First of all, thank you for contacting Wisconsin German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue . We will do everything we can to assist you in selecting a dog that's right for you. There are certain protocols that you will need to go through in order to adopt a dog through Rescue.
Adoptions are simple, we match the dog to the family and and the family to the dog. First step is to complete our adoption application. Suitable applications will be contacted to set up a time for a phone interview, reference check and home visit .
Once these 3 things are completed and you become an approved home we will gladly match you with a perfect lifelong companion. While it may seem like an arduous process, it helps us to ensure that every GSP in our care finds the perfect placement. We stress finding “furever” homes for our furbabies, not just another place to live. In the present economy, many dogs find themselves "out on the street" due to financial reasons.
We will NOT adopt our GSPs into a home where they will be an outdoor dog.
As we are a volunteer organization, we appreciate your patience and support. We understand that you may be working with other rescues or shelters in your search for the perfect pet. Please be aware that there may be other interested applicants in the dog you are interested in. We do not hold dogs. If you are interested in a particular GSP, you should arrange to meet that dog as soon as possible following approval.
Please understand that the responses to your emails are sent by volunteers, the person checking your references is a volunteer, the person coming to your home for a visit is a volunteer and the foster home that responds to your questions and makes time for you to meet the dog is a volunteer. Should you decide not to adopt from our Rescue, please consider making a small donation in appreciation of the time our volunteers spent working with you.
Things to know about bringing your new family member home:
You should always crate a new dog, they should not be left unsupervised in your home until they have earned your trust.
The new dog and your current dog will need time to adjust to each other and the home. Expect a few transitional accidents even with a house trained dog.
When introducing the new dog it is important to remember that the dogs will need an opportunity to get to know each other and there are things you can do to make it more successful. Please ask for additional information if you are interested, but some absolutely essential things are: You should feed the dogs separately until they have earned your trust. All toys, bones, or anything that could instigate a guarding of resources should be removed until the dogs know each other better.
Lastly, and most importantly, we LOVE to receive updates and photos of our rescued dogs in their new homes! Every one of them holds a special place in our hearts and catching a glimpse of them in their new environment with people who love them is quite rewarding for us. We also use pictures sent throughout the year in our next years calendar. Please email us with your updates, stories and photos! Send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org