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 based in Northern Illinois. 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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Meet Aries!  A very special name for a special GSP.  In Zodiac lingo, an Aries portrays really wonderful traits, just like our big boy.  "Independent, generous, optimistic, enthusiastic, and courageous."  Aries is a beautiful, larger GSP weighing about 75 pounds.  We think he's about 7-8 years old and is very showy as he sports a lot of white with larger liver markings.  Aries is great with other dogs...currently living with 7 others in his foster home with no problems. To read more about Aries, click on this link:  View All Adoptable Dogs.

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Can't adopt right now?  There are other ways you can help these special dogs!  We're currently in desperate need of fosters.  People are abandoning GSPs faster than we can rescue them...especially when we don't have fosters to take the rescues.  We're currently seeking foster homes for 8 new rescues; 2 have been abandoned and 3 were rescued due to animal cruelty charges.  Please consider fostering, even short term can be very helpful.  If you're interested, complete the foster application under the VOLUNTEER tab on this page.  

Can't foster?  We also need help with transportation and recruiting fosters/volunteers.  There will be an online auction fundraiser in November.  Monetary donations are always needed and welcomed.  Please help spread the word about ISR...you never know who is waiting in the wings for an opportunity to volunteer for such a worthwhile cause.

Thank you so, so much!

Saber is available for adoption.


Don't miss out on your chance to adopt one of these sweet GSPs!  Very sweet, clever, and smart.  Saber is about 4 years old and Zak is about 5 years old.  Both dogs have lots of energy and lots of love to give.  They love people and can't wait to meet their forever families.  All around wonderful GSPs!

Click HERE to read more about these special orphans!


Zak is available for adoption.

 Helpful Tips From isr

  • For the fastest response to inquiries, please Email ISR.
  • Before we share information about specific dogs, we must have your adoption application on file. Please Apply here. Submitting an application doesn’t obligate you to adopt, but it would quicken the process.
  • Once you’re approved, your preferred dog may no longer be available. Normally, you don’t have to reapply for another dog. ISR keeps your application, and you “move to the head of the line” for other dogs.


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 ilgsprescue@aol.com.  Our future rescue dogs thank you from the bottom of their hearts!