Ohio Shorthair Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to placing rescued German Shorthaired Pointers in Ohio and parts of Indiana and Kentucky into new homes. We are funded by donations, fundraisers, and adoption fees, every cent of which is used to pay for the care of the GSPs in rescue.
No matter where we get the call from regarding a GSP in need of a new home, whether shelter, pound or owner surrender, we start by asking a lot of questions and sending a volunteer in the area to evaluate the dog. Because our volunteers are experienced with German Shorthaired Pointers, they are able to gather a lot of information regarding the dog’s temperament, energy level, manners, general health, and how well socialized he or she is with people and other dogs. This thorough evaluation allows us to determine the best foster home for each dog and gives us a pretty good idea of what type of permanent home would work best as well.
Every GSP in our care is examined by a veterinarian upon intake, usually within 24-48 hours of entering rescue. They are tested for heartworms and intestinal parasites, brought up to date on all vaccines, microchipped and spayed/neutered. Because many of our dogs were strays, they sometimes come to us with other medical needs – infections, cuts/scrapes, injuries, etc. – that need attention as well, and we make sure that they receive whatever they need.
Our carefully screened foster homes provide indoor, loving, nurturing homes for the GPSs in rescue until their forever homes are found. We are always in need of good foster homes with GSP experience. Because we do not have a physical shelter, if we do not have a space available in a foster home, we do sometimes have to turn away GSPs in need. If you are interested in helping to save the lives of homeless GSPs by giving them a temporary loving home, please complete our foster application.
Potential adopters must be approved through our screening process before a placement is made. The first step in the process is to complete the adoption application. Once we receive an application, a volunteer will be in contact with the applicant within 2 weeks. We take a variety of things into consideration when placing a dog: previous GSP experience, activity level, work schedule, planned activities with the dog, etc. Our main concern in any placement is finding the best home for each dog’s individual needs.
After the Adoption
Even after the adoption, we are committed to supporting each adopter and dog. Adopters are encouraged to keep in contact with us. We love to receive updates and photos of dogs we have adopted out. We are also always willing to help with any possible issues that may arise in the future. Because we have placed so many dogs, there is a good chance that we have dealt with similar problems and can offer advice, or we can recommend a trainer or behaviorist in the adopter’s area.