What is the Screening Process?
Adopting a Springer Spaniel requires that you fill out an application (see the bottom of this page) telling us about you
and your family, and what your requests are. Thanks for filling it out! This information will help us match the very best
dog for you, your household and your lifestyle. It is very important that we find the right "Forever Home" for every
rescued Springer in our program. After you have completed the application, a volunteer will contact you to discuss your
application. We ask for a prior vet reference or a similar contact who can speak to your responsibility as a pet-owner.
Finally, we try to make a home visit if you are in an accessible area.
We rescue over 1800 unwanted Springers a year. Many were a result of puppy mills or back yard breeders who bred one "nice dog" to another, without any regard to temperament or genetic health testing. We must help end this practice if we are to be successful in our goal of ending the unnecessary euthanasia of healthy, adoptable Springers. We only support responsible breeders who are experts in the breed standard and promote improvement of the breed. We place only pets, not breeding stock.
It depends on the volume of rescue work at the time and your accessibility. Sometimes it's only a couple of weeks, and
sometimes it is a month or more waiting for just the right one. Please remember that we are all volunteers and most of us
have regular full-time jobs and families. We appreciate your patience.
It should be understood that applications for adopting a Springer through English Springer Rescue America, Inc. (ESRA) are subject to acceptance based on a review process that may require collecting information from an application, phone interview, vet and/or personal reference check, and possibly a home visit. Decisions on placing dogs in adoptive homes is an "art," not a "science". There might be times when applications will be denied for various reasons. This is left to the discretion of the ESRA representative after reviewing the information. ESRA reserves the right to make ALL decisions regarding placement or final disposition of any rescued dog in its care into a foster or adoptive home. There is absolutely no guarantee, made or implied, that any person, or persons, requesting to adopt a Springer Spaniel being fostered through ESRA, or posted on ESRA's website, will be granted an adoption.
Once you are approved to adopt, a volunteer will let you know. You should let your contact person know which dogs appeal
to you and we'll see if any might be a match. We work really hard to ensure that each adoption is a ideal fit. Be careful
not to get attached to one dog on the website. There very well may be other interested adopters at the same time. It is NOT
first-come-first-served. We are looking for the best fit for each dog.
They are in foster homes all over each state! Our foster homes are volunteers that take dogs into their homes, integrate them into their families, both human and canine. Sometimes dogs are residing with their current owners while we work to find them homes. Sometimes we even have dogs waiting patiently in boarding for their new family.
This decision is at the discretion of the coordinator and foster parents of the available dog. Long-distance adoptions are more difficult for our group due to our commitment to the dogs, involvement in the careful matching process, and post-adoption support. For the most part, we are eager to see our dogs placed in a nearby, easily-accessible home. If a dog's foster parent or coordinator will consider a long-distance transport, costs (including crate) are your responsibility. Remember, too, that if the adoption doesn't work out for some reason, YOU will have the responsibility of getting the dog back to the foster home.
Our dogs often come from shelters where they might have been strays or dumped there by their owner. We then take them
into foster care, evaluate their personality, and get them healthy, happy, and spayed/neutered. Some Springers are
relinquished to our organization by their owners. We either take them into our foster care program, if space allows, or we
list the current owners as the "foster" family. We do our best to gather information about dogs that stay in their owners
care, but please remember that no one knows a dog until you have lived with him or her! Many folks are surprised to find
their favorite breed, the Springer, with so many needing new homes. There is actually a "breed rescue" group for just about
For dogs in ESRA's foster care program, there is an adoption fee of $300 for a spayed/neutered dog who has
Unfortunately, ESRA is unable to accept incremental payments for the Adoption Fee, and requires it to be paid in full at the time of adoption in the form of personal check or postal money order, made payable only to "ESRA" or "English Springer Rescue America". You can also pay the fee by credit card payment on-line. Please, no cash accepted!
It means that ESRA has already lined up an adopter for the dog. It will change to "Adopted" when the adoption is
Through this process, please be honest with us and with yourself, about dog traits with which you can deal. Listen
closely to the foster parents! They know the dog in their care. Please do not fall in love with a cute picture. Check the
description carefully. Please be realistic about your expectations of your new adoptee. Even the most reliably housetrained
dog is going to have accidents in your home until he or she learns the routine. The dog has just been wrenched from a
secure place. A rescue dog can take up to six months to totally settle in to a new home. There may be "words" with other
resident pets. Are you patient enough to make this work? We are looking for TRUE dog lovers and rescuers who want a
Springer for the right reasons and not just for looks. Be open-minded. You are adopting and giving a dog a new life.
First of all, don't give up easily! There is a wealth of experience in our national network of Springer rescuers. We are
available for advice, tips, and support. If your adoptee is not fitting in well, please contact your nearest Springer
rescue person, or the foster home. We will always take our Springer back, but you must agree to provide the transportation
back to the foster home. There will be another home that comes along that is right for the dog that doesn't fit with you,
and there will be another Springer that will fit perfectly in your home.
Although we endeavor to find a Springer for every approved applicant, the process of rehoming dogs has no guarantees.
All things are taken into consideration when we consider the placement of each dog.
by Evelyn Colbath ©1995
No reprints of this poem without the
Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed,
Hmm . . . Yes there it is, right on the top.
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.
I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things -
Do you have the time to help me unpack?
Will YOU still want ME?
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