Welcome to Ilinois Shorthair Rescue
We believe there is a special place for all unwanted and discarded German Shorthaired Pointers. 
Each one deserves a second chance at finding a forever home.

Illinois Shorthair Rescue is a non-profit breed rescue group serving Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.  Our mission is to help German Shorthaired Pointers in need; place them in responsible, loving homes, and educate the public about the breed.  We save GSPs from animal control facilities, humane societies, and neglect, cruelty, or owner give-up situations. Our rescued dogs get loving care and needed medical attention. They are fostered in private homes and live indoors as family companions while they wait for their forever homes. 

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Hawk is about 5 years old and is an active GSP. Hawk will need a home with a secure physical fence as he is a runner. He is good with other dogs and older children. If you are an already approved adopter and are interested in learning more about Hawk, please check the Adoptable Dogs page for information coming soon.




Every orphan listed on our Adoptable Dogs page is in rescue, instead of a scary shelter...or worse, because someone decided to open their home and heart and foster.  Fostering is our greatest need, and we can only save as many dogs as we have foster homes available.  We especially need foster homes in the Chicagoland area, although we welcome homes from downstate Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.  Fosters prepare the rescue dog for their forever home.  We provide support, cover all vet care and other expenses. Look on the website under Volunteer for more info. on Volunteer Fostering.  Interested or have questions?  Email  Our future rescue dogs thank you from the bottom of their hearts!


Illinois Shorthair Rescue


As you shop throughout the year on, support ISR! Just shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon’s charitable giving site.  You’ll find the same low prices, wide selection, and shopping convenience as on, a 0.5% of your purchase price will go to ISR. To shop at AmazonSmile, go to from your web browser or mobile device. On your first visit, designate ISR as the charity that will receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Then shop away! Every eligible purchase you make at results in a donation to help us rescue more sweet shorties.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Men in Black Pest Control of Chicago for their very generous donation supporting our efforts! Please visit their website, or call 630-901-3261, to schedule pest control services in the Chicago area.



Sunday, September 10th

Click here to order the 2018 ISR Calendar

Hot Diggity Dog Festival

Stop by and visit ISR at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Rockford, IL. The fest will be held on Sunday, September 17th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Klehm is located at 2715 S. Main Street in Rockford. This dog friendly event will include a whole array of pet related vendors in addition to dog shelters & adoption agencies. There will also be agility and trick demonstrations, the police canine unit, and even a dog costume contest. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.  Klehm Members and Kids 12 and under are free.  For more information visit


Find out more about upcoming events on NEWS AND EVENTS.

Can't adopt right now?  There are many other ways you can help! If you order from, you can help ISR orphans simply by designating ISR as your charity recipient through their SMILE program (free at  Detailed information is included on the left side of this page.

How about fostering for ISR? People are abandoning GSPs faster than we can rescue them...especially when we don't have fosters to take them in.  Regardless of how many foster homes we have, it seems we are always in desperate need of more.  Please consider fostering…even short-term fostering is helpful.

Can't foster?  We also need help transporting our rescues, and recruiting new ISR fosters/volunteers.  If you're interested in one of these opportunities, please complete the appropriate application found under the VOLUNTEER tab on this page.

Still looking for something?  Monetary donations are always needed and welcomed.  Please help spread the word about never know who is waiting in the wings for an opportunity to volunteer and contribute to such a worthwhile cause.

Thank you!

To read about all of our rescues waiting for adoption, click HERE.



Bio coming soon

 Helpful Tips From isr

  • For the fastest response to inquiries, please Email ISR.
  • Before we share information about specific dogs, you must be an approved adopter with ISR. This includes a completed and verified application and home visit. The process may take approximately 3-4 weeks to complete. Please Apply here. 
  • Once you’re approved, you may request information on available dogs. Please check your email for correspondence from ISR.