I've finally acted and as of 28th March I will be joining the Lost Dog's Home. As a volunteer of course.
I didn't get the job at the boutique apparently because I am "a smoker." I have been informed that by law I shouldn't have been required to answer that question, but crap happens I guess. First job I've ever not got, so that was a huge shock to my ego, I must admit.
Have had a good talk with the head honcho, and she has explained they do get a few GSD's in there looking for new homes, so that will be my main focus. The vet who does all the work for them happens to be my vet too, so I'm really quite happy about that!
It will give me something to do other than renovating.