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The UK German Shepherd Rescue (UK-GSR) Angels is a network of over 400 volunteers, each having their own skills and abilities, but all share one common interest, a dedication and passion to the German Shepherd breed. On a daily basis we deal with cruelty and neglect cases and many times where a dog is at immediate risk of being put to sleep.

Rescuing isn't about being upset and saddened by what you see, it's about changing a dogs life forever, it's about working as a team to help a dog on their journey into a loving home and a brighter future. 


Here is a brief outline on some of the roles:

Home Checker

Home Checkers work front line with the general public and are vital in helping our dogs find only the best possible homes. The role of the home checker is contact and make a mutual appointment conduct a small interview do a visual check of the home and gardens to ensure suitability of the home for one of our dogs.

Dog Assessors

Dog assessors also visit homes and conduct a small interview gathering as much information about the dog(s) that needs rehoming.
The assessment consists of completing a questionnaire and a visual check of the dog including taking the dog for a general short walk and to take photos, we try to
keep the dogs in the original home but depending on the urgency a foster home or kennel will be provided.

Foster homes

Foster homes help with ongoing assessments which are vital to finding the right homes. Fostering can also be a great way to own a dog without long term commitment, if you work or live abroad for part of the year but enjoy the company of a dog when home fostering can fill that gap. Maybe you are unsure about getting another dog, fostering can help you to decide whether you are ready to take on a full time commitment. Or maybe you just love the breed and would love to help us rescue and re-home more unwanted German shepherds.

Our rescue will cover all medical costs and vet fees, and all you need to buy is their food. German shepherds are a great companion dog and love your company; they are loyal and a very devoted breed. If you live on your own they are very good listeners and don't answer back. As a foster career you will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped your foster dog on his/her journey to their forever home.


We need transport volunteers to help move unwanted dogs at risk of being put to sleep or simply need moving to a safe and secure place like kennels, foster homes or adoptions. Most adoptions are completed at the weekend.
Long distances are covered by more than one transport volunteer and in urgent cases the rescue will cover out of pocket fuel expenses.

All you need is a suitable vehicle, our rescue will give you full training on handling dogs in transit and handover procedures.

Our dogs rely entirely on donations, your donations help our rescue continue its work in helping neglected & unwanted German shepherd dogs & puppies here in the United Kingdom.

We are all rescuers united. Rescuing isn't about being upset and saddened by what you see, it's about changing a dogs life forever, it's about working as a team to help a dog on their journey into a loving home and a brighter future.


We hold regular fund raising days, raffles, sponsored walks and charity events etc we are always looking for fund raising ideas and prizes to be put in our tombola’s and raffles so if you ever have unwanted gifts I am always very grateful for them.   

Myself and two other volunteers recently held a raffle at Eureka Animal Feeds in Accrington and raised a whopping £945 – lots of local companies helped out and we couldn’t have done it without their support. If anyone would like to help in any way possible or would simply like to know more about the dogs please do not hesitate to contact me - since 2015 GSR have seen a staggering 2245 dogs pass through our website with your help we have found them a ‘forever home’ and saved them.

I myself have a rescue German Shepherd, he was locked in a back yard with no socialization with other dogs or humans, his owner signed him over to GSR, his other option was he’d be put to sleep at 9 months old!!!!!!! He’ll be two in august and I can’t thank them enough for saving him.

Thank you to all the hoomans who give their time up to save us dogs.

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- Pamela James -