ADOPTABLE DOGS 

 

UPDATED JULY 16, 2018

WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH OUR APPLICATION SYSTEM.  IF YOU RECEIVE AN ERROR MESSAGE AFTER APPLYING, PLEASE EMAIL ilgsprescue@aol.com SO WE CAN CHECK THE STATUS.  SOME ARE GOING THROUGH DESPITE THE ERROR MESSAGE AND OTHERS ARE NOT.  CHROME SEEMS TO WORK BETTER IF YOU HAVE THAT OPTION.

YOU MUST BE AN ISR APPROVED ADOPTER TO REQUEST AND RECEIVE FURTHER INFORMATION ON OUR GSP'S. THE PROCESS WILL INCLUDE AN APPLICATION REVIEW, VET CHECK, AND HOME VISIT.  

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THERE MAY BE APPROVED ADOPTERS AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF THE ADOPTION PROCESS.  THERE MAY BE APPLICANTS AHEAD OF APPLICANTS WHO ARE STILL IN THE APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS, OR THOSE WHO ARE IN THE HOME VISIT STAGES. 

EXPRESSING AN INTEREST IN A PARTICULAR DOG ON AN APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT PARTICULAR GSP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF AN APPROVAL, OR THAT THE NEEDS OF THAT GSP MAY BE A MATCH TO AN APPLICANT'S PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

BECOMING AN ISR APPROVED ADOPTER OFFERS YOU THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN OUR NETWORK FOR A GSP THAT WILL MAKE A GREAT MATCH AND NEW FAMILY MEMBER FOR YOU.  TO START THE APPLICATION PROCESS, PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOUND ON THIS PAGE.  

 


MEET winston (FOSTERED IN MICHIGAN)***AVAILABLE***

More about Winston

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Winston will require a lot of exercise and will do well in a home with another dog with like energy.  Not sure about cats.  Older children might be acceptable; however, uncertain at this time.  Winstorn will require a physically fenced-in yard and no e-collars for any reason.

WINSTON’S STORY:

Winston is a male GSP, approximately 14 months old…so still pretty much a puppy with many puppy tendencies.  He weighs about 52 pounds and is house-trained and crate-trained.

When his foster dad submitted the information for this story on Winston, the very first thing he said was, “First off, he is a sweet and affectionate young GSP. Very friendly and not aggressive, and he LOVES to play!”  This intro to Winston is very telling of the loving, playful nature of this little guy.

Unfortunately, even though Winston is a very young GSP, his short life prior to coming to ISR was not a very happy one.  During the process of “training”, he was continually corrected inappropriately, causing him to become extremely fearful of e-collars and somewhat reluctant to participate in trainings at all. For these reasons, we strictly advise against Winston ever being subjected to e-collars or underground electric fences in his new home.

Currently, Winston knows the commands “sit” and “shake”, and his foster dad believes Winston will be happy to learn more with his new family if they will guide him in a loving, patient environment.  We always believe a dog and their new family will benefit from suitable dog behavior and obedience classes; however, we recommend these classes be overseen and taught by experienced, caring trainers who utilize proven techniques and know how a dog may respond to certain training methods. This is especially true for Winston.  It’s very likely his new family will want Winston to learn more commands and positive behaviors, therefore, we do recommend a good trainer with experience in handling dogs that have been subjected to bad/poor training techniques…dogs that may experience nervousness and become upset during trainings.

Winston isn’t currently in a home with children, but he has a very sweet personality and will likely be adaptable to children; however, we recommend he be homed with older children (8 or older).  The age and size of the children will be considered based on Winston’s energy level.  He’s very exuberant and is rough during play.  While we don’t think he’d intentionally harm a young child, he may cause a child to fall if he jumps up or runs into him.

Winston is crate-trained but he prefers to be with his people and not be crated at all.  Ha! Ha!  What dog wouldn't want his people instead?  He shows a moderate degree of separation anxiety when he’s left alone and crated.  4-5 hours is about his max.  He’ll whine when he first enters his crate but will usually settle down in a short amount of time.  He’ll also make a quick mess of anything cloth-like left in the crate.  Blankets become tattered shreds.  It may be best not to leave anything in his crate that can be destroyed.  Like most young dogs, Winston still loves to chew on just about anything he can find within his reach.  Supervision should be a priority, or items that aren’t meant for Winston may become his newest toy…with unfortunate results.  Best to keep Winston crated if he can’t be supervised for any length of time.

Winston hasn't shown any type of aggression with his foster dad or with his Weimaraner playmate, Zeus.  He LOVES to play, whether it be with his foster dad or Zeus.  Anytime, anywhere…play, play, play.  Please remember, Winston is only 14 months old…a younger GSP with puppy-like tendencies.  By this we mean he prefers to roughhouse during play time, chew on all his toys and blankets, play fetch forever, etc.  He’s very much like the Energizer GSP instead of the bunny!  Winston loves to play fetch with a ball, but he hasn’t quite mastered the idea that he must give it up if he wants it to be thrown again. smiley  He’d rather play tug-of-war with toys he brings back.  He’s rough and rambunctious with toys and during play with Zeus.  Kongs (with a little something inside to entice him) and strong, sturdy rope toys may be the best toys for Winston.

It appears that Winston, like most GSPs is very much a Velcro dog.  He definitely wants to keep an eye on his foster dad and will most likely be found hanging out near him.  His foster dad says he notices Winston keeps an eye on him most of the time…even when he’s playing with Zeus.

Winston does seem to exhibit some prey drive and has picked up squirrel scents on his leash walks.  He’s been seen sniffing out backyard squirrels and giving chase until the wily little squirrel (fast, too!) gets close enough to a tree to make a quick getaway.  Since he does show some prey drive, we’re not sure how Winston will behave with cats or small indoor pets.

Essentially, we want Winston to go to a family that wants a high-energy, puppy-like GSP to participate and share in their day-to-day activities.  Leash walks, hiking, swimming, etc.  Especially activities that will provide him the daily exercise he requires.  He will do great with another dog, but his new dog playmate should have the same energy level as Winston, or close to the same.

For Winston’s new family, there are 3 requirements that must be met.  His new family must be willing to shower Winston with 1) LOVE, 2) PATIENCE, and 3) UNDERSTANDING.  If you think Winston is the exact match for you and your family, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

  • Winston is up to date with routine shots and is house trained.
  • Winston is altered.

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MEET GEORGE  (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS)  ***ADOPTION PENDING***

More about George

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

George is male GSP, about 9 years old and has some health needs that are now managed by medication. ISR will work with an adopter to provide some financial assistance in the cost of his medication. 

George loves walking and would make a perfect companion walker.  

GEORGE’S STORY:

George is about 9 years old but still has plenty of energy to keep him on the go and interested in everything going on around him.  He came to ISR after he was found as a stray.  During his time with ISR, he received the food and medical attention he deserved to get him back to good health. 

We gave this boy the name of George, but not for any reason, other than he seemed like a George.  Since there are so many important/famous men by the name of George, you can decide which George matches the personality and good looks of our sweet, handsome George.  So many to pick from, too!  Let’s see…there’s George Washington, George Clooney (my personal favorite), George Bush (you pick which one), George Harrison of Beatle fame, George Michael (singer), George Carlin (comedian), George Takei (Star Trek), George Foreman (boxer and grill guru), George Burns (wonderful comedian), Boy George (singer) etc.  This list of famous Georges goes on and on.  You can decide which George you want to associate with him when you adopt him…which is exactly what we think you’ll want to do after you read more about him.

George is a white, liver spotted, medium-sized GSP with a long, natural tail. He gets along great with the other GSP living in his foster home. He’s content just to follow his buddy around and keep an eye on things in the yard.  He loves squeaky stuffed animals and doggy toys. Sometimes he’ll play keep away with you if you try to get one his adopted “babies” – all in good fun of course.  He doesn’t exhibit any aggressive tendencies with humans or animals in any situation.

George is prey-driven and will hurriedly check out the fence line for any sign or scent of something he can chase.  He loves being on the move in the yard!  When he’s first let out in the yard to get a bit of exercise and do his business, he runs full speed briefly, and then slows down to enjoy his time sniffing for intruders.  Click here to check him out his backyard.

We’re not sure how George will be with children or cats.  When he is greeted by strangers, he’s apprehensive and will back away and bark until he becomes more acquainted and comfortable with them.  If he were to be homed with a family that has children, George would need to be given time and space to allow a slow “getting to know you” period of time to ensure his comfort in a new setting.  George will also need to be in a family that has someone home with him more time than they are away from him.  When entering rescue, George experienced some separation anxiety which has markedly improved over time. He is crate-trained and accepts going into a crate with no problem.  

George loves his food and feeding time.  He loves his food so much that he’s quite the gobbler.  He’s recently been eating out of a cupcake/muffin tin with a little food in each cupcake holder.  This has helped slow down his eating and he doesn’t seem to mind taking the extra time to get each bit of food.  

George has the cutest tendency to carry things around with him.  The first thing he chooses to do when he’s released from his crate is to find something to carry around with him.  A shoe, squeaky toy, socks, food bowl, etc.  He’s not particular, just whatever’s closest that he can put in his mouth for a while. 

Even though George was a stray for a while, he seems to be a fast learner and knows commands, such as, sit, come, and fetch.  

George is a great big cuddler and likes to spend his “down time” relaxing under the covers, all sprawled out somewhere…sofas and chairs are prime real estate!  He also likes his fair share of loving and attention from his people – and sometimes more than his fair share.  He thinks nothing of scooting (better known as “pushing”) in front of his doggy brother to get ALL the pets and rubs.

Recently his foster mom sent us this update on George.  “George really likes to play, so his new family should make sure they’ll have the time to play with him.  He’s a real good boy, just a lover, with a long deadly tail!”  Maybe that’s why GSPs so often have their tails docked as puppies?  To protect their loved ones and their valuables?  Wink! Wink!  Of course, we know it’s not, but if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a happy, wriggling GSP with a long tail, you know what we mean. smiley

We’re at the end of our story for George, and by now you’re probably ready to check this guy out. 

Please make sure you complete our online adoption application if you’re interested in any of our rescues.

  • George is up to date with routine shots and is already house trained.
  • George is altered.

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PLEASE CONSIDER AdOPTING A GSP THAT IS HEARTWORM POSITIVE

FACT:  Heartworm disease, if detected early enough and treated correctly, is CURABLE.

ISR does not refuse to rescue a dog because it is heartworm positive.  Most often, we will not know a dog is heartworm positive until after he/she is in our rescue.  We accept these dogs because we know heartworm disease can be cured; however, it can be costly and the process to cure a dog of this illness is grueling for the dog and their caretaker.  Treatment of a badly infected heartworm dog can cost up to $1,000, but this does not prevent us from making every attempt to cure these deserving dogs and place them in their forever homes.

All of our GSP orphans have faced countless difficulties throughout their journey to us, but heartworm positive dogs have faced even more hardships because they have lived with this disease and fought the hard battle to beat it.  And beat it they have!

Meet Pepper and Jesse...

Both of these GSPs were heartworm positive dogs.  They were successfully treated by ISR, adopted, and are now living happy, active lives.  Read more about Pepper and Jessie on our News and Events page.

ISR prohibits the adoption of heartworm positive dogs that have not been treated and cured; however, at times, we may feature them with our adoptable dogs because one day soon, they will be ready for their forever home and are definitely worthy of your consideration.  Dogs cured of heartworm disease can live happy, high quality lives.  Heartworm disease is very common in the United States, so we are in need of caring adopters like you that are willing to open their home to a dog that has had heartworm disease. We believe our cured heartworm dogs have as much to offer their new adopters as any of our GSPs, and also deserve a chance at a new life.

If you’re unable to consider adopting any of our orphans at this time, but wish to support our efforts, please click this DONATE link for more information.  Thank you for your consideration and assistance.