• Adoption Process

  • Thank you for your interest in adopting a GSP!

    Adoptions are simple: we match the dog to the family and the family to the dog.

    Here's our adoption process:

    1. Complete our online adoption application.

    In the application, include any GSPs available for adoption that your family is interested in adopting. WGSPR will review your application and follow up with you via email or phone. WGSPR will conduct a veterinary reference check and background check. NOTE: It is WGSPR policy that any applicant that has current pets has an up-to-date heartworm test and give monthly heartworm preventative in order to be approved to adopt. If you pass the initial check...

    2. Receive a home visit from WGSPR at a jointly agreed date/time.

    WGSPR will contact your family to set-up a home visit appointment. The home visit is a chance for WGSPR to get to know your family, your lifestyle, and answer any questions your family has about the breed, the adoption process and more. After the home visit, WGSPR will determine and notify your family if you are approved for adoption. If declined, we will provide the reason we are not able to allow you to adopt from us. If you are approved... 

  • Did you know?

    All of our GSP rescues are placed in foster homes, all over the state of Wisconsin. We do not have a shelter/kennel location.

  • 3. Connect with the family who is fostering the dog you are interested in.

    WGSPR will put you in contact with the foster family to further discuss the GSP that you are interested in. Here is a great opportunity to ask questions of the family who knows the dog best. If you want to continue in the adoption process with this GSP...

    4. Schedule a Meet-and-Greet with the dog (& foster family).

    Your family and the dog's foster family will set-up a Meet-and-Greet at a jointly agreed date/time. WGSPR requires your family, as the potential adopters, to travel to the foster home for the Meet-and-Greet. At the meet-and-greet, the GSP and your family will determine if you're a good fit for each other.

    At this point, the foster family will also assess your family's match potential with this GSP. WGSPR foster families have the FINAL decision on the family that will adopt the GSP rescue. Considerations include initial online application, home visit, meet-and-greet and overall best fit and safety considerations for the GSP rescue. 

    WGSPR strives for a perfect match between your family and the GSP. During the meet-and-greet, your family may realize that this GSP isn't a good fit. If you are still interested in GSPs, we encourage you to consider other GSPs available for adoption.

    5. Finalize adoption!

    Finalization is an exciting time for your family and your dog. WGSPR will contact you to complete all the necessary paperwork, submit the adoption fee (more information below) and provide you with a welcome kit. Read more about welcoming your new GSP to the family!

  • NOTE: The length of time the adoption approval process can vary and is dependent on the schedules and availability of our volunteers and the applicant(s). We ask that you please be patient through this process.


    • WGSPR follows National GSP Breed Rescue Protocols.
    • WGSPR does not hold dogs.
    • If you are interested in a particular GSP, you should arrange to meet that dog as soon as possible following approval.
    • WGSPR is unable to ship our GSPs to other states. W
    • GSPR cannot promise any of our GSPs are hunters.
  • Adoption Fees

    Puppy (under one year)$375
    Mature (8 years and older)$200
  • "To love a dog that has been discarded by another proves to that dog that love really does exist."

    ~Christi Cooper