Adoption Process

Before filling out the adoption form, read all about the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) to make sure the breed is a fit for your lifestyle.

otto adoptsmIt’s also important to understand GSP Rescue of NJ’s process and requirements. These are very important to your new GSP and your family! We are a rescue organization. We are not a shelter. We rescue dogs from shelters and homes where they are unwanted, or their families cannot care for them.

That means we want them to be safe and happy for the rest of their lives and we want to know that they are. We care about them like they’re our own and often take them into our homes until the find one of their own. That means we take great care into matching the right dog with the right family.

To that end, please note, Many of the dogs we have available do NOT make it to our website. Approved adopters are given priority as we seek the right fit and are informed of dogs through our vast GSP rescue network. So the sooner you are approved the better! The right dog comes along at the right time. We get puppies and seniors, and dogs of all ages in between.

First you fill out an application. A volunteer will contact you, usually within 48 hours, to review your information. Remember we are an all-volunteer organization so please be patient with our response time.

gerryoldguyThe next step would be a home visit and a vet reference. We cover all of NJ and most of NY, so since a home visit is required, we cannot adopt long distance. (If you live out of the area and want a GSP, we can refer to the GSP rescue that covers your state.)

We follow this protocol in an attempt to match the most suitable home for each GSP in consideration of its health, personality, behavior and other factors.

An adoption fee is required. This “donation” is used to benefit future rescues in need.

ALL of the dogs adopted through the GSP of NJ Rescue Program are spayed/neutered before placement, no exceptions. They also go to their new homes fully vaccinated, heartworm checked, and microchipped.

Our Expectations
Keeping in Touch:
You know how you send Aunt Mary pictures of the kids during the holidays or how you jot a note to tell her how little Tommy got an A in history class? GSP Rescue of NJ wants to be Aunt Mary. We want you to send us regular updates!


We know sometimes people say “Keep in touch” and don’t really mean it. We really do mean it. We want to hear how wonderful things are but are also here, if you have any kinds of issues with your new GSP.

We will ALWAYS do our best to help you or steer you in the direction of finding help. Many of our volunteers are long-time GSP owners, some are trainers and some even show their dogs. We have great resources! Don’t let it get to the point of “I have to give up the dog.” Call or email us. The only dumb question is the one that doesn’t get asked.

Moving: It is extremely important that if you move, you let us know where you are. Please email your new contact information to us at

We need to keep our records updated. Also, if for any reason your dog gets lost and someone finds your dog and calls us, we need to know how to find you to return your dog. Remember, your dog is microchipped and wears a Home Again tag registered to GSP Rescue of NJ. We remain vested in the dog for its lifetime.

Home Again Tag: It is critical that the Home Again tag remain on the dog FOREVER. Sometimes people remove them because the dog is now theirs. BUT this is how your dog will get home should he or she ever get lost.

We know you don’t think it could happen. You don’t leave your dog unsupervised in the yard. You lock the front door. The fence is secure, etc. But it DOES happen through no fault of your own. We have seen it all! Hank

Some people get worried, think we will blame them and won’t give back their dogs so they remove the tag. Yes, we will! We are a rescue. We find homeless dogs homes, not homes for dogs who already have them!

We WILL give you back your dog, and it is important they keep the tag on their collars so they can be found.

Adjustment Period Patience: For any dog, there is an adjustment period. You have to be patient, understand and be willing to work through it. Some dogs acclimate like they have always been part of the family. Some push your buttons and your limits! (just like kids)

If you don’t have patience and commitment, it’s not fair to you or the dog to pursue adoption.

So if you can answer yes to the following, we WELCOME your application!!

  • Will you keep in touch with updates and pictures/stories/visits?
  • Will you call us if you have problems before it gets to the point of no return?
  • Will you let us know when you move and give us your new address/phone number?
  • Will you keep the Home Again tag on your dog forever?
  • Will you be patient and understanding through the adjustment period?

Click here for Adoption Application.