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This page was last updated on 7/31/14

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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

GAUGE
Flossmoor, IL

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ESRA#:2014-402IN
Status: Available
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:52 lbs
Variety:Field
This handsome boy is named Gauge. He is a typical fieldie, full of energy and always ready and raring to go. He dearly loves to run, and he is very fast! In fact, the only time he gets worn out is when the family's five grandchildren come over to visit him.  Bred from hunting lines, Gauge is AKC registered and has been trained to hunt. His owner tells us that he is fine with the sound of gunshots but that he does not like fireworks. Because of his boundless energy, Gauge will need a family with an active lifestyle, who will make sure he gets the exercise he needs.

Gauge has a very sweet personality, is good with all people, and is friendly to everyone. He likes other dogs and lives with another male Springer who is twelve years old. Gauge just loves his tennis ball, and fetch is his favorite game. However, dinnertime is his favorite time of day! He enjoys rounding up his toys and putting them in a pile so he can keep a close eye on them. At bedtime or when he wants to take a little snooze, Gauge settles nicely in his crate. He is neutered, microchipped, and up to date on all vetting.

Gauge is a much-loved dog who is very attached to his owners. He follows them all around just to be near them. Unfortunately, the family is moving and cannot take Gauge with them, so they have made the difficult decision to find him a new home. Gauge needs a fenced yard so that he can run and play in safety. He will benefit from leash training because he has little experience with walking on lead. Most of all, though, Gauge needs a family that will appreciate him. If you are looking for an active, enthusiastic Springer, we would love to tell you more about Gauge!

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

Contact: IL Springer Rescue, Anne Solak-Tennant annesolak@yahoo.com .

Posted: 7/10/14

MOLLY
Kewanee, IL

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ESRA#:2011-819IL
Status: Available
  
Age:4 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.

Molly is a very special Springer and ESRA has promised that her life will get better every day from now on. Please click on the Special Needs icon to read more 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: IL Springer Rescue, Anne Solak-Tennant annesolak@yahoo.com .

Posted: 9/07/11

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KATIE
Bloomington, IN

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ESRA#:2014-418IN
Status: Available
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Bench
SWEET! That is the best word to describe Katie. Other words that come to mind are Cuddly, Loving, Velcro, Beautiful, and Friendly. We don't know much about the first nine years of Katie's life, but we understand that she has always been blind. Because she has never known anything different, she is well adjusted and is able to navigate her surroundings. She loves to follow you around the house and to go on her daily walks. She certainly doesn't look or act like a senior dog at this stage in her life. 
 
Katie especially loves belly rubs and will roll halfway over or paw at you to encourage you to give her more. Her favorite times are when she walks the neighborhood, prances in the tall grass like a true hunter, or visits the dog park. 
 
This lovely lady takes her cues from the humans that surround her. While many blind dogs enjoy the companionship and guidance of another dog, the quick movements of other dogs make Katie nervous. She has adjusted to the other dogs in her foster home and even curls up with them, but we think she would be happier in a household where she is the only dog. Katie gets along fine with cats.  
 
Katie is housetrained and can be trusted to roam free in the house when you are not home. She does, however, need to be let out first thing in the morning, to avoid any accidents. At night she prefers sleeping on the couch where it doesn't get too hot.
 
If you have a big heart that you can open up to give Sweet Katie the home of her dreams, please contact us to find out more.

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

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Lynn Skochdopole lskochdo@comcast.net .

Posted: 6/29/14

BAMA
Indianapolis, IN

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ESRA#:2014-239IN
Status: Available
  
Age:9 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:30 lbs
Variety:Bench
Watch little Bama romping with the big dogs in this short video!
Meet Bama, named by a stalwart fan of the Crimson Tide! Just take a look at this adorable little Springer pup and help us make sure he has a bright future ahead of him! Bama comes to ESRA with a serious medical problem that has landed him in our Special Needs program and scheduled for surgery. Click the heart icon at the top of his listing to read all about it and follow what we hope will be good news following his life-saving procedure.

Bama is a happy little fellow with a full tail that wags almost constantly. He is also inclined to express his happiness with lots of Springer kisses! The other two dogs in his foster home are teaching him all about the important skills in life such as racing out the back door when mom says OUTSIDE!, playing keep-away with a squeaky toy, making a circle when you run all the way around the house, hanging out in the kitchen when meal time is approaching, and snuggling together on a dog bed. Bama is always ready for an adventure and rides wonderfully in the car. It is so much fun to watch him as he explores and learns and grows. When he has had enough activity he will do a puppy flop on the floor for a quick snooze before getting up and doing it all over again!

As soon as his serious problem is corrected, he will be neutered then will be all set for what we hope will be a very long life in the perfect Forever Home. Bama is so full of life, we hope to give him many long years to live it.

UPDATE JUNE 11: We are sorry to report that the surgery to repair Bama's liver shunt was unsuccessful. The pressures in his portal vein skyrocketed any time the surgeon tried to partially close the shunt. Bama's liver is smaller than normal, but there is some blood is flowing to some of the sections. The Purdue vets have recommended that Bama take two medications to prevent side effects of liver disease and two additional medications to support the healthy liver function that he does have. While Bama's longevity is unknown, they are now hoping for several years rather than months. He will have blood work done throughout the summer to assess the effectiveness of his medical management. If it is trending in the right direction, Bama will be available for adoption. It takes a special family to adopt a dog with medical issues and it is not for everyone. Bama is adorable and wonderfully unaware of his liver problem and lives each day happy and to the fullest. He loves to play and eat and cuddle and chase and sleep and toss a toy around!

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

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Lynn Skochdopole lskochdo@comcast.net .

Posted: 5/10/14


MAX
Noblesville, IN

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ESRA#:2014-392IN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:43 lbs
Variety:Bench
We are delighted to present Maximillion--Max for short. He is searching for his Forever Home, a place to run and play. They just don't get any cuter than this guy! He is bouncy, full of energy, gregarious, loyal, and loving. Water is one of Max's favorite things, and he will spring enthusiastically into a pond, a pool, or even a puddle. He can run like the wind!

Max's foster mom fell in love with him at first sight. He is so handsome and is quite the Romeo! His foster mom is impressed with Max's indoor manners, too. He likes to lounge in his doggy bed, but if he is invited, he is also happy to leap up and join you on the couch or the bed. Max is housetrained and can be trusted for up to three hours alone. If he is going to be alone for longer than three hours, his foster mom gates him in a room, where he relaxes and waits for her return.

Max came into a shelter as a stray, and the shelter personnel were very surprised that no one came to claim him. He was obviously someone's pet at one time. Max knows a few tricks, such as Sit and Down. He is working on his leash skills. Max is healthy, is vaccinated, and has recently been neutered.

Like so many Springers, Max has a high prey drive and will need a yard with a physical fence to keep him safe while he romps and explores. He might like a buddy to play with, too. He enjoys other dogs, but he is too interested in cats to safely cohabitate with them. Max also does very well with children. Because of his bounciness, he will not be placed in a home with kids younger than eight.

Sweet Max will soak up all the attention and affection you can spare. Please call us if you think you have the love, time, and energy to give to this charming boy.

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

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Lynn Skochdopole lskochdo@comcast.net .

Posted: 7/03/14


JACK
Fort Wayne, IN

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ESRA#:2014-291IN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:8 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:32 lbs
Variety:Field
To: ESRA Coordinator
From: Isabelle (Springer resident dog)
Subject: Jack the Maniac

Dear Miss Anne--

My mommy told me that Jack is posted on the ESRA website, and I am anxious to see all of those hundreds of applications that are no doubt pouring in for him. First of all, though, I need to thank you for allowing my mommy to foster this puppy. All her notions about wanting a puppy are gone, as Jack is just too energetic! He pulls on my legs and my ears, and he tries to steal all of my hard-earned snuggles. Just this morning, he tackled me outside when I was trying to get to my mommy! When I try to sleep, he tries to nibble my face! Do you see what I am saying here? I am in desperate need of saving, and so are the others.

Mr. Buckles (the other resident Springer), the cats, and I have taken a vote, and we want him "off the island." I am a patient dog, and I will allow him to stay here as long as necessary or until he sends me to a shelter (LOL). I will also help train this puppy if it gets him gone faster. I am attaching a letter of reference for Jack to help him get adopted.

Miss Anne, what else do I need to do as the big sister to get Jack ready for his new home? I've already shown him that jumping in the bath with humans is fun and that rubber duckies are great toys. I showed him how to stick his head out the window while driving, and I explained that furniture is for dogs, not humans. I am trying to show him how to snuggle with the cats, but they don't like him that much. I also humor him and play with him like he wants, but sometimes he doesn't know when to stop, so Mommy has to get him. Is there anything else that I, as the big sister, should be doing (besides hiding from him when I can't stand being picked on)?

Sincerely,
Isabelle
Resident foster-dog trainer in charge of Toys and Beds

P.S.: I haven't trained Jack in the kiddie pool because my mommy hasn't put water in it yet. Could you please tell her to fill it with water and my rubber duckies?
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Dear Potential Adopter,

I would like to introduce my foster brother, Jack, to you. He's a six-month-old Springer puppy who desperately wants a family to call his own. His strong points include being a good listener and a bird chaser. He sits for his food and is learning his leash manners. If you adopt this puppy, I can assure you that you will have many years of fun with Jack! He is also learning how to live with cats. So far he knows to back off when they hiss.

If you are looking for a high-energy ball of cuteness, then Jack is the puppy for you!

Thank you for considering him.

Yours truly,
Isabelle, the Foster Big Sister

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

Contact: IL Springer Rescue, Anne Solak-Tennant annesolak@yahoo.com .

Posted: 6/01/14

Springers in Iowa        top

SONNY
Iowa City, IA

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ESRA#:2011-349MN
Status: Available
  
Age:11 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:64 lbs
Variety:Bench
From Sonny's foster mom: Sonny was previously found as a stray. He was taken in by ESRA, and a new, loving home was found for him. A year later, however, Sonny's owners could no longer care for him. Because Sonny has lost the only secure home he's ever known, we're glad to have this big, lovable sweetie back in ESRA's care.

Sonny came to us with separation anxiety issues, but he has completely overcome them and is proving himself to be a sweet, gentle boy with a wonderfully sunny disposition. He has adjusted very well to our comings and goings, and was he comfortable being left with a pet sitter while we were away for Thanksgiving. Sonny is a playful and curious guy who is very interested in playing with toys; tug-of-war and fetch are favorite games. In many ways, he acts much younger than his years.

Initially, Sonny also showed a lack of interest in eating, but now his appetite has returned and he wolfs down his food. That is always a good sign in a Springer!

This sweet boy is housetrained, gets along with our resident Springer, and ignores our cats. Sonny walks well on a leash and is active for his age, enjoying long walks. He doesn't pull, and he's not interested in chasing wildlife. He's happy to meet other dogs on his walk, sometimes getting a little too excited. He's well behaved with the children he meets at our local park.

Sonny is up to date on vaccinations. Right now he's working on losing a few pounds, which should make him feel even better. He's lost four pounds so far! He may have some hearing loss, as is typical in many mature dogs. He tested positive for Lyme disease, which means that he's been exposed in the past and is carrying the antibodies for it, although he does not show any symptoms of the disease. Therefore, no treatment is necessary. Sonny does have some mobility issues because of arthritic hips, but he has learned to cope well with this challenge and doesn't seem uncomfortable. Although he can't run, he can walk surprisingly fast, and he has developed his own method of lying down comfortably. Stairs can be a bit tricky for him, so it may be best if his Forever Home doesn't have too many. Sonny even feels that it's worth the effort to get up on the couch so that he can snuggle with his head in someone's lap!

Sonny does have a problem with the occasional loss of bowel control due to a combination of age, his arthritis, and weakened muscles. It can’t be cured, but it can be pretty well controlled. Sonny needs to be on a regular feeding and walk schedule, and someone should be home during the day to keep him on schedule. He’s also an early riser, so getting him out for a morning walk is important.

The veterinarian recently noticed a growth on Sonny's spleen, which will need to be monitored. The good news is that the growth is not currently affecting Sonny's quality of life.

Gentle Sonny enjoys being close to people, yet he doesn't demand attention. He would be happy in a Forever Family with other animals, but he really needs people who will give him the security and love that he craves. This dear old guy deserves a caring and comfortable place in which to live out his years in happiness and peace. If you think you are the special someone who can give Sonny such a place in your heart and your home, 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 Sonny.

Contact: Beverly Jones bajones@inav.net .

Posted: 4/17/11

BUCKY
Davenport, IA

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ESRA#:2013-712MN
Status: Available
  
Age:12 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.

LIBERTY
Hutchinson, KS

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ESRA#:2012-189KS
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
When her owner was moved into a nursing home, Liberty was taken to the local shelter. The shelter staff contacted ESRA, and we were able to take her into one of our foster homes.

Liberty is a very sweet girl who is housetrained, is up to date on her vaccinations, and has been spayed. She gets along well with other dogs. Liberty loves car rides and always wants to be right by your side. Her Forever Home will need to have a fenced-in yard so that she can explore and play in safety. If you are interested in sweet Liberty, please get in touch with her case manager, whose contact information is below.

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

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

Posted: 3/15/12

Springers in Michigan        top

WRIGLEY
Redford, MI

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ESRA#:2013-845MI
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Wrigley, an adorable, sweet soul wrapped in a charming personality. This boy is just about perfect, according to his foster mom. Wrigley was well loved in his previous home. Due to difficult circumstances, however, his family surrendered Wrigley to ESRA when they could no longer care for him. Now settled in his foster home, Wrigley is quickly winning many hearts.

This wonderful boy has impeccable manners. Wrigley is housetrained and does not get on furniture. He is loving but not needy, although he does prefer to sleep with his humans! Since he is a people-oriented dog, Wrigley does not like to be crated in the house. However, he will travel by car in his crate with no problems.

Wrigley is a low-energy guy. He walks well on leash and enjoys running around with his foster siblings. Wrigley knows the commands Sit and Come, and he is easily trained. He is also starting to play with plush toys, which is such fun to see! Wrigley’s Forever Home must have a fenced yard so he can explore safely and exercise freely.

Wrigley absolutely adores children of all ages as well as other dogs. He needs a Forever Home with kids, one or more canine companions, and someone who will be home most of the time. Wrigley is very much a family-oriented boy. His home life must be active, vibrant, and action packed! Wrigley purely and simply wants to be near and be part of the household mix. Wrigley has not been exposed to cats in his foster home, but we think he would be just fine with them.

Wrigley's foster mom is gushing with accolades for this darling boy. She says he is great, very easy, and the sweetest Springer ever. She cannot stress enough how wonderful Wrigley is, and she goes on to proclaim him the best dog she has ever fostered. And that's quite a commendation, as she has fostered a whole bunch! Her final comment was, "I would keep him if I could!"

That pretty much sums up Wrigley. Obviously, there will be many potential adopters racing to learn more about him from our state coordinator. Is that you rushing to the computer to send her a message inquiring about Wrigley? This fellow promises to be a fabulous addition to a fortunate Forever Home!

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

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

Posted: 12/03/13

BUDDY
Redford, MI

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ESRA#:2014-185MI
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
Hello out there! Buddy’s my name and ball is my game! Anyone up for a frolicking, festive round of fetch? It is sweet summertime, and all I want to do is run around and chase my ball. I am looking for a Forever teammate to throw it for me. Do you want to play now?

I've heard the people say that I am an "irresistibly doll-faced, wiggle butt Springer." I'm not sure what that means exactly, though I will say that I am a nice boy. I am pretty well behaved, considering that rules are a new thing for yours truly. I had a bit too much freedom in my previous house. But I understand now that good manners never go out of style. To be perfectly honest, I am not a fan of that crate thing. But you can trust me when you are away, so don't fret. I am partial to sleeping on a doggie bed.

While I am a sporty guy, I do like petting, snuggling, and expressing affection. And I am a super smoocher, just so you know!

I like it fine here in my foster home. These kind folks have invited me in, and I appreciate that. I love living amongst their kids, especially their sweetie-pie daughter, who is fourteen. We are pals! I also really enjoy my foster siblings. A guy needs some canine time, and we all hang out and play together. I might prefer to be the only dog in my Forever Home, because being the focus of all your attention sounds wonderful. However, I could live with another dog if it's the right fit. They say that I am the dominant male, so I would do well with an easygoing pooch.

I want to learn, so I am looking for a Forever Home with a clear leader to teach and train me. I am trying to please my humans and to respect authority. If you have worked with other dogs, you will understand my need for routine and discipline. We could share a very special bond together, you the gentle yet strong alpha and me the prized and willing student. Perhaps you could show me the ropes, help me toe the line, and provide me with direction?

I'm glad I could share some things about myself, and I just have a couple more thoughts. I would adore a fenced yard. That way, I could run around safely and, yes, play with my ball--woo hoo! I am really a fan of my humans, and I so enjoy the company of my people. If you can possibly be home most of the time, we can be best buddies!

I hope I did not ramble too much. It might be easier if you contact our state coordinator. I've met her, and she is a lovely person who knows me and can tell you anything else that I may have forgotten. Okay, that's it for now. Gotta go find my ball--over and out!

Love,
Buddy

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

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

Posted: 4/18/14

TYLER
Redford, MI

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ESRA#:2014-349MI
Status: Available
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Field
This tempting tike is Tyler. He is an irresistible fellow with passion and zest for life! His foster mom proudly proclaims Tyler to be a very good boy and an all-around nice guy. She says he is thrilled to be amongst the organized chaos in her household. And as you can see, Tyler is mighty handsome, as well. Just look at those freckles and that sweet, kissable muzzle! He is neutered, current on vaccinations, housetrained, and ready for a fun and exciting new start.

Tyler has adjusted marvelously well to his foster home. He is an active dog who plays busily and intently with his foster siblings. Tyler is tuned in to the pack mentality and is most happy when he is exploring and adventuring with the resident canines. Tyler will depend on the company of at least one other canine in his Forever Home. His Forever Home must also have a fenced yard so that he can wander about safely in pursuit of doggie fun.

This fellow knows the commands Sit and Come and is yearning to learn more. He also needs further training in walking politely on leash. Tyler would benefit from obedience training with his Forever Family. He is eager to make you proud, so he will surely be a quick study. Training and exercise will provide lots of enjoyable bonding opportunities for Tyler and his new family.

Tyler is purely wonderful with the kids in his foster home--the more the merrier for this party animal! He is Mr. Social, always wanting to be with his people and his peers. His foster mom laughs when she describes how Tyler delights in finding any human or dog bed upon which to snooze. He is absolutely no fan of the crate, so he cannot be confined in that way. Tyler does crave affection, and he likes to compete for attention. He believes that he should be first in line to be doted on and petted!

Tyler is a sweetie pie Springer looking for three key ingredients in his Forever Home. Here is his special recipe for happiness:

• A heaping helping of daily exercise for both physical and mental stimulation
• One or more other dogs in the house for companionship and play
• Someone home most or all of the time, to satisfy his sweet tooth for affection


If you think that Tyler is just the right addition for your athletic, dog-loving, homebody lifestyle, let our state coordinator know right away!

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

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

Posted: 6/21/14

BUD
Coleman, MI

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ESRA#:2014-454MI
Status: Available
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:57 lbs
Variety:Bench
Hello, there! My name is Bud, and I see that my curls have caught your attention. Yes, they are as soft as they look! A few people have said that I am the curliest springer they have ever seen.

I found my way into the wonderful hands of ESRA when my elderly parents could no longer care for me. I am a lucky guy to have landed in such awesome canine company! My foster home has four other dogs, and I have so much fun hanging out with them. My foster mom says that I act like a young boy when I play in the yard and wrestle on the carpet with my foster brother. My Forever Home will need at least another dog pal for me, that is for sure!

When I am not in the midst of pack action, you will find me snuggling. I have actually earned the nickname "Snuggle Bud." I love to cuddle, and I am most happy to join you on the furniture, if you will let me. Another thing about me is that I do not need a crate. I am free to roam the house all day while my foster mom is at work. I'm proud to say that I have not had one single accident, nor have I chewed anything up.

It gets even better! I am a good listener, and I mind my manners in the yard. If I see a bird or a squirrel, I might slowly trot off, but if you say my name and call me, I come right back. My foster home also has a pond. I had never been swimming before in my life, but on my first day here I hopped right in and swam around. I love the water, and you should see how curly I get when I am wet!

My foster mom confesses that I have two bad habits, but they are pretty easy to prevent. First, if something smells yummy in the garbage, I really want to investigate it. But as Mom explains, if I cannot reach the garbage, then my "dumpster diving" tendency is not a problem. And my other bad habit can quite simply be eliminated by putting the lid down on the toilet. Need I say more? The good news is that I do not jump on people or counter surf.

I do make the cutest howling noise when I am happy. My foster mom loves it when she comes home from work and I sing my heart out! I have never been around children, but I am a very laidback fellow. I have also never lived with cats, but when I was at the vet's office, I did not mind them at all. I know basic commands, and I am super attentive, always paying close attention to what my foster mom tells me. Oh--and I also love car rides!

Well, that's enough about me. What about you? Do I sound like a nice boy who would be a fabulous fit for your fur-friendly home? Pretty please--contact our regional coordinator at the e-mail address below to tell her how much you like me already and how I would be a perfect mix with your other pooches. Thanks for thinking of me!

Love,
Snuggle Bud

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

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

Posted: 7/26/14

MOLLY
South Lyon, MI

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ESRA#:2014-406MI
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:60 lbs
Variety:Field
"Good golly, Miss Molly!" Look at that adorable, kissable face. This is one happy dog with a beautiful full tail that never stops wagging. Molly came into rescue as an owner surrender and, as the pictures show, she has adjusted splendidly in her caring foster home.  

This sporty girl loves to go for walks and is a gem on lead, leaving lots of slack. Molly enjoys a good, long hike, but she is also content with a short jaunt around the block. She simply adores being with you, strolling along and taking in the sights and smells.

Molly is thrilled to play ball in the yard. She is learning to bring the ball directly back, but she likes to do what her foster mom jokingly calls a "drive-by" on the return. Molly is making improvements in nicely dropping the ball and eagerly awaiting the next throw. She will be a pro at the game soon! Molly also knows the basic commands Sit, Down, and Wait. She is a smart dog who wants to please her family.

Molly is easygoing and has appropriate indoor manners. She is housetrained and does not counter surf. Molly would adore being allowed on furniture, but she is just as content lying on a doggy bed or simply on the floor. Molly is crate trained and walks right in, but she drools excessively when crated even for short durations. This liver-and-white beauty is much happier when given full freedom of the house. Molly does great when she is home alone, and she has not disturbed anything. Molly naps peacefully to pass the time while her foster family is away, and she can often be found still sleeping when they return home.

Molly absolutely loves people and wants to meet and greet everyone she encounters. Based on her friendly exuberance for humans, Molly would be best in a Forever Home where any children are at least thirteen years old. On the other hand (or paw), Molly is not entirely fond of her peers and does not get along very well with other dogs, especially small breeds. Therefore, Miss Molly must be the only canine in her Forever Home.

Molly is always eager to go for car rides. Every time she is taken outside to go potty, she heads over to the vehicle as if to ask, "Are we going bye-bye today?" Molly is current on vaccinations and preventives. She does have some skin allergies and is being treated with special dog food. A recent EKG revealed a benign murmur, and Molly's heart will need to be monitored again in the next six months. No treatment or restrictions are required at this time.

Molly is truly a fun-loving, wiggle-butt girl looking for a Forever Family of her very own. She will be a wonderful companion, walking partner, ball chaser, car rider, and nap taker. Molly is spirited and ready for action. She is also sweet and snuggly. Miss Molly is at your service! Name the event, and she will be ready to participate. Can you hear that thumping sound her tail is making as it wags for you to contact her foster mom? Hurry and drop her a line today!

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

Contact: Foster Home, Shawn Tyrrell shawntyrrell@charter.net .

Posted: 7/23/14

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TRIGGER
New Market, MN

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ESRA#:2014-505MN
Status: Available
  
Age:18 months
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
We're happy to welcome this handsome young boy into ESRA's care. A classic field-bred Springer, Trigger is very much a companion dog. He's loving, intelligent, and eager to please. He will follow you from room to room, and he craves lots of attention. Trigger's energy level is manageable with a daily walk or run, and he will certainly enjoy this outdoor time with his family.

Trigger is energetic, and he delights in chasing his tennis balls and Frisbees. He will follow you to the ends of the earth if you have a ball in your hand! The only thing better than fetch, in Trigger's opinion, is swimming. He absolutely loves the water. You can expect to hear a "splash" wherever he is near a lake, a puddle, a pond, or a stream.

Trigger will be a great family dog as long as the children in the family are old enough so that he won't be able to knock them down, as he does tend to be exuberant in his greetings. Trigger would benefit from a positive reinforcement method such as clicker training to help him learn not jump up. He is very good with other dogs, and he wouldn't mind having a canine brother or sister in his Forever Home.

Trigger has good manners, and he knows basic commands. He doesn't run away but rather sticks around in the yard, and he is very reliable in coming when his name is called. He has earned free rein in the house while his foster family is away. Trigger likes to sleep in bed or on the floor; he's just happy to be loved! He is also completely housetrained.

If you're looking for an energetic, playful companion and have the time to invest in training this delightful guy, then Trigger is perfect for you! In exchange for your loyalty and love, he promises to bring you many squeaky toys and share his happy-go-lucky attitude. Whoever is lucky enough to adopt Trigger will have a lifelong, dedicated companion who will make you smile every single day!

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 Trigger.

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

Posted: 7/31/14

ROCKIE
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2014-480MN
Status: Available
  
Age:6 months
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:33 lbs
Variety:Field
Rockie is equal parts fun, energy, and mischief! This puppy is learning all about what it means to be a dog. He is smart and obedient, but you had better keep your eye on him. He is still learning that tables aren't for lounging, shoes aren't for chewing, and toilet paper isn't for decorating.

If you catch him in the act, Rockie is good about stopping whatever he's not supposed to be doing or dropping whatever he isn't supposed to have. Luckily, his attention span isn't very long, so soon after, he's on to the next thing he notices.

This young guy likes to be where his people are. He'll follow them anywhere around the house. He can leap short staircases in one bound, and sometimes his legs can't catch up to his go-go-go personality. This makes Rockie fun to watch and fun to have around. He doesn't have a care in the world, and he shows it!

Rockie is good in a crate when his foster parents are away during the day. He sleeps through the night, and he is almost fully housetrained. Rockie will sit for a treat, although it takes all his effort to keep from jumping up and grabbing it! His foster family is working with him to reinforce this good behavior.

Rockie interacts well with his foster siblings, and he is learning to read their canine cues about whether playtime is in the cards. And oh, what a snuggler! This little guy will get right up in your lap and give free kisses. His tail looks like a hummingbird's wings when he's happy.

If you are ready for a bundle of fun, as well as some training work, contact Rockie's case managers to discuss this handsome young pup.

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 Rockie.

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

Posted: 7/31/14

MATTY
Hopkins, MN

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ESRA#:2014-62MN
Status: Available
  
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

BUDDY
Veseli, MN

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ESRA#:2014-441IA
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:57 lbs
Variety:Field
When his original owners welcomed a new baby to their home, Buddy didn't fit into the picture anymore, so he was dropped off at a shelter. That's when ESRA stepped in and promised to find Buddy the family of his dreams.

This charming Springer is obedient, easygoing, and loving. In fact, his foster dad describes him as the calmest Springer he has ever met. Buddy comes when he is called. He's great with other dogs, cats, and children. He is housetrained and will go into the crate, but it's not his favorite place, as he much prefers to be with his humans.

If he has any faults at all, his foster dad says, it is that Buddy has a wanderlust. But some training work has been successful in helping him turn around when he strays too far in his explorations. Of course, a fenced yard would help with that, too.

Buddy has a few fatty tumors which the vet says are benign. They can be removed in the future if they become bothersome. His hair is also a bit thin in spots, which a vet guessed may be seasonal alopecia. If that diagnosis is confirmed, there are various treatments that can be prescribed for the condition.

A good exercise regimen will help Buddy lose a few pounds so that he can reach his ideal weight. He would make a great walking partner, and he is ready to find his Forever Home where he can go on walks with his people, play with his people, and just spend time enjoying his people's company. If this mellow, affectionate boy sounds like your perfect companion, please contact his case managers right away!

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 Buddy.

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

Posted: 7/28/14

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

COOPER
St. Paul, MN

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ESRA#:2014-440MN
Status: Available
  
Age:18 months
Gender:Male
Color:Tricolor
Weight:42 lbs
Variety:Mix
We would like to introduce you to Cooper, a sweet, wonderful Springer mix who is patiently waiting for his Forever Home. Cooper came to us as a stray; he was found in a ditch and never reclaimed from the local animal control. Luckily for Cooper, ESRA came in to save him! His foster family describes him as lovable and charming. Cooper has transitioned smoothly into his new home and will easily adapt to the perfect Forever Family.

Cooper loves everyone he meets! The world is full of new experiences for him, and he has a heart of gold.  He enjoys playing with the resident Springer, and he would love to have a canine companion at his Forever Home. Due to his strong prey instincts, he should not go to a home with cats, rabbits, or other small animals.

Sweet Cooper is housetrained and crate trained. He is well behaved in the house, and he likes to spend time looking out the window and gazing at the squirrels, bunnies, and birds. No doubt he is thinking about and waiting for the next time he can chase them around the yard! Cooper is happiest when he is active, be it walking in the neighborhood or romping at the dog park. As a younger Springer, he will need adopters who will provide him with a good amount of daily exercise.

We are happy to report that Cooper is ready for adoption. If you would like to be the lucky family to call Cooper your own, please contact his coordinators at the e-mail address below. This charming young guy will make a wonderful companion for a loving 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 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 Cooper.

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

Posted: 7/21/14

KINNICK
Woodbury, MN

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ESRA#:2014-93MN
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
From Kinnick's foster family: Kinnick is a handsome Springer who is housetrained and has the run of the house. Kinnick's most distinguishing feature is his smile. We've never before had a Springer who carries such a big smile! He is also a very good watchdog with an intimidating bark that will let anyone know he means business. Kinnick will alert you when someone is in the yard or at the door. Once he has deemed someone safe, he will greet that person quickly with a smile and a wagging tail. And unlike some Springers, Kinnick still has a beautiful tail to wag!

This frisky guy loves to run, especially in open spaces, but this is not a problem because he has amazing recall and will race to your side whenever you call him. You won't have to search for him in the house, either, as he has a tendency to stay close to you wherever you go. Kinnick is a young Springer, so he shows some energy but also settles down well. He loves his toys and will carry them around, hoping that you may have a moment for a quick game of tug-o-war.

Kinnick walks well on a leash. He will pull a little until he knows the limits of the leash. He loves to retrieve, but he also knows when it is time to stop, and he will not pester you to continue. He loves to be touched and to cuddle with you on the couch if he is allowed to do so.

Although he would prefer to sleep with us, our resident dogs prefer that Kinnick sleep in a crate in our bedroom, which he does quietly. He is not delighted about going into the crate, but once he is inside, he behaves well and shows no signs of anxiety.

Kinnick gets along with our female resident dogs, but he does play some passive-aggressive games, blocking them from coming near us some times. He previously lived in a home with two other male Springers. Initially Kinnick wanted to be the alpha male, and he got into some disagreements with one of the other males here. Eventually, however, the dogs were able to work out their differences.

Kinnick got along fine with a cat he previously lived with, but he does not get along with our resident cat. He would probably do best in a home without other pets or small children, as he definitely wants to be the center of attention. In his exuberance, Kinnick will sometimes jump up on people, but he knows the command Down and does obey when he is told to do so.

This is truly an affectionate and fun-loving Springer who will make a wonderful companion for the right family. If you think that yours could be Kinnick's true Forever Home, 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 Kinnick.

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

Posted: 7/16/14

MADDIE
Elk River, MN

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ESRA#:2013-392MN
Status: Available
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Maddie! This senior girl is ready to find a home of her own. She came to ESRA when her family could no longer care for her, and she a gem of a dog. When her foster mom described her, she twice used the word "sweet."

Maddie loves to play ball and tug. She is aloof around other dogs and doesn't really interact with them. She really loves her people. She seems to think that her job is to follow her foster family around when they are cleaning, especially if there is floor scrubbing or vacuuming to do!

Maddie stays off the furniture, enjoys a good scratch on her rump, and likes to lie on her dog bed near where her people are. She takes one tramadol twice daily for arthritis pain, but she moves very well. She's had several teeth removed, so she gets her food softened with water. She enjoys this "gourmet meal"! Overall, Maddie is a wonderful, low-key Springer who will make a lovely companion.

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 Maddie.

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

Posted: 7/03/14

KISSES
Plymouth, MN

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ESRA#:2012-771IA
Status: Available
  
Age:13 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:48 lbs
Variety:Bench
From her foster mom: Please let me introduce Kisses, a super-sweet senior lady. Kisses has come to ESRA in her golden years because her former owner is no longer able to care for her.

This lovely girl is up to date on all her vaccinations and is heartworm negative. She was spayed approximately eight years ago. She has a bit of arthritis. When Kisses first came to us, she had a noticeable limp and was having trouble walking distances. The vet prescribed two buffered aspirins a day, and she has shown great improvement. She can now walk around the neighborhood without any limping!

Kisses is now flourishing in our foster home. She originally lived in the quiet Iowa countryside with little traffic and only distant neighbors. Suburban life has offered many new sights and experiences, which at first required a few good rounds of "talking." As Kisses has settled into her new home, she is becoming more accustomed to cars, joggers, and neighbors, so she doesn't have to do so much "talking" any more. She is hard of hearing, so she will require a fenced in yard for her protection, as she does not hear most vocal commands.

Kisses is a wonderful Springer girl and a true Velcro dog. She offers unconditional love, wiggle butts, snuggles, and a big round of "Woo! Woo!" to greet you when you come home. Due to the her age, she doesn't have the high energy typical of Springers. So if you want all the good loving that a Springer has to offer without the high energy, Kisses is the dog for you!

If you would like to meet this dear lady and be the Forever Family that welcomes her into your heart and home, please contact her case managers at the e-mail address below. This beautiful Springer will make a fabulous addition to any 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 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 Kisses.

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

Posted: 11/07/12

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


MOTI
Lewiston, MN

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ESRA#:2014-199WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Tricolor
Weight:70 lbs
Variety:Bench
Moti is a special dog in so many ways. His unique coloring makes him a most handsome fellow, and it is hard not to fall in love with that face! Moti enjoys walks, and he loves being outside and running free. He is very loving and patient with the children at his foster home, and he looks forward to them coming home from school to throw a ball or play fetch with him.

Moti had a rough start in life, living by himself in a barn for his first seven years until ESRA rescued him. He therefore had a late start in learning how to be a dog because he didn't have proper socialization training or normal experiences. For that reason, he needs to be the only dog in his Forever Home. Patience and understanding will go a long way in helping this boy to become the best and happiest dog he can be.

Moti is healthy and is in great condition. He has pearly white teeth and a strong build, although he could stand to lose a few pounds. He is very treat motivated, so that will make training a snap!

Moti would do best in a quieter home with no other pets. He would be in doggy heaven if he could find a porch where he could lounge and soak up the sun. Moti loves the water and swimming, and he really enjoys fetching balls and sticks. Moti also has strong hunting instincts, so it will be best for him to have a fenced yard for safety.

After seven long and lonely years, Moti is ready for a family of his own to love and care for him. Moti is eager to bond with his Forever Family and to learn new things in life. He is ready to blossom into the companion 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 Moti.

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

Posted: 5/27/14

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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

Springers in Nebraska        top
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.

HARLEY
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2014-427NE
Status: Available
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:47 lbs
Variety:Bench
Vroom! Vroom! Drive fast to meet this loveable boy!

Harley is one sweetie pie. He can get pretty much whatever he wants by snuggling up to you or "woo-wooing" in a mournful voice when he wants attention. This easygoing guy loves just about everything. He rides well in a car, walks well on a leash, and is invisible-fence trained. Harley is good with cats, dogs, and all people. He can stay inside by himself all day--in fact, you might have to wake him when you come home! For your benefit, he will give you a soulful howl when you leave, but as soon as you close the door, he is quiet.

If you want to make Harley happy, just scratch his back, his ears, his chest, or his rear. His needs are that simple! This little guy is eager to be your Forever Friend. Don't let him down--ride on over and meet him. You will fall in love with him! To learn more about Harley, please contact his foster family at the e-mail address below.

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

Contact: Julie and Clay Mohr mohr4you@gpcom.net .

Posted: 7/17/14

GRACIE
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2014-165IA
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
From Gracie's foster mom: Who blooms where she is planted? This girl--Gracie! Gracie is a very sweet Springer that only knew the inside of one home while growing up. This caused her to be very wary of anything or anyone new. She was just plain scared of almost everything. But do not be sad for her. Give her love, tend to her needs, and watch her blossom into a typical crazy, wonderful Springer!

This beautiful girl is housetrained and invisible-fence trained. She is learning leash manners and knows basic commands. Gracie LOVES to go for car rides. We have to keep an eye on her when visitors leave because she has been known to sneak into the back seat of our guests' cars! Gracie has been good with the other dogs, but she really prefers to be Princess Grace. She adores snuggling and having her belly rubbed. She specializes in giving kisses. (Her bad habit is not being able to hold her licker!)

Miss Gracie needs a family that will keep working on her socialization skills. A home without small children will be best for her. With love and patience, exercise, and positive training, this beauty will be the princess she was meant to be.

To learn more about Gracie, please contact us at the e-mail address below.

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

Contact: Julie and Clay Mohr mohr4you@gpcom.net .

Posted: 5/04/14

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


BROWNIE
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2014-232NE
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
From Brownie's foster mom: Brownie is just as sweet as her name! She loves everyone she meets, greeting all newcomers with a Springer bounce and then a quick sit.

Brownie lived her whole life outside. ESRA changed that and invited her inside. As you can guess, she adores it. Soft dog beds are her favorites. She tickles us with her antics as she experiences new things. When we slapped the alarm clock for waking us up too early, Brownie thought she should help with the annoyance by slapping it, too. She then proceeded to grab it and tried to take it outside! She also watched intently as I removed laundry from the dryer, and thus she figured out how to take clothes out piece by piece! (Now if I could only teach her how to fold.)

This girl is housetrained and invisible-fence trained. Brownie is learning to walk without pulling on the leash. She rides well in a car, and she gets along well with other dogs. She likes to learn new things, and she loves treats, so training will be easy and fun.

Brownie will be a beauty once again when her shaved coat grows back. Her soft fur still remains around her expressive eyes.

Brownie is looking for a family that will teach her good habits, exercise her daily, and most of all, love her forever. To learn more about Brownie, please contact us at the e-mail address below.

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

Contact: Julie and Clay Mohr mohr4you@gpcom.net .

Posted: 5/04/14

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

ESRA does not have any Springers available for adoption in South 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 Ohio        top

COLBY
Dayton, OH

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Colby, left, enjoys playing tug with a friend!

ESRA#:2014-393IN
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:49 lbs
Variety:Bench
Colby came to ESRA from a family whose owners knew there was a better life out there for him. He is an incredibly sweet doggie whose greatest pleasure is being near you. Although he was severely underweight when he entered rescue, he has packed on the pounds and his adorable personality has shone through.

Colby loves having four-legged foster buddies, and he has benefited from being with the pack. He mimics their behaviors and has learned so much. Colby initially had no interest in toys, but now he will toss them around with glee. It was comical the first time he squeaked a toy. When he heard the sound, he dropped it like a hot potato and then just stared at it! Of course, one of the other dogs scooped it right up, so Colby has now figured out what to do with those crazy things. He enjoys being with other dogs, but he cannot be trusted with cats as his prey drive is just too high. Even though Colby is five years old, he continues to learn new things, as he is a smart and curious boy. Colby's favorite pastime is to be outside where he can run and play and swim, although he is excellent about coming when you call his name.

While Colby does not currently live with any children, he grew up alongside a youngster, and he does very well with the little ones. We think he is partial to men, but he loves his foster mom, too! During the recent intense Midwest storms with lots of thunder and lightning, along with multiple days and nights of fireworks, Colby has shown no anxiety, but he does stay close to his people.

Colby is very quiet and seldom barks while he is in the house. However, he will bark for a few minutes when he is left alone. He then barks again with delight when he sees the car return to the driveway. He has learned to trust that his foster family always comes home. Colby can now be left for several hours at a time, and he is trustworthy enough to be loose in the house. Colby's ideal family will need to have another dog companion for him. They will also need to understand Colby's potential for anxiety at being left alone for long periods, and they must be willing and able to continue his training.

His foster mom thinks that Colby is perfect! He will rest his head adoringly on your knee, he doesn't beg for food, and he does not get on the furniture unless he is invited. His little nub of tail just wags and wags and wags with all the love he has to share. If you have love in your heart to return to Colby, 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 Colby.

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Lynn Skochdopole lskochdo@comcast.net .

Posted: 7/21/14

BAXTER
West Lafayette, OH

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ESRA#:2011-919OH
Status: Available
  
Age:12 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

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JAKE
New Berlin, WI

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ESRA#:2014-196WI
Status: Available
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:35 lbs
Variety:Field
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Hi! My name is Jake. I am a healthy boy whose shots are up to date. I am heartworm negative, and I have been neutered and microchipped. People tell me how handsome I am, too!

My previous family surrendered me to a local shelter, saying that they could no longer care for me. I was really afraid at the shelter, so the nice people there called ESRA because they thought I would feel better in a foster home. Boy, were they right! I have three canine foster brothers that I like to hang out and play with and two humans who love me and my silly personality. I am very timid when I first meet new people, especially men. But after a little while, I will warm up and be your buddy.

My foster mom says that I am a puppy in a three-year-old's body. Maybe that is because I never had any training, or perhaps my former home wasn't stable. Chewing is one of my favorite pastimes. I will try anything--I am not picky! Grabbing shirt sleeves and fingers is something I am trying to learn not to do, but that is hard for me when I want attention. I will playfully nip at other clothing and body parts that are nearby, and if I am really excited, I might jump, too. The only other bad habit that I am working on correcting is letting my humans know when I need to go outside. I have had a few accidents, and my foster mom thinks that I may be marking a specific piece of furniture because I get anxious or upset when I can't be with her. This tends to happen if I can see her outside, or if she closes the door when she takes a shower. She made me a belly band to wear, and that has kept me from making any more messes. I have been left for up to eight hours with free run of the house, and I've been okay. (Mom says to tell you that the house has been "Jake-proofed," and the bedrooms are kept closed.)

My foster mom says that I am really smart and that I learn things quickly. She taught me Shake in three tries! I now know Sit, Stay, Shake, Come, and Down. When I go outside with my foster brothers, I don't have to be on a leash. I know I'm supposed to stay in the yard, but if I do wander off, I always come back when I am called. The only times I haven't come back were when I was super excited or scared of something or someone. For instance, if someone comes down the driveway, I want to chase the car, or if I see an animal, I want to chase it. My foster home has chickens, and I only got to chase them once. So now if they are out of the pen, I have to be on my leash.

I am a snuggle bug and a Velcro baby who always wants to be with my humans and be around the action. I like to sit on my foster mom's lap and snuggle on her pillows in bed. I make funny growly/groany noises when I want attention or when I am content. Some other things I like to do are go to the dog park, play fetch, ride in the car, get belly rubs, and give kisses.

I think I would be a good fit for a family with adults and children over the age of nine. Someone who has experience with dogs and is willing to help me work through some of my quirks would be ideal. I hope I am a good match for you! If you have a place in your heart and home for me, please contact my foster parents at the e-mail address below.

Kisses,
Jake


State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Russ and Laura Moldenhauer rmoldenhauer@wi.rr.com .

Posted: 5/21/14

RUGER
Lake Geneva, WI

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ESRA#:2013-547WI2013-548WI
Status: AvailableAvailable
   
Age:11 years14 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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