A German Shepherd Dog rescue charity in South Lanarkshire that
has been struggling to cope with a combination of falling interest
in the breed and increasing numbers of dogs needing its help, has
been awarded a £6,000 grant from the Kennel Club Charitable
Once one of the most popular breeds in the UK, the German
Shepherd Dog has seen numbers of puppies registered with the Kennel
Club decline year on year, falling from almost 15,000 ten years
ago, to just 8,500 last year. Despite this, German Shepherd Rescue
Scotland, a Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisation, has continued to
see high numbers of the breed needing its help.
The £6,000 grant will go towards kennelling and veterinary fees
at German Shepherd Rescue Scotland, funds that are desperately
needed as the charity is inundated with dogs needing their help.
Dogs such as long term residents Cleo and Georgie, who have been
with the charity for over two and a half years between them, will
benefit from the grant.
A typical German Shepherd Dog, Cleo is sweet natured and full of
energy. She desperately needs a home where she can get the exercise
and attention she deserves and requires. She has been looking for a
home for over 20 months. Gillian Cowe from German Shepherd Rescue
Scotland explains: "Cleo is a really loving girl with people and
just wants affection. She has a great nose and would love to do
some tracking, hill walking or even agility where she can use up
her energy. One of our volunteers took Cleo for a trip to the beach
- she loved playing in the sea and chasing and retrieving a plastic
bottle from the water.
"Cleo is a brilliant character and simply needs an active owner
who understands the importance of training and socialisation."
Georgie has been with the charity for thirteen months, after she
was found by the police tied up on one of the busiest roundabouts
in the area where she had been abused by passing local yobs and
drunks. Gillian says: "Georgie still suffers the signs of abuse and
is nervous when people come in to her kennel, but when she feels
safe she is happy for snuggles and belly rubs. She craves
The German Shepherd Dog is just one of a number of breeds that
has fallen out of fashion in the UK. The Kennel Club recently
announced figures that showed historically popular breeds are being
pushed out in favour of foreign breeds such as the French Bulldog
and Siberian Husky.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary says: "The German Shepherd
is a wonderful breed, with a fantastic nature. They make great
working dogs, which is why they are a popular choice for police and
army dogs, but unfortunately this image has made the breed a little
intimidating for some. Yet owners will tell you this couldn't be
further from the truth.
"The German Shepherd is a very intelligent and energetic breed
and they make loving pets."
German Shepherd Rescue Scotland has a number of dogs that need
rehoming - if you would be interested in rehoming a German
Shepherd, or would like to donate to the charity, please visit www.german-shepherd-rescue-scotland.org.uk/.
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has donated more than £8
million to help improve the lives of dogs since it was established
in 1987. The Trust awards grants to welfare organisations which
make a difference to dogs' lives, such as German Shepherd Rescue
Scotland, and also provides financial support to canine scientific
research and support charities.