We live in a busy world. Everyone has commitments and a limited amount of free time. ISR understands and offers countless volunteer opportunities that do not require a huge time commitment. Any that you choose will help our efforts to save GSPs who find themselves in desperate situations through no fault of their own. 

  • Do you have a few hours to spare each week or each month?
  • Do you love GSPs and have knowledge of the breed?
  • Do you enjoy meeting compassionate people?
If so, becoming a German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue volunteer may be right for you!

How Much Time Will I Have To Dedicate?
It’s really up to you. You can spend as little or as much time as you are able. Since we are all volunteers, we have busy lives outside of rescue. Often just a few hours of “help” now and then can make a big difference for us. We always welcome new additions to our rescue family.

What Will I Be Asked To Do?
There are many tasks associated with the rescue effort. Some require a larger time commitment, others only a few hours per month (or less). Here are some examples:
  • Visit a GSP (German Shorthaired Pointer) in a shelter
    Confirm the dog is a GSP, evaluate their temperament, interaction with you, general manners, knowledge of basic commands and how well they behave on lead. Time commitment: Depending on the location of the shelter, this task can take under an hour. 
  • Contact a potential adopter 
    When we receive a new application from someone wishing to adopt a GSP, we review the application carefully. We speak with them to get a feel for their knowledge of the breed, their family dynamic, etc. We ask questions about fencing, other animals in residence and cover any “red flags” that appear in the application. Time commitment: The length of each call will vary. 
  • Call a vet for a reference
    We must have a veterinarian’s reference for each applicant. We simply need to know if any current/past pets are current on vaccines and receive regular veterinary care. Time commitment: These calls generally take 5 minutes or less. 
  • Transport a dog from a shelter to foster home
    If we accept a GSP into foster care from a shelter, they often need to be removed from the shelter and transported to their foster home. Time commitment: Depending on location, this may take a few hours at the most. 
  • Evaluate a new surrender
    When we get a call from an owner who wishes to surrender their GSP for adoption, we need volunteers to “visit” the family and evaluate the dog, take photos, etc. Time commitment: Depending on location, this may take a few hours at the most. 
  • Home visits
    Visit the home of a potential adopter. Meet the family members and any current pets in residence. Evaluate fencing, home, proximity to a busy street, etc. Time commitment: Depending on location, this may take a few hours at the most. 
  • Assist with a fundraiser
    We participate in a few fundraising events each year. These are normally tables/booths at dog walks, shelter events, etc. We set-up a rescue table where we share information about the breed, the rescue process, and raise much needed funds for rescue. You can volunteer to help man the table, or, donate dog toys, treats or other items that we “sell” for donations. The events are a lot of fun, and the more, the merrier! Time commitment: Depending on location of event, can be 2 – 4 hours at the most.

Sign up to be a Volunteer now!