NORCAL GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER RESCUE INC

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 933 % Barbara Gale Treasurer Menlo Park CA 94026 USA

Mission: * To help unwanted German Shorthaired Pointers in Northern California find caring and loving permanent homes. * To provide veterinary care for each German Shorthaired Pointer rescue including spaying/neutering, vaccinations, heartworm tests & preventative, intestinal parasite treatment and any other medical care needed. * To educate potential owners about the German Shorthaired Pointer breed and its special requirements to ensure an educated decision when selecting the breed as a pet. * To assist owners in solving problems with their German Shorthaired Pointer in order to keep German Shorthaired Pointers in their current home. * To encourage owners to use their breeders as a resource of support and information. * To educate animal control officers and shelter personnel on how to properly identify a German Shorthaired Pointer and of their particular personality and behavioral traits.
Results: Over 450 GSPs saved!
Target demographics: needy German Shorthaired Pointers
Direct beneficiaries per year: 45 GSPs plus tracked over 200 shelter GSPs, and fielded numerous phone calls and emails for questions and advice
Geographic areas served: Northern California
Programs: rescue and rehoming, including a health exam by a veterinarian, age-appropriate vaccinations, fecal and heartworm testing and treatment, spay/neuter, and any other needed medical care.

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the years I've helped with transportation of dogs and materials, fostering, home visits, and preparing for and assisting at fundraisers. I've watched the organization grow and change, and met lots of dogs whose lives turned out much better than they could have because of this organization. GSPs are a nutty bunch, and often don't test well on shelter temperament tests because they're so into everything that they don't "display interest in people". The foster program provided by NorCal GSP Rescue allows these great dogs to get out of the high-stress environment of a shelter, chill out, brush up on their manners, and meet people who are ready to adopt a GSP forever.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

‘Who rescued who?’ This is the question I have been asking myself since my wife and I started volunteering for the NorCal GSP rescue group. In December of 2011, our GSP passed away unexpectedly, and we were devastated. Soon after our GSP’s passing, my wife and I found ourselves missing the love, companionship and joy we had found with our GSP, and actively started searching for ways to be involved with rescue groups in our area. My wife and I were blown away by both the warm welcome to volunteering and the amount of effort, affection and pro-active action this group takes on a daily basis to execute their rescue mission. We have been able to meet not only incredible and dedicated individuals, but also gain the love and companionship of some amazing dogs. Additionally, we were able to adopt a handsome recued GSP into our family last year. NorCal GSP implements the highest and most thorough screening and adoption standards, coupled with exceptional vet and foster home care. I have had the pleasure to witness how these tools have repeatedly ensured success at pairing up the right rescued GSP with their Forever Home and family. I admit, before volunteering with NorCal GSP, I had an obscure view of what a rescue group’s mission and involvement was. However, after my involvement with NorCal GSP, I have found joy, fulfillment, friendships and new found respect for everything NorCal GSP does for this incredible breed. Again, I ask myself…’who rescued who?’

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

NorCal GSP has far exceeded my expectations. Our GSP passed away a couple years ago and we were of course heart broken. We were not quite ready to get another dog but we missed having a dog in our life. I researched rescue groups so we could be a foster volunteer. I was so impressed with NorCal GSP Rescue's website, documentation and FAQs online, their easy to complete volunteer questionnaire and prompt response. I also love that they do home inspections. I believe in finding these dogs their true "forever home" and I appreciate all the steps NorCal goes through to ensure they are finding the right homes for the dogs and vice versa. The quality of care and service they provide to these dogs is amazing! We now have another handsome GSP in our life, one of our foster failures, and we couldn't be happier. We continue to volunteer with the adoption process as well as the foster process and look forward to helping as many GSPs as possible! I wish all rescue groups took this much care and effort when helping dogs - it is amazing!
-Lindsay

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first experience with NorCal GSP rescue was in the fall of 2010. After my old dog passed, I decided that it was time to add a new companion to my home. There was no question that my new friend would come from a rescue group. I first pursued rescue through groups from another breed. I have nothing nice to say about my experiences with these two groups... fanatical, dramatic, unprofessional and totally disheartening. As I reconsidered my adoption plans, I found NorCal GSP (my old dog was 1/2 GSP) and the amazing people who volunteer and run this very organized and professional organization! The people I met in my search for the perfect dog were wonderful were down to earth, welcoming and honest about the dogs they were representing. On my last stop, I met two dogs who "chose" me... much like cats choose their people... and even though they don't usually adopt two dogs out to one new home at the same time (these two had been fostered together so they knew they got along) they agreed to let me have both... some things just happen for a reason. The dogs never missed a beat and settled in like this had always been their home. A volunteer checked up on the dogs' progress, as did their foster mom... and we still keep in touch. Not long after I volunteered to foster another dog...and then another... and I joined the ranks of the "foster failures" and have had many wonderful interactions with this organization. I love that they have an annual rescue reuinon... the group has a very warm family feel to it. I look forward to many more interactions with this organization.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We started out fostering our Pointer with NorCal GSP and then ended up adopting him.

The foster coordinators were very helpful addressing all our first-time dog owner questions. We really felt like they cared about us.

NorCal also covered a lot of our dog's initial medical expenses, as we worked to get him healthy again.

Overall, it's been a great experience!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began volunteering with rescue group when they were going to pull a sibling of my dog from a local shelter. Fortunately the dog was pulled prior to NorCal GSP needing to step in, but in the short period of time where I was becoming eligible to be a foster parent I saw how wonderful this group is! Since then (2 yrs ago) I've fostered several dogs, assisted in other roles of the group and I couldn't speak more highly of them. They're 100% professional! They only do what is best for the dogs.

NorCal GSP offers so many resources to their foster homes and adopters - it's quite amazing and it's very well organized. I love being part of this team, and helping spread their goals!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them all the money/resources they need to make all their GSP dreams come true! :)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for Nor Cal GSP rescue for almost 5 years. The other volunteers go above and beyond to save pointers from death in shelters, and get them loving forever homes, including dogs that need surgery.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've done various different volunteer functions for NorCal GSP over the last 6 years. Sometimes it is a home visit to check out a foster family, another gig was an adoption event, but my favorite is helping with transport. What many people don't know is that transport is really the first step in that crucial difference between a bad ending for a shelter dog and a family finding their best friend.

Over the years I've seen NorCal GSP Rescue take in everything from adorable pups to discarded, sick seniors. Every dog deserves to be loved and NorCal GSP Rescue is committed to rescuing shelter dogs and fostering them until they can be placed with their new family or best friend.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with NorCal GSP for just 7 months and I feel like I am part of the family! The rescue group is so welcoming, helpful, and is for such a great cause. All the volunteers seem to have varying reasons to be involved, but we all have one thing in common and that is our love for the well being of these dogs. Having that said, that helps to create the "family" atmosphere even though most all of our communication is through social media and email with one another. I stumbled upon the rescue groups while looking into groups to adopt from, and decided to volunteer as a foster home some I wasn't quite ready to adopt. Now I can't imagine not vunteering and helping these wonderful animals out any way I can!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for several rescue organizations who all do wonderful work. But norcal GSP rescue surpassed my expectations. They are so well organized and have so many wonderful volunteers that makes it possible to save more GSPs than I ever expected. Our volunteers are always on the ball and I doubt there is one needy GSP in Northern California that hasn't been helped by our great volunteers. In the 8 months I've been with this group I have seen many dogs come into foster who may not have been adopted if it were not for the work our foster families do to help these dogs learn to fit in to family life. Our group is so careful to place dogs in exactly the right home for the dog. No dog is left behind. There is always a willing volunteer to pick up dogs from shelters or other poor living situations. I love working with norcal GSP and hope to do so for many years. Saving lives every day is what we do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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