SPRINGERS AVAILABLE IN THE MIDWEST
 
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This page was last updated on 6/27/16

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Postings: Cassie   Curley   Jake   Jordy   Larry   Sadie   Sammy   Scout   Sox   Suzie  
Seniors for Seniors: Jordy   Sammy  
Adoption Pending: Bailey   Bailey   Mya   Nicky   Otis  
 

SPRINGER FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED!!

Do you have room in your home and your heart for a Springer in need? We pay for necessary veterinary expenses, including heartworm medications and flea prevention. We ask that you provide food, toys, lots of love, a kind hand, and a safe  home in which a Springer can live temporarily while we seek that perfect Forever Home for him or her.

We do not have a shelter or kennel, and our ability to continue rescuing depends on whether we have a place for the dogs to stay when they are released to our rescue group. We exist entirely on donations and adoption fees, so it is difficult for us to board an animal in a kennel or vet's office since most foster dogs are in our care for two to six weeks.

If you give a rescue dog a temporary home, not only will you save a life, you will vastly improve your own. People who love animals live longer, healthier lives and you'll redecorate your home with fur for free!

If you will consider helping our dogs, please fill out our Foster Home Application or contact your state's coordinator

Thank you for helping in any way you can.

Springers in Illinois        top


BAILEY
Chicago, IL

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ESRA#:2015-627IL
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:32 lbs
Variety:Bench
Bailey's foster mom writes:

Bailey is an extremely lovable, affectionate, friendly and snuggly three-year-old female who is so incredibly loved by her foster parents as well as all who meet her. She gets along great with children, possibly cats and most dogs. She does great in daycare and boarding settings, on walks and in fenced dog parks. While she fits in almost perfectly in her foster home, she doesn't love her canine sister, so for that reason her foster parents recommend that she's the only female dog in the home.

Bailey has challenges with being left alone and being crated. She would do best in a home where the owners are home often and with someone who will continue to work with her to help improve her separation and crate anxiety. She is not happy when left alone and not crated, but with continued training and confidence, we know she will overcome her fears. She is almost completely house trained and really only has an accident when she's extremely stressed out or if her foster parents don't catch her cues quickly enough that she needs to go outside. Bailey also loves to escape and chase birds and squirrels, so her new family will need to make sure she has a fenced yard and keep her on a leash at all times when in public. Bailey knows all of her basic commands and is great on a leash, too!

Bailey is truly a gem, and while we are so sad to see her go, we want to see her flourish in a home where she feels comfortable all of the time.


Bailey's owners relinquished her to a shelter because they could not care for her due to family circumstances. When she came into ESRA's care, Bailey was shy and afraid. With gentle kindness, she started to warm up, feel safe and trust her people. Bailey is a petite, small-boned Springer. She is happy, healthy, up to date on all her vetting and full of energy and enthusiasm.  Outside she loves to play in the yard and inside she likes nothing better than to cuddle with you.

Bailey needs a Forever Family of kind hearted, gentle people who will spend time with her and work on socialization to help her overcome her timidity. We think she would probably enjoy a male dog for a playmate and companion, and a securely fenced yard is a must. If you have the time and attention for her, Bailey will joyfully respond by giving you all her love and loyalty.

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

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

Posted: 6/12/16


OTIS
Naperville, IL

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ESRA#:2015-11IL
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Unique coat
Weight:52 lbs
Variety:Field
Here is Otis, an ESRA boy who was adopted a little over a year ago. Now, however, through no fault of Otis's, his family must return him to us. This loving, sweet, and very energetic guy gets along well with other Springers and absolutely adores people. He loves to cuddle and sit on or lay his head in people's laps.

Otis is a bouncing, healthy dog who is microchipped, neutered, and up to date on his shots. His silky, strikingly beautiful coat coloring is called black and white roan, and he is just the right weight. He is trained to an electric fence as well as a doggie door. Otis currently has a large rural yard where he can explore and chase birds and squirrels. He has even been known to climb a tree to try to get at those pesky critters! Sometimes Otis gets the zoomies and does laps around the house, while his Springer brother just watches. Although he loves to be active and outside, Otis is definitely a people dog. He likes to sleep in bed with his mom or her teenage son. He gets along well with people of all ages, although he has not had a lot of exposure to smaller children.

Our boy is still young and does need training, especially with recall and not bolting out the door. Otis rides nicely in the car, and he behaves well at the vet's office. He is a good dog who just needs affection, structure, and positive stimulation. Therefore, he needs a family with the time and energy to give him an active life. He needs to be involved in his people's activities. A canine companion would also be great for Otis. He would not do well being left alone for long periods of time.

If you have a large yard with a traditional or electric fence, and if you are interested in hiking, running, or doggie activities such as agility, barn hunt, or nose work, you are just the sort of family Otis is looking for. Please contact his case manager at the e-mail address below to find out more and arrange to meet this handsome and charming guy.

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

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

Posted: 5/24/16

Springers in Indiana        top

TRACKER
South Bend, IN

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ESRA#:2016-214IN
Status: Available
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:46 lbs
Variety:Field
When Tracker's former owners took him to their local vet to be euthanized because they no longer wanted him, the vet refused. Tracker had some dental disease but was otherwise in good health, so the vet got the owners to sign Tracker over to him and then contacted ESRA. Once Tracker became an ESRA dog, he was neutered and his dental issues were addressed. He had ten teeth extracted, but they were all on the bottom. His mouth is healthy now, and he still has plenty of teeth and has no problem with food, biscuits, or bones. 

As is typical of many Springers, Tracker has lots of energy. He is a field-type Springer. He was never used for hunting, but he loves to follow his instincts by flushing out tennis balls from under furniture and bushes. He also is a very silly boy who can keep himself occupied with his tennis balls, throwing them around, losing them, and then finding them again. What fun!

Tracker has been a very well-behaved dog in his foster home, and he gets along fine with children and other dogs. He likes the resident labradoodle. He also likes to explore the large fenced yard. We do know that Tracker will require a cat-free home, as his urge to chase is just too strong.

Tracker is a very friendly and affectionate guy. He loves to cuddle and sleep on the sofa or in bed with you, if you will allow it. He has a very happy personality, and his tail wags a mile a minute almost all the time. Like most Springers, Tracker will follow you wherever you go in the house. He is also very curious and likes to stick his nose through any door or into any cabinet you open, but he is easy to redirect.

You don't have to ask this boy twice if he wants to go somewhere. Tracker is always up for walks and car rides! If it is a new experience or route, he may tug a bit on the leash. However, he quickly gets accustomed to the routine and the surroundings, and he is an agreeable walking partner. In the car he gets excited, but once again he settles down after a bit and enjoys the ride.

We know that Tracker will be a great companion for the right family. He is mature, is in good health, and is a very pleasant and entertaining dog. Tracker still has lots of living and loving to do. Might that be with you? If you think so, please contact his case manager at the e-mail address below. Don't miss out on this special fellow!

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

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

Posted: 5/22/16

Springers in Iowa        top

ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in Iowa. However, we may have dogs in evaluation, or we may know of dogs at area shelters. Contact the state coordinator for information.

Springers in Kansas        top
Note: Kansas City, MO is listed in the Missouri Section. Look there for more dogs.

ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in Kansas. However, we may have dogs in evaluation, or we may know of dogs at area shelters. Contact the state coordinator for information.

Springers in Michigan        top

ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in Michigan. However, we may have dogs in evaluation, or we may know of dogs at area shelters. Contact the state coordinator for information.

Springers in Minnesota        top

SCOUT
Cannon Falls, MN

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ESRA#:2016-155MN
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet handsome Scout! He is a happy, easygoing guy who loves to climb into your lap for quality snuggle time. Scout relishes receiving attention and affection. He is confident, loving, and eager to please!

This tall, strong Springer can run fast and chase squirrels all day. In addition to playing in the backyard, Scout loves to swim and splash around in the local pond. He would be a great running or swimming companion for his Forever Family. Because Scout loves to run like the wind, he absolutely must have regular opportunities to stretch his long legs off leash at a dog park or other safe, open area near his new home.

Scout's foster home includes two resident Springers, and Scout gets along great with them. His former owners reported that he lived peacefully with cats. This young, energetic boy benefits from having a set routine. He needs experienced owners to look to for guidance, and he will do best in an all-adult home.

Scout knows many basic commands and has great recall. He is housetrained and has excellent house manners. Therefore, he has the privilege of free rein in his foster home when the people are away. When he isn't napping, Scout can be found lying at the window, watching the squirrels, birds, and rivers. He does not care for bikes or cars, and he will bark at them. This behavior will provide a great opportunity for his Forever Family to work with Scout and help him to understand that he doesn't have to be protective of his people when he sees bicycles, cars, etc.

This fine boy is looking for a Forever Family to welcome him with warm and loving arms. Are you searching for a companion who is a real snuggler and a totally loving friend? If so, contact his case managers right away!

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 Scout.

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

Posted: 4/20/16

SADIE
Hopkins, MN

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ESRA#:2016-202MN2016-201MN
Status: AvailableAvailable
   
Age:7 years7 years
Gender:FemaleFemale
Color:Liver & WhiteLiver & White
Weight:44 lbs44
Variety:BenchBench

Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
We would like to thank Sarah Ernhart of Sarah Beth Photography, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, for generously donating the photos of Sadie and Suzie displayed here. Visit her website.
Sadie and Suzie are sweet and adorable sisters. They are looking for a patient, loving Forever Home where they will be able to blossom into confident and playful dogs. These girls are loving, gentle, and often a bit shy. Their main comfort is their strong bond, so we will be adopting them together as a pair.

Because they can be scared easily by sudden movements or loud sounds, Sadie and Suzie would probably do best in a home without children. Although we don't know much about their past, we do know that their Forever Family should be prepared to work with them at their pace. Suzie and Sadie are beginning to blossom, and they have been making strides in their socialization with people.

The sisters do not care for crates, so they are kept in the kitchen while their foster family is at work. They are very respectful of their surroundings, and they enjoy sleeping on their dog beds during the day. At night, however, they prefer to sleep in bed with their foster family!

Both girls enjoy lounging in the backyard on nice days. Because they tend to follow their noses, Sadie and Suzie will need a fenced yard. They do well when they are being groomed, and afterward they love to show off their new haircuts. They enjoy the company of other dogs and play well with them.

If you are looking for two delightful girls to shower you with attention and affection, Suzie and Sadie will be excellent companions. These girls deserve the best, and we want to find the perfect Forever Family for them. If you think that family is yours, please contact their 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 Sadie.

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

Posted: 5/21/16

CASSIE
Faribault, MN

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ESRA#:2016-159MN
Status: Available
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field
They don't come much sweeter than Cassie! This loving girl wants to cuddle and snuggle all the time. You see, she was kept outside at her previous home, so now that she is an indoor dog and is housetrained as well, she isn't wasting a moment of people time.

Are you looking for the signature Springer wiggle butt? Look no further. Cassie wriggles with joy when her people are around. She lives with other dogs but pretty much ignores them. She's definitely a people-dog. Cassie has good energy and loves to go for walks. Her foster family is working with her on leash manners and on her tendency to jump up on people, but Cassie does know the command Sit.

Her favorite pastime is to look out the window at all the birds, squirrels, and bunnies in the yard. When she is outside, Cassie has a tendency to test her boundaries and run. Therefore, we would like to place her in a home with a fenced yard for her safety.

Cassie doesn't enjoy riding in cars very much, so home is where she likes to be. To that end, she would prefer that her people be home more often that not. Cassie's foster parents give her full run of the house when they do leave.

Before she was spayed, Cassie had puppies, and her foster mom has commented that she is loving in the way that only a mama dog can be. This wonderful companion is looking for just the right place and people to love. If that's you, 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 Cassie.

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

Posted: 5/10/16

JAKE
Duluth, MN

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ESRA#:2013-860MN
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:B&W Tricolor
Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Field
Have you ever seen such a handsome boy as Jake? This tricolored head-turner gets compliments on his looks everywhere he goes! Jake is being surrendered because he and his family were not a good fit. Now Jake is looking for a new Forever Family with a person or people he can really bond with. This fine boy knows his obedience commands and has never had an accident in his home. He is crate trained, although he can be trusted to roam free in the house when his people are away.

This calm, content boy enjoys just hanging out and relaxing at home with his people. He might follow you around sometimes to see what you are doing. Have you ever heard a dog purr? Well, if you gently rub Jake's ears, you will likely hear it! And if he sees you walking toward him, he will wag his curly little tail for you.

Jake is healthy and up to date on all vaccines, including one for Lyme disease. This is necessary because Jake's passion in life is to be outside smelling all of the interesting smells out there, and ticks often hitch a ride during his adventures. Jake particularly loves the scents of animals, especially grouse. He flushes grouse regularly and even retrieved a dead grouse that he came upon one day. It's a beautiful sight to see him running through the woods. If you're not a hunter, that's fine, because Jake would happily accompany you for any land-based activity! Jake's family trained him on an e-collar so that he could enjoy off-leash walks, because his recall is not reliable without one.

Jake needs a home where a man he really connects with will be his primary person. Jake thinks that women are okay, but he consistently prefers men to be his buddies. The man in his new home will need to be a strong leader who has had experience with dogs. Jake cannot live with small children, cats, or other pets because of his strong prey drive. He is all right with other confident dogs, but he would be just fine as an only dog. He is food motivated and loves chewing on real bones from the butcher shop.

Because he is an active guy, Jake will need at least thirty minutes of exercise every day. He would especially love the opportunity to hunt birds and play fetch in the water. Jake's swimming technique is comically poor, but he stays afloat just fine, and this is another favorite activity of his. He loves fetching in the water so much that sometimes he will bark while he's swimming out to retrieve a toy!

Sweet Jake would like to find a new home soon. If you are a good match for this special boy, he will reward you with lots of affection, some purring, a happy, thumping tail, and possibly even some grouse!

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 Jake.

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

Posted: 4/20/16

SAMMY
North Branch, MN

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ESRA#:2015-512MN
Status: Available
  
Age:12 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field

Thinking about bringing Sammy or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Let us introduce you to Sammy! He was found as a stray, so we really don't know much about his past. The vet has guessed that he's at least twelve years old. When Sammy was picked up by ESRA at the shelter, all we knew was that he was an older boy who was in need of some attention and health care.

Sammy has had his teeth cleaned, and three teeth have been pulled. He's also been neutered, and with a steady diet of good food and exercise he's gotten some spring back in his step. He is eating well. His stiff back legs are helped by a twice-daily dose of tramadol.

As a senior dog, Sammy's eyesight is a bit restricted, and his hearing isn't the best either, but he still enjoys going for a walk, being playful, and having a nice head rub and snuggle now and then when he wants them. Because of his limited eyesight, Sammy can be startled and may growl when he doesn't know right away what's going on. This is especially true if you try to wake him up from a nap.

Although Sammy is doing better with his house training, he does not yet have full run of the house, as he has occasional accidents if he's not watched and let out often to go potty. But he's quite happy to wear pants in the house and to simply curl up in his kennel and nap. He stays dry all night long most nights, and he does well during the day unless his foster family is gone for several hours. He does prefer that a person or another dog goes out with him. Sammy enjoys being in his kennel because it's his special place, and he will often run into it when he comes in from outside or when he gets frightened.

It was a difficult adjustment for Sammy to be in a new home with other dogs, but as he has settled into his foster home, he now enjoys spending time with the resident dogs, being outside with the other dogs, and exploring the yard and woods. Sammy likes to walk or go to the dog park and explore there, although he doesn't interact too much with the other dogs. He has picked up on the daily routines of meal times, bedtimes, and naps.

Sammy's ideal Forever Home will be a quiet one that does not have small children, and it will be one where someone is at home most of the time. If you are looking for a low-key companion, Sammy should be a great fit. For more information, 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 Sammy.

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

Posted: 10/05/15


MYA
Excelsior, MN

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ESRA#:2016-186MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:47 lbs
Variety:Field
If you're looking for a snuggle bug who just wants to cuddle, you need to meet happy little Miss Mya! This petite pup loves everyone and has the kisses to prove it. Her tail is constantly moving--it's that typical springer wiggle butt!

Mya is still very puppy-like, so she loves to play. Stuffed animals are favorites, especially if they squeak. And if you want to throw a ball, she will bring it back to you again and again. It's a good thing that she likes to play so much, because she needs to lose about seven pounds. She is shorter than the typical field springer, but she has clearly enjoyed her meals. Mya's foster family is working to help her slim down so that she will have a new, svelte shape for summer.

Mya is very submissive with people and most other dogs. She prefers smaller dogs like herself; big dogs are somewhat scary for her. Mya gets along with her foster brother and sister Springers, although because they are older, they are not terribly excited about her puppy energy. Another dog in the house would be nice for Mya, as she hates being alone. She could be an only dog if her people were around a lot. Ideally, her family would spend lots of time with her as she's definitely a Velcro Springer. Mya much prefers to sleep with her people, but she curls up nicely at the foot of the bed with no hogging of the covers.

Although Mya comes when she is called, her new family will need to teach her basic commands and manners through positive reinforcement. This shouldn't be difficult since Mya is so loving, and she just wants to please her people. New situations can make her nervous, so patience is a plus in helping her to adapt.

Mya is healthy and, unlike many puppies, she is housetrained. With her energy, she will make someone a great running buddy after she improves her leash manners. She loves to sniff around outside, and she has a keen nose. (Just ask the baby bunny she found!) Mya will need a fenced yard, because otherwise there is no telling where her nose would lead her.

If Mya sounds like a good match for you and your family, don't wait to contact her case managers at the e-mail address below. It won't take his little cutie long to find a Forever Home!

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

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

Posted: 4/21/16

Springers in Missouri        top

ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in Missouri. However, we may have dogs in evaluation, or we may know of dogs at area shelters. Contact the state coordinator for information.

Springers in Nebraska        top
Adoptions for Nebraska are coordinated by the ESRA Rocky Mountain Region, which also includes Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The ESRA West Region has more dogs in that area. Contact the state coordinator for more information.

SOX
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2015-4CO
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
UPDATE from Sox's foster mom, 3/29/16: It is so amazing to watch a dog transform and to learn his secrets. Sox has so many secrets, and every now and then he lets us in on one. We recently took him to the vet for his shots. The vet always has treats to share in the waiting room, and I was ready to give Sox one when someone interrupted me and started a conversation. So there I was with Sox on a leash in one hand and a treat in the other, totally ignoring my dog. Not to be upstaged, Sox went through a new trick routine that we had not taught him! He sat, he laid down, he rolled over, he sat back up and shook hands with both paws, he did a spin, and then he spoke! WOW! Sox definitely got his treat! Where did he learn all of that, and why did he not do those things when we went through sample commands? What a funny, smart dog!

Mr. Sox is also consistently doing better with other dogs. He has accepted our newest foster dog without complaint. He is so excited when people come to visit, and he adores their attention. However, when Sox is tired of the attention and needs his time out, he will go to his safe place where he expects to be left alone. For this reason, we still will not place him in a home with small children.

Sox has started to seek us out for some lap time, and he snuggles and jumps up on the bed in the morning for a good belly rub. We love this boy, and we know that the right, patient family will love him, too.
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UPDATE from Sox's foster mom, 7/25/15: Time and patience heal so many things. Sweet, funny Sox has come out of his shell! He has surprised us time and again with how loving he is with people. We have had him at the vet, where he was an excellent patient. He got a rave review from the groomer about how well he behaved; he even offered his paws to be groomed.

Sox has been around older children, and he loves to play with them. My nieces visited for a couple of weeks, and he thought they were the best. Their mother used Sox to get them up in the mornings! Sox greets all of our guests with excitement and brings them his toys. He enjoys their attention. He has become a very content house dog, staying inside all day by himself while we are at work.

Sox still has issues with other dogs. Though we are working on this, we definitely recommend that he be an only dog. We will never give up on Sox. We know that his Forever Family is out there, searching to find their perfect dog. Love will lead them to each other.
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I buy all my socks with holes in them. Otherwise, how would I get my feet in them? - Jarod Kintz


From Sox's foster family: The above quote is funny, but true. Our happy guy, Sox, is much like this saying. It may take you a bit of time to understand him, but once you, do you will realize his importance in your life.

Sox came to ESRA as a stray. He followed a woman home and entered her garage when she pulled in. She searched for his owner, but none was found. It is as if Sox just up and decided that he was ready to begin a new life.

This fuzzy boy has made himself at home here. It has not been a quick transition for him because he was unsure if all people were to be trusted. He loved being in the house, but he did not care for or need affection from people. He was comfortable being by himself alone and receiving good food and a warm, dry bed. Slowly, however, he began to trust us. He started by greeting us like a normal Springer when we came home from work, wiggling, bouncing, and running from room to room--and every now and then, he gave us a kiss! Then he started a game: Steal a shoe and trade for a treat. Yep--he trained us to do it every day! Later he began to join us in the living room when we watched TV. He would keep his distance, but he was there. Once again, at his own pace, he gradually moved closer and closer to us. One day he discovered the joys of getting his ears scratched, and he relaxed into a full body rub down. Now he is working up the courage to sit next to us on the couch.

Sox had similar struggles in getting used to being with a group of dogs. He was very defensive with them and would growl any time they were near. However, he now enjoys their company.

Outside, Sox is a totally different dog. There he is very relaxed and happy. He loves to follow you while you work at yard chores or go for walks. He is also delighted to go for car rides with you.

Sox is very fond of treats. It is easy to teach him new things using a treat as the motivator. He has learned to Sit, Shake, use a doggie door, and respect the boundaries of an invisible fence. He sleeps in a crate at night so no one will disturb him. He stays in the house by himself all day without any accidents while we are at work.

Since Sox is still discovering his place in the human world, we will not place him in a home with children. He is especially fearful when a person makes direct eye contact and puts his or her face up to his (for instance zooming in to give him a kiss). Every day he is more relaxed with this move, but we prefer to be cautious.

We know that the holes Sox has in his learning can be filled in with love. We will be patient in matching Sox to a new family that is willing to help mend the gaps in his life. Patience, love, and gentleness describe the right fit for Sox. When you realize that Sox's hole is where your heart belongs, you will have a new Forever Friend.

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

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

Posted: 5/05/15

Springers in North Dakota        top

ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in North Dakota. However, we may have dogs in evaluation, or we may know of dogs at area shelters. Contact the state coordinator for information.

Springers in South Dakota        top

ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in South Dakota. However, we may have dogs in evaluation, or we may know of dogs at area shelters. Contact the state coordinator for information.

Springers in Ohio        top

LARRY
Sylvania, OH

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Curley

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Curley, left, and Larry, right

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Curley

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Larry

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Curley, front, and Larry, back

 LARRYCURLEY
ESRA#:2015-705IL2015-704IL
Status: AvailableAvailable
   
Age:8 years8 years
Gender:MaleMale
Color:Black & WhiteBlack & White
Weight:58 lbs56
Variety:FieldField
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
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Meet Larry and Curley! (We're pretty sure there was a Moe at some point, but these boys are no stooges.) These two littermates came into ESRA's program after their elderly owner died suddenly. Unfortunately, there were no relatives to take them in. Curley and Larry lived near Lake Michigan, and twice a day they enjoyed visiting the dog beach, where they were known as great dogs. Friendly neighbors would make a fuss over them. When their owner passed away, many folks were interested in their welfare. However, no one could give them a home together, which is what they really need.

The boys were loved and well taken care of before they came into ESRA's care, and they are just full of Springer energy and enthusiasm. They are healthy, neutered, microchipped, and up to date on all their vaccines. They fit right in at their new foster home, and both of them like their little Springer foster sister. Larry and Curley are good-sized dogs, and they get along well with the three little girls in their foster home. Because of their size, however, they might be a little too exuberant for children under the age of eight.

Although they are eight years old, neither has shown any signs of slowing down. Like most Springers, Curley and Larry love their time outside, patrolling the back yard for squirrels and birds. Their foster dad reports that the boys are good listeners, and they do well at overcoming external distractions. After a week or so of crating, the guys proved they can be trusted with free rein in the house while the family is away for the day.

While Larry and Curley are brothers, each definitely has his own separate and distinct personality. Curley is the big cuddler of the duo. He is more than willing to come up and give you a big smooch or to sit or lie next to (or on top of) you. Larry, the more independent brother, is not a kisser. As you will soon learn, though, that doesn't mean that he doesn't want your attention. Larry loves belly rubs and enjoys burrowing into anything with your scent, be it your towel after you've dried off from a shower or your blanket while he is lying next to you.

These brothers need a home with a fenced yard so that they can play and explore in safety. It did not take long for their foster dad to see the strong bond between these two. Therefore, Curley and Larry will need to find their Forever Home together. Spend just a few minutes with these affectionate boys and you will see why! You'll also see why they are truly wonderful and special dogs who will bring joy to their new family.

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

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

Posted: 5/03/16


BAILEY
Cincinnati, OH

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ESRA#:2016-29OH
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:48 lbs
Variety:Bench
Miss Bailey is an eight-year-old Springer who is learning to adapt to changes in her world since her mom and dad moved to an assisted-living facility and couldn’t take her along. Having been an only dog who was treated like a princess before coming to ESRA, Bailey has had to learn how to share her space and her people with the resident dogs in her foster home. With a dog-savvy foster mom monitoring a few noisy canine “conversations” and promising always to provide Bailey with a private area for her meals, Bailey has become more relaxed around her housemates. However, she should be an only dog in her Forever Home. She can be a bit of a bully, even with submissive dogs. Bailey doesn’t just welcome the chance to snuggle--she actually seeks out opportunities to cuddle and have her head and ears stroked. She’s quite a “people dog” and is the typical wiggly, friendly Springer when people come to visit. She especially loves men!

Bailey prefers the safety of a crate when traveling, but there’s no need to crate her in the house because she is fully housetrained and trustworthy. She has free rein of the house when Foster Mom is not at home. She likes to play and can happily occupy herself with toys. She loves being outside, even if it means just sniffing around the yard. She could use some work on her leash manners--we find that the use of a training aid like an Easy Walk harness makes a big difference. With a strong prey drive, Bailey has a keen eye for cats, rabbits, squirrels, and even small dogs. For the time being, however, Bailey is having no trouble tamping down her own desire to give chase to small furry critters, simply because it’s too painful for her to run. Vet exams and x-rays have determined that she came to ESRA with a torn ligament in her left rear leg. This required surgery, and now she must complete a period of convalescence before she’s ready to enjoy a good romping chase again. Click the Special Needs heart icon to read more about her injury and follow her progress.

As Bailey recuperates from surgery on her leg, we’ve been working to help her shed a few pounds. She has lost about ten pounds now, and her doctor is very happy. Bailey is a beautiful girl who will be looking forward to the spring day when she is back to a healthy, active life and is ready to find another loving family and Forever Home.

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

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

Posted: 3/04/16

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LUCY
Madison, WI

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ESRA#:2016-158WI
Status: Available
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:54 lbs
Variety:Bench
From Lucy's foster mom: Miss Lucy is such a charmer that she could star in her own TV show (too bad the title "I Love Lucy" has already been used)! She is a very special love bug, a really sweet girl who just wants to be hugged. Her whole butt wiggles when she is happy, which is most of the time. She does not get up onto the furniture, but she can get her front paws on the kitchen counter. Lucy's first owner passed away suddenly, so Lucy's heart has needed some mending. She is doing very well and will follow me around so closely that she can get underfoot if I'm not careful. She is very attached to her person.

When Lucy entered ESRA's care, she was a bit overweight. However, she has lost seven pounds already and has just four more to go. Both of her ears and one eye were infected when she came to us. She let me use the prescribed medicine with no fussing--such a good girl! Now her ears and eye are all cleared up. Lucy also has a torn CCL. That leg does not bother her now, but she may need pain meds as she ages. Although she is mostly deaf, she copes well.

Lucy pulls very hard and is very strong on the leash, so she will need a person who can control her and not get pulled all over, and who will work with her on improving her leash manners. Lucy knows how to get a head collar off in seconds, so we are using a harness.

We have a resident male Springer here, and Lucy gets along with him but doesn't play with him. She is the alpha dog. Her prior home also had cats, and she gets along well with them. Lucy has been around children and is good with them. She would do best with children over six years of age.

And now Lucy would like to tell you a little more about herself:

Hello, all of you Springer lovers out there! I am a big, beautiful Springer girl. I am looking for someone who is home most of the time so I can keep that person company. I was very lonesome for my original human mom at first, and I had a bit of separation anxiety, so it might take me a while to settle into my new home. I can also be a little shy when I first meet people, but I know I will be happy and comfortable as soon as I've found a person who wants to give me love and get my love back in return.

Here are a few more things you should know about me:

• I really want a home with a fenced in yard since that is what I had before. I like to run around loose.

• I have very heavy ears, so they need to be cleaned on a regular basis. My foster mom says my ear leathers are really thick. (I am not sure what that means.)

• I get so excited on our walks when I see birds, and rabbits are extra exciting!

• I also enjoy playing in the water, so if you have a kiddie pool or a nearby lake we can go to, that will be fun!

• I am housetrained, and I know how to ask when I need to go outside.

• If you are looking for a co-pilot in the car, I'm your girl!

• If you take me to the groomer, I am very well behaved.

• My favorite pastime is chillin' on my bed. Oh, and sometimes I snore, really loud. (My foster mom thinks that's really cute!)

So, after reading all about me, are you going to be the one to "Love Lucy"? If you'd like to arrange to meet me, please contact my foster mom at the e-mail address below.

Springer kisses,
Lucy


State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

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

Posted: 5/21/16

JORDY
Barboo, WI

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ESRA#:2015-457MN
Status: Available
  
Age:11 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:47 lbs
Variety:Field

Thinking about bringing Jordy or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
We would like to thank Angela Boone of Angela Boone Photography in Roseville, Minnesota for generously donating the photos of Jordy displayed here. Visit her website.
Sweet Jordy was picked up by animal control as he was wandering in the country. Our best guess is that he is around ten or eleven years old. Jordy is a dear senior guy who is adjusting to the indoor life at his foster home and is enjoying it!

Jordy gets along well with the foster family's resident small dogs, and he is learning to live with cats. He will back off quickly if they hiss and stand up to him. Jordy walks perfectly on leash and loves taking strolls, meeting the neighbors along the way. His favorite pastime is sniffing around the fenced yard, but in true Springer fashion, he loves following his person around, too.

Because he can no longer hear and his peripheral vision is impaired, a home without children would be best for Jordy. He does well with hand signals and will Sit, Lie Down, and Stay. As he is deaf, he will need a securely fenced yard to keep him safe. Jordy is truly the sweetest of sweethearts, and he is so easy to have around. Do you have a soft place in your heart and your home for Jordy to spend his retirement years?

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Coordinator, Marie Heinking kcmcheinking@frontier.com .

Posted: 8/22/15


NICKY
East Troy, WI

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ESRA#:2016-229MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:12 years
Gender:Male
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Weight:37 lbs
Variety:Field

Thinking about bringing Nicky or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
We would like to thank Rachel Penning of Penning Photography in East Troy, Wisconsin for generously donating the photos of Nicky displayed here. Visit her website.
Great things come in small packages! Nicky is a small, sweet, senior Springer who is looking for his Forever Family. Being adorable comes naturally to Nicky, and so does following you around house and yard with loving eyes and a wiggly tail!

Although Nicky is fine with other dogs, he would do best either being an only dog or residing with other low-key canine siblings in his Forever Home. Nicky is housetrained and crate trained. He has wonderful manners and is very respectful.

Some of Nicky's hobbies include lounging on the couch, riding in the car, playing with toys, sleeping in his humans' bed, and snuggling with his foster family. He walks very well on the leash and is happy to take his daily stroll around the neighborhood.

If you are looking for an older gentleman who is truly as sweet as pie, then Nicky is your Springer! He will make an amazing companion to a Forever Family looking for a loving and loyal dog.

If you'd like to learn more about our handsome and well-behaved Nicky, please contact his case manager at the e-mail address below.

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Coordinator, Marie Heinking kcmcheinking@frontier.com .

Posted: 5/17/16

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