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Adoption process.

Adopt a GSP

Adopting a German Shorthaired Pointer is a big decision. You are taking into your home a dog that is intelligent, loyal, fun loving, full of love, and yes, has a lot of energy. However, owning a GSP will bring you so much enjoyment, fun and fulfillment. They have this wonderful way of wiggling right into your heart.

The process.

All Points West GSP Rescue is looking for responsible and caring people to give a GSP their much needed second chance at happiness.


The first step is to fill out the application. The quickest way to get the adoption process started is to complete the online adoption application.


Now the fun starts! It is time to really review the available dogs on our website and let us know which ones you are interested in so we can try to make the perfect match for your family!


If at this point you are approved to adopt, APWGSPRs Adoption Coordinator will help guide you to the appropriate dog for your family.

Adoption fees.

Puppies up to 16 weeks $500
4 to 12 months $450
12 to 24 months $400
2 to 7 years $350
7+ years/Senior $300


The first step to begin the adoption process is to fill out the application. Please provide as much information as you can about your family, other pets, activity level, and why you want to adopt a rescue German Shorthaired Pointer. While we encourage you to let us know on your application if one of our dogs has captured your interest, we use this simply as a guide for matching and your listing of a specific dog in no way implies claim to this particular dog.

Our highest priority is always to the dog, to match all of our rescued shorthairs to the best home possible for their specific needs. Pre- approved adopters are given first priority if we receive in a new dog that is a match for them so we encourage you to complete an application, particularly if your adoption timeline is flexible. 


 You will be called or emailed shortly after your application is received, usually within 5 business days, to further discuss your application and what you are looking for in a German Shorthaired Pointer companion. We will also determine whether we currently have any GSPs that we feel might fit in your family situation.

Reference checks

All references will be checked prior to a home visit. We will contact your current vet, if you have one, to verify that any pets already in your home are current on their annual exam, vaccinations and spay/neuter. We email personal references (if email is provided) or call them if necessary. Email is best to keep the process timely and to avoid playing phone tag and your references can respond when they are available. We recommend that you reach out to your personal references to let them know we may be contacting them.

Home visit

A volunteer will come to your home to visit with you and discuss care of German Shorthaired Pointers. Also, the volunteer will look for any potential problems and check to be sure that your fencing is secure. Your home visit does not mean you have been approved. The home visit will either be done by one of our volunteers or another affiliated rescue group.


After the above steps have been completed all your information will be reviewed and a decision will be made about adoption. If at this point you are approved to adopt, APWGSPRs Adoption Coordinator will help guide you to the appropriate dog for your family.

Talk with a foster family

If a GSP is identified as a potential match, we will put you in contact with the foster home so you can have a more detailed discussion about that particular dog. Based on that conversation, if the foster home and you agree that the dog continues to appear to be a good match, you will schedule a visit to meet the dog. The rescue dog will need to meet all members of the family, including other pets, at some point during the process. 

Adoption agreement

If after meeting the dog, everyone agrees he/she is a good fit for your family we will ask you to complete an adoption agreement. For the protection of the dogs we place, everyone that adopts a GSP from APWGSPR will be required to sign an adoption contract. If you do not agree to the stipulations in the agreement exactly as written, we cannot adopt a dog to you. Please note that we reserve the right to deny anyone the ability to adopt any dog from our rescue program for any reason.  All adoptions are at our sole discretion. If you would like additional information on our adoption contract you can email and a copy of our contract will be sent to you electronically.

Adoption donation

These monies help to defray some of the medical and other costs we incur while the dog is in our care. Pay by check or credit card (via PayPal). All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, wormed, current on vaccinations, heartworm tested and microchipped. Occasionally, a dog requires special vet care while in our program. We will provide you with the dog’s veterinary records so you will be fully informed of any known medical conditions.

After the adoption.

Lastly, and most importantly, your new companion comes a lifetime of love and laughter! We love to get periodic updates and photos of our rescues. They all have a special place in our hearts. If you would like to share a story and photos, please email us or “Like” us on Facebook and post photos and stories there.

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