You will need to complete our adoption form to start your adoption, please do not contact the rescue directly to adopt as you will only be sent back to this form.
Take a look at our "dogs for adoption" page and find a dog that you feel is suitable for your family, If you already have a dog keep in mind our rescue will only rehome opposite sex dogs to what you already have, we also generally do not rehome young dogs with senior dogs or vice versa.
Before you can adopt one of our gorgeous dogs you must first complete our adoption form, this helps us understand more about you, your family and your life style plus any current pets you may have. This information helps us match you and your family to the right dog or your chosen dog, we always place our rescue dogs needs first and foremost.
Once you have completed our adoption form our volunteer screener will call you back within 48 hours (longer at busy times) to discuss your adoption in more detail. Our screeners role is to decide if your home is suitable for one of our dogs, if all goes well your adoption will be passed to your adoption coordinator who will deal with the rest of your adoption
Your adoption coordinator will contact you and then will arrange for your "Home Check" to be completed by one of our EXPERIENCED volunteers in your local area. Your coordinator is now your point of contact and you should only speak to them regarding your adoption and any dogs you are interested in.
Don't worry if you forget who your coordinator is, simply send us a message via our contact page and will will tell you who there are and ask them to get in touch.
Your home checker will contact you and arrange a mutual appointment to visit your home, our home check is simply to verify your home is suitable for one of our dogs. The role of our home checker is make sure your home is suitable for one of our dogs they can not tell you if you have passed your home check. Your home check report is passed back to your area coordinator who will contact you with your results. If all goes well your coordinator will offer you a dog that most matches your family, if you already have a dog in mind please tell your coordinator and they will check if they are suitable.
Once you have been matched to your new dog the rescue will arrange for you to visit them, visits are made by appointment only even if your matched dog is in our kennels. Remember if you have a dog already please take them along with you to ensure they get on with their new friend.
You can take your new dog for a walk and if all goes well you can adopt them and take them home straight away.
You are welcome to adopt a dog that is not in your regional area but you will be asked to travel and pick them up
The UK German Shepherd Rescue does not sell dogs, when you adopt one of our dogs you pay an "adoption donation fee" the donation fee is set by the rescue and varies from dog to dog.
The adoption fee takes into account a dogs age, training and medical condition. Adoption fees for younger puppies will be more than a senior dog while a dog is issues would be less that a good all-round family dog. Speak your your adoption coordinator of you require the adoption fee for a particular dog.
Taking this into account our rescue will only rehome dogs suitable for that environment, dogs unsuitable for rehoming will go into our lifetime care program and will live out their days in our experienced foster homes, your adoption donation helps towards supporting these dogs.
Donations are a money gift to our charity and are non refundable
No, the rescue does not deliver dogs straight to your home, part of the adoption process is meeting the dog and seeing how you get along.
Many of our dogs have already been spayed or neutered but due to geographical restrictions we are unable to spay and neuter all our dogs, part of the adoption agreement is to ensure the adoptee agrees to have their new dog spayed or neutered at their own expense. Please keep this in mind when adoption a dog.
Our rescue take great care regarding who adopts our dogs, dogs adopted to commercial premises are more likely to be used for guarding and protection of a closed business or stock, this would be unacceptable for us to place a dog into a position we more often rescue them from.
When you adopt a dog from our rescue you pay an adoption donation set by the rescue, donations are a money gift for your new dog to our charity and are non refundable. Adoption fee's change for each dog taking into account their age, training and medical condition. Speak your your adoption coordinator of you require the adoption fee for a particular dog.
Every home that adopts a dog from our rescue agrees too and signs our adoption contract, our adoption contract relates to the welfare of the dog adopted, under the contract terms the animals welfare should be maintained in accordance with regional UK law, should the rescue find an adopted animal is being mistreated in anyway or intended to be euthanized (other than for health reasons under a vets advise) then the rescue will seek to recover the dog into it's their own safe care. If for any reason a home cannot keep the adopted animal they should be returned to the rescue for safe rehoming.
You must be 21 years and over to adopted a dog from our rescue, you must be the property owner or have written consent from your landlord or show an approved tenancy agreement that allows dogs, have consent from parents if living at home. Live in a property that has a secure safe garden.