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NorCal GSP Rescue

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Can I crash on your couch until I am adopted?

Becoming a foster home is one of the biggest impacts anyone can have in the life of a homeless dog. NorCal German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue relies on foster homes to save many dogs every year that have little hope of escaping overcrowded shelters. These foster homes provide a stable place for rescued German Shorthairs to recoup from their time in the shelter, learn necessary commands and manners, and wait for their lucky human to come along and adopt them.

If you are interested in becoming a foster home, there are two primary options:

- Long-term foster care: This is a commitment of a few months or more and is the biggest need.

- Short-term foster care: This can be anywhere from a few days to 1 month, and is usually as a back-up for regular foster homes when they go on vacation.

When a new foster home joins the program, the Foster Coordinator walks through a few key steps:

- Home visit: The Foster Coordinator or another volunteer will meet you and any current dogs, and give you suggestions for preparing your house and yard for the foster dog.

- Preference review: Go over with you what sort of dog you are interested in fostering; some people prefer only male or only female, some prefer senior dogs, etc.

- Dog identification: Once a dog in a shelter is identified, you will be contacted via e-mail as to your interest in fostering this dog (please do not contact the shelters directly yourself unless you wish to adopt a dog from them - our intake coordinator speaks to the shelters daily regarding the dogs and we want to avoid any confusion).

We do not accept dogs into the rescue program unless we have a foster home for them.

NorCal GSP Rescue needs foster homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, from Redding to Fresno and everywhere in between. If you think you might be able to help German Shorthaired Pointers in need by becoming a foster home, please respond to this posting.

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About NorCal GSP Rescue


P.O. Box 933, Menlo Park, CA 94026, US

Mission Statement

To bring about a time when every GSP in Northern California has a loving forever home.


NorCal GSP Rescue takes in adoptable dogs from area shelters and fosters them in volunteer foster homes. By fostering dogs in our homes we are able to save lives and provide the public with healthy spayed or neutered dogs. The foster home provides a transition period between life in the animal shelter and the new, permanent home. The dogs are given the opportunity to learn any needed social skills and to receive the much needed love, shelter, and medical care they deserve. When a dog is rescued from the animal shelter it receives a health exam by a veterinarian, the vaccinations appropriate for its age, and a heartworm test and preventative. All dogs of 6 months of age or older are spayed or neutered. Dogs under 6 months of age are adopted under the agreement that they will be spayed or neutered at the appropriate time. Most of our rescued GSPs have come from Northern California animal shelters. We take only those animals who are in danger of being euthanized. In order to give these dogs a chance, we must limit the number of dogs we take from private homes who are being surrendered because their owners no longer have time for them, are moving, etc. We will accept animals from the public only as a last resort IF space is available in an appropriate foster home.


We'll work with your schedule.


Anywhere in Northern CaliforniaMenlo Park, CA 94025





  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Own home/landlord allows large dogs; fenced yard

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