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This page was last updated on 5/03/16

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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.

Springers in Indiana        top


WOODY
South Bend, IN

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ESRA#:2016-109IN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:11 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench

Thinking about bringing Woody or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Meet Woody, a well-mannered English gentleman with the handsome, distinguished looks to match. When he was given up by his former family, Woody impressed the folks at the shelter with his gentle behavior and very sweet personality. Now that he is in ESRA's program, Woody has received all his needed vet care. He enjoys good health, and he is definitely ready to find his new Forever Home.

From Woody's foster dad: Woody is deaf, but to our surprise, he has been one of the easiest dogs to foster. He watches us carefully, and he is very smart. Therefore he can understand what we want him to do, so communication is not a problem. Due to his age, Woody is a bit subdued. Although he doesn't play very much, he still has plenty of energy when it comes to walks or car rides. He is always ready and eager for either one of those activities, on a moment's notice. Woody is great on a leash and is also very good in the car. Every once in a while he plays with a tennis ball outside, but he usually doesn't want to give it back.

Among Woody's other main interests are food and treats. He has a hearty appetite, and because of this, he will need a family who is very vigilant about making sure that he gets his daily exercise. Along with walks, car rides, and eating, Woody's other favorite activity is cuddling and sleeping with his people. He loves to be with you, and he has a great spirit, as demonstrated by his constantly wagging tail.

Woody gets along well with other dogs and cats. His former home had a cat and two dogs, and he is now doing just fine with his canine foster brother. Woody is a very gentle soul--except when it comes to squirrels. He wants those critters out of his yard, and he doesn't even want them to cross his path when he is out for a walk. But if you know Springers, his attitude is no surprise!

Woody is lap loving and affectionate. He can sometimes be a bit clingy, but after a few hugs and scratches, he usually settles down and ends up napping close to you. He likes to keep you in his sight at all times, which is one of those typical Springer qualities that we know and love. Woody is a wonderful senior guy who will make a great buddy and a loving companion for his lucky adopters. If you're interested in finding out more about Woody, get in touch with his case manager at the e-mail address below. You'll be glad you did!

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

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

Posted: 3/21/16


GUNNER
Indianapolis, IN

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ESRA#:2016-174IN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:39 lbs
Variety:Bench
Is anyone looking for a new BFF? Are you looking for a companion who snuggles, has the softest fur, gazes at you with adoring eyes, follows you from room to room, and jumps for joy every time you return home? If so, Gunner might be looking for you, too!

This guy is just gorgeous, inside and out. Gunner has been a very welcome house guest in his foster home. He has impeccable manners. When he is ready for his meal or needs to go outside, he will give a little whine to let you know. He is a happy boy who is content to stay in the house with you. He sleeps on a dog bed at night, does not counter surf, is trained on an invisible fence, and stays off the furniture (although he would LOVE to be invited up there some day!). He knows the command Sit and is learning to take a treat oh, so gently.

Gunner eagerly greets visitors, both human and canine, with his tail wagging at top speed. He is untested with cats. While Gunner doesn't romp and play with the two other dogs in his foster home, he frequently curls up with them and enjoys their company, particularly when the family is out.  

Gunner is well suited to a quiet home environment where someone is home much of the day. He was relinquished by his former family because they had too many visiting small children who made him nervous. The poor guy had nowhere to retreat from the noise and antics. Gunner does have moderate hip dysplasia, for which he takes a daily supplement. No other treatment is needed other than keeping his weight on the slim side.

This fine boy is eagerly waiting for his Forever Family. If you are interested in being Gunner's new best friend, please contact us at the e-mail address below.

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

Contact: Foster Home, Lynn Skochdopole lynnskoch@gmail.com .

Posted: 4/24/16

Springers in Iowa        top

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

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

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

Springers in Michigan        top

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

Springers in Minnesota        top

JAKE
Duluth, MN

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ESRA#:2013-860MN
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
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Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Field
Have you ever seen such a handsome boy as Jake? This tricolored head-turner gets compliments on his looks everywhere he goes! Jake is being surrendered because he and his family were not a good fit. Now Jake is looking for a new Forever Family with a person or people he can really bond with. This fine boy knows his obedience commands and has never had an accident in his home. He is crate trained, although he can be trusted to roam free in the house when his people are away.

This calm, content boy enjoys just hanging out and relaxing at home with his people. He might follow you around sometimes to see what you are doing. Have you ever heard a dog purr? Well, if you gently rub Jake's ears, you will likely hear it! And if he sees you walking toward him, he will wag his curly little tail for you.

Jake is healthy and up to date on all vaccines, including one for Lyme disease. This is necessary because Jake's passion in life is to be outside smelling all of the interesting smells out there, and ticks often hitch a ride during his adventures. Jake particularly loves the scents of animals, especially grouse. He flushes grouse regularly and even retrieved a dead grouse that he came upon one day. It's a beautiful sight to see him running through the woods. If you're not a hunter, that's fine, because Jake would happily accompany you for any land-based activity! Jake's family trained him on an e-collar so that he could enjoy off-leash walks, because his recall is not reliable without one.

Jake needs a home where a man he really connects with will be his primary person. Jake thinks that women are okay, but he consistently prefers men to be his buddies. The man in his new home will need to be a strong leader who has had experience with dogs. Jake cannot live with small children, cats, or other pets because of his strong prey drive. He is all right with other confident dogs, but he would be just fine as an only dog. He is food motivated and loves chewing on real bones from the butcher shop.

Because he is an active guy, Jake will need at least thirty minutes of exercise every day. He would especially love the opportunity to hunt birds and play fetch in the water. Jake's swimming technique is comically poor, but he stays afloat just fine, and this is another favorite activity of his. He loves fetching in the water so much that sometimes he will bark while he's swimming out to retrieve a toy!

Sweet Jake would like to find a new home soon. If you are a good match for this special boy, he will reward you with lots of affection, some purring, a happy, thumping tail, and possibly even some grouse!

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 Jake.

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

Posted: 4/20/16

SCOUT
Cannon Falls, MN

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ESRA#:2016-155MN
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet handsome Scout! He is a happy, easygoing guy who loves to climb into your lap for quality snuggle time. Scout relishes receiving attention and affection. He is confident, loving, and eager to please!

This tall, strong Springer can run fast and chase squirrels all day. In addition to playing in the backyard, Scout loves to swim and splash around in the local pond. He would be a great running or swimming companion for his Forever Family, and he would also enjoy frequent trips to the dog park to stretch his long legs and run like the wind.

Scout's foster home includes two resident Springers, and Scout gets along great with them. His former owners reported that he lived peacefully with cats. Due to his size and energy level, Scout's foster parents would like him to be placed in a Forever Home in which any children are older and dog savvy.

Scout knows many basic commands and has great recall. He is housetrained and has excellent house manners. Therefore, he has the privilege of free rein in his foster home when the people are away. When he isn't napping, Scout can be found lying at the window, watching the squirrels, birds, and rivers. He does not care for bikes or cars, and he will bark at them. This behavior will provide a great opportunity for his Forever Family to work with Scout and help him to understand that he doesn't have to be protective of his family when he sees bicycles, cars, etc.

This fine boy is looking for a Forever Family to welcome him with warm and loving arms. Are you searching for a companion who is a real snuggler and a totally loving friend? If so, contact his case managers right away!

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

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

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

Posted: 4/20/16

SAMMY
North Branch, MN

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ESRA#:2015-512MN
Status: Available
  
Age:12 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field

Thinking about bringing Sammy or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Let us introduce you to Sammy! He was found as a stray, so we really don't know much about his past. The vet has guessed that he's at least twelve years old. When Sammy was picked up by ESRA at the shelter, all we knew was that he was an older boy who was in need of some attention and health care.

Sammy has had his teeth cleaned, and three teeth have been pulled. He's also been neutered, and with a steady diet of good food and exercise he's gotten some spring back in his step. He is eating well. His stiff back legs are helped by a twice-daily dose of tramadol.

As a senior dog, Sammy's eyesight is a bit restricted, and his hearing isn't the best either, but he still enjoys going for a walk, being playful, and having a nice head rub and snuggle now and then when he wants them. Because of his limited eyesight, Sammy can be startled and may growl when he doesn't know right away what's going on. This is especially true if you try to wake him up from a nap.

Although Sammy is doing better with his house training, he does not yet have full run of the house, as he has occasional accidents if he's not watched and let out often to go potty. But he's quite happy to wear pants in the house and to simply curl up in his kennel and nap. He stays dry all night long most nights, and he does well during the day unless his foster family is gone for several hours. He does prefer that a person or another dog goes out with him. Sammy enjoys being in his kennel because it's his special place, and he will often run into it when he comes in from outside or when he gets frightened.

It was a difficult adjustment for Sammy to be in a new home with other dogs, but as he has settled into his foster home, he now enjoys spending time with the resident dogs, being outside with the other dogs, and exploring the yard and woods. Sammy likes to walk or go to the dog park and explore there, although he doesn't interact too much with the other dogs. He has picked up on the daily routines of meal times, bedtimes, and naps.

Sammy's ideal Forever Home will be a quiet one that does not have small children, and it will be one where someone is at home most of the time. If you are looking for a low-key companion, Sammy should be a great fit. For more information, 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 Sammy.

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

Posted: 10/05/15


MYA
Excelsior, MN

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ESRA#:2016-186MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:22 months
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:47 lbs
Variety:Field
If you're looking for a snuggle bug who just wants to cuddle, you need to meet happy little Miss Mya! This petite pup loves everyone and has the kisses to prove it. Her tail is constantly moving--it's that typical springer wiggle butt!

Mya is still very puppy-like, so she loves to play. Stuffed animals are favorites, especially if they squeak. And if you want to throw a ball, she will bring it back to you again and again. It's a good thing that she likes to play so much, because she needs to lose about seven pounds. She is shorter than the typical field springer, but she has clearly enjoyed her meals. Mya's foster family is working to help her slim down so that she will have a new, svelte shape for summer.

Mya is very submissive with people and most other dogs. She prefers smaller dogs like herself; big dogs are somewhat scary for her. Mya gets along with her foster brother and sister Springers, although because they are older, they are not terribly excited about her puppy energy. Another dog in the house would be nice for Mya, as she hates being alone. She could be an only dog if her people were around a lot. Ideally, her family would spend lots of time with her as she's definitely a Velcro Springer. Mya much prefers to sleep with her people, but she curls up nicely at the foot of the bed with no hogging of the covers.

Although Mya comes when she is called, her new family will need to teach her basic commands and manners through positive reinforcement. This shouldn't be difficult since Mya is so loving, and she just wants to please her people. New situations can make her nervous, so patience is a plus in helping her to adapt.

Mya is healthy and, unlike many puppies, she is housetrained. With her energy, she will make someone a great running buddy after she improves her leash manners. She loves to sniff around outside, and she has a keen nose. (Just ask the baby bunny she found!) Mya will need a fenced yard, because otherwise there is no telling where her nose would lead her.

If Mya sounds like a good match for you and your family, don't wait to contact her case managers at the e-mail address below. It won't take his little cutie long to find a Forever Home!

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

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

Posted: 4/21/16


BELLA
Hermantown, MN

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ESRA#:2016-137MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:42 lbs
Variety:Bench
Bella is one of the sweetest, happiest, and cutest dogs around! This petite girl is a typical Velcro Springer who wants to be by your side all the time.

Bella lives with two Springer foster siblings and gets along well with them. She would be happy either residing with other dogs or being the only dog in her Forever Home. Bella is very easygoing and doesn't ask for much other than just to be loved. Her original home included children, and she enjoyed their company.

Although Bella has no desire to wander, she does look forward to her walks and playing fetch. She knows basic commands and is housetrained. She very much respects the rules of the house. Bella does insist on being the first one out the door when it's time for a car ride! She also enjoys earning her favorite treat, ice cubes, when she is working on training and tricks.

If you are looking for an endearing little princess to grace your household, look no further! Bella will make an amazing companion for her Forever Family.

Please note that an approved adoption application is the first step in a more thorough interview process that is designed to match each dog to exactly the right family, and 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 Bella.

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

Posted: 4/20/16

Springers in Missouri        top

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

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.

SOX
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2015-4CO
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
UPDATE from Sox's foster mom, 3/29/16: It is so amazing to watch a dog transform and to learn his secrets. Sox has so many secrets, and every now and then he lets us in on one. We recently took him to the vet for his shots. The vet always has treats to share in the waiting room, and I was ready to give Sox one when someone interrupted me and started a conversation. So there I was with Sox on a leash in one hand and a treat in the other, totally ignoring my dog. Not to be upstaged, Sox went through a new trick routine that we had not taught him! He sat, he laid down, he rolled over, he sat back up and shook hands with both paws, he did a spin, and then he spoke! WOW! Sox definitely got his treat! Where did he learn all of that, and why did he not do those things when we went through sample commands? What a funny, smart dog!

Mr. Sox is also consistently doing better with other dogs. He has accepted our newest foster dog without complaint. He is so excited when people come to visit, and he adores their attention. However, when Sox is tired of the attention and needs his time out, he will go to his safe place where he expects to be left alone. For this reason, we still will not place him in a home with small children.

Sox has started to seek us out for some lap time, and he snuggles and jumps up on the bed in the morning for a good belly rub. We love this boy, and we know that the right, patient family will love him, too.
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UPDATE from Sox's foster mom, 7/25/15: Time and patience heal so many things. Sweet, funny Sox has come out of his shell! He has surprised us time and again with how loving he is with people. We have had him at the vet, where he was an excellent patient. He got a rave review from the groomer about how well he behaved; he even offered his paws to be groomed.

Sox has been around older children, and he loves to play with them. My nieces visited for a couple of weeks, and he thought they were the best. Their mother used Sox to get them up in the mornings! Sox greets all of our guests with excitement and brings them his toys. He enjoys their attention. He has become a very content house dog, staying inside all day by himself while we are at work.

Sox still has issues with other dogs. Though we are working on this, we definitely recommend that he be an only dog. We will never give up on Sox. We know that his Forever Family is out there, searching to find their perfect dog. Love will lead them to each other.
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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


JED
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2016-120NE
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:46 lbs
Variety:Bench
Watch this video to see Jed meeting some new friends!
From Jed's foster mom: Jed is simply sweet, and he is beloved by all. He is such a good boy! He came to ESRA from a shelter where he had been placed when his family could no longer care for him. Mr. Jed immediately found joy in his release from the shelter walls.

This cute boy is housetrained. He loves to go for walks, and he is the ultimate cuddle bug and kisser. In the evening, he prefers to stretch into your arms with his back settled into you and his belly facing out so that you can cuddle him and rub his belly. Oh my, what pure contentment that provides him!

Jed is good with other dogs and cats. He adores just about everyone. His former owners stated on their relinquishment papers that he barks at children who are at his eye level. We speculate that he never lived with young children, or perhaps he had a bad ear-pulling experience with them. However, because he is so sweet, we are sure that his new adopter could help him learn that children are good friends.

Jed follows basic commands, has a good recall, and exhibits a moderate prey drive. He is invisible-fence trained, he rides well in the car, and he is fine when he is left alone in the house. Jed uses a doggy door when it suits him, although he prefers that you open the door when he comes in. He does like to get up on the furniture, and he finds the back of the couch to be a good lookout post.

The lucky family that adopts Jed will need to provide him with daily walks and indoor living, and they must be willing to have him fill their laps, arms, and hearts with his love. Prospective adopting families are asked to meet Jed here at his foster home.

If you would like to know more about darling Jed, please contact us at the e-mail address below.

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

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

Posted: 3/30/16

Springers in North Dakota        top

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

Springers in South Dakota        top

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

Springers in Ohio        top

LARRY
Sylvania, OH

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ESRA#:2015-705IL2015-704IL
Status: AvailableAvailable
   
Age:8 years8 years
Gender:MaleMale
Color:Black & WhiteBlack & White
Weight:58 lbs56
Variety:FieldField
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
Meet Larry and Curley! (We're pretty sure there was a Moe at some point, but these boys are no stooges.) These two littermates came into ESRA's program after their elderly owner died suddenly. Unfortunately, there were no relatives to take them in. Curley and Larry lived near Lake Michigan, and twice a day they enjoyed visiting the dog beach, where they were known as great dogs. Friendly neighbors would make a fuss over them. When their owner passed away, many folks were interested in their welfare. However, no one could give them a home together, which is what they really need.

The boys were loved and well taken care of before they came into ESRA's care, and they are just full of Springer energy and enthusiasm. They are healthy, neutered, microchipped, and up to date on all their vaccines. They fit right in at their new foster home, and both of them like their little Springer foster sister. Larry and Curley are good-sized dogs, and they get along well with the three little girls in their foster home. Because of their size, however, they might be a little too exuberant for children under the age of eight.

Although they are eight years old, neither has shown any signs of slowing down. Like most Springers, Curley and Larry love their time outside, patrolling the back yard for squirrels and birds. Their foster dad reports that the boys are good listeners, and they do well at overcoming external distractions. After a week or so of crating, the guys proved they can be trusted with free rein in the house while the family is away for the day.

While Larry and Curley are brothers, each definitely has his own separate and distinct personality. Curley is the big cuddler of the duo. He is more than willing to come up and give you a big smooch or to sit or lie next to (or on top of) you. Larry, the more independent brother, is not a kisser. As you will soon learn, though, that doesn't mean that he doesn't want your attention. Larry loves belly rubs and enjoys burrowing into anything with your scent, be it your towel after you've dried off from a shower or your blanket while he is lying next to you.

These brothers need a home with a fenced yard so that they can play and explore in safety. It did not take long for their foster dad to see the strong bond between these two. Therefore, Curley and Larry will need to find their Forever Home together. Spend just a few minutes with these affectionate boys and you will see why! You'll also see why they are truly wonderful and special dogs who will bring joy to their new family.

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

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

Posted: 5/03/16

LUCY
Mount Vernon, OH

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ESRA#:2015-280OH
Status: Available
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Female
Color:B&W Tricolor
Weight:35 lbs
Variety:Mix
Please let us introduce you to ESRA Ohio's beautiful Lucy! She is what we call a "Sprocker," a Springer/Cocker mix. She will celebrate her third birthday in July.

Lucy originally came to ESRA last April because of serious health issues in her original family. After some time in foster care, She was adopted by a wonderful new family. But after about six months, Lucy began showing anxiety around the children in her family. Lucy had been kid-tested before adoption, and she did great. There was no specific event after adoption that seemed to scare Lucy. However, the bottom line is that children do make Lucy nervous, and she has been known to growl and snap at times. But we want to make it clear that Lucy has never made physical contact with or bitten anyone.

Her family has worked with a trainer/behaviorist for months to address her anxiety around children, and while Lucy has made some progress, it's evident that she is better suited to a family with no children. So, for everyone's happiness and safety, Lucy's family has made the heartbreaking decision to surrender her to ESRA so we can find her a home that is child free.

Our lovely girl is microchipped, spayed, and up to date on all vetting. She is housetrained and crate trained. In fact, Lucy loves to sleep in her crate at night, and she will let you know when it's time for bed. She doesn't mind getting a bath. Her mom groomed her at home, and Lucy was okay with the clippers. She rides well in the car. Lucy is obedience trained, is very smart, and listens well. However, she can be a bit independent, so she needs an owner who will provide firm and consistent guidance and leadership.

Lucy may need a refresher on leash training. You see, she has lived on a large wooded property so she is used to daily, off-leash hikes rather than leashed walks around the neighborhood. At any rate, Lucy loves to be outside exploring and playing fetch. She will wade into the pond, but once her belly gets wet, she won't go any deeper. Vigorous and stimulating daily activity is necessary for her physical and mental well-being. While Lucy is affectionate and likes to cuddle, she is not content to be a couch potato all day, every day.

If she is introduced to them properly, Lucy is okay with most dogs. However, she should be the only dog in the household. And because of her high prey drive, her home should not include cats or small pocket pets. Lucy likes to sit and watch outside for wildlife like squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, etc. When she spots a critter, she cries and carries on, wanting to be outside to go after it.

Lucy is a sweet, smart, active young girl who needs just the right Forever Home. Is yours the one? If you think so, please contact her case manager at the e-mail address below.

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

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

Posted: 5/02/16

BAILEY
Cincinnati, OH

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ESRA#:2016-29OH
Status: Available
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:48 lbs
Variety:Bench
Miss Bailey is an eight-year-old Springer who is learning to adapt to changes in her world since her Mom and Dad moved to an assisted living facility and couldn’t take her along. Having been an only dog and treated like a princess before coming to ESRA, Bailey has been working on altering her routine and habits so she can comfortably share space with the resident Springer boys in her foster home. With a dog-savvy foster mom monitoring a few noisy canine “conversations” and promising always to provide Bailey with a private area for her meals, after a few weeks in foster care Bailey has become a lot more relaxed around her housemates. Also although it took her a while to realize that new people can be just as comforting as her Mom and Dad were, Bailey now doesn’t just welcome the chance but actually seeks out opportunities to cuddle and have her head and ears stroked. She’s quite a “people dog” and is the typical wiggly, friendly Springer when people come to visit — she especially loves men!

Bailey prefers the safety of a crate when traveling but there’s no need to crate her in the house since she is fully housetrained and trustworthy with free rein of the house when Foster Mom is not at home. She likes to play and can happily occupy herself with toys. She loves being outside, even if it means just sniffing around the yard. She could use some work on her leash manners — we find that the use of a training aid like an Easy Walk harness makes a big difference. With a strong prey drive, Bailey has a keen eye for cats, rabbits, squirrels, even small dogs, but for the time being, Bailey is having no trouble tamping down her own desire to give chase to small furry critters because it’s too painful for her to run. Vet exams and x-rays have determined that she came to ESRA with a torn ligament in her left rear leg and will require surgery and a period of convalescence before she’s ready to enjoy a good romping chase again. Click the Special Needs heart icon to read more about her injury and follow her progress.

As Bailey recuperates from surgery on her leg, we’ll also be working to help her shed a few pounds, hopefully down to a target weight around 52. She’s a beautiful girl who will be looking forward to the Spring day when she is back to a healthy active life and ready to find another loving family and Forever Home.

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

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

Posted: 3/04/16


BUDDY
Cincinnati, OH

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ESRA#:2016-42OH
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet our sweet boy, Buddy! He came to ESRA because his owners were moving. Apparently Buddy had passed through three homes before coming into ESRA's care. So he's looking for a Forever Family to love and care for him the rest of his days. This boy wants to put down some permanent roots!

We learned that Buddy had not seen a vet in quite some time, so he got the full treatment once he came into ESRA's care. He is neutered, up to date on all vaccines and preventives, and microchipped. The doctor did discover that Buddy had Lyme disease, so he was treated with a thirty-day course of antibiotics. He is fine now, and shows no lasting effects of the disease. Buddy came to us with very dry skin and a few scabby spots, all of which have been cared for. He looks and feels much better now! His foster mom thinks that he may have the onset of arthritis. Therefore, he is currently on a holistic regimen, which has made a big difference. He now pounces around and runs outside with ease.

Buddy gets along with other dogs and cats. He's usually not much interested playing with other dogs, but occasionally he does engage in play, especially with male dogs. Buddy shows significant signs of having been bullied in the past by other dogs, so he would do best with another dog that is not too dominant. He is not a fighter. He will excuse himself from any altercation and turn his face to a corner.

Our boy would really be in heaven if he were the only dog, as he especially loves his humans. Unless he's sleeping, he won't give up nudging you for attention and pets. He loves a particular squeaky toy and will ask you to throw it until you are pooped! Buddy is not a kisser, which in his case is probably good since he does tend to drool when he gets excited over anything that resembles food.

Buddy is housetrained, and he knows the commands Sit, Stay, Down, and Come. He's good about grooming and daily brushing. Buddy does not need to be crated, as he will leave all your belongings alone. However, he is a bit sneaky if you leave food out, and he will wait until you are out of sight before he makes his move. Buddy does like the sofa, but he only comes up on the bed if he is invited. When he gets really excited outdoors, he likes to yelp and run around the yard and try to dig. But if you tell him, "No digging!" that's all it takes for him to stop.

This delightful guy loves his walks. When he first came to his foster home he was so elated that he would literally yelp for the entire walk. He now just yelps and does circles endlessly while his foster mom gets the leash out. Buddy also loves to go for car rides! One unusual thing about this boy is that he's not too fond of swimming. He will get close enough to the water's edge to get a drink, but he will go no further.

Buddy is such a handsome dog, with the most beautiful, soulful eyes. His needs are simple: a daily walk, playtime, and snuggles with his humans. He'll soak up all the affection he can get, and he will return that affection in full measure. Do you have room in your heart and your home for this loving boy? If so, contact his cas manager at the e-mail address below.

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

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

Posted: 4/07/16

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JORDY
Barboo, WI

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ESRA#:2015-457MN
Status: Available
  
Age:11 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:47 lbs
Variety:Field

Thinking about bringing Jordy or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
We would like to thank Angela Boone of Angela Boone Photography in Roseville, Minnesota for generously donating the photos of Jordy displayed here. Visit her website.
Sweet Jordy was picked up by animal control as he was wandering in the country. Our best guess is that he is around ten or eleven years old. Jordy is a dear senior guy who is adjusting to the indoor life at his foster home and is enjoying it!

Jordy gets along well with the foster family's resident small dogs, and he is learning to live with cats. He will back off quickly if they hiss and stand up to him. Jordy walks perfectly on leash and loves taking strolls, meeting the neighbors along the way. His favorite pastime is sniffing around the fenced yard, but in true Springer fashion, he loves following his person around, too.

Because he can no longer hear and his peripheral vision is impaired, a home without children would be best for Jordy. He does well with hand signals and will Sit, Lie Down, and Stay. As he is deaf, he will need a securely fenced yard to keep him safe. Jordy is truly the sweetest of sweethearts, and he is so easy to have around. Do you have a soft place in your heart and your home for Jordy to spend his retirement years?

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Coordinator, Marie Heinking kcmcheinking@frontier.com .

Posted: 8/22/15


WINNIE
DeForest, WI

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ESRA#:2015-666WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:42 lbs
Variety:Bench

Thinking about bringing Winnie or another wonderful Senior Springer into your family? Read why rescuing Senior Springers is a top priority for ESRA.
Winnie, originally named Arwen, came to ESRA because, sadly, her owner passed away.

This lovely girl is very smart. She learns quickly with a lot of praise (and, of course, treats!). Winnie is a Velcro dog who is good with children of all ages as well as with other dogs. She ignores her foster family's cats. Winnie listens well, has good recall, and knows the basic commands.

Winnie's vaccinations are up to date. She is housetrained and has the run of the house. However, there have been a few accidents. She does let you know if she needs to go out and do her business. Winnie has some separation anxiety, and she will tend to bark if she becomes overexcited or when someone is at the door.  

Winnie enjoys going for long walks, and she walks well on the leash. She also enjoys playing outside. When she is in the yard, she stays close and always knows where her people are. Road trips are no problem for Winnie, as she enjoys riding in the car and will sleep most of the time if it is a long ride.

This charmer loves to snuggle, and she also loves to sleep on the bed if she is allowed to do so. Winnie loves everyone she meets, and her favorite pastime is to cuddle up next to you and fall asleep.

If you want a friendly, constant companion and a great bed warmer, Winnie will be the perfect dog for you! Contact her foster family at the e-mail address below for more information about wonderful Winnie.

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Gary and Sue Anderson cdrgary@hotmail.com .

Posted: 4/04/16

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