ADOPTABLE DOGS 

UPDATED June 22, 2019

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.  


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.

 

MAYBELLE (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS) ***AVAILABLE***

   

More about Maybelle

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Since Maybelle is still a puppy (about 8-9 months old), key requirements for her adoptive family will be an abundance of patience and time to provide her with all the exercise and obedience/behavioraltraining she will need to keep her engaged and out of trouble.  Good with other dogs but should not be place in a home with cats. Recommend children 12+ because Maybelle will occasionally “puppy nip”.

MAYBELLE’S STORY:

Maybelle is about 10 months old and weighs approximately 45 pounds.  She’s had a bit of a rough start but that hasn’t spoiled her sweet, loving, “happy-go-lucky” personality.

Maybelle, also affectionately known as Bella, came to our rescue as a stray with a compact injury to the head of her femur (hip) and has had surgery to repair this injury.  The Vet is extremely pleased with the results and said, “Maybelle has had one of the best outcomes he has ever seen!”  She still isn’t at full recovery, but you’d never know it to watch her play!  The injury has never impeded her play activity (except after surgery) and she is always “on the ready” for a good romp with her doggy playmates.  Watch this short video to see for yourself how well Maybelle is doing after surgery!

Maybelle is prey-driven, so is not recommended to be placed in a home with cats.  She chases squirrels and chipmunks but is easily redirected if needed.  She loves everybody and every animal she meets!  Her foster mom says, “No person or dog is a stranger to her; she loves them all.  She wags her tail constantly when she goes somewhere, even to the Vet’s office.”

Maybelle has been working hard on learning basic commands and has come very far in this training.  She responds to her name and knows what “watch me” means…at least 75% of the time. smiley  Because she was on activity restriction for 6 weeks after her surgery, she’s just now learning the “sit” and “leave it” commands.  Maybelle has been on many walks so she’s familiar with a leash.

As far as play and her energy level, she LOVES playing with each of the dogs in her foster home (3).  When one dog gets tired of her, she simply moves on to another one. It never seems to occur to her that maybe she’s the ONLY one who wants to play.  No matter, though.  If she’s not playing her dog buddies, she wanders through the house looking for something…not always appropriate somethings…to run around the house with.  Her new home will need some puppy proofing to prevent her from getting into things she shouldn’t have.  For instance, she found the toilet paper roll and had a devil of a good time running through the house streaming toilet paper everywhere!  She’s also been known to peek into the shower when someone is in there, (so much for privacy) and she loves her bath times.  Oh, and lest we forget, there have been times when she grabbed laundry from the basket and runs away; running off with a cute little “bunny hop”, which is so cute it makes it very, very hard to be too upset with her.

Because Maybelle still puppy nips, especially when she’s being let out of her crate, it’s smart to make sure you have one of her favorite toys on hand for her to grab ASAP as she exits.  If not, her excitement may get you a puppy nip – nothing aggressive - simply out of sheer joy to see you!  She’ll grab her toy and “zoomie” through the house.  Zoomie is dog speak to describe a dog running around as fast as it can in a certain area, sometimes in circles or even back and forth.  In this case, through the house.  It’s typical behavior of a happy dog and a way for Maybelle to release pent up energy.  Since puppy nips still happen occasionally, we think it’s advisable for her to be with children 12+ who will understand the possibility of this happening and will be able to avoid it and calmly correct the behavior.  The nipping has greatly improved since adding Nylabones and other long lasting chewies to her playtime.  Some of her favorite toys are tennis balls, rope toys, industrial strength squeak toys for as long as they last (LOL), and frozen Kongs.

Maybelle has an endearing personality which is best described by her foster mom.  “Maybelle is an explorer, a go-getter and fearless.  She is the life of the party and will make the rounds when in a group whether it’s with people or other dogs!” She truly loves attention and is a super good snuggler.  Cuddling is Maybelle’s’ favorite resting activity when she’s done playing with the other dogs.

If Maybelle goes to a home with another dog, it would be ideal if her new dog sibling has an energy level close to Maybelle’s and would like to play with her.  Since Maybelle is a bit of a rough-neck when playing, it’s not advisable for her to be homed with a senior dog who may get hurt with her energetic play.  If your other dog isn’t as high energy as Maybelle, the pairing may still work if Maybelle receives enough exercise, playtime, and attention in order to quiet her before she becomes too rough with another dog.

Maybelle’s foster mom recommends her new family have the time and patience to be willing to work with Maybelle’s obedience training as well as giving her enough walking exercise to help strengthen and build up her left hip muscles.  While she has full use of her left leg and can run, jump, romp and sit on it (evenly), exercise will play a big part in her total recovery and continued happiness.  A big accomplishment for Maybelle since her surgery is that she can finally scratch herself with her left leg, which she wasn’t able to do prior to her surgery.

So, as you can see from our description of Maybelle, she’s still very much a puppy…playful, energetic, happy, a tad stubborn, sometimes a bit nippy, and into everything.  Life is one “big bowl of cherries” for her; carefree and full of new discoveries and experiences.  If you’re ready for a “life of the party” type of dog with a personality as sweet as her face, then our little Maybelle is probably for you. Please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

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MEET REMIngton  (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS) **ADOPTED**

More about Remington

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Remington is about 9 months old and still a puppy.  He has a medium energy level and as a puppy will still require an extensive amount of exercise time.  Gets along well with dogs; unsure about cats and children.  Needs a fenced yard and a family with patience and time to have a puppy join their family.

REMINGTON’S STORY:

Remington (a.k.a. Remi) is about 9 months old, a mix of GSP and Coonhound, and about 65 pounds.  You can see the Coonhound in his adorable face and big droopy ears.  He has a face that melts your heart.  We also have his brother, Winchester, whose sneak peek story is right below Remi's.

Remington gets along well with his 9-year-old GSP foster sibling (Wallace) and is respectful of his space.  Remi hasn’t shown any food or toy aggression toward Wallace or people.  He kindly shares his toys with Wallace and seems happy to allow Wallace to set the rules about play and space.  Remi is also very good when he goes to the Vet and is interested in other dogs but has never been aggressive towards them. Remington hasn’t been tested around cats, so we can’t say how he’ll react if placed with one.

As far as being with children, since Remi is medium energy dog who gets along well with people and other dogs, but can be a bit on the rough side during play, we assume he’ll do well with children who are about 10+ years; big enough to play with him and not be hurt accidentally by a spurt of energetic, rough play.

Since Remi is still a puppy, he’ll require quite a bit of exercise to keep him happy and out of trouble caused from boredom.  His foster parents take him to a city lake each day where he gets about an hours’ worth of exercise.  He likes to run for a while, but he rarely runs “full out” like a typical 9 month-old GSP would!!  He has a fenced yard and loves to be outside exploring his world.  He hasn’t shown much interest in birds or animals that would typically be considered backyard prey, indicating he has a low prey-drive.

Besides being outside and going to the park for enjoyment, he also loves to chew on his chew toys.  He doesn’t really play with tennis balls, but he does love his squeaky toys!  Oh, and he LOVES people.  He’s very keen on wanting to be with people and being on the receiving end of all their love and gentle, loving pets.  He’s quite the cuddler.

Remi is crate-trained but it’s far from his favorite place to be.  He’s crated each evening at bedtime and seems to have accepted this as part of his new routine.  He generally needs to be bribed with a treat to get him to go inside, but his fosters mentioned it gets easier and easier for him each time…to the point he’ll go in without a treat, but they still give him a treat if he willingly goes in without a lot of prodding and bribing.

Remi is very, very smart and is a fast learner.  Undoubtedly coming from his GSP genes. LOL!!!  He knows basic commands like “sit, stay, kennel, come, and no.”  But, once again, we must remember our handsome guy is still a pup, and as we all know, pups tend to have very selective hearing.  Translation:  thus far, he decides when he really “hears” a command and whether he thinks it’s important enough for him to do as he’s been asked.  His hearing gets significantly better if treats are involved as motivators. The little stinker! Wink. Wink. wink

Something his foster mom has mentioned that she feels is a bit unlike many other dogs, especially puppies, is that Remi really likes to work on obedience training.  He thinks it’s a fun pastime and because he learns so quickly (with treat motivation), it ends up being fun for his people too!  However, his foster family hasn’t had a tremendous amount of time to share in this with him and feel he would benefit greatly with extra training…perhaps in the form of outside classes.  There are a couple of behaviors Remi displays that still need some work, such as jumping up on people while they’re sitting and/or standing, and he’ll paw at them for their attention (he LOVES people).

His foster family has many endearing things to say about Remington.  He’s a happy, happy dog with a “happy” tail that wags endlessly.  Remi is hard to be mad at because, according to his fosters, “He’s an all-around cutie pie!  He’s sweet, loves to put his head in your lap, and loves to be petted.  He’s well-behaved for the most part, up for anything, loves to play and LOVES people! He looks up at you with those ‘hound’ eyes and you can’t help but to smile.”

As we end our story about Remington, we want to make sure you got the true gist of our story...Remi LOVES people!  laugh  So, not only is he a puppy with puppy energy and puppy love to give you, he’s also a people pleaser and will make the right family a great pet and furry family member. 

Remi will need a home with an active family and won’t do well with a family that can’t give him the exercise he requires.  He’ll do well with other dogs and probably older children who will love to play with him.  Have we just described the kind of dog you’re looking for and do you have the requirements, time, and patience to give him the home he needs?  If so, please complete our online adoption application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest. 

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

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MEET winchester (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS) **AVAILABLE**

About Winchester

Overall, Winchester is a super sweet lovable guy.  He is the brother of Remi (above).  We believe he is a mix of a GSP and Coonhound.  He’s about 9 months old and weighs about 65 pounds.  Like his brother, Remi, he has beautiful markings and those sweet Coonhound eyes! He has a low to medium energy level.  He likes leash walks, but after about 30 minutes of walking, he’s ready for a break and some cuddling with people.  He loves to cuddle and loves people!

Winchester knows basic command and is follows them quickly when directed.  His biggest problem is jumping on people when he is excited and pulling on his leash during walks. He is crate and house trained and not food or toy aggressive towards people or other dogs. Winchester is very comfortable and happy being with other dogs; however, he hasn’t been tested with cats or children.  Because he is so cuddly and laid-back, we’re assuming he’ll do well with kids once he settles down; perhaps children 10 and older.

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.

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

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 JESSE (FOSTERED IN MICHIGAN) **AVAILABLE**

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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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.