Among more than a thousand dogs helped annually by ESRA, many come into our care from extreme circumstances and in poor condition — some are sick, malnourished, infected with parasites, filthy and matted, suffering from neglect and perhaps even abuse. ESRA's mission is to aid even the most down-trodden of these Springers, giving them the extra love and care they need to help them flourish with their foster families in hopes that they may find their Forever Homes one day soon.

Some of our saddest cases blossom like butterflies from cocoons, both physically and mentally, and leave ESRA's care to enjoy the lives they so deserve with the love of very special families. We present a few of these success stories here as ESRA's "extreme makeovers."

Sweet senior Manny arrived at a shelter in Minnesota in pretty poor condition. He was found as a stray, and sadly, no one came to claim him. ESRA came to his rescue and attended to his immediate needs. Most obvious were the tumors surrounding his eyes and eyelids — some were so large that it made it difficult for him to close his eyes. Manny has had these benign tumors removed in addition to a neuter and dental cleaning. He's feeling so much better now. May his Golden Years be the best ever!

Sweet Bradley was a stray who wandered onto someone's property in Arkansas. These kind folks took him to a shelter and offered to pay for his vetting, because they had imagined that he had lived a difficult life. Even though his history was a mystery to us all, his obvious condition was deplorable. He was heartworm positive, had Sarcoptic mange that left open bleeding sores and scabs all over his mostly hairless body and was plagued with intestinal parasites in addition to being grossly underweight. ESRA came to the rescue, and he was transported to Dallas, TX where he spent months in recovery. It is there that he blossomed into the handsome boy you see here today! His demeanor is as good as they come. Lucky Bradley, and lucky the adopter that has offered to share their heart and home with this precious soul.

Senior Springer Bonnie was dumped along a mountain pass in Montana. She was rescued by ESRA in horrific condition. Her coat was so long and badly matted that until she was bathed and groomed, one could not even determine her sex. She was malnourished, had terrible teeth (many which needed to be pulled), and had many fatty masses that needed removal as well. She was a diamond in the rough. Luckily for Bonnie, a very kind and caring family provided her with a loving home for the remainder of her life, which, sadly, was only about a year after her rescue. We are certain that it was one of the best years of her life.

Sometimes "before" and "after" photos just can't tell the story because what a dog has endured and has overcome can't be seen in a picture. You can certainly see that Hanna was much underweight in her "before" photo — she just barely weighed 20 pounds — but you wouldn't know that she also had mammary tumors, internal parasites, a "digestive disorder" to put it politely, and blood counts high where they should be low and low where they should be high. She was very close to death when she was first brought to ESRA. With extra special care and attention from her foster family, feeding her around the clock every hour just little bits at a time of home-cooked beef liver at the start, she gradually regained enough strength for the vet to tackle her other health issues, including spaying her. The perfect Forever Home would have to be one willing to provide a special dietary regimen as well as the love and affection she was starved for! The "after" photo proves that the perfect family was indeed found and Hannah now has a full and shiny Springer coat and today weighs almost 38 pounds — a definite happy ending for this beautiful little girl!

October 2015: Sadly, we report that Hanna has crossed the Rainbow Bridge but she did indeed find that perfect family who loved her and misses her a great deal. She was a sweet and very special girl.

Matted and filthy, Maxwell came into rescue after a year of neglect. First stop — the groomer's. After stripping down his coat, the groomer discovered his back legs, tail and rear had severe urine scald and the open wounds infested with maggots — one of the worst cases of neglect ESRA had ever seen. Nursed back to health in a loving ESRA foster home, Maxwell found his Forever Home very quickly.

Little Maddie came to ESRA with untreated allergies that left her entire body oozing with infection — her ears dripped like faucets. With services and medications donated by a professional groomer and vet, she was quickly set on the road to recovery. Today she is healthy, happy, very beautiful and extremely spoiled in her Forever Home.

Poor senior Benny was pulled from a shelter in Ohio. Blind, malnourished, and with mange, this little guy was suffering from the inside out. He was nurtured back to health by two ESRA foster families, and was later adopted by one of them.

The "before" and "after" photos of Gidget can't show the whole story of how the quality of her life has improved under the care of ESRA. What a good grooming session did for her is obvious. What you can't see is how much better she feels now that she has received treatment for her Lyme disease, daily medication for the severe arthritis in her hips, pain medication for her jaw—diagnosed as osteosarcoma—and vitamins for her failing eyesight. Because some of her medical conditions are insurmountable, total "success" is not our goal for Gidget but we promise she will live the rest of her sweet life as comfortable as possible through donations and care from ESRA supporters who love the "little dog with the big spirit."

Would you like to help ESRA create another “success story?”

The Springers pictured above are just a few of our “extreme makeover” success stories. It is the extra help from donors like you, earmarking your gifts for “any Springer in ESRA’s care” that has allowed these dogs to be transformed into the beautiful dogs that we know today. We thank you all for your generous support. With your help, we are changing the lives of dogs like these every single day.


Your donation is tax deductible. You can pay online by secure credit card transaction, or mail a check.



In return for your donation designated for “any Springer in ESRA’s care,” your gift will be acknowledged here as a supporter of those special dogs in ESRA’s care who need extra help to join the ranks of these “extreme makeover” success stories.

A list of contributors whose gifts supported “any Springer in ESRA’s care” in 2016 can be found at sponsor/makeovers/donors_2016.html


Patricia Putnam In memory of Father Mike Mangoian and in honor of Renee Holmes
Jacquie Dean In memory of Baxter & Crystal
Suzie Spinks For Gunner
Lonnie Brunini In memory of Mike Mangoian
Brett Baker For "Finn" Baker
Gail Breckle In memory of ESRA-Ohio's Gentle Giant
Cynthia Kocina For Sheba's eye surgery
Bob & Claudette Williams In memory of our dear, sweet Springer Annie
Carolyn Baldwin In memory of Sadie
Julie Seiter For Gunner - in memory of Charlie & Sammy
Andy & Isabel Shetter For Gunner
Christi Cooper For Gunner - in memory of Henry, Natalie & Wyatt
Monica Smith For Toby
Deb & Leslie Harrison In memory of Larry D Archer
Susan Mundell In memory of Brodee & Mandy, Springers Extraordinaire
Brian Lewis In memory of Kirk Garcia
Suzanne Knight  
Wayne Fiskum  
Betsy Livernois In honor of Peggy Outly's retirement.
Jenny Douglas  
Kimberly Kuper  
Boon Yeap  
Christina Burton  
/Brenda Scheer  
Galen Toennis  
Denise Schultz  
Terri Lambing In memory of my beloved Olivia.
Bryan Insurance Agency In memory of Larry Archer
Edward Noss  
Puget Sound English Springer Spaniel Assoc In memory of our club member Betty Rockstad.
Mui Min (Phyliss) Chan  
Kristen & Mathew Roth  
Diane Nagel In support of Fenway 2016AZ
Lee Anne Ayres In memory of Bailey and his unconditional love
Lisa & Jerry Falk In memory of Cocoa Arneson
Skip & Connie Bailey In memory of Larry Dean Archer
Ken & Vicki Smith In celebration of Henry
Kent & Gloria Langley In celebration of Dixie.
Camano Island Coffee Roasters, LLC  
Marcy Bolotin & Lawrence Paull In honor of Andy and in memory of Winston.
Andrea & John Bidwell In memory of Nathan G. Fox
Norman Thomas & April Brackenbush In memory of Lulu
Susan Tarnower In celebration of Knox.
Alan and Joan Davis In memory of Ann Dunlap.
Rosemary Kaiser  
Dan Soukup In support of Jake (2013-860MN)
Linda Haubold In support of Jake (2013-860MN)
Owen & Debbie Wampler In memory of Larry Archer.
Loren Nelson In memory of Monty, Frasier & Spencer
Jeanie Stokes In memory of Larry Archer
Kenneth Martin In memory ofLarry Archer
Suzanne Knight  
Gary Williams In memory of Larry Archer
Billie Vanese Voss In memory of Larry Archer.
Mary Dzubak In memory of Molly Marienau
Dake Filip In memory of all my Springers, past and present.
Jill Pratt In memory of Sophia
Stacey & Kenny Smith  
Bradley Wilkins In honor of Rich & Joanne, our Lab friends.
Nita Watkins  
Patricia Viveros  
Linell Mcgallian  
Rene Pizzo  
William Eardley In memory of Branldy & Suzi
Jan Gessert In honor of all ESRA volunteers.
Beth Fink  
Charlotte Kilpatrick In memory of Lucy and in honor of Pam.
Julie Seiter In memory of Charlie, Muppet & Sam.
Carolyn Baldwin In memory of Sadie.
Lynda Burns  
Barbara D'Anna In memory of Bella
Lisa Pongracic In memory of Tuco and Buddy, beloved Springers of Michael Hill
Steven Thede In honor of Winslow and Paddington Thede
Lisa Cooley In honor of Elcie, my rescue Springer.
Bakdrop Socks  
Suzanne Knight  
Sarah Fritz  
Kathryn Grossi In support of Ruca ESRA# 2016-318AZ, in memory of Rio.
Edward Noss  
Matt & Heather Hess  
Maureen Leonard & Pamela Horine In celebration of Baxter.
Sue & Bob Burke  
Mike & Marge Perkins  
Suzanne Hulsey  
Jane & Charles Hilliard In memory of Ally & Gracie.
Donald & Annette Doer In celebration of Lady Margaret.
Christoper & Maria Crawford  
Winifred M. Gordon Foundation  
Christopher Timmons  
Amrita & Ashish Vatsal In honor of Sabel
Allen Eastlund In memory of Cody and in honor of Danny, Bonnie, Olivia and Emmie.
George Boettcher, Jr In memory of Ripley (2003 - 2016)
Whitney Pierson  


A link to contributions made for “any Springer in ESRA’s care”
in prior years can be found here