WEST MIDWEST NORTHEAST SOUTHEAST CANADA SHELTERS

RECENTLY ADOPTED SPRINGERS
MIDWEST REGION

 

To contact someone in your area, see our list of Regional Coordinators.


HARLEY
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2016-529NE
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-03-27
  
Age:11 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:56 lbs
Variety:Bench

Thinking about bringing Harley or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
From Harley's foster mom: Meet Lady Harley, an old-fashioned girl with a lovely old English name that fits a Springer just right--it means "the hares' meadow." Bounding through a meadow after the bunnies is a royal day out for any Springer! Harley does love to sniff up rabbits in the field, but her days of going full speed after them are past. A ride through the field in the golf cart suits her just fine now.

Lady Harley is the queen in our foster home. She reigns over the other dogs and sets the pace of the day for her humans. She awakens just minutes before the alarm clock goes off and barks her orders for us to get up and feed her. Once her needs have been met, she is content to sleep the day away on her fluffy bed until we return from work. She greets our arrival with a series of uninterrupted barks that she is compelled to finish. If we try to stop her, she will be silent for a moment until she can no longer stand it and will then finish her repertoire. She is so funny!

This loving girl would do best in a home where she can be the center of attention. Harley adores being next to you on the couch or sitting on your lap while you watch TV. She does not require lots of exercise, but she does enjoy going outside for strolls. The lady likes a good chew toy, tasty treats, tummy rubs, and ear scratches, as well as an occasional car ride. She grew up in a household with children. Her former family stated that she is not good with cats.

Harley qualifies for a Senior-for-Senior adoption. She has some typical senior issues such as bumps, lumps, and sore joints from time to time. Every once in a while, she will leak a little if she has not been reminded to go outside. She does well with simple medications that help her manage these things.

Please consider taking this queen into your castle so that she may live happily ever after and you may enjoy her affection. For more information about the elegant Lady Harley, please contact us at the e-mail address below.

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

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

Posted: 12/13/16


GUNNER
Arnold, NE

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Here comes Gunner!

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ESRA#:2017-47NE
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-03-27
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
Gunner is such a sweet boy! He is a lover, a hugger, and an all-around fantastic companion. His family was heartbroken when they could not take him with them into their new retirement home, and they are now counting on ESRA to help find him a home that will treat him like the special dog he is.

Gunner is housetrained and invisible-fence trained. He walks with the typical Springer Spaniel pull on the leash, and he whines with excitement when he rides in the car through town. However, he does settle in once you are on the open road. He has been a gentleman with the other dogs in his foster home.

This handsome guy likes people of all ages. Gunny patiently accepts hugs from small children, and he will definitely find your lap while you watch TV! He is good at the groomer, too.

Exercising Gunner is easy. He likes to go for walks and is good in the open field, coming when he is called. He knows basic commands and listens well. He fits the description of a merry Springer to a tee. To learn more about this adorable boy, please contact his foster family at the e-mail address below.

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

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

Posted: 2/21/17


REX
McCool Junction, NE

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Hi--I'm Rex!

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ESRA#:2016-425UT
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-03-24
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:62 lbs
Variety:Mix
Rex came to us from Utah, where he had been kenneled for several months. He has been doing great in his new foster home here. When Rex first arrived, he weighed about seventy pounds, but now that he has room to run and a healthy diet, he is down to sixty-two pounds. Although he looks like a Springer, we think Rex also has some setter in him. He is still a big boy, so he will need a stronger person to manage him.

Rex loves to go for walks. His foster mom is currently using a harness when she takes him out, but she reports that he will heel without the harness. Rex also likes to go for car rides. He is very sad if his people get mad and yell at him or tell him he is a bad boy. He will pout for hours! When that happens, his foster mom will go talk to him and explain what went wrong, and then they are pals again.

At his foster home, Rex loves the big yard which gives him room to run. He is great at keeping the squirrel population under control! He comes when he is called by various family members. In the evening, Rex really likes to play with toys. However, stuffed toys may not be the best idea because he thinks it is fun to shred them and pull out the stuffing. Rex knows all his basic commands and signs such as Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Leave It, and No Jump. Of course, Rex responds to treats especially well and performs at his best when they are offered!

His foster mom says that this handsome guy would be happiest in a family with older children. Rex sometimes gets a bit jealous when the little ones get all the attention. He has never shown any signs of hurting them, but he does want all his people's focus to be on him.

Rex loves being outside, going for walks, and having a comfortable place to sleep, sometimes with his foster mom, but mostly on his blanket. This loveable boy enjoys having his back rubbed, and he gives wonderful Springer kisses. If you're looking for a loyal companion who wants to be your BFF, this is your guy. Contact his case manager at the e-mail address below to learn more about Rex!

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

Contact: Coordinator , Nadine Van Alstine nadine.esra@yahoo.com .

Posted: 11/03/16


MAGGIE
Pine Island, MN

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ESRA#:2017-45SD
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-03-21
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:54 lbs
Variety:Mix
Meet Miss Maggie! She is a loyal and affectionate girl. We think that pretty Maggie probably has some border collie in her background. True to the Springer part of her heritage, she loves to be around people, and she greets everyone with a wagging tail and a smile on her face.

Maggie is completely housetrained, and she respects the house rules. She will get into a kennel with the help of a small treat, and she crates well while her foster family is away. Maggie’s ideal Forever Home would include no other dogs, as she would prefer all the human attention to shine on her.

Some of Maggie’s hobbies include squeaking toys, chasing balls around the yard, and playing fetch. She has a lot of energy! She also enjoys ice fishing with her foster family. Maggie knows basic commands, including Sit and Come. She would excel at learning additional commands from a patient family using tasty treats as rewards.

This loving and wonderful girl is waiting patiently for her Forever Home. Maggie is eager to provide companionship to her very own Forever Family and to receive their love and affection in return.

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 Maggie.

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

Posted: 2/22/17


CHARLEY
Fairbault, MN

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ESRA#:2016-579MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-03-20
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:65 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Charley, a wiggly, happy Springer who loves to snuggle with his people and follow them around the house. His foster mom describes him as a wiggle-butt and a complete sweetheart who is perfectly behaved inside and has free rein in the house when the people are away.

Charley is housetrained, and he rides well in the car with only occasional whining. He gets along with the two other Springers in his foster home, but we don't know how he would behave with cats.

This energetic boy would love at least two walks or runs a day, or even a trip to the park to burn off his energy. Charley is working on leash manners, and he knows the Sit command. He would benefit from further obedience training.

Charley's previous home included day-care children, and he proved to be nervous around those youngsters. Because of this, we would like to find Charley a Forever Home where any children are older and will understand how to interact with dogs.

Charley does have some allergies and is therefore on a prescribed food, so his new family would be expected to continue this regimen to keep him comfortable.

The only other wish that we have concerning Charley's foster family is that it should include people who are home more often than not. As his foster mom explains, "Charley so loves his peeps!" If you are interested in learning more about this great boy, please contact his case managers at the e-mail 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 Charley.

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

Posted: 3/07/17


BO
Cheboygan, MI

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ESRA#:2016-573MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-03-19
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:60 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Bo, a handsome boy with the most beautiful ticking and the best temperament ever! His foster mom says that he is the happiest guy she has ever met, and she calls him a true gem of a Springer.
   
Bo was relinquished to ESRA when his previous owner could no longer care for him. He was loved in his former home, but Bo did not get much exercise, so he was slightly overweight. However, he is now receiving plenty of outdoor activity and is consistently shedding pounds. His past owner indicated that Bo had never been on off-leash runs, but he absolutely loves his daily hikes in the woods with his foster canine siblings. He is also starting to show some prey drive, sniffing out and following deer trails.

Although he previously lived as an only dog, Bo now enjoys the company of the three resident Springers. He is so thrilled to be part of an active family! Bo has fit into his foster family's dynamic and routine with ease. He is not aggressive, and he respects his foster siblings' space when they are eating. Bo takes treats nicely, waiting his turn. He loves to roughhouse with his youngest canine brother, and he will initiate playtime. This funny boy is a complete wiggle butt! His tail never stops wagging and his entire rear shakes along with his tail.  
 
At night, Bo sleeps on his blanket on a cozy dog bed. He only gets on furniture when he is invited up, but he does adore snuggling with his humans. Bo is not cautious around or intimidated by strangers. He is extremely affectionate with everyone he meets at the vet's office, at the groomer, etc. Bo loves to be on your lap, and he actually thinks he is a lap dog. He also delights in giving tons of kisses.

Bo likes to go bye-bye and is a great car rider. He just lies down comfortably for the ride. He is housetrained and has good inside manners. When he is left home alone with his foster canine siblings, he does not chew or get into anything inappropriate.
       
This complete Velcro boy is smart and extremely loyal. He formed a quick and strong bond with his foster dad, and he does not wander far from Dad during their off-leash hikes. According to his foster mom, Bo has the perfect temperament. He really wants to please his humans, and he listens very well. He does not need much discipline; he looks constantly to his foster dad for direction. He would do fine in a Forever Home with other dogs as well as children, but he would also do well as an only dog. Wherever Bo ends up, he will require daily exercise. Now that he has outdoor adventures in his life, he would not be willing to give them up!

Bo is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped. This wonderful Springer is patiently waiting to find his perfect Forever Home. Bo adores walks and is a total cuddle bug. He is a good, even-keeled boy--an overall great dog who is easy to have around. Some Forever Family will be lucky to welcome Bo into their lives!

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

Contact: Foster Home, Sally Korth salkorth@yahoo.com .

Posted: 1/02/17


BRINKLEY
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2017-22MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-03-17
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Bench
Brinkley is a loveable little ball of energy. This spunky girl rules the yard, keeping us safe from cats, rabbits, and squirrels. She loves to chase tennis balls, and she sometimes likes to hunt the goldfish in the outdoor pond.

Brinkley has good manners and is gentle. And does this girl ever enjoy running! She is what we call a "go-go girl.” She loves her runs! She wasn’t doing well on walks (apparently, her foster mom wasn’t going fast enough!) until she tried a Gentle Leader head collar, and that did the trick. In the backyard she "boings," covering corner to corner, until all is safe!

This little girl is smart--she has even learned how to get a box of cookies out of the cupboard! However, Brinkley is also very trainable. We believe that she would respond well to obedience training.

Miss Brinkley will need a fenced backyard and will do best in an active family, getting daily walks, going on runs, and/or being a biking companion. She is fully vetted, spayed, and healthy. She charms everyone with her sweet face and and disposition. If you think that Brinkley might be the active girl for you, please contact her coordinators at the e-mail 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 Brinkley.

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

Posted: 2/21/17


DUKE
Fishers, IN

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ESRA#:2016-562OH
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-03-16
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:60 lbs
Variety:Bench
Duke is a sweet and loving boy who spent four of his six years living outside, tied to a tree. Of course he is so happy to now live inside with people! Duke is housetrained and crate trained. He knows some basic commands and is mastering taking treats slowly from your hand.

A much younger Springer and a cat share Duke's foster home with him. Duke is the dog in charge of his younger foster brother, and he pretty much ignores the cat. Duke lives in a house consisting mostly of adults, but he would do fine with older children as well. He thinks he's a lap dog, and he curls up and buries his head under the arm of anyone who will sit with him. He is just so happy to have love, and his big brown eyes will melt your heart!

Duke is very smart, and he works hard to try to understand what is wanted so that he can please his people. He learned quickly to stay on his bed while his family sits at the table, but he sometimes needs reminding. Duke exuberantly runs to his feeding spot when it's time for him to eat, and he has learned to sit and wait patiently until permission is given to approach his food bowl.

This handsome guy enjoys a walk each day, and he is learning to follow the lead his people provide. Duke needs to be with an experienced Springer owner who is a confident pack leader. He would do well with some more obedience training to build his confidence. He will also need to be introduced slowly to a fenced yard. This is because he doesn't yet understand the freedom to explore now that he is no longer tied up. As long as he knows where his place is in the family, Duke is very comfortable. He will make a really wonderful addition to the right family. If you are interested in giving Duke the love, attention, and care he needs and deserves, please contact his case manager at the e-mail address below.

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

Contact: Coordinator, Linda Gibbons lgibbons@woh.rr.com .

Posted: 3/03/17


CHARLIE
Madison, WI

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ESRA#:2016-539WI
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-03-11
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:34 lbs
Variety:Field
Charlie was found as a stray and was brought to a shelter. Shelter personnel contacted ESRA for assistance because they were full. We were happy to be able to take this sweet, handsome boy into our program. He has the cutest big eyes, which melt the hearts of everyone he meets.

Charlie needs a lot of exercise to burn off his high energy and to help with redirecting his compulsive behavior of chasing shadows and reflections. He loves going for walks, and he will pull when using a regular collar, so a harness that hooks in the front helps to control the pulling. Charlie gets excited when he sees other dogs on his walks, as he wants to meet and play with them.

His Forever Home will need a fenced yard so that Charlie can be free to roam and explore without the danger of chasing after a shadow or reflection (or a squirrel!) that could put him in harm's way. Because he has a high prey drive, he cannot be in a home with cats.

Charlie loves his tennis ball, and he loves to be with children, especially if they throw his tennis ball. We recommend that he live with another younger dog as a playmate to help burn off some of his energy.

This boy is smart. He is housetrained and has used the doggy door at a friend's home. Charlie is crate trained, and he is crated while his foster mom is at work. She has learned just how clever Charlie can be when he wants something--he is an expert counter surfer, climbing chairs to get onto the counter. He can even open the garbage drawer in order to get into the garbage can!

Charlie knows the commands Sit and Wait Inside. He would benefit from obedience training to work on more commands. He does some submissive urination when he is excited. A patient, consistent trainer is needed. Because he is very smart and energetic, Charlie may enjoy doing agility. He is up to date with vaccinations and has been microchipped and neutered.

While riding in the car, Charlie will bark and whine if he is in his crate. When he is belted in with a harness, he gets as near to you as he can. He just wants to be close to his people! This sweet, loving boy will settle at your feet or on your lap at the end of the day. He loves to get his chest rubbed, and he is an excellent snuggler.

Charlie will be a wonderful addition to an active family who will include him in their activities. If you are looking for a loyal and loving companion, Charlie is the dog for you!

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Marsha Johnson marshaj456@gmail.com .

Posted: 1/20/17


PIPER
Pleasant Hill, IA

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ESRA#:2017-28IA
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-03-04
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:L&W Tricolor
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field
Piper is as sweet as he is energetic. He loves people, and he likes to play and run. Piper's family didn't have the time or space to give him what he needs to live a full and happy life, so they reached out to ESRA for help in rehoming this handsome boy.

Piper's ideal Forever Family will be active and will provide him lots of room to exercise as he loves to be outside chasing squirrels and running. He could benefit from some training work. This will help him understand what is expected of him and will strengthen the bond with his new humans. It should be enjoyable to participate in such training with Piper, as he is a fast learner! He will also benefit from the intellectual and physical stimulation that this and other similar activites provide.

Because Piper is uncomfortable around young children, any kids he encounters should be at least thirteen years old. Piper does well with dogs once he gets to know them. At first he's a bit nervous, especially around larger breeds, so he will need some time to acclimate to other dogs in his home or public spaces.

This charming family dog is ready to be showered with attention, and he promises to return your affection with loyalty and love! Piper will make a fine addition to some lucky home, so if you think your family is a good match for him, please contact his case managers right away at the e-mail 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 Piper.

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

Posted: 1/24/17


COOPER
Inver Grove Heights, MN

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ESRA#:2016-571MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-03-02
  
Age:11 years
Gender:Male
Color:Unique coat
Weight:36 lbs
Variety:Mix

Thinking about bringing Cooper or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Everyone needs a dog like Cooper in his or her life! This sweet boy doesn't have a care in the world other than pleasing you. Some of Cooper's hobbies include following you around the house, relaxing on his doggie bed, playing with his canine siblings, sniffing the cats, and warming your feet while you watch TV or type on the computer. This handsome boy is most likely a "Sprocker" -- a Springer/cocker mix. His rich black coat gives him a very distinguished look, and his teeth were recently cleaned so that he can now show off his pearly whites.

Cooper is great with everyone, including other dogs and cats! He is a low-key boy who has a heart of gold. Cooper is completely housetrained and enjoys free rein of the house while his people are away from home. His foster family would prefer that Cooper's Forever Home be a ranch-style or other one-story house so that there will be minimal stairs for him to navigate.

Don't think that this senior gentleman has retired to become a couch potato. Rolling in the snow and playing with snowballs are activities that keep Cooper occupied and lively while he is outside. He has great energy and an amazing spirit. Is Cooper the wonderful companion you have been waiting for? If you think that this fine dog is just right for you, contact his case managers at the e-mail address below, and be prepared to fall in love.

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 Cooper.

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

Posted: 1/06/17


RILEY
West Lafayette, OH

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ESRA#:2013-137OH
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-02-22
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:65 lbs
Variety:Field

Thinking about bringing Riley or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Description: Hi, everyone! I'm Riley. It's nice to meet you. My journey with ESRA started in 2013 when I was pulled from a shelter. I was skinny and dirty and really scared then, but the nice ESRA volunteers got me cleaned up and took me to see the vet. I was placed in a foster home, and then I was adopted by a great family. We all loved each other very much, but unfortunately, my family has recently had a change in circumstances. They are now faced with some medical issues that have made them unable to give me the attention I need. So I came back to ESRA in January.

I've been in a wonderful, loving foster home since coming back into ESRA's care. It's pretty low key and quiet here, and I like that. I share my foster mom with the two resident dogs, and we all get along. Mom says that I am a perfect gentleman in the house! I don't get into things that I'm not supposed to, I don't chew, and I am completely housetrained. And Mom doesn't have to crate me when she leaves the house.

Since I originally came from a shelter, no one knows much about my history before I became an ESRA dog. I wish I could explain, but the people around me have been pretty good at reading my cues. You see, I have some anxiety about a few things: thunderstorms, passing through certain doorways, and going into certain rooms. I really just want to be near my humans and get lots of love. I retreat to my safe place when I'm nervous and wait for the feeling to pass.

My foster mom is working on getting me back into shape and helping me lose a few pounds. I do have some lameness in my back end, but I don't let that get me down! I am on joint supplements for my arthritis, and after I've lost some weight, I should feel better. I love to go for short walks and car rides, and I especially enjoy getting my belly rubbed.

If you have a quiet home and the time to spend spoiling me, then please contact my foster mom about coming to see me. I would love nothing more than to have new humans to call my own!

Affectionately,
Riley

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

Contact: Christi Olinger christiolinger@gmail.com .

Posted: 2/15/17


PHOEBE
South Bend, IN

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Phoebe, left, and Eva, right

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ESRA#:2016-542IN2016-543IN
Status: AdoptedAdopted
Date:2017-02-162017-02-16
   
Age:6 years3 years
Gender:FemaleFemale
Color:B&W TricolorLiver & White
Weight:60 lbs50
Variety:BenchBench
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
Introducing our newest bonded pair, Eva and Phoebe. They need a new home because their former owner did not have the time or the finances to care for them. They are presently enjoying life at their foster home, and they both especially love their dad, who describes Eva and Phoebe this way:

These two lovely girls can be described as yin and yang in both their coloring and personalities. Liver-and-white Eva is a nutty, funny, silly, and typically happy young Springer. She will play with any toy. She is very active and just loves to run at full speed in the backyard, looking for anything that might be worth a chase. All her activities make Eva very fit and elegant at fifty pounds. With so much exuberance, she needs a fairly big fenced yard for safe exercise and exploration. Eva has the classic non-stop Springer wagging tail, and she will even talk to you and shake all over when she is ready to play!

Black-and-white tricolor Phoebe, on the other hand, is a quieter lady who can at times be shy and timid with strangers. She loves to cuddle, and she has crowned herself the queen of the sofa. As you may suspect, Phoebe is a little chubby at sixty pounds because she is a bit of a couch potato. She has a beautiful warm, naturally wavy winter coat, and Phoebe's New Year's resolution is to lose a few pounds so that it fits her perfectly! Occasionally Phoebe plays with toys, but most of all she likes to spend time chewing on bones.

Eva and Phoebe both love to cuddle with their people, and they never miss an opportunity for food or treats. They eagerly follow the commands Sit, Give Paw, and Lie Down for a reward. Phoebe walks well on a leash, but Eva's excitement keeps her tugging quite frequently at first. After a while, though, she does settle down and is able to go for a walk around the block with Phoebe. With continued practice, Eva has been improving her leash skills, and she shows a good degree of eagerness to obey in spite of distractions. Both girls like to go for car rides and are learning to settle down and enjoy the view.

These two are big sweethearts who get along very well with each other. Phoebe can sometimes become a bit whiny if she is separated from Eva. Although Eva loves to play with the resident golden doodle, Phoebe can be somewhat grouchy with another dog. It will be best if they find in a Forever Home where they will be the only pets. They will both be happiest with an experienced owner. Phoebe is selective about the people she takes to right away. Since she is shy at first and can become fearful, diligence and patience will be needed to introduce her properly to new people. Phoebe does best if you wait for her to come to you. However, the reward for your tolerance will be a very dear and devoted girl who loves to cuddle.


This sweet pair has responded beautifully to their foster dad's training, and with new owners willing to continue the process, Eva and Phoebe will be wonderful additions to some lucky family. Would you like to find out more about Eva and Phoebe and the joys of adopting a bonded pair? If so, please contact their coordinator.

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

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

Posted: 1/10/17


MOLLY
St. Michael, MN

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ESRA#:2016-501MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-02-09
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:37 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet the athletic, cuddly, and intelligent Molly! Her owner had her for five wonderful years, but recently a new baby has joined the family. Because Molly's behavior with children is questionable, the family has asked ESRA to help her find a new home. Molly is looking for an all-adult household and, of course, a new human best friend.

In a nutshell, Molly is a great cuddler and is exceedingly soft and loving. She is very intelligent, active, and fun, although she is also calm. She loves exercise and attention. She is over seven years old, but she still has lots of energy and shows no signs of slowing down.

Medically, Molly has urinary incontinence that is completely controlled with medication. Her seasonal allergies are also controlled with medication as needed, and she has had yearly dental cleaning and exams.

Molly prefers to be the only dog in her home, although she is indifferent to other dogs outdoors and in public places. She has never lived with an indoor cat, but she is okay with outside cats. At her previous residence, she peacefully shared her yard with chickens.

Molly is housetrained and is used to free rein in the house. She will sleep where her family prefers her to at night except during storms, when she wants to sleep with her family. Molly is a quiet, patient sleeper, and she waits until her people are awake to move around.

This active girl loves to chase squirrels and rabbits and to be outdoors. Molly has gone running and skijoring (a sport which combines skiing and dog sledding) with her previous owner. Her favorite activity is fetching balls, on land and especially in the water. Molly loves to swim!

Though Molly has encountered children of many ages, she is uncomfortable around them and would prefer to live with adults. Commands are easy for Molly; she knows Sit, Stay, Down, High Five, Back Up, Heel, Come, and Off. She is generally trustworthy in the yard, and she comes when she is called. She rides well in the car.

In the house, Molly requests attention: she nudges hands for petting and will gladly sit on your lap or on the couch with you if you let her. She would do best in a calm household with one or two adults and few comings and goings.

Could Molly be the companion for you? If you think so, please contact her case managers at the e-mail 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 Molly.

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

Posted: 10/25/16


GUS
Hopkins, MN

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ESRA#:2016-94SD
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-02-08
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Bench
Sometimes being adorable can be tiring—just ask Gus! His foster mom describes him as sweet, soft, and super snuggly. Gus is very easygoing and tends to mesmerize his many admirers with his big eyes and freckly face.

Gus has great manners and is respectful. He is completely housetrained, and he enjoys free rein of the household while his foster mom is at work. He also knows his basic commands. Gus will follow his nose outside, so for that reason, his Forever Home should have a fenced yard. He looks forward to his walks, but he could use some work on his leash manners.

Although Gus is dog friendly and would get along well with an older, relaxed dog, he would really prefer to be the only canine in the household. Gus has a huge heart, and he gives his people all of his love. Therefore he can be protective of his family. Gus would do best in a home with dog-savvy owners who understand this behavior and will work with him to help him relax. Gus will do anything for a treat, so continuing his training should be a snap! We think that Gus will be most suited to a home with just adults.

Traveling in the car? Gus really enjoys riding along! He truly is a loving Velcro springer who relishes attention and affection. If you are looking for an especially loyal and loving companion, Gus may be just the one for you. Please contact his case managers at the e-mail address below to find out more.

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 Gus.

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

Posted: 3/07/16


HUNTER
Ingleside, IL

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ESRA#:2016-477IL
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-01-27
  
Age:1 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Field
Hunter is a very sweet young Springer who is full of energy. He is sparkly eyed, alert, and so eager to please. He was found wandering and was taken to the local shelter. When his owners did not claim him, Hunter came into ESRA's care.

Having received a thorough vetting, Hunter is now up to date on everything and is in bouncing good health. He gets along well with the other dogs at his foster home, and he would probably be fine with children. However, he might knock over the little ones in his exuberance. Hunter's foster mom describes him as a young teenager learning his boundaries. She doesn't think that anyone in his previous life had really spent much time with him. She says that Hunter does have a lot of potential. Now that he has the consistency he needs, he is learning quickly.

From Hunter's foster mom: Hunter is still quite puppyish, but he is not clumsy. He is very agile, and he loves to run nonstop. He is very curious about everyone and everything (especially what he can get into on the counter). When you whistle or call his name, Hunter comes flying, as long as he is not distracted by a squirrel at that moment!

Because of his high energy and strong prey drive, Hunter should not live in a home with cats. He is crate trained and potty trained. He knows the command Sit, he takes treats gently, and he enjoys car rides. Hunter needs practice on leash manners because he is a strong puller.  He will bolt if he sees the opportunity, so a safely fenced yard is a must.

Hunter is full of fun, and he loves to play with his toys. When he gets tired, he enjoys snuggling with you, especially at night. He is like a teenager, learning the ropes slowly but surely. With perseverance, he will get there. Hunter needs an active family who will continue to work on his training and who will give him the attention and affection he needs to thrive. If you think that this might be your family, please contact his case manager right away. This handsome young boy won't be available for long!

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

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

Posted: 11/06/16


LILY
Hermantown, MN

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ESRA#:2017-17WI
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-01-24
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet the sweet, snuggly, and playful Lily! This spunky girl loves to be near her people. She enjoys walks and yard play. These and other forms of exercise help keep her fit and contented.

Lily likes to know what her people are up to, so she follows her foster parents around wherever they go. She loves belly rubs and scratches behind the ears. She also rides well in the car.

This friendly girl gets along nicely with her canine foster siblings. She did well with the children in her previous home, but she was a little too focused on the cats who lived there, so she would probably do best without cats in her Forever Home.

Lily is crate trained. She knows the commands Sit and Lie Down, and she seems to understand the concept of Stay. Lily can be a bit of a begger, so she and her foster family are working on the Off command, which will help her learn which behaviors are not appropriate.

Our lovely Lily is healthy, happy, and ready to find her place in the hearts and home of a family who will appreciate the love and companionship she has to offer. If that family is yours, please contact her case managers right away at the e-mail 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 Lily.

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

Posted: 1/14/17


AVA
Ortonville, MI

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ESRA#:2016-523MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-01-17
  
Age:1 years
Gender:Female
Color:L&W Tricolor
Weight:44 lbs
Variety:Bench
Ava is truly the total package. She is a tricolor beauty and an impeccably well-mannered little girl. Her foster mom says that Ava is simply wonderful--and just look at that long, adorable tail!

Ava is housetrained and loves her crate, although she has the freedom of the house all day whether her foster family is home or not. Ava has no bad habits. If something is inappropriate, Ava does not do it! Her foster parents have not had to correct her.

This lovely girl is leash trained and has passed an obedience class. She rides very well in the car and waits until she is allowed to come out of the vehicle. Ava does not run through open doors at her foster home. This dream girl's bedtime is 8:30 p.m., and when it is that time, she will wait patiently at the door. But if no one notices her, sweet Ava puts herself to bed.

She is always a happy Springer who loves and nurtures her blind foster brother. Ava has also put the bounce back into her older foster sibling. She is walked daily with neighborhood dogs, and she knows where each of them lives. She stops at their driveways, waiting for them to come join the pack.

Ava adores everyone: other dogs, adult humans, and especially children--the younger the better. She would thrive in a Forever Home with little kids, along with someone who would be home at least part of the day. She would also do best with a fenced yard for safe outdoor play.

Although she is not a high-energy girl, Ava would like to have a job to do, even if it is just being a buddy. She is quiet and content, and she delights in being brushed. Ava wowed the rescue vet and her local groomer. She will surely capture the hearts of some special Forever Family. Let her foster mom know right way if you are keen for sweet Ava!

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

Contact: Foster Home, Geri Via chipjetping@yahoo.com .

Posted: 1/07/17


GRETA
Cincinnati, OH

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Greta, right, with her friend Calvin

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ESRA#:2016-287OH
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-01-14
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
Check out the listing for Greta's friend Calvin. Although these two can be adopted separately, it would be wonderful if they could remain together in a Forever Home that has room and love enough for both of them!
Hi, Springer lovers! I'm Greta. My Springer friend Calvin and I were turned out to fend for ourselves--at least that's what the dog warden thinks, as she found us together in a place known for dumping dogs. The warden took us to the shelter and contacted ESRA. Thank goodness!

The nice ESRA volunteers took us both directly to the vet. I had an exam, was microchipped, and had all of my vaccinations. Thankfully, I tested negative for heartworm and tick-borne diseases. Once the doctor knew this, it was safe for me to be spayed and to have some dental procedures done. I was in serious need of a cleaning, and I had to have some teeth extracted. I was groomed, too. I was full of fleas and had lots and lots of matted fur. The groomer said that there was no saving any of my hair coat or feathers, so I had to be shaved. But wow--I felt like a new dog afterward!

After all of our vetting and grooming, Calvin and I came to live with a really nice foster family. They had many sleepless nights in the beginning because I had a long bout of kennel cough. But I'm now feeling much, much better. I still move slowly at times, but Mom puts a supplement in my food that helps my arthritis. My new owner will need to be committed to monitoring my arthritis. I would really do best in a house without steps.

After all of these months with my foster mom, she was concerned that my coat hadn't come as quickly as it should after having to be shaved. So she had the Dr test my thyroid, and it's a bit low. I'm on medicine for it, but it hasn't quite been long enough to see a big change yet. We just have to be patient.

Mom thinks I'm confident enough that I'll be fine without my buddy Calvin. However, I think I might enjoy having another dog around since my hearing is not so great. I don't really want to play with other dogs, but I do like to follow them around. I'm not a resource guarder, and I like to share. So far I have liked everyone I've met, young and old. My foster home has two outdoor cats. They don't come into the backyard when I'm outside. In the beginning, I thought I was supposed to bark across the fence at them, but now I just ignore them.

I'm not a very high-energy girl. I really enjoy napping and just being mellow. I love to lie in the sun and then get into the baby pool. Every now and again I will fetch a tennis ball. I'm not very prey driven. I just love to roll around on my back and let you scratch my belly. I will let you know when you need to pay attention to me by pawing at you. I don't bark much at all, just every now and then while my dinner is being prepared. I don't kiss or jump up, but you will catch my butt wiggling at all times!

When I first came to my foster family, I wasn't too familiar with a leash, so I didn't really know what to do when Mom put it on. I don't pull on it, but I don't walk a straight line, either. I prefer to just hang out in the house or in the yard, but Mom makes me go on short walks. She says I'm lacking stamina and that we need to build that up some.

When I got here, I didn't know that going potty outside was required. But being the wonderful foster parent that she is, Mom took me outside all the time, and now I haven't had an accident in the house in weeks. I have never had any formal training, but Mom has taught me the hand signal for Come.

As for my sleeping arrangements, I would love to sleep in your bed, but I am perfectly content to sleep on the floor on a nice soft doggy bed. I don't prefer or need a crate, as Mom lets me have run of house when she's gone.

Mom describes me as the most loving, goofy, and laidback dog, but I have to admit that I don't much like to be groomed or to have my nails clipped. Mom says she will share some tips and tricks with my new family about how to work with me when it's time to have these things done.

My life before coming to ESRA wasn't so great, so I really hope for a Forever Family of my very own where I can be loved and cared for the rest of my days. Do you think that might be your family? If so, please get in touch with my case manager at the e-mail address below. I can't wait to meet you!

Love,
Greta

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

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Angie Mesarchik akmesarchik@gmail.com .

Posted: 8/19/16


CALVIN
Cincinnati, OH

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ESRA#:2016-286OH
Status: Adopted
Date:2017-01-01
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
Check out the listing for Calvin's friend Greta. Although these two can be adopted separately, it would be wonderful if they could remain together in a Forever Home that has room and love enough for both of them!
Hi, there! I'm Calvin. My foster mom describes me as a very sweet, laidback boy, and I guess I'd have to agree. My owner set me free to fend for myself, and I was found by the dog warden with my Springer friend Greta in an area known for dumping dogs. ESRA picked both Greta and me up from the dog warden and took us directly to see the vet. I needed to have some dental work done, as well as all of the usual stuff like vaccinations, neutering, and testing for heartworm. I'm happy to tell you that I'm now up to date on everything, and I'm microchipped.

Greta and I have been living with a wonderful foster family that includes a resident dog. We all get along well. Soon after coming to my foster home, I fought a long bout of kennel cough, but Mom was more persistent than that nasty cough. She just made sure that I kept getting the medicine I needed, and she took me to see the vet. I am all over that now, and I feel so much better. Then we found that I had a tissue infection and a cyst, both on my front foot. Gee! I felt like I just couldn't catch a break. But again, my awesome foster mom was on top of things. Both the infection and the cyst were eventually addressed surgically. And now it doesn't hurt to walk! Mom says that my Forever Family will need to keep an eye on my foot to make sure the cyst does not flare up again later.

Once I learn to trust you, I will be by your side at all times. I especially like to be touching you in some way. I'm one of those Velcro Springers you've heard about. I would do best with another dog in the house, but preferably not one that is submissive, because I need a leader. I don't really play with other dogs, but if my people are not around, I take comfort in knowing that another dog is with me. I will share my food and water bowl with other dogs. However, if it's time for a special treat or bone I will not share that.

I have never had any formal training, but I do know my name, the command Come, and the hand signal for Come. Mom says that my "Sit is iffy" (whatever that means) but we are working on it. I am very treat motivated! Mom also says that I'm a champ at getting groomed, being bathed, and having my nails trimmed. I don't mind these things at all.

I am not a high-energy Springer---I love napping and just being mellow with my humans. Mom says that I do need a fenced yard because I love to chase birds and squirrels. I will chase cats as well. At this point, Mom says that I am still fairly insecure, so I would rather not leave the yard for walks or adventures. But we are working on this. I am sometimes difficult on a leash, but that's only because I like to be in between your legs or very close. Once I know I am on my way home, though, there is no stopping me! I will walk quickly, head held high.

I get excited and will bark while my meals are being prepared. And I sometimes bark when I know my people are around and I want to be with them. What can I say? I just have lots of affection to give. I don't really give kisses or jump up on people, so barking is my way of saying "I love you." I have been good with all the children I have encountered. I'm not sure about kids under five, as I have not had a chance to meet a toddler or a baby.

I love to snuggle in bed, but I will not stay for the night. I prefer to sleep on the floor on my dog bed. I'm proud to say that I am housetrained, and I do not need to be crated. I can be on my own with no problems for a good eight hours. However, I have to admit that if you leave food within my reach, that's another story. I especially like plastic wrappers, and I will chew open anything in a plastic wrapper if I'm given the opportunity, whether there's food in there or not. I've also learned the art of opening backpacks and rummaging through them. You never know what treasures you'll find inside!

Speaking of treasures, Mom says that I am a wonderful treasure. If you think so, too, just contact my case manager. I can't wait to meet you!

Love,
Calvin

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

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Angie Mesarchik akmesarchik@gmail.com .

Posted: 11/29/16

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