Want to rescue or rehome a GWP?

This information is presented to assist prospective adopters to decide whether they can offer a suitable home to a rescue dog.  Rescue dogs often come from loving homes where circumstances have sadly changed.  Equally, they may be in rescue as a consequence of abuse, cruelty or abandonment.   The GWP Club Rescue Co-ordinator is responsible for assessing the individual needs of every dog coming into rescue and in making the most appropriate re-homing decision for the welfare needs of each dog.  This requires exercising the maximum discretion within these general guidelines and the decision of the Rescue Co-ordinator is final in all cases.

The GWP Club will always assign priority in the adoption process to homes that have experience of owning a GWP or similar Hunt-Point- Retrieve (HPR) dog.

All prospective adopters will be subject to a home visit to assess their suitability for the adopted dog. This is performed to ensure that you can provide the needed care and required environment needed for the normal life of a dog. Not that we are going to check your checking account, but rather the conditions you are planning to ensure to your dog. Your working time may be a crucial factor for adopting.

As a general rule, we do not allow dogs to be adopted into homes where the prospective adopters work full-time, or where the adopted dog will be left alone for periods above 4 hours.  Often, it is these precise conditions that have led to the need for re-homing.

As a general rule, we do not encourage adoption into households where there are children under 5 years of age.  The GWP is a strong and powerful dog and whilst they are generally good with children of all ages, they may be boisterous and difficult to control before they settle into the new home, presenting a risk of injury to small child.

As a minimum the garden and any accessible land should be securely fenced and gated.

We will not place a dog where it is the intention of the prospective adopter to breed from the animal.  Wherever possible, bitches/dogs will be spayed/neutered before adoption, however, where this is not done adopters are asked to ensure that this is done at their own expense after a period of about 4 months, after allowing the dog to settle in the new home. Veterinary confirmation of this procedure should be sent to the Rescue Coordinator for inclusion in the adoption record.

Prospective new owners should be able to demonstrate their ability to accommodate the lifestyle and exercise needs of the dog.

Additional criteria for re-homing will depend on the assessed needs of the individual dog, for example, where a dog may be unable to mix with other dogs, is unsuitable for homing with children of any age, fretful if left even for short periods etc.   Such additional needs will be clearly communicated to prospective adopters in the Rescue advertisement.

Except in the case of an abandoned dog where the previous owner cannot be traced, the GWP Club will always attempt to obtain the medical history of dogs coming into rescue, and this information will be passed on to the adopter.  However, the GWP Club will not accept any liability for further medical treatment required by the dog, or for any pre-existing condition that has not been notified by the previous owner.

The GWP Club will, wherever possible, notify breeders of dogs which have been bred by them coming into rescue. We encourage all breeders to maintain a long-term interest in dogs that they have bred and to assist GWP rescue with re-homing such dogs when required.  In such circumstances we will inform adopters of the breeder’s details and inform the breeder of the details of the new home.

On the signature of adoption papers, the adopter assumes responsibility for all costs of dog ownership.  We strongly recommend that adopters take out Pet Insurance. Guidance and information on Pet Insurance is available on the GWP Club Rescue Website.

Where a dog has not been micro chipped/tattooed at the time of the adoption, the adopter will be requested to have this done as soon as possible (within six months) and provide a copy of the documentation to the Rescue Coordinator for inclusion in the adoption record.

GWP Rescue is an expensive operation and is funded solely by donations and fund raising.  Consistent with other rescue organisations, where a dog is re-homed, an adoption fee is charged; typically this would be £100 for an older dog (8+), and £150 for younger dogs.

Giving a German Wirehaired Pointer up for Adoption

The GWP Club, through GWP Rescue & Re-homing, is here to offer help and assistance to anyone who may need to consider finding a new home for their GWP.  We appreciate how difficult and sensitive this decision will be, and that personal circumstances change.   Our aim is to support you through this difficult time and to act always in the best interests of your dog.

Your first step in this process should always be to contact the dog’s breeder.  Reputable breeders will always want to assist owners with the re-homing of their dogs and many have made provision for this eventuality in their sales agreement with owners.  The GWP Club places a strong obligation on Breeders through its Code of Ethics and Further Guidelines to help with re-homing situations, as we believe that this is almost always in the best interests of all concerned, especially the dog.  Where breeders are GWP Club Members, please be advised that it is GWP Club policy always to advise them if their dogs have a re-homing need, so that we can decide with the breeder what is in the best interests of your dog.

We guarantee:

  • To treat your enquiry in the strictest confidence until the decision to find a new home is made and the dog advertised for adoption.
  • To do everything possible to find the right home for your dog based on his/her individual needs.
  • To home check all prospective adopters to ensure that they are suitable new carers for your dog.
  • To keep you informed at all stages of the process if you wish.

We ask you:

  • To provide us with as much information as possible about the dog and the circumstances leading to the need for re-homing, especially if these are related to behaviour or temperament.
  • To provide us if possible with Kennel Club Registration details, breeder details, vaccination records, veterinary history, micro-chipping records etc.
  • To inform us of your dogs likes, dislikes, food preferences, favourite toys etc
  • To inform us of any training and activities that your dog has had or been involved with (working, showing, trailing, agility etc.).