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More about Ty


Ty is approximately 9 or 10 years old and loves to play outside, is great with other dogs, and would love nothing better than to have a fenced yard and someone to give him lots of belly rubs.  Unsure how he reacts with cats, but great with children.


Are you and your family looking for a very special, beautiful, gentlemanly GSP that is a bit older, but still has tons of energy to run and play outside?  Then we've found the perfect match for you and his name is Ty.

Ty is about 9 or 10 years old and will undoubtedly make a smooth transition to his new home and family because he loves everybody he meets.  Every person and dog he's met since he's been with his foster family has been greeted with genuine happiness and kind, gentle manners.  He shows no aggression whatsoever, with food, dogs, or humans.  He already knows basic commands, including, sit, come, and stay.

Ty is a beautiful liver and white ticked GSP who, according to his fosters, "has impeccable house manners and is really a delight."  He doesn't counter-surf, isn't interested in being on furniture, and is willing to be in his crate when needed.  Ty still has plenty of pep in his step, however, because of an old injury, he does have a very slight limp.  We've found that this slight limp doesn't bother him in the least when he's playing, or when he's on "the hunt" for outside prey.  He's pretty prey driven which means he finds squirrels, birds, rabbits, and other various outside yard critters fair game for his hunting pleasure.

Ty loves to play with his toys when he's settling down inside after outdoor playtime is over.  He's very smart and doesn't have any problem figuring out which toys/items are his to have, and which items are for his humans.  He especially likes chewing on his bones and doggy toys.  Ty has adapted well to being contained within a fenced yard and hasn't made any attempts to escape the confinement.  He's been on leash walks, but we he may need a bit more time on the leash to help him feel more comfortable with that aspect of his exercise.

Ty doesn't exhibit any separation anxiety when he has to be left and crated; however, he does have the company of another GSP in his foster home.  And by the way, he loves his playmate. Cooper.  They've become good friends and we're sure Ty would be very happy if he has another doggy playmate as part of his new family, too.  But, if he doesn't get another playmate, as long as his new family gives him plenty of attention in the form of belly rubs and ear rubs, well...he'll be happy, happy boy! 

One of Ty's funnier quirks, is that he loves to drink from the toilet.  Maybe this isn't really cute, funny, or quirky, but rather just a way for him to get the coldest, freshest water he can find .  If that's the case, then he's pretty smart, too!  With that in mind, and if you think that behavior may bother you, then you may want to make sure you keep the seats down (for you guys...LOL), and/or bathroom doors shut. 

In summary, Ty is a mellow, gentle, loving, sweet, happy-go-lucky type of guy with a lower energy level, but with enough love of life and energy to light up your life while enjoying the rest of his.  He's a real catch and we hope you're looking for a GSP like our Ty.  He's ready to meet you, so send us an email and a completed adoption application and we'll be happy to give you as much information as you may need to set up a meet and greet with this GSP gentleman.

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

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More about Fern


Fern is a 7 year-old GSP with medium level energy needs; however, we believe an active household with an active family will be a good match for her.  A fenced yard with another dog will be wonderful, BUT NO CATS or smaller animals that are allowed to wonder freely in your home.  Very good with children.


Fern (also known as Fernie) is a beautiful, all liver GSP that has only been with ISR a short time, so we’re still learning about her as each day passes.   So far, we know she’s extremely sweet, loving, and adores being with her 12-year old foster brother.  She’s very happy snuggling with him any time she finds him at home, and she especially loves sleeping with him.  She’s approximately 7 years old and is spayed.

Fern is very good with children and has lived with children from the ages of 5 through 12.  She’s very friendly, tolerant, and loving with children, but NOT with cats or animals she considers prey.  She’s highly prey-driven so beware to all those little backyard critters…probably best to give Fern a wide berth if she’s out getting good sniffs.  She’s also very smart and eager to learn and please…very GSP-like in those ways.  She’s crate-trained and already knows what sit, come, down, and leave it mean.  Fern does pretty well on leash walks; however she tends to pull a bit, so more training and time on leash walks will be helpful. 

Fernie really enjoys being with other dogs and will do well in a house with other doggy brothers or sisters, but she’ll be fine as an “only child”, too. She currently lives with 2 other GSPs and a 12-year old boy; she’s found her way into his heart and his bed. J  She hasn’t displayed aggressive behaviors toward people or other dogs with her food or toys, but she does try to eat her doggy siblings’ food, as well as her own.  She’s a bit of a food gobbler (including her treats) and happily jumps in to finish up for her 4-legged siblings (tsk, tsk).

Her foster family says she’s a very happy girl and shows you how happy she is with her cute little “wiggle butt”!  Her favorite pastime is snuggling and loving with her foster family.  She’ll often “budge” right in front of or between her GSP siblings to make sure she gets her share of snuggles and pets first.  She also thinks she’s a lapdog, wanting to be as close as she can get to you.  At 50+ pounds, she’s a bit heavy for this, but you won’t convince her of that.

If Fern isn’t getting snuggles, she loves to run in the yard and play with balls, ropes, Nylabones, sticks, flip-flops, etc.  Get the picture?  Pretty much anything she can get in her mouth runs the risk of becoming a Fernie toy.

We’ve mentioned Fern already knows several basic commands, but as with all of our rescues, we believe that Fern will, like most dogs heading for a new home and environment, benefit if her new family attends behavior/obedience classes with her.  The benefits of this type of training are many…bonding, instruction, understanding, etc.  Additional training will also help her learn better manners on her daily leash walks. 

Fern’s foster mom has loads of positive things to say about Fern.  “She loves to snuggle, sniff your face, rest her head on you, is a wiggle butt, loves attention, and is easy-going.”  All in all, it appears our Fern is a very happy girl with a ton of positive traits.

If you’re familiar with the book Charlotte’s Web, then perhaps you thought of the little girl in the book when you saw Fern’s name on our website.  In the book, Fern loved Wilbur the pig and saved Wilbur’s life right before he was going to become somebody’s next meal.  Egads!  She argues with her father that a small piglet has a right to live and grow into an adult pig.  Yay Fern!  In thinking about Fern and what she does in the story, she sort of symbolizes what ISR believes and stands for, too, but with GSPs and not piglets.  We believe all GSPs have a right to live, grow, and have a happy, loving family, which is why we have our own Fern available for adoption for the right family.

Are you ready for Fern to become a part of your family?  If so, please contact ISR and we’ll be more than happy to give you more information and even set up a visit if you think you’re a good match for this special girl.

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

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More about George


George is about 8 years old male that is ready for adoption. He exhibits some prey drive so we are not sure how he would do with cats. 


George is about 8 years old and 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 very 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 already knows commands, such as, sit, come, and fetch.  His foster family has been working on helping him understand and learn what’s not acceptable in a home. 

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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Here's a sneak peek at some of our orphans who are not yet available for adoption.  All of these beautiful, loving GSP's came to ISR heartworm positive, are at various stages of heartworm treatment, and are expected to make a full recovery!   heart Yay! heart

Please keep your dogs on year-round heartworm preventation!  Heartworm is completely preventable with proper management.

Dyno is a 6-8 year old male




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.  

If you're unable to consider adopting any of our orphans at this time, but wish to support our efforts, please click the DONATE Paw found on each page of our site. Thank you for your consideration and assistance.


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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