RETTUNGS-HAUS SHEPHERDS, INC. 
Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based German Shepherd Breed Specific Rescue, located in Kenosha, WI.  We rescue, rehabilitate, and find placement for German Shepherds. 
                     RETTUNGS-HAUS SEARCH & RESCUE
Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. is an Independent Ground Search & Rescue Unit, based in Kenosha, WI.  A dedicated group of professional volunteers, and support personnel with K9 resources trained in HRD (Human Remains Detection) and Trailing.
We Back the Blue

Foster a German Shepherd 


Thank you for offering to open your heart and home to a German Shepherd from Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. We are a not-for-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to the rescue of German Shepherds in need.  The German Shepherds are then placed in foster homes until we approve their forever home.  


Once medically cleared, socialization begins and are reiterated on a daily basis both in the foster home and by attending classes sponsored through Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. 

Training is a lifetime commitment of which Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. is committed to offering and supporting long after the adoption process has been completed.


All Adoptions are spayed and neutered and up to date on vaccinations, heartworm, and are microchipped.  Our shepherds have also started basic obedience skills through Rettungs-Haus with our dedicated group of volunteers.  All monies received for adoptions are reinvested toward the works of Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. which allows us to rescue other German Shepherds in need.  This donation is non-refundable.  

​The following information will allow us to determine what dog will be the most compatible with your family and lifestyle. The dog's welfare is our primary consideration when completing an adoption therefore, some applicants may be refused if we feel our criteria is not met.  Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. reserves the right to refuse an applicant without further explanation.


If you live at a rented residence, we will need an approval letter from your landlord allowing a German Shepherd to be on the premises; as landlord's insurance providers may contain breed specific policies. Please note, we do not write letters for Emotional Support Animals, and we can only provide documentation for dogs having completed our Service Dog Program.

Requirements To Become a German Shepherd Foster

Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. desires qualified fosters and adopters for the many shepherds in need of being rescued and placed in a loving home. Since we do not board any of our rescues, we offer a foster-to-adopt option; which allows us to immediately place a dog in need. We make every effort to insure when pulling a dog, to consider the foster's lifestyle and capabilities. 



NOTE: We appreciate your patience in this process as we are a volunteer based organization.  

To be considered as a foster home for our organization, you must meet the following requirements:


  • Be 21 years of age or older.

  • If you rent your home you must have consent from your landlord to have a German Shepherd.

  • Have all dogs in the home up to date on vaccinations.

  • Agree to have a home visit done by one of our volunteers.  The volunteer will need to see the areas of the home where the dog will be allowed and also visit with family members and current pets.

​You must also agree to the following conditions: 

  • Have the dog wear a Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. ID tag on collar at all times.

  • Never allow the foster dog to be off leash when it is outdoors, unless it is in a securely fenced in area, and that you will be with them at all times while outdoors, regardless of relieving themselves or to play.

  • Have the foster dog reside in the home, not outside.  The foster dog may NOT be left outdoors if you are not at home. This includes outdoor kennel runs.

  • Walk the dog a minimum of 30 minutes, twice per day.

  • Never allow foster dog to be left unattended with young children, or individuals not approved by Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc.

  • Transport the dog to their veterinary appointments.

  • Keep the dog and their belongings clean and in good condition.

  • While we do not hold adoption events, we do ask that you're able to attend weekly training sponsored by Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. as this is a vital component of their rehabilitation and success.


​​Applying to foster for Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the above.​


Please click below to request a FOSTER APPLICATION. 

We look forward to helping you find the right German Shepherd for your family and lifestyle. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 


​Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc.