'LUOSKO' derives from our original dogs back in 2014; LUCCA, OSCAR and RILEY (aka Solophina ASKO) and has since been adopted as the family name and trusted name for training, rehabilitating and re-homing German Shepherds responsibly. After losing LUNA in 2020 we altered it to include both LUCCA & LUNA as the LU as a memorial.
LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue was founded in 2014, initially it was set up as a walking, daycare and boarding service and in 2015 quickly became a small scale all breed rescue. Rescuing dogs of all breeds from around the UK and Europe.
Over the years the organisation has gone through several transitions, from the services offered to the day to day imagery. In 2018 the rescue flourished more than ever and some of the services previously provided were dropped, to allow for the care of the increased amount of rescue dogs. It was then decided to end the old services completely and handover the assets to the new up and coming non-profit rescue.
Due to the personal experience of owning 5 GSD's and the increased handling of German Shepherds it was decided best for us to become more focused on the breed. In early 2019 the rescue became a breed specific rescue for German Shepherds, later we also became resident at the Cheadle site, which allowed us to take care of up to 40+ dogs at any one time. The rescue also received a complete overhaul including new logos and associated livery.
As well as the move to the Cheadle site, LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue was able to become part of the BATTERSEA Dogs Home Animal Partnership Scheme, giving the rescue access to much needed resources and support enabling some big changes to take place.
Some of our senior staff have attended courses at Battersea to better their understanding of animal welfare and management. In turn this has led us to keep track of information previously overlooked, which now enables us to improve the quality of life given to the dogs in our care and to monitor things such as how many days on average the dogs remain in "rescue" before finding their new homes. Thanks to Battersea creating more courses and making them available to all our staff and volunteers the future is looking exceptional for all those that help us here at the rescue on a day to day basis and especially for any dogs coming into our care.
In conjunction with our new processes and procedures, we have introduced more training and information available to potential adoption families and have created our 7 Point Adoption process of which all adopters must now follow in order to adopt dogs from us. This has proven very successful and has helped us rehome dogs with more success than ever.
Being nominated and becoming a finalist for the BBC Make A Difference Awards 2019 in the 'Fur ever Friend' category was amazing and an honour. Unfortunately we did not win, but all nominees deserved to win in our eyes! Just to be nominated means that we are doing the right thing.
The biggest change of all, besides the new image, was the move to appoint a governing committee and to become an Official Registered Charity. We have been fortunate to qualify for a Battersea Grant to help improve the quality of life for our dogs with improvements to the kennel blocks on site.
The rescue is ever evolving for the better, and shall continue to do so with the help of all our excellent volunteers and of course we could not do what we do without the support from the general public and last but not least, all of the amazing people and families that open up their hearts and homes to one (or more) of our amazing dogs.
So here is to an amazing future, Thank you to everyone for their continued support.
WHAT WE DO
Since 2014 LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue has been helping stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs that, through no fault of their own, need a second chance - irrespective of their age, or medical conditions they may have. We also help owners in crisis who need to surrender their dogs, giving them peace of mind that their dogs will be re-homed responsibly.
In 2019 we moved to our current base of operations in Cheadle, Staffordshire. Our centre currently has 23 rescue kennels, 4 Isolation Kennels and 4 Emergency Kennels. We also have two exercise paddocks, an indoor enrichment and training room, and a grooming room. We are on the doorstep of thousands of acres of fields and woodlands in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands.
We currently help around 100+ dogs a year and as well as re-homing to pet based homes from our rescue centre. We also work with other rescues and establishments, including Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, Armatus Risks Security, Staffordshire Police, Manchester Police Dogs and H M Prison Service for the more difficult dogs that are better suited to a working home. This enables us to significantly increase the number of dogs we can help.
We feel passionately that our role is not simply to deal with the consequences of irresponsible ownership, but to also tackle the root causes and reduce the number of dogs needing to access the animal welfare system. We also believe in the valuable pastoral and therapeutic role that dogs can play in our local community.
We therefore offer one to one training, socialisation and we also hire out our Freedom Field for people to exercise & train their dogs in a safe and secure environment.
We are committed to helping both dogs and people. We offer supported volunteering and employment placements at our rescue centre, working with third sector organisations representing disadvantaged groups.
VISION, MISSION & VALUES
Our vision is a future where all dogs are provided with a responsible and loving home for life and that LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue is recognised as a high quality provider of animal welfare and community services.
1. Reduce the number of dogs euthanised in the UK every year by providing a kennel space at our rescue centre, a foster home or rescue placement for animals in emergency situations.
2. Reduce the number of dogs entering the animal welfare system through campaigning for change, education and the promotion of responsible ownership; and the provision of support to owners to help them keep their dogs.
3. Promote the therapeutic benefits of dog ownership and interaction with dogs.
4. Provision of support to owners to help them keep their dogs.
Our Core Values
At LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue we are guided in our work by the following core values:
We seek to provide our dogs with the best quality of care available within our resources. We aim to ensure each dog has its emotional and physical well being met through: a suitable environment, a suitable diet, providing the ability to exhibit normal behaviour patterns and protecting it from pain, suffering, injury and disease.
Finding the right home for the right dog:
Each dog is assessed and each home is evaluated on their individual merits to ensure the right match. We aim to avoid blanket re-homing polices as far as possible to ensure a flexible approach to adoption.
We show compassion for both the dogs in our care and the people we deal with, whatever their circumstances for using our services.
We do not discriminate against the dogs we help based on their breed, age or medical condition. No adoptable dog is unnecessarily euthanised due to space or time constraints.
We do not just deal with the problems caused by poor animal welfare, but actively seek to tackle the root causes and work towards being part of the solution.
We strive to work in a way that is open, honest, and transparent and is accountable to our stakeholders.
We respect and value our staff, volunteers, partners and supporters.
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firstname.lastname@example.org Enquiries and help with re-homing dogs from both public and other rescues, please ensure you send detailed information about the dog in question as well as at least 4 pictures (1 at least must be front on)
Postal addresses & phone numbers
LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue
Haden House Farm, Delphouse Road,
Cheadle, Staffordshire, ST10 2NN
Office - 08445 881 473
59 High Street, Cheadle,
Staffordshire, ST10 1AN
Shop - 01538 751561
Personal visits & opening hours
You are always welcome to drop in to the rescue centre and have a chat in person between the hours of 10am - 5pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun (we are closed to public on Wednesdays) viewings of dogs are STRICTLY by appointment ONLY.
Our fundraising store is open 10am - 2pm Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri
URGENT welfare enquiries
For urgent enquiries please do not use the online form submission , or email as these are a lot slower for us to responsed to. For genuine URGENT enquiries please call us first on the above number and a member of our team can advise you the best way forward.