Black German Shepherd for Adoption
SOS German Shepherd Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless German Shepherd Dogs in the Midsouth area. We will, however, only place dogs into homes where they will be well-fed, adequately exercised, loved, talked to and treasured as a best friend. Save Our Shepherds Rescue prides itself on facilitating a good match between our foster pets and prospective adopters. We consider the personality traits, habits, and needs of the animal and carefully evaluate how it might fit into the lifestyle of the prospective adopter.
All adoptions are handled as a 10 day trial period. If the animal does not work out, don't feel bad. We realize that some animals are not right for some environments. If you are unhappy, so is the animal. Contact us and make arrangements to get the animal back to us. We would be happy to match you with another animal that might be more compatible.
ONLY GOOD FOREVER FAMILIES NEED APPLY.
- All of our rescued friends are Indoor Companions only.
- All dogs listed as ADOPTABLE are indeed still available. Matching the right dog with the right family sometimes takes a while, so your patience is appreciated. Our adoption fees are:
$300 for any dog 1 year and younger (BABY)
$250 for any dog 1-3 years (YOUNG)
$200 for any dog 3-7 years (ADULT)
$150 for dogs over 7 (SENIOR)
If you are a senior and would consider providing a loving home for a Senior GSD we would love to work with you and a discount may be available!
Don't forget the adoption fee for the dog you take home not only reimburses rescue for his expenses but helps us save others. The fee includes spay/neuter, being current on vaccinations, heartworm checked, special medical treatment when required, flea & heartworm prevention, microchip and grooming prior to adoption. Many times the adoption fee does not cover all the expenses we've incurred for a particular dog.
The top 5 reasons for dogs being abandoned at shelters:
- Didn't realize the time & expense involved in raising a dog.
- Didn't know Rover would get so big, slobber so much, nip the kids, cost money, bark a lot, steal food, shed all over the house, need to be exercised, etc.
- Don't know how to prevent or fix behavior problems.
- Person became divorced, sick, injured or died.
- Had to move to an apartment or house that doesn't allow dogs.
- Applicant must be at least 21 years of age and live within 3 hours driving range of where the dog is being fostered. (West Tennessee unless otherwise noted). Longer distance adoptions will only be considered under very specific circumstances. See Frequently Asked Questions
- A 'home visit' is required prior to the final adoption of any of our canine companions.
- While in the care of Save Our Shepherds Rescue all the dogs in our program have been properly cared for, loved & socialized. All our dogs are healthy, spayed/neutered and current on vaccinations. All dogs in our program are cared for in our HOMES.
- We do not adopt to people who want to keep the dog kenneled, garaged or living as an outside dog. You must welcome the dog inside your home as a member of your family. If you want a mean guard dog, look elsewhere.
- We require homes with fenced yards. Save Our Shepherds feels very strongly that rescue dogs who are loose in an un-fenced yard, or off leash anywhere, are at risk of getting hit by a car, attacked by another dog or wild animal, poisoned, lost or stolen. Experience has taught us that the safest environment for your rescue dog is a fenced yard or area. The fenced area is intended as a secure outdoor exercise place for the dog but is not intended as a place for the dog to live. German Shepherds are highly social, family-oriented dogs and need to be with you to be happy.
- We do NOT recommend invisible fencing systems. We do NOT adopt to anyone who plans on chaining out their dog. Exceptions to the physical fence requirement are made only under specific circumstances. For instance, with the adoption of a senior dog, whose exercise requirements may not be as demanding. In general, if you do not have a fenced exercise area, you will not be approved to adopt from Save Our Shepherds Rescue.
- We require that all companion animals in the prospective adoptive family be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and on heartworm prevention. We feel that "responsible" pet owners fit in this category.
- A veterinarian reference is preferred, although we will adopt to first time dog owners provided you have great personal references. In general though... GSDs are not the breed for you if you have limited experience with dogs.
- Remember, when you adopt a dog of any kind you are committing to the entire life of your dog. If you do not know where you will be living in a year or two, now is not the right time to adopt.
- Keep in mind: Rescue dogs need and deserve your patience. Whether it be house training, getting along with the other pets or just settling in... be prepared. They will need time to adjust to your home and family.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire. Before you complete this application to adopt a rescue dog from SOS German Shepherd Rescue, please make sure that you and your family have carefully considered this decision. Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment to an animal that will be your loving companion and your best friend.
These questions are designed to assist with placing our dogs in the correct environment for their personality and needs. It is our intention to adopt dogs to those who will consider them an important part of their family.
Please take the time to carefully read and fill out the application in full. If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to