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This page was last updated on 12/05/16

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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

TUCKER
Peotone, IL

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ESRA#:2016-82IL
Status: Available
  
Age:18 months
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:41 lbs
Variety:Field
Tucker is a very sweet, smart boy who has an endless amount of energy and a big personality. He came into ESRA's care from a high-kill shelter. Tucker was picked up as a stray, and his owner never claimed him. Tucker has been brought up to date on all his vetting, and he is now a healthy, happy boy who is just bursting with enthusiasm for life!

When our wonderful volunteers first picked Tucker up, they knew he would need a little extra help. Tucker had not been in a car before, and he needed assistance to get in because he didn't know what to do. He pulled hard when he was on leash, and the extent of his training seemed to be that he could sit (more or less). Tucker was just a big puppy, chewy and licky,who loved attention and thought everything was a toy for him. After his initial vet exam, he grabbed the vet's fur boots, the potted plants in the waiting room, and a lady's purse. Needless to say, Tucker's lack of training and experience, combined with his high energy and exuberance, made him a handful. We have been most fortunate to have a professional dog trainer as a foster mom for Tucker. She has been working with him for some months, and she feels that he is now ready to find his new home.

Here is what Tucker's foster mom says: Tucker is now very well versed in most basic obedience commands. He attends obedience and agility classes weekly. He has been introduced to agility equipment, and he shows quite an aptitude for the sport. Although Tucker has not been introduced to toddlers, he is very good with children over seven years of age. Several children have even worked him in his obedience class. Tucker's housetraining has improved in the months he has been here. He is crate trained, and he likes his crate. Because of his activity level, Tucker sometimes consumes large quantities of water. At these times he needs to be let out more frequently.

Tucker gets along well with other dogs, almost too well. When he is paired with another dog that also enjoys play, things tend to get a little rowdy and out of control. It's like having two frat boys in the house! For this reason, we think that Tucker would do best as an only dog or paired with a mature dog who knows how to set boundaries. He cannot be left alone for eight hours without human companionship.

We also think that because of Tucker's activity level, he would do best with an owner who has an active lifestyle, such as someone who is a runner or who would like to get involved in a dog sport. Tucker would excel in such things as agility, nose work, or dock diving. He also loves to play fetch and tug, and he enjoys chasing butterflies, bugs, and birds. He is also known to be a caterpillar killer. He is all right with cats, but he will chase them if given the chance. Tucker needs a large fenced yard with plenty of room to run and explore.

If you are looking for a companion to enjoy the outdoors with you, to share adventures, and to cuddle with you at the end of an active day, Tucker is your guy! This exceptional Springer needs an exceptional family who will make sure that he gets sufficient exercise and the continued training he needs to thrive. If you are the special family that will appreciate Tucker's exuberance and all things Springer, we would love to tell you more about him.

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

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

Posted: 10/01/16


HUNTER
Ingleside, IL

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ESRA#:2016-477IL
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:19 months
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Field
Hunter is a very sweet young Springer who is full of energy. He is sparkly eyed, alert, and so eager to please. He was found wandering and was taken to the local shelter. When his owners did not claim him, Hunter came into ESRA's care.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 11/06/16

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OLAF
Fort Wayne, IN

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ESRA#:2016-609IN
Status: Available
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:30 lbs
Variety:Mix
We are pleased to introduce Olaf. Just look at that sweet face! Our ESRA volunteer heard about Olaf after someone dropped him off in the night box of a shelter to be put down. He was obese and had a "hot spot" skin irritation, but as soon as the volunteer saw him, she knew that Olaf was a very special boy and well worth saving.

After having received a complete vetting, a nutritious diet, and lots of TLC from his foster mom, Olaf is doing just great. He is healthy, has no known medical issues, and has plenty of energy to enjoy life. He loves to meet new people and likes to be with kids. If you are in the mood to play, he is your boy--ready, willing, and enthusiastic!

Olaf's foster mom says that she doesn't know how anyone could resist this one-of-a-kind cutie. He gets along just fine with the two resident Springers at his foster home, and when the cat tries to bully him, Olaf just walks away. Even when the bird cages needed cleaning, Olaf watched the process with interest but did not try to hunt the birds.

This little guy is happiest when he is with his people, and he is content to sit next to you without having to be on your lap. He especially enjoys his walks, and if your route goes by a pond, he will wade or even lie down in it! When it's mealtime, Olaf is right there to keep you on schedule by barking until he is fed. He loves his crate, has good house manners, walks nicely on the leash, and rides well in the car.

Olaf is looking for someone who will give him the time and attention he needs. He must have a fenced yard or be kept on the leash because he can't resist going exploring. But Olaf really just wants to be with you, no matter what you are doing, and he will be an affectionate companion for some lucky family. If you think that family might be yours, please contact his case manager right away at the e-mail address below.

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

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

Posted: 7/07/16

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

CLARE
Northville, MI

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Do you have something for me?

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ESRA#:2016-528MI
Status: Available
  
Age:11 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:38 lbs
Variety:Bench

Thinking about bringing Clare or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
We are pleased to introduce Clare--such a pretty little love bug! Clare's black-and-white coat has turned to a beautiful silvery gray color. She was relinquished to ESRA when her previous owner moved and could not take Clare with her. This girl was very much loved, well socialized, and happily adjusted in her former home. She is now also adored by her foster mom, who says that Clare did wonderfully at the vet and with a grooming on her first day in ESRA's care.

Clare is feeling good and looking great after her pampering spa treatment. She is gaining much-needed weight and muscle tone with a quality grain-free food and some nice walks around the neighborhood. Clare had significant mats in her fur, which needed to be shaved, and we learned that these were created by a lot of licking and biting due to a skin infection and possible allergies. The skin infection has now cleared up, and Clare is on medication to help with her allergies. Once she is stabilized, the maintenance should be minimal.

Our lovely lady does have hearing loss, although the vet is unsure whether this is due to untreated ear infections or is just a part of the natural aging process. Clare does respond well to hand signals. Since she does not hear when you leave the room, you just need to touch her lightly to let her know, or she will come looking for you when she wakes up. Clare loves her people, following them around like a typical Springer, and she bonds quickly and easily. Clare is housetrained, but sometimes you need to let her out twice to assure that she has fully completed her toileting needs.

This is a very low-key and easygoing girl. She is submissive and gets along wonderfully with her foster brothers. On her walks, Clare has met other dogs and people, including children, and she has taken all of these encounters in stride. This sweet pea is a dream on a walk--she trots along next to you and does not pull a bit. Clare loves to stop and sniff along the way. She also enjoys exploring the yard, yet she does not roam far from her foster parents.

Clare is just now starting to play with toys. Her favorite place to rest is on the chair which lets her look out the window until she falls asleep. If you are watching TV or sitting on the couch, Clare will lie at your feet or on a doggie bed. Of course, if you would let her on the sofa, she would think that was grand! "Clare Bear," as her foster mom calls her, would do well as an only dog as long as her Forever Family could be around to keep her company. She would also enjoy a doggie sibling as mellow and calm as she is.

Is there room in your home and your heart for this precious girl? Clare will reward you with blissful companionship and unconditional love. If you would like to make Clare a member of your family, let her foster mom know today!

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

Contact: Foster Home, Ruth Libbey rnlibbey@ameritech.net .

Posted: 11/21/16

Springers in Minnesota        top

MICKEY
Inver Grove Heights, MN

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ESRA#:2016-558ND
Status: Available
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:65 lbs
Variety:Bench
Mickey is a big boy who is full of love! He is super smart and has great manners. Most importantly, he truly wants to please his people. Mickey is housetrained and crate trained. He enjoys sleeping at the end of the bed on his own doggie blanket.

Mickey loves to play with the resident dogs. Even the bossy female dog in his foster home likes him! Mickey would make a great second dog in a household, but he would also do just fine as an only dog. His previous owner said that Mickey likes to chase cats and play with them, so if there are cats in his Forever Home, they will need to be dog friendly. Mickey would be fine with living with children aged seven and up; toddlers move too unpredictably, which can scare him!

Would you like a companion in the car when you run errands or take road trips? Mickey enjoys riding in vehicles and is excited to look out the windows. A good bonding experience for Mickey and his adopters would include working on his basic obedience and leash training. This boy is a great student, and he treasures the treats offered as rewards for practicing commands. He continues to improve at the groomer. Mickey previously lived on two and a half acres. He would explore as much as he wanted to and then come back to the house when he was ready. Therefore, he will need a fenced yard if his Forever Home is in the city or the suburbs. Otherwise, he might think that the whole neighborhood belongs to him!

At times, Mickey shows great energy. He seems to be channeling his puppy spirit as he squeaks his toys and plays with them. But Mickey also likes to settle in with his family. He will lie next to you, often watching your every move, until he falls asleep.

If you think that Mickey is the companion you have been waiting for, please e-mail his coordinators at the address below right away. This charming guy won't be on the availables list for long!

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 Mickey.

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

Posted: 12/04/16

AJ
Chisago City, MN

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ESRA#:2016-479MN
Status: Available
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:64 lbs
Variety:Bench
AJ is a handsome boy who thrives on being petted and loved. He loves to snuggle on the couch, and he gives Springer kisses in the most affectionate way!

There is a lot to love about AJ. In addition to being cuddly, he is energetic. He loves playing fetch and going for walks. Although he takes one medication for allergies and one for mild neuropathy in his back legs, neither issue slows AJ down. He is healthy and excited to meet his Forever Family.

This smart, well-trained guy lets you know when he needs to go outside, and he will go to his kennel and lie down on command. AJ keeps his foster family smiling, especially when he does silly things like drinking water from the bathtub!

AJ lives with other dogs and cats. He has shown some interest in the cats, but he does not chase them. Because he enjoys being the center of attention, AJ might do best as the only dog in his Forever Home.

This easy keeper is ready to be showered with love and attention, and he will make some lucky family a wonderful companion. If you think that family might be yours, please contact his case managers at the e-mail address below to learn more about AJ.

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 AJ.

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

Posted: 11/28/16

MANDY
Saint Paul, MN

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ESRA#:2016-43MI
Status: Available
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Bench

Thinking about bringing Mandy or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Our lovely Mandy is frequently found curled up on the couch watching television. As a calm adult dog, she enjoys taking leisurely walks and occasionally running a few laps around the yard or romping in the fields. Many is hard of hearing, so she sleeps very soundly.

Her twice-daily meal times are Mandy's favorite parts of the day. Her new family will need to resist Mandy's pleas for extra meals; after losing thirty pounds she's now at a healthy weight.

Mandy was in pretty rough shape when she was taken in by our volunteers, but with a lot of great care, she has turned into a much younger and healthier version of herself! She has received all necessary vet care including the removal of a 1.6 pound lipoma (fatty tumor) from her left rib cage area. She also had a dental cleaning with multiple tooth extractions. Now that her health has improved, she is ready to find her Forever Home.

To help her stay strong and healthy, Mandy is currently under the care of a rehabilitation veterinarian. It would be great if she could continue to see her rehab vet in Burnsville, Minnesota after she is adopted.

Mandy's ideal home will have a slower pace but will let her be involved in the daily life of her family. She doesn't like riding in the car, but she is comfortable being at home alone. She would also do best with few stairs, as she's not very careful on them!

Mandy is one of those very good dogs who is easy to live with and to love. She has lots of life left to live and devotion to give to her new Forever Family. So if you think this special girl might be the one for 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 Mandy.

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

Posted: 7/13/16

SAMMY
North Branch, MN

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ESRA#:2015-512MN
Status: Available
  
Age:13 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:41 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


JAKE
Hermantown, MN

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ESRA#:2016-538MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:65 lbs
Variety:Bench
Let us introduce you to Jake. He's one BIG bundle of love, and he's one of the sweetest fosters we have ever had in our program! Jake was relinquished due to his former family's financial hardship. This was, of course, a very sad situation because Jake was very much loved by his owners, but fortunately they reached out to ESRA to ensure that he will find the perfect Forever Family. The love Jake has always received shines through in his personality every single day, and we want to make sure that the same level of love continues in his Forever Home.

Jake is indeed a big boy, but he is a lean sixty-five pounds. He is also as gentle as they come, and there is not a mean bone in his sweet body. Jake does have his playful, puppylike moments, and he loves his floppy toys, but he is never rough or over the top. His goofy side comes through when he is playing, and that gives everyone who watches him plenty of giggles. He loves to snuggle, get belly rubs, and sleep on his dog bed by your feet in the evening. This would be the perfect dog for a family with children. Jake loves everyone, including his canine companions.

This handsome guy is housetrained, and he is wonderful in a crate if treats are used to entice him in. He has a beautiful, healthy coat and crystal-clean ears. Jake could use a little work in walking on a leash, but a gentle lead could easily take care of his tendency to pull. He does know a few commands, but if he gets on the scent of a squirrel, the command "Come" gets lost in the moment. Jake is strongly prey driven. Also, if he gets loose, he loves to play keep-away, staying just beyond arm's length and making a game of being caught. For this reason, we recommend a home with either a fenced yard or a containment system. Jake is very smart and has no trouble learning his boundaries.

We are excited to help Jake find the lucky people who will become his ideal Forever Family. So if you can give him all the love and care he deserves, please 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 Jake.

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

Posted: 11/30/16


WALLY
Gilbert, MN

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ESRA#:2016-547MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:68 lbs
Variety:Bench
Here is a video of Wally enjoying a sunny day out with his foster mom!
Wally's snuggles and gentle kisses are a few of our favorite things about this delightful young Springer! He is beautiful and silky soft, with hazel eyes that beg you to confide your deepest, darkest secrets to him. He wants to be your best friend.

Wally loves to play with other dogs and with people, both children and adults. He is gentle around cats. His happy spirit is infectious, and it's most apparent when he's playing, walking, eating, and hanging out with his foster family. Wally loves to play chase, fetch, and tug-o-war, and he also enjoys fuzzy, squeaky toys. He is eager for food of any kind at any time, and he will even attempt a smile as he's offered a treat!

Indoors, Wally will be happy to play, unwind near your feet, snuggle right next to you, or even crawl onto your lap for a cuddly nap. He's a typical Velcro Springer who will always reassure his family that he is faithful and holds boundless love for them. Wally does have some separation anxiety, but we understand that coming into foster care has been a big transition for him. He tries to stay calm, but sometimes he whines because he loves to be with his people so much. A helpful cure for some of his understandable anxiety might include peanut butter, a bone to chew on, music, or toys. These things are quite enjoyable for Wally and serve as excellent distractions.

Going for a walk is one of Wally's favorite activities. He wears an easy-pull harness which makes it easy to set a pace perfect for taking in all the wintery sights. There is so much to see, smell, hear, and taste, and diving his head deep into the snow makes Wally ever so happy. You just never know what you'll find on these outdoor adventures!

Wally's favorite car ride is the one that leads to doggie daycare. In the car, he sometimes whines as the excitement of what's in store for him gives him butterflies! Wally loves to play with his friends and the daycare staff and to run around in the fluffy snow. When the day is over, he comes home happy and ready to snuggle after a day of fun.

This gentle giant is uneasy when meeting strangers, barking at first but then relaxing when he is greeted. A yummy treat and a sweet cuddle help him get comfortable.

Wally is housetrained, and he sleeps through the night. He enjoys car rides, and he is a good boy at the vet and the groomer. He is in perfect health. Wally is food motivated, which helps with training, and he knows the commands Sit, Lie Down, and Wait. If his Forever Home is in town, a fenced-in yard will be best for Wally so that he can play safely. He would also be happy to live in the country, with lots of room to run and explore.

If you're looking to add irresistible happiness and an abundance of love, snuggles, and kisses to your family, then Wally is the perfect dog for you!

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 Wally.

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

Posted: 11/23/16

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.

REX
McCool Junction, NE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: Coordinator, Nadine Van Alstine esranebraska@gmail.com .

Posted: 11/03/16

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.

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CALVIN
Cincinnati, OH

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Calvin, left, with his friend Greta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love,
Calvin

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

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

Posted: 11/29/16

GRETA
Cincinnati, OH

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Greta, right, with her friend Calvin

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Greta wants a belly rub!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love,
Greta

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

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

Posted: 8/19/16

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BLONDIE
Madison, WI

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Blondie shows off her new haircut (and her ball)!

ESRA#:2016-415MN
Status: Available
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
Hi, everyone--my name is Blondie! My foster mom says that I am a love bug, and it's true. I really relish people's attention! I wake up happy, and I fall asleep with a smile. Not only am I healthy, smart, and active, but I am also a very loyal companion.

Some of my hobbies are playing ball, walking on a lead, and sniffing around the yard. My nose will lead me all over, which is why my foster mom insists that I have a fenced yard. Because I am extremely focused, Mom also says that I am a good candidate for field training. I calm down easily after a good walk. I behave myself when my foster family is away, and I have been given free rein of the house when I'm on my own. I enjoy my spa days at the groomers. My visits give me the chance to show off my sleek fieldie coat.

Because I tend to chase furry kittens, it would be best if my new household did not have cats. Also, I can be choosy about my canine friends. If there is another dog in the family, I would prefer it to be on the submissive side. Human kids in my Forever Family would be great, though! We could have lots of fun together, and more people in the house would also mean more choices of beds for me!

I have lots of love to give, and I'm eager to find my Forever Home. So if you think we would be a good match, please contact my coordinator at the e-mail address below. We're both looking forward to hearing from you!

Affectionately,
Blondie


State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

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

Posted: 11/25/16

BAXTER
Oconomowoc, WI

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ESRA#:2016-404WI
Status: Available
  
Age:15 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Bench

Thinking about bringing Baxter or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Say hi to Baxter, but please say it loudly because he is hard of hearing. He also has cataracts. However, although these limit his vision somewhat, he can still see a squirrel two houses away!

Baxter came to ESRA because his family moved and could not take him along with them. Baxter had previously lived with a family with children and other dogs. He gets along well with his canine foster sister, and he has had no squabbles with any of the dogs in the neighborhood or at the dog park. Baxter is a devoted companion and, remarkably for a fifteen-year-old, he still has tons of energy.

Baxter does have separation anxiety, which his foster family saw especially during his first two weeks with them. This has diminished significantly over time, although Baxter does not like to be left alone. He prefers to know that there are humans in the vicinity.

This sweet guy is a marathon sleeper, curling up at night at the foot of the bed and snoozing well past the time when his foster parents wake up. Baxter does not countersurf, but like many other dogs he is partial to used tissues in trash cans and drinking out of the toilet!

Baxter loves to fetch the tennis ball or the Frisbee, and he does bring it back--to trade for a treat. He knows his basic obedience commands.

Although Baxter does not really like car rides, he does ride well, especially with the window down. He is up to date with vaccinations, and he is on heartworm preventive. He has had a few accidents in the house. The vet said there is no physical reason, such as a bladder or urinary tract infection, for the accidents, but he is fifteen. Baxter's foster parents are trying to get him on a better schedule in hopes that his control will improve.

Did we mention how adorable and sweet Baxter is? This senior fellow is just looking for a warm, safe environment and a loving family to give him the happiness and comfort he deserves for the rest of his years.

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Terrie Silverman and Tony Casper terries@execpc.com .

Posted: 10/23/16

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

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