WEST MIDWEST NORTHEAST SOUTHEAST CANADA SHELTERS

RECENTLY ADOPTED SPRINGERS
MIDWEST REGION

 

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SKEETER
Neenah, WI

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ESRA#:2017-376WI
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-06-06
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
Hi, everyone! My official name is Scattercreek Skeeter, but my friends just call me Skeet. I am a field-trained bird dog and have received a score of 80 in my trials. I am AKC registered and have all my supporting paperwork for verification.

Before being taken in by the good folks with ESRA, I was used strictly for hunting and breeding purposes. I was not considered a part of the family, and I spent my life in a pole building with a dozen other dogs. I had never known what it was like to live indoors, climb stairs, sleep in a bed, or get special treats. I now love all of those things!

My world then was very limited, so everything now is still quite new to me. I am hyper-vigilant and timid, but I find that I am improving with each passing day. Right now, loud noises and fast movements make me recoil into a ball on the floor, so please be patient with me. I am learning to trust new friends and new dogs at the dog park. I sit very well in the car, and my foster mom lets me ride shotgun in the front seat. I have also learned very much by observing the other two dogs that I am currently living with. We are great friends, and we enjoy gentle romping and prancing around the living room.

My foster home has a doggie door, so I am free to go outside at my discretion into a fenced yard. I have not had any accidents in the house, and I have not been crated since arriving. If your home does not have a doggie door, there might be a bit of a learning curve concerning what is expected of me, but I am very smart and am a fast learner. I will catch on to your routine very quickly!

Because I am a trained hunting dog, I understand field commands. I am obedient and will sit at your left side. I also walk on a leash to the left. When I'm at the dog park, I have a tendency to walk serpentine and in large circles. I am a very obedient friend and companion, and I am eager to understand what it is that you are asking of me.

My foster mom is looking for adopters who will consider me a valued and loved member of the family. A home with other dogs would be ideal, since I have spent my entire life with other dogs and have never been alone.

I do not like to be hugged around the neck or have your face in my face, so I require a family who respects and understands that about me. Young children do not understand this, so it is not recommended that I live in a home with young children.

I am a timid dog, but I am doing very well with the two gentle and timid foster siblings that I live with at my foster home. I would not do well with an aggressive or dominant dog in the house as a companion.

I can be trusted in the house without being crated. I do not get into anything I shouldn't, and I have been on my best behavior while I've lived here. I love napping in the bed or on the couch, which my foster mom lets me do, so I will need more gentle and patient guidance if that is not accepted at your home.

I have the energy of a much younger dog, and I can run laps around other dogs at the dog park! I love to play fetch and retrieve tennis balls. I never wander too far from my foster mom and my two canine friends, and I am learning to play with other dogs at the park as well.

I was very thin when I arrived, but I am now at a healthy weight, and I find that I am learning to love treats. Some treats I spit out due to the texture. The other dogs seem to like them, though, so with some coaxing, I am trying new things and learning to enjoy them, too.

If you think I would be a good match for your household and lifestyle, I hope you will contact my foster mom at the email address below. All I need are some loving people and a gentle dog or two to call my very own Forever Family. Is that family yours?

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Skeet


State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Skeeter.

Contact: Sunny Caswell suncaswell@aol.com .

Posted: 4/13/18


LARRY
Redwood Falls, MN

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ESRA#:2018-151MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-06-04
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:52 lbs
Variety:Bench
Larry is a terrific boy with a big heart whose greatest needs are stability and love. He has lived in several homes in his short life, and although his uneasiness shows initially, once he settles in he becomes a wonderful member of the family.

True to his Springer nature, Larry wants to be around his people all the time. He is crate trained, but he loves to be out and socializing. Need a foot warmer? Larry is your guy! He will become your shadow, following you around and waiting on the other side of the door for you to come out.

Larry is currently living with two foster Springer siblings. Though there are no children in his foster home, we believe that he will do well around kids aged ten and older. What he needs most from his adopters is to know that he is truly in his Forever Family. A steady home with rules to help him learn what is best will contribute to his security and happiness.

This healthy young boy needs exercise every day. When he is outside running around, Larry has shown good recall off leash in areas not full of people and distractions. He also walks pretty well on a leash.

Larry needs a home where he will receive lots of love and where he can show his affection by giving his special, delicate doggie kisses in return. He will be a great dog for a family willing to put in a little time to help him and show him that he is not going to be moved around anymore. If you'd like to learn more about Larry and get in on those doggie kisses, contact his case managers at the email address below.

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and the final decision rests with the dog’s case manager.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Larry.

Contact: ESRA Case Managers, Ellie Starks and Rebecca Thompson springerrescuemidwest@gmail.com .

Posted: 5/09/18


ROMAN
Coon Rapids, MN

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ESRA#:2018-150MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-06-04
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:67 lbs
Variety:Bench
Update, 5/16/18, from Roman's foster mom: We are so proud of Roman's recent progress! Once he started listening and showing that he wanted to learn, all of the training started to sink in with him pretty quickly. He really just wants to please us (and be with us) all the time. He is literally sleeping under my desk right now; he's my new shadow!
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Roman came to us because his previous owner fell ill, and the owner's family could no longer care for Roman. This is a dog who may need some time to settle into a new environment. He is a youthful Springer with plenty of energy, and he will require a family who will exercise him often and keep him entertained. At first, Roman was a bit like a bull in a china shop, and although he is doing better, he would still benefit from some formal training. He does want to please, but he needs some structure and attention.

This cute boy is very sweet and wants to be around people all the time. Roman struggles a bit when he's left alone. He would be happiest with a family whose members are at home fairly often. We are pleased to report that his separation anxiety has improved quite a bit recently due to some work his foster family has done with him on crate training. Roman's foster family doesn't have children, but we suspect that he will do best in an adult home. He does fine with other dogs after a few days of settling in with them. His behavior with cats is unknown.

Roman prefers to be a homebody. He gets stressed on car rides, and he's uncomfortable in strange places. He likes being in familiar surroundings, close to his humans. Roman loves to snuggle up on your lap and be as close to you as he possibly can, and he will give you a goofy smile when he thinks he's being cute (and he's right -- he is)!

This guy is fun to watch and interact with because he is super playful. Roman enjoys toys and has a favorite dinosaur that is his "baby" -- he takes it everywhere! If you are willing to do a little training with him, and if your schedule allows him to be with you for much of the day, contact us to discuss this nice boy. Roman is excited to meet his Forever Family!

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and the final decision rests with the dog’s case manager.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Roman.

Contact: ESRA Case Managers, Ellie Starks and Rebecca Thompson springerrescuemidwest@gmail.com .

Posted: 5/11/18


TRACE
Fargo, ND

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ESRA#:2017-46ND
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-06-04
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:60 lbs
Variety:Field

Thinking about bringing Trace or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Meet Trace! Age is just a number to this active boy. As he has settled in at his foster home, Trace has shown that he will need daily exercise. His foster family has access to a large acreage where they let their dogs explore and play. Trace took to the area quickly, enjoying lots of time in the water and running with his Springer foster brother.

Although he took a few days to relax and settle into the new environment of his foster home, Trace minds well when he is called, and he sticks around with the other dogs. He is well behaved and crate trained. Trace goes into his crate with no hesitation when he is told to kennel. He also walks well on a lead.

Trace is very much a Velcro dog, and he definitely wants to please. This sweet boy loves his toys. He'll share them and will allow people to take them from him, but he likes to have them around as a measure of security.

Because of his exuberance, Trace would be best in a home without small children or small dogs. He does fine with dogs of his size or larger. He'll also be happiest in a household where people are home much of the time. Consistency, routine, and a bit of patience will serve Trace well.

If you'd like more information on this cute, fun, and energetic boy, please contact his case managers at the email address below. Trace has a lot of life to live and love to give to his new Forever Family!

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and the final decision rests with the dog’s case manager.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Trace.

Contact: ESRA Case Managers, Ellie Starks and Rebecca Thompson springerrescuemidwest@gmail.com .

Posted: 5/14/18


SUSIE
Iowa City, IA

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ESRA#:2018-107IA
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-05-11
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Bench
From Susie's foster mom: This lovely girl came into our care a month ago, unkempt, stinky, and showing signs of long-term neglect. Susie’s owner apparently never housetrained or leash trained her. In addition, Susie’s veterinary records show that her owner allowed her just the bare minimum of care. After the owner’s recent death, Susie went to an elderly couple who weren’t physically able to care for her properly. While their intentions were good, Susie came to us overfed and underexercised.

Although Susie may not previously have experienced a truly loving home, she has bounced back from adversity with little difficulty. She was anxious, especially on her first day with us, but she settled in comfortably within a few days. By the following week, she was into snuggle bunny mode on the sofa! She is a happy, friendly, affectionate girl.

Susie’s leash manners have improved dramatically. At first, Susie would react to every movement outdoors and would pull very hard every which way. She wanted to chase squirrels, cars going down our street, and the occasional jogger or bicyclist. Now, however, Susie is less likely to chase squirrels, although she will stop and stare intently at them. She ignores cars, but a truck may still catch her interest. She ignores most joggers and bicyclists; otherwise, Susie is friendly when meeting people and dogs. Foster Dad walks Susie on a leash alongside the resident Springer without any difficulty. Foster Mom finds that using a halter on Susie helps control her pulling.

Susie’s housetraining has also improved. Although she initially had no self-control indoors, Susie has now learned to urinate outdoors nearly one hundred percent of the time. We have enough confidence that we let her have the run of most of the house. Susie has been less successful in learning to defecate outside; she’s not on as predictable a schedule. We are still working on this with her.

Our Susie still has to learn some house manners. She can get overly excited and jump on visitors. She barks at squirrels that she sees out the window. She occasionally counter surfs. She doesn’t just drink water from her bowl; she wrestles with the water and makes a wet mess. She’s nervous riding in the car. All these behaviors are probably the result of her poor upbringing, but they are all things that can be improved with patient and consistent training and love.

Susie is crate trained. She came to us with a very decrepit, too-small crate, but it’s her safe haven. She will panic if it’s taken out of her sight. She will often go into it just to nap. We also use the crate if Susie needs a time-out.

We're happy to report that Susie is in good health and is up to date on her vaccinations. She has been spayed and microchipped. She has lost weight since we’ve had her, and she has just another five pounds to lose to reach her goal. Even without the extra weight, Susie is a solidly built dog. We think she’s a very pretty girl!

Susie gets along with the resident Springer. She is somewhat dominant over him. She gets along with the mellow, dog-savvy cats she has met at the veterinarian’s office and at the groomer’s. (Our resident cat does not fit that description.)

This is truly a special girl who needs a home where the owners will be committed to continuing her training, and where someone will initially be at home with her most of the time. At this stage of her development, Susie may be too much dog for young children. She needs a fenced yard and lots of exercise. Our veterinarian said that Susie shows a lot of potential. The grooming staff fell in love with her! Susie deserves a Forever Family who will bring out the best in her by giving her the love, care, structure, and guidance she so needs and deserves. If you think that yours is that family, please contact her case managers at the email address below.

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and the final decision rests with the dog’s case manager.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Susie.

Contact: ESRA Case Managers, Ellie Starks and Rebecca Thompson springerrescuemidwest@gmail.com .

Posted: 4/26/18


IZUMI
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2017-466NE
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-05-10
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:35 lbs
Variety:Field
From her foster mom: Izumi is her given name, and it means spring or fountain. Now if you know Springers, you know they do spring, and Izzy is one of the springiest!

Miss Izzy is a puppy mill survivor. She endured her life, but she never lost her joy. She is one sweet bundle of bounce and love. In her first month with us, she has learned how to do a great many things: maneuver through a doggie door, respect the boundaries of an invisible fence, come when called, walk on a leash, ask to go outside, and sit when asked. She has discovered that the couch is a lovely place to snuggle, other dogs are great playmates, and treats are the absolute best!

In the captivity of the puppy mill, Izumi learned to escape. She climbs fences. Our first attempt to leave her in our six-foot walled kennel resulted in her beating me back to the house. She climbed the walls and ran to the house. She looked at me as if I was crazy for thinking that I would leave her there. (Yes, she stays in the house now.) During her overnight stay at the vet's office, they left her in their indoor kennels. When they returned in the morning, Miss Izzy greeted them at the front door; she had opened the kennel door! She is a smart one.

Little Izumi has a long-term medical need. She has chronic dry eye in her right eye that was not treated prior to coming into rescue. This was probably caused by a traumatic injury. She has corneal scarring in that eye due to this condition. Izzy needs eye medication twice a day to relieve the dryness. The medicine does not cure her condition, but it makes it comfortable for her. And this issue does not slow her down! In fact, you will not notice anything different about her unless she sits still long enough for you to look into her eyes.

Now let's talk about her spring! Izzy can jump over me. She bounces from one piece of furniture to the next. She is small, but could knock over a small child with her enthusiasm. Older children might enjoy her spring, but be prepared--she does bounce!

Once "Izzy Belle" is tired out, she will cuddle with the best of them. She loves to put her head on your shoulder and drift off to sleep. She snuggles up with the other dogs, and we often find her belly up, stretched out on the sofa. If she was allowed in bed with us, she probably would want some of our covers, too. Silly girl!

As you can imagine, Izzy needs an active home to help her burn off her energy. She would love to run or hike with you. She would also love off-leash runs. She has a high prey drive, and she will chase birds and bunnies. Izumi would benefit from basic obedience training. Due to her climbing abilities, we recommend an invisible fence system to contain her in your yard.

If you love fun, bounce, and Springer joy, little Izumi is the one for you! To learn more about this clever and delightful girl, please contact us at the email address below.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Izumi.

Contact: Julie and Clay Mohr mohr4you@gpcom.net .

Posted: 2/14/18


OLIVER
Ortonville, MI

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Let's do something fun . . .

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ESRA#:2018-119MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-05-06
  
Age:18 months
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:56 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Oliver! This big young boy is sweet, amiable, goofy, and ever so cute! Oliver has a wonderful personality, and he likes everyone he meets, human and canine alike. He was relinquished to ESRA because his previous family had a cat that Oliver was much too interested in. He innocently thought that the feline was simply his playmate, but the cat felt quite differently. Thankfully, we now have the privilege of finding Oliver his perfect cat-free Forever Home!

As a very typical Springer, Oliver is full of youthful energy and high spirits. He is a smart, funny, friendly fellow who needs an active Forever Family to provide him with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Oliver resides happily with other dogs. He plays hard with his foster Springer brothers, and they all love it. Oliver walks gently on leash and enjoys the camaraderie of the daily dog-walking group in his foster home's neighborhood. He is a pro with the commands Sit, Come, and Shake. He is particularly fond of his Kong toy, and he will run laps in the yard, carrying it and showing off.

Oliver has been to obedience school. He delights in learning, so it would be great for his Forever Family to continue his skill training. Incredibly agile, Oliver adores his foster brother's ramp, and he jumps over the outdoor fire pit -- what a showoff! His foster mom marvels that Oliver actually changes direction in mid-stride to jump it. She says it is obvious that he is looking for a challenge, and she thinks that he might like to participate in obedience, rally, and agility classes/trials. A Forever Family eager to engage him in such fun, athletic pursuits would be wonderful. Oliver would also surely be keen for hiking, biking, and swimming with his new clan.

With seemingly no limit to what he can accomplish and perform, Oliver has learned to bike with his foster mom as if he was born to do so. She was astonished at how willing and trusting he was to just go with it. Oliver never balked, stopped, or pulled. He has even mastered the treadmill. There seems to be nothing that Oliver will not try to do if he is asked. What a champ!

Well-mannered Oliver is completely housetrained, and he does not investigate the garbage or explore the countertops. Always happy and exuberant, he does settle down quickly in the house and in his crate. Oliver was allowed on the furniture in his former home, but that is not allowed at his foster residence. That is no problem for this gentleman, and he is just as happy on the dog beds provided next to the people furniture.

Oliver is fond of car rides. Nicely settled in the backseat, he recently traveled to the doggie salon for a nail trim. Of course he was awesome as his foster mom scratched his ears while the groomer gave him a canine mani/pedi. The groomer wishes that all of her clients were that easy during the procedure!

Neutered and current on vaccinations and preventatives, Oliver will definitely require a Forever Home with a fenced yard for him to explore and play in safely. He will do best in a Forever Family where his cherished people will be home with him for at least part of the day. Oliver is fine with children, but he has not been exposed to those younger than twelve years old. Because of Oliver's size and energy level, older kids with dog experience would be best for this big, joyful boy.

Oliver is an incredibly handsome young guy with an extraordinary ability to bloom and a passion to please his humans. If you would welcome this beautiful Springer into your loving Forever Home, and if you have a securely enclosed outdoor play area in which Oliver can frolic and have doggie adventures, contact Oliver's foster mom today!

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Oliver.

Contact: Foster Home, Geri Via geralynvia@gmail.com .

Posted: 4/13/18


RADAR
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2017-258WI
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-04-29
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field
Watch Radar take a walk with some friends!
Meet ESRA's handsome Radar. He was found in a swamp in northern Wisconsin and was brought to a holding facility as a stray. Not much is known about his past, but of course we care more about his future and the good life he has now. When Radar was taken into ESRA, his foster parents pulled over seventy ticks off him, and he had fleas as well. He is now free of those pests, and his coat has regrown, full and silky.

Radar is also blind. The vet specialist he was taken to diagnosed Radar with sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS). He will need to be on eye drops for the rest of his life. Due to his blindness, he will need a fenced yard where he can wander about without wandering away. He maneuvers his foster family's multi-level house with ease. Stairs are not an issue.

Additionally, Radar has a condition called gingival hyperplasia. This means that his gum tissue grows over his teeth. Radar had surgery to remove the excess gum tissue and, during the surgery, the dentist removed some teeth. Continued monitoring of this condition will be necessary for his comfort.

Radar is crate trained and housetrained. He has adapted to the routine of his foster home, and he is living with four other dogs. He loves his walks and is good on a leash. A cozy bed and a good nap are the highlights of his day.

Sweet, quiet Radar is looking for a cozy Forever Home where he can spend his golden years in love and comfort. If you think that might be your home, please contact his case managers at the email address below.

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and that the final decision rests with the dog's case manager.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Radar.

Contact: ESRA Case Managers, Ellie Starks and Rebecca Thompson springerrescuemidwest@gmail.com .

Posted: 10/17/17


COCO
Oak Park, IL

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ESRA#:2014-762IL
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-04-27
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
When Coco's original owners turned her in at a city shelter in 2014, they said that she was loved, well taken care of, and trained, but that they could no longer afford to care for her. Perhaps they didn't have the finances to give her the medical care she needed. When ESRA heard about her predicament, we went into action to save her. Once she was in our care, we discovered that Coco had several tumors that needed to be removed. The tumors were benign, and we're happy to report that she has been perfectly healthy ever since. Coco is housetrained, spayed, microchipped, and up to date on all her vaccinations. She has been living happily with her loving adoptive family. Unfortunately, however, due to life changes, they are moving and cannot take her with them. They have made the difficult decision to find a new home for Coco, one where she will get the attention she craves.

Coco is an absolute joy to be around. She rides well in the car, rolls on her back for tummy rubs, and likes to curl up on your lap. This pretty girl behaves well at the groomer. She is very smart, and she has the following commands down pat: Sit, Stay, Come, Down, Off, No, and Give Me Your Paw. If you say, "Do you want a treat?" or "Do you want to go for a walk?" she knows exactly what you are talking about. Coco will also give you a little bark if you are not giving her all the attention she thinks she deserves. If you say, "Do you want to PLAY?" Coco looks to see where the toys are and what is in your hand. Balls and tug-of-war ropes are her favorites. She is very athletic and will launch herself in the air to catch whatever you throw. She will also give up what she catches so you can throw it again and again! Because she is highly food motivated, she will try to get into the garbage, and she counter surfs for any food left within her reach.

One of the most important things to know about Coco is that she just loves her people. She did fine with four people in the house, all coming and going. But now that the youngest son is off to college and there are only two people around, she seems starved for attention and has become very needy. Coco is great around all adults, children, and other dogs. She loves kids and is gentle around toddlers (she won't jump on them), but she isn't so sure around babies. She likes lots of activity in the household, including plenty of opportunity for playing, petting, and cuddling. She isn't interested in critters, but she likes to be outside if you are with her. If you are in the house, she would rather be inside with you. Coco walks well on a leash and sleeps on her own bed in her owners' room. If she gets something she isn't supposed to have, she will growl but will trade the object for peanut butter. It almost seems to be a game with her.

Coco is a very friendly, affectionate, active, energetic, and inquisitive girl. She is engaged with what is going on around her, and she wants to be included in your life. As a typical springer, Coco is very focused on love and attention from her people, and she is not content to sit at home and let life go by without her. Even though she is calm inside the house and likes to cuddle, she would do well with an active family with lots of people to give her the affection and tender loving care she needs. Being your constant companion is of primary importance to Coco. So if you have the time, energy, and desire to add this wonderful girl to your family, please contact her case manager by telephone or email. We would be happy to hear from you, and Coco would love to meet you!

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Coco.

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Anne Solak-Tennant 708-799-7039 annesolak@yahoo.com .

Posted: 2/12/18


OPIE
Indianapolis, IN

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Where to? I'll drive!

ESRA#:2018-84OH
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-04-17
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:68 lbs
Variety:Bench
Opie is a big, young, goofy, and quite handsome hunk of a Springer. He is very loving and is a perfect companion. His previous owners found themselves in a situation where they had to move and couldn't take sweet Opie with them. He has obviously been well cared for and loved. Here are the highlights of spending a day with Opie!

IN THE HOUSE
• Follows you from room to room and curls up at your feet
• Very quick to learn new skills and tricks
• Really quiet and barks only when a new person comes to the door
• Does not beg for food
• Fully housetrained
• Pops up to investigate countertops, but is learning this is a no-no
• Playful with foster home companions and toys
• Stays off the furniture and sleeps on a dog bed
• Perfect amount of energy
• Affectionate with visitors
• Does not like crates
• Stays in a closed-off room overnight and when the foster family is out

OUTSIDE
• LOVES to sniff and explore and run and play
• (Almost) always comes when called
• Happy to go for a car ride
• Is learning to not pull hard on the leash
• Is sociable with dogs he meets while out walking


Opie has lived with other dogs his entire life, but while he co-exists with them, he would probably love to be an only dog and get all of the attention. He prefers human companionship to canine closeness. If Opie needs to share his home with other dogs, he wants to be the alpha. He has a Springer hunter's nose and instinct, so he would probably not do well with cats and small dogs. Opie is also untested with small children, but he would be great friends with the older ones.

Like all our foster dogs, Opie is neutered, current on all vaccines, microchipped, and on monthly heartworm preventative. His only health issue is a history of ear infections that will need to continually monitored.

Spring is finally in the air. It is the perfect time to add a new best friend to your family! If you are interested in adopting Opie, please contact his foster mom at the email address below.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Opie.

Contact: Foster Home, Lynn Skochdopole lynnskoch@gmail.com .

Posted: 3/30/18


TOMMY
Ortonville, MI

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Ready for the 5k!

ESRA#:2018-58MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-04-08
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:35 lbs
Variety:Field
This bright-eyed, happy-tailed, wiggle-butt Springer is Tommy! A petite, calm boy, he was dropped off at animal control with another dog, but we do not know his history. While at the shelter, Tommy passed the temperament tests with flying colors. He was also deemed to be cat friendly, as he ignored the felines there. Tommy took treats from an elderly volunteer ever so gently, proving how sweet he truly is with young and old alike.

When Tommy's foster mom picked him up after his neutering, he hopped into the back seat of her car and rode perfectly silently, comfortably lying down for the trip. When the car door is open, Tommy has learned to wait until he is released. He behaves similarly in the house; he is always respectful around doorways and looks to his people for permission and direction.

This boy is all about toys and fetching. He loves to play, and when he is told to "Find it -- find your toy!" Tommy will do his best to comply. He is typically quiet, and he has not barked much at his foster home. However, during a rollicking game of fetch, Tommy will sometimes "Woooo, wooo" to get someone to throw his toy. Easygoing Tommy is a dream on lead, never pulling or lagging. He adores walks and is so light on the leash that his foster mom has to check to make sure that he is still attached!

When Tommy attended a St. Patrick's Day 5k race with his foster family, he was not only a superstar, but he was also the best behaved dog there by far. His foster mom raves that there is such depth to this truly great boy. No matter who had his leash, Tommy was always calm and attentive. On a recent visit to the groomer for a nail trim, Tommy received kudos for being so easy and cooperative during the procedure. He did not fuss one bit!

Smart and eager to please his humans, Tommy knows the commands Sit, Stay, Down, and Come. While his past is a mystery, it seems that someone loved him enough to teach him manners. Tommy knows proper inside etiquette. He is housetrained and does not get into the garbage or countersurf, nor does he chew or eat anything inappropriate. Dogs are not allowed on the furniture in his foster home, and Tommy has no trouble with this rule. He loves his crate and is often found sleeping or resting in it with the door open.

While Tommy is focused more on his people than on his Springer foster brothers, he gets along with them nicely and enjoys running and chasing in the yard with his puppy sibling. However, Tommy would be just as happy if he were the only dog in the household, fetching a toy in the yard with his humans. While a fenced property would be a plus for Tommy to safely explore his surroundings, he will also be fine if his Forever Family accompanies him when he goes outdoors. This adorable fellow prefers to be in close proximity to his people!

Tommy is simply a very easy dog to live with, a serene companion who would appreciate a game of fetch or a leash walk and then some television time with his folks. Even though Tommy is neither stressed nor anxious when his family leaves the house, he would be best in a Forever Home where someone is there most of the time. This adorable fellow just wants to hang out with his humans, and who would not want to spend their waking hours with this amazing pooch?

Please contact Tommy's foster mom at the email address below to let her know that you are eager to welcome this beautiful Springer into your world and to share your life with him. He is a real sweetheart, and he is sure to be a joyous addition to a lucky Forever Family.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Tommy.

Contact: Foster Home, Geri Via geralynvia@gmail.com .

Posted: 3/20/18


EMILY
La Crescent, MN

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Emily

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ESRA#:2004-382FL2005-723TN
Status: AdoptedAdopted
Date:2018-04-012018-04-01
   
Age:14 years13 years
Gender:FemaleMale
Color:Liver & WhiteBlack & White
Weight:44 lbs30
Variety:FieldField
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
When we in ESRA say that we commit to our dogs through their lifetimes, we mean it. Emily and Fred were adopted from ESRA as puppies over ten years ago. Recently, their owner died unexpectedly, leaving these two siblings in need of a new home. We took them back into care without question. Because Emily and Fred are a bonded pair, we are looking for an adoptive family who will take them both.

Emily loves to be close to her humans and to be given attention. She adores all people and is good with kids. We have to say that if she has a special talent, it's counter surfing! She does like to eat, and she enjoys keeping busy by chewing on a bully stick or a Kong filled with peanut butter. When Emily sleeps, she prefers to be touching her brother Fred.

Emily is housetrained and healthy. The skin tag under her eye is not a medical concern. (If she were a movie star, we'd call it a beauty mark!) Both Emily and her brother are good with cats.

Fred is a playful boy who loves a squeaky tennis ball and enjoys a game of fetch. He jumps up and down when his people come home! He gets along well with other dogs, but he especially loves his sister, Emily, and he doesn't want to be without her. In fact, he will wait for her to come inside before going all the way in.

This cute guy is very relaxed and not demanding. He is happy to sleep for a portion of the day. Fred loves his "babies" -- his soft, stuffed animal toys. The gingerbread men are his favorite. He howls about once or twice a day, but he never barks.

He is housetrained and healthy, though his floppy outer ear was removed due to cancer a few years ago. We call Fred the one-eared wonder! He's had no recurrence of the disease, and since there is fur that covers his ear, it's not too noticeable.

These two old dears don't really need much except for a family to love and a comfortable place to live. If you would like to give this sweet bonded pair a great retirement home, please contact their case managers at the email address below. Fred and Emily are a really special duo, as their lucky adopters will soon discover.

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and that the final decision rests with the dog's case manager.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Emily.

Contact: ESRA Case Managers, Ellie Starks and Rebecca Thompson springerrescuemidwest@gmail.com .

Posted: 3/22/18


DAISY
Mendota Heights, MN

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Let's play!

ESRA#:2018-21MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-03-31
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:44 lbs
Variety:Mix
Our sweet, loveable Daisy came to rescue after her owner went into a nursing home. A neighbor contacted ESRA, and we welcomed this charming girl with open arms.

When Daisy arrived, we learned that she is not actually a Springer, but we love her just the same. She came to us sad, confused, and overweight. But once she settled into her foster home, we discovered that Daisy is a joyful, friendly girl who loves to go for walks and bonds quickly to her people. She is housetrained and has free run of the house when her foster family is away. And as you can see from one of her photos, she enjoys car rides--especially when she gets to ride shotgun!

Except for needing to lose some weight, Daisy is healthy. We're happy to report that she is off to a great start with her slimming program. She is spayed, is up to date on all her vaccinations, and has tested negative for heartworm.

There are two resident dogs in Daisy's foster home, and she gets along fine with them, but she would be just as happy as an only dog. All she really requires is a Forever Family to care for her and share the love that Daisy is eager to give and get.

This sweet girl just lights up a room with her happy-go-lucky personality. You really can’t help but smile when you meet her! If you'd like to increase your daily quota of smiles and fun, contact Daisy's case managers at the email address below.

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and that the final decision rests with the dog's case manager.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Daisy.

Contact: ESRA Case Managers, Ellie Starks and Rebecca Thompson springerrescuemidwest@gmail.com .

Posted: 3/05/18


BOOG
Sioux Falls, SD

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Boog at six weeks

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What a good mommy!

ESRA#:2018-6SD
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-03-29
  
Age:6 months
Gender:Male
Color:Unique coat
Weight:10 lbs
Variety:Mix
Meet Boog! He and his siblings were born on January 6, 2018. Rescuers found mom and her babies huddled in an old dog house where she had pulled a little blanket in with her to give birth. Miraculously, three of the four pups survived.

The puppies are growing and learning together in the home of their devoted foster family, and they will be ready to go to their Forever Homes when they turn eight weeks old. Their mama is a purebred Springer, but we don't know the identity of their dad.

Boog is "Mr. Dominant Alpha Dog" in this sibling trio! He is independent, and he can be a little stubborn, but he's very sweet and snuggly when he's tired. He loves his toys, and he loves to eat!

Important notes about puppies:
Because Boog is so young, he will be placed on a neuter contract. This means that in addition to the regular adoption fee, a monetary deposit will be required, and it will be refundable when proof of neuter is supplied to ESRA.

We do not place puppies as presents or surprises. The entire prospective adopting family needs to come to Sioux Falls to meet Boog. Also, please remember that puppies require a lot of care, attention, and training, and they do chew on things. The decision to get a puppy and raise it to be a healthy, happy, and well-adjusted dog is a serious commitment.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Boog.

Contact: ESRA Case Managers, Ellie Starks and Rebecca Thompson springerrescuemidwest@gmail.com .

Posted: 2/16/18

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