I was fostered then adopted by myfamily several years ago. My leg was severely injured from being thrown from the back of a pick-up truck. The driver drove me to a clinic and requested that I be 'put down' because I was not worth the medical bills.Don't feel bad for me!With my new family, I'm very happy. I can run, leap, jump, swim, and rough house with ease.
MY BIG POINT
Saving the life of a dog, is a pretty big deal in my humble opinion andYou don't have to adopt to be a big deal read on for other very important ways that you can help:
The more foster homes we have - the more dogs we can save!
Foster volunteers are extremely important to our success. Many rescued dogs are scared & need a safe environment and help in preparing for their new life.
How do you get a foster dog? First, we ask that you are an approved foster home. This simply involves filling out our online foster application .
A volunteer will come out to your home to meet you and do a quick home visit. Next, when we get information that a dog is in need in a shelter or surrender situation, we assess the dog to get a good idea about his/her ability with other dogs, cats, and fencing.
For most dogs in shelter situations, we do not know if they are potty trained, house trained, or crate trained. Foster homes need to be prepared for at least some potty training/basic obedience and helping the dog adjust to its new environment. Once it is confirmed that the foster home is available to foster the dog until it is adopted, we will set up transport through our network of volunteers to get the dog to that home.
From there, the foster home uses our vetting checklist to make sure that all of the dog's vetting is completed, and if more is needed, it should be ok'd through the state coordinator first, and then scheduled at a local vet that is rescue friendly - we have a credit card for payment, which we can do over the phone at time of checkout at the vet.
The foster keeps a file of the dog's records, which will be copied and given to the adopter at the time of adoption. Foster homes are our greatest link for successful adoptions. We want to make the best match between dog and family, so our foster homes speak with the approved adopters to see if they feel it's a good fit for the dog they are fostering.
Foster homes also are the best marketers for their foster dogs.
Foster applications in Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas are welcome!
We are only able to serve the German Shorthaired Pointers in our area because of your help and support.
Help Us Make Our Point - Please consider donating to MAK GSP Rescue.
Are you creative? Do you have free time on the weekends? We host fundraising opportunities sometimes to help raise donations for the rescue, like garage sales, and we always need help organizing and on site help.
Help get dogs to their foster homes.
Our rescue covers a large area, not just limited to Arkansas. We receive dogs from shelters in Kansas, Missouri, and sometimes even Oklahoma, as well as dogs in need in Arkansas.
We need help bringing the dogs to their foster homes. We do this through the help of volunteers using transporting. We set up routes between the shelters and the foster homes, and typically each 'leg' of the transport will last about an hour both ways, depending on where the dog is coming from.
Routes generally go through Tulsa, OK, Kansas City, MO, Joplin, MO, Springfield, MO, St. Louis, MO, Fayetteville, AR, Conway, AR, and Little Rock, AR.
Transports typically occur during weekends, but can sometimes be needed during the week.
Assessment of Shelter Dogs
Volunteers are needed to visit the dogs at the shelters to assess their health and their personality/temperament. If you have experience with GSPs, this would be a great way to volunteer.
Sometimes pictures from shelters can be blurry, and identifying dogs as purebred German Shorthaired Pointer is crucial!
A great way to introduce people to our organization & our mission. Answer questions; Attend events; help us market our need for adopters, foster volunteers, etc. Will include Saturdays/Sundays