Our Mission

Rescue A German Shepherd (RAGS) is a small group of volunteers with a common goal: to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome German Shepherd Dogs (and mixed breed shepherds). Dogs who, through no fault of their own, are confronted with the loss of their home and family. Many of these animals also face death or an uncertain future in high volume, open-admission animal sheltering facilities.

Our efforts extend to adoptable purebred German Shepherd Dogs as well as mixed breed shepherd dogs. We also strive to assist older shepherds, and shepherds that are injured or who suffer from illness or other chronic conditions, whenever resources permit. We are mindful of the fact that darker colored dogs at shelters are often overlooked by prospective adopters and rescues, regardless of their health, behavior or temperament, a phenomenon known as “black dog syndrome.” We try especially hard to accommodate these individuals, knowing that the lack of consideration given to them may ultimately cost them their lives, an undeserved tragedy, as black dogs make good, loving  companions just as other dogs do.

Help us save the life of a German Shepherd. If you are interested in adopting one of our German Shepherds please fill out the online application.

Animal Homelessness

Mindy-01thmbThe reasons for animal homelessness are many, and seldom reflect on the behavior, temperament or physical condition of the animal needing rescue. Pet owners who have lost their job, home, marriage, or health are often faced with a need to relinquish their animal companion. Many of the shepherds in our rescue were admitted to shelters after being picked up as strays by animal control officers or concerned citizens. After we get to know these former strays, it is clear in most cases that they were once family pets that lost their way and were never found or reclaimed by their former family.

RAGS Rescue, Care and Training

Home-Bowie-01thmbThe care that we provide to our rescue dogs includes spaying/neutering, vaccinations, heart worm testing, treatment and prevention, and deworming. All dogs are micro-chipped. Those that have an illness, infection, or injury receive needed veterinary treatment. At any given time, it is not unusual for us to have in our care an older or debilitated dog requiring more extraordinary care. These are our sanctuary dogs. We also work with a professional trainer to provide our rescue pets with the socialization and skills that are often needed for a successful transition to their new forever home.


RAGS is a Midwest German Shepherd rescue organization located  in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. We are always in need of dedicated volunteers who share our purpose. If you are interested in volunteering please visit Help Us Help Them!Thank you for your interest.


German Shepherd Rescue 

Meet Our Adoptable Dogs

 What people are saying about RAGS

RAGS is a top notch rescue.  They went above and beyond to make sure we were successful in transitioning Keeler into our home.  We just love him and feel so lucky to have such a wonderful dog.
The Hewitt Family, adopter

Monty…. Saying a walk would be fun or just wanting to stare at me with a goofy smile on his face, looking for a treat, a hug or chasing a squirrel.  A bit of distinguished gray here and there, delightful, sweet, and full of cheer.  Thank you RAGS for this once-in-a-lifetime, great big, beautiful, special and loving dog, Mr. Monty Man.
Jamee C., adopter

Everything is going extraordinarily well here.  Asher loves just about everything to be honest — he is truly fantastic to work with.  I really feel like you were extraordinarily objective and your support of Asher, Dana and me was way beyond the call.  Thank you so very much.
Joel G., adopter.


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