Appointments are required to meet our dogs at our rescue centre and are currently by prior arrangement only. Due to our site layout and the stress caused to the dogs when visitors walk past, our kennels are not open to the public for general viewing. An online Adoption Interest Form should be completed in the first instance.
Our adoption process at LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue ensures that the right dog is matched to the right home. Here is a rough outline of our procedure for adoption:
Complete an application questionnaire
Telephone chat with a member of the Welfare and Adoption Team
Appointment at the centre to meet suitable dogs
Meet & Greet, Training & Home check in line with our 7 point adoption process
Final meeting and collection with all canine and human family members
Adoption Agreement completed
Follow-up call or visit (if applicable)
Like all rescues we do have adoption criteria, however they are guidelines as opposed to blanket policies. Which means we try to be flexible to match the needs of the individual dog and the suitability of the home offered. Each dog will have its own specific requirements for a new home and this will be detailed in their adoption information or at your meeting with us.
How do I apply to adopt a dog?
Firstly take a look at the dogs we have available here. Each dog has its own record, with photos and information on the type of home they are looking for; please ensure that you read this information carefully before submitting an application. Most of the dogs will be at the rescue centre, but some will be in foster homes or commercial boarding kennels. Once you have completed an online application form a member of our welfare and adoption team will ring you for a chat. If we think you are a good match for one of our rescue dogs, we will make an appointment for you to come and meet the suitable matched dogs at our rescue centre in Cheadle, Staffordshire.
Are the dogs neutered and vaccinated?
All of our dogs are neutered (if over 2years), vaccinated, flea treated, wormed and microchipped prior to adoption. If the dog is under 2 years old, the adopter will be asked to sign a neutering contract and a subsidised neutering voucher can be provided in some cases. Our dogs also come with four weeks' free insurance.
Do you have a minimum age requirement for children?
We do not have age restrictions for dogs being adopted where there are children in the family. Each dog will have its own requirements for the ages of children.
My existing dog is not neutered, is this a problem?
We do not allow our dogs to go to homes with existing dogs that are not neutered unless this is for medical or behavioural reasons - if in doubt please enquire first. All LUOSKO German Shepherd Dog Rescue dogs are neutered if over 2 years old. We believe neutering is a key aspect of responsible dog ownership. We are also mindful that having an entire dog in the house could mean settling a new dog in and building their own canine relationships can be more difficult.
Can I adopt a dog if I work?
We will allow certain dogs to be adopted by full-time workers where specified in their adoption information. However, you must make arrangements for someone to visit during the day, e.g a dog walker/sitter. If the dog has been in a foster home it means that we do have an idea how each dog reacts to being left for certain periods of time. Please let us know what your "typical" day is like so we can try and match the right dog with your needs.
Do you allow dogs to be adopted for working purposes?
We do allow some of our our dogs to be adopted into working homes. We have official contacts with organisations such as Police and HMP services. If you are looking for a security patrol dog please speak with us to discuss as we only use one trusted outlet for NASDU qualifications and handlers.
How much is your adoption fee?
We ask for a minimum adoption fee of £350 per dog. This is an important contribution towards our general running costs and in some cases, may not even cover the cost of care that the dog has received from us.
Do I need to take my adopted dog to training classes?
We strongly encourage our adopters to treat our dogs as puppies no matter how old, so yes we recommend attending positive and reward-based training classes, especially for younger dogs.
We can assist with any appropriate training if required, however you are free to use alternative trainers.