UPDATED August 8, 2019





Illinois Shorthair Rescue is in the process of rescuing numerous GSPs. In an effort to get their availability out to you as soon as possible, we’ll be listing our newest dogs as Sneak Peeks until we become better acquainted with them and can update their stories.  Be sure to scroll down the page to read all the stories about our rescues.


More about Bailey


Bailey is an all-around easy keeper with high prey-drive.  Good with other dogs of medium or larger size; she might view smaller dogs as prey.  Not good with cats, but good with kids and people.  Fenced yard for her to run and “hunt”.


Bailey is an 8-year-old black ticked female GSP weighing approximately 75 pounds.  She’s a bit larger for a GSP with a beautiful shiny coat and a shining personality to match.

Bailey is an easy keeper, laid back, and loving!  She LOVES her people, unless there’s a chipmunk or some other creature around.  Then she’s off to the races…or should we say…off to the hunt.  Very high prey drive and as far as she’s concerned, any little animal within her space is fair game for a game of “let’s see if you can outrun me!”  When she’s in the yard she’s constantly checking the perimeter and stalking around hoping to make a surprise attack on some unsuspecting animal.  Luckily, at least for the prey, Bailey isn’t as fast as she probably once was, so more often than not, it’s just a fun game for Bailey.  But not so much for the chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits and cats!  By the way, Bailey isn’t cat friendly. ?

Bailey is a dignified “middle-aged” GSP, but don’t let her age fool you, and don’t be fooled by the writer using “dignified” in this sentence.  Dignified doesn’t mean prim and genteel.  As a matter of fact, she still acts much younger than her age and her energy level is indicative of a younger dog.  She still has plenty of energy and will make anybody who likes a bit of activity a great exercise partner.  She loves having a fenced backyard where she can run.  Leash walks are exciting for her, too, but be sure to hold on firmly when you’re out and about.  She’s a strong girl and if she sees anything that resembles prey, she may bolt and take you along for a bit of jog that you weren’t expecting. wink

Bailey is very healthy because she came from a very loving background and only ended up with ISR because her former owner died suddenly, leaving Bailey orphaned.  sad  However, from all accounts, Bailey’s former owner loved her VERY much and treated her affectionately, kindly, and with great respect.  He adored her as does her foster mom.  Her previous kind and loving treatment shows in her personality.  She absolutely LOVES being with people and is gentle with children.  She’s truly and angel with an extremely sweet disposition and personality.

Bailey loves to run in the yard, but she doesn’t show much interest in dog toys or playing fetch.  She’s a typical Velcro GSP and if she isn’t running in the yard, she’s often found shadowing her foster mom.  Bailey is crate-trained and has never attempted to grab or destroy anything in the house that isn’t hers.  When her fosters must leave the house without Bailey, she shows no separation anxiety.  When they return, they typically find her sitting by the window waiting for them.  Her favorite resting place is on the couch next to her people.

Bailey came to us with some understanding of basic commands and already knows, “sit”, “no”, and “off”.  Full disclaimer here…Bailey doesn’t always seem to understand the concept of “off”.  Or maybe she just doesn’t want to understand because she’s just too excited to see her people and just can’t help herself!  Her foster mom has been working on making Bailey stay off when she’s told and since Bailey is very food motivated, we’re pretty sure her foster mom will have Bailey getting 100% of her “offs” very soon now.

Bailey is such a sweetheart and her foster mom has totally enjoyed having her and watching her as she adapts to this newest “chapter” of Bailey’s Book on Lifesmiley  Even though her foster mom loves having Bailey, she can’t keep Bailey permanently and is hoping someone reading this story realizes Bailey is meant to be their new treasure and will contact us.  We’d love nothing more than to find the right family for Bailey.  A family that will give her all the love and adoration she deserves…the great life she deserves while exploring new adventures she can add as new “chapters” to her book.

If you're interested in this sweet girl or any of our dogs, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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More about Roseanne (Rosie)


Roseanne, a.k.a. Rosie, is currently a very timid dog and will require gentleness and a lot of patience!  A year-old GSP puppy who needs training and plenty of exercise.  Is currently a “runner” if the door is open and can jump a 4 ft. chain link fence.  Will need total supervision until fully trained to stay in yard and within fenced area.  An active family with previous GSP puppy experience would be ideal.


Roseanne (Rosie) was a year-old on July 25thHAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, ROSIE!  She’s a smaller GSP at 38.2 lbs., but is every bit a busy, active GSP puppy with all the tendencies puppies exhibit.

Rosie gets along well with other dogs, but the larger the dog, the more intimidated and submissive she becomes.  We’re not sure if she would be good with cats, but she does exhibit a high prey-drive in the yard and on walks.  She happily chases all types of Mother Nature’s smaller living “Rosie toys” when she happens upon them on her outings.  Among her favorite are squirrels, chipmunks, birds, rabbits, gnats, flies, and lightning bugs.  Hmmm, I guess that means anything and everything she finds in her space.  LOL!

Because of Rosie’s timid nature, she naturally reacts in a scared, withdrawn manner when she’s around loud noises and if she’s being corrected with a too loud voice.  Her foster mom even says, “it breaks my heart if I have to raise my voice too loudly to correct Rosie because she just drops whatever she had (that she shouldn’t have) and sulks away with her tail between her legs and finds a place to lie down.” ?At this time, we assume Rosie will react this way if placed in a home with a lot of noise and smaller, loud children; however, we also believe she wouldn’t hurt any children if she’s adopted by a family who has younger kids.  Older children who understand not to run and yell at her would probably be ideal.

Rosie is crate-trained, as you can see by the photo above of her in her crate along with her foster family’s dog and her new buddy.  She’s not thrilled about her crate but will go in if prodded.  Rosie isn’t food motivated, so training her to go inside a crate has been a little bit more of a challenge, but she’s catching on quickly.  And since food motivation isn’t a thing for Rosie, it’s also more of a challenge to train her in basic dog obedience.  No food drive and submissiveness to loud voices = bigger challenges right now when working with Rosie. 

But wait… please don’t be misled by our little Rosie’s story so far!  Rosie is absolutely worth every ounce of energy and love you can shower her with.  You see, even though Rosie has some naughtier puppy tendencies her foster mom has nothing but praise and loving words for Rosie’s true personality.  Rosie’s foster mom says this about Rosie’s personality: “Rosie is so sweet and extremely loving.  She loves to be held and petted while on my lap and is a great snuggler. She doesn’t bark or whine and is calm and quiet for the most part.  And a big plus is she doesn’t counter surf or get in the garbage!”

Rosie is beginning to understand how much fun dog toys and chew toys can be.  She didn’t really know what to do with them when she first arrived, but she’s learned to love her squeaky toys and will toss them and run after them when she’s playing on her own.  As Rosie becomes more confident and secure in her foster home with her foster family, she’s quickly showing signs of being happier and more energetic.  True puppy energy, which of course, brings along puppy “naughtiness”.  If you don’t watch her, just like all puppies, she thinks everything within her reach is a “Rosie toy.”  Items such as shoes, socks, clothes, jackets, and wallets.  Uh-oh.  Hope that wallet was a “just before payday” wallet…pretty empty! ??

Rosie and her new family will benefit significantly by attending obedience classes together.  Because she isn’t food motivated and is overly sensitive with raised voices and loud noises, her foster family hasn’t spent a lot of time training her yet.  A professional/knowledgeable trainer who understands dogs with a timid and withdrawn personality will be of great benefit to Rosie and her family.  Attending classes, along with additional “homework” outside of class, is also a wonderful way to bond with Rosie and provide her the opportunity to trust her new family.  Oftentimes, puppies and dogs enjoy being a “dog with a mission”, meaning they truly like having mental tasks to undertake, too.  Mental exercises along with an adequate amount of physical exercise (a lot for a puppy like Rosie), will help her new family mold a well-adjusted and happy little Rosie!

Rosie is used to walking on a leash…or should we say running?  Her foster family currently keeps her on a 30’ lead while on walks so she can run while they trot.  Wow…trotting…now that’s commitment by our wonderful, energetic fosters!  LOL!  Obviously, an active family that enjoys running and/or hiking will be a perfect match for Rosie’s energy level.  However, since she is currently a flight risk, having her on a secured lead is currently the best way for Rosie to get running exercise…which she LOVES!

We’re not sure if Rosie’s timid nature is from previous abuse or if this is naturally her personality, but we’re optimistic when she finds her forever home with her very own loving family, she’ll come out of her shell and show more of the puppy happiness she should be enjoying at this time in her life.

We’d like to close with some final thoughts from Rosie’s foster mom.  She has so many good things to say about Rosie, we want to be sure we share most of them with you.  “Rosie is truly an all-around good dog…completely house-broken and crate-trained.  If she has a chew bone, she finds a place where she can quietly chew away and relax.  If we play fetch with her, she’ll run and get the toy it, toss it, and bring it back to us…even though we haven’t really asked her to fetch yet because of her submissiveness.  We just let her play the Rosie way.” ??

By now, we hope you see Rosie in the same way we do.  A loving, sweet but timid, “total package” puppy who’s a little rough around the edges…a diamond in the rough.  We want everything to be coming up roses for our little Rosie and hope your home will provide that rose garden for her.  She’s absolutely worth it!  If you're interested in this sweet girl, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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More about Gizmo


Gizmo appears to be fine with other dogs based on doggy greetings at his fence.  He’s also good as an “only dog child”.  Unknown if good with cats.  Will probably be fine with smaller children because he seems to prefer people cuddling rather than rambunctious play. Fenced back yard necessary. 


Gizmo is a male GSP and appears to be about 6 years old.  He’s an average size German Shorthair and weighs about 50 pounds.  We’ve only had Gizmo in rescue for a little while so we’re still learning about his personality, but so far, so good! smiley

We believe Gizmo was an outside dog before we rescued him from a shelter as a stray.  His foster mom says he seems unaware of what things inside a house are and how they work.  When she turned the TV on after his arrival, he acted as if he was going to “jump out of his skin.”  However, he is quickly adapting to the workings of inside items and noises and is settling in very nicely.

Gizmo is the type of GSP that is truly a people pleaser in every sense of the phrase.  He’ll try to do anything for you just to receive the loving pat on the head, a hug around his neck, belly rubs, or some snuggling time.  He would rather receive loving praise from people rather than treats; he’s not at all food motivated or food aggressive; his appetite isn’t a driving force for him.

When he’s outside in his fenced backyard, he greets the neighbor’s dogs with tail wagging and shows no sign of aggression or fear.  And it doesn’t seem to matter what size the dog is either.  He greets the little Cocker Spaniel the same way as the Great Dane mix.  Unafraid, seemingly interested, with the posture of a dog who would like to know more about his dog neighbors.  It’s for these reasons we believe he’d probably adapt well with another dog in his new home, or if he’s alone, he’ll be fine with that, too.  As long as his people show him lots of love and affection. 

Gizmo doesn’t show a lot of prey drive other than the interest he shows with the birds in the trees.  He doesn’t seem to care much about other backyard critters, but we’re not sure how he’d react with a cat in his territory.  However, he’s extremely laid back and so people oriented, it’s likely he’d also be fine with a cat with proper introductions and safety requirements in place.

Gizmo seems to have the perfect energy level for most people looking for a dog that isn’t too excitable and all over the place, but rather more laid back and willing to adapt to the exercise needs of his people; he doesn’t need an extensive exercise routine to keep him happy.  In other words, if you’d like to take Gizmo for a walk, he’d love to go with you.  If you want to go on a bit more of a journey, he’d love that, too…because he’d be with you.  Wherever you are is where he’ll be happiest.  According to his foster mom, Gizmo has a medium energy level; not overly active, but not lazy, either.  Ahhhh…perfection! smiley

Gizmo doesn’t seem to understand what to do with normal dog toys and balls, but he does love a good chew toy to “munch” on.  Generally, he keeps his chew toys inside of his crate and when he feels the need for some alone time, he’ll duck inside his crate and chew away. Because of his lack of interest and knowledge of what to do with dog toys, it’s somewhat clear to us he may not have received a lot of human interaction with his former owners.  Perhaps another reason he seeks out and cherishes the love and contact from his people.

As we just mentioned, Gizmo is crate-trained; however, he isn’t always keen to go inside the crate when he needs to.  It doesn’t take much coaxing to get him inside, and once inside he settles in quickly.

Gizmo came to his us as a stray and without any knowledge of living inside a home or what certain basic dog commands mean.  His foster mom is working with him on “sit” and “come” for now.  She said Gizmo is very smart and will do whatever he needs to do in order to make her happy.  Because of his willingness to please people, it has been easy to work with him on commands; but he’ll need more work when he settles in to his new home.  A dog training class would be a fantastic way to help Gizmo learn what’s required of an inside dog, as well as a great way to bond with his new owners!  His foster mom says, “he just wants to know what’s expected of him.  He catches on quickly and loves the praise he receives when he does something right. Praise and acceptance are everything to Gizmo.”

Gizmo seems to be a very good name for our sweet boy.  Mostly because the definition of Gizmo is, “a gadget, especially one whose real name is unknown or forgotten.”  And since we didn’t know his name from his prior life, Gizmo it was.  And you may have also already made the connection to Gizmo the Gremlin from the Gremlin movies.  That Gizmo was very much like our Gizmo; adorable, kind, cute, and very lovable, not at all mischievous or mean like the other Gremlins.  He’s also the same colors…brown and white.

If you haven’t already made up your mind that Gizmo is the boy for you, let us add a couple more very “adoptable points”.  His foster mom says Gizmo is a “diamond in the rough” and will make someone a great companion if they have the patience to show him how much he’s loved.  She says Gizmo is very adaptable to many situations and is very trainable.  “He really wants to be a part of our ‘pack’ and wants very much to be a ‘good dog’ in every way.”

Gizmo is waiting for his forever home and perhaps that’s you.  If so, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.  P.S.  Still undecided?  Check out the big smile on Gizmo’s face in his pictures.  He’s always smiling for the camera! wink

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

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About Jesse

Jesse is nine years young and weighs 55 lbs.  He was brought into the sheltler to be euthanized when his owner was moving and counldn't take him with.  Fortunately, the shelter was able to convince the owner to let them contact ISR on their behalf to find a new home for him.  He is now in a loving foster home in Michigan. He is well behaved in the house, housebroken, doesn’t steal food off the counter, doesn’t jump up on you. Jesse is crated trained but doesn't really care for being crated.  He is not destructive, his foster hasn’t seen him chew anything inappropriate.

He mostly comes when called but definitely not if he perceives he is free.  In other words, a real runaway risk and must be leashed or in a fenced area at all times. He tolerates bathing, nails and ear cleaning. He needs some work with walking on a leash; he pulls pretty hard. Jesse shows no signs of food or toy aggression and akes food from the hand very gently.

Jesse gets along well with other dogs in his foster home, likes to play if the other dog wants to, even with the 9 month old puppy in his foster home. There are no cats in his foster home, so it is unknown if he can live with a cat or not. We have not seen him around children but have no reason to think he wouldn’t be fine children of all ages. He is medium energy and has an average prey drive for a GSP, will stalk birds on the ground, doesn’t bark at squirrels in the trees.

Jesse has some adorable personal habits, gives a very sweet head tilt when you talk to him, has a very cute happy tail when he’s getting attention, and has a very cute way of taking a treat-he holds his mouth open and waits for you to put the treat in.

He does seem to have a little separation anxiety, whines when his foster is getting ready to leave and tries to go with but not overly so and doesn't become destructive when left alone. He is always in the company of  other dogs at his foster home, though, so  is never left completely alone.

Jesse has been wearing a cone because he has a lick sore on his front leg that he will fuss with and lick at any opportunity. He also has some lumps and bumps that come with age in many dogs but these all have been examined by a vet and, from a health perspective, nothing needs to be done with them.

He loves taking leash walks and roaming in his foster's large fenced backyard. Friendly, happy but a bit of a worrier, stresses about changes in routines. Even when his foster family is  home he likes to lie at the top of the stairs and watch the door - we aren't sure who he is looking or waiting for.  Like many of our rescues, he has been through a lot of changes and the security of a loving home with set routines will be good for him. 

If you're already interested in this sweet boy or any of our dogs, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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  • Buddy is a male and is approximately 5 years old.
  • Very good in a crate
  • Loves his people
  • Friendly toward other dogs – unsure about cats
  • Very laid back and easy-going
  • His tail never stops wagging.
  • Recently neutered.
  • Medium to high energy level.
If you're already interested in this sweet boy or any of our dogs, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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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.