ADOPTABLE DOGS 

UPDATED APRIL 14, 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.

meet TESS AND DES (FOSTERED IN MICHIGAN) ***AVAILABLE***

More about Tess and Des

Tess and Des are 13 week old GSP sisters who came into rescue at the same time.

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

You must be an approved adopter with Illinois Shorthair Rescue to get more information on either of these puppies or be considered as a potential adopter for either of them.  You must be willing to travel to where they are located in Michigan to meet either of them. If you are an approved adopter with ISR, you will only be considered to adopt one of them if you have GSP experience,  the time available to work with them and the commitment necessary to raise a puppy.  If all of these requirements are met and you are interested, email ilgsprescue@gmail.com for more information.


 

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

 

More about Paige

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Paige is approximately 2 years old and gets along well with other dogs, but not cats.  Full of energy and will require regular, daily physical exercise to keep her happy and out of trouble from boredom.  Hasn’t been exposed to children in her foster home, but her high energy level dictates she not be homed with toddlers.  She may accidentally hurt a small child during her rambunctious play time.  Required: fully fenced yard

PAIGE’S STORY:

The cute quirky tilt of her head and the “floppy” ear (old injury) are visual aids that help describe the sweet, loving personality and spirit of Paige. How could anybody not fall in love with that sweet face?  And...she has the personality to match!  Win! Win!

Paige is about 2 years old and weighs approximately 40 lbs.  She’s smart, gets along well with other dogs, is crate-trained and potty-trained.  Paige will likely do well with another dog in the home if he/she loves to play and wrestle as much as Paige does, but her playmate should have the stamina and willingness to handle typical doggy “rough and tumble wrestling and chase.”  Her foster mom says Paige is kind of like the Energizer Bunny in a GSP disguise…”she keeps going and going.”  But, on the flip side, Paige is also agreeable to taking time out to cuddle and snuggle with her people, too.

As with most German Shorthairs, Paige has a naturally strong prey drive and happily gives chase to squirrels, rabbits, and any other “critter” she sees on the move in her yard.  Her prey drive could put small, indoor pets at risk, too, so secure surroundings for indoor hamsters, guinea pigs, and other like animals is advised.

Paige is extremely smart and food motivated, making her training of basic commands and obedience less of a task than with a dog that isn’t those 2 things.  Actually, GSPs all seem to have a highly developed sense of obedience and are keen to please their people and Paige is no exception in this area.  Paige knows the command “sit” and will generally come when called while out in the yard. We recommend Paige’s new family take the time to attend additional obedience and behavior training classes with her.  These classes are beneficial for many reasons, including the bond that is developed between owner and dog during the learning process, easier management, socialization skills are improved, safety of you and your pet, and, last but not least, the fun and knowledge gained by all of you during the process of bonding and training.

Since Paige is a high-energy GSP, she’ll require a regular form of physical exercise to keep her happy and out of trouble brought on by boredom and inactivity.  Daily long walks and time set aside to play fetch will help towards achieving a daily activity goal for Paige.  With proper training and safety in mind, she’d undoubtedly make a great jogging partner for an active runner(s), or even a bicyclist. Paige will truly love being with her family on any outings where she can “get in the groove” and have some fun with her “people pack”.   If there’s another doggy playmate in the home already, Paige will be happy to join him/her as the newest playmate in the group…providing they are compatible in exuberance and size.  Paige may accidentally hurt a dog that’s much smaller than her as she plays a bit on the rougher side.  Here's a  short video of Paige playing with her GSP playmate in her foster home to get a good idea of her playtime personality.

Paige is crate-trained and seems to enjoy the security of her crate when she can’t be with her people.  She sleeps in her crate at night, and if she has trouble relaxing or calming down when playtime is deemed over by her foster parents, she can be crated without incident until she has calmed enough to be out again.  Once Paige is relaxed and out of play mode, she truly loves to cuddle and thinks of herself as a lap dog.  As a matter of fact, her foster mom says one of Paige’s favorite ways to pass time is to be on someone’s lap getting lots of good rubs/pets and being reminded that she’s loved.

So what type of GSP is our little Paige.  We think her foster mom says it best through her words to us. “Paige is an adorable, sweet girl.  She is a very typical, sweet, fun-loving GSP.  She loves to run and play.  She also loves to snuggle.  She is a Velcro dog who enjoys being close to her people.  She is a great little girl who would love to find a family of her own to love.  She has a lot of love to give!”  

There are a lot of idioms that can be used when writing stories about our beloved GSP rescues, and in Paige’s case, one specific idiom comes to mind, with a slight change of spelling to a word to make it more appropriate…”take a “Paige” from our book and do as we do.”  Rescue our adorable, quirky Paige and give her the forever family and home she deserves.  She’s so worthy of a loving family and we hope 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.

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

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"SNEAK PEEK" OF MAYBELLE (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS) ***ON MEDICAL HOLD***

More about Maybelle

Say hello to our little princess, Maybelle!  She’s has only been with us for a couple of days, so we’re still learning about her but wanted to get a few words out about her as soon as we could.

Maybelle is a very young little sweetheart and weighs about 40 pounds.  We think she’s still a puppy, about 8 months old.  She was spayed a couple of days ago and is recuperating nicely.  As you can see from her pictures, she’s a beautiful little girl with a lot of energy and interest in her new surroundings.

So far, we know she isn’t food or toy aggressive and rides very well in a car.  She seems very interested in toys, but sadly, she’s not too sure what to do with them yet.  Right now, Maybelle thinks shoes, jackets, and leashes are her toys, too, but she’s learning!  Leashes are new to her which means she probably didn’t get out much for leash walks, but thankfully, she doesn’t pull while on leash.

Because she’s young and probably hasn’t had much time to learn the ABC’s of Doggy Etiquette, she doesn’t know basic commands at this time, but her fosters are working on them with her.  She will certainly benefit from a very patient family who would be willing to take her to obedience/training classes.

This is what her fosters say about our little princess: “Maybelle is very affectionate, loves to be petted and rubbed, and will walk close to you when outside… but not overly clingy or pesty for affection when inside.”

Watch for more news on Maybelle to come soon, but if you’re already interested, 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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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.