Rehoming Your GSD

At SSRA we understand that situations arise when our beloved family members need to be re homed.

We do not charge a fee for surrendering your dog.  This is to prevent your dog ending up in the wrong hands.   Advertising your dog as free to good home on Facebook Buy Swap & Sell Sites or Gumtree is very dangerous.

We can work with German Shepherds of any age who are medically unwell, emaciated, nervous, anxious, food reactive and untrained.  We will discuss the issues you are experiencing with our initial aim of keeping your family and your shepherd together.  If this is not possible, we will talk with you about our surrender and/or our assisted re homing programs and which program is better suited.

We are not able to assist dogs with the following issues, as we must ensure the safety of our foster carers, their families and their existing pets :

  • Dangerous
  • Deemed illegal under Victorian Restricted Dog Breeds
  • Human Reactive – where your dog has bitten or harmed human and undergoing trial
  • Dog Reactive – severity of reactivity to be assessed and discussed

Our surrender process is simple and non-judgemental.  Our volunteers are across Victoria and if we have a volunteer within local area our surrender process can be completed in person.  If our volunteers are not within the local area, our process is conducted over the telephone and we may request video footage of your dog to assist with this process. We will discuss with you your dogs behaviors, knowing both the good and negative behaviors is important, along with past and future training.

Once we agree with you that we are able to assist you with re homing your German Shepherd, under our Surrender process, with intake into our foster care program, there are three (3) very important steps that you will need to undertake.

  • Surrender form will be emailed to you for completion and return
  • Microchip Change of Ownership form needs to be completed and returned
  • Copies of previously completed vet work (vaccinations, desexing, microchip) will be requested to be provided.

Timeline for dogs coming into our surrender program will be discussed with you, which is subject to foster carer availability, once we have received all paperwork including transport into care.  SSRA will become the owner of your dog until a suitable home is found

Assisted Re-homing

We may discuss with you our Assisted Re homing Program, if your dog is suitable.  Surrenders from interstate may also be suitable for our assisted re homing program.

Under assisted re homing, SSRA is able to assist you with finding a suitable home for your Shepherd.  We will talk with you about your dogs behaviours, training needs, vet work undertaken, along with the reason for re homing.

If a volunteer is not able to attend in person, we will request the following to be provided to commence Assisted Re homing :

  • Video footage of behaviors of the dog, along with photo’s
  • Assisted Re homing form will be emailed to you for completion and return
  • Copy/Verification of ownership, vet work (vaccinations, desexing, microchip) will be requested
  • Overview of your dog’s personality

Once the information is received, SSRA will contact previous applicants if a match, or prepare your dogs biography and listing on our Facebook, website and Rescue Network site.

SSRA will review and shortlist adoption applications, conducting initial phone calls to ensure applicant is a suitable match.  We will keep in contact with you throughout the process.

If the meet & greet is successful, with both parties happy, the applicant becomes the owner of the dog.

SSRAI is run exclusively by volunteers. Due to most of us working full-time, the quickest way to gain a response is to send an email.
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