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This lovely gentle, mature boy is Aka.
Aka came to the shelter in Portugal in a terrible state.  He had been found in the middle of nowhere (presumably abandoned) and his neck had horrendous injuries.  We believe it’s possible he may have been tied up and fought to get away.  He was underweight and very depressed.  He was also disorientated when walking. Happily, we were able to secure a foster home for him and his recovery began.  His neck healed very well and he now has one small area without hair which will not grow back.  He has gained weight and is a happier dog.  He does appear to have some arthritic problems fairly typical of a GSD of this age but he moves around well.  He sometimes shows some signs of confusion.  Despite all this, Aka is a lovely boy who just wants someone to love him and give him attention.  He is a sensible boy and doesn’t’ like change.  He is strong on a lead but may cope better with a harness.  Because he sometimes has jealousy issues with other dogs, he would be better in a one dog home.   He is tolerant with cats in his own home, but will chase cats that are outside.

His Best Points :

Lovely nature and friendly

Foster Report :


Aka is a lovely dog, who just needs someone to love.


Dog Details :

Breed :    GSD

Age :        7/8 years

Gender:   male

Height:    medium to large

Weight:    35 kg

Living with dogs :   no

Living with cats :    yes

Living with children :  not tested

Health:  Some Arthritis

Neutered:  yes

Current location
In a foster home in Portugal can travel to the UK once he has a home to go to


Adoption Fee : £185 – to be paid direct to the Portuguese rescue to cover travel costs via UK bank account


Adopting A DogWatch UK Rescue Dog

Before being adopted, dogs will have bee vaccinated, wormed and treated for fleas.
If old enough they will have been neutered, if too young the new owners will need to ensure this is done.
All dogs are microchipped
All new owners can apply for 4 weeks Pet Insurance  FREE, to be activated from the link on our website

For Rescue Dogs coming from overseas

This adoption fee is a contribution towards the costs of rescuing the dog including
– microchip, pet passport, vaccines, tests for South European diseases, neutering (IF OLD ENOUGH), parasite treatment and transport to the UK.
We can not home dogs from overseas to people who work full time or long hours, unless some sort of doggy day care is offered. They need someone at home a lot of the day, they are not used to being alone for long periods. A dog walker for an hour out of the day is not enough.
Leaving dogs a long time on their own means they are highly likely to develop separation anxiety which is distressing for them and everyone in their new home.

How to adopt a DogWatch UK Rescue Dog

For full details see our Adoption page 

To apply to adopt please fill in our adoption application