ADOPTABLE DOGS 

 

UPDATED DECEMBER 10, 2017

YOU MUST BE AN APPROVED ADOPTER THROUGH ISR TO REQUEST FURTHER INFORMATION ON OUR GSP'S.  PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE MAY BE APPROVED ADOPTERS THAT ARE AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF THE ADOPTION PROCESS AHEAD OF APPLICANTS THAT ARE STILL IN THE APPLICATIONS REVIEW OR HOME VISIT STAGES.  EXPRESSING AN INTEREST IN A PARTICULAR DOG ON THE APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT THAT PARTICULAR GSP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF APPROVAL OR THAT THE NEEDS OF THE GSP MAY BE A MATCH TO AN APPLICANT'S PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES. BY BECOMING AN APPROVED ADOPTER, IT OFFERS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS INTEREST AND BE IN OUR NETWORK FOR GSP'S THAT WOULD MAKE A GREAT NEW FAMILY MEMBER. 

MEET GEORGE (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS)

More about George

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

George is male GSP, about 9 years old and has some health needs that are now managed by medication. ISR will work with an adopter to provide some financial assistance in the cost of his medication. 

George loves walking and would make a perfect companion walker.  

GEORGE’S STORY:

George is about 9 years old but still has plenty of energy to keep him on the go and interested in everything going on around him.  He came to ISR after he was found as a stray.  During his time with ISR, he received the food and medical attention he deserved to get him back to good health. 

We gave this boy the name of George, but not for any reason, other than he seemed like a George.  Since there are so many important/famous men by the name of George, you can decide which George matches the personality and good looks of our sweet, handsome George.  So many to pick from, too!  Let’s see…there’s George Washington, George Clooney (my personal favorite), George Bush (you pick which one), George Harrison of Beatle fame, George Michael (singer), George Carlin (comedian), George Takei (Star Trek), George Foreman (boxer and grill guru), George Burns (wonderful comedian), Boy George (singer) etc.  This list of famous Georges goes on and on.  You can decide which George you want to associate with him when you adopt him…which is exactly what we think you’ll want to do after you read more about him.

George is a white, liver spotted, medium-sized GSP with a long, natural tail. He gets along great with the other GSP living in his foster home. He’s content just to follow his buddy around and keep an eye on things in the yard.  He loves squeaky stuffed animals and doggy toys. Sometimes he’ll play keep away with you if you try to get one his adopted “babies” – all in good fun of course.  He doesn’t exhibit any aggressive tendencies with humans or animals in any situation.

George is prey-driven and will hurriedly check out the fence line for any sign or scent of something he can chase.  He loves being on the move in the yard!  When he’s first let out in the yard to get a bit of exercise and do his business, he runs full speed briefly, and then slows down to enjoy his time sniffing for intruders.  Click here to check him out his backyard.

We’re not sure how George will be with children or cats.  When he is greeted by strangers, he’s apprehensive and will back away and bark until he becomes more acquainted and comfortable with them.  If he were to be homed with a family that has children, George would need to be given time and space to allow a slow “getting to know you” period of time to ensure his comfort in a new setting.  George will also need to be in a family that has someone home with him more time than they are away from him.  When entering rescue, George experienced some separation anxiety which has markedly improved over time. He is crate-trained and accepts going into a crate with no problem.  

George loves his food and feeding time.  He loves his food so much that he’s quite the gobbler.  He’s recently been eating out of a cupcake/muffin tin with a little food in each cupcake holder.  This has helped slow down his eating and he doesn’t seem to mind taking the extra time to get each bit of food.  

George has the cutest tendency to carry things around with him.  The first thing he chooses to do when he’s released from his crate is to find something to carry around with him.  A shoe, squeaky toy, socks, food bowl, etc.  He’s not particular, just whatever’s closest that he can put in his mouth for a while. 

Even though George was a stray for a while, he seems to be a fast learner and knows commands, such as, sit, come, and fetch.  

George is a great big cuddler and likes to spend his “down time” relaxing under the covers, all sprawled out somewhere…sofas and chairs are prime real estate!  He also likes his fair share of loving and attention from his people – and sometimes more than his fair share.  He thinks nothing of scooting (better known as “pushing”) in front of his doggy brother to get ALL the pets and rubs.

Recently his foster mom sent us this update on George.  “George really likes to play, so his new family should make sure they’ll have the time to play with him.  He’s a real good boy, just a lover, with a long deadly tail!”  Maybe that’s why GSPs so often have their tails docked as puppies?  To protect their loved ones and their valuables?  Wink! Wink!  Of course, we know it’s not, but if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a happy, wriggling GSP with a long tail, you know what we mean. smiley

We’re at the end of our story for George, and by now you’re probably ready to check this guy out.  If so, let us know and we’ll be happy to set something up.

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

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MEET  walter (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS) *** Available***

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Walter is “mature” GSP and requires a family who’s willing to give him all the love and security he deserves.  He should have a fenced yard and a plan for appropriate exercise to keep him from being bored.  Great with other dogs, but unsure how he’ll be with cats.  Should be in a home with older (non-toddler) children.

WALTER’S STORY:

Walter is a sweet, older gentleman GSP with classic GSP markings and the sweetest face we’ve ever seen.  Just look at that gentlemanly smile and the distinguished markings he has.  It just warms our hearts when we look into his soulful eyes, and when he gives us that grateful smile that lights up his face.

Walter is approximately 9 or 10 years old, but still has the typical GSP urge to explore and get some good sniffs.  He wasted no time at all doing just that when he arrived at his new foster home.  Out he went into the yard sniffing everywhere and exploring every nook and cranny.  We’ve included a couple of good videos showing him on his adventures.  He was so intent on sniffing and picking up scents, that he totally ignored the squeaky toy his new fosters were trying to entice him with.  Video 1 and Video 2.

Walter is fantastic with other dogs and graciously tolerates the play of dogs we consider “youngsters”.  He’s patient, will engage in play with the younger dogs, and even allows them to take his toys from him…what a true gentleman.  He acts unfazed by the rude behavior of the youngsters and finds something else to play with, or some other activity to occupy him, like exploring.

He hasn’t shown any interest or prey-drive with squirrels and other backyard animals, and even though there aren’t any children in his foster home, we believe he’d be great with older children (non-toddlers) who would be gentle and loving with him.  But his lack of interest in prey animals doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any energy.  On the contrary, even though he’s a bit older than the youngsters he’s with, and is a medium energy GSP, he still requires ample exercise to keep him out of “trouble” and not bored.  He’ll chew and look for other inappropriate things to do if he doesn’t have an outlet for his energy.

Walter is crate-trained and willingly goes into his crate when asked.  He doesn’t exhibit any separation anxiety, nor does he have any food or toy aggression toward humans or other dogs. His fosters mentioned he may bark a little bit when he initially goes into his kennel, but quiets down quickly and seems to enjoy listening to the radio while he’s crated. 

Walter needs some basic obedience/training and can become impatient when he must wait for his food or treats…he’s very food motivated.  And be sure to keep things put away that you don’t want him to have, because he things everything within his reach is a toy put there just for him.

Walter is “like a bull in a china shop” according to his fosters.  “He’s not very graceful (rolls off the couch a lot…ouch!...but kind of comical). His fosters are of the belief Walter wasn’t an indoors dog before coming to them because he doesn’t understand what “indoor” boundaries are; meaning he’s learning new tricks later in his life…but, the key being that he IS learning.  He doesn’t know that power cords aren’t toys and could hurt him (boundary #1 lesson – no injuries) and human property isn’t his property.  To help him understand new rules, we believe time in an obedience/behavior class will help him immensely.  Not only will the lessons help him, but classes will also provide a means and way for his new family to bond with him, and help teach him the basic commands he needs to be the best and happiest companion he can be.

He has the cutest tendency to chatter his teeth when he’s excited about something, and his little “nubbin” tail goes constantly.  Walter has fallen in love with his treat filled toys and if he doesn’t have a toy to call his own, he goes off to find something.  When relaxing, you’ll find him wherever his people are.  In typical GSP fashion, he’s a Velcro dog and loves to get all the human affection he can.  His foster mom says he’s best described as “the happiest dog in the world with a heart full of love to give!  He’s a bit like a 9 or 10-year old puppy.”  She added, “he has the softest fur I’ve ever felt on a GSP, more like bunny fur.”     

Walter’s story and his personality reminds of a famous actor named Walter Brennan.  Remember him, or am I really dating myself?  He was the affable fella who played Stumpy in the 1959 John Wayne movie called Rio Bravo.  Wow…I am dating myself I guess.  Walter Brennan played the role of an older man who walked with a limp (not that our Walter has a limp), who did everything that was asked of him to get the job done and save the day!  Everybody loved Walter Brennan in his movies – always playing an older guy with tons of energy and lovability!  Just like our Walter!

The only thing our Walter requires in a new family is that his new family understands the GSP breed and recognizes that even an older GSP needs appropriate exercise, but will be cautious, willing, and patient with him and his aging bones and joints. smiley But, as was mentioned earlier, don’t let his age fool you.  He has plenty of energy left in him to make his life interesting, and yours!  Oh, and one more thing about Walter from his foster.  She says Walter must have a family willing to give him “lots of love and attention”, which by what we hear about this guy, won’t be hard at all.

If you’re interested in our Walter, please contact us for more information.  We’ll be happy to update you.

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

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MEET  GUNNE  (FOSTERED IN ILLINOIS) ***ADOPTION PENDING***


More about Gunne

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Gunne (pronounced Gunnie and sometimes called Gunner) is an 11-month old GSP puppy.  As a puppy newly in rescue, he will undoubtedly need a family with prior or current German Shorthaired Pointer experience, and a fenced yard with plenty of room for exercise.  You will be adopting a highenergy puppy.  While Gunne is sweet, adorable, and loving, he’s still very much a puppy…a GSP puppy…playful, energetic, happy, a tad stubborn, still learning how to interact with humans and other dogs, and into everything.  He needs a family with an abundance of patience and time to provide him with all the exercise AND obedience/behavioral training he requires to keep him engaged and out of trouble.  A family without small children (toddlers) will probably be best for Gunne because he’s full of energy and on the go, which may cause him to accidentally hurt small children by running into them and knocking them over.  Gunne will be well-suited and very happy as a brother to another dog sibling with a like type energy level, or as only pet; however, pairing him with another active dog will help him use his energy in a positive way.

Before we tell you too much about Gunne, we’d like to cover what adopting a puppy entails.  Prior to making the decision to adopt a GSP puppy, or a puppy of any breed, you must give serious consideration to the requirements of what is needed to raise a puppy…short-term and long-term.  Simply stated, raising a puppy involves a LOT of commitment.

Remember the Cliff Note study guides used in high school?  If so, you’ll understand what we mean when we say the following points are presented in Cliff Note style, highlighting only a couple of facts you’ll need to understand about owning and raising a puppy, namely our Gunne.

1.    Time CommitmentHigh.  Puppies demand a great deal of your undivided attention.

2.    Training NeedsExtensive and time-consuming.

3.    Cost of Care: High. Because you’re adopting a puppy, you’ll have his entire lifetime of caring for him.  Yearly Veterinarian check-ups and vaccinations, licensing fees, food, dog toys, crates, beds, misc. supplies, training sessions, etc.

4.    A Fit for All Families:  Not always.  Puppies tend to play rough and can accidentally hurt small children (babies, toddlers, under the age of 5).  Also, puppies are still growing and can be easily hurt by rough housing with young children.

5.    Love Factor:  High.  You get to soak up their love for many years!

GUNNE’S STORY:

Gunne is an 11-month old, almost solid liver GSP puppy.  He will probably be a 65-pound dog when he’s full grown and muscled up, but he currently weighs about 55 pounds.  We fully expect he’ll be adding more weight and muscle soon. 

Gunne is adapting well to his foster family and has been with other GSPs.  He hasn’t totally figured out how to socially interact and play with other doggy playmates yet, but with more time around other dogs, we’re sure he’ll figure out the “dos and don’ts” of doggy behaviors and etiquette.  We’re not sure how Gunne will interact with cats because he hasn’t been exposed to one with his foster family, so we would advise caution if he is to be homed with one.

Gunne is very prey-driven, loves watching birds, and has a pretty high energy level…after all, this beautiful boy is still a puppy and has all the energy and curiosity of a puppy.  He’s good around children, but since he’s a puppy, it’s advisable he not be homed with small children (under the age of 5), but only because of his energy level and the possibility of accidentally running into a small child.  Gunne loves playing with other dogs, in his puppy ways, and has not shown any type of aggression toward people or dogs.

Gunne LOVES to play fetch with a tennis ball (he LOVES balls!) and is good about returning them, loves his walks, and really loves to run around.  He’s pretty good on walks; however, leash walking is an area his foster family is working on with him.  He gets excited when he meets new people and will sometimes jump up if allowed, but his foster parents tell us he’s getting better all the time and not jumping much now.  Gunne’s also learning basic obedience commands and seems eager to learn and is extremely smart, too!  He’s already learned sit, come, and lay down.  Crate-training is a work in progress, but as with most GSPs, Gunne is smart (hmmm…think we’ve said that already) and quick to pick up on what his people are asking of him.  Gunne is a very social dog and much prefers to be with people and/or other dogs, as opposed to being left alone.

Have we mentioned yet that this guy is full of personality and sheer happiness?  Well, he is!  He has the cutest, long tongue he’ll use to give you big sloppy kisses and wake you up to let him out.  But then, a great big sloppy, loving kiss is much better than having an accident in the house at night…right?  You betcha!  He’s also learned to entertain himself with all kinds of dog toys and balls.  The balls seem to be his favorite and he’ll entertain himself for quite a while if you get tired of throwing it for him.  But if you give him chewable toys, you’ll need to be watchful so he doesn’t massacre them and chew them up completely and swallow the pieces.  He’d probably do this in no time flat if he isn’t monitored.

His exuberance and high energy show up at feeding time, too.  He’s able to scarf down a bowl of food in record time, so it’s best to feed him with a “slow bowl”.  Watching him eat prior to the slow bowl method reminds me of describing Superman leaping a tall building in a single bound, only substituting Gunne eating a bowl of food in a single mouthful!  cheeky

Our Gunne is 100% puppy, folks, and would really love to have a family that has all the energy and time to show him what it’s like to be with a loving family to show him all the great things in live. He’s young, very teachable, and VERY smart, which means he could probably learn how to enjoy all the activities an active family participates in…running, jogging, biking, swimming, hiking, etc.  He’s so full of curiosity and so ready to learn how to be a member of the right family.  A great big heart to share with the right people.  It would also be wonderful if Gunne has a new home where there’s another doggy playmate with the same energy level to help him work off his energy. 

You may have noticed the scar on Gunne’s front, left leg in his pictures.  If so, no worries.  He got off to kind of a rough start in his young life and before he came to ISR.  He was hit by a car and broke his leg, but it was repaired and is completely healed.  It doesn’t seem to bother him at all.  You’ll see what we mean if you get the chance to meet this boy. wink

Like most dogs heading for a new home and environment, it’s advisable for his new family to take the time to attend behavior/obedience classes with Gunne, especially since he’s so young and hasn’t really had the training needed to help him understand basic commands.  The benefits of this type of training are many…bonding, instruction, understanding, etc.  Gunne is learning basic commands with his foster family, but will need additional training before he consistently understands and responds appropriately to them.  He’ll also benefit with daily leash walks to help him understand how to behave appropriately while on leash so all involved will be able to enjoy the activity each time you head out.

Gunne’s foster parents says this about him; “Gunne is the most handsome boy and will steal your heart.  Because he’s still a puppy, he can test your patience and be stubborn at times, but he is very treat motivated and easy to train.  I think he will be an absolutely AWESOME pet.”  His fosters mentioned time and again how quickly Gunne learns things.  He’s very smart and very respectful of what is not his; he won't get on furniture/beds unless invited by actually pulling him up, and he hasn't chewed on shoes or clothes.  Being extremely food motivated helps a lot with his training.  For a young dog who had a rough start, he displays an unusual knowledge of “manners” in several ways, such as: 1) he waits patiently at the door while you put his leash on; 2) he’ll wait at the door and allow you to walk through first without rushing through the door/gate; and, 3) he doesn’t counter surf, even though he’s probably tall enough to do so.

In summary, Gunne is a very loving, sweet GSP.  He’s become quite the snuggler since he’s learned his foster family loves him as much as he loves them.  Gunne has great potential to make the right family very, very happy.  As a puppy he’ll require special care and a very devoted and dedicated family.  Adopting and raising a GSP puppy like Gunne is not easy, and if you can’t fully commit the time and attention necessary to lovingly raise Gunne from this time in his puppyhood to an adult GSP member of your family, then perhaps one of our other adult GSPs will be a more appropriate fit for you and your family.  However, if after reading this, you decide you still wish to consider adopting Gunne, then Congratulations!  We’d love to hear from you and tell you more about this bundle of energy and love!

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

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MEET  elly (FOSTERED IN MICHIGAN) *** Available***  ELLY MUST HAVE A PHYSICAL FENCE.

More about Elly

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ellie must be placed in a home with a tall, physical Fence
  • No small dogs or cats
  • Not left alone for extended periods of time

Elly is a 3 year-old GSP with medium-high level energy who will need an owner with previous GSP (or similar breed) experience.  She will do best in a home where someone is home with her a good majority of the time.  An active family and fenced yard (physical fence) is required.  She is good with older children and large, familiar dogs, but is not good with smaller dogs or cats. 

ELLY’S STORY:

UPDATE:  Elly's foster mom recently (Sept. 26th) sent us an update on this sweet girl.  She said that Elly has made a lot of progress in her foster home, especially in how much she interacts with the other dogs.  In her foster mom's words: " She is getting along wonderfully with my dogs.  Elly now shows a lot of interest in them and actively initiates play.  In fact, her new theme song is Girls Just Want to Have Fun!  She flirts, she teases, she chases, wrestles, steals toys, lets her toys be stolen, and pesters the older dogs in my home into playing with her, too!:"  Sounds like this little girl is definitely ready for her new forever home! And...we have some videos to share!  Click on the links to watch.  Video 1  Video 2

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Elly is a 3 year-old GSP that is almost all black with just a bit of white on her chest, and weighs in at a petite 40-45 pounds.  She has a lot of energy and will require quite a bit of activity to keep her exercised and happy.  She is very prey-driven and may try to attack small animals, including cats and small dogs. She will need a physically contained yard. 

Elly enjoys playing with all the other dogs in her foster home and loves to run, chase, wrestle and play “who has the stick.”  She’ll play games of fetch with sticks and balls and isn’t aggressive or possessive of her toys.  She hasn’t shown food aggression with other dogs or to people, and willingly takes treats among a group of other dogs without growling or worrying that they may take it from her.  She currently eats her meals in her crate (due to the number of other dogs in her foster home) and doesn’t focus on other dogs watching/staring at her while she casually dines in her “private restaurant” atmosphere.

Elly loves being active and is constantly on the go playing with the other dogs or playing fetch with her people.  She’ll retrieve a tennis ball, but will quickly lose interest in the game if her person loses interest and goes on to something else.  If she isn’t wrestling with the other dogs, she’s on her own pretending to be Sherlock Holmes while investigating all the nooks and crannies in the yard.  Oh, and she loves to stalk and chase pigeons if they light too close.  She settles in well for leash walks, is very well-behaved at these times, and really LOVES going out for a stroll or two during the day.  With appropriate training, Elly will also do great with an active family that wants to include her in their hiking, biking, swimming, and/or camping activities.

Elly loves spending time with people and other dogs, so if she’s left alone for extended periods of time she does experience a pretty high level of separation anxiety; therefore, it’s probably best if Elly is adopted by a family where somebody will be with her during most of her day so she’s not spending endless hours in a crate or alone in her home.  She can be a bit of an escape artist…think Houdini here…if left in a regular crate that isn’t equipped with extra latches/locks.  Elly readily goes into her crate without issues and will also ride in a crate when in a car, but her separation issues seem to kick in when she can no longer see her people.  Obviously, her separation anxiety may be an issue because she was taken from her past home/family, left at a shelter, and is once again in a new environment.  Of course, over time and as she becomes fully adjusted to her new forever family and environment, Elly’s separation issues may get better and not be an ongoing problem at all.

As we’ve mentioned, Elly loves her people, and because she’s very happy to see them, she has a tendency to jump on them as her way of a greeting.  She just gets so excited!  While this enthusiasm is very cute, it’s also very easy for Elly to hurt someone by allowing this behavior.  Her foster family is working to correct this behavior and believe she’s making good progress.  Like most GSPs, Elly’s a smart little cookie and wants to make her people happy, so she’s eager to do what’s needed to receive the praise and treat after doing something properly.  Likewise, Elly’s nose is in overdrive all the time and the counter top is a great location to get some pretty good sniffs.  Yep…she can be just a bit of a counter surfer, even though she hasn’t actually taken anything from the counter when she finds it, but it may be best to make sure goodies are put away and out of reach. smiley

Whew!  Sure seems like we’ve said an awful lot about this sweet girl without touching on all the really, really good stuff yet.  So it’s time to let you in on all the other wonderful things that makes our Elly a real treasure.

First…Elly’s as sweet as they come.  She LOVES people and loves being petted by them while lying at their feet.  A bit of a Velcro dog, like most GSPs, but we don’t think this is a bad thing.  After all, what’s more relaxing than calmly petting your beloved canine during one of your favorite TV shows, listening to music, reading a book, sitting by the fire, sitting in a lawn chair on your deck or patio, or doing whatever it is that relaxes you?

Second, Elly already knows many basic commands and seems very eager to learn and make people happy.  She already knows sit, come, down, fetch, and give.  Not much more to work on in this area, that’s for sure.

Third, Elly is well-behaved in almost all situations.  She’s great at the Vet’s office for her exams and blood work, is easy to bathe (maybe “tolerates bath” would be a better phrase…Wink Wink wink), will let you trim her nails, loves to play with other dogs her size, and will entertain herself with a Kong…as long as it’s filled with treats. LOL!

Fourth, the meaning of her name is “bright shining one” and that couldn’t be more accurate.  Elly’s personality truly reflects her name.  Just look at her sweet face and bright eyes.  As a matter of fact, Elly has become a favorite girl’s name over the last couple of years and has been used as the name of some very endearing characters in recent family movies.  Two come to mind:  Elly (Ellie) in the movie UP (Carl’s childhood sweetheart and wife) and also Elly (Ellie) as the wooly mammoth in the movie, Ice Age: The Meltdown.

All in all, we think Elly is the perfect name for this little bundle of energy – our own little “bright shining one.”

Elly is ready for her new forever home and family.  If your family is active and loving, and one that would love to nurture our Elly, then she may be the perfect addition to your home.  She has so much to offer to the right family.  Please contact us for more information about this girl.  We’ll be happy to fill you in.

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

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OTHER GSP'S IN RESCUE   

SASSY - 7 year old female

She is a mellow lady. She loves getting attention. 

AMES - young male

SPECIAL PLACEMENT NEEDS 

Ames is a handsome boy with a lower energy level. He likes to snuggle.

Ames can only be placed in a home with no access to other dogs. He will need a yard with a secure physical fence. Applicants interested in Ames must be dog saavy. 



 


PLEASE CONSIDER ADOPTING A HEARTWORM POSITIVE GSP

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.  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 disease can be grueling for the dog and their caretaker.  Appropriate and correct treatment for a heartworm positive dog can easily cost up to $1,000, but this expense does not prevent us from making every attempt to cure these deserving orphans 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 greater hardships because they have lived with this disease and fought the hard battle to beat it.  And beat it they will AND have!

Meet Pepper and Jessie.

These 2 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 allows approved adopters to adopt a heartworm positive dog; however, this can only happen if the adopters agree to follow the treatment protocol and continue to take their new GSP family member to the partner vet where he/she is currently being treated.  We are featuring these heartworms dogs as adoptable because we believe that with the right family and continued treatment, they're 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 has become 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 is heartworm positive.  We believe our heartworm dogs - cured, as well as being cured - have as much to offer their new adopters as any of our GSPs, and also deserve a chance at a new life.  

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Our Orphans Have Found Angels in Their Lives!  ISR wishes to thank our special friends who have donated to our orphans recently.  Your gifts make our work possible. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which makes your donation tax deductible. If you would like to join our efforts, please click on the Donate Paw on any page on our site.  Many, many thanks to the following donors!

ISR Donors:
In Memory of ISR Dog Ruger: Bradley Lakin and Ashley, In Memory of ISR Dog Phelps: Richard Brent. On behalf of Charlotte: Three Scoops of Vanilla, Debbie Emmons, Laurie PiekarskiStephanie Horner, Jessica Statz, Sarah Gard, David Stibbe, Donna Hurst, Anna Taylor, Holly Hirsch, Joy Beatty, Denise Sheridan, Sujata Varadharajan, Dianne Tibbs, Neeraja Lockart, Tina Mastello, Debi Carson, Lisa Marcordes, Cynthia Wiklund, Jane Schryer, Klenk’s Collision, Mike Ransom, Sherri Crawford, Kristie Katch, Rebecca Baker, Brian Myers, Rachel Blood, Karina Erickson, Robyn Gartne, Kathy Swanson, Miriam Swietek, Barbara Troy, Jack Salyer, Stephanie Boeder, Michelle Burgess McMullen, Jenna Bucholtz, Toby Ward, Elizabeth Breslin, Sabrina Granner, Fred Szponer, Judith Zimmerman, Tamra Mitchell, Calla Millwaters, Melissa Wattonville, Nedy Bennett, Tina Nelson, David Gum, Melissa Virgin, Kathryn Leyden, Rebecca Mangnall ,Carol S DeBenedet, Karen Soule, Cynthia Purtell, Karen Lee, Janet DeRoo, Sandra Pinzker, Kristy Ostergard, William Ostergard, Stephen Julien, Steph, Johnny Czerwinski, Stephanie O'Donley, Nancy Ridenour, Magdalena Szczech, Felecia Murch, Arthur Linz, Kathy Price, Kelly Kupiec, Anne-Maree Amies, Cara Dunn, Prue Dawson, Deborah Fields, Christy Carrano, Lucretia Coonrod, Carlos Almonte, Sue Hewitt, Joanne Lyth, Christiane Hecker-Schlünz, Pia Christiansson, Sandra Millwaters, Jeff and Maria Wendler, Vinyl Dog Sports, Jeremiah Waldeck, Lisa Pittiglio, Stephanie Herbek, Kathleen Alexander, Deborah Miller, Margaret Farone, Sarah Barge, The Old Brown Dog, Pamela McGrath, Tricia Bobowick, Cammay Caudillo, Amy Ducat, Dale Thomas, Marie Squire, Courtney Owens, Allison Hermann, Jonathan Crawford, Jason Trabakoolas,Tonya Zalenski, Sue Wilson, Fernando Lopez, Jacqueline Artymiuk-Moe, Jennifer Reed, Mark Galkowski, Sheila Hickmott, Kurt Hargarten, Cathy Vey, Renee Fliss, Deborah Stelmok, Phillip Peet, Melanie Balzer, Evelyn F Matkin, Earlene Simich, Billie Weeks, Kaitlyn Osterman, Carolyn Avery. On behalf of Dollie: Bill Green. On behalf of Addie: Nedy and Denny Bennett. Tonya Zalenski. On behalf of Clyde: Kelly Mesa. On behalf of Tara: Barbara Troy, Nedy Bennett, Debbie Emmons, Francine Petrucci, Sandy and Ron Pinzker, Judi Zimmerman, Jennifer Hohe, Sue Wilson, Jodi Onley, Jennifer O'Hara, Janet Burroughs, Tara Kawa, Michael Schmidt, Paul Schmidt, Stephanie Herbek, Sherri Crawford, Russ Pagen, Maria Boedigheimer, Kathy Swanson, Tricia Roth, Barbara Jo Pallo, Carolyn Kaercher, and Aaron Supita.  Christine LaLonde, Mitchell Cohen, Brenda Piekarski, Christy Carrano, David and Patti Stibbe, Catherine Kramer-Fouty in honor of rescued girl Holly (Wasabi) who brings us joy every day, Erica Petersen, Jayne Seibel, Sandra Pinzker, Richard Cashman, Erin Gabor Supita, Jo Ann Ziech, Melanie Balzer (for Sunny), Patty, Marissa and Bob Ten Eick, Jeff, Patty, and Harley Pearce, Shelbie Bontemp, Margie Holzkamp, Geri Binkin, Giving Campaign, Tracie Palmer, the Mark family, Imaginary Kids, LLC, in memory of Jack and in honor of the Lydon family, Maria Boedigheimer, the Zook family in memory of Jack Lydon, the Hicks family in memory of Jack Lydon, Dave Johnson, Forrest Pendley, Bob Wener, Mark DiTomassi for Rocky, Karen Fouts, Erika Chen, Nicolas Camino.  Bontemps family (mutiple donations), Allstate, Peapod, AT&T (multiple donations), IBM (multiple donations), Jim Mouroukas Memorial: M. Mourorukas, Rudolph Tardin, Mary Lynn Dawson, Jennifer Rochedieu, Bonnie R. Allen, Cindy Landolt, Rich and Liz Maynard on behalf of the Lochanora Home Owners Association, Lean LoPorto.  Siemans family, James and Mary Robertson. Allstate Giving Campaign, Friends of Sangamon County Animal Control.  

 

 
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