Finding the Perfect Hunting Pet Can Be Easy, But There are Lots to Consider!
Contact us and let us know what you would like to find in a dog. Don’t forget to mention the breed, type of hunting you enjoy, and the level of training experience the dog needs or any special needs or considerations.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the difference between adopting and fostering?
Adopting is permanent placement.
Fostering is temporarily housing and caring for a dog until they are placed. Fostering is a volunteer effort.
Contact us for more info on each position.
How much does adopting cost?
Their cost is relative to their experience and training, but at least as much as a new pup would cost to purchase. After evaluating the age, abilities, and potential as breeding stock, their adoption fee will be established accordingly. Each dog is different.
What does the adoption fee go towards?
The fee goes to support our efforts in rescuing, feeding, and rehoming these dogs and the expense of caring for them (including vet checkups and associated care) in the interim.
Will I need additional veterinary services?
Typically, no. All our dogs will have been screened by a vet for health clearances before entering the adoption program.
Just wanted to let you know how happy we are with Pepper! She is an incredible retriever with a solid point. I’ve owned close to 28 dogs in my life and I would put her in my top 5! Looking forward to hunting her. Thank you, Pat!
Terry Bristol / Spokane, Wa
Adopted: Pepper – German Shorthaired Pointer
My name is Jenna and I am 11 years old. We adopted Tessa on my birthday and I quickly realized that she loves belly rubs and lots of attention. Tessa’s full name is actually Tennessee Tessa because she was born in Tennessee. My dad says that she is very good at hunting. Tessa is a very sweet and loving dog, she is always excited when I come home from school. Tessa has affected my life by letting me love dogs even more and understanding why they are such great pets. I don’t think that I will ever get a better birthday gift than that. So, if you are thinking about getting a dog, I can assure you that it will be one of the best decisions that you will ever make!
Jenna Meyers / Ivins, Utah
Adopted: Tessa – English Pointer
Wanted you to know we are having a blast. We scored big time with Hank, he’s a well-adjusted house dog and couldn’t have asked for a better pet. Don’t need a leash on him as he obeys commands so well. When the time comes for bird hunting, I will have me one hell of a bird dog! It’s all there. We couldn’t be happier with Hank. Thank you, Pat!
Ron Richard / Enumclaw, WA
Adopted: Hank – Pudelpointer
Just got home, all wore out. Jag is absolutely amazing! He’s a bird-finding machine and I think an even better retriever. One bird flew a few hundred yards where we couldn’t see it and by the time we pulled the Garmin out, Jag was on his way back with the bird in his mouth. We can’t thank you enough Pat! Jag is amazing in every way!
Dale Christianson / Lake Stevens, WA
Adopted: Jag – English Pointer
I want to thank Pat from Gundogz Rescue for making a very hard thing for me to do as comfortable as it could have been. He had Annie evaluated to see what a good home needed to be like for her to be happy. And then he came out himself and watched her. He always let me know her progress and sent pictures often. He found her a great home and she looks very happy with her new person. 2 months later I received another update with pictures. I could see in the pictures that she still had her comfort bed I bought for her and her dog bowl, but she also seems to like his couch, too! I’m so happy she is getting spoiled. Pat thank you again.
Tami Windrick / Marysville, WA
Annie – Black Lab
After losing the family hunting dog unexpectedly a year ago, we could tell something was missing. Gundogz Rescue to the rescue! We’re a hunting dog family again thanks to Pat Nordquist and we are very thankful to be loving and training our GSP puppy. The first time we fetched him he showed a natural retrieve. Can’t wait for fall!
Jon Wiseman / North Bend, WA
Adopted: Bandit – German Shorthaired Pointer
I adopted a Pointer, “Guns and Noses Ace (Ace)” from Gundogz Rescue. I have been hunting Pointers since 1978. I already have a 4 ½ yo Pointer “Ranger” but saw Ace on the internet and had to inquire about him. I spoke with Pat Nordquist about Ace and had to do some research and due diligence to be sure I was getting a good dog. To my great pleasure, all my research indicated Ace was from really good hunting stock breeding. Pat let me watch Ace work birds as just a pup and I was impressed. I adopted Ace. He and my older Pointer get along famously. Gundogz Rescue is a great place to adopt a gundog. Pat Norquist knows gun dogs. He is all about getting to know the dogs he places AND the people he places the dogs with. He’s all about making a good match between gundog and new owner. Thanks to Pat Nordquist for helping me find Ace! Ranger thanks you too!
Adopted: Ace – English Pointer
Our family had been looking at getting a hunting dog and felt we had limited options due to living in Southern California and having a heart for animal adoption. When we came across the website, we honestly thought Gundogz Rescue was too good to be true. Pat was immediately responsive to our inquiry and took an interest in getting to know us before recommending Duke. Being a hunting family, we were excited to find an organization that specifically looks after gun dogs and re-homes them appropriately so they can keep doing what they love. Duke, like all the other dogs Pat rescues, had a story. Being 7 years old, we knew there was some concern about finding him a new forever home. Well, we scored with him! We instantly fell in love and he quickly found his place with us. We are so thankful for Pat and Duke’s foster family for keeping him company until he could come home. He’s a natural hunter, incredibly trained, and well adjusted. His confidence and flexibility continue to amaze us. We highly recommend the team at Gundogz Rescue and hope others can find their new hunting partners just like we found ours.
Ty and Candy B. / Greater Los Angeles Area
Adopted: Duke – German Shorthaired Pointer
Early this Summer we made the heartbreaking decision to part with our 4-year-old GSP. Bred as a field dog he had been living with a pack of other hunting dogs when we adopted him as a one-year-old. He had never lived in a house and had received very little training. While we have always had dogs we had never owned a highly bred field dog like this and did not know what we were getting into. We are outdoor people and love to hike but we are not hunters. Dutch adapted readily to our home and large fenced yard. We spent a lot of time training him but it was clear from the start that he needed far more freedom than we were able to provide living as we do in the city of Portland. He also needed a ‘job’, namely to hunt as he was bred to do.
We had become very bonded to Dutch and he to us. We could not conceive of letting him go unless we knew that he would be in the right environment where he could live his best life. A friend told me about Pat and Gundogz Rescue. After talking with Pat at length I knew that this was the way to start the process of finding the right placement for Dutch. Pat took him into his home, loved him and trained him, and then found a home for him where he could be part of a family and a hunting partner for them. Throughout the 4 months that he was with Pat we received constant photos and descriptions of Dutch’s training and well-being. It was so reassuring to know how happy and active he was.
We miss Dutch very much but we know that this was the right thing to do. We will be forever grateful to Pat and his wonderful organization for all they have done for Dutch and for us.
Susan Franklin / Portland, OR
Dutch – German Shorthaired Pointer
Pat – I wanted to take a minute to say thank you! Working with you and your organization has been a great pleasure. You took the time to learn our needs and wants and recommended the perfect dog for us – Dutch. He is a wonderful addition to our family and I’m sure he will be a great partner in the field. Your description of his traits and training was spot on. We are looking forward to several great years with our new family member and hunting partner. Thanks again.
Adopted: Dutch – German Shorthaired Pointer
Thank you to Pat and the entire Gundogz Rescue organization for handling a difficult situation with care and class. From the beginning I felt like we were kept close to the process by hearing great stories through phone calls, photos, and videos; no question this helped me achieve some closure and even brought me a lot of joy along the way. It was obvious that Conan received EXCELLENT care, training, and love throughout his months of fostering and we couldn’t be more excited for the young couple in Oregon to have him in their family.
Conan – German Shorthaired Pointer
Pat, thank you for bringing Conan into our lives! The work you are doing is truly special. You, Jerry, and Jo are wonderful people and we cannot express our gratitude enough. We will be in touch at every turn and landmark. Natasha and I will be seeking out a NAVHDA chapter near us to strengthen our bond with Conan and hone his abilities.
Johnathan Van Roekel & Natasha E. Horsfall / Lakeview, OR
Adopted: Conan – German Shorthaired Pointer
I would like to say thank you for selecting me to have Maddox as my companion, friend, and hunting partner. I know it’s called Gundogz rescue, but in all reality he saved me. I am excited and looking forward to this coming fall when I can put his talents on display. I leave work excited to come home and work with him, he knows our routine, 1st fieldwork, then water work then back to fieldwork, and to finish it off playtime. He loves chasing down a frisbee and jumping in the air to grab it. Where I go he goes, when I’m not at work he is by me at all times, we just hang out together, when I sit down to eat he comes and lays behind me, never begs for food, just wants to be by my side. Jerry did an excellent job with him as a foster parent. His personality is so attractive that everyone that meets him, and I mean everyone just adores him, it took my wife just a couple of days to get completely attached, it’s funny when we are training and I say no he runs to her if she is around J. He is extremely intelligent, he picks up on new commands fast, he looks at me and seems to know what I want, his swimming ability is something to watch, if I throw 2 dummies out he tries to get both, working on bringing 1st one then go get 2nd one. Thank you, Maddox is amazing, I feel like he took 10 years off my life, I feel young again and want to play with him.
Jim M. Kohls / Humboldt, TN
Adopted: Maddox – Chesapeake Bay Retriever
We are so happy we found Gundogz rescue and be part of a wonderful foster program. Pat’s love of dogs and knowledge and training of dogs shows in everything he does. Pat helps us every step of the way and is always available with his time and energy to make sure that every dog he takes into his program is successfully placed into a forever home where the dog will thrive. We wanted to foster dogs after losing our beloved Labrador retrievers. We had the pleasure of fostering a Chesapeake Bay Retriever for several months. During the time we were fostering Maddox, he thrived and now that Maddox is placed in his final home, we are proud we did a good job in providing a safe haven for such a wonderful dog. We have such positive memories of Maddox, we can’t wait to meet our next new friend and welcome him/her into our home! If you are thinking about fostering a dog, please know that you will get so much more out of it than you give.
Jerry and Teresa Arendt
Fostered: Maddox – Chesapeake Bay Retriever
As the breed warden for a small breed club, I received word that one of our club’s dogs had been surrendered to Pat. I contacted him immediately to offer a network of connections to help get the dog placed into an appropriate home. Pat worked with me through the entire process and with full transparency. In the end, the dog ended up back with the breeder (on the other side of the country!), which was the best possible outcome for all involved. Throughout the whole experience of working with Pat, it was clear that his top priority was to put the dog’s needs first. He truly operates Gun Dogz Rescue from his heart. It’s unfortunate when a dog has to be surrendered, but working with Pat gave me confidence that the dog was going to come out of the experience in a much better situation. Thank you so much for all that you do!
Thank you for all the help you gave Millie and me. I know she is in great hands and will be well taken care of. You have assisted me in ways you’ll never ever know! I can’t wait to see Millie flourish and become the bird dog she was always meant to be. I hope her new owner/family loves her as much as we did!
Alyssa R. / Fayetteville, GA
Doug and Karlene Carter / Utah
Adopted: Tikka – English Pointer
Thanks again for all you did for Hank! My youngest still misses him a lot, but I keep telling him he’s doing what he was created to do . . . hunt!
*Our family had a lab that was getting quite old and we knew we didn’t have a lot of years left with her. Our vet recommended getting another dog to help ease the pain when her time was over, so we got Hank, a Pudelpointer. He was the sweetest thing, but so much energy! We had over 2 fenced acres and thought that would be perfect for him, but quickly realized he needed more. We were given the opportunity to move, but couldn’t take Hank. A huge blessing for Hank, we found Pat with Gundogz Rescue. He took Hank for us and made him into what he was created to be, a bird dog! We didn’t realize that Hank needed to work and just running around the yard was not making him happy. Pat kept in contact with me the whole time and let me know when he was officially adopted. Pictures, phone calls, updates . . . through the pain of giving up our dog, our family experienced a blessing! Hank
is now in a wonderful home where he hunts! We couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out! Thank you, Pat!
Hank – Pudelpointer
Last year we found ourselves hunting with an old dog who could no longer run all day and a year-old puppy who was not yet fully trained, and we realized we needed another dog. We wondered if there might be an adult dog somewhere out there that was looking for a home, a dog that might fit in-between our two dogs. The question was how to find her. After lots of emails and conversations with other Birddog folks, we finally stumbled onto Gundogz Rescue. During the multiple calls we had with Pat, it was clear that he was intensely focused on ensuring that the dogs that go through his program must go to homes that understand the specific needs of bird dogs. He suggested that Sally might be a good fit for us. It turns out, she is! She hunts, points, and retrieves, and then she comes into the house and is happy to curl up on her dog bed, or on someone’s lap. I imagine it must have been extremely difficult for her previous owners to part ways with her, so I want them to know that she’s now in a home where she will hunt chukar all fall, she will train on our homing pigeons frequently, she will be a house-pet, and she has a new family who all absolutely adore her.
Nick and Jen K. / Junction City, OR
Adopted: Sally – English Pointer
Mike Moran / Bend, OR
Sally & Tessa – English Pointers
Zach Adams / MA
Adopted: Millie – German Shorthaired Pointer
Mike and Janell Lukes
Adopted: Willie Nelson – German Wirehaired Pointer
Adopted: Cooper – Golden Retriever
Adopted: Bentley – Labrador Retriever
Adopted: Murphy – Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Toney and April Turner / Volunteer Fosters in Eastern OK
Doggie – German Shorthaired Pointer
My story starts with my dog Magic going in for routine checkup, and I had to put Magic to Sleep on November 27th, 2022. I am still heartbroken from his death, he was misdiagnosed and his Auto Immune system, was killing his Immune system, cancer spread quickly I was totally devastated. I am a 70-year-old man who has seen and experienced much in my life and thought I was pretty tuff and hardened to life and all it brings, well I was not, I was totally devastated at Magics’ loss. I waited a long while before I thought about getting another Dog. I am an avid Hunter one day I Googled retired hunting dogs for sale, I laughed thinking there would be none, my dream to make myself feel better. I was totally wrong Gundogzs Pat Nordquist, one of the most honest pleasant people I have ever met in my life, Pat changed my life. He told me to go to his website and look at dogs, and there was a little guy named Sherlock, a 10-year-old English Cocker Spaniel, he is lying next to me right now and I love this little Guy so much I can’t even put it into words. Pat and I talked for a long time, as he felt me out, and we became friends as Pat is the kind of person who is a straight shooter and gives his experienced advice and logic. He drove Sherlock around the Country as he does while he is placing these Great Dogs and got Sherlock to me with the help of a wonderful person named Christine. Sherlock has been in our home for 3 weeks, he is a Great little guy, loves his new life, with us he is a Top hunting dog still sharp as a tack as he is learning his new life. I am retired we spend the day together he finds birds, chases the chickens around in their pen when Hes outside the pen he loves that, he looks at the Goats trying to figure out what they are, and now they are friends, nose to nose at the fence. Sherlock is a Happy little guy now, we call him Little Man, Pat gave him that name and it fits him well. Pat Nordquist made a huge difference in my life with this little guy, I am not ashamed to say I was depressed when Magic had to be put to sleep, I was totally, still miss him every day. Sherlock has eased a lot of pain and I love this little guy more and more every day, Pat will always be my friend as he has made a huge difference in my life. I am not the best at editing, ending sentences in right place but I assure you this is from my Heart. Thank you, Pat, for founding and forming Gundogz can never thank you enough except to say if I can ever help on East Coast, I’m here.
John Andrighetti / East Coast
Adopted: Sherlock – English Cocker Spaniel
My first experience with Gundogz Rescue was a perfect 5 stars. Initially, after sending the contact form I was apprehensive as to what I was getting into. Previously I had purchased a 3-year-old English Cocker, Pepper, who was the best companion an owner could have. I enjoyed her so much that I purchased a pup Gracie who is equally as special. We lost Pepper late last year and I was heartbroken, she was so special. Then Gundogz came to the rescue. After multiple conversations, Pat informed me he just got an English Cocker, and the decision was made; we were adopting Mick. Everything Pat told me was true and he went above and beyond to deliver Mick. He arrived in Montana and became an instant member of the family. Gundogz Rescue is a first-class organization and Pat is great to deal with. I would highly recommend
Kenneth Schlenker / Billings, Montana
Adopted: Mick – English Cocker Spaniel
I wanted a hunting dog—a dog of my own who could excel in the field and seamlessly integrate into our family life. This became a reality when we adopted Buster, a remarkable hunting dog who exceeded our expectations in every way. Buster’s story is a testament to the incredible bond that can be formed between a true working dog and their human family. From the moment Buster joined our household, it was clear that he possessed an innate talent for hunting. I have taken Buster to the field several times and with his sharp instincts and unyielding focus, Buster consistently proves himself as a true hunter. Buster is very eager to please, whether it’s following commands, learning new tricks, or recognizing the boundaries between work and play, he demonstrates an impressive level of understanding. But what sets Buster apart from other hunting dogs is his exceptional ability to transition seamlessly from the field to the home. Despite his strong drive and natural instincts, Buster is the epitome of a gentle, loving family dog. His affectionate nature and natural inclination to bond with humans have made him an indispensable part of our family. It’s a joy to see Buster play with the kids, he even loves sleeping in their bed. I must also commend the adoption process, which brought Buster into our lives. Gundogz rescue took great care in matching him with the right family, ensuring that he would thrive both as a hunting dog and as a beloved pet. Their dedication to the welfare of animals is truly commendable, they are great communicators and I still continue to talk to both Pat Norquist and John Harris for guidance and any questions I may have as a new owner. Buster has been the perfect hunting dog and cherished family member. We are very lucky to have come across the Gundogz organization and of course our beloved Buster.
Adopted: Buster – English Pointer
After losing my beloved black lab Jessie to cancer at only 4 years of age, my wife came across Gundogz Rescue on the internet. I immediately contacted Pat and was very impressed by the questions he asked and how he would only send a dog to the very best home. Well, I adopted Ranger a 1 1/2 yr old beautiful German Shorthaired Pointer. Pat told me the positive and not-so-positive things about Ranger, he was very truthful. Ranger will be a great family pet and my hunting partner for years to come. He is very interested in birds, points, and retrieves, and just loves to swim! Thank you Gundogz for what you do for these animals and thank you for your diligence in having in mind only what is best for the dog. I’ve had bird dogs for over 35 years and this one I believe will be in the top 3. Hunting season is coming up so we will have plenty of to hunt together and find out just how good this little guy will be.
Adopted: Ranger – German Shorthaired Pointer
I had an exceptional experience with Pat and Gundogz Rescue. Pat is not just a true gentleman, but he has also become a dear friend. I wholeheartedly recommend their services and eagerly anticipate working with them again in the future. As a professional dog trainer, I’ve interacted with numerous dog rescues, and Gundogz Rescue stands out as a shining example of dedication and integrity. They meticulously vet their dogs, clients, and adopters, setting a standard I’ve rarely encountered. Discovering Gundogz Rscue has been a blessing, and I want everyone to know that you’re in capable hands, whether you’re adopting or searching for a new home for a dog. Pat, your commitment to this invaluable service for our world is truly appreciated. Thank you.
Bow Wow Bill / WA State
Long-time Dog Behavioralist/Trainer
I was looking for a dog, a hunting buddy along with a dog that would love to grow with my family, and I was happy enough to find Goose. He loves our budding family as well as chasing birds (and playing with the kitten). If it wasn’t for GDR I would have been another season without my best friend. Pat was really helpful and informative as well as questioning my intent as to why I wanted a dog. He loves these dogs just as much as if they were his own and for which I am extremely happy that’s the case. Thanks Pat for setting me up with Goose, if it wasn’t for you I would still be looking!
Laramie Mathews / Eastern WA
Adopted: Goose – Labrador Retriever