WEST MIDWEST NORTHEAST SOUTHEAST CANADA SHELTERS

RECENTLY ADOPTED SPRINGERS
MIDWEST REGION

 

To contact someone in your area, see our list of Regional Coordinators.


ACE
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2018-74NE
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-08-10
  
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


HENRY
Dayton, OH

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ESRA#:2018-311OH
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-08-09
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Unique coat
Weight:60 lbs
Variety:Mix
Do you enjoy leisurely walks, gazing into one another's eyes, and cuddling with a good friend? If so, Henry may be the Springer mix for you, and you may be his special person.

Henry was found wandering the streets and looking a bit ragged. Some kind people took him in and attempted to find his owner, but everything they tried was a dead end. So their vet connected the people with ESRA, and Henry got the help he needed. This sweet boy is now neutered and has had his double cherry eye repaired. He is also microchipped, vaccinated, and up to date on heartworm medication. He now has the all-clear to find his Forever Family.

We're pleased to report that Henry is housetrained, and he is getting used to staying in a crate when his people aren't home. He plays well with the two-year-old pittie mix who lives at his foster home, but he has not had the opportunity to meet lots of other dogs, cats, or kids. Therefore, his Forever Home should not include children under the age of twelve. Riding in the car makes Henry a bit nervous, but he hasn't yet had a lot of exposure to traveling this way. He may relax and learn to enjoy car rides over time.

Likely due to tough times on the street, Henry can still be little shy around new people, but he warms up quickly, and he is getting better and more comfortable every day. He is learning basic commands like Sit and Shake. Henry enjoys taking walks and getting petted, and while he of course likes treats, he is most satisfied when he's just sitting near you and getting some love.

Henry would be a wonderful new family member, and he would be a perfect companion for a senior. If you'd like to get to know this special guy, please contact his case manager to set up a meeting!

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

Contact: Coordinator, Linda Gibbons lgibbons@woh.rr.com .

Posted: 7/21/18


ELLIE
Chardon, OH

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ESRA#:2018-8OH
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-07-30
  
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


DAKOTA
Wausau, WI

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ESRA#:2017-250WI
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-07-29
  
Age:13 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 easygoing 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


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: Adopted
Date:2018-07-23
  
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


GIDGET
Aberdeen, SD

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ESRA#:2018-185MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-07-23
  
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


KIPLING
Ortonville, MI

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ESRA#:2018-232MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-07-22
  
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


REBA
Vadnais Heights, MN

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ESRA#:2018-174MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-07-14
  
Age:6 months
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:20 lbs
Variety:Field
Click here to watch Reba walking and getting treats!
Meet spunky spitfire Reba! This little girl, born in March, is the epitome of a spirited Springer. Reba is full of personality, and she has strong opinions for one so young. She loves to play and is very food motivated. She also loves to be near people and to be the center of attention. Reba has been exposed to a grade-school-aged child and she did well, but she was supervised as she sees a potential toy in just about everything.

Reba currently lives with two cats. She is very curious about them and tries to initiate play. She has been reasonably respectful of them considering that she is so young. She plays nicely with puppies her own age.

A spinal injury at birth has affected Reba's back legs when she walks and sits. ESRA is working with a rehab vet in an effort to minimize long-term effects of the injury for this girl. Reba’s adopters will need to schedule a follow-up visit with her rehab vet in order to learn how to ensure her long-term comfort, strength, and mobility.

Reba's vet has said that it is good for her to play with dogs her size, and she has done very well when they have had the opportunity to interact. She will be more likely to injure her back if she plays roughly with dogs her size or bigger. And when she has been with older dogs, her youthful exuberance has proved to be somewhat exhausting for them. Reba should also avoid stairs at this point in her young life, although her doctor emphasizes that keeping her lean and strong will help her mobility. Reba's case managers will share the veterinarian’s detailed notes of her medical condition with potential adopters.

This smart girl would do well in an obedience class to practice manners. Such a class will be a good learning opportunity for Reba and will also help to strengthen the bond between Reba and her adopters. We are optimisic about this darling little girl's future, and we look forward to working with her Forever Family to ensure that Reba can continue the path she has begun in ESRA.

Important notes about puppies:

We do not place puppies as presents or surprises. The entire prospective adopting family needs to come to Vadnais Heights to meet Reba. Also, please remember that puppies require a lot of care, attention, and training, and they do chew on things. The decision to get a puppy and raise it to be a healthy, happy, and well-adjusted dog is a serious commitment.

Because Reba is so young, she will be placed on a spay contract. This means that in addition to the regular adoption fee, a monetary deposit will be required, and it will be refundable when proof of spay is supplied to ESRA.


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 Reba.

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

Posted: 6/02/18


COOPER
Fergus Falls, MN

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ESRA#:2018-182MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-07-09
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:42 lbs
Variety:Field
Friendly, energetic Cooper is ready to meet and greet you! He came to ESRA when his original family found that they weren't able to spend the time with him that he deserves. True to his Springer nature, he loves people of all ages, and he is especially fond of kids.

Cooper is now living in a foster home with other dogs, and he is doing great with these canine foster siblings. We don't know about his interaction with cats, however. Cooper is crate trained. Because he does tend to get a bit anxious when his people are away, he feels more comfortable being in his crate at those times.

This handsome guy absolutely loves being outdoors. Running, fetching, and exploring are his favorite activities. Cooper has good recall when he is off leash, and he listens well. Inside, he loves toys and attention. When Cooper sits in someone's lap, this affectionate boy actually gives hugs!

Cooper does pull on the leash while he is walking, which is something he will need to work on with his new family. Otherwise, he is an absolute gem of a dog. Cooper's ideal Forever Home will have room for him to burn off his energy outside, and of course it will have loving people for him to interact with. (He wouldn't mind a nice collection of toys, as well!) If you have space and love in your home and your heart, contact Cooper'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 Cooper.

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

Posted: 5/25/18


BETSY
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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ESRA#:2018-88MI
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-07-04
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:46 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet adorable Betsy, a truly wonderful girl and an absolute joy to be around. This sweetheart came into rescue in horrible shape. Betsy had fleas, hair loss, a bladder infection, worms, two-inch long toenails, infected ears, and a cracked, rotten tooth. After extensive medical care sponsored by ESRA, she is now in perfect health. Her bad tooth was removed, as were several benign masses. Her pretty coat has grown back, and her ears are clear. This beauty is feeling great -- and it shows!

Betsy is living with two Springer foster brothers and, as gentlemen should, they always let her go first. She seems to enjoy the company of the other dogs, but what she really wants is human companionship. Betsy is not pushy, but she will always watch for a chance to quietly move in close to her people. She would do well either as an only dog or with mild-tempered canine friends.

Betsy wants to please, and she responds well to gentle, quiet commands. She is good off leash, and she does pretty well on leash. She can pull a little bit at times, but she and her foster family are working on that. Betsy loves going for walks or jogs, especially off lead. She has been building up her muscle tone and enjoying the exercise, but she still appreciates a cozy nap in the sun when she returns home. Betsy does not wander off if she is outside with her foster family. She will contentedly curl up and take a snooze close by.

As she slowly comes out of her shell, Betsy is finding new things that make her happy. She has started to play fetch with tennis balls, carrying one around with pure delight. Although Betsy has no interest in stuffed animals at this point, she will occasionally chew on one of her foster brothers' favorite antlers.

This obedient girl is completely potty trained and can be trusted alone in the house. She is not a digger, nor a barker, nor a counter surfer. Betsy would love to be allowed on furniture, but she does respect the house rules and politely nestles on the floor or her dog bed.

Going for car rides and visiting the vet and other places are among Betsy's pleasures. She will allow any grooming or medical care without a single flinch, seeming to understand that anything that is being done to her will only make her feel better.

This little doll deserves to be treated like a princess. If you would like to make a true, positive difference in the life of a loving and thankful Springer, Betsy is your girl! Watching her become healthy and happy has been a heartwarming experience for her foster family, and now they are eager for her to find the perfect Forever Home. If you think that home might be yours, please contact our state coordinator today at the email address below.

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

Contact: Michigan Coordinator, Kim Marvin sammiebella@hotmail.com .

Posted: 5/22/18


TAG
St. Paul Park, MN

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ESRA#:2018-70MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-06-26
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:L&W Tricolor
Weight:64 lbs
Variety:Bench
Sweet Tag came to ESRA after his owner passed away. His foster family splits their time between a rural cabin and a home in the city. Tag came from a country lifestyle, so the rural part of his week is more comfortable for him. City noises are new and a little difficult for Tag to get used to; he barks at the city commotion. He much prefers the rural lifestyle with its quiet and open spaces.

Tag has basic knowledge of some commands: he knows Sit, Shake, and No, especially when there are treats involved. He will "throw" the ball for his foster mom to play with him. His foster mom walks him daily and says that he will need some additional leash training, although a harness works well. Tag would also love a fenced yard or other protected outdoor area to roam as he likes.

Tag wants to be near his people. He is crate trained, but he would much rather be able to find his own spot to sleep in the house. He will gladly join you on your bed if you allow it, but he is also happy in the bedroom on a dog bed. He will always try to cuddle with you on the couch. He just truly loves being in your company.

Although he will go into his crate, he does get nervous when he stays in there too long. Tag's foster family gives him free rein of the house when they're gone, and he does great. He's also completely housetrained.

Tag would be most comfortable as the only dog in his Forever Home, getting all the attention. He struggles with meeting other dogs, so while he's not a candidate for the dog park, he loves open spaces where he can run and explore.

If you think that handsome, affectionate Tag might be the dog for you, contact his case managers at the email address below for further information.

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 Tag.

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

Posted: 3/13/18


ARIS
Cheboygan, MI

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ESRA#:2018-175IL
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-06-24
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:31 lbs
Variety:Field
Hi! My name is Aris (pronounced Aw-ree). My foster mom tells me that I am the perfect foster dog and a complete joy. She also says that I am a huge surprise, considering my background. You see, I was found as a street dog in Greece. Yes, that's right--I came to America all the way from Greece!

Apparently I was very thin when I was found, but I was lucky enough to have a temporary foster home for several months in Greece before coming to the USA. My American foster mom thinks that my Greek foster family must have potty trained me because I have not had one accident. She also was not expecting me to be so obedient. I am very fortunate that ESRA was willing to bring me to the United States for a chance at a better life. I think I am the first ESRA rescue to come from another country. My foster mom declares that I am the ideal ambassador.

Mom also thinks that I am incredibly smart. She is amazed that I mastered English so quickly. I am now bilingual, and I understand everything she says to me. In one short week, I learned the English words Sit, Come, Lie Down, Down (as in Off), No, and Stay. When we take off-leash walks, I also heel by her side until she releases me. Then I am gone as fast as the wind!

I have adjusted to my new foster family's daily routine quite easily. I guess I'm doing well, because Mom says that she would adopt me in a heartbeat if she did not already have four Springers of her own. But she assured me that she will find the perfect Forever Home for me. I have got to run now and go hunt, which is my favorite pastime, so Mom can tell you everything else you need to know about me. You can contact her at the email address below.

Love,
Aris


Aris is a small guy with a huge heart. He had a few phobias when he first arrived in his foster home, such as being afraid to go up and down stairs and through doors. But in just a few short days Aris became one of the pack, and all his phobias are gone now.

This good boy does not have separation anxiety when he is left in the house with the other dogs. Aris does not get into anything, so he has no need to be crated at night or when the people are away. He sleeps through the night on a dog bed on the floor in the master bedroom. He does have the adorable habit of taking an object to bed with him, such as one of his foster mom's shoes, a sock, a slipper, a flip flop, etc. Aris does not chew the item; he just wants the comfort of sleeping with it. He does not get on the human bed. Occasionally he will get on the couch, but he is so tiny that his foster family does not mind.

Aris is loving his new life! He has a warm bed, a full belly, and every day he gets to do what he loves best, which is to hunt. He also likes to chase his foster mom when she drives the four wheeler. He does well with the four other canines he lives with. It took him a while, but Aris has recently started to play with one of his younger foster siblings. He could easily live in a home with other dogs, but he would also be fine as an only dog.

This boy is very gentle, sweet, and affectionate. He nudges with his nose for attention, but if you ignore him he will just lie down. Aris bonded with his new foster mom very quickly. He is a typical Velcro Springer when he's in the house, following Mom everywhere. But when he's outside, he is very independent, hunting in the woods for most of the day if you let him.

Since his foster home is nestled in the woods with no fence, his foster mom was worried that because he had been a street dog, he might take off. But all the other dogs get to be off leash and go hiking off leash, and eventually so did Aris. Of course, being so smart, he always comes back when he's called. However, he has a keen nose and loves to explore, so he has to be called several times to get his attention. Aris is also very fast. When he is released from heel, he is gone in a flash. He has never failed to come back, but he would do well with some proper off-leash training in his Forever Home.

Aris can be a little nervous at first in social situations, such as when meeting new people or going to the vet. He was a bit skittish when he was introduced to young children, but he did fine with them one on one. Aris is not fond of getting into the car, but who can blame him after traveling ten hours on a plane and another ten hours in a car to get to his foster home? This boy has proven that he can adjust to just about anything, given a little time. He will jump right into the back of the dog van with the other dogs to take a ride over to the lake.

This is a very fieldy boy, so he would thrive in a Forever Home where he might be taught to bird hunt. As we've mentioned, he absolutely LOVES to hunt! He also yearns to be off leash and run. His foster mom would be thrilled to find him a Forever Home with these opportunities. Aris is up to date on all vaccinations, has been neutered, and has no major health issues. He has a full, undocked tail.

All that Aris really needs is a Forever Home to call his own. He is such a great boy that he would do well in any home where he is loved and given lots of daily exercise. His foster mom says that whoever ends up adopting Aris will be one lucky family! He is certainly a special little guy.

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

Contact: Foster Home, Sally Korth salkorth@yahoo.com .

Posted: 5/19/18


SKEETER
Neenah, WI

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ESRA#:2017-376WI
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-06-06
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
Hi, everyone! My official name is Scattercreek Skeeter, but my friends just call me Skeet. I am a field-trained bird dog and have received a score of 80 in my trials. I am AKC registered and have all my supporting paperwork for verification.

Before being taken in by the good folks with ESRA, I was used strictly for hunting and breeding purposes. I was not considered a part of the family, and I spent my life in a pole building with a dozen other dogs. I had never known what it was like to live indoors, climb stairs, sleep in a bed, or get special treats. I now love all of those things!

My world then was very limited, so everything now is still quite new to me. I am hyper-vigilant and timid, but I find that I am improving with each passing day. Right now, loud noises and fast movements make me recoil into a ball on the floor, so please be patient with me. I am learning to trust new friends and new dogs at the dog park. I sit very well in the car, and my foster mom lets me ride shotgun in the front seat. I have also learned very much by observing the other two dogs that I am currently living with. We are great friends, and we enjoy gentle romping and prancing around the living room.

My foster home has a doggie door, so I am free to go outside at my discretion into a fenced yard. I have not had any accidents in the house, and I have not been crated since arriving. If your home does not have a doggie door, there might be a bit of a learning curve concerning what is expected of me, but I am very smart and am a fast learner. I will catch on to your routine very quickly!

Because I am a trained hunting dog, I understand field commands. I am obedient and will sit at your left side. I also walk on a leash to the left. When I'm at the dog park, I have a tendency to walk serpentine and in large circles. I am a very obedient friend and companion, and I am eager to understand what it is that you are asking of me.

My foster mom is looking for adopters who will consider me a valued and loved member of the family. A home with other dogs would be ideal, since I have spent my entire life with other dogs and have never been alone.

I do not like to be hugged around the neck or have your face in my face, so I require a family who respects and understands that about me. Young children do not understand this, so it is not recommended that I live in a home with young children.

I am a timid dog, but I am doing very well with the two gentle and timid foster siblings that I live with at my foster home. I would not do well with an aggressive or dominant dog in the house as a companion.

I can be trusted in the house without being crated. I do not get into anything I shouldn't, and I have been on my best behavior while I've lived here. I love napping in the bed or on the couch, which my foster mom lets me do, so I will need more gentle and patient guidance if that is not accepted at your home.

I have the energy of a much younger dog, and I can run laps around other dogs at the dog park! I love to play fetch and retrieve tennis balls. I never wander too far from my foster mom and my two canine friends, and I am learning to play with other dogs at the park as well.

I was very thin when I arrived, but I am now at a healthy weight, and I find that I am learning to love treats. Some treats I spit out due to the texture. The other dogs seem to like them, though, so with some coaxing, I am trying new things and learning to enjoy them, too.

If you think I would be a good match for your household and lifestyle, I hope you will contact my foster mom at the email address below. All I need are some loving people and a gentle dog or two to call my very own Forever Family. Is that family yours?

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Skeet


State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Sunny Caswell suncaswell@aol.com .

Posted: 4/13/18


ROMAN
Coon Rapids, MN

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ESRA#:2018-150MN
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-06-04
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:67 lbs
Variety:Bench
Update, 5/16/18, from Roman's foster mom: We are so proud of Roman's recent progress! Once he started listening and showing that he wanted to learn, all of the training started to sink in with him pretty quickly. He really just wants to please us (and be with us) all the time. He is literally sleeping under my desk right now; he's my new shadow!
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Roman came to us because his previous owner fell ill, and the owner's family could no longer care for Roman. This is a dog who may need some time to settle into a new environment. He is a youthful Springer with plenty of energy, and he will require a family who will exercise him often and keep him entertained. At first, Roman was a bit like a bull in a china shop, and although he is doing better, he would still benefit from some formal training. He does want to please, but he needs some structure and attention.

This cute boy is very sweet and wants to be around people all the time. Roman struggles a bit when he's left alone. He would be happiest with a family whose members are at home fairly often. We are pleased to report that his separation anxiety has improved quite a bit recently due to some work his foster family has done with him on crate training. Roman's foster family doesn't have children, but we suspect that he will do best in an adult home. He does fine with other dogs after a few days of settling in with them. His behavior with cats is unknown.

Roman prefers to be a homebody. He gets stressed on car rides, and he's uncomfortable in strange places. He likes being in familiar surroundings, close to his humans. Roman loves to snuggle up on your lap and be as close to you as he possibly can, and he will give you a goofy smile when he thinks he's being cute (and he's right -- he is)!

This guy is fun to watch and interact with because he is super playful. Roman enjoys toys and has a favorite dinosaur that is his "baby" -- he takes it everywhere! If you are willing to do a little training with him, and if your schedule allows him to be with you for much of the day, contact us to discuss this nice boy. Roman is excited to meet his Forever Family!

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 Roman.

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

Posted: 5/11/18


TRACE
Fargo, ND

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ESRA#:2017-46ND
Status: Adopted
Date:2018-06-04
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:60 lbs
Variety:Field

Thinking about bringing Trace or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Meet Trace! Age is just a number to this active boy. As he has settled in at his foster home, Trace has shown that he will need daily exercise. His foster family has access to a large acreage where they let their dogs explore and play. Trace took to the area quickly, enjoying lots of time in the water and running with his Springer foster brother.

Although he took a few days to relax and settle into the new environment of his foster home, Trace minds well when he is called, and he sticks around with the other dogs. He is well behaved and crate trained. Trace goes into his crate with no hesitation when he is told to kennel. He also walks well on a lead.

Trace is very much a Velcro dog, and he definitely wants to please. This sweet boy loves his toys. He'll share them and will allow people to take them from him, but he likes to have them around as a measure of security.

Because of his exuberance, Trace would be best in a home without small children or small dogs. He does fine with dogs of his size or larger. He'll also be happiest in a household where people are home much of the time. Consistency, routine, and a bit of patience will serve Trace well.

If you'd like more information on this cute, fun, and energetic boy, please contact his case managers at the email address below. Trace has a lot of life to live and love to give to his new Forever Family!

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 Trace.

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

Posted: 5/14/18

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