Picture of Sable the first dog placed by VGSRVirginia German Shepherd Rescue banner and motto of Good Dogs for Good HomesVirginia German Shepherd Rescue banner and motto of Good Dogs for Good Homes

Lobo - a rescued shepherd

Welcome to  Virginia German Shepherd Rescue  (VGSR) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes German Shepherd Dogs and mixes in Virginia and metropolitan Washington, D.C.

We work to find loving homes for abandoned, surrendered, or abused German Shepherds. Since 2001, we have found homes for more than 3400 dogs and we continue to place more than 300 dogs a year. We rely solely on private donations and adoption fees to support our efforts to rescue German Shepherd Dogs.

Each weekend we host an Adoption event where we showcase several of the great German Shepherds that are available through VGSR. If you are just beginning to think about adopting; have completed an adoption application; or just want to learn more about our terrific breed, please come and visit us at an Adoption event. See Events for announcement details and attending dogs.

Please review our Adoption Process so that you will know how to adopt a dog from us.

Foster Homes Needed

There are still German Shepherds waiting in shelters for a foster home. We would love to place many of these beautiful animals in a safe and loving home where they will get the care and attention they need until they are adopted. We are seeking people with German Shepherd experience or those willing to learn the breed who would like to share their home with a deserving GSD. Please see our "Volunteer" section for more information or "Required Forms" for a Foster Application.

Golf Tournament and Auction

Plan now to join us and TEE OFF FOR RESCUE. Spring weather is finally arriving and it is time to dust off those clubs and get ready for the best tournament of the year! GREAT DOGS & GOOD GOLF - It Just Doesn’t Get Any Better. The 7TH ANNUAL VGSR GOLF TOURNAMENT & AUCTION will take place on September 12, 2014. view all of the supporters and thank them by patronizing their businesses. By "TEEING OFF for RESCUE" you have partnered with VGSR in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of many good dogs. Please make this tournament a must play "tradition" for 2014! We welcome your comments and inquiries to [email protected]

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Need to surrender your dog?  Please complete the  Owner Surrender Form  or email us at [email protected] .