ADOPTABLE DOGS 

UPDATED JANUARY 16, 2018

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.  

 

Please check back soon!  We rescue dogs continually and plan to have

new arrivals and their stories posted in the next few days!

 

MEET doc jr. (FOSTERED IN michigan)***AVAILABLE***

More about Doc Jr.

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Doc Jr. is a young male, about a 1 year old, with a medium energy level.  Good with other dogs, but he prefers them to be well-behaved.  Seems unaffected when around cats.  Recommend a home without loud, young, children and a fenced yard.  Will require patient owners who enjoy having a snuggler on or near them.  Loves being with people.

DOC JR.’S STORY:

Doc Jr. is a medium-sized, young male GSP, weighing about 45 pounds.  He’s about a year old and is a beautiful black and white ticked boy with a very handsome face.

Doc Jr. is our Christmas miracle story for the year of 2018.  When he joined his ISR foster family, it appeared as though he was scared and wary of everybody and everything.   He had to be carried from car to car because he was afraid to move.  Loud sounds and roars (airplanes, doors closing, gun fire, etc.) would startle and frighten him.  It was clear to his foster family that Doc Jr.’s previous life was one that left him a bit broken, for sure. They knew he would need some TLC if he was to overcome these fears and be able to lead the life he was meant to lead…that of a beloved pet for his forever family one day soon.

And this is where our Christmas miracle happens.  It just so happens Doc Jr. was placed with a foster family that understood how to work with a dog like Doc, or more precisely, how to love a dog like Doc Jr. They’ve been able to provide him with all the love, patience, kindness, and TLC he’s needed to finally overcome most of the triggers that caused him such fears when he first arrived at ISR.  Doc Jr. has transformed into a loving, snuggling, Velcro GSP that is ready to find his perfect forever family.  While he still has a few issues with noises, we believe he’s ready to transition to a family that recognizes the fact that while he has come a long way, he’ll still require patience, love, and understanding.

Doc’s perfect home and family should be one without young, loud children. While Doc is showing huge improvements every day, we feel it best he not be exposed to the hubbub of young children running and playing on a daily basis.

Doc is crate trained and accepts staying in his kennel if he must be left alone, and he will generally sleep there at night, too.  He gets along very well with other dogs but prefers they not “be in his face” or aggressive towards him. You can tell he prefers well-adjusted, happy doggy playmates.Doc’s been playing with one of his foster dog siblings exclusively. This dog is also still young (3 years), while the other two are older (8 and 10).  Doc’s foster family also has a cat and he hasn’t shown much interest in his feline roommate.  He hasn’t tried to chase her or act aggressively towards her when she’s in the area.

Doc Jr. has become a true Velcro dog and loves nothing better than being with his people.  He cuddles and loves sitting next to them with his head on their knee, or on the couch curled up under a blanket.  He’s such a sweetheart and has become very trusting, even allowing his fosters to dress him up for Christmas (shown in picture above).  He also loves playing and running in the yard.  Here’s a short video of him during one of his daily yard explorations.

Doc Jr. isn’t food motivated, so training reinforcement must come with soft and happy encouragement rather than the easy to give treat, but he’s learning quickly.  He is house trained and hasn’t had any accidents.

One quirk that is still a work in progress with Doc Jr., however, is that he still has some issues with doorways.  Doc wants to run in and out of the doorway very quickly.  So quickly, in fact, his fosters have learned to make sure he has a clear path so they don’t accidentally get run over by him.  Poor little guy.  It’s quite likely Doc Jr. equates going through the doorway with something very traumatic to him…something that happened in his past life.  While we’re very saddened to think that something awful has happened to our sweet little Doc Jr., since it’s Christmas and he is our Christmas miracle, this scene also makes us think just a tiny bit of the silly Christmas song, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.  In this case, it’s Fosters Got Run Over by a Doc Jr.  Rest assured, however.  Doc Jr. is getting better about his exit and entrance maneuvers.  His fosters are working with him daily on this behavior and he’s learning that plowing into others (human or animal) in the doorway just isn’t good manners. smiley

While we believe ALL our rescues are miracles, Doc Jr. is a true Christmas miracle for ISR.   This little guy has made huge progress and has started exhibiting so many of the GSP traits and qualities that make the breed so lovable and enjoyable.  So, on this Christmas day, we’re offering Doc Jr. for adoption and are looking for his forever family.  When we think about how he came to us and what he has become now, we know it’s time to let him go and grow with a family that has an abundance of patience and love to give to him. 

Doc Jr. will be happiest in a home with one other, well behaved and well-adjusted, dog. He likes to play and has many good years ahead of him.  With the right family he’ll continue to come out of his shell and learn more about the positives of life and what it has to offer him. His foster family is sad to see him go, but they know he’s going to make the right family the BEST companion.  In their communications with us, they said, “Doc Jr. is sweet and gentle, and deserves the happiest home!”  They’ve had nothing but great things to say about Doc Jr., even with his rough start…they’ve seen first hand what a sweet boy he can be for the right family.

Do you have a big heart, patience and lots of love to give to a dog like Doc Jr.?  If so, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

  • Doc Jr. is up to date with routine shots and is house trained.
  • Doc Jr. 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.