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This page was last updated on 7/18/18

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Postings: Ace   Duncan   Ellie   Lois   Sarge   Wellington (Beef)  
Seniors for Seniors: Wellington (Beef)  
Adoption Pending: Dakota   Gidget   Kipling   Oliver  
 

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.

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WELLINGTON (BEEF)
Round Lake Beach, IL

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ESRA#:2018-24IL
Status: Available
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench

Thinking about bringing Wellington or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Wellington is a beautiful gentleman who needs a new Forever Home. He absolutely loved and was devoted to his human mom, but she passed away a little over a year ago. His dad loves him, too, but because of work he is unable to give Wellington the companionship, love, and activity he needs and deserves. Therefore, he made the decision to do the best he could for his wife's beloved boy by contacting ESRA.

Wellington, or "Beef" as he is affectionately called, is in excellent health and is very energetic. You would never know that he is ten years old! He has been well taken care of his whole life. Beef is good with adults and children. He has been around other dogs, but he does get anxious when little dogs carry on, bark, or growl in his face. He will definitely let them know that he doesn't appreciate that behavior. Beef also does not get along well with cats. Therefore, we feel that he would do best as the only pet in his new family. Beef is playful and likes to carry a stuffed toy around for security.

Beef loves to go for car rides and walks. He walks with a harness and is accustomed to walking with a pack of from two to ten dogs. He is happy with his pack members, but he does bark at other dogs he comes across. Beef is AKC registered, and he passed his canine good citizenship test when he was younger.

Squirrels, birds, and bunnies are safe in Beef's yard. He doesn't have a very high prey drive, and he is very tolerant of critters. He has mild separation anxiety, so he would do best with a family that would include him in their lives, and which has at least one person who is home most of the time. He would not be happy just sitting at home waiting for his family. Beef has gone through quite a few changes in his life during the last few months, and this instability has caused him some anxiety. He likes to share the couch with you, and he is happy to sleep in his dog bed in your bedroom. He will follow you around, and he is very good at coming when you call.

This handsome guy is current on his vaccinations and has been neutered and microchipped. If you are looking for a constant companion who is ready to give and receive a lot of love, Beef may be just the dog for you! Please contact his case manager by phone or email if you'd like to learn more.

Please read the Adoption FAQ and get an Adoption Application approved before inquiring about Wellington (Beef).

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

Posted: 1/22/18

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LOIS
Vincennes, IN

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ESRA#:2018-57OH
Status: Available
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:30 lbs
Variety:Mix
Hi, friends! My name is Lois, and I came to rescue after an ESRA volunteer saw a picture of my cute little face when I was sitting in a shelter. You see, I had been picked up as a stray by the dog warden and taken there. The nice people at the shelter thought that since I'm so sweet, I certainly must have a family that would come looking for me. But no one did. That's when I became an ESRA dog.

We're sure that I'm not a purebred Springer -- we think that I'm a Springer/beagle mix. I'm a petite girl, with Springer coloring and feathers and a beagle tail and busy nose. I offer the best parts of two wonderful breeds!

My first ESRA foster family made sure that I got all of my vaccines. I was also spayed, microchipped, and tested for heartworm. All clear there! When I first came to rescue, I was itchy. I had a skin infection and some fur loss. My wonderful foster family made sure that I got medicine and good food, and now my skin is all cleared up and my coat is full and shiny.

After some time with my foster family, it became clear that I really need to be an only dog. I don't like to share my people very much, and living with another dog was just not working (I am untested with cats). So I moved in with my current foster dad. Now it's just me and him, and I love it! I like to be the center of attention and have my person nearby. I am playful, and chew toys are my favorites. I should also mention that I have been good when I've been around children.

My foster dad has been working with me, and I am proud to report that I am nearly one-hundred-percent housetrained. It's been a slow process, but he didn't give up (and neither did I!). I stay in a crate when Dad has to leave the house, and I am okay with that. I just relax and wait for him to come home.

So there you have it. Now that you know all about me, do you think I'm the girl for you? If so, please hurry and contact my case manager. I can't wait to meet you!

Love,
Lois

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

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

Posted: 6/20/18

Springers in Iowa        top

Although ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in Iowa at this time, we may have Springers that are almost ready to find their Forever Homes. If you are interested in adopting, please read our FAQs about the adoption process and complete our Adoption Application right away so you will be approved and ready when the right dog becomes available.

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

Although ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in Kansas at this time, we may have Springers that are almost ready to find their Forever Homes. If you are interested in adopting, please read our FAQs about the adoption process and complete our Adoption Application right away so you will be approved and ready when the right dog becomes available.

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KIPLING
Ortonville, MI

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ESRA#:2018-232MI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:48 lbs
Variety:Field
This bright-eyed, happy-faced, handsome boy is Kipling, known to his friends and family as Kip. His foster mom proclaims that he is pure Springer joy! Kip loves life, and he adores all who share its exciting wonders with him.

Smart and eager to please his people, Kip knows the commands Sit, Wait, Okay, Off, and Kennel. He looks forward to his nightly on-leash strolls with a group of four to six neighborhood dogs. He also walks very well when taken out alone. Respectful of other canines, Kip would never make a pest of himself. He shares hugs and kisses with his two foster siblings, and he waits his turn for attention. Kip plays nicely with his puppy foster brother, delighting in games that involve chase and tag. When a Kong or a ball is thrown, Kip will eagerly chase it, but he defers to the other dogs if they come in too fast. Cute Kip treasures his rubber toys: the coveted Kong, the green ring seen in the picture, a blue "whistling" fling-it ball, etc. But although he loves to play with these toys, this discerning pooch only chews on appropriate objects such as Nylabones.

Kip is not a fighter -- he is a lover! Nothing is more important to this beautiful boy than family harmony. Kip rarely needs to be called, as he keeps his eye on his people. If they move about doing lawn work, he follows them. Kip would appreciate a fenced yard at his Forever Home to keep danger out and to allow him to run, jump, and chase freely. He would also adore another active doggie companion, one who is a softie like himself. His foster mom says she could envision Kip withdrawing or not knowing what to do if he were growled at or snapped at by a domineering canine sibling.

Once Kip settled in at his foster home, he learned the family routine quite quickly. He may have had some previous bad habits, such as checking out the counters and bolting through open doors. After a couple of verbal corrections, however, Kip's manners have improved greatly. Naturally, his Forever Family would be encouraged to continue shaping Kip's behavior to their lifestyle.

This sweet fellow has been absolutely silent except for a whispery whine as he waits for his crate door to be opened each morning. Kip is not allowed to push his door open; he has learned Wait, which he has interpreted as a Sit. Although Kip has been stellar on the couple of occasions when his foster family was away longer than expected, he would be happiest with a beloved human at home with him most of the time.

If your heart is melting as you gaze into Kip's golden eyes, and if you see this sweet Springer soul as a perfect addition to your loving family, contact his foster mom today at the email address below. Kip has been a pleasure for her to foster, and she is dedicated to finding him the Forever Family of his dreams!

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

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

Posted: 6/26/18

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BO
Fergus Falls, MN

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ESRA#:2018-220IA
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:66 lbs
Variety:Field
Bo came to ESRA after his owner passed away, and since that time, he's learned to be an inside dog. He loves being with his humans so much that he wants his foster mom to go outside with him whenever he goes out! He's definitely a Velcro Springer.

Bo is a friendly dog who thrives on attention. He loves to be petted and to give kisses. He's a bit of a shadow chaser when he sees them on walls. He also loves toys, especially when he can tear them apart, as you can see from one of the photos!

The vet concludes from the feel of the bone in Bo's left hip that he has injured it several times because cartilage has built up. Bo is neutered, heartworm negative, and up to date with his vaccinations. He is also microchipped.

Bo's recall in open areas needs some work, so a fenced yard may be safest for him, although his foster family has found that he does well in their open yard. Bo is good on a leash.

Because Bo tends to be protective of his foster mom if he is on the bed with her, he should sleep on the floor or in another room if he is adopted by a family with more than one person. He does love to snuggle when he is given the chance.

His foster mom describes Bo as a diamond in the rough. She says that he's a really good boy who is very loyal and hardly ever barks. Currently he lives with other Springers, but due to some posturing between him and another male dog in the household, we believe that Bo would do best as the only dog in his Forever Home.

Bo is happy that his "garage" days are behind him, and he's looking forward to a Forever Family who will continue to shower him with the love and attention he deserves and who will provide him with the consistency and gentle leadership that will help him become the best dog that he can be. If you think that family is yours, please contact Bo's case managers at the email address below.

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

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

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

Posted: 7/14/18

LARRY
Redwood Falls, MN

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

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

Larry needs to be the only dog in his Forever Home, because he craves all of his people's attention. Though there are no children in his foster home, we believe that Larry will do well around kids aged ten and older. What he needs most from his adopters is to know that he is truly in his Forever Family. A steady home with rules to help him learn what is best will contribute to his security and happiness.

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 5/09/18

Springers in Missouri        top

Although ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in Missouri at this time, we may have Springers that are almost ready to find their Forever Homes. If you are interested in adopting, please read our FAQs about the adoption process and complete our Adoption Application right away so you will be approved and ready when the right dog becomes available.

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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.

SARGE
Lincoln, NE

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ESRA#:2018-263NE
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Mix
Meet Sarge, a handsome English Springer/border collie mix with a lot of love in his heart. Sarge's previous owner turned him over to a local shelter. Because the shelter was full, they contacted ESRA. We were glad to take Sarge into our program and help him find his perfect Forever Home.

The Springer part of Sarge's background is evident in many ways. His toes are webbed. He is very much a Velcro dog who has to be where his people are. And, as is typical of most Springers, Sarge is a sponge for attention.

Sarge is a well-mannered guy. He is housetrained, and he knows basic commands like Sit. He seldom begs, and he has no issues such as counter surfing. This laidback and easygoing boy is kind and eager to please, and there isn't a mean bone in his body. Above all, Sarge is a very intelligent and intuitive dog who seems to be able to read and understand humans' body language quite well.

Some of Sarge's favorite pastimes are taking naps while his people do chores around the house, riding in the car, and taking walks. He does well with walks of twenty to thirty minutes each, but he can get tuckered out when he walks farther than three miles or when it's very hot. Sarge walks well on leash, except that he will occasionally cut in front of his handler. He and his foster dad are working on this issue.

True to his friendly nature, Sarge enjoys being with other other dogs and wants to be pals with everyone. He gets along with big and small dogs alike, and he enjoys interacting with a neighbor's puppy. Sarge is also friendly to cats, although his foster dad needs to remind him that the resident cat isn't as friendly as Sarge is. Generally they get along, but Sarge will leave the cat alone when the cat is not interested.

Of course the highlight of Sarge's life is being around people. He loves them all: the grade-school-aged kids in the neighborhood, the ladies at the grooming salon, and the staff at the vet clinic. He's basically a big cuddle bear, and he will do whatever is necessary to be closer to his people. He does NOT want to be separated from them by being in another room, and he may panic if he doesn't know where his humans are.

Sarge is amazingly clever and agile. His foster dad reports that a crate must be locked or secured, as Sarge has been able to escape by opening the latches or forcing the door. He can open doors with handles. He has been known to scale fences, and as his foster dad reports, "I have witnessed Sarge jumping over the fifty-inch-high steel gate I bought to keep him out of the living room."

Crate training is a work in progress for Sarge. His foster dad says that Sarge can now be kept in a secure crate for up to six hours. He doesn't bark after being placed in the crate as much as he did at first, and he will now enter the crate on his own if there is a small dish of food inside.

Sarge is neutered and up to date on all his vaccinations and is ready to find his Forever Home. Because of Sarge's need to be with his people as much as possible, his ideal family will include at least one member who will be home with Sarge most of the time. This sweet boy will be a wonderful addition to the family who will give him the love and attention he requires and deserves. If you think that family is yours, please contact his foster dad at the email address below.

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

Contact: Foster Home, Ben Wright ben.wright@outlook.com .

Posted: 7/03/18

ACE
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2018-74NE
Status: Available
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:65 lbs
Variety:Mix
From Ace's foster mom: If I were playing poker, I would not bet that Ace is one-hundred-percent Springer, but I would bet that anyone who adopts Ace will be a winner!

Ace has a pretty unusual story with a bit of mystery and drama. He was turned over to ESRA through the Nebraska Humane Society after a long ordeal. Everyone he met in the shelters fell in love with him and vouched for his good character and behavior. We immediately fell in love with him, too. Ace is sweet and well behaved. He seems to have had some obedience training. He knows basic commands and walks with a perfect heel like a gentleman.

This good-looking boy is probably a Springer/setter cross. Ace's face is all Springer, but his body and size are more like a bench English setter. It is funny to watch him wiggle his big ol' body like a Springer! It makes me giggle every time he does it. He loves to sit on my husband's lap when he is watching TV in his recliner. Ace puts his head on his foster dad's shoulder while his body stretches down to the footrest. His tail fits between my husband's boots, and then that beautiful tail starts wagging like a Springer's docked tail with a steady thump, thump, thump. It is a picture of pure happiness!

Ace gets along well with our resident male and female Springers. He can play a little roughly due to his size. The other dogs let him know when he has gone too far, and Ace then tones it down. He could be the top dog of the pack, but he accepts the role assigned to him by our resident male.

Ace needs daily exercise. It is easy to walk with him, and he is a beauty in the field off leash. Ace loves to chase birds and nose about for small creatures. When he is in the field, he comes when he's called (although not always at the exact moment you call him).

Treats are a great motivator for Ace. He knows exactly when you are headed for the treat jar, and he places himself in front of you just in case you might forget him. He knows his mealtimes, too. If you forget, he will do a little dance, and if that doesn't do the trick, he will bark.

Ace rides well in the car, is invisible-fence trained, walks perfectly on a leash, and seems to know basic commands. He can be left alone in the house without accidents. Our groomer fell in love with him as he was so well behaved for her. We do not know how he would be with cats.

Ace does react when he hears a siren on TV or in real life. He barks and gets excited. We tell him it is okay and he is good with that. In fact, he is good with most things in life. This is a very special boy who will be a great addition to a lucky family.

If you would like to know more about Mr. Ace, please contact us at the email address below.

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

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

Posted: 5/10/18

Springers in North Dakota        top

Although ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in North Dakota at this time, we may have Springers that are almost ready to find their Forever Homes. If you are interested in adopting, please read our FAQs about the adoption process and complete our Adoption Application right away so you will be approved and ready when the right dog becomes available.

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JAKE
Brandon, SD

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ESRA#:2016-491IA
Status: Available
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:L&W Tricolor
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet the sweet and loving Jake. He lives and loves life to the fullest. Jake is a people pleaser. He loves to be around people, and if he can sneak his way into your lap, he will do so. You can tell when Jake is really comfortable because he lies on his back with his paws in the air.

Jake listens very well and comes when called. He knows the commands Sit, Shake, Lie Down, Stay, and Roll Over. He has even learned to roll over and play dead when you do "bang" with your fingers. His Forever Family should continue with his obedience training. It is a great bonding opportunity! Jake is very treat driven. Most everything he has learned (including yard boundaries) has been with hot dogs and positive training.

Want to be his best friend? Throw a ball! Jake enjoys fetching/chasing balls. He is learning to drop them -- part of his growing and learning phase! Jake also enjoys his walks around the neighborhood. His leash manners are improving with every walk.

Although Jake will tolerate other dogs for a short period of time, he will need to be the only dog in the house. His lack of structure and socializing before coming into rescue has made it a challenge to live with other dogs. For everyone's happiness, Jake should be the only resident dog in his Forever Home. His foster mom says that he will be happiest if he lives with someone who is at home much of the time. He will also be most settled and comfortable if he is kept on a regular routine.

Jake gets extremely excited in a moving vehicle. He won't stay still and is uneasy in the crate there. Therefore, he will do best with a family who will stay home with him or arrange for a dog sitter when they travel.

Jake is housetrained. He does fine in the house when he is by himself. He will go into a kennel or crate, but that is not his preference. Because he is young and energetic, Jake will need a long walk, jog, or run if you plan to leave him for a long period of time alone in the house. A tired dog is a good dog! After a good exercise adventure, Jake enjoys lying out on the deck watching people walk by and checking out the happenings of the neighborhood.

Are you looking for a dog to snuggle with you on the couch, in the bed, or under the blankets? Do you enjoy a sweet Springer lying in a little ball waiting for your attention? Are you a homebody that wants to bond with an affectionate boy? Then Jake is your Velcro Springer!

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: 3/19/17


GIDGET
Aberdeen, SD

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ESRA#:2018-185MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:53 lbs
Variety:Bench
Miss Gidget is a fantastic, energetic Springer with lots of love to give. If you’re looking for a walking buddy, Gidget is your girl. She loves walks more than just about anything, although cuddling is another one of her favorite pastimes. She is also the epitome of a Velcro Springer, following her people everywhere around the house.

This adorable girl is housetrained, and she has a cute habit of bringing her foster mom a toy to signify that she has to go outside. Gidget has free rein of the house when her foster family is away, and she is well behaved during those times.

Gidget loves the outdoors. She has great energy and loves to explore. However, she sometimes has tunnel vision, by which we mean that if she sees a gopher or squirrel, she will sniff and chase until she loses track of both the critter and her foster family. For this reason, a fenced yard would be best for this girl when she gets her nose to the ground. When she is on a leash, Gidget is strong, so working with her on leash manners will be a good training opportunity for her new family.

Gidget is dog selective; she likes some dogs but not others. This is especially evident in a home with another dog. If another dog is getting attention, Gidget gets jealous. For this reason, we want to place Gidget as the only dog in her home. She will also do best in an all-adult family as she tends to be nervous around small children.

In the house, Gidget is as sweet as can be. She loves to be brushed and scratched. Her foster mom says, “I love how she cuddles me, gives me kisses, greets me at the door, and wakes me up in the morning. The only thing she begs for is a walk!”

Gidget will make an excellent companion, and she is eager to find her new, wonderful Forever Family. If you think that yours is that family and that Gidget is just the girl for you, please contact her 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 the final decision rests with the dog’s case manager.

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

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

Posted: 6/17/18

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STELLA
Prospect, OH

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ESRA#:2014-770IN
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Mix
Stella is a beautiful Springer/border collie mix (perhaps more border collie than Springer) who is ready to find her Forever Home. Stella was originally picked up as a stray by ESRA in 2014, and she was adopted by a wonderful family in early 2015. She lived with two young children and did very well. Recently, however, Stella's family made the difficult decision to return her to ESRA because of some of her behaviors when there were visitors to the house.

As is customary for any dog, Stella reacts when strangers come calling. A firm command will calm her. It will let her know that everything is okay and will tell her that she is not to continue with the challenge. Stella needs to understand that her person is the leader who will keep everyone safe and keep everything under control. Otherwise, Stella feels the need to fill that role.

This pretty girl is well trained, walks nicely on lead, follows commands, and is good with children and other dogs. She is smart, loving, and considerate. Stella sleeps on the floor at the foot of the bed very quietly all night long. She is housetrained, rides well in the car, and goes into her crate willingly, expecting a treat when she will be left alone. She did, however, get frustrated recently after being placed in her crate three times in one day. The stuffing in her dog bed did not survive that experience.

Stella loves belly rubs and being combed, and she is trained to the invisible fence. She always comes instantly on command, even when this means that she is being called back from chasing a chipmunk, a rabbit, or a squirrel. Stella is very fast, but she hasn't caught anything running around in her foster mom's yard. Stella wants to crawl into people's laps, but she does get down immediately if asked to do so.

Well-mannered Stella does not counter surf, and she waits patiently for her food. She rests on the floor, watching but not begging during humans' meal times. Stella will only retrieve the ball three or four times before giving up -- you can't trick her into continuing that fool's errand! Because she is a digger, she should not be be confined in an outdoor pen alone. She has been near water, but so far she has not seemed interested in jumping in.

As with all ESRA dogs, Stella is spayed, up to date on vaccines, and microchipped. She is looking for a loving Forever Family who will be consistent and conscientious in teaching and guiding her. In this way, she can learn to relax and enjoy being the wonderful companion she is meant to be. If you have room in your home and your heart for Stella, please contact her case managet at the email address below.

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

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

Posted: 7/11/18

ELLIE
Chardon, OH

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ESRA#:2018-8OH
Status: Available
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Field
Hello, Springer lovers! My name is Ellie, and I came to rescue after my family made the difficult decision to ask ESRA for help in finding me a new home. My family is wonderful and I love them a lot. They did a good job of raising me, but I was just not happy sharing the house with my three canine siblings. So for the safety and well-being of everyone, I need a new Forever Home.

I'm the only dog in my foster home, and I love that! My foster mom and my human foster sister are active, so I get some outside time every day. We go for runs, walks, and hikes. Mom lets me run off leash in our own big backyard, where there are no other dogs. A dog park would not be my happy place. I am pretty good on a leash, but I do like to sniff everything. Mom says that I have a total Springer nose and a high prey drive for those little critters and birds. My foster home has a cat, and I live more or less in harmony with her, so dog-savvy cats in my Forever Home would probably be okay. Oh -- and I love car rides!

My foster mom says that I am just about the sweetest girl she has ever met. While I'm initially leery around new people, I warm up quickly. I like to be close to my humans but not on top of them. I will tag along wherever you go, and I will knock on the door if you dare shut me out of a room. (My foster mom says to tell you that you should forget about going to the bathroom by yourself!)

I am up to date on all of my vetting, and I am spayed and microchipped. I'm also housetrained. Mom doesn't have to crate me when I'm left at home alone, and she says that my good manners have made me an excellent house guest. However, I need to warn you that if you leave something on the counter, I will happily counter surf and steal it in a heartbeat. I'm sure I'm not the first Springer to do that, and I hope you don't hold it against me, because I just want to find a Forever Family to call my own.

Love, Ellie


From Ellie's foster mom: This is a sweet girl who really just wants to be with someone all the time. Ellie's only issue is that she absolutely does not like other dogs. Not inside, not outside, not anywhere. She is an alpha female, and whatever triggers her when she sees another dog, it causes an overreaction. We have worked on this while she has been here, and the behavior is manageable, but she is not the kind of dog who will let you stop and chat with another dog walker when she's with you. We usually step aside and let other dogs pass, or we swing wide and shorten Ellie's leash for a second. If she sits quietly while others go by, she is rewarded with a high-value treat. When she was with her original family, Ellie was on medication. It helped some, but she still would still go after the other dogs in her former home. She has now been weaned off all meds as we have no other dogs in our house.

Ellie's new family should be committed to having her as a single dog, with no illusions about adding a second dog as a "friend" for Ellie. She really just needs people. Her adopters should also be committed to getting some formal reactive dog training for both Ellie and themselves and then following through with the training consistently. This will definitely be worth the effort, as Ellie and her new family will be so much happier as a result.

We have really struggled with the question of adopting Ellie ourselves. She is such a love bug! She does like bigger kids, so older children in the home would be fine. Younger children and babies seem to make Ellie a little nervous, but she is okay after slow introductions. Ellie is really sensitive to human feelings, and she feels the need to comfort people by being near them. She would be a perfect dog for someone who wants a companion, an exercise buddy, and a sweet friend just to hang out with. So if you think your home is the right one for our special girl, please contact me at the email address below.

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

Contact: Mary Pat Martin cmprun629@gmail.com .

Posted: 3/28/18

DUNCAN
Cincinnati, OH

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ESRA#:2018-27OH
Status: Available
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Field
Hi, everyone! My name is Duncan, and my family asked for ESRA's help after their new human baby arrived. The bouncing bundle of joy made me really anxious, and since I have limited vision, I couldn't tell where those strange newborn noises were coming from. I just couldn't relax.

I am nine years old, and I have a lot of love to give. I was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, and while that has affected my eyesight, I don't let it get me down. Once I learn the lay of the land, I can see enough to get around. When I came to my foster home, my foster mom took it slow and let me learn my way around the main level of the house before she introduced the stairs and the second level. Now I'm familiar with the entire house! My nose and ears make up for what I can't see. I know there are noisy house sparrows roosting in Mom's magnolia tree, and I like to tell them to settle down.

I enjoy taking leash walks around the block, and I do fine with just a little help around street signs because sometimes I don't see them soon enough. And I LOVE to ride in the car! Mom takes me on errands with her when the weather isn't too hot or too cold. I am housetrained, and I really don't need to be crated when I'm left home alone. I don't bother a thing.

There must be a clock in my belly because it tells me when to give Mom a report about the time. It is always before I should eat, since I have to eat when I'm given insulin. We stay on a schedule (despite my forlorn looks when I want to eat sooner!). I don't complain when Mom gives me my insulin injections twice a day, and I like the special dog food she gives me to help keep my levels normal. I do have some stiff joints, so when my Mom noticed me limping a bit, she started giving me some really good joint supplements.

I'm a very good boy, and I am happy to hang out on the family room sofa just enjoying the day. And I sleep with my mom. (In case you didn't know, that's a prerequisite for Springers.) There is a cat that lives here, too. He kind of likes me, and he comes around me while I'm eating, but I don't care. Mom gives him some food, too. And sometimes he sleeps on the bed with us.

I'm also a good boy at the vet. My vet is diabetic like me, and she really helps me be healthy. There was another dog at my first home, but I am really happy as an only dog here in my foster home. Mom is around a lot, so I don't have to spend hours and hours by mysef. If I were to share my Forever Home with another dog, I would like it to be an older, calmer dog. I'm past the crazy puppy stage of life! And I would be happier and less anxious with older children, preferably teenagers. So if you have room in your home and your heart for a soft senior gentleman, I'm your guy.

Love,
Duncan


From Duncan's foster mom: Duncan is up to date on all vetting, is neutered, and is microchipped. For his diabetes, he takes an injectable insulin, the cost of which is less than twenty dollars per month including syringes. He eats and gets his insulin injections twice a day, equally spaced at twelve hours apart. I feed him a special food for diabetic dogs, which has helped keep him balanced. He will most likely need to keep taking the joint supplement tablets that have benefited him. And continued daily short walks should build up muscle and keep him limber. He is learning to let me help him with the car and stairs.

Duncan is such a cutie, and he is a very sweet dog who loves to be near his people. If you think this charming boy is just right for you, please contact his case manager at the email address below. You'll be glad you did!

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

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

Posted: 3/14/18


OLIVER
Cleveland Heights, OH

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Oliver, right, with his foster brother

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Where's Ollie?

ESRA#:2018-148OH
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:43 lbs
Variety:Bench
Hi! My name is Oliver, and I am ready to find my Forever Home!

My foster mamma told me I was named in honor of a very special ESRA dog, Oliver, who had to say goodbye to his family too soon. I came to ESRA from a shelter, where I had been left in the after-hours, safe-haven pen. So my history is a mystery. The ESRA folks always say that they wish dogs could talk and share the stories of our lives before coming to rescue. But I’ve already left that life behind. Onward and upward, I say!

I am happy to report that I am housetrained. I like it best when my people are home, but I am good at waiting to do my business until they return. Then I get to go into the backyard, or we take a walk. I really like walking on a leash, and we go for walks every day.

I get along well with my Springer foster brother Theo, and sometimes he lets me cuddle with him on the chair, or in bed, or on the floor bed that my foster mamma gave us. When we are left alone in the house, we just chill out on the couch or the bed. I like it best when we cuddle until Mamma gets home. I think it’s important that I have a companion dog in my Forever Family, especially if I will be left home alone. At night, I need to sleep next to a person in the big comfy bed, on top of the covers.

I also like playing in our backyard. It’s really good since it’s fenced, and Theo and I can play in the plants and follow our noses when there’s a good scent. Mamma yells if we get into her flower beds, though! I played with some older kids at my temporary foster home when I first got sprung from the shelter, and I was good with them. But I’ve never been around little kids and babies, so they might make me nervous.

I've been to the doggie doctor a few times. I am now neutered, microchipped, up to date on my vaccines, free of heartworms, and on monthly preventatives for heartworms, fleas, and ticks. We were worried about my teeth, so I saw the doctor one last time. My teeth are worn down. The doctor thinks that I spent lots of time crated in my previous life, so I probably chewed on the bars. But I have no broken teeth and no abscesses, so that's good. The doctor felt my tummy and my hips, looked into my ears and eyes, and told me I was perfect! I liked that. I don’t really know how old I am, but we think maybe I am close to eight years old (although sometimes I feel like I'm three).

I am a good boy in the car, and I lie down in the back seat. I rode in the car to the doggie beauty shop, where the nice lady made me smell good and I got my hair all cut off. They call it a summer cut. Now I look more like Theo, and people tell us we are beautiful.

I feel so much better since coming to my foster mamma’s house. She feeds me good food and makes sure I get daily exercise--and lots of love, of course! I eat regular dry kibble food, but I have to stay away from chicken stuff. Mamma says it gives me gas (I thought gas was just for cars, but Mamma knows best). I really like treats, too, especially carrots. I also liked watermelon, but my tummy didn’t like it, so I can’t eat it any more.

I bark at the neighbor’s cat -- but I do it just because she taunts me, so that's not really my fault, is it? I love people, and I like it when they touch my head and give me pets. Everyone says that I am super sweet and cuddly. I'm starting to think that I might like toys, but I am not really sure yet. Toys are nice to nap with, though, as you can see in one of my pictures. I do like hunting for critters, so if you have some in your yard, that would be great! And if you have French doors or sliding doors looking into your backyard, that would be especially amazing because I LOVE to lie or sit and watch the squirrels and the other stuff outside.

If you think I’m the one for you, please don’t hesitate to contact my case manager at the email address below. I’m ready to begin the next chapter of my life with a Forever Family to love.

Springer kisses and cuddles,
Ollie

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

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

Posted: 6/09/18

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BAILEY
Conover, WI

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ESRA#:2018-247WI
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:60 lbs
Variety:Bench
UPDATE, 7/9/18: Bailey is doing great in his recovery, and he's making progress every day! For more details, click the Special Needs icon above.
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Bailey is an active Springer that came into our care because of a very unfortunate accident. While he was playing with the children in his family, he ran into a railroad tie in the yard, which caused severe breaks to both of his front paws. As a result, his owners felt that it was in his best interest to turn him over to us for proper treatment and further care. This was a very difficult decision for everyone, as Bailey was a much-loved member of their family.

ESRA sprang into action and attended to Bailey's needs immediately. He has now been accepted into our Special Needs program, where fundraising will take place to help offset his hefty medical expenses.

Poor Bailey has had to make some major adjustments as a result of the change in his family situation and his recent medical needs. He was very fortunate to have two amazing ESRA volunteers, a husband and wife who are both veterinarians, step up to foster him and commit to caring for him through a surgical procedure and follow-up treatment to make him healthy and happy once again.

Bailey was brought up to date on vaccinations once he was with ESRA, and he will soon be neutered. He lived with cats and dogs in his previous home, and he got along well with them all. He loves children, too, and he is good with kids of all ages. His previous owners' family had young girls who loved to play dress-up with Bailey, and he was tolerant of being adorned with human clothing. He's just an all-around great dog!

Bailey is housetrained and crate trained, and he seems to find refuge in his crate. It is his safe place. He is good on a leash when he walks, but he did tug a bit when walking with the other canine in his former family. He loves belly rubs and cuddles, and he likes to give kisses! He knows basic commands and was trained to an invisible fence in his previous home.

Fast or loud things tend to scare Bailey. He used to hunt, but he has grown out of enjoying that lifestyle. The noise of a gunshot seems to trouble him now. He will howl at the town's noon siren. Bailey does enjoy car rides and playing in the water. He has never been formally groomed, as his owners used to groom him themselves. This handsome boy appears to have tolerated that procedure well.

Once Bailey's medical needs have been addressed and the healing process has been completed, he will be looking for his Forever Home. He would make a wonderful addition to a variety of families. If you would consider adding Bailey to your home and your heart, please contact his case manager at the email address below.

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

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

Posted: 6/24/18


DAKOTA
Wausau, WI

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ESRA#:2017-250WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
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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