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Do you have a few hours to spare now and then? Do you love GSPs and have knowledge of the breed? Do you enjoy meeting compassionate people? If so, becoming a German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue volunteer may be right for you.

Click here to fill out our Volunteer Application!

How Much Time Will You Have To Dedicate?

It's really up to you. You can spend as little or as much time as you are able. Since we are all volunteers, we have busy lives outside of rescue. Often just a few hours of "help" makes a big difference. We always welcome new additions to our rescue family! If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please contact  Michelle Michaels

 

What Will You Be Asked To Do?

Here are some of our volunteer opportunities:

 There are many tasks associated with rescue. Some require a larger time commitment, others only a few hours per month (or less) Here are some examples:

Foster a Homeless GSP: Fostering is the both the hardest volunteer job and the one we need most. Being a Foster Care provider to a dog in need takes a considerable amount of time, dedication, patience, and genuine caring. It is perhaps the biggest commitment one can make in volunteer work; it is not a job for everyone. Read more below about becoming a foster home.
Time Committment: Several weeks to several months.

Visit a GSP in a shelter: Confirm the dog is a GSP, evaluate their temperament, interaction with you, general manners, knowledge of basic commands and how well they behave on lead.
Time commitment: Depending on the location of the shelter, this task can take under an hour.

Call a vet for a reference: We must have a veterinarian's reference for each applicant. We simply need to know if any current/past pets are current on vaccines and receive regular veterinary care. Determine if there are any glaring concerns.
Time commitment:
These calls generally take 5 minutes.

Evaluate a new surrender: When we get a call from an owner who wishes to surrender their GSP for adoption, we need volunteers to "visit" the family and evaluate the dog, take photos, etc.
Time commitment:
Depending on location, this may take a few hours at the most.

Contact a potential adopter: When we receive a new application from someone wishing to adopt a GSP, we review the application carefully. We speak with them to get a feel for their knowledge of the breed, their family dynamic, their experience with dog ownership, etc. We ask questions about fencing, other animals in residence and cover any "red flags" that appear in the application.
Time commitment: The length of each call will vary.

Home visits: Visit the home of a potential adopter. Meet the family members and any current pets in residence. Evaluate fencing, lifestyle, proximity to a busy street, confirm all family members are on board, etc. Essentially, you are simply trying to determine whether this is a home in which you would place your own dog.
Time commitment:
Depending on location, this may take a few hours at the most.

Transport a dog from a shelter to foster home: If we accept a GSP into foster care from a shelter, they often need to be removed from the shelter and transported to their foster home.
Time commitment: Depending on location, this may take a few hours at the most.


So, you’d like to become a foster home for GSP Rescue NE…

Here’s some basic information on requirements:

1.      You must successfully complete our application process which includes a vet or personal reference, a phone interview and a home visit.

2.      You must have some breed (or similar breed) experience, recognize the exercise requirements and special needs of a GSP.

3.      You MUST have a fenced yard. Either invisible underground wired fencing or traditional fencing is acceptable to us.

4.      You must have an environment safe for leaving a foster dog alone for short periods or for “down” time i.e. crate or securely gated off safe area like a mud room or laundry area where he/she cannot damage your home or himself/herself.

Here’s what we expect of our foster homes:

1.      The foster dog will live with you as a family member. The foster home’s job is to evaluate a dog as to temperament, behavior, eating habits, bathroom habits, reactions to various family members. Patience with the dog in all issues is a must.

2.      Most times our dogs will need some additional vet care so we ask you arrange that with our guidance.

3.      Communication with the Board of Directors: responding to emails, phone communications promptly and appropriately. We will work with you closely to assist with common issues such as house training, behavior or health issues but you must communicate them to us.

4.      Flexibility: while we try not to have any surprises when we are dealing with living things (both 4 legged and 2 legged) things can change. If sudden changes in plan are hard for you then fostering is not for you. Rescue is fluid and always changing.

5.      The foster home will assist in the placement of our dogs as part of a team once we have a good feel for the dog. All of our dogs are placed in foster for at least a week so we can be sure of how the dog behaves. We want YOUR input as to what the foster dog is about before placing him/her in a permanent adoptive home.

6.      Some foster homes do end up adopting a dog however it's important to remember that this is not a "try one on for size" situation. Because we have a waiting list of approved adopters (in some cases they have waited many months) most times we have an adopter in mind before the dog goes into foster. We assume all foster dogs are moving to a permanent home unless it is discussed prior to Rescue contacting potential adopters.

What you can expect from us:

1.      As much information as we have about the dog. For instance, we will not place a dog in a foster home with children if that dog has been surrendered because it’s intolerant of children. However, we are only as good as the information we receive so we always err on the side of caution. We will identify any known or suspected issues so you are fully informed.

2.      Rescue will pay all vet expenses, special needs (crates, dog beds etc. if necessary).

3.      We will provide you with support for any issues that come up such as house training, behavior issues etc.

4.      We will provide food if requested.

5.      Communication!

If you can open your home to one of our dogs in need, please fill out the volunteer application. By& adopting you save one dog, by fostering you can save many dogs.

 

 
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