You must be an ISR approved adopter to request and receive further information on our GSPs. The process includes an application review, Veterinarian check, and home visit. Please understand there may be approved adopters already going through various stages of our adoption process; candidates who submitted their applications before those still in the review process, or those who are in the home visit stages.

Expressing an interest for a particular dog already in our rescue does not guarantee that specific dog will be available when you’ve completed the approval process. Also, we must ensure the needs of the dog of interest is a good match to an applicant’s specific circumstances. Completing an application and going through the approval process will add your information to our network. A current approval with your information in our database offers you the greatest opportunity to be matched up with the perfect GSP; a great match for your entire family. To start the application process, please follow the instructions found on this page.

Izzy – fostered in Michigan

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PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Izzy is good with other dogs, but not frisky dogs who will pester him all the time.  Family with older children.  Unsure if good with cats.  Will need to continue medication for low thyroid function.  Best in a home without multiple stories and stairs.

IZZY’S STORY:

Izzy is the cutest older GSP gentleman ever!  He has the sweetest face and eyes that tell you right away he wants to be loved and to give love in return.  He’s almost all liver colored, is about 11 years old and weighs about 55 pounds.  We’re not sure what Izzy’s life was like before coming to ISR, but we do know he was “dumped” at an unmanned oil station and after about a week someone contacted animal control to have him picked up.  Izzy couldn’t have been happier to see a kind person to save him from his situation. 😊

Izzy currently lives with 3 other GSPs and peacefully co-exists with them as long as they don’t get too rough with him or accidentally hurt him by bumping into him.  When they do he simply snaps at the air and barks just to let them know they need to be more careful.   Izzy hasn’t shown any aggressive behaviors toward the other dogs or his people.  He’s a quiet guy and hasn’t really shown too much interest in playing with the other dogs in doggy play.  He will, however, play a low-key game of fetch once in a while as long as it’s with a toy that doesn’t bounce around too much.

Izzy shows moderate prey drive and would probably give chase to a squirrel or small animal if he didn’t have to run too far or fast to get it.  However, if he can get a squirrel up a tree he doesn’t mind sitting for a bit and giving the squirrel a piece of his mind by barking at him and letting him know he better stay right where he is!  Since he’s a senior fellow his get up and go isn’t what it used to be…but don’t let Izzy’s age fool you!  He still has a a lot pep in his step and enough energy to go for short leash walks each day.  To see just how active and peppy he can be, check out his video above where he’s showing his toy who’s boss! 😊 Izzy does suffer from some orthopedic issues as a result of his age and shouldn’t be permitted to run long distances, play fetch for too long, or even be expected to jump into or onto higher places (SUVs, trucks, tall furniture, chairs, beds, etc.).  He’s not fond of stairs but can do them if needed.

Izzy loves people and will do well in a home with older children who won’t be rough with him and who will understand he requires gentle petting and gentle ear rubs.  Cuddling with someone or being near enough to get a lot of attention makes this boy very, very happy.  His foster mom says Izzy thinks that if you’re sitting down your doing so specifically to pet him…constantly. Just like most of Velcro GSP dogs. If he needs to go outside and you don’t notice his cues, he’ll do something just a “bit naughty” to get your attention…like nibble on a plant or pull a paper off the table.  He makes sure he’s close enough to you that you’ll notice and when you do, he immediately heads to the door.

Izzy is a bit slow to adjust and accommodate to new surroundings, but when he finds out how much he’s loved by the people he’s with, he’s as loyal and loving as they come.  Once he settles in he’s pretty laid back and quiet, but if he’s unhappy or bothered by something he’ll bark to let you know somethings amiss.  Training Izzy to commands won’t be a high priority for his new family as he already knows “come,” “sit,” and “no.”  He’s also food motivated so if his new family does need to help him adjust to new surroundings and boundaries, treats and food will be the perfect motivator.

One of the things that Izzy’s foster mom has found incredibly cute about this guy’s personality is his love of having his head under a blanket.  He absolutely LOVES his blankets!  If you’re looking for him and can’t find him, be sure to look under the nearest blanket.  That’s likely where you’ll find him.  His foster mom says they really should have named him Linus because he’s so attached to a nice warm blanket. 😊

A quiet home life is what Izzy is best suited for.  A family that has a relatively quiet home with older children (or none).  He might make an ideal pet for an older couple (or single person) who are looking for a loyal, loving pet to share their lives with.  He won’t do well in a home with a lot of loud/fast activity and where a family is gone all the time.  After all, if his new family is gone all the time he won’t be able to share what is so perfect about him…the love he has and wants to share with a family that looking for the same thing.

If you’re ready to enjoy a lot of love and loyalty from this sweet boy, please complete our  Online Adoption Application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

  • Izzy is altered.

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Penny – fostered in Illinois

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PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Penny must have a fenced yard and a family who will spend a lot of time at home with her. Loves children.  Gets along well with other dogs BUT is a dominant female and if homed with other dogs they will need to be easy-going and less assertive.  NO cats.

PENNY’S STORY:

Penny is a 3-year-old liver and white ticked female who weighs about 52 pounds.  She gets along well with other less assertive (non-dominant) dogs, having lived with her full sibling sister prior to coming to ISR; she ignored other dogs when she had her Vet visit.  Penny is NOT good with cats and may also be the wrong pet to have if you have other inside smaller pets (very small dogs, rabbit, gerbil, guinea pig, etc.)

Penny is a high prey drive GSP and loves to chase squirrels and other animals you’ll find in a wooded or backyard setting.  When she isn’t looking for small prey to chase and hunt, she likes to play with Kongs and antlers.  Antlers are probably her favorite toy and when she’s not cuddling with her people, she can often be found chewing on her favorite antler close by.  Once in a while Penny will play fetch, but she doesn’t always get the idea of what this game is really about.

Penny is definitely a people dog, and her fosters say she “loves kids!”  A family with children 4 and older would be a great match for our little Penny, however, toddlers may accidentally be hurt by her playfulness.  When the children she lives with now leave the house, Penny will run from window to window to watch them…no doubt wishing she could also go with them on their adventures.

People are her favorite past time…anywhere they are, she wants to be with them.  She loves to snuggle with them on the couch…closely 😊 and does experience separation anxiety when her people are gone.  Actually, separation anxiety is Penny’s leading behavioral issue right now.  Her fosters have only had her for a couple of weeks, and they’ve been experimenting with methods to help Penny with when left alone and her crate training.  They’ve discovered that if she’s in her crate and they leave the bedroom door open, Penny’s anxiety is better.  They’ve also been giving her small doses of medication to help calm her during her stressful times in the crate when away from them.  Crate-training is a work in progress and continued training may be needed in her new home.

Penny is very food and treat motivated and after going outside to “do her duty” she knows exactly where to go to get her reward for being a good girl.  It didn’t take her long at all to figure out that potty outside = treat inside.  Penny hasn’t shown any food or toy aggressions with her people or other dogs. 😊  She’s a smart little girl and tries very hard to please her foster family.  Penny knows her name, “sit,” “come,” and she’s learning “lay down.”  Her foster mom said she doesn’t believe Penny had a lot of formal training but seems eager to learn.  Penny and her new family may benefit from attending obedience classes with her as a way to help her learn simple behaviors and commands (with consistency) and as a bonding experience.  Many high energy breeds like GSPs seem to benefit from the mental stimulation and physical exercise they’re exposed to in these classes.

Like the majority of GSPs, Penny will need a lot of exercise, play time, AND a fenced yard.  A family that wants to include her in their outside activities will be a plus for her!  She likes to take long leash walks and has already learned her daily walking route…so much so that she knows when to turn and which way to go! Smart girl little Penny.  Walking is a lot of fun for Penny but she’s still learning it’s not as much fun for her person if she pulls too much…but she’s getting better with each walk. 😊

Our little Penny is a sweet GSP that needs a family willing to spend a lot of time with her.  Leaving her alone for long periods of time is not recommended.  Her foster mom says “Penny is very smart, sweet, loving, and fun!  Penny would love to be in a home with children and/or grandchildren that visit often.  She has learned so much in just the two weeks that I’ve had her.”

Finding a penny on the ground can have a special meaning to some people.  “It represents new beginnings, the start of a new chapter and a fresh start.”  So, if you’re looking for the special penny that makes you think of this rhyme, “find a Penny, pick it up, all day long, you’ll have good luck”, then maybe you’ve just found your lucky Penny in our ISR Penny.  If so, please complete our  Online Adoption Application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

  • Penny is altered.

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Porter – fostered in Illinois

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PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Porter is a fairly young GSP and will require a fenced yard and a family with time and patience to give him a lot of exercise. Preference will be given to homes with GSP experience.  No young children or toddlers due to his rough playfulness.  Good with other dogs and all people.  Unsure about cats.

PORTER’S STORY:

Porter is a handsome 2–3-year-old white and liver GSP who weighs about 55 pounds.  As you may notice in the pictures above, when Porter came to ISR he was quite underweight.  He is steadily reaching an ideal weight in the home of his fosters; when he’s at ideal weight he will probably weigh about 60-65 pounds.  He’s so sweet his foster family has dubbed him “Mr. Porter Waggles.” Evidently, his tail and bottom never quit wiggling and waggling! 😊

Porter gets along well with other dogs of all shapes and sizes, but we’re unsure if he feels the same about cats.  He’s also very fond of people, too.  Porter doesn’t think anybody’s a stranger, just another happy human to give him a lot of attention.

As far a prey drive, his fosters said he has a medium high prey drive and a high energy level.  He shows particular interest in squirrels that mosey in out of his back yard.  He’s pretty sneaky when he’s stalking these critters.  So sneaky that he actually caught a squirrel the other day and proudly presented it to his humans. The score of that particular day ended up as Porter 1, Squirrel 0. ☹ But in the world of GSPs, this was exactly what he was bred to do!

Porter is probably a little too rambunctious to live in a home with small children and toddlers, especially during play time.  He loves to play fetch and and would make a wonderful pet for older children and adults who can spend time engaging in this activity with him.  If walking or jogging are activities you look forward to, then Porter will likely be a great partner for you and your family.  He really looks forward to nice long leash walks.

One of his favorite pastimes is chasing and fetching a frisbee.  He’s quick enough to catch a frisbee on the fly and can’t wait to retrieve it to do it all over again!  Porter loves to pilfer through the doggy toy box on a daily basis looking for new toys.  To him, a new toy is any toy he hasn’t had out during the course of the day.  He’s a super chewer and will need supervision if he’s playing with toys he can easily destroy.  He may also be happy to “steal” other toys that are left lying around which aren’t meant for him…especially stuffed animals and rubber/plastic toys.

Porter is crate-trained and doesn’t have any problems spending time in one if needed; however, he’d much rather be spending time with his people.  But then, what GSP doesn’t want to be with his beloved people?  He’s not allowed on the furniture in his foster home but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t tried to sneak up on a piece of furniture here and there; however, a firm “no” seems to do the trick and off he goes.  Porter not only knows the “no” command very well, but also knows the command for “sit” as well as a hand sign for the same.  “Come” is a bit touch and go right now, but Porter’s learning quickly, especially since he’s very treat motivated.  Other areas that are still a “work in progress” including a little bit of counter surfing (nothing major), and begging for people food.

Porter hasn’t shown any food or toy aggression with other dogs or people.  He’s very gentle and good about letting people take food from his mouth and also about removing his food bowl while eating. Such a good boy.  He absolutely LOVES peanut butter and giving this to him as a special treat inside a toy designed for this is always much appreciated!

Porter is personality plus and his fosters adore him.  They have many nice things to say about him including how happy he is all the time.  They also said “Porter is not only happy all the time, but he’s sweet and wants to be a real lover.  He’s constantly wagging his tail and loves to be outside.  He’s easy-going and would love nothing more than a sunny spot to relax in on chilly winter days – with his people nearby.  Porter is confident, adventuresome, loves car rides, and is very keen on seeing and experiencing new things…he loves going here, there and everywhere!”

Oh, and one more thing.  If you’re a lover of Johnny Cash music, Porter’s fosters have a special song they play for him, and Porter seems to enjoy it a bunch!  Check it out on this YouTube link singing “Hey Porter“!

If you’re an active family that wants a sweet, energetic GSP in your family then Porter is definitely for you…even if you may not be a Johnny Cash fan, we’re sure Porter won’t hold that against you. 😊 If you’re the family looking for a sweet lively GSP puppy, please complete our Online Adoption Application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

  • Porter is altered.

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Molly – Adopted!

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PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Molly is a GSP puppy and will require a family willing to adopt a puppy and all that owning a puppy entails.  Fenced yard recommend and children should be old enough to know how to play with a rambunctious puppy.  Good with other dogs but unsure about being with cats.

MOLLY’S STORY:

Molly is a beautiful black GSP puppy who is 9 months old and full of GSP puppy spirit and puppy love!  She’s a ball full of energy, especially when she’s let out of her crate; she wants to play immediately.  Molly is good with her foster dog sibling, who is about the same size as her.  Given her energy level as a pup, if she is to be homed with another dog, she is more suited to be with one about the same size as her, or even a bit larger.  Molly doesn’t have a cat in her foster home so it’s unknown as to how she will react with one who occupies her same space.

Children will do well with Molly, however, since she is young and rambunctious, she may accidentally hurt toddlers during playtime.  Children who are a bit older and have previous experience playing with energetic playful puppies will be better for Molly.

Molly doesn’t exhibit a high prey drive, but she watches birds and follows them as they fly overhead.  She loves to sniff the yard when backyard critters have passed through, but she has yet to give chase to any.  Molly is a bit timid when introduced to a new dog but warms up quickly.  She plays well with her foster family’s dog and is learning from her playmate, too.  Molly’s already learned when the other dog doesn’t want to play anymore it’s time for her to find a toy and play on her own.  Molly is generally more submissive when interacting and playing with other dogs.

Like most GSPs Molly is a very smart little girl and wants to please her people.  She already knows several commands including “sit,” “down,” and “drop it.”  In typical GSP puppy fashion, Molly has a hint of selective hearing when she’s told to “come,” especially if she’s playing with another dog. 😊 Her fosters are also teaching her “off” and “kennel.”  Molly is crate-trained but is a bit hesitant to go inside initially.  Obviously, she’d rather be spending time with her people or playing.

Speaking of playing, Molly loves to play…after all, she is still a pup!  Some of her favorite activities include playing fetch, tug-of-war, tossing around her squeaky toys, and chewing on Kongs and Nylabones.  Oh, and watch out for those adorable Molly zoomies!  Molly will require a lot of play time and daily leash walks to keep her puppy energy at an enjoyable and manageable level for her new family.  Once she’s had a chance to release her playful energy and has had a chance to calm down there’s nothing she likes more than to snuggle up next to one of her people for a bit of schmoozing and snoozing. 😊

Molly is very food motivated which has proven helpful for training.  When she realizes food is involved, she becomes very eager to please and is very gentle when she takes the treat as her reward.  While Molly hasn’t shown any food or toy aggression toward her people, she has been a bit aggressive toward her foster parents’ dog if bones/rawhides are involved.  Molly tries to protect the bone/rawhide and will try to steal it from the other dog if she isn’t supervised.  On a positive note, however, Molly hasn’t shown any aggression toward another dog when treats or toys are involved.  In fact, if Molly has a toy, she tries to get the other dog to engage in play with her.

Prior to coming to ISR, Molly spent most of her time in a crate which has hampered her growth in the area of her socialization skills.  She is a little timid when first meeting people, especially men, and may groan and cower around new people at first meetings.  When Molly’s introduced to new people slowly and patiently and when she realizes they’re not going to hurt her, she quickly “melts like butter” and wants to be their best friend…sometimes she’ll even show off with her adorable Molly zoomies!

Molly’s foster mom says “Molly is sweet and lovable; she is definitely one of those dogs who is eager to please her people.  She reminds me of a kid at Christmas when she greets people she knows.  Molly loves to snuggle/cuddle with her family.  She wants to be right next to you rather than on the floor or in a dog bed; she tries to become ‘one’ with whoever she’s snuggling with.  To her there is no personal space when snuggling is involved.  Given the proper training, patience, and time Molly will be an exceptional dog.  She has so much love to give and wants nothing more than to be with her people as much as she possibly can.”

It’s apparent how much Molly’s foster family loves this sweet little girl and really feel she’ll make the right family a wonderful addition to their “pack.”  Is that new family yours?  If you’re the family looking for a sweet lively GSP puppy, please complete our Online Adoption Application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

  • Molly is altered.

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Brody – fostered in Indiana

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PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

As a senior gentleman, Brody will require some TLC and people who understand his medical needs.  A family who has a big heart and lots of love to give this sweet guy. Gets along well with dogs and has been around cats and doesn’t seem too interested in them; however, supervision with cats is recommended.

BRODY’S STORY:

Brody is approximately 12 years old and hasn’t had the best life.  He was surrendered to a shelter by his owner and eventually found his way to our loving rescue people and skilled Veterinarians.  Since he’s been in our care (ISR) he has received the absolute best medical care and is gradually getting over some of the immediate medical issues he had when he arrived.

Brody was heartworm positive, but he has finished his heartworm treatment now and shouldn’t experience any long-term issues related to this illness; however, as he’s still recovering from this difficult, painful treatment, he will need to be kept fairly calm for roughly the next 6 months.  Too much exertion during this restorative period of time will have an adverse effect on Brody’s recovery, but he’ll still be happy to enjoy the family during short, leisurely leash walks with them while he recovers.  He’ll also need to be on a leash for his bathroom breaks.

As a senior dog, Brody also has some of the common ailments that can be found in the majority of senior dogs.  He has some difficulty standing on smooth surfaces, which may be improved by fitting him with toe grips (Pawz Friction) or nail caps (Purdy Paws).  He also has some fatty tumors (lipomas) that are benign and don’t bother him at all, along with slightly restricted movement due to arthritis in his hip and lower back. He takes medication for hypothyroidism which has proven to help him greatly.  Gosh… sure seems like older dogs age much the same as us humans. 😊

Luckily, even with the minor “old age” medical annoyances that affect Brody, it’s obvious how much this boy still enjoys life!  He’s consistently one of the happiest and mellowest old gents we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy as part of our rescue efforts.  The staff at the Vet’s office and his fosters frequently talk about him with such affection and after reading what they submitted for this story, it’s simple to see how easy he is to love.

Brody is good with other dogs and cats; however, he’s pretty curious when the cats dart away from him.  He’s a low-energy boy who is happy to crawl up on the couch to watch the world go by and then drift off for a nap. 😊 His foster doesn’t have children, so we’re unsure how good he is with them, but to be safe, we’d recommend he not be homed with children younger than 12 years of age.

If you’ve continued to read to this point about our sweet Brody, then we know you undoubtedly have a BIG heart and a BIG love for dogs…no matter the age or the circumstances.  Brody has so much to offer the right family.  The fosters and Vet staff have so many nice things to say about this boy.  They told us that “Brody is a very sweet, loving, happy boy who loves mealtime!  He also loves attention but isn’t needy or demanding.  He’s kind of like a bull in a China shop and we’ve affectionately dubbed him ‘our big lug’.”

Are you the family that wants to give Brody the best life he can have as a senior gentleman?  He’d love to have a family to love him as much as he’ll love you!

If you want to adopt Brody…a loving, senior GSP that is sweet, loving, and looking for a permanent family to love him, please complete our Online Adoption Application.  It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.

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

  • Brody is altered.

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