The officers and members of the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America (GWPCA) believe that every German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP) deserves an appropriate, supportive and loving home and the National GWP Rescue, Inc. (NGWPR) was developed in order to put that belief into action. Sponsored and supported by the GWPCA, the American Kennel Club (AKC) parent club of the breed, NGWPR is committed to helping desperate and neglected Wires whenever and where ever possible.
Who We Are
National GWP Rescue is a nationwide rescue program whose volunteers work tirelessly to provide funding, foster homes, medical care and training for GWPs found in shelters, animal control facilities and to those GWPs whose current owners are unable to provide a suitable situation.
The unstable economy has placed a strain on many families and has contributed to the unusually high number of GWPs currently in rescue. Feeling the impact of the financial downturn, animal shelters and rescue organizations throughout the United States are under—funded and over—burdened by the number of dogs and cats in their care. Oftentimes these facilities contact NGWPR and request assistance. Working hand—in—hand with governmental and local shelters, the Wirehearts Foster Care Network, provides a safe and responsible home for any GWP in need. Placed with an experienced GWPCA member—foster, GWPs that have been neglected, untrained or have medical issues quickly blossom as they are readied for their "forever" homes.
Prior to releasing our rescued GWPs for adoption, Wirehearts volunteers provide obedience, manners, and housetraining. We hold to the philosophy that a mannerly dog has a better chance of fitting into a new household. Each Wire in our rescue program goes through a temperament evaluation and a medical screening. We make every attempt to match a rescued GWP with the appropriate forever home.
NGWPR believes that Wires were designed to hunt and unlike some other rescue programs, we are happy to place dogs with field experience or bird instinct with potential owners who enjoy hunting behind a Wire. However, NGWPR insists that any rescue dog first be a house dog and companion, then a weekend hunting partner.
Finding The Perfect Fit
Because GWPS are an intelligent, high—energy breed with a strong prey—drive, they are not dogs that fit into every home. Therefore, the GWPCA encourages its member—breeders to plan litters responsibly, to screen potential buyers and educate new owners about our breed. Throughout the life of the dog, GWPCA breeders stay in contact with the owner and such constant interaction between owner and breeder oftentimes prevents a dog from finding its way into rescue.
The majority of GWPs in rescue are the result, of ill—planned breedings, puppy mills, and the commercial sporting dog kennels that sell their dogs over the internet without regard to the new owners experience or ability to care for a Wire. Yet, the GWPCA membership feels a great responsibility for every Wire, no matter its origin.