Welcome to the home of South West GSD and Dog Rescue

Charity number 1171842

We are a non-profit organisation based in the South West of England dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of German Shepherd related cross-breeds and other dogs in need.


Please feel very welcome to wander around our site at your leisure. Information on the dogs we currently have in rescue can be found here, as well as details of our Adoption Process which includes an outline of our re-homing conditions.


How we do what we do:


Except in the most extreme of circumstance and dire need, we don't do kennels. Unfortunately at the moment, we are having to use kennels as we have a lot of dogs in, we will be getting them into foster homes as soon as possible.


Sociable creatures that need to be at the heart of a family, we don't believe that Shepherds do at all well in kennels, and so have built our Rescue on the goodwill and support of an army of volunteers all across the country that provide foster homes for the dogs in our care. Yet more supporters and volunteers provide transport to pick up and drop off dogs in all corners of the UK and help out with the home-checks needed for every potential new foster or forever home that comes along.


We are always looking for more volunteers, whether to help with fund-raising, home-checks, transport or provide foster care for dogs in need. Our ability to make a difference is constrained only by the goodwill and resource of those that step forward to help; the folks that step forward to make a difference with us.


The Rescue covers the transport costs, veterinary fees and food bills for all of our dogs in foster care. All we ask of our foster homes is that they provide a safe and loving environment for the dog, time and attention, feeding and walks. We take great care in selecting the right dog for the right foster home, great care in ensuring each can meet the other's needs, and provide continual support and advice until a forever home is found.


Your help can make a massive difference, and we feel the rewards are huge.


If you think you can help, in any way, please get in touch.

Useful Links

  • Useful Links

    Here are some helpful website links for both you and your dog. These links have been supplied in no particular order and are just some of the businesses and organisations [...]

Our FaceBook Page

Social Media

We have a very active, very friendly Facebook Group dedicated to our Rescue that is a great place to keep track of our activities, ask questions, seek advice or generally natter about all matters dog related. Please don't hesitate to apply to join the Group, the only real admission criteria is a shared passion for our dogs and what we do:

Home Checked Already?

If you have been home checked already please keep an eye on the dogs needing homes page as we are unable to contact everyone with information of the new dogs coming in, please contact us via email or private message, details on our contact us page,  thank you.

Kind regards Paula, Sally, Neil, and Martin.


We have an adjudicator where you can send any complaints you may have. The email to use is




thank you.

Support & Fundraising

  • Support & Fundraising

    Charitable institutions and organisations such as the South West GSD Rescue rely heavily on your help to raise funds. We endeavour to use no less [...]

Making A Donation

To make a donation simply click on the button below and follow the instructions on the displayed screen.

Contacting Us

Our phone is open 09:00-17:00

Call or Text us on 07775 421099


Email us at



Our address is

South West GSD Rescue
Paddon Park
EX21 5RD

Dogs Looking For Homes

  • Maxi

    Meet Maxi. Maxi is a 2-year-old cross breed she is neutered vaccinated and microchipped. Maxi is good with other dogs people and children. Maxi lives with a cat so could be introduced to another. If [...]

Our Contact Form

    Latest Success Story

    • Momo

      This is Momo she is a gsd x  just 12 months old.  Momo is spayed, fully vaccinated including kennel cough and microchipped.  Momo  is good with dogs cats and people, goes on a lead but [...]

    Health & Safety

    We ask that all our Home checkers, Dog assessors, and Transport drivers CONTACT US VIA TEXT OR MESSENGER, to say they have arrived at said place and when they leave.