Southern Counties German Shepherd Rescue is a charity that provides care and shelter for stray, neglected and unwanted German Shepherd Rescue dogs. We never destroy a healthy dog believing that, in the right environment, every dog can live a happy and fulfilled life whatever their temperament or disability.
We spend time many hours with each dog, getting to know their likes and dislikes and helping them to work through any fears or insecurities they may have when they arrive.
Some of the dogs are then ready to be re-homed. We always carefully match dogs to their new homes as we believe that this is the key to ensuring a long-term, happy, fulfilled relationship between dog and owner.
As a rescue, we take in some of the most challenging dogs for whom we are often their last chance, so some dogs do not reach the stage of rehoming. For whatever reason if the dog needs a permanent sanctuary away from the demands of the outside world they will stay with us.
These may be dogs that have faced abuse, neglect or mistreatment; or they may simply be dogs that have not faced enough novel situations (with a positive emotional response) in their early life to be comfortable dealing with new people and new situations. They may just need their world to be kept small and a safe haven in which to properly function.
Working with these dogs’ emotions to create a feeling of safety and wellbeing can be very demanding and each dog is different. Meeting strangers or going to unfamiliar places may be too difficult for these dogs. We respect that fear and do not force those dogs into situations that they will not cope with and which will only exacerbate their negative emotions.
To help us support these dogs, we operate a Sponsor a Dog Scheme.
We do not have a rescue centre but operate from our home, which we use as an administrative base for the rescue. Some of our dogs are able to live in foster homes, others remain with us. Our home (and our dogs) are not open to the public, so any visits or rescue business MUST be undertaken by appointment.