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This page was last updated on 7/06/15

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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

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

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

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CLYDE
Woodbine, IA

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Clyde likes his pillow and blanket!

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ESRA#:2015-221MN
Status: Available
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:72 lbs
Variety:Bench
Howdy! I'm Clyde, and I'm looking for my Forever Home. I'm a really sweet boy--very gentle, friendly, and loving. I love dogs, cats, and kids! I'm completely housetrained, and I enjoy free rein of the house all the time at my foster home. Overall, I'm just a quiet boy who wants to be loved.

My foster folks are retired now, so they're home most of the time, and I really do like that. I lie near Dad's feet with my blanket and pillow when he's watching TV, and I lie at Mom's feet when she's on the computer. But I do have energy for the Springer things, too! My foster brother has taught me how to chase those pesky rabbits and flush them from their hiding places. But when the action is over, I love to lounge outside and soak in the sun. I sure do appreciate the fresh air and listening to the birds chirping, cars driving by, and kids getting home from school and off the school bus.

I get along famously with my foster brother. We even sort of take turns getting loved on. Walks are one of my favorite things. I'm pretty good on a leash. I don't pull unless I see one of those rabbits! I'm really good at the vet's office, and I also like to be groomed.

Well, that's all for now. I need to go and lie on my foster dad's feet to keep them warm. Just remember--if you're looking for an easygoing buddy to keep you company and show you affection, I'm your man!

Love,
Clyde


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.

UPDATE, 6/16/15, from Clyde's foster family: We have found that Clyde needs open space. He would not do well in a small yard, as he needs to run around and explore. He loves to play fetch with the grandkids, and he thrives on being outside. Clyde now knows his boundaries and doesn't need to be leashed for his walks. He is becoming quite social, and he and his foster brother are buddies. There are no issues with food or anything like that. Clyde is just a gentle giant--the only issue we can see is that he's a bed hog! But he's such a lovable guy that we don't really care.

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

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

Posted: 5/06/15

PRINCE
Iowa City, IA

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ESRA#:2015-177MN
Status: Available
  
Age:11 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:38 lbs
Variety:Field
Prince is a beautiful but a fragile boy. He's fit and trim and, true to his name, he possesses a regal bearing. Prince is an extremely gentle and friendly guy who loves people and other dogs. Prince looks and acts half his age, or even younger. No one believes us when we say that he's eleven years old. He still has a puppy's excitement about long walks, and he loves to run if he is given the chance.

However, Prince suffers from extreme separation anxiety. He had lived with one family since puppyhood, but they moved and couldn't take him along. He went to the animal shelter, where his anxiety was first noticed. Prince was soon adopted by a new family, but his anxiety and feelings of abandonment continued. It got to the point where he would be destructive when left alone, resulting in damage to walls, door frames, and curtains. The new family returned Prince to the shelter, and that's when ESRA stepped in.  

Prince started showing these tendencies in his new foster home. He's now taking the anti-depressant Clomicalm, which helps, although it is not a cure. Prince is no longer destructive, and he seems to manage when his foster parents are gone for short periods of time. He has become very dependent on the resident Springer. Prince still gets upset (barking and whimpering) when his canine friend is taken out for a walk, even if a person stays in the house with Prince.  

Prince eats well. He is housetrained, and he understands cats. He expects to be invited onto the sofa or bed for snuggles. He does need some additional leash training because although he usually walks well on a leash, he will pull hard when he sees other dogs or critters.

Prince's new family should be experienced dog owners who are willing to work on a behavior modification program to gradually acclimate Prince to being alone for longer and longer periods. Until then, someone will need to be home with Prince most of the time. It is important that Prince's new family have a regular and active routine. He loves long, brisk walks and would benefit from having a secure place to run. Prince needs to be in a family with another dog or dogs, as he depends on them as companions and playmates.

Would you like to be the king or queen in the eyes of this young-at-heart boy? He will return all your love tenfold if you treat him like the Prince he is!

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and that the final decision rests with the dog's case manager.

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

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

Posted: 5/27/15


COCO
Mount Vernon, IA

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ESRA#:2015-164IA
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Coco! This sweet boy came to ESRA when his elderly owner was no longer able to look after him. Coco arrived in our care with a serious skin infection that left him without approximately fifty percent of his fur. His skin was red, inflamed, and bleeding. Even his tail was naked.

What a difference two months can make! With daily medications and continued vet care, his coat grew back in. However, Coco will always require medication to control this problem as well as a family who is committed to monitoring his skin care.

Despite his skin issue, Coco is the best dog anyone could hope for. He is calm and quiet when he is inside, preferring to snuggle with his humans and soak up attention. His foster home includes other dogs and teenaged humans, and he does well with everyone.

When he is outside, Coco loves to cruise around the acreage with his nose to the ground. He has the cutest loping run his foster mom has ever seen. He also enjoys testing how far out the window of the truck he can stick his little nose while enjoying rides. Those beautiful, soulful, hush-puppy eyes will melt your heart.

Coco just wants to be with his people; he lives for attention. If you are looking for the most relaxed and best-behaved young Springer out there, then Coco would be your ideal 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 Coco.

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

Posted: 6/04/15


REMY
Newton, IA

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ESRA#:2015-268MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:46 lbs
Variety:Field
Please welcome Remy! He is a very happy and intelligent Springer. He loves attention and being petted, and he gives many kisses. Each morning, before going outside to do his business, Remy goes from room to room checking on all the kids in his foster home and giving each one a good-morning kiss.

Remy knows his basic commands, and he is a very quick learner. He comes when he is called. Remy is food-motivated, so training him has been a snap! He is in good health, and the vet said that he could even gain a few pounds.

His foster family says that Remy should be placed in a Forever Home with a fenced yard. That is where he is most peaceful and playful. He likes going out to play or just to relax in the sun. Remy enjoys his walks and continues to learn better leash manners. The mere sight of a leash is enough to send Remy over the moon! He loves the one-on-one time with his humans, and he lives to explore.

Remy doesn't particularly care to be put into a crate, but he does go in willingly when he is asked, and he sleeps in the crate at night. He is housetrained and has free rein of the house during the day. Remy gets along great with his canine and human "brothers and sisters" at his foster home. He might be lonely without a companion. He would be most happy with another dog to play with and a family that enjoys being active with their pets. Remy delights in chasing and playing tug o'war with both humans and dogs. When he has absolutely worn himself out, he likes to stretch out on your lap and snooze.

Remy seems to be a follower, and he is a typical Velcro Springer. He loves to sit near you. Often he will sneak up on your lap, but he is also content just lying on the floor next to you. He can be so laid back! The very best things about Remy are his unconditional love and his playful yet gentle nature.

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 Remy.

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

Posted: 5/23/15

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

OLIVER
Hutchinson, KS

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 12/10/14

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MALI
Lawrence, MI

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ESRA#:2015-274MI
Status: Available
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:48 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Mali Sage Beytriss, also known as Moosie. This darling girl was surrendered with much love to ESRA by her previous family, who got Mali when she was a pup. They are now moving abroad and felt that the lifestyle change would not be a good fit for their precious dog. This caring family made the difficult decision that the best outcome for Mali would be to find her a new Forever Home. Mali's former humans want you to know a few things about her:
Mali's name came about because her human sister thought she should have an exotic first name, coupled with the name of an herb growing in the wild and the name of a favorite aunt, Beatrice (who, like Mali, is very outgoing with people). Mali lived happily with two other resident dogs and a cat. Mali loves walks and does well on a leash, but her family has used a Gentle Leader to prevent pulling. Mali likes to chase things such as birds, squirrels, leaves, and flies. She will do all right at fetch, but if you act as if you do not want the item and just ask Mali to come and sit, you stand a better chance of getting the object. Mali adores anything water related. Her favorite activities are swimming, paddling, diving, fetching things, or just lying in a lake or a pool.

Mali also loves food and has a strong sense of smell, so you will need to make sure that your garbage can is not accessible and that no food is on the counter. Mali knows a wide variety of commands such as Take It, Sit, Lie Down, Sit Up, Give Me Paw, Other Paw, Wait, Okay, Park It, Leave It, Turn It, and Out. She is a snuggle bug who craves attention and is happiest when she is lying next to you or on you. Mali is not allowed to have a pet bed, as she has eaten every bed ever invented. She does have her blankie, which she sleeps on and drags around the house.


Mali's foster mom has a few more details to add: Mali is doing great in her foster home with the resident eight-month-old puppy and the cat (as you can see from one of the photos at left). Overall, Mali is quite well trained and is a well-mannered dog. However, in typical Springer fashion, she can get excitable at times. Because of her energy level, Mali would prefer an active Forever Family who will provide the ample exercise she requires. Mali would appreciate a fenced yard, but she would also be fine with several walks a day. She does not always like to return when called, so until she understands her boundaries, she will need to be carefully observed or safely secured when she is outside.

Mali gets along well with her early-teenaged human foster brother. She always wants to play with him and sit on his lap! They often hang out together in his room, where Mali lies contently at his feet as he watches TV. She has been allowed on furniture and beds and would like a Forever Home where she can continue to lounge at will. Mali was crate trained as a puppy, but she has not been placed inside one for a long time. At her foster home, she does seem to enjoy lying in the puppy's crate of her own accord. Mali has been given free range of the house in her foster family's absence with no issues. She does well in the car if she is sitting next to someone or is in the cargo area.

There are many more fun facts about Miss Mali. Her foster mom says she is a gem of a dog, and she is eager to share Mali's story with you. Contact her today if you are intrigued by this Springer jewel!

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

Contact: Foster Home, Jennifer Rhyner jenniferrhyner@gmail.com .

Posted: 5/30/15


DUKE
Lawrence, MI

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ESRA#:2015-345MI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:9 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:36 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Duke! His name means "leader of the herd; high-ranking nobleman." Dogs named Duke are said to be loyal and loving people dogs who do not want you out of their sight. This is certainly true of this friendly pup! Duke loves his humans and wants to be near them. He is also a playful guy who gets along well with other dogs.

At his foster home, Duke truly enjoys his nine-month-old canine foster brother, and he especially adores his foster Springer sister Mali Sage (who is also available for adoption from ESRA). Although Duke is clearly quite fond of the resident human teenaged boy, he would probably not be a suitable dog for young children, due to his energy level.

Duke has had two homes in his short life. Neither of his prior families had adequate time to spend with him. For the first seven months of his life, Duke lived in a garage. For the two months before coming into ESRA's care, he lived outside in a fenced yard with no shelter. Since Duke has not had much socialization due to his confinement and limited interaction with people, he requires a Forever Family who can appreciate his puppy behavior as well as his need for consistent training.

Duke does know the commands Sit and Shake. He is also beginning to understand Wait, Off, Down, Stay, etc. Duke learns quickly, but he is often distracted by his foster siblings, and sometimes the puppy within him just takes over! Duke's Forever Family must be patient and committed to provide this boy with the exercise and stimulation necessary to keep him happy and healthy.

Duke was not formally housetrained as he previously lived mostly outdoors. However, he is making great progress, and he has had only one accident at his foster home! Duke is crate trained, but he does not like to be apart from his people, and he may bark a little at first as a reminder that he is still there. His foster mom crates him at night while everyone sleeps and during the day when the people are away. Duke is realizing that being crated is not so bad, since he gets treats as a reward for going into the crate! He also rides nicely when he is crated in the car.

Duke would be tickled if his Forever Home had a large yard where he could run off his steam. He would be thrilled with the opportunity to play in water, as he loves splashing in the canine wading pool at his foster home. Duke also dreams of a comfy sofa to hang out on next to his "peeps." And of course he would most appreciate a soft doggie bed to sleep on near his beloved family. Duke even told his foster mom that having a pet sibling would be an extra bonus! Are you willing to give this noble pup a Forever Home and welcome him into your pack? Send his foster mom a note today; Duke is one sweet Springer who is sure to steal hearts!

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

Contact: Foster Home, Jennifer Rhyner jenniferrhyner@gmail.com .

Posted: 6/23/15

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GILBERT BROWN
Cannon Falls, MN

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ESRA#:2015-315MN
Status: Available
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Bench
Gilbert Brown is his name, but you can call him Gilbert. He is a handsome and happy guy who loves to run and hang around with his people and his canine siblings. Gilbert absolutely loves the company of other dogs, so he should have one or more four-legged companions in his Forever Home. Gilbert is a total snuggle bug who seeks your attention and love. He would happily join you on the couch and would love to sleep with you at the edge of your bed.

Gilbert was rescued last winter from a scary outside environment, and this experience created some separation anxiety issues for him. His foster family has been working hard to help him cope with and overcome those issues. Gilbert is crate trained, but he does not need a crate at his foster home, where he has earned full run of the house. If he is crated, he will need to be crated with another dog.

Gilbert is a true Springer who has a cute, happy spring. He just LOVES to run, and he's a great swimmer. He could use more training on recall, but reverse psychology works quite well on him. If you pretend to walk away, he will soon follow you. Gilbert enjoys lounging on his dog bed in his foster mom's office, and he just wants to be a part of the human and dog family. Gilbert is a good-looking guy with a small, compact build. He participates fully in multiple daily walks and other activities, and he acts younger than his chronological age.

Sweet Gilbert Brown just needs his people around him the majority of the time, as well as at least one other dog to be his buddy. Gilbert is patiently waiting for his Forever Family to find him and fall in love! If you think that's your family, 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 Gilbert Brown.

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

Posted: 7/04/15

BARNEY
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2015-329MN
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:43 lbs
Variety:Field
This sweet boy is Barney, and he has the cutest wiggle butt! Barney didn't get the attention he deserved until he came to ESRA. Prior to that, he was an outside dog. He and his sister Angel, also in our program, lived in a kennel together without much human interaction.

Since Barney has been in our care, he has come out of his shell. He recently attended a local "Yappy Hour" with his foster family, and he enjoyed meeting new people and new dogs without any problems. He also loves car rides, and he is well behaved in the car.

Barney enjoys running in the fenced yard at his foster home, nose to the ground, exploring with his canine foster siblings. Due to his sometimes-selective hearing and his tendency to follow his nose, we would prefer to place Barney in a home with a fenced yard.

Barney's foster home also has cats, and he ignores them. His good behavior with the other pets and his solid housetraining has earned him free rein in the house when his foster family is away, though he will go into a crate if he is asked to do so.

Barney seems to love everyone. He is a nice, mellow boy who will make a wonderful companion. If you would like to make this handsome, gentle guy part of your family, contact his case managers at the email 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 Barney.

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

Posted: 6/21/15

WILLIE
St. Paul, MN

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ESRA#:2014-405MN
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:43 lbs
Variety:Bench
We would like to thank Sarah Ernhart of Sarah Beth Photography, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, for generously donating the photos of Willie displayed here. Visit her website.
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

SKIPPY
Slayton, MN

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ESRA#:2015-219SD
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:47 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Skippy! He came to ESRA when his family relinquished him after he became a danger to the family cats. While Skippy was under anesthesia for his neuter surgery, the vet discovered a bullet that had been lodged near Skippy's ribcage. We don't know when someone shot this sweet boy, but the resilient Skippy isn't holding any grudges.

There are two sides to Skippy, "Inside Skippy" and "Outside Skippy." "Inside Skippy" wants to please everyone, and he is easygoing and calm. He loves getting neck rubs and lying at the feet of his people. He is housetrained. "Outside Skippy" is extremely prey driven. He is looking and seeing everything: squirrels, rabbits, cats, and anything else that moves. His foster family took him to a dog park and observed him running off leash. With his long legs and trim body, this dog can fly! He walks well on a leash, but when he sees a rabbit or squirrel, he is off.

Skippy knows the commands Sit, Stay, Outside, Come, Ride, and No. He enjoys car rides, but he likes to hang out the winddow and see everything. He lives with another Springer who will try to play with him by giving him a toy to tug, but Skippy prefers to play by himself with his own toy. He especially loves stuffed animals. Skippy isn't a fan of crates, but he has proven to his foster family that he can have free rein of the house during the day, although that usually means toys all over the floor when his foster family comes home!

He is two great dogs in one, both calm and energetic. Skippy needs gentle leadership inside but firm leadership outside. It is important that his adoptive family knows how to handle a very energetic dog when he is outside. He will need lots of walks, but he'll return that commitment and leadership with loyalty, love, and snuggling.

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 Skippy.

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

Posted: 5/04/15

DIEGO
Burnsville, MN

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ESRA#:2014-382MN
Status: Available
  
Age:13 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Field
Diego entered ESRA's care when his owner died. We don't know much about Diego's past, but he tells us that all that matters is his future! High on the priority list for his happy future is taking care of a painful condition that Diego has been living with for quite some time. So we welcome Diego to ESRA’s Special Needs program while he continues to settle in to foster care. Click the “heart icon” to read about his special need, but read on here to find out what a wonderful Springer he is!

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

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

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

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

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

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and that the final decision rests with the dog's case manager

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

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

Posted: 10/17/14


MINDY
Hermantown, MN

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ESRA#:2015-172IA
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
Miss Mindy is as sweet as they come. This girl has the classic, big-boned, bench-bred Springer look and, true to her Springer nature, she just loves being around people. Although she can be a bit shy when meeting new humans, she settles in when she receives gentle praise. Mindy has quickly become a happy, loving member of her foster family, and she enjoys being loved by the teenagers and adults in her home. She also loves her Springer foster sister, and they get along just fine.

While some Springers are ready for action, Mindy fits better into the low-activity category. She simply wants to be a companion, and she just loves cuddles and back scratches. Mindy enjoys leisurely walks with her people, and she does very well on a leash. She is potty trained and crate trained. Mindy really enjoys going for car rides, and she travels wonderfully.

Because Mindy is initially shy, we want to place her in a quieter home without young and unpredictable children. Commotion just isn't her thing. Mindy was turned in to a shelter because she didn't get along with the cats in her home. She would do best either as an only pet or with another dog. Though a fenced yard would be a plus, Mindy doesn't require one. She doesn't wander too far, and she will come when her humans make kissing noises.

When Mindy came to ESRA, she had a few lumps and bumps removed, which turned out to be fatty tumors--all benign. A previous trauma to her lower jaw resulted in some missing teeth, but the rest of her teeth have been cleaned, and she is feeling like a new girl. Mindy has taken all of these changes in stride, and she is now loving her life as a Springer knows how to do. When she relaxes, her little tongue tends to poke out through the gap between her remaining lower teeth. This charming habit adds to her cute character!

Mindy promises quiet companionship for her new family, and she is ready to be someone's new best friend. If you need a loyal and loving buddy, please contact her 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 Mindy.

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

Posted: 4/18/15


DUKE
Hopkins, MN

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ESRA#:2015-180SD
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:38 lbs
Variety:Field
We would like to thank Sarah Ernhart of Sarah Beth Photography, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, for generously donating the photos of Duke displayed here. Visit her website.
Duke is an energetic boy who LOVES to play fetch! If you cross paths with him, you'll observe this within minutes. You won't be caught just standing around with Duke nearby--you must play!

You would never guess that this boy is ten years old. He is a bundle of energy--and cute to boot! Duke's former owners took him to the shelter to make room for a new puppy. It's hard to understand this, as one of Duke's new friends described him as "the most energetic ten-year-old I've ever met!"

Duke loves children and gets along with other dogs, but he doesn't do well with cats. He is learning to trust people, and he will thrive with patience and a gentle hand. His hearing is not what it used to be, so he is learning to respond to hand signals.

Duke enjoys car rides. He lived outside before coming to ESRA, but he is quickly remembering housetraining from his earlier days. He is crate trained, but he is doing well out of the kennel when he is left home alone while his foster family is at work. Duke has some hunting experience, and he loves the outdoors.

Although Duke would really like to sit on the couch and sleep on the bed, he is not yet enjoying those luxuries at his foster home. He is being so very patient and is saving all his cuddling and loving for his new family. If you think that your family might be right for this small boy with a great big heart, 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 Duke.

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

Posted: 4/28/15


DUKE
Moose Lake, MN

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ESRA#:2015-243MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
"Let's GO, GO, GO!" says Duke, a fun-loving, high-energy Springer who loves to stay busy. Once you have his attention, he listens well and has great recall. Duke is very friendly and well socialized.

This beautiful boy came into his foster home about six weeks ago and is fast learning some new skills, such as Sit, Stay, Down, and other commands. He is smart, eager to please, and a fast learner. He would benefit from continued obedience classes as well as learning an activity. He loves to sniff, so smell/retrieval work would be great for him. Duke can run like the wind. He is very lean and fast. He might make a good hunting dog if he can be trained to recall reliably, as he always has his nose to the ground. He could probably catch a bird out of the air--he has quite an impressive vertical leap!

Duke loves to go for walks, play fetch, and go to the dog park. Squirrels easily distract him, so you'll need to hold on tight during walks. Duke plays well and is friendly with all the dogs he meets. He does fine with the resident cats because they are experienced around playful dogs. The cats stand their ground and let Duke know when playtime is over.

Duke is crate trained and has been earning free-rein time in his foster home. He is housetrained, but he still has a lot of puppy in him, so it might be best to confine him to a laundry room or crate when you're away.

Duke will thrive in a Forever Home where he receives lots of attention and gets plenty of exercise. He craves his people and will lie next to them in bed or on the couch. He would be great in a family with another young, energetic dog. If he does not have a canine playmate, Duke will definitely require an adopter who takes his need for daily exercise seriously. He looks forward to being the best companion ever!

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 Duke.

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

Posted: 5/23/15


GABRIEL
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2015-307WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:30 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet petite Gabriel. Don't let his size fool you; Gabriel, or Gabe, as his foster mom calls him, is a spitfire, and he has a vertical leap that demonstrates why Springers have the "Spring" in their name! Weighing in at only thirty pounds, he makes a wonderful little snuggler after he gets the exercise he needs. The vet that said Gabe could stand to gain a few more pounds, so he is on high-performance food as a start.

On a recent road trip, Gabriel's foster mom learned that he loves to ride in the car and is well behaved, too. Unlike many other dogs, he knows to stay in the car when the door opens until he's given the command to come out. This boy is housetrained, and he will go into his crate with a treat. (That shows that he's smart, too!) Gabe takes treats quite nicely and knows the commands Sit and Stay. He is a good companion walker but is strong on the leash, and he would benefit from a refresher course in basic leash walking and other behaviors. It's a good thing that he's food motivated!

Gabriel lives in a home that has a fenced yard, and his previous owners reported that he was trained to an invisible fence. When he does get out into the yard, he runs like the wind. His foster home has three other Springers, so he will engage in play with them if he can, but he respects the other dogs if they don't want to play. Gabe also lived with a cat in the past, and his foster home has cats. He does well with them, but he wants to play with them and may bark at first.

Gabriel is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped. He's a little guy with a big heart. If you think Gabriel would be a good fit for you, contact his case managers to find out more!

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 Gabriel.

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

Posted: 6/20/15


CALLIE
Savage, MN

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ESRA#:2015-330IA
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:41 lbs
Variety:Bench
Oh, dear! I find myself in a very embarrassing position. Not only am I in need of a new home and family, but I am also, apparently, unemployed. My foster mom keeps whispering that I need a job. Is it not enough that I'm very smart and quite easy on the eyes, with the wiggliest Springer butt ever? Now I need a job? I'll tell you what--if you can provide a loving home, I'll work hard every day to make you laugh, get you out of the house, and give you an endless supply of Springer kisses. Don't you think that would be a good deal?

Love,
Callie


From Callie's foster mom: Callie is looking for a very special family who can help her become the very best Springer she can be. She exemplifies the breed traits with her intelligence, love of the outdoors, ability to snuggle anytime and anywhere, love of life, and readiness for a good time. Callie is stunning in the field and up close. To watch her bound through brush and fields is pure joy. Her zest for fun is boundless, whether it's chasing tennis balls or entertaining herself with stuffed toys. She will give any toddler a contest to see who can empty the toy box first! She has a wonderful nose and usually manages to find balls that are out of sight in the brush at the dog park.

Callie currently lives with a male Springer and a female cat. Her favorite family time, though, is with the adults in the house. She loves any affection or attention you can give her, but she isn't pesky. When you talk to her, she hangs on every word and will turn her head from side to side as she contemplates what you are saying. Callie has met neighbor children and has enjoyed their attention, especially if they throw a tennis ball for her to chase. She is very mouthy, so we won't place her in a home with young children.

We haven't had to kennel Callie, and she has excellent house manners. She has free run of the house for nine hours during the workday and has never disappointed us. She will sleep on a dog bed in your room, but she would love it if you invited her up onto your bed for an early-morning snuggle. Callie wants to ride in the car with you, especially if you are going someplace fun. But she does get agitated in the car and therefore may not enjoy long trips.

Callie is always ready to go, go, go! She needs a family who is very committed to her training. She has so many wonderful qualities, but she does need direction to bring out her best. She needs help with her mouthiness, walking nicely on a leash, and her amazing springiness. She has quite a high, vertical jump. Callie knows Sit, but she will need help with other commands. Her recall is quite good, but it could use some reinforcement.

If you are a typical dog family that takes daily walks and occasional trips to the park, you won't be a good fit for Callie. She really needs more to do and would love a job, possibly involving agility or hunting. She has focus and wonderful energy. That energy is balanced with a sweetness that will turn you inside out. The perfect family for Callie will provide training and structure, a safe outlet for her energy, and a soft place for her to lay her pretty head. She is a very special girl who deserves a very special Forever Family.

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

Contact: Foster Home, Deb Ouellette debrajeanne2004@yahoo.com .

Posted: 6/25/15


JULIA
Eagan, MN

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ESRA#:2015-135SD
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:30 lbs
Variety:Field
UPDATE 6/23/15: Julia has a new role in ESRA's foster community. She is now in our Special Needs program. Click the heart icon to read more about it.
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UPDATE, 5/24/15: We are pleased to report that Julia is now completely housetrained! She has full run of the house all day with no problems.
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This petite sweetheart is Julia. She is a lovely and precious girl who came to ESRA after a lifetime of having litters. Now, for the first time in her own life, she is able to experience the love of a family. ESRA is giving her nothing less than the royal treatment--she has now been spayed, has had her vaccinations, and has even had her teeth cleaned. She must feel like a brand new girl.

Julia lives in a foster family with three teenage daughters, and does she soak up their attention? You bet she does! She loves to lie on the couch and is ready to be a lap dog for just about anyone. She loves kids of all ages.

Julia has been working on housetraining and has learned to go on a pad in the house, but she is well on her way to transitioning to outdoor pottying. She prefers to be chaperoned outside while she does her business. Julia's new home should have a fenced yard for her protection.

This smart girl will show things with her nose. She walks well on a leash. Julia lives with two other dogs and gets along with them, but she does like her own space sometimes, too. Loud noises startle her. Julia has recently mastered staircases, which were previously foreign to her, and she is starting to understand the concept of toys. This girl has come a long way in a few short weeks.

Julia is ready to start a life that is finally all about her! If you are ready to give this girl the attention and devotion she deserves, please contact her case managers.

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 Julia.

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

Posted: 4/11/15

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JAKE
Kansas City, MO

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ESRA#:2015-355MO
Status: Available
  
Age:12 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
Jake is a young, beautiful Springer who was relinquished by his family because they could not spend the time with him that he needs. He is a wonderful boy with a lot of fun energy and a sweet personality.

Jake is housetrained and crate trained. He has a prey drive, and he likes hunting critters in the backyard. He enjoys going on walks.

Jake gets along with submissive, calm dogs. He loves receiving affection from people. Jake is neutered and up to date on his vaccinations. If you are interested in more information about this handsome boy, please contact his case manager by telephone or e-mail.

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

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

Posted: 6/22/15

LEO
Kansas City, MO

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ESRA#:2014-241MO
Status: Available
  
Age:5 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:3 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


FIFI
Kansas City, MO

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ESRA#:2014-670MO
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:30 lbs
Variety:Bench
Fifi is a very sweet girl, a "little charmer" who has a lot of love to give. She was rescued by ESRA with a ready-made pack of Springers known as the Magic Missouri 11. We're singling Fifi out from the group now because she has a "special need" that we want everyone to know about. Please click on the heart icon above and you can go straight to her Special Needs page.

This petite darling loves to be a lap girl. She is very vocal with her people, and she has a lot to say. Fifi is really just a bundle of joy! She does well in her foster home and in her kennel. She is great with other dogs.

Fifi is in good health. She is up to date on her vaccines and has been spayed, so she is ready to find her Forever Home. If you would like to know more about sweet Fifi, please get in touch with the Missouri Coordinator. His contact information is below, and he will be happy to give you all the details about this little charmer!

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

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

Posted: 3/02/15

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Adoptions for Nebraska are coordinated by the ESRA Rocky Mountain Region, which also includes Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The ESRA West Region has more dogs in that area. Contact the state coordinator for more information.

MATTIE
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2015-267NE
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:42 lbs
Variety:Field
Mattie, also known as "Waltzing Matilda" and "Tow Mater," is a retired breeding/hunting dog. She was turned in to rescue when her owners decided to close their kennels due to personal issues. Mattie has been well cared for and socialized in family life.

Mattie loves to hunt. Her natural instincts shine out in the field. When all of the other dogs have given up the hunt, Mattie keeps going. She has not had a lot of formal training, but it will be easy to train her to your commands. She responds well to verbal and whistle commands now, and she follows the basic commands of Come and Sit.

Mattie loves to find the water and the mud. Her foster parents call her their "mudder." It seems that all the good stuff is in the mud! She is invisible-fence trained and crate trained. She uses a dog door and is housetrained. Maddie pulls on the leash when she is walked, but with more practice, she will do just fine. She loves to go for rides in the car. Inside, Maddie is a fantastic snuggler. She is small enough to rest easily on your lap, and she will squish herself into whatever small spot is left next to you on a chair.

This sweet gem is a bit unsure of herself when she meets new dogs and people. She will bark and act tough, but it is just a front. You will need to introduce Maddie to new dogs in a safe environment and tell people to just ignore her for a minute. After that, she will settle down and regain her composure. Maddie does great with other dogs once the initial greeting is over. She is currently living with five other Springers, and she plays with all of them. It is reported that she is NOT good with cats.

Mattie needs an active home. It is likely that she will adore the water, and she may just find herself at home living the lake life. She is very sweet and is ready for more training. If you are ready to put in the time with her, Maddie is going to be a first-class girl, well worth your efforts! Please contact her foster family for more information about the delightful Mattie.

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

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

Posted: 6/11/15

LACY
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2015-266NE
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:49 lbs
Variety:Field
Smile, because you are about to meet a beauty whose AKC registered name is Lacy Queen of Canby! Lacy's is a rare case where we can document her background. There are a lot of good bloodlines in this great dog. She is a bundle of well-built Springer joy who is ready to join you on your outdoor adventures. Once a hunting/breeding dog, she is now ready to concentrate on more day-to-day family activities. Lacy does well with people of all ages, but be prepared for her happy, enthusiastic greetings!

This active girl lives to play fetch. She does not care if you throw like a football player--just dropping the object a few inches will do. Lacy will pick up what you have thrown and drop it at your feet, or in your lap if you are sitting down. She loves to go to the field. She works close and is attentive to your commands.

Indoors, Lacy loves to snuggle and snooze next to you on the couch. She is housetrained and crate trained. She likes to take her blankets and wrap them into nests around herself and a favorite toy. She really likes to chew on her toys! A good supply of Kongs helps keep her entertained. Lacy is good with other dogs. It is reported that she is not so nice to cats.

This beautiful field girl travels well in a car and is ready to go at a moment's notice. She pulls when leashed, so be prepared to do some training or use a walking harness to help with that behavior. Lacy uses a doggy door and is invisible-fence trained.

Lacy is a true gem. She deserves a fantastic Forever Family who will make sure she gets to do what she loves: run, play, snuggle, fetch, and hunt. Please contact Lacy's foster family for more information on this lovely girl.

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

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

Posted: 6/11/15

SOX
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2015-4CO
Status: Available
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
I buy all my socks with holes in them. Otherwise, how would I get my feet in them? - Jarod Kintz


From Sox's foster family: The above quote is funny, but true. Our happy guy, Sox, is much like this saying. It may take you a bit of time to understand him, but once you, do you will realize his importance in your life.

Sox came to ESRA as a stray. He followed a woman home and entered her garage when she pulled in. She searched for his owner, but none was found. It is as if Sox just up and decided that he was ready to begin a new life.

This fuzzy boy has made himself at home here. It has not been a quick transition for him because he was unsure if all people were to be trusted. He loved being in the house, but he did not care for or need affection from people. He was comfortable being by himself alone and receiving good food and a warm, dry bed. Slowly, however, he began to trust us. He started by greeting us like a normal Springer when we came home from work, wiggling, bouncing, and running from room to room--and every now and then, he gave us a kiss! Then he started a game: Steal a shoe and trade for a treat. Yep--he trained us to do it every day! Later he began to join us in the living room when we watched TV. He would keep his distance, but he was there. Once again, at his own pace, he gradually moved closer and closer to us. One day he discovered the joys of getting his ears scratched, and he relaxed into a full body rub down. Now he is working up the courage to sit next to us on the couch.

Sox had similar struggles in getting used to being with a group of dogs. He was very defensive with them and would growl any time they were near. However, he now enjoys their company.

Outside, Sox is a totally different dog. There he is very relaxed and happy. He loves to follow you while you work at yard chores or go for walks. He is also delighted to go for car rides with you.

Sox is very fond of treats. It is easy to teach him new things using a treat as the motivator. He has learned to Sit, Shake, use a doggy door, and respect the boundaries of an invisible fence. He sleeps in a crate at night so no one will disturb him. He stays in the house by himself all day without any accidents while we are at work.

Since Sox is still discovering his place in the human world, we will not place him in a home with children. He is especially fearful when a person makes direct eye contact and puts his or her face up to his (for instance zooming in to give him a kiss). Every day he is more relaxed with this move, but we prefer to be cautious.

We know that the holes Sox has in his learning can be filled in with love. We will be patient in matching Sox to a new family that is willing to help mend the gaps in his life. Patience, love, and gentleness describe the right fit for Sox. When you realize that Sox's hole is where your heart belongs, you will have a new Forever Friend.

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

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

Posted: 5/05/15

MAIZY
Omaha, NE

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ESRA#:2011-225IA
Status: Available
  
Age:14 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


KICKER
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2015-305NE
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Tricolor
Weight:56 lbs
Variety:Bench
From Kicker's foster mom: This dog was well named. What a kick he is! He is just one great big sweet ball of Springer love.

Although Kicker is stately looking, he shows his love as if he were a puppy. He adores being with you. He can smoosh himself into the littlest spaces just to be next to you. He is good on the leash, and he rides well in the car. He is housetrained, invisible-fence trained, and crate trained.The crate is really not needed, though, as he is able to stay in the house by himself all day with no mischief. This big, beautiful boy is great with other dogs. We do not know how he is with cats.

Mr. Kicker loves all kinds of toys: balls, squeakers, and chew toys. His puppy-like quality is just darned cute! He enjoys going outside and putting that big Springer nose in the air to find all of the enticing smells. We have not been to the field yet due to the weather, but I am sure Kicker will enjoy the romp.

Good-natured Kicker adores people of all ages. However, due to his size and his puppy-like greetings, he could knock over a small child or an older adult. This habit can be worked on, as he is agreeable to training. Kicker just wants to please you.

Don't miss out on this gorgeous boy. He is a love! For more information, please contact us.

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

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

Posted: 6/11/15

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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.

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BUDDY
Brandon, SD

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ESRA#:2015-314MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:38 lbs
Variety:Field
Please welcome Buddy! Although he was abandoned by his original owners and was in and out of shelters before coming into ESRA, Buddy remains a loyal and loving companion.

Buddy is somewhat unusual in that he is both a dedicated working dog and a great family dog. He loves chasing and flushing birds, and he is very happy trying to catch every bird that flies by. Birds excite Buddy so that much he spends his day running around chasing them! Springers are great hunting dogs, but they are not usually built to work all day. Buddy is an exception: he won't stop unless he has to (or until the birds fall asleep). If he were given the chance to hunt all day, he would still have energy to spare at day's end. Buddy shows some signs that he has been trained in hunting protocols, as he is very obedient with recall and other commands. He is getting better on the leash, but his Forever Family will need to continue working with him on this skill.

Buddy gets along great with every person and dog he has met. He is completely housetrained and behaves himself in the house while his foster parents are away. At night, Buddy assumes his role as "master cuddler" of his foster parents and canine siblings. In the morning, he greets everyone with a smile and wiggly tail.

If you are looking for a super sweet four-legged companion to love, exercise, and share your time with, then Buddy is your guy. He will reward you with his affection, unlimited loyalty, and zest for life. Buddy's lucky Forever Family will be getting an outgoing, happy, and wonderfully social young Springer boy!

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: 6/21/15

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BERTRAND
Edinburg, OH

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ESRA#:2014-731IN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Mix
Meet Bertrand, who is known as Bertie by those who love him. He's a border collie/English Springer mix who was pulled from a shelter in southeastern Indiana. In foster care with several Springers, Bertie is clearly more border collie than Springer. He has many of the classic herding breed tendencies.

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

Bertie's foster mom has worked on housetraining and crate training with him, and she is happy to report that he has mastered both. He is very smart and learns new things quickly and easily. Bertie rides well in the car, but he has been known to try to help with the driving, so a harness restraint or a crate is best.

This silly boy can be a counter surfer, grabbing things from from the kitchen counter, the end table, the bathroom vanity, or just about anywhere else. Bertie's foster mom has been working to curb this behavior. He is getting much better, but this is still a work in progress. Bertie's new family will need to be committed to continuing this training, which includes providing appropriate chews and toys as well as making sure he is given the opportunity to expend his energy in positive ways.

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

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

Contact: ESRA Case Manager, Angie Mesarchik akmesarchik@gmail.com .

Posted: 1/03/15

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LUCKY
Ridgeway, WI

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ESRA#:2015-196WI
Status: Available
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:56 lbs
Variety:Field
Who wants to get Lucky? Lucky was brought to ESRA because his family is expecting another child, and they just don't have time for him. Lucky is easygoing, well mannered, smart, and housetrained.

Lucky stays off furniture and sleeps in a crate at night. This smart boy knows Sit, Stay, Lie Down, Come, Roll Over, Shake, and Drop It. Lucky does pull on the leash when he is walked. Because this happens when his leash is attached to a regular collar, his former owner found that it helped to walk him with a harness.

Lucky previously lived with a three-year-old child, and he gets along well with children. We are recommending that he go to a home with older kids as he likes to jump up and may knock a small child down. Lucky does well with the two other Springers in his foster home. He has not been around cats much, but when he was, he tried to play with the cat.

Lucky has a few challenges that his new family will want to help him overcome. He is not fond of car rides, and he may whine to show his discomfort. Like many other dogs, he is afraid of loud noises like thunder storms or gun shots. He does not particularly enjoy going to the vet, and he may get anxious and excited there. Things he does like include swimming and especially playing fetch. Stock up on tennis balls and this boy will play, play, play! He even brings the ball back and drops it at your feet.

Our Lucky boy is neutered and current on vaccinations. He is on heartworm and flea/tick preventatives. He does not show any food or toy aggression, and he just loves everyone he meets. So, if you want to get Lucky, please contact his foster home right away. This good-looking guy has lots of love and joy to give!

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Pam Edl pjedl@charter.net .

Posted: 5/07/15


ANGEL
New Berlin, WI

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ESRA#:2015-328MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:35 lbs
Variety:Field
Check out the listing for Angel's brother, Barney. Although these siblings can be adopted separately, it would be wonderful if they could be reunited in a Forever Home that has room and love for both of them!
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Our darling little Angel is looking for her Forever Home. She is a complete sweetheart, and she loves to give kisses! If you are looking for a total cuddle bug that will always be affectionately by your side, Angel is the Springer for you.

This beautiful girl is great with people of all ages. Angel didn't get the attention she deserved until she came to ESRA. Prior to that, she was an outside dog. She and her brother Barney, also in our program, lived in a kennel together without much human interaction. Since Angel has been in our care, she has discovered treats, and she especially loves peanut-butter-filled Kongs! Angel enjoys relaxing in her dog bed or on the couch next to you. She'll gladly curl up on your lap if you let her.

Angel can can be shy, and she will roll on her back in a submissive position at times if she feels scared or if someone approaches her too quickly. We think that some people must have been mean to her in the past. Once she trusts you, however, you have a companion and loving sweetheart for life. We're happy to report that Angel's confidence has grown immensely since she has been in her foster home.

Angel is housetrained and is not toy or food aggressive. She has very good recall and knows some basic commands. She does have a strong prey drive for birds, so if you have chickens, she will chase them. Angel rides very well in the car and doesn't pull on a leash.

Our girl loves other dogs, and she will thrive in a household with another dog for companionship. She also needs a Forever Home where she will get lots of the attention she missed out on earlier in her life. This little lady doesn't have a mean bone in her body--she is just a lover! So if you have room in your home and your heart for a true Angel, contact her 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 Angel.

Contact: Foster Home, Jenny Schwiner schwiner@me.com .

Posted: 6/18/15


KEATON
Milwaukee, WI

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ESRA#:2015-100WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Bench
Keaton is looking for the Forever Home where he can be the center of his people's attention. He was taken into ESRA's care due to a divorce.

This affectionate boy loves snuggling, specifically in the nook behind your knees while you are sitting. If you are lying down or sitting in a recliner, he likes to curl up in a ball between your legs. He will sometimes show how happy he is by giving you a slow kiss.

Keaton would do best in a home with guidance from dog-savvy owners and one where any children are at least ten years old. He can become startled if he is awakened suddenly from a sound sleep, so it is best to let him wake up on his own. As is true of many dogs, Keaton does best with firm leadership and routine.

Handsome Keaton is housetrained and crate trained, but he can be trusted with the run of the house when his people are gone. He is a really good walking partner, and he loves doing long-line work (training with him on Come, Sit, Stay, etc.). Keaton knows to walk on his human's left side. He heels, and he sits at corners. He doesn't pull unless he sees another dog or animal. Keaton doesn't like swimming very much. His ideal day would include a long walk and then lots of downtime to sleep in a really comfy place at home.

Keaton has not been around cats. He may whine a little when he rides in the car, but he's fine if someone can pet him while he rides.

Our boy is up to date with his vaccinations. He has some small fatty cysts that have been tested to ensure they are not cancerous. Keaton does have environmental allergies that are easily treated by daily medication and regular grooming. An elimination diet was completed during the first two years of his life to rule out food allergies.

Keaton is very sweet. This Velcro guy aims to please and can never get enough attention from his humans. He has shown recently that he really doesn't want to share that attention with another dog, so he definitely needs to be the only dog in his Forever Home. Keaton would love to meet you if you can let him be the center of your world for the rest of his life! If that sounds good to you, please contact his case manager 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 Keaton.

Contact: Marie Heinking kcmcheinking@frontier.com .

Posted: 5/23/15


BEA
Milwaukee, WI

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ESRA#:2015-120WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Female
Color:Tricolor
Weight:40 lbs
Variety:Bench
Bea is as sweet as a Springer can be! She came to ESRA due to a divorce. If you are looking for a real sweetheart, Bea is the Springer for you. Do you need some loving, cuddling, and affection from a Springer who is so happy to see you that her whole back wiggles with excitement because she loves people so much? That's Bea!

This beautiful girl is great with people of all ages. She comes from a home that had a one-year-old child who would climb all over her and sleep snuggled in bed with her. Bea is fine with other dogs if she is off leash, and she did well at doggy daycare for years. However, if she encounters another dog while on leash, she exhibits fear aggression and growls. Bea doesn't like loud commotion as she gets a little nervous, so she will hide in another room. She has not been around cats.

Bea rides well in the car, although she may whine a little. She does pull on the leash. Bea loves running, swimming, jumping, and playing fetch. After all this activity, she is content to have some down time to sleep in a really comfy place at home. Bea knows the basic commands as well as Leave It. She did know Front at one time, but she could use some work on that command now. Bea is treat motivated and will do anything for praise and food (and, speaking of that, she does like to counter surf). She is not toy or food aggressive.

Bea is housetrained and crate trained, but she can be left to roam freely in the house when her people are away. She would do best in a Forever Home where she can get lots of attention. Can Bea be the Queen Bee in your family? If so, please contact her case manager 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 Bea.

Contact: Marie Heinking kcmcheinking@frontier.com .

Posted: 5/23/15

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