German Shepherd Rescue Scotland

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German Shepherd t-shirts, fleeces, badges, mugs, mouse mats, cards and much more.

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Giveacar Fundraising Scheme

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Click here for more information.

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

Amazon Wishlist

Our new Amazon wishlist features items that we can't get from our pet shop but would really like for our kennels. From cozy vet bed to food storage bins to stop us feeding the local field mice! These items can be found here:

Thanks in advance for everyone's support. All purchases will be sent directly to our kennels.


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.

Thank You

Thanks to Nadia @ Yellowdog Photography for giving up her time today and for Charleigh Thompson for organising a photoshoot for the members of German Shepherd Lovers West Lothian facebook group to raise funds for us. £125 is a fantastic amount you guys are fantastic x


Mishka Happy Success Story

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Mishka lived with our Foster volunteer Cathy for 11 months and immediately after she came in to us in December 2016 she attended the vets for very ulcerated ears and a very itchy, skin and was constantly scratching. For months we tried various treatments, nothing seemed to work for her.

For the last 6 months she has attended a homeopathic vet surgery and through trial and error it appears that her new treatments are working. Her ears are very much improved, her coat is beginning to grow back and she has almost stopped scratching. She has MRSP which means she is resistant to most of the normal drugs we had previously tried.

Mishka has improved to a state that we can now rehome her. We could not rehome her until we had done everything we could to resolve her skin issues. She may always have a slight ear and skin irritation, and she will probably be receiving homeopathic remedies for the rest of her life and the rescue will continue to pay for this.

Her food has to be limited to fish flavoured dry, and her treats are all fish based. She also gets 100% salmon oil and Organic coconut oil in her food on alternate days. Her Foster carer changed jobs in November and Mishka came in to our kennels, but 2 weeks ago she went out to a new Foster carer, Kath, who already has one of our rescue dogs. Both dogs get on great, however Mishka decided to come in to season 2 days later. Her brother who is neutered, has paid no attention to this, thankfully. Mishka, on our vets advice, cannot be spayed due to her MRSPand this will be managed carefully by Kath.Today, and no surprise to us............Kath has asked to Adopt her and we are very happy to agree to this

Mishka is a very happy dog, she attended a couple of events we were at last year and was the perfect dog, wagging her tail, ignoring all the other dogs and allowing everyone to pet her. She has a fascination for chasing white things....feathers, bits of paper, anything white and blowing in the wind!

We could have rehomed her 10 times over if she had been a well dog. This wee girl has had a lot of treatment and will continue to have, for the rest of her life and this is partly where the funds that are raised by everyone for us, goes towards.

We would like to thank Cathy for collecting her in December as an emergency, and to Eileen for looking after her in the kennels and also to Kath, her new mum. We know she will continue to get the same level of care with her and her brother.

We would also like to thank Wendy at Glenbrae vets in Bearsden for all the help and advice we have had. Mishka will continue to attend here for further check ups and ongoing treatment.

Calendars Half Price

Calendars are now ON SALE. Very limited availability so you better be quick. There are 4 A4 calendars which had been hiding so if you missed buying one you better be very quick


2018 Fun dog show date announced


THE date of 2018 for your diary!
Saturday 4th August 2018, at Vorgrie Country Park, Midlothian, EH23 4NU.

Dog Wheels for hire

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We have recently been generously donated 4 sets of dog wheels (from various people) which we have decided will be hired out to anyone in Scotland who has a dog in need of them. (CDRM, paralysis of rear legs, missing a rear leg or other similar type conditions would all benefit) All of these wheels have been used by GSD sized dogs.

Please contact us using the contact link above if you feel your dog would benefit from borrowing these wheels. We are asking for a small donation along with a deposit for the wheels (returned when the wheels are returned to us). There is no time limit on the length of time your dog can use the wheels.

They will be hired out on a first come first serve basis.

Thank you to each one of our donators, we really hope this service will go a long way to helping other dogs gain their independence again without the massive expense of the owner having to buy wheels.

Hirer must arrange collection and return (we will try to help where we can)

Thank you to German Shepherd Family UK

A huge thank you goes to Carrie Eyre and the supporters of her Facebook group 'German Shepherd Family UK' for donating £500 to us from the sale of 2018 calendars. This is a fantastic boost for us at a time of year when monies become a little more difficult in rescue.

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2018 calendars

Don't forget to buy your 2018 rescue calendar from our website shop


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Competition winning magnets now for sale

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The winning photo magnets have now arrived in our online shop to purchase. You can find them here

GSD Gift ideas........


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Our merchandise would make a fantastic gift for any GSD lover, with the added bonus of doing your bit for charity.

Choose any one of the designs and any colour of writing from our selection. There are a wide range of items to choose from.

Pop to our shop to order now. Items take up to two weeks to produce as each one is made to order.

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Easyfundraising won't cost you a penny

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Helping us raise money doesn't have to cost you a penny. If you use internet shopping sites you can earn money for us through easy fundraising. You just have to sign up (and login every time you shop online)

Next, amazon, tesco, john lewis, O2, Sainsbury's, Halfords, Pets at home, zoo plus, Waitrose, Asda, Debenhams and many more will all donate to us when you shop.

Christmas shopping is coming up so what a great time to support is just follow this link

New Embroidered Clothing available

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We now have a new range of embroidered clothing available in our shop.


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Our wishlists let you donate things for our kennel dogs that we really need help with buying. The items get delivered directly to the kennels.

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.

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).  

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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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

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

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.