Meet Our Volunteers
TERRI and DAVID
Terri has volunteered for WGSPR since 2011. She is the current President since November 2014. Terri and David have been a foster home for GSPs, rehabilitating them and training them. They also hunt tested many of the GSP fosters in their care.
Terri and David have also transported GSPs and conducted home visits for the rescue as well as partner rescues in other states.
Terri has also fostered the GSPs with Addison's Disease because of her knowledge and experience with her GSP with Addison's. Terri and David are avid hunters and have a passion for the GSP breed.
They have been avid supporters of WGSPR with fostering, fundraisers, home visits, training, adoptions. Kurt is the current Vice President of WGSPR. Marley is their first GSP and both fell in love with the breed which is why they became part of WGSPR. They are firm believers that every GSP deserves a furever home and will continue to volunteer with WGSPR for many years.
CHAWNDEL and SCOTT
WGSPR welcomes Chawndel and Scott into our Volunteer community. They are pictured with their adopted Vizla, Ginger and their GSP Cambria.
Scott has had other GSPs over the years. He enjoys pheasant hunting and the great companionship. Cambria is Chawndel's first GSP and she loves her intelligence and loving personality. Chawndel volunteered for a couple of years at the Humane Society. Chawndel and Scott love these dogs and are looking forward to helping in any way they can!
Matt designed the single color WGSPR logo at no cost to the rescue since both his sister and Matt owned GSPs. Matt's GSP India was the inspiration for the new WGSPR logo.
Matt adopted India from Texas GSP Rescue in October 2005 when she was almost 2 years old. India wasn't much of a hunting dog, being scared of water and gun shy. India was the most friendly, loving laid back dog Matt has ever owned. India passed away on March 3, 2014 after a short battle with abdominal cancer. India's remains were brought to Wisconsin and buried at Matt's parents property. India loved coming to Wisconsin with Matt during the summers to watch the birds and squirrels at his parents house, so it was only fitting for her to return there one last time
Originally started out as wanting to be a foster family for
pets in need. Eric had a GSP name Zoe already, she is an almost 7 yr old female purebred whom had one litter of puppies. After they were adopted out she was depressed and lonely so instead of having more pups, Eric decided to try fostering and helping less fortunate dogs.
He has always loved dogs, and felt fostering would give him the best opportunity to help a multitude of them. Eric is a "foster failure" as he fell in love with his first foster Rusty, a GSP lab mix (but Eric thinks Rusty has some pit in him by his looks). Rusty is the biggest baby and sweetest dog and Eric is grateful Rusty is a part of his family...Eric is glad he failed at fostering. Eric has been assisting with home visits and will be helping with transports when needed.
KYLE and ALEX
Kyle and Alex have been volunteering with WGSPR since 2013. They have three dogs, Tanner being one of which became a foster failure. They found their other GSP, Mack through WGSPR as well and recently just adopted their weimaraner Zoey. Kyle and Alex instantly fell in love
with the breed when they got their first GSP. Alex is the secretary for the rescue and they both do home visits, transportation, fundraisers and events, and fostering when their crazy schedule allows. Kyle and Alex love WGSPR and will be active in for many years to come.
TIM and JILL
Tim and Jill Jones. We live in western Wisconsin. They have 3 dogs. GSP named Gracie, chocolate lab named Bella, and yellow lab named Prince. Tim and Jill are looking forward to helping WGSPR in the future.
SHAWN and LESLIE
Shawn and Leslie live in Western Wisconsin and are new to WGSPR but not to GSP's. They have owned GSP's continuously since 1992. They have learned a great deal about the breed over the years including having two litters of puppies and all that entails. Shawn has trained dogs for Natural Ability, Utility and Invitational NAVHDA Tests as well as and AKC Master Hunt tests. He also served on the Minnesota NAVHDA board of directors for several years. These versatile dogs have a special place in their hearts and they look forward to giving back in any way they can.
BRUCE and DENISE
Denise their granddaughter Ava, and their 2007 WGSPR Rescue Bailey. These 3 are walking in a benefit for the Waukesha animal welfare organization.
NEIL and LAURA
Brutus came into our lives from WGSPR, Inc. on Saturday, May 15, 2010. Neil and I were returning from breakfast and we needed to stop at Petco for cat food. WGSPR had a display with some dogs available for adoption. I wanted to look but Neil was hesitant because he didn’t want a dog. Brutus came up to me and I immediately fell in love. Neil stood with his arms crossed and said “We are not getting a dog”. Another couple was also interested in Brutus and they were on the adoption list but they wanted to see how well he walked on a leash. I was heartbroken because they showed up at Petco to walk him and I knew they would be in love. Neil said (which was unexpected) “Let’s go into the store and get what we need and if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be”. We came out of the store and 4 hours later Neil and Brutus were mowing the lawn together and have been inseparable ever since. We knew nothing about the breed or about the new family we would have for life with WGSPR, Inc. They have helped us along the way with every little question and provided support when my baby wasn’t feeling well. We have also been lucky to be foster parents to other GSP’s that have been rescued. Brutus in now 10 with CHF and they have been with us every step of the way.
Lisa founded WGSPR to help save GSPs in Wisconsin. She built the rescue from the ground up to make it what it is today. She is still very active in the rescue helping with fundraisers and providing guidance to the current WGSPR volunteers. Without Lisa, WGSPR wouldn't be in existence. Lisa is pictured with her girl Destiny.
Mark enjoy's hunting, fishing, dog training, riding his Harley, and just dogs in general. Mark has 3 GSP'S of his own. One of which was a rescue found through WGSPR but not adopted through them. Mark looks forward to helping out with WGSPR in any way possible.
KITTEL FAMILYAfter losing our beloved rescue "mutt" Leini to illness in September 2013, the Kittel family was feeling lost. By Spring, we knew we wanted to rescue another dog. We met the wonderful people of Illinois Shorthair Rescue and some of their dogs at a pet expo. We fell in love with this breed and became approved adopters. Eric found what he thought was our perfect match on their website, and we were soon off to meet Raja. From the minute we met him, we were all smitten. He came home to live with us in April 2014. Raja has been the perfect ambassador for this breed to our family. We stay in contact with his foster family, the Illinois Shorthair Rescue, and were thrilled to be a part of a freedom ride for Elvis the dog with them. We've enjoyed the annual reunions with Illinois Shorthair Rescue and the girls were thrilled to assist with the auction last year. Seeing Elvis with his new forever family at this reunion made us want to get involved more with rescue.
In December 2014 we relocated to Cedarburg Wisconsin for Eric's job. We are excited to get involved here with the Wisconsin GSP rescue.
-Eric, Jodi, Grace, Hope and Raja Kittel
The first dog Travis and I adopted together was a GSP and we absolutely fell in love with the breed. Since owning a GSP we’ve regularly followed the WI rescue on Facebook and decided it would be a great organization to get involved with! When we are not at the local dog park burning off that GSP energy, we enjoy fishing, working on house projects, and planning our upcoming wedding! The picture is the two of us with our GSP, Nala, and our Springer Spaniel, Simba. – As you could probably guess by the names, we are big Disney fans as well.
Alexis works in an assisted living facility. In her free time she loves spending the weekend up north and during the winter she snowmobiles. Alexis loves being around dogs. She is excited to get started on fostering for WGSPR.
Brian has volunteered for WGSPR for 15 years. He has helped many dogs and new owners with behavior issues and hunting ability evaluations.
Brian has handled dogs in AKC and NAVHDA tests. He is an avid hunter and enjoys introducing people to the GSP breed.