Welcome to Ilinois Shorthair Rescue
We believe there is a special place for all unwanted and discarded German Shorthaired Pointers. 
Each one deserves a second chance at finding a forever home.

Illinois Shorthair Rescue is a non-profit breed rescue group serving Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.  Our mission is to help German Shorthaired Pointers in need; place them in responsible, loving homes, and educate the public about the breed.  We save GSPs from animal control facilities, humane societies, and neglect, cruelty, or owner give-up situations. Our rescued dogs get loving care and needed medical attention. They are fostered in private homes and live indoors as family companions while they wait for their forever homes. 

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Emmy is between 4 and 6 years old, weighs about 60 pounds, and as you can see from her picture, is a beautiful black and white GSP.  She loves people and gets and A+++ in the personality area.  Her foster mom refers to her as a "little doll." Check out our Adoptable Dogs page for more information on Emmy and all of our other rescues. EMMY IS ADOPTED






Every orphan listed on our Adoptable Dogs page is in rescue, instead of a scary shelter...or worse, because someone decided to open their home and heart and foster.  Fostering is our greatest need, and we can only save as many dogs as we have foster homes available.  We especially need foster homes in the Chicagoland area, although we welcome homes from downstate Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.  Fosters prepare the rescue dog for their forever home.  We provide support, cover all vet care and other expenses. Look on the website under Volunteer for more info. on Volunteer Fostering.  Interested or have questions?  Email  Our future rescue dogs thank you from the bottom of their hearts!


Illinois Shorthair Rescue


As you shop throughout the year on, support ISR! Just shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon’s charitable giving site.  You’ll find the same low prices, wide selection, and shopping convenience as on, a 0.5% of your purchase price will go to ISR. To shop at AmazonSmile, go to from your web browser or mobile device. On your first visit, designate ISR as the charity that will receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Then shop away! Every eligible purchase you make at results in a donation to help us rescue more sweet shorties.

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Pictured below are 2 ISR rescues awaiting their forever families,

and we also have 2 GSP mixed-breed puppies available for adoption.

To read about them, and all rescues available for adoption, click HERE.




Find out more about upcoming events on NEWS AND EVENTS.

Can't adopt right now?  There are many other ways you can help! If you order from, you can help ISR orphans simply by designating ISR as your charity recipient through their SMILE program (free at  Detailed information is included on the left side of this page.

How about fostering for ISR? People are abandoning GSPs faster than we can rescue them...especially when we don't have fosters to take them in.  Regardless of how many foster homes we have, it seems we are always in desperate need of more.  Please consider fostering…even short-term fostering is helpful.

Can't foster?  We also need help transporting our rescues, and recruiting new ISR fosters/volunteers.  If you're interested in one of these opportunities, please complete the appropriate application found under the VOLUNTEER tab on this page.

Still looking for something?  Monetary donations are always needed and welcomed.  Please help spread the word about never know who is waiting in the wings for an opportunity to volunteer and contribute to such a worthwhile cause.

Thank you!


  • For the fastest response to inquiries, please Email ISR.
  • Before we share information about specific dogs, you must be an approved adopter with ISR. This includes a completed and verified application and home visit. The process may take approximately 3-4 weeks to complete. Please Apply here. 
  • Once you’re approved, you may request information on available dogs. Please check your email for correspondence from ISR.