Our Neighbor: Texas GSP Rescue




Posted on December 3, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 1 at 12:43 PM

German Shorthaired Pointers are active, highly intelligent and loyal family watchdogs.

"These guys just bring me so much joy — they really do," said Hillary Schatz, who adopted her dog Dexter through the Texas GSP Rescue Group.

It's a foster home-based rescue that saves German Shorthaired Pointers from area shelters, where they run the risk of getting euthanized.

"I can't imagine her being euthanized at such a young age," said Julius Aguilar, who fosters rescued dogs. "She has so much life left; she has so much love to give. She's what I call 'Velcro,' because she follows me everywhere."

Aguilar says the non-profit rescue group typically places 80 to 100 dogs a year in permanent homes. He says they don't depend on shelters to do all the work.

"It's up to people like myself or others to pick a particular breed or pick an animal that you're passionate about and try to go out there and assist with that particular breed," he said.

GSP Rescue takes the animals to a veterinarian, has them spayed and neutered, and prepares them for adoption. Many times group members use their own money when funds are low.

Their greatest need is for volunteers to provide foster homes.

With 40 GSPs now waiting to be adopted, the group needs foster parents who are willing to help these loving animals.

"I'm hoping people see these dogs and make a connection with these dogs," Aguilar said.

German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of North Texas believes every dog deserves a chance to live, and they're doing their part to save as many lives as possible. That's why we name them today's Our Neighbor.

Texas GSP Rescue is having a fund-raising microchip clinic this Saturday, December 5, at the Bark N Lounge in Keller from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They will chip dogs for $25. If you'd like more information on how you can help them or how to adopt the dogs, or if you know someone we could feature in a future Our Neighbor report, contact me at the e-mail address below.

E-mail cizzy@wfaa.com