If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact us directly.
I Found a Dog, What Do I Do?
Call the surrounding dog shelters, pounds and humane societies and report that you have found a dog. Place an ad in the paper. Have a vet or dog shelter scan the dog for a microchip. Put up flyers at supermarkets, gas stations and etc. Do not include the full description of the dog as you want the owner to be able to provide proof that it is in fact their dog.
I No Longer Want my GSP. Will You Take It?
When we have foster space available we do take owner-turn-ins. If there is no foster space we will still work with you on finding a new home for your dog, as long as the dog is suitable to be re-homed. We ask that you get the dog up to date on vaccines and ensure the dog is spayed or neutered.
I want to know more about a particular dog on your site. What should I do?
Please fill out our adoption application even if you have filled one out at another site. We are not a part of a National GSP Rescue. There is a spot on the application where you can mention certain dogs. A volunteer will then contact you. Once approved, the applicant is directed to the foster home who has the dog. They are best suited to answer your questions.
Where do these dogs come from?
The dogs come from shelters, dog pounds, and humane societies. These dogs take priority because they are in the most immediate danger of euthanasia. We take in strays if the owner cannot be located. Owners contact us for a variety of reasons. We help if the dog is a suitable candidate for re-homing. We do not purchase dogs. We are unable to rescue dogs directly from abusive or neglectful owners - please contact your local Humane Agent, Animal Control and Law Enforcement.
Do you evaluate the dog?
We ask our volunteers to evaluate the temperament of the dog. Behavior of dog around other dogs, cats and children. Testing depends on the foster home and resources they have available. Some may evaluate a dog for hunting while others cannot. We do not accept aggressive dogs into our rescue.
Does the dog hunt?
While some of our foster homes are able to evaluate a dog for hunting, most are not. We do not guarantee a dog can hunt. There are many factors involved. So while a dog may show natural instinct on birds we cannot control human nature and how you train a dog.
Why do you require a donation for people to adopt one of your dogs? Isn't it enough that they are saving a life?
Rescue is not a business. We do not make a profit. When we take in a healthy pet, the money not used on that dog will be applied to a less fortunate dog. When a dog comes into rescue, the money goes towards spaying/neutering, vaccinations, heartworm test (treatment if positive), fecal test and worming, and microchip. The majority of our rescues do require additional vetting including surgeries for broken bones, antibiotics for infections, special foods for dogs with allergies, thyroid tests and medication, to name just a few. We also incur other costs such as pound fees, dog toys, dog food, dog beds, leashes, and collars.
Why do all of the dogs have to be spayed or neutered before they are placed?
We believe breeding should be done by responsible breeders for the betterment of the breed. Responsible breeders do health and genetic testing to help eliminate illness and defects produced by poor breeding. By spaying/neutering the dog you reduce mammary cancers and uterine infections in females as well as reducing male problems such as prostate issues, rectal cancer, and behavioral issues. You will have a decreased risk of perineal tumors associated with testosterone. Male owners tend to anthropomorphize.
Even the most well meaning pet owners can have an accidental litter. The result is a litter of pups that you will have to vet, feed, clean up after and find homes for. By preventing litters from the dogs we take into rescue, we help to remove a piece of the cycle. There are no shortage of pets out there needing homes and as long as there are irresponsible pet owners there will always be more dogs needing homes than there are homes.
You have a purebred dog and want to breed it to your new purebred rescue. Why don't we allow this?
There is no known history on most rescue dogs so you would not know what kind of traits you are breeding into a litter of pups. There are also no health backgrounds for medical issues that could possibly be passed along. For one reason or another, most of these puppies end up back into the shelter/rescue cycle. Most rescue dogs have already had a traumatic past so we want to end that life for them.
Altered pets live longer and are statistically healthier than unaltered pets. It will not hurt the dog's hunting abilities, nor make the dog overweight.
I live in ___ (outside of IN, KY, OH). Can I still adopt a dog from you?
We normally do not do long-distance (out of state) placements. We have a network of GSP rescues we work with throughout the United States so we can help put you in contact with the closest GSP Rescue coordinator. If by chance you do not hear back from anyone we refer you to, please let us know so that we can make sure they got the message.
What should I expect when adopting a rescue pet?
Be prepared to answer a lot of questions. You'll be questioned about your family, your lifestyle, and your schedule. Why? To make sure we match you to the most suitable pet and to ensure you are a suitable home for a GSP. Do not expect to adopt a dog overnight. The process does take some time. Coordinating schedules and finding the right dog are just a part of it. You should also realize that there is a time commitment required on your part. The new dog will need time to adjust. Training is a must.
Why shouldn't I buy a pup from a pet store?
How do I donate funds or supplies to your organization?
You can click on the dog bowl at the top of the page or send a check made out to:
9476 Seymour Drive
Streetsboro, Ohio 44241-5466
If you have supplies you would like to donate, contact us so we can put you in touch with the closest volunteer.