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This page was last updated on 9/21/14

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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

DORIS
Ingleside, IL

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ESRA#:2014-439IL
Status: Available
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:38 lbs
Variety:Mix
ESRA first heard about sweet Doris after she was found tied to the gate outside a shelter overnight. We don't know why her owners left her there, but we do know that she is a gentle, loving dog--and that she certainly deserves better! Even though she was scared when she first came into our care, her sweetness was evident. She allowed the vet to touch her all over, and she was a very good girl during her initial exam and shots.† Doris has been spayed and updated on all necessary vetting. At only thirty-three pounds, she was too thin and needed to gain five or six pounds. Fortunately, Doris loves to eat, so her foster family had no difficulty in adding the muchneeded weight.

Her foster mom reports that Doris is a happy, healthy girl who is doing very well in her new home. She loves to run around the yard with her nose to the ground, avidly following scent trails. Doris gets along well with the other dogs and sits nicely in the car. Her foster mom has noticed that Doris is hard of hearing, but she says that Doris has good eyesight and is alert to hand signals and facial expressions. Doris takes twenty-five milligrams of Proin twice a day to control urine leaks, and she has had no accidents in the crate or in the house.

Doris loves to curl up next to you to get scratched and petted. If she feels you haven't given her enough attention, she gently lets you know with a nudge of her nose on your hand. Doris is perfectly content to sit on the deck for hours guarding the yard from any intruders. She has no urge to be the alpha dog. Rather, she just fits in as a calm, cool member of the pack. Everyone who meets Doris remarks on her beautiful, long ears. They are so soft, and they feel like velvet.

A low-key family with someone who is at home most of the time will be ideal for Doris. She would probably enjoy an easygoing doggie companion. Most of all, she needs someone who will love and appreciate her for the sweet soul she is. If†you would like to hear more about our lovely little Doris, 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 Doris.

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

Posted: 9/07/14

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.

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


GAUGE
Flossmoor, IL

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ESRA#:2014-402IN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
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

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KATIE
Bloomington, IN

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ESRA#:2014-418IN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
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. Katie is understandably unable to navigate a flight of stairs and is content to remain on the first level of a house. She is, however, able to go up and down a few stairs to get outside. 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

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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 canít 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. Heís 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

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GUY
Owosso, MI

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ESRA#:2014-455MI
Status: Available
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:54 lbs
Variety:Field
This mighty handsome fella is Guy. He came to ESRA when his elderly owner could no longer care for him. Guy has adapted marvelously in his foster home and is now ready to find his loving Forever Family.

Guy previously lived in a house with very few rules or boundaries, but this smart gentleman is easy to train and eager to please! So far in his foster home, Guy has learned to stay off furniture unless he is invited up and to eat his food at meal times (twice a day rather than free feeding). He is also learning to walk nicely on a leash, and if you are looking for a running buddy, Guy loves to lope along next to you on the grass. He really does need the exercise, more to lose weight than to satisfy any need to burn energy. You see, Guy is a professional couch potato. As long as his foster family is in the same room with him, he will gladly sleep all day! †

From the very first moment Guy met the resident cat, he has been uninterested. Besides the occasional sniff, Guy leaves the cat alone, and the feline returns the favor. Guy has also met small children, and he behaved politely toward them. However, Guy was startled when the kids ran around with their excited, loud voices. He would likely be best in a Forever Family with post-toddler-aged tots. This boy also enjoys car rides, especially if the windows are down (so be prepared for slobbery glass).

There is one important requirement for this smart and loving dog, which addresses his strong desire for companionship. Guy will need a Forever Home with a canine companion to keep him company when his family is away. †Guy will also need a Forever Family with someone who will be at home more often than not. This love bug is a first-class Velcro Springer, and he really clings to his humans. He adores being showered with affection and will reward you with a big smile and typical wiggle-butt happiness.
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Guy is neutered and up to date on all vaccinations and heartworm prevention. This little Guy is looking for a Forever Home with people he can love unconditionally. Be careful--Guy is known to steal hearts. Is that you smitten already and running to the computer? Guy's foster mom is standing by to help this heartthrob find his perfect match!

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

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

Posted: 8/02/14


TYLER
Ortonville, MI

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ESRA#:2014-349MI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Field
Tyler is an impressively handsome boy whose foster mom fondly describes him as an old-fashioned type of Springer. Tyler has a large head, lots of freckles, and big bones to go with his big feet. He is a quiet lug of a guy who constantly displays an even, mellow temper. Tylerís foster mom says that giving him a treat for the first time was an act of faith in this gentle giantís easygoing personality. He opened his huge mouth and took the goodie ever so delicately. All she could feel were his soft lips slowly savoring the morsel, more like a horse nibbling away than a dog gobbling up!

When Tyler met his foster mom, he happily jumped into her car, curled up on the seat, and rode quietly for the entire drive to his foster home. Tyler is indeed a very good car rider. He is exactly the same in the house--an extremely low-energy dog. Tyler has made no attempt to get on the furniture. His foster mom says he has not even barked yet! She does not believe this sweet soul has found a reason to do so.

Tyler is quite correct when he meets other dogs. He allows himself to be sniffed everywhere. This fellow does not have a tense bone in his body. Tyler is also perfectly housetrained; he goes to the door, sits, and waits to be let out. This well-mannered boy does not counter surf or raid the trash. Tyler shows little interest in playing with toys scattered about the house. For this guy, toys are an outside activity.

When he is outdoors, Tylerís energy increases only slightly to low or medium levels. He is not tempted to run the fence, even when the neighbor's dogs are barking and racing along it to entice him! Tyler does love to help his foster brothers look for squirrels and moles. He is more of a follower than a leader. For instance, when Tyler has the toy and the other dogs walk away in search of something else, he leaves the toy and runs to catch up with the pack. Tyler is a typical Springer who likes to keep his people within his sight in the yard. If Tylerís foster family moves to another side of the house, this Velcro boy goes running to find them.

Tyler does fine when he is left home alone with his foster brothers. He has adapted quickly and has readily made himself part of his foster family. There have been no problems with the resident dogs or jealousy over toys or human affection. Tyler is thrilled with whatever attention he receives. Since this lovable lad is so fond of his canine companions and his people, Tyler would thrive in a Forever Home with at least another dog as well as adult human company most of the time.

Tyler has learned to back away from the door when his foster mom is greeting a visitor or leaving the house. He has also learned to wait in the car when a door opens and to get out of the car only when given the Okay command. Tyler rapidly learned that it is time to head to the kitchen when his foster momís watch alarm sounds twice daily. That is the signal for his foster sibling to receive a medicine dose wrapped in cheese. Tyler sits nicely next to him and receives a cheese placebo!

Tyler is a charming gentleman who will make some Forever Family joyous and proud. He brings heartfelt warmth and genuine smiles to all who encounter his delightful presence. Tyler is truly a tremendous dog, and he will be a loyal and faithful friend. Just ask his foster mom--she is the self-proclaimed president of Tylerís fan club!

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

Contact: Foster Home, Geri Via chipjetping@yahoo.com .

Posted: 6/21/14

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COOPER
Chisago City, MN

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ESRA#:2014-575IA
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet handsome Cooper! He is full of energy and is always ready to play fetch. He likes everyone he has met, and he is good with both people and dogs.

Cooper spent most of his previous life tied up in a yard. When he was rescued, he was covered with matted fur, was very thin, and had severe infections in both ears. His only entertainment had been digging holes. Cooper has now discovered the joys of fetching tennis balls and other toys. He just loves his tennis ball, and fetch is the game that he lives for!

Because of his boundless energy, Cooper will need a family who can allow him the exercise he needs. Cooper will require a fenced yard so that he can run and play in safety. He also uses a front-attaching harness, and he shows excellent behavior on long walks, knowing that it's pointless to try to chase squirrels with the harness on.

This boy also enjoys car rides and never gets bored with looking at the scenery go by. Cooper is an alert, friendly dog who has been almost perfect in his housetraining. His foster family takes him out for a walk or a run around the yard every three hours or so. He is a quick learner, too, and he stopped counter surfing right away when he was interrupted.

Cooper sleeps in the spare bedroom on a dog bed, and he goes quietly in at bedtime, making no noise until the door opens in the morning. He has had no nighttime accidents. He has free run of the house during the day, and he is not destructive. Cooper has been left at home for as long as three hours with no problems. He is waiting patiently by the door when his foster parents get back.

Cooper is neutered, microchipped, and up to date on all vetting. He had his ears totally cleaned out by the vet. He is on antibiotics to get rid of the painful ear infections, and the mats all over his fur have been shaved off.

Cooper would likely be best in a home with older, dog-savvy children and a family with someone at home more often than not. This guy really likes to be with you at all times. He adores being petted and will reward you with a big smile and super-fast tail wagging!

Cooper loves his new life, which is full of plenty of food, toys, exercise, and affection. He is a very happy boy who would love to have his own Forever Family who can give him the same. If that describes your family, please contact his case managers at the e-mail address below 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 Cooper.

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

Posted: 9/15/14

BO
Mendota Heights, MN

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ESRA#:2014-504SD
Status: Available
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:60 lbs
Variety:Bench
Hi! My name is Bo, and I'd like to tell you my story. Iíve had a lot of change in my life recently, and I'm hopeful that I will soon find my new family. My former master became very sick and eventually passed away. Not only did I lose my best friend, I also lost my boyish figure. His family tried to care for me during that sad time, but I didnít get very much exercise, so I managed to put on some extra pounds. After a stint in a shelter, Iím now in a very safe and happy place. My waistline is back to where it should be, and my sadness is lifting.

Let me tell you what I am looking for in my new home. Most of my days are spent enjoying toys and Nylabones. Did you check out my photos? The one with me and all my toys wasnít staged! I really do love my toys, and I easily entertain myself. If you have a toy box full of soft, squeaky toys, we should talk. Do you also have a king-sized bed? Donít let my shorter legs fool you. I can easily jump onto a bed, and a larger bed means there will also be plenty of room for you! You can leave for work or errands without worrying about my house manners. I only chew my Nylabones, and I wouldnít even think about going potty in the house. (That would be so undignified!)

I heard my foster mom say to someone that I never make any noise. How could I, when there is always a toy in my mouth? She loves that Iím so mellow and that I go with the flow. Riding in the car? Yep, Iím happy to accompany you anywhere you want to go. I travel very nicely, and I would love to see the country with you, maybe in an RV. I could use some work on my leash manners, but I sure do love to go for walks. I donít really play with other dogs, but I get along well with them, and kids are great, too. We recently went to the dog park, and that was so much fun. I enjoyed being in the middle of the action. (And you never know which humans might have treats in their pockets for me!) I'm not sure if Iíve ever met those creatures called cats, but since Iím so easygoing, they might be all right.

While I am nearly perfect, it would probably be good for us to take an obedience class together. My repertoire doesnít include many commands, and it would be a fun way for us to bond. My foster mom found out quickly that I am food motivated, so training should be a breeze. While I donít pay much attention to the birds or squirrels outside, I do like to explore, so my new home should probably have a fenced yard.

So, what do you think? My foster mom tells me frequently that I am a very handsome, sweet boy and that I'm quite a catch. If you are looking for a loving companion who is easy to have around, we should meet!

Affectionately,
Bo


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: 9/01/14

REMEE
New Market, MN

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ESRA#:2014-543MN
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Field
Quiet as a mouse and sweet as pie--that's our Remee! His long legs, soft coat, and striking liver face make him a handsome boy. Remee is a shy and soulful Springer who is patiently waiting for his Forever Home.

Because he was found as a stray, we don't know much about Remee's history. It is likely that he was mistreated in his previous environment, but now that he is with ESRA, he is learning that he can trust people. His foster family has taught Remee so many new things, including walking up and down stairs and taking strolls around the neighborhood on a leash. This dear boy is a quick learner, and he will form a strong bond with his Forever Family. Remee is finally starting to figure out toys--he loves them! Although he is quite timid, he is starting to break out of his shell and blossom. He would do best with a single woman or with a couple with older, quiet children in a low-activity home. Remee can become stressed easily if there is a lot of noise or commotion.

Remee enjoys his short, quiet walks. He gets along great with other dogs. Recently, Remee was a local 4-H ambassador, and he happily greeted the other dogs. He gets along great with his canine foster siblings. Overall, Remee is a low-key and sensitive charmer. His safe zone is his crate, and he will find his way there when he needs a break or a snooze. One of Remee's hobbies is lying on the rug or the floor next to his foster family. He will also follow them around the house throughout the day. Remee is not pushy or demanding. Rather he is curious, and he is always on the lookout for snuggles and security.

Remee is a super dog. He would enjoy lots of time with his true Forever Family, and he would like having a four-legged friend, as well. If you are the patient and loving person who can give him the affection and gentle care he needs, 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 Remee.

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

Posted: 9/01/14

TODD
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2014-380MN
Status: Available
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:48 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet Todd, a lucky guy who found his way into ESRA. After many years of rural living, Todd has adjusted well to his new life in town. Not only is he a good-looking boy, he is also smart, and he listens well. Todd shows great patience while he is waiting to pounce on the backyard squirrels! Then, after all that chasing, he is happy to snuggle up next to you on the couch for a snooze.

Todd craves attention and is constantly wagging his tail, seeking affection. He is friendly with other dogs he meets, but he does prefer to have all the attention of his family for himself. Therefore, Todd would be best suited as the only dog in the household. He is good with older, dog-savvy children. He has great energy, and he loves to run! He lives to explore and smell his surroundings, and of course to chase squirrels, rabbits, and chipmunks.

Todd is neutered, microchipped, and up to date with all his vetting. Besides a loving and caring Forever Family, the only things Todd needs are squeaky toys and tasty treats. He would greatly benefit from continuing his training with his new people, and this should not be difficult because he is quite motivated by treats.

Would your family and your home make Todd happy? Can you offer him lots of love and attention, room to run, and a comfortable lifestyle? Todd is waiting patiently to find his Forever Home and to be the wonderful 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 Todd.

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

Posted: 8/19/14

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 ó or maybe what Willie had kept to himself and hadn't told anyone ó 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 ó cowering in the corner of his kennel most of the time. Once in foster care, his personality changed almost overnight ó 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

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

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 ďSpringer SpaĒ 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 couldnít 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 Gingerís 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

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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 lovable 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

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


GRACIE
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2014-165IA
Status: Adoption Pending
  
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


CHAS
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2014-555NE
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:18 months
Gender:Male
Color:Tricolor
Weight:39 lbs
Variety:Field
From Chas's foster family: Every now and then a foster comes along that just takes our breath away, and Chas is one such handsome dog. His mother was a liver and white tricolor and his father was black and white. Chas has all four colors in his coat! Furthermore, his beauty is matched by his willingness to learn. That makes for one great dog.

Chas is at the right age to begin some serious training. He is a quick learner, and he enjoys the time that you spend with him in training. He did not have any formal training prior to coming into rescue. Since he has been with us, Chas has learned Sit and Down. He walks fairly well on a leash and travels quietly crated in a car. He is housetrained and invisible-fence trained. Chas is good with dogs, cats, and people of all ages. He really likes kids, but be aware that if they get wound up, so will he.

Chas would do best with an active family that will include him in their outdoor activities during the day and snuggle up with him at night. This young boy will be your best friend forever! He is a gem and deserves to be treated as one.

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

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

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

Posted: 9/08/14

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

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

Springers in Ohio        top

SHERMAN POTTER
Rootstown, OH

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ESRA#:2012-736OH
Status: Available
  
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

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 ESRAís care because of a change in his familyís 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 heíll say hello to everyone he sees when he's out on a walk. Heís very grateful when they stop and pet him. In fact, grateful is a good description of Baxterís 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 hasnít 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 ďmatureĒ gentleman, Baxter does have a bit of hearing loss. However, he looks to his humans for directions, so this hasnít 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


COLBY
Dayton, OH

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ESRA#:2014-393IN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
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

Springers in Wisconsin        top

DRAKE
Amherst, WI

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ESRA#:2014-594IA
Status: Available
  
Age:10 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Bench
Hi, everyone! Drake here. I am looking for my Forever Family. My foster mom said that I came to ESRA because at my former place I just didn't fit in (whatever that means). I will be turning one year old on November 9, so my foster mom's goal is to have me in my Forever Home for my first birthday. That sounds to me like a pretty great birthday gift!

My foster mom tells me that I am all legs, which is good since I love to run after the ball and the birds and the squirrels and the leaves. I am allowed to chase them in the yard because I am an excellent listener who will come back when called.

I have been fully vaccinated and neutered, so I am all up to date. I am housetrained and crate trained, and I have had no accidents. If you are looking for a companion to go for a drive, I am available. I love car rides! I know the commands Sit, Shake, Stay, and Come. I know what I have to do to get a treat. I love food!

I also love to play with other dogs, and I do tend to get so excited that I just can't help it. I do not like confrontation. I will back down and hide behind my foster mom when my foster sister is crabby. I am not good with cats. I lived with young children in my former home. I love to give kisses. I follow my foster mom everywhere, and I lie as close to her as I can get. Sometimes I even try to sleep next to her head. (She doesn't let that happen, but I still try.)

My foster mom tells me that I have a few things to work on, but I am still a puppy. I know that I am not supposed to bark when I see people while we are walking, but I really want them to notice me. (After all, I am trying to find my Forever Home!) I also know that I shouldn't pull while we walk, but I get so excited to smell everything that I just can't wait. I zig zag between my foster brother and sister so much that I walk twice as far as they do!

My foster mom says I am a typical Springer puppy with lots of energy and a great bounce to life! Will you be the one to help me blow out my birthday candle and make my wish come true?

Lots of kisses,
Drake

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Candie Suprak candiesuprak@yahoo.com .

Posted: 9/17/14

MARLEY
St. Croix Falls, WI

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ESRA#:2013-754IA
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:60 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!
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Marley is a good dog who has been through some tough times but has come out smiling. He was surrendered to ESRA because his owner was working long hours and no longer had time for him. It looks as if Marley has spent a lot of time on hard surfaces because he has bare spots on the underside of his torso and on both elbows. Under ESRA's care, however, there has been some hair regrowth, and his bare spots are now much less noticeable. Marley also had severe allergies that made him miserable and caused him to scratch, bite, and lick at his skin. For over two years, his allergies were treated on and off with medications. We have now discovered that the cause of Marley's allergies was his food. We changed it to a grain-free, chicken-free, beef-free formula and he has been steadily improving. He is comfortable now and no longer requires the allergy medications.

Marley also has a history of resource (food) guarding. His food guarding is being treated through a behavior modification program that uses management as well as desensitization and counter-conditioning. Marley is responding really well to the program, and we are very happy to report that in the six 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. ††††

We are looking for a special home with kind, patient people who can also provide boundaries and routine for Marley. Because of his history of food guarding, he is not the right dog for a family with children. Children often have food and move in unexpected ways, which could trigger food-guarding behaviors. Marley will do well in a home with a single person or a couple. He is equally comfortable with gentle men and women. His 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, which can increase anxiety and guarding behaviors. Marley has made such wonderful progress, and we want him to continue his successes.

Marley currently shares his foster home with a man, a woman, and a male retriever. Marley is overly interested in cats, so a cat-free home will be best for him. He does compete for attention with the other resident male dog, although he reportedly did well in a previous foster home with a female dog. 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 or petted. He is a leaner and a head-in-your-lap kind of a dog. He also loves training which uses positive reinforcement methods as well as going for walks. He walks nicely on leash, but he will jerk hard if he sees a squirrel or a bird, as he thinks that all critters must be flushed. This behavior can be managed easily with a front-attachment harness. Marley loves to run and is beautiful to watch, so he needs a fenced yard. He is easy to train and already knows 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. With his love of training and doing fun things, he would enjoy dog sports like rally obedience and/or K9 nose work. Marley is housetrained 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. He should have his own place to sleep to avoid any guarding behaviors that could be triggered by allowing access to the bed. No confrontational training methods should ever be used with Marley.

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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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


GEORGIA
Madison, WI

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ESRA#:2014-431WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:15 months
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:31 lbs
Variety:Field
Hi! My name is Georgia, and I am looking for my Forever Home. I came to ESRA because my family was moving, and they couldn't take me with them. I had my first birthday on June 15th. I am a petite Springer, but I'm full of vitality and fun! I am spayed and microchipped. My vaccinations, heartworm preventive, and flea-and-tick preventive are all up to date.

My foster family says that I have a high energy level most of the time. Therefore, I will need a family who will wear me out with exercise and other activities and who will teach me new tricks. I know lots of commands already: Sit, Stay, Come, Down, No, Off, Lie Down, Wait, Fetch, No Pull, and Kennel. (Pretty impressive, right?) I am learning to be playful with other dogs, but occasionally when I'm playing with them I can be dominant. My foster parents say my behavior varies based on the other dog, as I will sometimes be more submissive.

I am housetrained and crate trained. I will whine when I have to go potty. I walk well on leash, ride well in the car, and sleep in a crate. When I'm outside, I stay in the yard. I love to learn new things, and my foster parents say that I'm very smart. Right now they are teaching me to heel off lead. I love to do things with my foster family such as walking, rollerblading, running, swimming, and playing in the yard. I love people, including children. Because I tend to get excited and jump up when I meet people, I might knock over a small child, but I am working on not jumping. I'm good with dogs, but I've only met a cat once, when I was at the vet. The vet said that I did well with the cat, but I am not quite sure how I feel about them.

My foster family describes me as friendly, outgoing, independent, sometimes stubborn, playful, and loving. If your family has a lot of energy and is looking for a Springer to help you burn off that energy, I'm your girl! Please contact my foster parents at the e-mail address below.

Love,
Miss Georgia Peach


State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Corey and Lisa Andler c6u6i6h@yahoo.com .

Posted: 8/31/14


WALTER
Galesville, WI

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ESRA#:2014-478MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Tricolor
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet wonderful Walter! He came into ESRA when his family moved out of state and could not take him along. The family reports that he is used to being around children and is great with other dogs. His behavior with cats is unknown.

After a few days in his foster home, Walter's personality started emerging. He may greet you when you come home or when you get up in the morning by carrying one of your shoes around. He also loves toys, and he may trot around the house carrying a favorite toy. The only thing his foster family has found that Walter does not like is the vacuum cleaner. In fact, he would prefer that his foster mom not use it at all! Walter enjoys going for walks and car rides, and he loves being outside. There he is always on the lookout for squirrels, rabbits, and birds. Because Walter would like nothing more than to give chase, he would benefit from a fenced-in yard.

Since he has shown good house manners, Walter has not required crating but rather enjoys free rein in the house. If he feels the need to go outside, he will let you know. Walter may show some interest in what is on the kitchen counter, but he is just looking!

As a true Velcro Springer, the most important thing to Walter is being with his people. He is simply a great dog who is so sweet and loving that he will capture your heart instantly! To learn more about this charming, handsome guy, contact his foster mom at the e-mail address below.

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Sharon Howe sdhowe21@gmail.com .

Posted: 8/12/14


JAKE
New Berlin, WI

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ESRA#:2014-196WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
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

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