ESRA’s Special Seniors


The Remarkable Transformation of Miss Charlotte

A senior Springer was pulled from a small Texas Shelter in October 2014 having been picked up as a stray. Her neglect was atrocious and agonizing to watch. Her dry, bleached, overgrown coat was horribly matted, dead fleas and debris were embedded into her skin. Severe flea infestation resulted in anemia. Her painful ears, her runny eyes, and her entire skin raged with infection. Her heart was riddled with heartworms. At a whopping 85 lbs., she was severely overweight affecting her ability to walk, her ability to sit, and to scratch. Her lifelong obesity left her with painful and debilitating arthritis and elastic ligaments in her joints. Moving about was a challenge. While serving her “stray hold” at the shelter, kennel cough and an upper respiratory infection escalated into pneumonia. Her prognosis was guarded. Without a name, we called her “Miss Charlotte.”

Charlotte continues to grow younger each and every day. After months of rehabilitation, she's a healthy and slender 40 lbs. She is sharp as a tack and very alert! Her face is soft and worry free. Her big brown grateful eyes are bright, clear and full of life. Her hearing is keen. He coat is silky, her skin soft and pink. Her blood panel is optimal. Unfortunately, the years of obesity left her with significant arthritis; however, with the help of daily supplements and anti-inflammatory medicine, she moves comfortably and happily about. She enjoys her daily strolls around the yard, her jaunts over the rocks, and into the flower beds. She takes the stairs like a champ! At night, she patrols the yard for critters keeping them at bay. She barks loudly and she greets everyone with an exuberant full-body wiggle. Emotionally she continues to blossom, experiencing human love and affection likely for the first time. Her foster family has formalized her adoption making this amazing old gal a part of their family. Miss Charlotte has finally found health and peace.

ESRA was able to pick up the pieces and put Miss Charlotte back together again. She is now whole, the dog she was intended to be, and the beautiful inspiration behind "Charlotte's Senior Fund," an initiative by the Clayton Nation community to support ESRA's commitment to senior Springers in need. Please consider contributing to Charlotte's Senior Fund to help ESRA continue to welcome these deserving seniors in desperate need with open arms, changing their lives forever.





  Susan Schroer  
  Glen Bond  
  Alisa Cook  
  Barbara Stone Davis  
  Lori Lynn Clayton In memory of Molly, my freaky girl
  There Reyer  
  Beth Fink  
  Ronnie Riner In memory of Hoss
  Ceceille Poole In memory of all of our much loved Springers and in honor of Hudson and Parker's 12th birthday.
  William Eardley  
  Beth Maryan In honor of the beautiful Miss Charlotte who inspired so many to support senior Springers in foster care.
  William Eardley  
  Beverly Pop In memory of Buddy
  Sandra Bond In memory of Maggie and Patrick
  Mary Ball In memory of Avery Ann Ball
  Cynthia Pierson In memory of Kramer and in honor of the Pierson Pack.
  Jacque Losi In memory of Jacque Losi and in honor of my Marley Moo.
  Chris Daverse In memory of Wally and Belle.
  Janet Lemson  
  Victoria Nielsen In memory of my three sweet Springer babies: Arco, Patrick & Jenny.
  Amy Huber  
  Alice Cooper In memory of Jake, Maggiemae, Josie & Max.
  Lisa Marsh  
  Mary Guttieri  
  Amy Replogle
  Gail Breckle
  Sharon Bell
  Thomas Hershey
  Gail Breckle
  Kate Kyer
  Elizabeth Stack Hall


A list of contributors to Charlotte's Senior Fund made in 2016
can be seen by clicking this link: seniors/charlotte_2016.html