Q:  Where do your dogs come from ?

A:   We work alongside pounds and shelters to rescue the dogs that are not immediately suitable for adoption due to medical or behavioural issues. We also offer a private surrender service to the general public.

Q:  Where is your shelter for me to come and view the dogs you have available?

A:  Our dogs are placed with foster families or in quality boarding kennels. If you wish to meet one of our dogs it best to contact us.

Q: How can I donate to GSDs in Need?

A: There are a number of ways to donate to GSDs in Need and all donations over $2.00 are tax deductible -

• PayPal or Credit/Debit Card: You can visit the GSD Store

• SMS: Simply send an SMS with the amount you'd like to give (i.e. $20 = 20) to 0439 404 490 and pay via credit/debit card.

• Via our Phone App: Download our offical app and donate using PayPal or a Credit/Debit card

• EFT/Bank Transfer: Transfer funds to our CUA bank account - • BSB: 814 282 • Account Number: 504 397 22 • Account Name: GSDs in Need Australia

* Please note when making EFT donations to email qldadmin@gsdsinneed.com.au and request a tax receipt. This can take up to 12 days so please bear with us.



Q:  Do you do interstate adoptions?

A:  Whilst we do offer interstate adoption only a small minority of our dogs are suitable for interstate travel. If you wish to adopt a German Shepherd in your state please contact us, if we are unable to assist you we can then recommend one our reputable state partner rescues.

Q:  Who pays for the interstate adoption?

A:  The potential adopter pays for the transportation and adoption fee on top, it can prove costly.

Q:  What are you adoptions fees?

A:  Each dog has an individual price, it best to contact us directly if you are interested in a particular dog.

Q: Why do I need to complete an application form?

A:  We require your information to assess your suitability for all of our dogs, we need to ensure we match the right dog to your household. Please keep in mind that for many of our dogs we are their last chance, and that before coming to us many have already spent time at multiple homes in the were unsuitable. It is very important to us that all of the dogs we place go to their forever homes.

Q: Is the information supplied Private and Confidential?

A:  Yes. Your information is used solely to assess your suitability for our dogs. Our volunteers all sign nondisclosure agreements upon commencement of their appointment in the team. All storage and transfer of information complies with the the Privacy Act.

Q:  Why was I not selected for the dog I chose?

A: Think of our application process like that of applying for a new job. Although you may be a perfectly suitable candidate, we have the best interests of the dog at heart at all times and we will only place them with the absolute best applicant.

Q: How soon should I expect a response?

A:  GSDs in Need is run solely by unpaid volunteers, many of whom also juggle their rescue work with their paid employment. We aim to respond to all correspondence within 3 working days.

Q: Why do I need to meet the dog and bring my resident dog with me?

A: We need to ensure our dogs likes both you and your resident dog before we can safely send one of our dogs home with you.

Q: What happens if I get the dog home and it doesn’t work out?

A: We make the necessary arragements to have the dog returned to GSDs In Need within a 14 day period.

Q: Why won’t you adopt a female dog into a residence that already has a female dog?

A:  Research and experience has shown time and time again, that female to female aggression is extremely high. This usually occurs when they are past the age of 3 – 5 years old.  Female dogs of any breed will cause extensive damage to each other and sometimes it results in the death of one of the dogs. The majority of our surrendered dogs come from homes that had female to female aggression issues.

Canine Care

Q:  Do you have a Behavioural/Trainer you can refer me to?

A:  Yes, we work closely with 2 very specialised trainers who also consult to the general public. If you are having a behavioural issues with your dog, or simply would like help with basic obedience training and the like, please contact us and we will be happy to forward you their details.

Q; Do you have any dog training course at this time?

A: No not at this time but we hope to be able to provide this service in the near future.

Q:  What dog food do you recommend?

A:  We use Blackhawk and Dr B's BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). Many of our dogs are high needs & critical care cases so we only recommend the highest quality, natural and holistic diet.


Surrender & Private Rehoming

Q: I need to surrender my dog, can you help?

A:  Please visit the surrender information page.



Volunteers are the backbone of any charitable organisation, especially GSDs in Need. We are always on the look out for dedicated, caring volunteers to fill a variety of roles within the rescue.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at qldadmin@gsdsinneed.com.au


Transport volunteers are always in high demand. Transport volunteers will take our dogs to and from vet appointments, foster homes and boarding kennels; it may not sounds like a big job, but it is a very important one.

Property Assessments

Property assessors play an important role in helping us decide on potential adoptive families. Assessors go out to meet applicants and ensure their property meets the standards required for a rescue Shepherd (fence heights, yard sizes, cleanliness etc.) It generally only takes a few minutes to complete, and you will be playing a large role in the adoption process.

Dog Walking & Socialisation

It is fact of rescue that from time to time we aren’t able to place dogs with foster carers, and they will be placed temporarily in boarding kennels. Dog walkers are responsible for ensuring our furry pals get outside to exercise and socialise outside of the kennel environment.

Foster Caring

Please visit our foster carer information page to learn more about foster caring.    




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