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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

LUCY
Chicago, IL

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ESRA#:2014-738IL
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:49 lbs
Variety:Bench
Lucy is going to make some adopter very happy. This little girl was loved very much, but suddenly her world was turned upside down when her owner became ill and died. However, Lucy is resilient. After just a few short weeks in foster care, her true nature as a fun, energetic, and playful girl has started coming through.

Lucy is living happily with an eleven-year-old male Springer. After a few weeks of trying to figure each other out, along with the tensions that naturally arise during that process, the two now wrestle, steal each other's toys, and bump into each other companionably on walks. They both sleep on the bed at night with their foster mom and sleep at her feet in her work-at-home office during the day. Lucy is fully housetrained and knows the household routine. She always asks before doing things. Sitting on the couch? She will stand in front of you and look meaningfully at you until you tell her, "Up! Up!" Then she will jump up and sleep on the couch next to you while you watch TV. Getting ready for a walk? Lucy will stand and wait for you to put her into her step-in harness.

Lucy takes treats very gently and loves carrying around a stuffed toy. Sometimes she will sit on the couch with the toy in her mouth and make noises, as if she’s talking. But mostly, she wants to be near people. She’s an absolutely Velcro Springer. Wherever the people are, that's where Lucy wants to be. When her foster mom had a big family gathering, within minutes of the guests' arrival, Lucy was sitting on the couch charming one guest. Later she was sitting in an overstuffed chair getting love and attention from another guest. Lucy easily won everyone over. Looking for a hunting companion? Lucy is your girl! She’s a fierce stalker of the rabbits, squirrels, and other animals in the neighborhood. Once she even flushed a possum, although the other three dogs she was walking with didn’t know it was there until Lucy had forced it out!

Nobody’s perfect, however, and Lucy does have a few challenges. She started out putting her paws on counters, but she has quickly stopped now that she knows it’s not okay. She is still a jumper when she meets people, and she will need additional training to curb her exuberance in greeting. When her owner took ill, his roommate kept Lucy outside during the day and brought her in at night. She contracted fleas and then had leg pain that turned out to be Lyme disease. She is no longer in pain, but she will need to finish her three-month course of antibiotics.

Lucy will be happiest in a fairly quiet home where someone will be around most of the time to give her the sense of security and the attention she needs. Do you enjoy a good cuddle with a warm, furry friend? Then Lucy just might be your girl. If you would like to find out more about sweet Lucy, please contact her case manager at the e-mail address below.

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

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

Posted: 12/14/14

MOLLY
Kewanee, IL

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ESRA#:2011-819IL
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:30 lbs
Variety:Bench
Molly is a little girl who is very sweet and loving - qualities we come to expect from our Springers. You'll add "brave" and "amazing" to that list of attributes when you read why she is a member of ESRA's Special Needs program. As a two-year-old, her life before she came to ESRA is best left in the past. The good part of her story started the day she was rescued.

Molly is now living in a foster home where she can be a normal two year old. She has already fallen right into the family routine - she knows where to eat and where her bed and kennel are. She knows where her spot in the yard is for potty training and has had no accidents in the house. She loves the back yard and being outdoors. Inside she scoots joyfully up and down the hallways looking for someone to play with. Her foster siblings (Barkley who is blind, Judy who has frequent seizures, and Gabby the gentle and patient leader) are teaching her the joys of toys and how to share. Molly shows great respect for her foster siblings and is learning her doggy social cues well. If Judy seems overwhelmed by Molly's attention, Molly politely backs off. If she pulls on Gabby's ears just a little too hard, Gabby retreats to the couch and Molly understands she must have been a little too rough. She has grown past the days of puppy-chewing and toy-destroying, so to watch her explore her new safe and happy world brings nothing but smiles and joy to her foster family.

UPDATE OCTOBER 2, 2014: Since it has been determined that Molly's mobility issues cannot be surgically corrected, she has officially "graduated" from our Special Needs Program. She is a very special Springer and ESRA has promised that she will be safe and have lots of life-long love. Please click on the Special Needs icon to read about her and why she deserves all the love and support we can provide.

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

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

Posted: 9/07/11

Springers in Indiana        top

ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in Indiana. However, we may have dogs in evaluation, or we may know of dogs at area shelters. Contact the state coordinator for information.

Springers in Iowa        top

BUCKY
Davenport, IA

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ESRA#:2013-712MN
Status: Available
  
Age:13 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:46 lbs
Variety:Bench
Bucky enjoys playing in the yard, as you can see in this video!
Sweet Bucky likes a comfy dog bed and loves to fetch a ball or a Kong. He drops it next to someone and waits patiently for it to be thrown. This delightful boy is always willing to play, inside or outside. He also likes his walks, and he can go along at a brisk pace! He is good on the leash, although he does want to greet everyone he meets, people and dogs alike.

Rimadyl helps Bucky to move his legs better. He needs a bit of time to get up in the morning or after lying down for a long time. He sometimes loses control of his back legs, and linoleum or wood floors are slippery for him, so throw rugs on slick surfaces help him get around. Although he cannot climb a lot of steps, he does manage two steps off the deck to go outside in his foster home. He has gone down to the basement when chasing after a ball or following a person. When he does that, he barks for help getting back up!

Bucky lives in a home with children, a dog, and a cat, and he does very well with all of them. This friendly senior could be the perfect companion for just about any family who is willing to give him the love and care he needs and deserves.

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 Bucky.

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

Posted: 12/06/13

Springers in Kansas        top
Note: Kansas City, MO is listed in the Missouri Section. Look there for more dogs.

OLIVER
Hutchinson, KS

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ESRA#:2013-70MO
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
Oliver is a handsome boy who is housetrained, neutered, and up to date on his vaccines. He is doing very well under ESRA's care and enjoys being with his foster mom and his canine foster siblings.

Oliver loves to run around in the backyard, lounge on the couch, and get belly rubs. He is doing well on his leash. One of Oliver's most favorite activities is to go on car rides for ice cream cones!  

This sweet guy is very affectionate and has a lot of love to give. All he really wants is to find his Forever Family so that he can share that love with them. If you are interested in Big O, please contact his case manager by telephone or e-mail right away!

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

Contact: Mark Samuel, 816-803-8962 msamuel@arrowtruck.com .

Posted: 12/10/14

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ROCKY
Owosso, MI

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Daisy, left, and Rocky, right

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ESRA#:2014-766MI2014-765MI
Status: AvailableAvailable
   
Age:6 years6 years
Gender:MaleFemale
Color:Liver & WhiteTricolor
Weight:66 lbs48
Variety:BenchBench
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
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IMPORTANT NOTE, 12/24/14: If you tried to contact Rocky and Daisy's foster mom between December 20 and December 24, your message did not get through due to a technical problem with her ISP, which lost all her e-mail messages. Please try again, using the Yahoo contact address below. We're so sorry for the inconvenience!
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Meet Rocky and Daisy! This gorgeous bonded pair has been together since they were puppies. Rocky and Daisy came to ESRA when their human became ill and could no longer care for them. While they are two months apart in age, we are unsure whether they are related, although we were told that they came from the same breeder. What we know for sure is that these two have quite different personalities, but they are both precious.

Daisy is calmer and less active than Rocky, who is much more energetic and a bit high strung. Daisy is a mushy lover, and Rocky can be bossy. Daisy is trustworthy when her people are away; Rocky, not so much. He prefers to help himself to anything he can chew other than toys and bones. Therefore, Rocky is crated when no humans are at home, and he accepts this necessity.

Rocky is a spirited, rambunctious Springer full of vim and vigor! He is an adorable guy with a fun personality. This frisky boy does not quite understand the game of fetch; he would rather lick your hands as if he were asking to be petted! He enjoys burning off his energy by racing around outside with Daisy. Because of his need for speed, Rocky would make a perfect running buddy.

Rocky is all about love when it comes to his people. He thrives on being the center of attention and will do anything so that you will notice him. Rocky's eager face and wiggle butt make petting him easy, but he does need to work on his manners. In his foster home, Rocky only receives attention when he is patiently seated and not when he is jumping or pushing Daisy out of the way. Rocky is a smart boy, and he so strongly desires your attention that he is a fast learner--no treats required!
 
Children of at least school age would be best for the excitable Rocky. He is extremely friendly, but he does not know his own size! In addition, Rocky is overly zealous with the resident cat, so a home without felines would be most suitable for him.

Rocky did have some behavioral training earlier in his life. However, his foster mom feels that this dominant male could use some reminders. Since he is always ready to please, it has just taken time and consistency to improve Rocky's etiquette. His Forever Home must be committed to continued work on Rocky's obedience skills.

There is only one word to describe Miss Daisy, and that is "sweetheart!" A little shy at first, Daisy quickly became accustomed to her foster home and has settled in nicely. She loves to be petted but is not overly needy or pushy. Daisy is a gentle, calm, and quiet little girl with lots of affection to give some special Forever Family.

This doll blossoms when she is the center of attention. Daisy is not a dominant dog, and she is easily accepted by her canine friends. Despite her petite frame, Daisy holds her own against Rocky! She is very fast and sneaky, trying to steal his toys any chance she gets. Daisy enjoys bones to chew on and fluffy toys to shred. Daisy is housetrained and crate trained. In fact her crate offers her a source of comfort, and she can often be found sweetly relaxing in it.
  
Little Miss Daisy adores treats and responds best to positive reinforcement. She rarely needs reminding of her manners, with one minor exception--food on the counter. This clever gal helped herself to breakfast burritos on the first night in her foster home! Daisy has gotten much better recently about her surfing curiosity. Her foster mom is pleased to say that no more meals have been shared with the devouring Daisy!  

Because of their different personality traits, this harmonious pair has some different needs. Rocky would benefit from a strong leader, brisk daily exercise, and lessons in basic manners. Daisy quite simply needs love and adoration, as she is a very good girl.

Rocky and Daisy will need a fenced yard to explore safely to their hearts' content. These two squirrel chasers adore the great outdoors, and they are the perfect companions for daily walks. Both are current on vaccinations, have recently been groomed, and are eager to seek out their Forever Home adventures!

Darling tricolor Daisy and her dapper, bouncing sidekick Rocky are completely irresistible. Together, they will bring you smiles and snuggles and occupy a sweet spot in your heart. Are you looking for zesty Springer entertainment to fill your days? This jolly duo might be just the perfect pair for you! Contact Rocky and Daisy's foster mom for the rest of the lowdown on these two cuties.

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

Contact: Foster Home , Nicole Zimmer zimmernicole21@yahoo.com .

Posted: 12/21/14

WYATT
Brighton, MI

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ESRA#:2014-453MI
Status: Available
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:47 lbs
Variety:Field
This handsome boy is Wyatt! He came to his loving foster home after being picked up as a stray, so we have no idea about this sweet soul's history. However, based on Wyatt's poor condition when he was found, we can assume that his previous life was an extremely difficult one. Thankfully, ESRA took him in, cleaned him up, and has now prepared Wyatt for his own Forever Home.

Wyatt is a great guy who loves to go for car rides, take long walks, and hang out in his yard. He has an appropriate amount of energy for a boy of his age. Wyatt's favorite destination is the pet store. He especially enjoys the car ride there, so shopping for canine goodies is just the icing on the cake. Wyatt always comes home with something new, which he treasures!

Wyatt does have a secret: he is deaf. However, he is actually unaware of his hearing deficit since he knows sign language and can bark with the best of them. And while Wyatt may not be able to discern the crinkle, crinkle, crinkle of the chip bag being opened, his super sniffer quickly detects your snack attack!

There are some specific requirements for Wyatt's Forever Home. He adores being outside and will explore contentedly on his own for as long as you will allow him to, so he will need a physically fenced yard to keep him safe. This sporty Springer is prey driven, so chipmunks, beware! His keen nose is always to the ground in fast pursuit of varmints, and he sometimes gets "the zoomies" during his wildlife chase.

Wyatt also needs a Forever Family with someone who will usually be at home or who will only be away for brief periods of time. He is a quiet fellow who is attached to his humans and prefers to be near his people. Wyatt lives peacefully with his foster canine sister and gets along fabulously with everyone he meets. He would do well either as an only dog or as an addition to your pack. He is a very laid-back, easygoing fellow, and he tends to go along with the crowd. Wyatt is neutered and up to date on all vaccinations.

Wyatt's Forever Family must be highly experienced with dogs and firmly committed to continue the diligent work his foster family has started with hand signals and routines. This dedication is imperative to help Wyatt continue building his confidence and self-assurance. He has made significant strides in this area while he has been in foster care, so with further training, Wyatt will only blossom that much more.
  
This grateful, gorgeous boy is full of love and affection. Wyatt wants to share his passion for life with a special Forever Family. He is truly a one-of-a-kind sweetheart. Do you have a place in your home and your heart for this black-and-white gentleman? Wyatt's foster mom is particularly smitten with her pride and joy, and she wants a bright and glorious future for her boy. So contact her right away at the e-mail address below to let her know how you can welcome Wyatt into your world.

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

Contact: State Coordinator, Stacy Bering StacyBering@aol.com .

Posted: 12/03/14

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BUBU
Roseville, MN

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ESRA#:2014-467IA
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet BuBu! This beautiful guy looks like a puppy, even though he's five years old. When his owner died, BuBu's fate was uncertain. But a family member stepped in, knowing that this sweet dog deserves the chance for a new, wonderful life.

BuBu is a quiet and relaxed boy. In his past, he lived with another dog, and his foster home has a female Springer. However, because BuBu can be choosy about his canine friends, he would do best in a home where he can be the center of attention. He doesn't do well with cats, birds, or other small animals.

BuBu loves to snuggle up beside his foster family. He is a true Velcro Springer who just wants to be near his humans. He loves to give kisses on legs and hands, but he will not lick your face.

BuBu is a submissive dog who shies away from loud noises. He is cautious, and when he is presented with something new, it takes time before he will relax. BuBu is a lover and an overall sweetheart who just wants to please.

Because BuBu experiences separation anxiety when his people are away, he would do best in a Forever Family whose members have plenty of time to spend with him and who are not gone for a long time during the day. A fenced yard is preferable for BuBu, as he loves to run and play.

BuBu is fully housetrained and has excellent leash manners. He likes to follow his foster family around the house and to go for car rides. He loves to ride with his head out the window. Such a silly boy! BuBu will make some lucky family very happy. Could that lucky family be yours?

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 BuBu.

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

Posted: 8/15/14

BO
Stillwater, MN

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ESRA#:2014-807WI
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:65 lbs
Variety:Bench
Here's Bo! He is an exuberant, happy boy--big, strong, affectionate, slightly goofy, and a bit clumsy as well. All in all, he's a charmer! 

Bo spent the first five years of his life as an outdoor dog and came to live with his foster mom and dad when both of his previous owners were diagnosed with cancer. Bo has worked hard to understand the rules about living in a house. He no longer marks in the house, but he needs to be let outside at regular intervals as he hasn't yet learned how to let his foster family know that he needs to go outside. He has learned to go up and down stairs, to not be afraid of the TV, and to find his way to his own food bowl. Bo also no longer complains about being in his crate, and he keeps his crate clean. 

With his big head and stocky build, Bo crashes through the underbrush like a Sherman tank and pulls on his leash like a sled dog, but he behaves like a perfect gentleman with his Gentle Leader on. Bo might not be a good fit with children under ten or elderly adults in the household, as he's still working on learning not to jump up. However, he is getting better at controlling himself every day! 

Bo is an inveterate counter cruiser, and he will require some dedicated training in manners. He mostly ignores the two resident female dogs. He wants, most of all, to be able to lean against his foster mom and get belly rubs and ear scratches. Bo sometimes barks and gives chase to the resident cats and tries to mouth them, seemingly without malevolent intent. However, he would likely be better off in a home without cats. He would be fine either with other dogs or as an only dog. 

Bo can be a happy addition to your loving family, but he needs a patient guiding hand to help him be successful. He has been neutered and microchipped, and he is up to date on shots. He had a growth in his mouth removed, which tested benign, but the vet said there is a slight possibility that it might reappear, so that will need to be watched. 

His former owner said that Bo loves to hunt pheasant, but he also seems to be pretty happy just going for long walks. He is a very affectionate guy who is loving being an indoor dog. He wears a constant grin! If you have room in your heart and home for a dog that needs just a bit of additional help with manners, and who will keep you in stitches watching his reactions to things, Bo might be the guy 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 Bo.

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

Posted: 1/25/15

WYNSTON
Oakdale, MN

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ESRA#:2014-778MN
Status: Available
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:44 lbs
Variety:Field
Wynston came to ESRA as an owner surrender because of life changes in the family. Although it was difficult for his owner to give him up, he knew that Wynston would find a good, happy Forever Home through ESRA.

Wynston is a senior boy with the energy level of a younger dog. The vet who checked him says that Wynston is very healthy and has always been well cared for. He previously lived with other dogs, and he gets along well with his canine foster brothers and sister. It would be best for Wynston to go to a home that has another dog for a companion. Since he is not at all aggressive with food or toys, other dogs in his new home should be easygoing and non-dominant. 

After living with one person for his whole life, the adjustment to new surroundings and a new family has been a bit of a challenge for Wynston, but he has improved every day. He has been taking an anti-anxiety medication during this transition, and that has helped him to adjust. He has always had free rein of the house both at his first home and now at his foster home, but he will not tolerate going into a crate. He is totally housetrained. He goes to the door when he needs to go out, and he will even come to wake you up in the middle of the night if he has to go out to go potty.

Wynston seems to be anxious, and he wants to have as much attention as possible from his foster parents. He would love to crawl up in bed and sleep with them, but that's not allowed in his foster home. He prefers to sleep or relax on a soft couch or chair, and he would love to cuddle next to you while you relax.

Wynston would do best in a quiet home without small children, as noise and lots of activity make him nervous. Since he has anxiety about being left alone, it would be ideal if at least one person in his Forever Home would be with him for most or all of the day.

Wynston loves to go to the dog park or for a walk in the woods with his foster brothers, but he tends to follow his nose and cannot be trusted off leash. Therefore, his new home should have a fenced yard. Wynston is also still learning how to walk nicely on a leash. He needs some more practice, as he is so happy to be going for a walk that he tends to pull hard in his excitement. 

We have found that Wynston is one of the nicest, sweetest dogs we have ever fostered, and he deserves to find just the right people to provide him with the Forever Home he deserves. This dear boy has lots of life left to live and love left to give!

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 Wynston.

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

Posted: 12/29/14

CHASE
Lewiston, MN

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ESRA#:2014-593IA
Status: Available
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:51 lbs
Variety:Bench
What's black and white and snuggly all over? This boy, Chase! But wait; there's more! Chase loves to play ball. He is housetrained and perfectly behaved during the day without being crated, which is good because he really doesn't like the crate.

This beautiful, silly boy is currently living with two other male dogs. Chase does fine with them, but two canine companions seems to be his limit. Chase's foster home also has five cats which he generally leaves alone, although he does sometimes find it fun to live up to his name and chase them around a bit!

Chase loves to run in the fenced yard at his foster home. It is unknown how he would do off leash in an unfenced area, but since he knows his name and responds to Come, it's possible that he could be trusted off leash with supervision. Because he loves his people so much, he really doesn't want to be outside alone.

Chase enjoys riding in the car and does not try to get out without being instructed to do so. He also understands commands such as Sit and Stay. His foster family has not tested him with kids, so to be safe it's probably best if he's with older kids.

If you are ready for snuggles and Springer fun, Chase is ready to become a part of your family! To learn more about Chase or to arrange to meet him, please 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 Chase.

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

Posted: 11/20/14

ABBY
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2014-71MN
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
Watch Abby run and play in the snow in this video!
Meet the lovely Abby! Attentive, snuggly, and loyal are the words that best describe this dark beauty. She has the high energy of a typical Springer and loves to leap and run around the yard, usually with a toy or a bone in her mouth.

This happy girl is crate trained and will go into her crate when she is asked to do so. She sleeps in her crate, but she would much rather sleep with her people! Whenever she gets the chance, she jumps onto the bed to snuggle.

Abby is quite attentive, and she wants to please. She knows the commands Sit, Stay, and Come. She looks to her humans for guidance and listens well.

Abby is unsure of new people and new situations, and she sometimes barks at new faces. She needs time to become comfortable, but she does warm up eventually. Abby is also scared of loud noises. Because of her nervous tendencies with new people or dogs in her territory, we want to place her in a home with a fenced yard.

Though she lives in a foster home with other dogs, Abby's ideal Forever Home would make her the star in the house. She gets nervous when other dogs invade her space or try to take the attention of her people. She will also guard things that she believes are hers, like rawhides or toys, from other dogs.

In addition to being the star of the house, Abby would love to have a family whose members are home to spend time with her. She is an amazing Springer who loves life and can't wait to find a Forever Home of her own.

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 Abby.

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

Posted: 12/15/14

DIEGO
Burnsville, MN

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ESRA#:2014-382MN
Status: Available
  
Age:12 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Field
Diego entered ESRA's care when his owner died. We don't know much about Diego's past, but he tells us that all that matters is his future! High on the priority list for his happy future is taking care of a painful condition that Diego has been living with for quite some time. So we welcome Diego to ESRA’s Special Needs program while he continues to settle in to foster care. Click the “heart icon” to read about his special need, but read on here to find out what a wonderful Springer he is!

The first thing you should know about Diego is that he loves attention. He rubs against you happily when you pet him, he rests his head in your lap if you're occupied, and he is content to lie at or on your feet for hours. Diego also loves to roll. Many times every day he can be found rolling around on his bed, on the floor, or in the grass. It is entertaining and heartwarming to see him so happy.

Diego has become a happy and well-adjusted dog in his foster home, where situations are predictable for him. Diego has mild separation anxiety. The first couple of weeks in his foster home were rough for him because he didn't want to be left alone at all. Diego stays in an exercise pen while his foster mom is gone and has not been left loose unsupervised for more than half an hour. Due to training, careful management, and time, we're proud to report that Diego can now be left home alone for a full work day. This training will need to be repeated in his new Forever Home as he adjusts to his new environment.

We discovered that Diego does not like it when strangers reach out to pet him. Therefore, a protocol is followed so that greetings are predictable for Diego and he gets to choose who pets him and who doesn't. His foster mom has worked very hard to earn his trust, and Diego now understands that he does not have to meet everyone who wants to meet him. This is working very well, and he no longer worries about people walking toward him.

The ideal Forever Home for Diego will have very few or no stairs (or it will have ramps over the stairs) because of his "special need." Since Diego has continued to be overly interested in the cats in his foster home, he should go to a home without cats. However, he enjoys the company of other dogs. Diego is not your average senior dog. He is as active as you'll let him be, and he is quite a thinker, as well. He knows the commands Down, Sit, Stand, Crawl, Leg Weaves, Spin Left, Spin Right, and Kennel. He is so much fun to train because he loves to learn. He would not do well in a home that uses force, but he thrives on positive-reinforcement training methods.

Diego would love for his new owners to be home quite a bit, and he hopes they will enjoy taking him for a few short walks a day. This affectionate boy needs and deserves a home where he will be cared for and valued as the special dog he is.

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 Diego.

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

Posted: 10/17/14

WILLIE
St. Paul, MN

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ESRA#:2014-405MN
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:43 lbs
Variety:Bench
Little Willie sat in a shelter for a month hoping that his family would come take him home. When it was clear no one was coming for him, the shelter staff contacted ESRA saying they had a sad little boy there that needed our help. What they didn't tell us — or maybe what Willie had kept to himself and hadn't told anyone — was that Willie was in a great deal of pain.

Once Willie was in our foster program and in a vet's care, his secret was found out and we have welcomed Willie not only to ESRA but to our Special Needs program! Click on the Special Needs heart icon to read about Willie's problem and help us raise the funds to promise another precious Springer a hopeful future!

In the shelter, Willie was nervous and unhappy — cowering in the corner of his kennel most of the time. Once in foster care, his personality changed almost overnight — he's happy, he's friendly, he's eager to please, and he's a real sweetheart! He's already neutered and up to date on all his shots.

As soon as his "special need" is taken care of, he will be one delightful addition to the Forever Family that he chooses. Stay tuned to this spot so you'll know when he's ready to meet you!

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

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

Posted: 7/25/14

GINGER
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2013-55IA
Status: Available
  
Age:13 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Bench
Say hello to Ginger, a sweet senior with a lot to offer in her remaining years. Ginger was brought into ESRA's program from a shelter, so not much is known about her history.

From her lack of grooming it was obvious that Ginger had suffered from neglect, but fortunately she never lacked food. She weighed sixty-two pounds when she came into rescue, and we knew that she needed to lose about forty pounds in order to be healthier and feel better.

Ginger is blind, but she has good hearing. She does well in known surroundings. She is crate trained. She walks well, albeit slowly, on the leash, and she goes up and down stairs easily. As the weight has come off, she has become somewhat spry and sassy, and she does not have a problem letting her foster family know what she wants!  

Ginger deserves a stable, loving home in which to enjoy her senior years. If you think you are the Forever Family for her, please contact us.

UPDATE from Ginger's foster mom, 4/10/13: Ginger had the opportunity to go to the “Springer Spa” at another foster home last week while we were on vacation. While she was there she discovered why girls love to be pampered! I was concerned that settling into another new situation would be hard on Ginger, but before I left she was curled up on the floor and couldn’t have been happier. A crate takes on a whole new meaning when it is lined with pillows! This girl had previously been deprived of the joy of arranging pillows and snuggling into a plush, fluffy bed. Baths, special shampoos, and a new haircut made her a very happy dog indeed. Ginger let me know that I could leave her there anytime, as it is a doggie utopia.

Her hostess stated that Ginger fell right into the routine and became one of the pack. She was surprised at Ginger’s curiosity and confidence in a new situation. It was a great experience for us all, and we learned that Ginger will be able to adapt to new surroundings without stress.

UPDATE, 8/7/13: Ginger has now reached her goal weight of forty pounds! She feels much better now, and she will trot around outside. It's cute to watch her sniff and explore her yard!

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 Ginger.

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

Posted: 3/18/13


MATTY
Hopkins, MN

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ESRA#:2014-62MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:48 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet Matty! He came from a very bad situation in a puppy mill, and he is now beginning his journey to find his Forever Home. Despite Matty's sad past, his foster family reports that he is a total sweetheart. He will flourish in a quiet, predictable home with a person or a family that can show him love and attention.

Treats? Did somebody say treats? Matty loves his treats and will sit for one. He is food motivated, so food will be a great tool for training and bonding with him. In addition, we hope that Matty's new home will have a basket of toys for him. Prior to coming to his foster home, Matty had never seen a toy or eaten a treat. Now he is addicted to both. Treats are tasty, and soft, squishy toys are a lot of fun!

Matty is crate trained, and he uses his crate as his safe place. He sleeps in his crate at night and retreats to it when he does not feel comfortable with his surroundings. We're happy to report that Matty is spending more and more time playing with toys, snacking on treats, and running around the backyard as he begins to feel more relaxed and confident. Matty is not destructive in the house, and he is a very good, respectful boy.

Because he missed out on so much in the first few years of his life, Matty would really like to live with someone who will be home and who can keep him company. He also bonds very well to other dogs and would enjoy having a companion dog, although that is not a necessary condition for his adoption. Matty is learning new things from his foster family every day. Because he did not have many experiences in his former life, each day is a step for Matty toward the good life that he deserves to live!

Matty's difficult past has made him very timid and afraid of men and boys. In order for him to flourish, we therefore want to place him in a Forever Home with female humans only.

Matty is almost housetrained. He is catching on well and is becoming more reliable as his confidence grows. Since he can become scared easily, Matty will need a fenced-in yard. One of his favorite activities is to run around the backyard and play. He isn't the tallest dog, but he can really run and jump with the resident dogs. His foster family uses a martingale collar on Matty to ensure his safety.

Matty will be a wonderful companion for a person or family who is patient, gentle, and loving. He will be so thankful to find the people who will help and support him in his journey to become the Springer he was born to be!

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 Matty.

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

Posted: 3/19/14


PATCHES
Bloomington, MN

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ESRA#:2014-787MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:19 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:26 lbs
Variety:Mix
Patches is a friendly, sweet, and energetic young boy. He came into rescue via a local shelter where he went unclaimed. He had a history of running away from home, and after being picked up several times by Animal Control, his family let him go.

This little nugget has a wonderful personality: he is super cute, funny, and just plain happy! Patches has fantastic energy. He loves to play, but he also keeps himself entertained by digging through the toy box or just zooming from one room to the other, showing off whatever toy he currently has in his mouth.

Patches gets along well with the resident Springers, and he does pretty well with the cat. It did not take long for him to adapt to his new environment and friends. He loves kids and has enjoyed interacting with everyone he has come in contact with.

Patches knows the command Sit, and he is working on other commands. He walks well on a leash, and he is crate trained and housetrained. At night Patches sleeps on a dog bed in the bedroom on the floor, and he is only crated when nobody is home.  

Patches is a wonderful dog, and he is looking for an equally wonderful place to call home. Of course he will need a securely fenced yard to keep him safe. He would do well in just about any situation where he will receive lots of love, attention, and care. If this delightful dynamo appeals to you, please contact his case managers right away 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 Patches.

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

Posted: 12/25/14

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LEO
Kansas City, MO

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ESRA#:2014-241MO
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
Leo is in foster care and is seeking his Forever Home. He is up to date on his vaccinations and has recently been neutered. Leo and Libby, also listed in the Missouri section of the web page, came from the same home. They were breeding springers that were relinquished to ESRA.

Leo is housetrained and kennel trained, and he is full of love. He is a tall Springer, and at fifty pounds he is a good-sized boy. However, Leo definitely sees himself as a lap dog! He enjoys sitting on your lap while you're on the couch watching TV. He loves to stick close to his owners and shower them with affection whenever he can.

Leo is getting along well with the other dogs at his foster home. He enjoys spending time in the backyard, and he will need a fenced yard at his Forever Home, as he likes to explore. Leo is a very happy boy, and he loves car rides. He is doing great on the leash, too!

If you are interested in Leo, please contact his foster dad by telephone or e-mail. You'll be glad that you did, because this handsome boy will make a wonderful addition to some lucky family!

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

Contact: Mark Samuel, 816-803-8962 msamuel@arrowtruck.com .

Posted: 5/01/14

LIBBY
Kansas City, MO

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ESRA#:2014-242MO
Status: Available
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:35 lbs
Variety:Bench
Libby is in foster care and is seeking her Forever Home. She is up to date on her vaccinations and has recently been spayed. She and Leo, also listed in the Missouri section of the web page, came from the same home. They were breeding Springers that were relinquished to ESRA.

Libby is a very sweet girl. This petite and dainty little lady can be a bit shy until she gets to know new people or a new environment. She is doing very well in her foster home. She is very submissive and is getting along with all the other dogs she is now living with.

Libby is housetrained and kennel trained and loves resting on the back of the couch, like a kitty cat! She enjoys car rides, does well on the leash, and does very well in the fenced in backyard. Her new home will need to have a fenced yard for her protection.

If you would like to find out more about lovely Libby and how you can make her a part of your life, please contact her foster dad by telephone or e-mail.

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

Contact: Mark Samuel, 816-803-8962 msamuel@arrowtruck.com .

Posted: 5/01/14

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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.

MAIZY
Omaha, NE

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ESRA#:2011-225IA
Status: Available
  
Age:13 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
Please say hello to Miss Maizy! Maizy loves to be loved, and she loves to be next to you. What Maizy would really love is to have someone in her family that will follow her around and pet her all the time. Maizy also loves bunnies! The resident bunny at her foster home keeps her very entertained. So Miss Maizy does have a good hunting instinct, but she has never had any formal training.

Maizy also loves treats. She will do almost anything for you if you give her a treat! She is housetrained and is working on learning all the house rules at her foster home. So far she is an excellent student and is doing very well. Maizy loves to go for walks, and she is trying to be a good dog on the leash. She still pulls a little bit, but this is mostly because she is so excited about going for a walk!

Maizy is good with other dogs, but she may have trouble with another alpha dog, because she likes to think of herself as the queen! She does a little "talking," so her new family will need to help her know that her humans are in charge. Maizy loves car rides as well as looking out the windows of her foster home. She likes to watch the world go by, and she especially enjoys checking out the bunnies! It would be best to have a fenced yard for Maizy to run and play in. Maizy does not like thunderstorms, but she is learning to love comforting hugs from her foster mom.

Maizy is very good in the house. She will go into a kennel, although she really doesn't need to do so most of the time. Maizy does not chew, and she is a very happy dog. Maizy would do best in a home with children over the age of twelve. She is a somewhat older girl, but with her love of life and her activity level, you would never know it. She still needs a fair amount of exercise. Maizy recently had surgery for cancer in her mammary glands, and the vet is confident that he got it all. She will need to be checked about every three months to make sure no more tumors develop.

Maizy is a very sweet dog and is becoming a great Springer in her foster home. Her foster mom and dad will miss her very much when she finds her Forever Home. If you would like to know more about her and find out if you are the right family to give all your love to Miss Maizy, please contact us right away!

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

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Cynthia Maynard esranebraska@gmail.com .

Posted: 4/22/11

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

BLUE
Sioux Falls, SD

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ESRA#:2014-464MN
Status: Available
  
Age:11 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
This handsome and loving Springer is Blue, although he is anything but blue. Blue was surrendered by his owner due to housing issues. Blue had a rough first few weeks going from his home of eleven years to foster care, but you would never know that now by his happy personality.

Blue is a laidback fellow who would be happy to be petted all day long. He is hard of hearing and nearly blind, but this sweet boy will do anything he can to find your hand for some attention. He loves to lie by his people's feet and will start pacing when he needs to be let out. He is completely housetrained and has never had an accident.

Blue learns his way around quickly, as long as things stay in their normal places. His nose works great, and he recently had a fun time sniffing out some bunnies under the bushes in his foster family's backyard. Blue gets along wonderfully with the resident dogs, and he ignores the resident cats. He is extremely friendly with the kids in his foster home, and he has been around other small children with no problems.

Blue navigates stairs well once he learns his way around. He is very good on a leash and does not tug or pull. He sleeps either on the floor by the couch or occasionally on a blanket on the couch. He never asks to get up on the bed, unlike the naughty resident dogs.

Blue loves his treats, and he also loves to go for car rides. In fact, he sometimes tries to sneak into the car when he's not supposed to!

Blue deserves a wonderful Forever Home where he can live out his golden years. He is a very low-maintenance dog who only asks for lots of petting, love, treats, and car rides!

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 Blue.

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

Posted: 8/04/14

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MAX
Cincinnati, OH

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ESRA#:2015-12MN
Status: Available
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:52 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet Max, or "Bear" as his foster mom has come to call him.

Max came into ESRA's care looking and acting somewhat like a bear. He was a fuzzy ball of fur, overweight, and had a bit of a surly "bearish" attitude. Foster mom quickly discovered why Max was a little gruff on occasion — you can figure it out too if you'll take a close look at his left front leg in the photos! Max has been in a lot of pain for a long time and has learned to use grumpy sounds and churlish postures to protect his personal space. As a new member in ESRA's Special Needs Program, he will soon feel better and can work on reclaiming a sweeter Springer disposition! Follow his progress on his Special Needs page by clicking the heart icon at the top of this listing.

Before we start to think about a Forever Home for Max, in addition to working to relieve the pain in his leg, we'll be helping him drop a few pounds — hopefully about 10 of them. To that end, he is enjoying short leash walks with his foster family, not too far, just a block or two, and is proving to have well-mannered walking skills. He has already been brought up to date on his routine veterinary needs including being neutered. He is housetrained, crate-trained, and is getting along well with the resident Springers in his foster home as long as he doesn't feel the need to guard his supper or a favorite toy.

Max lost the home he had for nine years when his family purchased a new puppy and discovered that Max didn't want to share his food with his new housemate. The silver lining in his uprooting is that he will now enjoy new comforts and the care that every ESRA Springer receives. Max is a lucky boy to have landed in ESRA's care — he can be sure that bad days are behind him and good ones are here!

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

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Angie Mesarchik angelamesarchik@yahoo.com .

Posted: 1/26/15

BERTRAND
Edinburg, OH

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ESRA#:2014-731IN
Status: Available
  
Age:20 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Mix
Meet Bertrand, who is known as Bertie by those who love him. He's an English Springer Spaniel/Labrador mix who arrived at a shelter in southeastern Indiana as a stray. When ESRA learned of this handsome guy, we quickly worked to pull him into our care.

Bertie is a sweet boy who loves people. He is very affectionate. His foster mom says that he is one of the sweetest dogs she has ever fostered. Like most young dogs, Bertie is full of energy. He is playful, and he likes to romp with other dogs. He would love to have canine siblings, but they should match him in energy. The older, more mature dogs in Bertie's foster home don't really appreciate his zest for life. He can be kind of like a pesky younger brother. Bertie seems to like kids, but because of his boisterous energy, any children in his Forever Home should be at least twelve years old. Bertie has not been tested with cats. Bertie has met cats at the vet's office. He wants to chase them, not as prey, but just to play.

Bertie's foster mom has worked on housetraining and crate training with him, and she is happy to report that he has mastered both. Bertie rides well in the car, but he has been known to try to help with the driving, so a harness restraint or a crate is best. This silly boy sometimes likes to chew on things he shouldn't. He also has a tendency to grab food--or anything else that catches his eye--from the kitchen counter, the end table, the bathroom vanity, or just about anywhere else. His foster mom has been working to curb this behavior, but it's still a work in progress. Bertie's new family will need to be committed to continuing this training, which includes providing appropriate chews and toys as well as making sure he is given the opportunity to expend his energy in positive ways.

Bertie sometimes greets people with a hug by wrapping his front legs around their waists while his tail wags furiously. He would love to give you a hello hug. Are you game? If so, please contact his case manager at the e-mail address below.

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

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Angie Mesarchik angelamesarchik@yahoo.com .

Posted: 1/03/15

BAXTER
West Lafayette, OH

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ESRA#:2011-919OH
Status: Available
  
Age:13 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:59 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet Baxter, a handsome senior boy who came into ESRA’s care because of a change in his family’s situation.

Baxter wakes up in the morning with a smiling face. He greets each day with excitement and optimism. Baxter is a very friendly boy, and he’ll say hello to everyone he sees when he's out on a walk. He’s very grateful when they stop and pet him. In fact, grateful is a good description of Baxter’s personality. He wants to please as much as he wants attention and belly rubs. He enjoys life to the fullest and appreciates all of the attention he can get.

Baxter is a great fellow, and his foster family has only praise for him. He loves being around children, and he is great with other dogs. He hasn’t lived with a cat, but he does like to chase them. Baxter is housetrained and crate trained, but he can also be trusted to have the run of the house. He also knows Sit, Lie Down, and Shake. He loves, loves, loves car rides!

Baxter has a few minor health-related issues. He has a mild grain allergy that manifests itself in ear infections and hot spots. But as long as he is fed a grain-free dog food, he is not bothered by these things. And of course, being a “mature” gentleman, Baxter does have a bit of hearing loss. However, he looks to his humans for directions, so this hasn’t been a problem. He also has some age-related arthritis and mild cataracts, but no medication or treatment is required at this time.

If Baxter could talk, he would tell you that his needs are few: quality food to limit skin allergies, keeping his ears clean and healthy, daily walks, and lots of belly rubs and affection. This sweet, good-looking boy is ready to bring love and joy to his Forever Family! Is that family yours?

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

Contact: Christi Olinger christiolinger@gmail.com .

Posted: 10/17/11


SHERMAN POTTER
Rootstown, OH

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ESRA#:2012-736OH
Status: Deceased
Date:2015-01-26
  
Age:11 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:41 lbs
Variety:Bench
Sherman is a wonderful houseguest, but he is looking to change his status from guest to permanent resident in a loving Forever Home. Sherman is very outgoing while still minding his manners. He gets along fabulously with other dogs, cats, kids, turtles--anyone or anything he's ever met. He will quickly endear himself to you.

Although Sherman is mature, he looks forward to walks and some light activity each day. He does still romp and play with the younger dogs in his foster home.

As far as Sherman's health is concerned, he has some issues that sometimes go along with the privilege of age. Daily medication and belly bands have greatly helped him with bladder control. He remains dry during the night, and he will alert you during the day when he needs to go outside. However, he still has the occasional accident. A simple daily eye medication helps relieve his dry eye.

Please contact us about making this gentleman a part of your family. Mature dogs have much love to give, and Sherman is ready to snuggle himself into a place in your heart!

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

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Angie Mesarchik angelamesarchik@yahoo.com .

Posted: 1/31/13

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MARLEY
St. Croix Falls, WI

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ESRA#:2013-754IA
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:52 lbs
Variety:Bench
Marley's foster mom has published a blog called Meal Time with Marley. Click here to learn the details of Marley's successes with his behavior modification program and to see more photos and videos of this special dog!
We would like to thank Sarah Ernhart of Sarah Beth Photography, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, for generously donating the photos of Marley displayed here. Visit her website at http://sarahbethphotography.com/

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Marley was surrendered to ESRA because his owner was working long hours and no longer had time to care for him. Marley has been through some tough times, but he is now a happy, content boy. There's a lot more information on his blog, but to sum it up, Marley has food allergies that were making him miserable. The allergy symptoms were being treated with prednisone, antibiotics, and benedryl, all of which cause their own problems. He also has a history of food-guarding in certain instances.

We changed Marley's food to a grain-free, chicken-free, beef-free formula, and he no longer requires the allergy medications. Marley's allergies have steadily improved and are now under control. He does have some bare spots on his elbows and the underside of his torso that make it look as if he spent a lot of time on hard surfaces, but his foster mom thinks they are more likely related to his allergies and scratching. He also has thickened scar tissue on the underside and end of his little tail. Under ESRA's care, however, there has been some hair regrowth, and the bare spots are now much less noticeable. In fact, every time his foster mom takes him out in public, she gets compliments on how handsome he is.

Marley's food guarding is being treated through a behavior modification program that uses management as well as desensitization, counter-conditioning, and an inexpensive anti-anxiety medication. Marley has responded really well to the program, and we are happy to report that in the ten months that he has been in his current foster home, there has not been a single instance of food guarding. Because Marley can become stressed by nail trims and blood draws, we are also working on desensitization and counter-conditioning to veterinary procedures. Marley is heartworm and tick-borne-illness free.

Marley's perfect home will be one with kind, patient people who understand the importance of providing boundaries and routine. He is equally comfortable with gentle men and women. He will do well in a home with a single person or couple, and he seems to have an affinity for dog-savvy teenagers. We do not know what, if any, experience Marley has with small children. However, because they often have food and move in unexpected ways and because Marley has a history of food-guarding, we do not believe he is the right dog for a family with small children.

Marley's adopters will need to be label readers to insure that his food allergies are not triggered again and that he does not require further treatment with prednisone, a medication which can increase anxiety and guarding behaviors. Marley has made such wonderful progress, and we want him to continue to succeed.

Marley is overly interested in cats, so a cat-free home will be best for him. He shares his foster home with a male retriever, and the two boys do compete for human attention. Marley did well with a playful, happy-go-lucky female Springer in a previous foster home. Still, Marley really isn't a dog you get to keep another dog company. He is a dog that you get to keep YOU company.

Marley is a wonderful companion. More than anything, he loves being with his person. He has a moderate energy level and loves being brushed, petted, and generally fussed over. He is a leaner and a head-in-your-lap kind of a dog. He loves going for walks and is good on leash. He will occasionally jerk if he sees a squirrel or a bird, as he thinks that all critters must be flushed. However, this behavior can be managed easily with a front-attachment harness. Marley loves to run and is beautiful to watch, so a fenced yard would be ideal. However, these needs could also be met with regular trips to a safe dog park where there is room to run.

He is smart, and he loves training which uses positive reinforcement methods. No confrontational training methods should ever be used with Marley. He would enjoy dog sports like rally obedience and/or K9 nose work. If you don't have the time for training classes, he already knows the basics: Sit, Down, Come, Leave It, Give Me Five, and Go to Mat. He will reorient to his handler after going through doors and getting out of the car. Marley is house-trained and crate-trained, and he can be trusted loose in the house as long as food and trash are kept safely out of his reach. While we have never seen any "location guarding" from Marley, his Forever Family should consider getting him his own bed which can be placed near their own. This will avoid guarding behaviors that could be triggered by allowing access to the "people" bed.

If you are ready to give this sweet boy the love, commitment, and further training that he needs and deserves, please contact his case managers at the e-mail address below to arrange to meet and spend time with Marley. Although he is being fostered in Wisconsin, it may be possible to schedule a meeting with Marley and his foster mom in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

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.

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

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

Posted: 11/01/13

RUGER
Lake Geneva, WI

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Ruger

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Roscoe

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Ruger

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Roscoe

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Ruger with his tennis ball

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Roscoe

 RUGERROSCOE
ESRA#:2013-547WI2013-548WI
Status: AvailableAvailable
   
Age:11 years15 years
Gender:MaleMale
Color:Liver & WhiteTricolor
Weight:65 lbs30
Variety:BenchMix
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
Here is our newest bonded pair, Ruger and Roscoe! Each boy would like to introduce himself to you.

I'm Ruger, and I am an energetic but shy Springer. My brother Roscoe and I are looking for a Forever Home together. If you can believe it, I once used to weigh 117 pounds! My food was just poured on the floor, so I ate as much as I wanted, but that was several years ago. I am now at a much healthier sixty-five pounds.

I love tennis balls! I am a big boy, and I like to play fetch a lot. I also like to watch TV. Sometimes I get a bit close to the TV, especially if I see another animal there. I am a very sweet and gentle boy, and I do not guard my food. I do sometimes get a little possessive of my tennis ball around Roscoe or my canine foster brother, so you will need to keep an eye on me when I have one in my mouth.

When I first came to live with my foster family, I didn't smell too good. My foster mom and dad had to give me two baths before I smelled better. I was a really good boy (I only tried to get out of the bathtub a couple of times), and then later I got my hair cut by my foster mom. She said I did a good job, and the clippers didn't bother me in the least!

When my foster family goes to work, I sleep in a crate, but at night I get to sleep next to the bed along with my foster brother and Roscoe. I like to be with my foster parents, and I will follow them around. They call me a Velcro springer. I am not fond of thunder or fireworks. When I go for walks I pull a lot, because I wasn't taken on walks very much before. Therefore, I may need a little help with leash manners.

I have a special little dance that I do when I get scratched near my tail. My foster mom always laughs when I do it. I'd love to show you my dance and follow you around! All Ruger and I need is a home where we can be together and share love with a family who will take good care of us. If that might be your family, please contact our foster mom at the e-mail address below.

Love,
Ruger

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I'm Roscoe, the little one. I am a cocker spaniel mix, and I am Ruger's brother (even though we don't actually look like brothers). I have been with Ruger since he came to live with me almost eleven years ago. Can you believe that I will be fourteen in December? I don't look or feel that old!

Even though I am older, Ruger helps me with ear cleaning, and I, in turn, help clean his face. When my foster family took me to the vet, they told the vet that I scratched my ears a lot and didn't really like anyone to touch them. The vet said my ears were pretty bad, so now I am on medication to help clean up the infection. I will go back to the vet in about a week to see how everything is going.

Sometimes if I do something wrong, like play with the toilet tissue, my foster mom finds me, and then I get scared and run away with my tail between my legs. I really do try so hard to be good! My foster mom says I am mischievous. I am not sure what that means, but it must be good, right? I also like to jump on the furniture. I am allowed to do that, but I get scared and get off once someone notices. I also pull a little hard on the leash, so I may need help learning good leash manners along with Ruger.

My foster mom and dad tell me that I am really cute, and they say that I look so much happier now than when we came here. I think it is because we are now somewhere safe, and my ears are getting better, so I feel better. I like to kiss both Ruger and my foster brother on the face, and sometimes I even get to kiss my foster mom and dad! I'd love to meet you, so I can kiss you, too!

Affectionately,
Roscoe


From their foster family: Ruger and Roscoe came from a growing family who did not have time for them. Neither should be off leash, as they do not always respond when you call their names. Ruger sometimes responds, but Roscoe has hearing loss, so you can scare him if you come up behind him. They are both very good with their canine foster brother, but they will chase anything that moves. They came from a home with cats and playfully chased them, but it would probably be best if their Forever Home did not have cats.

Ruger and Roscoe are good with children of all ages. Both boys are very sweet. They are beginning to show more and more affection to us, and they are getting comfortable being in a safe place. They have had all their shots and are microchipped, so they are ready to find a family that will love and appreciate them in their golden years.

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Rachel Penning brightcopperpenning@gmail.com .

Posted: 8/15/13

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