SPRINGERS AVAILABLE IN THE MIDWEST
 
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This page was last updated on 11/18/17

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Postings: Annie   Boomer   Bowie   Dakota   Haven   Jackson   Jake   Murphy   Willie  
Seniors for Seniors: Dakota   Willie  
Adoption Pending: Bo   Gilligan  
 

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

JACKSON
Winnetka, IL

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ESRA#:2017-325IL
Status: Available
  
Age:12 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:62 lbs
Variety:Field
Here is Jackson, our exuberant ten-month-old Springer! He came into ESRA's care so we could find the perfect family for this wonderful boy. A couple originally purchased him as a young puppy, but they soon realized that they could not provide him the lifestyle he deserved because they were gone too many hours a day and he was left alone. Then Jackson went to a home as a companion for a four-year-old Springer female. However, the female did not appreciate Jackson's zest for life. Although he just wanted to be friends, she decided she really didn't need another friend. Therefore, the family contacted ESRA, and Jackson is now in a foster home leading a great puppy life.

There is nothing dainty about this Springer--he's a big boy, and he is all muscle. He loves his home in the Chicago suburbs, but he really enjoys his adventures in Door County, Wisconsin with his foster mom and the resident Springer, Abby. Jackson loves to play, so he will bark in Abby's face until she gives in and plays. He will also put his head underneath her tummy to initiate play. He gets along with all dogs, and he loves all people.

Jackson is really smart, and he has adjusted very well to the house rules and routine. His foster mom says that he has only two behaviors that he really needs to improve on--jumping on people and not coming when called. These behaviors are typically seen in Springer puppies, and they can be corrected with consistent training.

This healthy guy is microchipped, neutered, and up to date on all his vaccines.
Jackson is not a couch potato, and he is definitely not a dog to be crated for eight hours a day. He would flourish with an active family that is interested in teaching him to participate in agility trials or other doggie activities. Jackson does need to go to obedience training, which will help him bond with his family and make him a perfect companion.

We would like to see Jackson go to a home with another active Springer who would appreciate a buddy. It would also be wonderful if he could have a family with at least some members at home most of the time, as well as a secure yard with lots of spaces to roam and explore. If you think you are able to provide for Jackson's needs, he will reward you with fun, companionship, intelligence, and love. Is yours the perfect Forever Home for this energetic boy? If so, please contact his case manager by phone or email right away.

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

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

Posted: 9/13/17

Springers in Indiana        top

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

Springers in Iowa        top


GILLIGAN
Iowa City, IA

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ESRA#:2017-372IA
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:34 lbs
Variety:Field
Gilligan is a complete and total snuggle bunny who also enjoys having his share of outdoor adventures. He came into ESRA foster care when his owners moved to a place that doesn't allow dogs.

Gilligan is people oriented and loving. Being able to share your couch or your bed is paramount for him. You'll both be in total bliss as he falls asleep next to you on the couch with his head in your lap. He'll be waiting for you on your bed at bedtime, and he will stay next to you the whole night.

When Gilligan is outdoors, though, his whole world needs to be explored. He's a small guy, but he's solidly built and strong. He also acts much younger than his age would suggest. Gilligan enjoys long, brisk walks. He pulls hard on the leash, so he needs to practice his leash manners, especially how to heel.

He's friendly toward the people, including children, that he meets on his walks. He's also friendly with dogs that he meets, but he gets overly excited if he sees a dog at a distance. Gilligan has a strong prey drive. He's very alert to squirrels and other critters, and he would chase them if he were off leash. Because of that, we recommend that his Forever Home have a fenced-in yard be a cat-free environment.

Gilligan doesn't put his full weight on his left hind leg when he's standing, but he has no problem walking, running, or jumping. This suggests that he probably has arthritis in that knee. Gilligan's hips and the muscle tone in his legs are fine. He takes the pain reliever Rimadyl and the joint supplement Cosequin.

This sweet boy is housetrained, and he eats well. He likes chew toys. Gilligan's original home had a dog, as does his foster home, and he's comfortable living with canine companions. It would be great if Gilligan could share his Forever Home with a dog friend, but what's more important is that he has human company most of the day, especially as he adjusts to a new home. If you are ready to open your heart to Gilligan, please contact his case managers at the email address below. You'll be glad you did!

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 Gilligan.

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

Posted: 10/28/17

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

BOWIE
Detroit, MI

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ESRA#:2017-332MI
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
ESRA is going the extra mile to help Bowie live his best and healthiest life. Read all about our efforts by clicking the Special Needs icon above!

UPDATE, 11/4/17: Bowie's surgery has been done, and he is now on the road to recovery! Find out the details by clicking his Special Needs icon.


Meet beautiful Bowie. His story is poignant, and his past is a total mystery. This sweet, soulful boy was discovered by a man walking his dog in a wooded area. Bowie was not neutered, he was underweight, and his teeth needed a good cleaning. The people who found this handsome soul assume that he had been living in the woods for at least a few days.

Upon being found, Bowie was very timid but willing to follow his rescuer home. When his ESRA foster family met him, Bowie was still apprehensive, but after a couple days with them he warmed up quite a bit. On the first night in his foster home, Bowie was settled into a crate with a comfy bed, and he quietly spent his first night there. Getting Bowie to eat was a little more difficult until some wet food was added to his kibble. He has since been weaned him off the mix.

Although this cute boy is at ease in a crate, he craves affection and attention from adults, especially men. Bowie has become his foster dad’s shadow, following him everywhere and ignoring commands from others if it means leaving Dad's side. Bowie is a guy’s guy, bonding and gravitating naturally to men.

Bowie has gotten along great with the resident male Springer/Shepherd mix since day one. He would be thrilled with another canine companion in his Forever Home. He has not been exposed to cats. Bowie is uncomfortable with quick movements and loud noises. He is also extremely unsure around children, so a Forever Home without young kids would be the best fit.

This mellow fellow has never shown any signs of aggression and has one of the sweetest personalities his foster parents have ever seen in a dog. Calm and gentle Bowie has a moderate activity level and will thrive in a quiet Forever Home with lots of interaction and room to play. This eager-to-please guy is well trained and has mastered the commands Sit, Wait, and Stay. He has excellent leash skills and would make a dynamite walking companion. He is housetrained, neutered, microchipped, and current on vaccinations. He rides nicely in the car, and he is a champ at the vet's office.

Because he craves love, Bowie does have a tendency to pace if he is in the presence of humans and is not being petted or cuddled. He also has some digging tendencies, which his foster family is working to curb. Unfortunately, Bowie suffered an ACL injury after colliding with another dog during a game of fetch. Post-surgery he will be recuperating and resting for several weeks until he gets the nod of approval from his veterinarian to resume his normal activities.

Regal Bowie is sugar sweet, incredibly handsome, and a purely joyful lad. His foster dad says they have truly enjoyed Bowie's company and are eager to help him find his ideal Forever Family. This adorable gent is a pleasure to be around, and he is sure to provide lifelong happiness to his adopters. If Bowie sounds like just the dog for you, contact our state coordinator today!

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

Contact: Michigan Coordinator, Kim Marvin sammiebella@hotmail.com .

Posted: 10/06/17

MURPHY
Traverse City, MI

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ESRA#:2017-407MI2017-408MI
Status: AvailableAvailable
   
Age:4 years2 years
Gender:MaleMale
Color:Liver & WhiteLiver & White
Weight:50 lbs40
Variety:MixMix
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
These irresistible, inseparable wiggle-butt buddies are Murphy and Boomer. They are both half Springer and half Brittany Spaniel. And they are both full of joy and pure dog love.

To call them handsome almost seems like an understatement! Their expressive gazes and cute freckles are utterly charming. When they are not engaged in a rollicking round of wrestlemania, Murphy and Boomer can be found pleasantly lounging next to each other, plotting their next doggie adventure.

This housetrained pair is well behaved when they are left home alone together, and they sleep sweetly in the same crate at bedtime. As experienced counter surfers, Murphy and Boomer were disappointed to learn that pizza is not for dogs--who knew? We are unsure if these frisky guys are cat friendly. While they were very good boys at the vet office, they are a bit rambunctious during car rides and can be cunning escape artists if the vehicle's windows are open.

Slightly older Murphy is not as social as Boomer, but Murphy is definitely the alpha male. He does have typical Velcro tendencies and is happy to hang out with his foster dad in the garage, seeming to prefer the company of men. Murphy does well around his canine peers and has mostly mastered proper dog-park manners, with the exception of his mounting behavior.

While it takes him a little time to warm up to those he likes and trusts, Murphy craves affection and loves to give kisses. Oddly, he does not really respond to his name, though Murphy does sit for treats and is quite food motivated. This guy still needs to work on basic commands, so enrolling him in obedience classes would be of tremendous benefit to him in learning what is expected and bonding with his Forever Family. With a medium energy level, Murphy has little prey drive or interest in toys and balls. He might become a water dog, as he took his lake bath in stride. When he wants attention or needs to go potty, Murphy will bark to let you know. Otherwise he rarely vocalizes.

Sweet, calm, and congenial Boomer loves all people and has become closely attached to his foster mom, following her everywhere and missing her when she must go away. He would prefer an environment with someone home most of the time, and he would be more than willing to cuddle with his folks on the furniture! Snuggling and kissing are among Boomer's favorite activities. Because Murphy is his special sidekick, Boomer does become anxious when the two are separated. He gets along famously with all canines and plays nicely with them at the dog park. He knows his name, sits for treats, and shakes paw. Comically, Boomer likes to talk when he wants attention, and he will let out a low little howl or a "woo, woo, woo" to humorous effect.

As his name suggests, Boomer is a high-energy fellow who needs a lot of vigorous play and exercise to tire him out. Sportier than his pal Murphy, Boomer is interested in birds, watching them closely and tracking their flight with his eyes. He also enjoys playing with balls and toys, but he quickly loses interest in them if something more exciting captures his attention. Bathtime in the lake is not high on Boomer's list of fun things to do.

As young, active, energetic dogs, Murphy and Boomer have thus far lacked the exercise, direction, and guidance so important in these early formative years. Their foster family is working diligently with them on their leash-walking manners, obedience training, and social etiquette. They will need a sporting-dog-savvy Forever Family who will be dedicated to providing ample physical and mental stimulation for their overall well-being. Both boys are prime candidates for dog school, which will help them master commands and acquire positive skills. Murphy and Boomer are truly great dogs with untapped potential. They will thrive in the proper environment with gentle yet consistent leadership. For their outdoor enjoyment, we will require that they go to a Forever Home with a fenced yard so that this energetic, endearing team can play safely to their hearts' content.

If you are looking for a double scoop of Spaniel delight, contact our state coordinator today. She has all of the sweet details about this delectable, dynamic duo!

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

Contact: Michigan Coordinator, Kim Marvin sammiebella@hotmail.com .

Posted: 11/01/17

Springers in Minnesota        top

ANNIE
Coon Rapids, MN

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ESRA#:2017-357SD
Status: Available
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:36 lbs
Variety:Mix
Allow us to introduce you to Annie, a girl with a truly gentle soul. Annie was rescued from an outdoor living situation in which she didn't get much attention or exercise. In addition, she had an infected eye that wasn't treated in time. During her first vet visit, it was determined that the eye needed to be removed. Annie has now recovered fully and is thriving. Her remaining eye is a beautiful ice-blue color, just one of the striking things about this sleek young lady.

Annie is housetrained and gets along with every dog and every person she has met. She loves to play and chase a ball around with her canine foster brother. Her recall is improving, but she still has some learning to do. For this reason, we would like to place her in a home with a securely fenced yard.

Her rescuers noticed the high-stepping gait of Annie's back legs. Her x-rays were clear, but they did show atrophy of the muscles, perhaps due to an early-life injury or a congenital issue. As her foster family has slowly helped her build up those muscles, Annie's back legs have become stronger, so getting up and down and moving around have gotten much easier for her. She may, however, do best in a home with few stairs.

Annie's foster mom says that this girl wants to cuddle all the time. She might, in fact, be the world’s best cuddler! Annie will be a wonderful companion to someone. She has a heart of gold, and she's ready to meet her Forever Family. If you think that family might be yours, please contact her case managers at the email address below.

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and 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 Annie.

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

Posted: 10/21/17

WILLIE
Inver Grove Heights, MN

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ESRA#:2017-269MN
Status: Available
  
Age:14 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:39 lbs
Variety:Mix

Thinking about bringing Willie or another wonderful Senior into your family? Read why rescuing Seniors is a top priority for ESRA.
Willie came to ESRA after his family moved and could not take him along. We think he may be a Springer with some cocker spaniel or English setter mixed in. We know that Willie is good with other dogs and cats, as he previously lived with some of each.

This boy isn't a barker, so he wouldn't be a good watchdog, but he would do fine in a condo or townhouse because he is a quiet guy. Willie really enjoys sniffing around outside, and he would love to satisfy his curiosity by exploring a fenced yard and/or taking walks around the neighborhood with his family.

Willie loves his dog bed, and he can almost always be found there when he is not sniffing! He is housetrained and shows good inside manners, but he also does great in a kennel when his foster family is gone for the day. Willie is a good eater, and he certainly wouldn't mind receiving treats from the table if his people allowed that!

This easy keeper is ready to find his Forever Family so that he can share his love with them. If you have a place in your home and your heart for Willie, please contact his case managers at the email address below.

UPDATE, 10/13/17: Willie is looking for a special place to retire and enjoy life. He would like to have a Forever Family to share his cuddles and snuggles. He is one of the sweetest Springers! He does great in his foster home with other dogs and cats.

Willie is housetrained, and he is very good at letting you know when he needs to go outside. To help prevent accidents, he will wear a diaper at night and when you are gone for an extended period of time. Willie enjoys running and chasing around the yard and playing with other dogs. His foster family uses a harness to make him more comfortable on walks.

This loving senior is in good health. He takes medications twice a day with his meal. He enjoys bully sticks and other easy chews. His foster family suspects that Willie has very little vision in his left eye, but he gets around just fine!

Now that his golden years are here, Willie would love to find a Forever Home that has a comfortable place for him to lay his head. If you want a Springer companion to warm your feet and give you lots of attention and affection, Willie is your guy!

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 Willie.

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

Posted: 7/27/17

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.

JAKE
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2013-860MN
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:B&W Tricolor
Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Field

Jake's vet bills have accumulated to the point that we are asking for donations to assist him. If you would like to make a contribution to ESRA specifically for Jake (2013-860MN), make sure to indicate his name and intake number when you do so. Please click here to reach our Donations page to help Jake. He will be so happy!
Meet our man Jake! He has been in and out of various homes for a few years now. Jake has been constantly misunderstood, so we are seeking a patient, dog-wise, and loving family to support him and help him live a happy life.

Jake has been well trained, and he responds to commands. However, he seemed to be stubborn about coming out of his crate when he was asked to do so after being crated all day. He was grouchy and did not like people reaching for his collar to force him out. This cost him more than one home and resulted in some unfavorable training methods being used. Once Jake arrived at our home, we noticed that he did not move smoothly when he was running, so we had his hips examined and discovered that he has severe hip dysplasia. The poor boy was sore from not being able to move about all day while he was confined in the crate.

In our home, Jake has found it quite nice to be left alone in the house all day uncrated. He is very trustworthy and has never had an accident. His temperament has improved, and we now have an understanding of what hurts him.

Jake has been thoroughly evaluated by the orthopedic department at Colorado State University veterinary hospital. They have recommended not to replace his hips at this time but rather to help manage his condition with supplements and physical therapy. He likes the physical therapy because it involves treats! He is very food motivated, as is typical of Springer Spaniels.

You can see from his photos that Jake enjoys being outside. Because he has always had bad hips, he doesn't know anything different but just keeps doing what other Springers do. He sniffs up birds, bunnies, and mice in the field. He plays with our other foster dogs, and he will fetch toys for us. He enjoys life!

Jake likes to snuggle with you while you watch TV. He loves treats of all kinds. He adores going for car rides. Above all, he just wants to be your best buddy. He walks well on a leash, is invisible-fence trained, and uses a doggy door as well.

Jake's Forever Family will need to keep up his physical therapy and keep him slim. They must also understand that Jake will need more medical care in the future. A family that could take him swimming would be ideal, as this exercise really helps stretch and build up his muscles. That is key to keeping him comfortable.

We do not know how Jake would be with small dogs or cats. We would not recommend that he live with small children because they might not understand that they could hurt him by touching or pulling on him.

This boy has a fun and goofy personality. He knows how to work you for treats, toys, and attention. He has done well with all of our foster dogs since he has been here. He did think that being the only dog on the overnight trip to the vets at CSU was great, though, because he got all of our attention!

Jake truly deserves the best. Please contact us at the email address below for more information.

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

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

Posted: 4/20/16

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


BO
Chardon, OH

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ESRA#:2017-291OH
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:69 lbs
Variety:Bench
Hi, Springer friends!

My name is Bo, and I came to ESRA because my canine brother and I did not get along. Although it was hard for her, my mom chose to ask ESRA to help her help me. My brother is an older guy, and he had been abused in his previous life, so Mom gave me up in the hope of saving us both. You should know that I did get along with the other dogs in my former home. I’ve been with my ESRA foster Mom since the end of July, and I am doing well and having a great time!

When I arrived in July, I weighed nearly ninety pounds. I am a naturally big Springer, but I admit that I did have some weight to lose. My foster mom immediately adjusted my food, and she keeps me very active. We take walks on leash, go hiking off leash, and go swimming. I have lost nearly twenty pounds so far! Now I feel so much better, And I have that typical Springer energy again.

Because of the situation in my previous home, I was on a variety of anti-anxiety medications. But since I've come into ESRA's care, my meds have been reduced, and I am doing great. We hope that I can be off the meds completely in the future. My Forever Family will need to be patient and understanding, and they should know that I do have some separation anxiety. I really am just a sweet, giant lapdog, and I want to be as close to my people as possible. I am a true Velcro Springer! I am happiest when everyone is home, so I get a little stressed when my people leave. I also have a fear of storms and fireworks. My foster mom has been very patient with me, and I have learned to relax about some of these things.

I am a great house dog. I’m housetrained, and I have not had one accident since I have been here. I am fairly well behaved, but I'm just a little rusty on some of my manners. My Forever Family will need to continue to work with me and remind me at times what the rules are. I do have a high prey drive, so when I see something like a deer, a cat, or a squirrel, I will attempt to chase it. However, my off-leash recall is pretty good. I do very well on a leash, and I settle in nicely on walks and runs with my foster mom.

I am already neutered, up to date on my vaccinations, and microchipped. I’m currently wearing a flea/tick collar, and I get a monthly heartworm preventive. I have some minor skin irritations, most likely related to allergies. Keeping me clean and groomed regularly has helped.

I really need a home where someone can give me plenty of exercise, monitor my anxiety, and be at home as much as possible. I also need an owner that can handle my physical size, since I am a larger Springer. Even with twenty pounds trimmed off in the past few months, I am still very strong when I get excited! I absolutely love squeaky ball toys, and I will shred a stuffed toy with glee. I have socialized and hung out with other dogs, including visiting dog parks, and I am fine once I am acclimated. I would do well in a household with a calmer dog, and I lived peacefully with cats in my former home. My foster kitty sister doesn’t really like me, though. Maybe it’s because I come on too strong.

Now that you’ve read a little bit about yours truly, do you think I might be the boy for you? Things can only get better from here! So please contact my foster mom if you want us to be together forever!

Love always,
Bo


From Bo’s foster mom: Bo is a gentle giant. He has not shown one bit of food aggression, dog aggression, people aggression, or anything like that since he has been with us. He loves attention, and he does very well when people ask to pet him. And he has no problem allowing you to share the couch or recliner with him!

Our boy does have some separation anxiety. He usually settles down inside the house after we leave, but he will constantly walk, pant, and pace. Occasionally, he even stops and lets out a mournful howl. (I have a video camera on him during the day.) Since he has been here, he is normally crated during the day, and he is usually sleeping or just looking around when he is checked on. He is much happier and less stressed in his large crate than if he is left to roam free in the house while the people are away.

Bo is good off lead. However, his anxieties kick in if he sees another dog, and he goes a little crazy trying to get to that dog. In his frenzy, he appears to be a wrecking ball, but he really just wants to play. Most dogs and owners, however, do not appreciate such "energy," so he does need to work on that reaction. If he is allowed to meet and greet, it is usually all sniffing and butt wiggles! Bo has some dog friends we hang out with, and he enjoys their company. He should not be in a home with young children due to his size and anxiety levels. He might unintentionally hurt a little person, and he would probably steal all the toys. He does not like to give up something once he has a solid grip on it, but he will trade for a treat.

Bo's next owners need to make a lifelong commitment to this guy because he will make a great companion in return. If you would like to find out more about this loving and beautiful boy, please contact me at the email address below.

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

Contact: Mary Pat Martin cmprun629@gmail.com .

Posted: 10/31/17

Springers in Wisconsin        top

HAVEN
Eau Claire, WI

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ESRA#:2017-258WI
Status: Available
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet ESRA's handsome Haven! This sweet boy just wants to be loved. Haven was found in a swamp in northern Wisconsin and was brought to a holding facility as a stray. Not much is known about his past, but of course we care more about his future and the good life he has now. When Haven was taken into ESRA, his foster parents pulled over seventy ticks off him, and he had fleas as well. He is now free of those pests, and he has been successfully treated for tick-borne disease.

Haven is also blind. The vet specialist he was taken to diagnosed Haven with sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS). He will need to be on eye drops for the rest of his life. But please don't let Haven's SARDS scare you. He may be blind, but he still can be a mischievous little guy. And he adapts well to his surroundings. For instance, at his foster home there are a lot of steps, which he learned to navigate without a problem.

This dear boy also has a condition called gingival hyperplasia. This means that his gum tissue grows over his teeth. Haven had surgery to remove the gum tissue and, during the surgery, the dentist removed some teeth as well. Haven will need yearly visits to a dental vet to keep an eye on the gums, and they will need maintenance if they do grow back. During the dental surgery, a cancerous spot was found on Haven's tongue. It was removed, and the vet stated that there is little chance that it will reoccur.

Due to Haven's blindness, he can get anxious in new surroundings, and when he is riding in the car, he gets agitated. He is given trazadone as needed, which helps him settle down and relax.

Here is what Haven's foster mom says about this special dog:

Haven is one of the sweetest Springer Spaniels I have ever had the honor of knowing. He wants to be by you on the couch, and believe it or not, he is able to get up and down all by himself! He also has his mischievous moments. He used to counter surf and get through the cat door to eat the cat food. He will curl up next to you and fall asleep with his head in your lap.

Because Haven is blind, I was initially scared that he would hurt himself. For the first two weeks, we had him on a lead outside in the yard until he learned the lay of the land. Haven now roams free in our fenced yard without injury. He will wear a halo outside, as you can see in one of his photos, so that he does not smack his face into the fence. Haven's foster home has over twenty steps to get to the yard and then back to the door. He does not have a problem with these at all. Haven's Forever Home will require a fenced yard for his comfort and safety, and minimal steps are preferable.


Haven is crate trained and housetrained. He gets along well with cats and dogs. It is recommended that he be in a home where any children are older. Interestingly, since he has been with his foster family, his mom and dad have never once heard him bark. The vet looked at Haven's vocal cords and said they look fine, but for some reason, he just does not bark. So if you are looking for a sweet, loving, goofy, and quiet boy, contact his foster mom at the email address below to find out more or arrange to come and meet him. Haven will be delighted to get to know you!

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Julie Tischacek julie_kboyd@yahoo.com .

Posted: 10/17/17

DAKOTA
Wausau, WI

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ESRA#:2017-250WI
Status: Available
  
Age:12 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:48 lbs
Variety:Bench

Thinking about bringing Dakota or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Dakota is a very sweet and loving girl. She loves being around people and is your typical Velcro Springer. Dakota stays right by her foster mom's side, even when off leash outside at the local dog park. When home, she is never far away and looks to show you affection and attention. Sometimes all the loving and playing can get tiring. Dakota enjoys taking a snooze in her dog bed.

Some of Dakota's hobbies include taking walks around the neighborhood, riding in a car, going to dog parks and being petted or scratched. She has great energy, walks well on a leash and enjoys life! Dakota is in great health and recently had her teeth cleaned. She responds well to whistles, loud talking and hand clapping. Dakota has good manners and is housetrained.

Although Dakota is very easy going and gets along with everyone at the dog park, her foster family thinks she would do best living as an only dog or with another male dog. She does fine with cats (ignores them) and has done well meeting children. Dakota is a wonderful senior Springer that is ready to find her Forever Home. She is excited to provide her affectionate companionship!

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Natalie Gostisha ngostisha@hotmail.com .

Posted: 8/15/17

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