German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) Rescue of NJ is a 501c organization dedicated to finding permanent loving homes for homeless, abandoned, neglected, abused and unwanted purebred GSPs. As part of our mission, the group educates the public about the breed, and assists GSP owners as needed. Our group covers all of New Jersey, parts of New York, and assists other recognized out-of-state GSP rescues in emergency situations. GSP Rescue of NJ is part of the National GSP Rescue network.
GSPs are an energetic, loving, stubborn, but fiercely loyal breed of dogs often given up or abandoned for just these qualities! We are an energetic, loving, stubborn, but fiercely loyal bunch of volunteers committed to saving these dogs. All dogs that enter our program are fully vetted and assessed and brought to optimal health before being adopted.
As a non-profit, we raise money through awareness days and special events. We also receive donations and adoption fees. These funds go directly to the costs of vetting, care and boarding associated with the dogs in our program.
GO SHOPPING TO HELP RESCUE!!!
GSP items for Sale ! Want to show off your love of GSP's while supporting Rescue? We have the following items available for purchase. ALL sale proceeds go directly to help the dogs in need of rescue!!!
GSP Rescue NJ SHORT SLEEVE or LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS: with small GSP Rescue NJ logo on the front & large logo on the back. Short sleeve available in Sport Grey or Dusk Blue and Long sleeve is available in Blaze Orange or Black. ADULT LONG SLEEVE: $18 each, ADULT SHORT SLEEVE: $15 each. Sizes S to 2XL
MAGNETS - any style or color - $5.00 each. Choose from:
Rescue ribbon (Specify: white/black or red/white/blue)
Euro Oval (Specify: paw print, peace/love/rescue, crazy woof or yellow rescue)
Printed "Woof" word
American Heart Flag with Paw Prints
Bone Shaped (Specify: I Love my Dogs, I Love my Dog, I Love my Rescue or Rescued is my Favorite Breed)
My Rescue Rescued Me Paw Print
Peace Sign with Paw Prints (Specify: Blue or Rainbow)
STICKERS. Choose from the following styles - $4.00 each:
Oval (Specify: Woof, Dog Lover or Paw Print)
White GSP Outline
"My GSP is Smarter than Your Honor Student" Bumper Sticker
"Save my Pet in Case of Fire" DOOR CLING: Clear, removable decal for front door alerting fire/police to the types of pets in your home that need to be saved in case of a fire. No home should be without one! - $3.00 each
Metal Leash Hook “Rescued and Loved” (Specify: Paw Print or GSP) - $20.00 each
Adorable GSP Stuffed Animals. Available in Liver/Ticked (Specify Small or Large) Small $15 or Large $20 each
GSP Rescue of NJ ADULT Caps: with logo stitched on the front. Available in "distressed military style" in Beige or Black and also in a "traditional baseball cap style" in Liver or Orange. Both styles have adjustable back. One Size Fits All: $16 each
GSP Rescue of NJ Fleece Scarves: with logo stitched on the front. Available in Black or Pink. One Size Fits All: $16 each
GSP Rescue of NJ Knit Adult Winter Hats: with logo stitched on the front. Available in Black or Orange. One Size Fits All: $16 each
Handcrafted GSP Puzzles: Locally made, hand cut puzzle with stand in hard maple. Dimensions: 7.6" w x 6.7" h x .5" d $25.00
Assorted Plush Dog Toys: We have 9" fuzzy sleepy sheep and other assorted toys, 12" sport ball toys on ropes and 17" bungee toys in assorted colors/styles: $5.00 each or 2 for $9.00
Eco-Friendly Reusable Bags: Various hunting/fishing/wildlife scenes: $7.00 each
Collapsable, Reusable Water Bowl by Mud River : $10.00 each
Nylon Check Cord in Blaze Orange: 3.8” tubular cord, lightweight and tangle resistant - Specify 20 ft ($15) or 40 ft ($20) length
Leashes - Available in Camo or Blaze Orange - Specify color and 4 Foot ($10) or 6 Foot ($15) length
Nylon Collars – GSPs running (Specify red or blue) or Mud River Brand w/Quick Release Buckle in Blaze Orange or Camo (One size only fits 16"-20" neck) - $10.00 each
EVENT: Hair of the Dog 5K and Pet Fair
DATE: Sunday, May 19, 2013
TIME: 10:00 am for race start. Pet Fair immediately after. Please check their website for details: www.hairofthedog5k.com
WHERE: The Silver Decoy Winery, 610 Windsor-Perrineville Road, Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691
EVENT: Annual Beefsteak Dinner
DATE: Friday, October 18, 2013
TIME: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Rockaway Township American Legion, Post 344, 210 Chestnut Terrace, Rockaway, NJ. Please email Marin at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets or more information
We want to extend our sincere THANKS to everyone who supports our rescue program at our Fundraising Events! We enjoy meeting new friends and seeing old ones. Your generous support is much appreciated and what makes saving the needy GSPs possible. Remember, every little bit helps and without you it wouldn’t be possible!
SHOP ONLINE at these sites to help rescue. By shopping at these great stores, you are donating money to rescue without leaving home or writing a check!! You are "donating something for nothing".
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Like to help GSP Rescue of NJ in a big way? Buy something for yourself. OR better yet, buy a lot of something for yourself or someone else! iGive.com features over 400 of the most popular stores on the internet. But first join www.iGive.com. Because whenever you purchase everyday items at the Mall at iGive, up to 26% of every purchase is donated to GSP Rescue of NJ, at no cost to you! Free registration!!! Check it out! The dogs will love you for it!!!
Shop at "Helping Udders!"
Unique dog toys not found in stores! Great t-shirts with vintage pictures, dog toys, supplies and treats. Shopping at Helping Udders earns GSP Rescue of New Jersey 10% - 50% of every purchase!
Search the Web and earn money for GSP Rescue of New Jersey! www.goodsearch.com is a search engine which donates 50% of its revenue to the charities designated by its users. It's a simple concept that works. You use Good Search the same as you would any other search engine and every time you search, we receive a donation just for your searching! It's powered by Yahoo!, so the results work.
Once your done searching, you can shop at the "Good Shop Mall" and earn even more money for GSP Rescue of NJ. Every purchase made through the mall results in a donation to GSP Rescue of NJ also. There are many of today's most popular stores listed.....check it out today. Go to www.goodshop.com
Check out The Critter Gift Shop!
Critter Gift Shop was founded to help Animal Rescues & Shelters raise money for their organizations. Critter Gift Shop is an American company and all of their unique animal lover gifts are designed and manufactured right here in the USA. Please visit www.crittergiftshop.com. While shopping, click on the "donate" link on the homepage and enter coupon code: EGSPCRescue and Critter Gift Shop will donate 25% of the sale to GSP Rescue of New Jersey! It's that simple!
DONATE YOUR UNUSED CELL PHONES - IT'S FREE !
Everyone has old, unused phones lying around that we just forget about...but we need them! GSP Rescue of NJ earns money for recycling unused cell phones and it won't cost you a dime! We can accept any make or model. All you have to do is gather up your unused phones, and click on the link below. It will bring you straight to our donation site. They will give you a pre-paid postage label...all you do is pack up the phone(s) and send them on their way!
You can also collect them and bring them to any of our fundraiser events and we will take care of the packing and the shipping!
If you are interested in having us send you a "donation box" so you can have your own "phone drive" to help GSPC Rescue of NJ...please let us know!
We depend on DONATIONS from kind people like you to allow us to continue to save needy GSPs. Monetary donations help with the cost of neutering/spaying, vaccinations, heartworm testing & treatment if needed, foster care and any other care the dog may need before they can be adopted. Please help us to continue our efforts. If you'd like to make a monetary donation to our Rescue Program, checks should be made payable to GSP Rescue of NJ and mailed to:
GSP Rescue of NJ
P.O. Box 131
Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
We thank you in advance for your support.
We also accept donations of dog items. Our volunteers and foster homes are in need of the following items: FOOD, TREATS, STRONG COLLARS and LEADS, TOYS (all kinds), BEDDING, CRATES (new or used, wire or airline type, size medium to large). If you'd like to donate any of the above items or something not listed here, please email us at
GSPrescueNJ@hotmail.com so we can arrange for a pick up. Items may also be dropped off at any of our Awareness or Fundraising events. Please see our calendar above for locations and dates. Thank You!!!
IS A GSP THE BREED FOR YOU?
Anyone considering making a GSP part of their family must consider the HIGH ENERGY needs of the breed. They require stimulating exercise on a daily basis and consistent obedience training. Do not expect a dog that just lies around. If their energy needs are not met, they can become destructive in the house. MOST GSPs are surrendered to us because of their high energy level. In many of those cases the family brought a GSP into their lives without fully understanding the exercise requirements of the breed. Consequently, they could not meet those needs & sought our help in placing the dog in a new home. GSPs are a hunting breed with HIGH PREY DRIVES. They can become easily distracted and chase squirrels, birds and other small animals. Thus, GSPs are not particularly reliable off leash and are best in a home with secure fencing. GSPs also love to be close to their families and do not do well in homes when they are left alone for excessively long periods of time each day. Ideal placements are with families who can provide the animal with love, attention, training, daily exercise and most importantly make him a part of their every day lives.
Please visit www.gspca.org
for additional information on the breed to help you determine whether or not this breed is right for you.
Before you fill out our adoption application, please read the following requirements and make sure you can agree to them. These are very important to your new GSP as well as GSP Rescue of NJ. 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 forever and ever and we want to know that they are. We care about them like they're our children and care for them until they find a home. So we love them just about as much as their new families do.
KEEPING IN TOUCH: You know how you send Aunt Mary pictures of the kids during the holidays or how you jot a note to Aunt Mary 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 constantly send us updates FOREVER! We always want to know about how wonderful everything is. We know sometimes people say "Keep in touch" and don't really mean it. We really do mean it.
Along these lines, if you have any kinds of problems or issues you need help with, we ALWAYS want to hear from you. We will do our best to help you or steer you in the direction of finding help. Don't let it get to the point of "I have to give up the dog." Call us or e-mail us. There is no such thing as calling too much. The only stupid 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
GSPrescueNJ@hotmail.com. We need to keep our records updated. Besides, Aunt Mary likes to send out newsletters from time to time. Also, if 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 GSPC Rescue of NJ. So, if he or she is lost, we will get a call.
HOME AGAIN TAG: It is important that the Home Again tag remain on the dog FOREVER. Sometimes people remove them because the dog is now theirs. What they don't realize is how often that tag has found a dog's way home.
All too often people contact us and say "I found a dog with this tag." If the dog had no tag, he could not go home. If the dog had only your ID tag and no one was home at your house, the dog could go to a shelter or be released again. We've seen both happen. We've also seen cases where people were out looking for the dog and the finder calls us. We look up the information and send the dog home. If you keep the Home Again tag on along with your ID tag, then people have two places to call.
For some reason, some people think we won't give back their dogs and, therefore, remove the tag. Yes, we will! We are a rescue. We try to find homeless dogs homes, not homes for dogs who already have them! We understand dogs sometimes get away from the owners. They've gotten away from our foster homes, too, on occasion. 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: There is an adjustment period. You have to be patient & understand that adjustment period. If you think you can't be patient, it's not fair to you or the dog to pursue this adoption. If you are willing to give the dog the time & effort he/she deserves, then this will be one of the greatest blessings & rewards you have ever experienced.
►Will you call us if you have problems before it gets to the point of no return?
►Will you keep in touch with updates and pictures/stories/visits?
►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?
If your answer to each of the following questions is a resounding yes, you are ready to adopt a new family member!
To start the adoption process, please e-mail
GSPrescueNJ@hotmail.com and we will send you an Adoption Application. Your application must be approved in order to be referred for adoption of any dog in our care. All applicants are screened, a home visit is done and a vet and/ or other references are requested. Since a home visit is required, we cannot adopt long distance. We follow this protocol in an attempt to match the most suitable home for each GSP in light of its health, personality, behavior and other factors. Sometimes it will take a few days before you hear from someone. We do our best to contact potential adopters within 48 hours, but it is not always possible. Please be patient. An adoption fee is required. 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. All funds received are used to benefit rescued and future rescued GSPs.
Get Involved, VOLUNTEER!!
We are in a great need of FOSTER HOMES. We are often forced to board the dogs due to the lack of foster homes. This is a tremendous financial burden on our rescue, not to mention the stress it causes for the dogs. Boarding the dogs depletes our funds very quickly and the lack of funds will impact our ability to save needy GSP's in the future. Foster homes have saved many GSP's over the years and are a critical part of our success as a rescue group. A foster home provides a loving and stable environment and is a place where the dog can live until he or she is adopted.
If you are experienced with the breed or other high energy breeds, live in NJ or NY and have the time, space & energy to foster a GSP in your home until a permanent home is found PLEASE consider giving a great new start to a GSP! (Fenced in yard is a must). It is a wonderful experience to watch how they blossom and thrive in a loving home environment. Just think, you'll be helping a GSP who may not otherwise have a chance. How wonderful to know you had a part in saving the life of a homeless dog! Fostering is also a great way to get to know the breed before you decide to adopt.
While in shelters, GSPs usually suffer from shelter stress which makes them seem unadoptable & potential families pass them right by, this is why fostering is so important. If you're interested in fostering and giving the gift of a new beginning to a needy GSP please contact us at
Would you like to help GSPs in need, but don't have a lot of time to give? We are always in need of volunteers to help with all aspects of the rescue effort, and much of the work we do does not take up a lot of time at all. Of course, foster homes are always needed, but even if you cannot commit to fostering a GSP, there are MANY other things you can do to help needy GSPs in your area. Perhaps you only have an hour to spare now and then. We can always use help with home visits and transportation. In addition, when a GSP is in a shelter, we need a volunteer to visit their local shelter to identify and evaluate the dog or simply take a few digital photos for the Petfinder listing. There are many ways to help! Contact
GSPrescueNJ@hotmail.com for more information & to receive a Volunteer Application Form. A few hours of your time can mean forever to a homeless GSP!
About the German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a member of the Sporting Group and was first recognized by the AKC in 1930. He is a medium-size, versatile hunter and an all purpose gun dog capable of high performance in field and water. He is even-tempered, friendly, intelligent and a loyal family companion that is very willing to please. Color can range from solid liver to a bright white body with a liver head. There are also black and white or black and white ticked GSPs. Shorthairs may have blazes or may have solid liver heads, they can be ticked (small flecking with white background), ticked with large patches, or roan (such fine ticking they appear almost solid colored). Customarily GSPs have tails docked at a few days of age, but we occasionally get some into rescue where this is not done.