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Who we are

The GWP was imported into the UK in 1972 and a Rescue was started in 1976 to make sure this breed got into the right kind of home, so there is a long history of our breed looking out for their own in the UK. Since quarantine regulations were lifted in Feb 2000 it has been possible to help foreign rescue dogs to find UK homes.

We are all members of FB group, who all love and own GWPs and who volunteer our time and experience. To work in rescue requires a love of dogs, good communication, commitment, persistence, patience, computer skills, thinking outside the box and a sense of humour!

As specialist of the German Wirehaired Pointer / Drahthaar breed we understand the importance of finding a suitable home for our breed who are great family pets, loyal and friendly but who are also hunting dogs who must be controlled outdoors.


Jaime Hepburn - "Always online - lots of GWP experience"
My first rescue dog came to me in 1971. It started a fascination of understanding animals. I was the only animal lover in my family so had to seek advice from lots of different people, however being dyslexic I found that animals were my teachers. I got my first GWP in 1978 and have never been without one since.

Beverley Hilton- "Accounts & Money Superstar"
My family always had sight hounds until I got my first GWP in 2013. I have two liver boys who are loved dearly and are a daily challenge and I would never change breeds now. I love the way that people come together over their GWPs.

Sharon Pinkerton - "Quite simply - The Expert"
What Sharon doesn't know is not worth knowing, Rescuer, top breeder for over 27 years, attended shows, works dogs in field, trainer, judge and author.

Steph Croc- "Been through the complete process with a challenging rescue"
After adopting a rescue through challenging circumstances, illness, logistics and transport difficulties she turned her street rat into a valuable and useful family member.

Christine Hilton- "Physically gets out there to search"
Specialises in finding lost dogs in the UK, owns GWPs and GSPs and helps across a wide range of rescue activities.

Susie Zarpanely- "Quiet online advice and support with training and health"
Helps with the administration for our groups, specialises in training tips and behavioural issues.

Victoria Tolson - "PC savvy admin"



GWP need UK home UK Charity Number 1201479 sometimes known as GWP-UK

There has been a GWP Rescue group since 1976, the only breed rescue recognised by the Kennel Club of GB. Although we have been running since 2014 as a non-profit charity rescue we officially became a UK Registered Charity on 3 Jan 2023.

Our objects are:

  1. For the public benefit to relieve the suffering of German Wirehaired Pointers (GWPs) in need of care, protection and attention and in particular to provide and maintain rescue homes and places of safety or other facilities for the rescue, care, treatment for dogs in need.
  2. To promote safe and humane behaviour towards all dogs but in particular GWPs by providing appropriate security care protection and treatment for dogs in need of such care by reason of sickness maltreatment or unacceptable circumstances
  3. To educate the public in matters pertaining  to animal welfare especially in relation to GWPs.
  4. Preventing cruelty and suffering amongst the breed.
  5. To offer advice to new owners about this natural hunting breed to ensure that they are handled responsibly and are trained adequately to be safe around livestock and people.