (*)
Region (*)
Postcode (*)
Home Phone Number (*)
Mobile Phone Number
Email Address (*)
Age of applicant
Do you own your own property?
  (Please note: If property is rented you will need a letter from your Landlord giving permission to keep a dog.)
Type of area lived in?
Secure garden area?
Do you work?
Does your partner work?
How long would a dog be left for?
Do you currently have a dog/s?
If 'Yes', how many?
Do you have GSD experience?
Any other pets in the home?
Do have children or do children regularly visit your home? e.g. grandchildren, nieces, nephews.
If 'Yes', please give ages.
Would a dog have full run of the house?
Do you have plenty of walking areas to exercise a dog?
Will the dog be kept indoors?
Would you take a dog in the car?
What would you do at holiday times?
Do you prefer dog/bitch?
Is there a colour you wouldn’t take?
Coat length?
What age range of dog would you consider?
If at time of adoption the dog were entire, would you agree to have it neutered / spayed?  (Please note: this is a requirement of adoption.)
Can we contact your vet for a reference?
Name of your vet
Address of your vet
Phone Number of your vet
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