About Us


Thank you so much for stopping by! Many of you are interested in news about Sadie, the rescued dog who had been abused. We have created a Facebook page about the rescue. Please "like" it to follow Sadie's progress.


Good news to report! Sadie was adopted by an awesome family in December, 2012! They have promised us updates, so follow Sadie and her story (and our other adoptable animals) on Facebook.

If you're interested in making a donation toward our work, you can do so at the paypal website.



Adopting A Friend

Adoption Fees

All adoption fees are considered donations and are non-refundable.


Under a year: $300.00

Over a year and under seven years: $250.00

Senior dogs (over seven years): $200.00.

Includes: spay/neuter, distemper, bordatella, rabies vaccinations, heartworm testing, deworming, flea/tick treatments as necessary, and microchipping.

CATS: $75 - $100. Includes: microchip, spay/neuter, distemper and rabies vaccinations, feline leukemia and FIV combo testing, deworming, and flea/tick treatments as necessary.

We are committed to controlling the animal population, so our animals are spayed and neutered at the time of adoption! In the unlikely event we adopt out an animal who is not spayed or neutered, a $75 refundable deposit must be given at the time of adoption. When a confirmation letter of the spay or neuter is received from the vet, your deposit will be returned to you.

**Some exceptions apply. All other animal adoption fees are on an individual basis.

Who We Are

Who we are

Wisconsin German Shepherd Rescue initially began in 1991. We were the first and only rescue for German Shepherds in the state at that time. Our mission was to help abused, neglected, and/or abandoned German Shepherds to find a new home for the rest of their life.

Eventually, we started taking in birds and farm animals also. To reflect that, we changed our name to Fur-Ever Friends Animal Sanctuary in 2011. In late 2013, we changed our name back to Wisconsin German Shepherd Rescue.

To date, WGSR/Fur-Ever Friends has placed over 2500 loving pets in new homes.

Mission Statement

The mission of Wisconsin German Shepherd Rescue is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, prevent cruelty, and find permanent, adoptive homes for abused, abandoned, neglected, or unwanted animals. We also take in sick or injured animals, and work to rehabilitate them so they can be placed into loving homes. Some of the species we've worked with besides dogs and cats are donkeys, horses, ducks, llamas, peacocks, roosters, goats, sheep, pot belly pigs, primates, tortoises, ferrets, chinchillas, rabbits, emus, and exotic birds. Our goal is to work toward a more compassionate society and we are dedicated to creating a better relationship between people and animals. We are a private, non-profit, humane organization located in Appleton, Wisconsin.


Come Visit Us

Currently Accepting

We specialize in German bred, high drive, working line German Shepherds, although we also take other dogs, cats, farm animals, and monkeys as availability allows!


You can help!

Wisconsin German Shepherd Rescue is always looking for foster homes and volunteers to come out and socialize the dogs and cats. If interested, please contact the rescue. It is an amazing experience to help the unfortunate homeless pets, and the reward is unconditional love.

Contact Wisconsin German Shepherd Rescue (Formerly Fur-Ever Friends Animal Rescue)


Available Animals

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