South West Florida German Shepherd Rescue
Founded South West Florida German Shepherd Rescue in 2007. Our Rescue implemented its program in early 2008. To date in the past 7 years we have adopted out well over 525 pure bred German Shepherd dogs (as of 12/20/14) and about 10 not so pure bred, but tremendous four legged friends. We operate the rescue with dogs received from shelters and from owner turn-ins.
These dogs primarily come from an area just south of Tampa, to just South of Naples Florida including DeSoto County and the LaBelle area.
To take in discarded or turned-in German Shepherd Dogs, give them a positive environment, healthy food, medical attention, socialization and lots of love and understanding in order to find them new forever homes in our local communities and throughout the State. We are breed specific but at times fall in love with a dog or two that are not GSD’s but that require and are deserving of our help.
We seek qualified families and individuals who wish to own German Shepherd dogs. If you wish to adopt, please send us an email to schedule a qualification interview in Punta Gorda FL. The interviews are held at our home in Punta Gorda. Our ideal adopter is someone who has had a GSD in their past and knows the breed. We seek people who believe in training and the proper care of these great dogs. We especially want and NOW REQUIRE people who get dogs from us to dedicate the appropriate time and resources to train the dog. We do collect money from local residents to join the Peace River Dog Fanciers club for basic training at the time of adoption. The fee is $90 (for 6 weeks of basic training in Punta Gorda) if training is done with Southwest Florida K9 services or “Breezy” or Michelle in Naples, the fee is $165 for 6 weeks. If you live in Ft myers, Cape Coral or the Naples area these are the applicable fees which are collected at the time of adoption. For those outside the area we ask that you agree to find a local facility and to begin training immediately. We require that people we adopt to have the resources for the medical any physical health costs of the animal. We will not rent to apartment dwellers without a certified letter from their landlord permitting them to own a GSD and have it on site. We especially want people who will provide the kindness, compassion, love and affection these dogs crave in a forever home. Since there is a national shortage of heart worm medicine, we require all adopters to document that they have purchased 1 year of HeartGuard or equivalent medication from your vet before the adoption is done.