German Shepherd Rescue Victoria Inc. is a registered charity made up of a committee of experienced people who are passionate about the rescuing and rehoming of our beloved GSDs, to loving forever homes. We are a not for profit organisation made up solely of volunteers who donate their time and energy to our cause.
Our mission is to use all our available resources to rescue and rehome as many GSDs as we possibly can within Victoria. We aim to save dogs from being euthanised, abandoned or neglected, and we are committed to ensuring they are rehomed to safe and loving homes. Along with our core objectives, we are also committed to supporting the public with advice, referrals and education.
A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT GSRV
How do we do this?
Through a network of volunteers made up of transporters, foster carers, dog trainers/behaviourists,administrators, fundraisers and donators who all work together to make this happen.
Where do we get our dogs from?
Our dogs come from a variety of sources such as: owners wishing to surrender their dog, GSDs whohave found themselves in pounds or shelters, and via referrals from other rescues.
How does the process work?
Once first contact has been made, we organise for a behavioural and health assessment to be completed by one of our trained volunteers. Following the assessment, we match the dog to a family on our waiting list, or advertise it in order to find a forever home. Ideally, we then transport the dog directly to its forever home, avoiding the need for foster care. If a dog coming into our care requires Veterinary care or behavioural support, we generally transport to an experience foster carer until such time that it is ready to go to a forever home. When in foster care, the rescue pays for all food, beds, collars, leads and Veterinary treatment.
What do we need to make this happen?
We have wonderful volunteers and foster carers to help us. Without the kindness and generosity of people, we could not do the work we do. As with all rescues, we also rely significantly on donations. The cost of Veterinary treatment is by far our greatest expense however, we also use donations to pay for food and supplies, to equip our foster carers with what they need to care for our dogs.
MEET THE TEAM
We are a team of dedicated and passionate professionals,
ready to do what ever it takes to ensure the best possible welfare for German Shepherds.
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
VP, MEDICAL & DOG BEHAVIOUR COORDINATOR
Three years ago, her life was impacted significantly when she rescued Georgie. Watching how far a troubled dog could come in only a few months, Ange wanted to do more! How could she help more German Shepherds just like Georgie? The obvious answer was to start her own rescue; and in 2014, German Shepherd Rescue Victoria was founded.
A Vet Nurse for many years, Trisha is also a qualified canine behaviouralist, specializing in scientifically proven reward based training techniques. At GSRV Trisha assists foster and adopt homes with behavioural and medical support. Normally she has at least one, often more, of our Foster dogs living with her for rehabilitation before rehoming. Her beautiful natured GSD "Finn" has been the saviour of many a stressed and frightened rescue dog that arrives at Trisha’s home.
Majda joined GSRV in January 2015 as a volunteer desperately wanting to help make a difference to the breed she loves in memory of her beloved GSD, Bodene.
Having grown up with, and loved animals all her life, it comes as no surprise that she is mum to two furbabies, Maddy, a cheeky GSD and Spawn, a senior Rottweiler also referred to as “the other German”.
ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE COORDINATOR
Gary joined GSRV in January 2015 after realizing the team were so busy running around saving dogs that no one had time to do the ‘boring’ things like bookkeeping and governance, with all the strict requirements for charities this is of course an essential role. Gary offered his services and the Committee enthusiastically accepted his offer.
Fundraising, Marketing & Social Media
Jacqui first came across GSRV on Facebook and applied to volunteer as a foster carer. It wasn’t long before she joined the Committee raising well needed funds and working on marketing with a focus on social media.
Jacqui enjoys engaging directly with all of the wonderful followers and supporters of GSRV via our Facebook page.
Hayley decided to get into rescue when she learnt about back yard breeding after purchasing her first puppy who had many medical issues. She has since made it her mission to better the lives of German Shepherds in need and to educate on the risks of buying backyard bred dogs.
Tea's love of German Shepherd started from an early age and ever since she has had a GSD by her side. Tea has recently joined us at GSRV as the Volunteers Coordinator and is very passionate about the rescuing and rehoming of her favorite breed. Tea is the proud mum of three fur-babies, Diesel the GSD, Kelly the Rotti and Milly the Chinchilla Cat!
Sophie joined GSRV in its very early days contributing towards the establishment of the Rescue’s operational and administration platforms, along with the role of Social Media Co-ordinator.
Her journey has seen her move into the role of Surrender Coordinator, managing the sometimes difficult and heartbreaking role coordinating dogs surrendered into GSRV.