German Shepherd Rescue Scotland

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Giveacar Fundraising Scheme

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Sponsor a GSD

You can now sponsor our kennel dogs until they find their forever home. Could you help?

You can sponsor a kennel dog yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Click here to see who you could sponsor.

Dogmatic Headcollars

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Please Consider Adopting an Older Dog

At a time when we are being asked to take in record numbers of older dogs please read this story and consider adopting a Golden Oldie.

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Jake & Sharkey - Gorgeous Golden Oldies

Read the story of two 12 year old GSDs adopted by one of our volunteers.

Jake & Sharkey's Story

German Shepherd Rescue Scotland

Welcome to the website of German Shepherd Rescue Scotland. Whether you have decided to adopt a German Shepherd, re-home your German Shepherd or you would like to become a volunteer, we hope you enjoy browsing our site.

We have included some helpful information and advice, as well as a gallery of beautiful German Shepherds, most of them rescue dogs. If there is something you would like to see included on the site please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

The website is regularly updated, so please keep checking back.



Its getting near to that time of year where rehoming slows up (we don't rehome our dogs in December), the weather gets colder for the dogs in our kennels and people want to help us on the run up to Christmas.
This year we have two wish lists, our regular one where you can help us by donating food, treats, leads and toys and a new addition of a bottle of Calor gas for our kennel heater to keep the dogs cozy. These items you can find here:

And our new Amazon wishlist which is things that we cant get from our pet shop, but are things that would really help at the kennels. From cozy vet bed, water proof jackets, to food storage bins to stop us feeding the local field mice. These items can be found here:

Thanks in advance for everyones support. Please help us by sharing this post. All purchases will be sent directly to our kennels.

Diesel Our very own Hero

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Everyone Meet Diesel - Diesel is one of our success story dogs - And a bit of a celebrity! Awarded with a PDSA Commendation for Animal Devotion. Diesel has even been on STV and appeared in several news papers

From PDSA "In March this year your wrote to us nominating Diesel for an animal award in recognition of how he supported you when you had a bad fall and how he stayed with you, even in the ambulance and on arrival at the hospital. I am also delighted to hear he is a canine blood donor - he sounds like a very special dog.

I am extremely pleased to confirm that we have awarded Diesel a PDSA Commendation for animal devotion. He joins an illustrious list of animals whose remarkable actions have undoubtedly saved or enriched the lives of their companions"


And here is what Diesel has to say

"When I first met my new Mum & Dad I was in kennels having been rescued by the GSDS. My new home is so good. I can do anything and everything. Dad plays with me when he gets in from work and Mum is with me all day, going for walks and shopping in the car. My Mum had a bad accident after having me for two days and I knew I had to make sure she was ok. Mum said I was very brave but she would do the same for me. I have been on lots of lovely holidays in the Highlands, not too sure what that is but it was great. New places to go, lots of hills to climb and lochs to paddle in. My Dad paddled in the loch with me as I was a wee bit scared but Dad gave me a cuddle and said it would be ok. I like water now. I also give blood now to save poorly dogs. I don't mind. I get a goody bag every time I go so its worth it. I have lots of toys and squeeky toys and I'm very happy now. Mum & Dad say they love me every day and I love them back. Thank you GSR for finding my new Mum & Dad."

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Tracking Rally Fundraiser 2016

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Over for another year - Another successful fundraising tracking event which was held over Saturday and Sunday this weekend. And the weather couldn't have been kinder to us.

We just want to express our thanks to John Hood for putting the event together (with a little help from his glamorous assistant - who wants to remain nameless lol)

Massive Thank You to Sandra & Shirley for giving up their days to judge for us, we certainly couldn't have done it with out you. And of course your track layers, Nick, Sandra and John. Great effort guys and girls.

Big thank you also goes out to all our entrants and their dogs. We hope you had a great time and will come back again next year. Congratulations to all the rosette winners. Please post photos of your dogs with their rosettes, we would love to see them on here.

Volunteers & Foster homes needed

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We need new volunteers with GSD experience to help us with our home checks, dog assessments, transporting dogs and fostering.  If you think you can help us then please complete an adoption form and after your name add either (Foster) or (Volunteer).  

Your kids need to be over 10, your dogs need to be dog friendly, your garden needs to be secure, and we dont home our dogs with cats (due to the stress it adds to a rescue).  

2016 Christmas Cards on sale

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Our 2016 Christmas Cards are now for sale in our online store. 

Pack of 8 different designed cards for £8.

Limited availability so buy them early to avoid disapointemnt.

Don't rule out an oldie

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If ever there was an advert for taking on an older dog is this boy.......Meet Buck. Buck has just turned 11 and these are his birthday photos

Buck came into our rescue 4 years ago as a 7 year old. He was extremely over weight (about 55kg) had very long nails as he wasn't getting out of the garden as he was too strong for his owner.

He was assessed by us and found him to be such a friendly boy who could easily live with another dog.

Bucks new owners took him on without even questioning his age. So long as their little girl Skye approved of him! And she did. Buck has not looked back since.

The biggest challenge was to get his weight down and his fitness up. The ultimate challenge - to climb a Munro! And boy did he do just that. Buck is an amazing example of the breed, and we wanted to highlight just how rewarding taking on an older dog can be.

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Our 2016 fun dog show is over for another year and we made a fantastic £6047. This will help us keep our kennel dogs safe and happy until they find their forever homes.

We have many people to thank for making yesterday such a success (including the weather man!).......

We could not have done the show without our amazing and dedicated Volunteers and helpers, who set up the show, stood at stalls, helped people enter classes, ran our activity areas, did demos, and helped round the show.

Thanks to all of our judges and their helpers who probably had the toughest jobs yesterday picking the winners, not an easy task!

Thanks to Cheryl at Edinburgh Dog Photography for giving up her day to come along and take special portraits of peoples dogs to raise money for us. Looking forward to seeing them!

Thanks to our class sponsors, everyone who donated prizes to our raffle and tombolas, to all the home bakers out there who brought goodies, to Salt n Peppa catering for keeping everyone well fed and Billy with his Ice cream van for keeping everyone cool.

To the people who donated wonderful trophies and prizes for your specially dedication classes, a lovely way to remember your dogs.

And most of all to everyone who came along with their dogs and families to support our event, we couldn't have done it with out you all.


Standing Order donators please contact us

If you donate to us by Standing order we need you to contact us using the contacts page above please.


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Support Adoption For Pets award us a Van

We recently applied to Support Adoption for pets for a van to help us with transportation of our rescue dogs.  We were shortlisted and today it was announced we were successful.  We can not thank Support Adoption for Pets enough, this will make a massive difference to us and will enable us to transport dogs more easily

Here is what they said:

"Grant Application for Vauxhall Combo L1 H1 1.3 CDTi 90PS Panel vans

Our final announcement for today around our Transporting Pets Award is for the guys at German Shepherd Rescue Scotland who sent in this introduction to themselves along with their grant application.

We are thrilled to be able to help them with their wish for a new van to help them with the pets in their care and we are now working on getting it to them as soon as possible"

Follow their facebook page to see Dorothy's video appeal


Well Done Laura another 10k in the bag

Great big thank you to Laura Smeaton who ran 10km recently to raise funds for us. She made an amazing £304 for us.
Here she is with her medal and her own GSDs Vinney Jones & Marley her GSRS girl x

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Wedding Favour Donation

Two of our volunteers Fi & Ben Roberts got married at the start of the year. Instead of wedding favours they gave a donation to German Shepherd Rescue Scotland and left a little note on the tables to let their guests know.

This is a fantastic and very thoughtful gesture and we just wanted to say thank you, and all the very best for your future together.

Dance School Thank You

Another big thank you for GSRS, this time to the Jean Taylor School of Dance in Aberdeen. They recently put on a production of Snow White and did a charity collection for us during the show raising 200 pounds

This extra money will go a long way to helping our kennel dogs, we have some vet bills coming our way soon.

Our Aberdeen Volunteers Laura Smeaton and Amy Walters went to a special cheque presentation today on behalf of the rescue - thank you both girls x

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Photoshoot Fundraiser

We would just like to express a Massive Thank You to Nadia from Yellow Dog photography for spending her last two Saturdays taking photographs to raise funds for GSRS.

And an equally Massive Thank You to Claire Martin for organising this event for us. It really means alot.

Thanks also to everyone who took part with their dogs and gave a donation to the rescue for Nadias time. You raised 355 pounds for us which is amazing! Im sure you will be delighted with the results.

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Thank You - In memory

German Shepherd Rescue Scotland recently received a very special donation from GSD owners Lexi & Danny from Edinburgh. They lost their Stunning boy Jack in December 2015 and wanted to do something in his memory by helping GSDs in need. Our thanks go to them at this sad time. It will help us continue our work and look after our kennel dogs


Thank You

Our thanks go to Paul and Sylvia at Wolfspeak for their recently considerable donation to us.  As ever we are extremely grateful

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Yahoo email addresses

YAHOO ENQUIRIES - If you have contacted us recently and have a yahoo email address and you have not received a reply within a couple of days it is because we seem to be have compatibility issues with our email and yahoo.

Please call Liz on 07748184188 if you are waiting on a response.

Zeus has found his forever home!

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Zeus is now jumping for joy, as he has now been officially adopted by one of our volunteers. He is one of our longest residents in the kennels and we are delighted he is now in his forever home.

Zeus was a big scardie cat when he came to us, he had been isolated for everything and was afraid of the world. Eileen has done a fantastic job, with the help of Dorothy and Carolyn (who walked him every weekend) at helping this boy get over some of his fears. He will never be 100% but he is certainly happy.

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored Zeus on our sponsorship page.

Kos finally finds his retirement home

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Kos our old gent has finally found his forever home with his foster carers.  He went into foster this year so he didnt have to spend another winter in kennels and he got his paws under the table and is staying put.  We would like to thank everyone who has sponsored Kos, he was a popular boy in our sponsorship scheme



You can now sponsor our kennel dogs for £10 each or give the sponsorship as a gift to a person of your choice using the following link.  You will receive a certificate and photos of the dog you choose by email. All the sponsorship money goes towards the kennel fees, feeding and veterinary care for our dogs in kennels who are still looking for their forever homes


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German Shepherd Rescue Scotland is having a funding crisis. We are running out of money for the dogs in our care and desperately need your help.

If you can come up with any ways of raising the much needed funds we will be extremely grateful.

We currently have 12 dogs in kennels and most of them have been with us for a very very long time. The kennel fees, food and vet bills mount up for these dogs. We also continue to support long term foster dogs who need medical treatment and the funds are simply drying up.

If you can think of any ways to help us raise money then please go ahead and do it. If you would like to donate any extra pennies you may have the virgin link for donations is below (don't forget to add give aid if you pay tax - that bit doesn't cost you a penny). If you know any businesses that would like to make a charitable donation then please recommend us to them.

We do our best for the dogs in our care, but we can't do it with out money unfortunately.

Thanks for your continued support. GSRS

We are on Facebook

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Did you know we have a facebook page for our fundraising?  

Come visit us and see whats going on

Feed a Rescue Dog - Donate a Bag of Dog Food


You too can help by donating a bag of dog food. German Shepherd Rescue Scotland has teamed up with Ferguson's Pet Supplies ( so that our supporters can purchase dog food to be sent directly to our kennels.

Feeding our dogs is one of the biggest costs of running the rescue so every donation of food helps a great deal. We have selected some foods we know our dogs like, all you have to do choose one of the options. It's really easy!

You make your purchase on our website, Ferguson's Pet Supplies receives the order and delivers the food directly to our kennels.

Click here to support our dogs.

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German Shepherd Rescue Scotland has a 'NO KILL' policy but we need your help to keep these dogs safe.

If you visit our site and like the work we do please consider donating. If every visitor donated even just £1 it would help us continue our work.

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Don't forget to Gift Aid your donation if you are a UK tax payer. A big thank you to everyone who has donated.


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Contact Details

Need to re-home your dog?
Call or text 07391 531 106
(10am to 7pm ONLY)

Passed your home-check?
Call or text 07391 495 233
(10am to 7pm ONLY)

General enquiries
Call 07391 531 106
(10am to 7pm ONLY)

Or send us an email.

Please note: German Shepherd Rescue Scotland is run by volunteers. All of our volunteers work from home, we do not have an office.

Telephones are not manned 24/7 but if you text your telephone number we will call you back as soon as possible.

Love German Shepherds? Then you will love our gallery. All the dogs in the gallery are happy rescue dogs or are owned by our volunteers.

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View Our Gallery

Pet Plan Insurance

Support our rescue when you purchase your pet insurance through Pet Plan.

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Training Your Best Friend

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David Dee's training manual includes some of the secrets of "dog whispering" (or "dog listening" as some people call it). We believe this method of training can make a substantial contribution to the control of a dog especially where owners are having difficulties.

David is a UK based trainer. His manual costs $19 and has a 60 day money back guarantee. The rescue receives a donation for every copy sold via our website.

Find out more

Dog Rescue Federation

German Shepherd Rescue Scotland is a member of the Dog Rescue Federation.

127,000 reasons to change the law. That’s how many stray and abandoned dogs local authorities in the UK rounded up last year. In the same period at least 11,000 perfectly innocent dogs were put to sleep for no other reason than they were not wanted.

Please visit their website to find out more and add your support.


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Like to help?

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You can help us rescue more dogs like Murphy. Just click the button to send us a donation.

All donations gratefully accepted big or small, every penny counts!

Please donate now!

Thank you for caring!

Easy Fundraising

Raise money for us the easy way. Everyone who uses the web can help!

You can help us raise money for the rescue without even leaving your home. It's easy.

For more information go to our Fund Raising page.

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ID Tags are Law

Did you know that it is illegal not to have an ID tag on your dog? The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that all dogs must have identification when in a public place.

All dogs must have a tag with the owner's name, address and telephone number on it.

Any dog seen without a collar in public may be seized by the local authority and treated as a stray. The person in charge of the dog and/or the owner of the dog may be prosecuted and fined.

Athough ID tags are a good way to help you get your dog back if it gets lost, we still recommend you microchip your dog. Dogs Trust are offering a free microchipping service for your dog, for more information click here.

Very Important Alert!

German Shepherd Rescue Scotland DO NOT place ads in GUMTREE, AD TRADER OR ANYWHERE ELSE.

If you see any suspicious listings using pictures of dogs on our site please contact us. We will request that they are removed immediately.

Vets Get Scanning

Bruce Forsyth's Vets Get Scanning Appeal

With your help we can get stolen dogs reunited with their rightful owners. A microchip is useless to a stolen dog unless Vets Get Scanning!

The aim of the Vets Get Scanning appeal is to get all Vets, or their receptionists, to scan all dogs on their books and for Vets to adopt a practice policy where all dogs are routinely scanned on their first visit.

Visit their website and sign the petition

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We are all looking for a new home

Forever Homes Needed

german shepherd rescue dogsWe have lots of gorgeous German Shepherds waiting to be adopted.

Complete our Adoption Form if you would like to adopt one of the dogs on our site.

Foster Homes Needed

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If you can offer a warm, loving foster home please get in touch.

German Shepherds don't do well in kennels, we would love to have warm foster homes to offer instead of cold concrete kennels. ALL food and expenses will be covered by the rescue.

Success Stories

german shepherd rescue2We love to get pictures and follow-up stories from our families when they adopt a dog from German Shepherd Rescue Scotland.

You can see some of our adopted German Shepherds on our Success Stories page.