My name is Bjorn- ADOPTION PENDING!!

English Pointer/Pointer Mix Dog for adoption in Wood Dale, Illinois - Bjorn- ADOPTION PENDING!
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Facts about Bjorn- ADOPTION PENDING!

  • Breed: English Pointer/Pointer Mix
  • Color: White - With Brown Or Chocolate
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 2014-1105IL
UPDATE 3-1-2017: Due to a family issue, Bjorn needs to move to a new foster home. Please call Lisa for more information about that at 630-694-1359.

Bjorn Ironside is a very strong character in the Vikings series on the History channel. We decided our blonde baby needed a new stronger name now that he is all grown up. Bjorn has come such a long way since he came into our program in November of 2014. He was so sickly and autistic. He is just a complete joy now-- doing so well in foster care. He does need his share of exercise at the dog park weekly -- but he is now completely house and cage trained. Look how handsome our sweet laddie is. Best home for him would be with a young couple with a lot of energy and a safe fenced in yard. NO HUNTING HOMES.

Bjorn the Conqueror has his own Facebook Page :)

Please read Bjorn's AMAZING RECOVERY!!! He was so autistic when he came into our program- YAY IBR.

Booger is our newest Pointer rescue- he is not part Vizsla but he is super fun like one. He is partially deaf but showing that he is trainable. We need a very thoughtful experienced treat and training motivated foster home for him to help him be the best dog he can be. As we have linked deafness in our birddog population to Rocky Mountain spotted fever infections and Lyme disease- he is being treated for that and doing well. We have also had to change his diet as he was having some gutt issues upon arrival. Booger was found running loose in Romeoville, IL and his owner could not be found from his microchip. That was surgically removed by the Romeoville Human Society and he then he was transferred into IBR's program. Here are some of his first photos in his Facebook album #1 and then from a recent trip to the dog park in

Facebook album #2 . This pup has so much potential and in he right hands- he is going to be Brilliant!!

If you would like to help, please click HERE to submit a foster to adopt home application. We are also accepting donations for his care at HELP IBR!< /a>

If you are interested in adopting this pet through our rescue organization, please go to the Adopting A Friend section to read about our pre-adoption policies and vetting protocols.

Others Ways You Can Make a Difference

Shop for custom calendars, mugs and T-shirts at our Cafe Press fundraising website and choose merchandise featuring Pointers, Setters, Hunting Dogs or Friendly Mutts. All of our calendar stars are rescued dogs that would have been euthanized in shelters across the Mid-West had IBR not stepped in to save them. Your support does make a difference!!

Become an IBR foster home and help give a rescued dog or puppy a second chance at a new happy life. The work and dedication of the current IBR foster families can be seen by clicking HERE! You are not just fostering a dog, you are joining a birddog family! If you would like to become a foster home and join our enthusiastic group of birddog lovers, please fill out an online foster home application.

Shop and search the Internet using and - Two great ways to help us raise funds while using the Web. It's free and there is no limit or hidden fees. Give them a try here: is a fun and easy way to raise money while searching the internet. The donation is $0.01 per qualified search (no limits) and if you are logged in as an member (membership to use iSearch is free and optional) you can keep track of your individual contributions through searching and shopping. $0.01 per search may not seem like much, but with our combined efforts it can add up very quickly and make a difference for our rescued dogs. is powered by Yahoo! search engine. Start searching the web and download the iSearchiGive toolbar to earn every time you search by clicking here:

Monetary donations can also be mailed directly to IBR, PO BOX 364, Wood Dale, IL 60191.

Illinois Birddog Rescue, Inc is a 501c3 not-for-profit charity licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

About Illinois Birddog Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Who We Are...


Our Mission Statement
It is our mission to provide a temporary safe haven and rehabilitation for field bred English Pointers and English Setters found homeless in shelters. In an effort to find the dogs homes, we also hope to educate the public on dog health and training. We also work to dispel such myths as “a neutered dog won’t hunt” and “you ruin a hunting dog by letting him live in the house.”

About IBR
Illinois Birddog Rescue, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving, transporting, vetting, fostering, and adopting homeless American Field-bred English Pointers and English Setters - a group of canines commonly known as BIRDDOGS. We are funded solely from adoption fees and donations. Since our slow beginning in October of 2001, we have placed over 500 dogs and puppies.
Most of our rescue dogs are in foster care in the Chicagoland area with a wonderful group of volunteers who dedicate their free time and energy to help the dogs get ready for their forever homes. While in foster care, the rescues live in a home and are socialized with other dogs, people, children, and cat tested if possible. To assure that they will make good house pets, our rescues are also taught basic manners, are housebroken and crate trained. Unfortunately many of the rescues that come in have been abused or are in poor health. We take care of any medical issues and give these dogs lots of TLC.

On occasion we test the dogs hunting instinct using planted pigeons or quail to see if they have any scent pointing ability. Seeing one of our birddogs pointing a bird by scent alone is a beautiful thing. We have successfully adopted out our dogs to hunters as long as they are spoiled rotten house pets first.

While our organization focuses on pointers and setters, we also work in conjunction with other birddog groups across the country who save Brittanys, German Short-haired Pointers, and Setters by helping them transport their homeless hunters to safety.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

Our Adoption Process...

Illinois Birddog Rescue, Inc. requires all of our dogs to be placed first and foremost as pets. We will place dogs into hunting homes, but they must live indoors as part of the family. We also require fenced in yards for all of our purebred dogs so that they may self-exercise safely.

All of our foster homes give the rescue dogs lots of TLC. While in foster care our dogs will be:

socialized with other dogs, people, and children
cat tested if possible
crate trained and housebroken
evaluated for hunting potential by scent pointing planted game birds
We take great pride in making sure all of our rescue dogs are healthy before being adopted. All of our rescues will have been:
spayed or neutered
tested for heartworm and treated if necessary
protected from parvo/distemper and vaccinated for rabies
We ask for a $325 non-negotiable adoption fee for our adult dogs and $375 for all dogs less than one year of age.
When adopting one of our rescues, we want to make sure both you and the dog will be a good match. Here's how our procedure works:

Complete and submit the online adoption application
Your application will be reviewed by all board members and the foster care provider.
You will receive a call for a phone interview
If approved, we will then arrange for you to speak at length with the foster care provider and meet the dog you are interested in.
A home check will be done to assure the safety of the rescue dog in its new home environment. Because of the intense hunting instincts these dogs posess, we require their forever homes to have safe fenced in yards.
Because we want to make sure our dogs live long healthy, happy lives, we will only place our dogs into non-smoking homes.
At the time of adoption, the fee will be collected and an adoption contract signed.
In the weeks following the adoption a member of our group will contact you and do a follow-up obedience or dietary home visit, if needed. We want to make sure you and your new family member are completely happy and healthy!