German Shepherd Rescue and Adoption: How To Find A Shelter Or Rescue Near You

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If you have made the choice to adopt a German Shepherd – good on you!

There are dogs having to be euthanised in shelters and rescues every day mainly because of either irresponsible breeding, or owners abandoning their puppies after they start growing.

The good thing about rescues and shelters is that there are plenty of dogs in these places who are sociable and looking to give someone love. Many are far from mentally broken – if only a little low on confidence.

Shelter and rescue staff should know if a dog is aggressive, dangerous or not suitable to go to another owner.

Another benefit to adopting a dog from these places is that they can suit some people a lot better than a puppy from a breeder might.

Older dogs are usually potty trained, have done basic obedience, have been socialised, are past their chewing stage, and for the senior dogs – won’t need as much exercise.

So, there’s plenty to like about rescue and shelter puppies and dogs.

For more information about adoption, you might like to read 23 Things To Consider When Rescuing or Adopting A German Shepherd Puppy or Dog.

Otherwise, let’s look at how to find a German Shepherd in a shelter or rescue near you…
 


 

German Shepherd Rescue and Adoption: How To Find A Shelter Or Rescue Near You

 

How To Find A Shelter Or Rescue Near You

If you are looking specifically for a German Shepherd, you could try:

  • Contacting your country’s main German Shepherd Organisation and asking for a reference to, or contact details to a GSD rescue or shelter in your area

United States residents might try the German Shepherd Dog Club of America

UK residents might try the British Association for German Shepherd Dogs

Australia residents might try the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia

Canada residents might try the German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada

 

Other Options For Rescue Networks in The United States

The following listings are part of the AKC’s Rescue Network, which is the largest in the United States.

We don’t make any bias or claim towards this network – we are simply making it available on this page for you as another option to explore or choose.

If you have had any positive or negative experiences with any of these rescues, drop us a comment in the comment section – so others can see your feedback too.

NOTE: this list was current as of June 2016 – if links or contact details no longer appear to be active, please let us know and we will update the list.

 

State By State AKC Network Rescues

America Wide

American German Shepherd Rescue Association (full state by state list – refer here if you can’t somewhere near you listed below)

Region Based

German Shepherd Rescue of New England

Mid Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue

California

Coastal German Shepherd Rescue (San Diego, and Orange County contacts)

German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California

Greater California German Shepherd Rescue (Modesto, Merced, Greater Sacramento, South Lake Tahoe)

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County

Golden State German Shepherd Rescue (Northen and Central Valley Regions)

Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

Colorado

German Shepherd Rescue of Central Colorado

Florida

K9 Services German Shepherd Rescue (Green Cove Springs based)

Georgia

Canine Pet Rescue (Atlanta)

Illinois

Central Illinois German Shepherd Dog Rescue

Louisiana

North Louisiana German Shepherd Rescue 

Maine

Give a Dog A Home German Shepherd Dog Rescue

Maryland

Virginia German Shepherd Rescue (Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC)

Massachusetts

German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center

Missouri

German Shepherd Dog Rescue of St. Louis (accepting ONLY calls from previous adopters)

Serendipity German Shepherd Dog Rescue (St Louis)

Nevada

Refer to a state near you

New Jersey

Garden State German Shepherd Rescue

New York

Bright Star German Shepherd Rescue (Churchville/Rochester based)

Shepherds Hope German Shepherd Rescue (Greater Metropolitan New York, Long Island Area)

North Carolina

Hominy Valley German Shepherd Rescue

Oregon

Oregon German Shepherd Rescue 

Tennessee

Save Our Shepherds (Memphis and West Tennessee)

Texas

Austin German Shepherd Rescue (Austin)

Blue Angel German Shepherd Dog Rescue (San Antonio)

Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue (Houston)

German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas

Virginia

Virginia German Shepherd Rescue (Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC)

Wisconsin

German Shepherd Rescue Alliance of Wisconsin

 

State By State American German Shepherd Rescue Association Network

The following list is not part of the AKC’s direct rescue network, but are referred by the American German Shepherd Rescue Association which is part of the AKC’s network:

Alabama

Helping Shepherds Of Every Color

German Shepherd Rescue of Central Alabama

I.R.A German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

Alaska

German Shepherd Rescue of Alaska – [email protected]

Arizona

Arizona Connection German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

Southwest German Shepherd Rescue

For The Love of German Shepherds Rescue – [email protected]

Arkansas

Mid-South Shepherd Rescue

Muttley Crew German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

Connecticut

Bandit’s Place

German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center

German Shepherd Rescue of New England

North Star German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

Shepherds’ Hope German Shepherd Rescue

Zoe’s German Shepherd Rescue

Delaware

Refer to a state near you

Hawaii

Refer to a state near you

Idaho

Northern Utah German Shepherd Rescue

Indiana

Northwest Indiana GSD

Iowa

Mississippi Valley German Shepherd Dog Rescue – [email protected]

Kansas

Refer to a state near you

Kentucky

Dumas German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

West Kentucky German Shepherd Rescue

Maine

German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center

North Star German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

Michigan

Charmed Lives Pet Rescue – [email protected]

German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Michigan – EAST: [email protected] , WEST: [email protected]

Minnesota

FaerieLand Rescue Inc  

Midwest Animal Rescue and Services

Mississippi

Legacy German Shepherd Rescue

Montana

Montana German Shepherd Rescue

Northern Utah German Shepherd Rescue

Nebraska

SW NE Small Animal Rescue

New Hampshire

German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center – [email protected]

German Shepherd Rescue of New England

Legacy German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

North Star German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

New Mexico

German Shepherd Rescue of Southern New Mexico

Central New Mexico German Shepherd Dog Club Rescue – [email protected]

North Dakota

North Dakota German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

Ohio

Cincinnati Area German Shepherd Rescue

Deacon’s Hope GSD Rescue

Dogs Hope German Shepherd and All Breed Rescue – [email protected]

Lake Erie German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

MPM German Shepherd Rescue

Shepherd Haven

Weeping Willow Second Chance GSD Sanctuary – [email protected]

Oklahoma

German Shepherd Rescue Of Tulsa OK

OK Save a Dog

Safe Haven German Shepherd Rescue Inc

Pennsylvania

German Shepherd Rescue Of Southern Pennsylvania

Mid Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue

Save A Shepherd Rescue Alliance

Woody’s Place: Senior German Shepherd Sanctuary – [email protected]

Rhode Island

German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center – [email protected]

German Shepherd Rescue of New England 

North Star German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

South Carolina

Furlife German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

German Shepherd Rescue and Adoptions – [email protected]

Noble Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

South Dakota

Refer to a state near you

Utah

Northern Utah German Shepherd Rescue

Vermont

German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center

German Shepherd Rescue of New England

North Star German Shepherd Rescue – [email protected]

Washington

Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue

Washington German Shepherd Rescue

West Virginia

Refer to a state near you

Wyoming

Northern Utah German Shepherd Rescue

 

American German Shepherd Rescue Association Network Specialty Groups

The following are not directly in the AKC network, but are referred by the American German Shepherd Rescue Association who are. They are specialty rescues or volunteer groups:

 

Specialty White German Shepherd Rescues

White Paws German Shepherd Rescue

Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue

Snow Capped Shepherd Rescue

Southwest White German Shepherd Rescue (Phoenix, Arizona)

Coastal White German Shepherd Rescue Referral

 

Pending Military Deployment Rehome Volunteers and Similar Organisations

Dogs on Deployment

Operation Noble Foster

 

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