Illinois Shorthair Rescue is a non-profit, breed specific rescue group serving Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Our mission is to rescue German Shorthaired Pointers and educate the public about this amazing breed. We place them with responsible, loving families where they are cared for until we find them their forever home.

We rescue GSPs from many circumstances: animal control facilities, humane societies, owner relinquish, puppy mills, and conditions involving cruelty and neglect. Our rescued dogs receive loving care and medical attention. They are fostered in private homes and live indoors as family companions while they wait for their forever homes.

At Illinois Shorthair Rescue, we believe ALL unwanted and discarded German Shorthaired Pointers deserve the chance to find their special forever home. A special place where they will receive the love and care they deserve.

Rescues that are awaiting adoption. Read more about them and others by clicking HERE.



If you’re unable to adopt right now, but wish to contribute and support Illinois Shorthair Rescue and our orphans, please consider one (or more) of the following options.

FOSTERING: ISR is always in need of dedicated fosters. Sadly, people abandon GSPs faster than we can rescue them…especially when we don’t have enough fosters to house them. Regardless of how many foster homes we have, it seems we are always in desperate need of more. Because someone decided to open their home and heart to foster for us, every orphan on our Adoptable Dogs page is living with a loving foster family instead of being held in a scary shelter.…or worse. 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. Please consider fostering…even short-term fostering is helpful. Look on the website under VOLUNTEER FOSTERING for more information. Interested or have questions? Email the ISR President.  Our future rescue dogs thank you from the bottom of their hearts!

AMAZON SMILE: Do you order from Amazon? If so, you can help our orphans simply by designating Illinois Shorthair Rescue as your charity recipient through the Amazon SMILE program (free at smile.amazon.com). You’ll find the same selection and shopping convenience as on Amazon and 0.5% of your purchase price will go to ISR. To shop using AmazonSmile, go to smile.amazon.com from your web browser or mobile device. On your first visit, before you start shopping, designate Illinois Shorthair Rescue as your charity to receive donations from eligible purchases. Then shop away! Every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com results in a donation to help us rescue and care for more Shorthairs!

OTHER OPTIONS: Can’t adopt, foster, and you don’t shop at Amazon? There are still many other ways to volunteer with us. Visit the VOLUNTEER page to find out about other volunteer opportunities. When you’ve found your “perfect” opportunity, take a few minutes to complete the online application and we’ll definitely be in touch!

DONATE: Still looking for something and weren’t able to find your “perfect” opportunity? Monetary donations are always needed and very welcomed. You’ll find a DONATE button on many pages throughout our site or visit our DONATE page to find different forms of payment options we accept.

Please help spread the word about Illinois Shorthair Rescue. You never know who may be waiting in the wings for an opportunity to volunteer and contribute to such a worthwhile cause.



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.