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This page was last updated on 11/28/14

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SPRINGER FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED!!

Do you have room in your home and your heart for a Springer in need? We pay for necessary veterinary expenses, including heartworm medications and flea prevention. We ask that you provide food, toys, lots of love, a kind hand, and a safe  home in which a Springer can live temporarily while we seek that perfect Forever Home for him or her.

We do not have a shelter or kennel, and our ability to continue rescuing depends on whether we have a place for the dogs to stay when they are released to our rescue group. We exist entirely on donations and adoption fees, so it is difficult for us to board an animal in a kennel or vet's office since most foster dogs are in our care for two to six weeks.

If you give a rescue dog a temporary home, not only will you save a life, you will vastly improve your own. People who love animals live longer, healthier lives and you'll redecorate your home with fur for free!

If you will consider helping our dogs, please fill out our Foster Home Application or contact your state's coordinator

Thank you for helping in any way you can.

Springers in Illinois        top

DORIS
Ingleside, IL

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 9/07/14

MOLLY
Kewanee, IL

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

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

Molly is a very special Springer and ESRA has promised that her life will get better every day from now on. Please click on the Special Needs icon to read more about her and why she deserves all the love and support we can provide.

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

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

Posted: 9/07/11


SKEETER
Flossmoor, IL

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ESRA#:2014-564IL
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:12 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:41 lbs
Variety:Field
Skeeter's family circumstances changed recently, and his owners could no longer have a dog in their lives. Therefore, they brought him to the vet to be euthanized. They couldn't imagine that anyone would want their twelve-year-old dog. This assumption was wrong, however, because Skeeter's eyesight, hearing, and mobility are good, and he is still happy, healthy, and energetic, with lots of love and companionship left to give. Recognizing this, a compassionate vet tech took Skeeter in and contacted ESRA.

Skeeter has been well taken care of, and no one would guess his age by his behavior. He is up to date on his vaccinations and is neutered and microchipped.

Currently Skeeter is in a foster home with another little rescue dog, a cat, and a kitten. According to his foster mom, Skeeter is an absolute joy!† He rides well in the car and loves to go for long walks. He initially chased the cats when they ran, but they are now his good friends. Skeeter loves to play, and he has enticed the resident dog into games of tug-of-war, chase, and wrestling.†

Skeeter can be left alone, but when you get home he will certainly let you know how much you were missed!† He is affectionate and happy to be in the company of adults, children, and other dogs. Skeeter does think he is a lap dog, and he will cuddle up with you if you let him.

With winter coming, Skeeter will be a sweet and warm companion. If you are interested in giving this wonderful senior the life he deserves, 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 Skeeter.

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

Posted: 9/21/14

Springers in Indiana        top

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

Springers in Iowa        top

DUDE
Des Moines, IA

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ESRA#:2014-736IA
Status: Available
  
Age:18 months
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
This handsome heartbreaker is Dude, a playful and sweet boy who is looking for his Forever Home. His foster family says he is a typical "snuggle bunny."†Dude, a true Velcro Springer, enjoys following people around. He just loves everyone! Some of Dude's skills include finding toy baskets, squeaking the toys, chewing bones, and playing with the resident Springers. This silly boy will make anyone smile with his antics and enthusiasm.

Because Dude is still young, he would benefit from a family who will continue his training as he blossoms into adulthood. For instance, he wants to help you cook in the kitchen, so it is useful to give him a gentle reminder every so often that he is a dog! Dude gets along with all the other canines he has been around, and because he enjoys playtime, he would probably do best in a household that has another dog.

Dude is housetrained and crate trained. He is earning his foster family's trust and has been fine when he has been given free rein of the house while the people are away.

Are you looking for an energetic, loving boy? Dude is your answer! He is waiting patiently for the family who would like to play fetch with him, take him for walks, let him help build a snowman, or just snuggle up with him on cold winter nights. If this cool Dude sounds like just the right fit for you, contact his case managers right away at the e-mail address below.

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

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

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

Posted: 11/19/14

BUCKY
Davenport, IA

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Bucky before his recent haircut

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Throw it--please, please, please!

ESRA#:2013-712MN
Status: Available
  
Age:12 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:46 lbs
Variety:Bench
Bucky enjoys playing in the yard, as you can see in this video!
Sweet Bucky likes a comfy dog bed and loves to fetch a ball or a Kong. He drops it next to someone and waits patiently for it to be thrown. This delightful boy is always willing to play, inside or outside. He also likes his walks, and he can go along at a brisk pace! He is good on the leash, although he does want to greet everyone he meets, people and dogs alike.

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 12/06/13


SONNY
Iowa City, IA

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ESRA#:2011-349MN
Status: Deceased
Date:2014-11-18
  
Age:12 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:64 lbs
Variety:Bench
From Sonny's foster mom: Sonny was previously found as a stray. He was taken in by ESRA, and a new, loving home was found for him. A year later, however, Sonny's owners could no longer care for him. Because Sonny has lost the only secure home he's ever known, we're glad to have this big, lovable sweetie back in ESRA's care.

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

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

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

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

Sonny does have a problem with the occasional loss of bowel control due to a combination of age, his arthritis, and weakened muscles. It canít be cured, but it can be pretty well controlled. Sonny needs to be on a regular feeding and walk schedule, and someone should be home during the day to keep him on schedule. Heís also an early riser, so getting him out for a morning walk is important.

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

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

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

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

Contact: Beverly Jones bajones@inav.net .

Posted: 4/17/11

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

LIBERTY
Hutchinson, KS

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Liberty enjoys the ride!

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

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

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

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

Posted: 3/15/12

Springers in Michigan        top

MONTY
Union City, MI

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ESRA#:2014-689MI
Status: Available
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:54 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Monty, an active, playful youngster who melts to the floor for a good belly rub. This adorable fellow was a stray, so his past is unknown. What is clear to his foster mom is that Monty is a wonderful dog with a passion for his humans and a zeal for life.

Monty is a perfect example of the outgoing, social, bouncy, fun-loving side of the English Springer Spaniel breed. He is highly motivated by affection, and he enjoys absolutely everything to do with people and petting. Monty is simply happy whenever and wherever he can be with his family, whether that be lounging inside the house or frolicking outdoors in nature.

Monty is more of a pack follower than a leader, and he gets along well with other amiable, submissive dogs who love to play. He would not be a good fit with aggressive or possessive canine siblings. Monty likes his toys for himself, and he is not a huge fan of sharing them with his peers. He is also a bit of an attention seeker with his foster family, though he is beginning to understand that the other resident pooches get petting, too!

This young, zestful guy has loads of energy to burn. Monty's Forever Family must be committed to providing him with daily physical exercise and mental stimulation. He would make a fabulous jogging partner or even a biking partner, with the proper training. Monty also exhibits a keen prey drive and may do well as a bird-hunting companion.

Monty is a smashing success with the dog-comfortable cats in his foster home. He especially enjoys carousing with a special feline playmate who bats at him and jumps on him while he dances in goofy circles around her. This exuberant lad would be best in a Forever Home with children in at least their early teens. Monty's fancy footwork might be a bit too boisterous for smaller children.

Monty hit the jackpot with an excellent foster family that gently yet firmly teaches him about rules and boundaries. His repertoire of positive skills grows daily. Monty is working to become proficient in the commands Sit, Wait, and Come. His foster mom proudly says that he is much better about bolting than he once was, but she reports that he needs improvement with distractions (darned squirrels!). Monty has made tremendous progress in learning to walk politely on leash.

This liver-and-white cutie is housetrained and neutered. He is current on vaccinations and has been microchipped. Curious Monty remains in awe of the tasty treasures found on the kitchen counter, so he needs continued work to help him curb his surfing tendencies. Monty is crate trained, but he is not overly thrilled to be confined there and thus to miss out on any perceived fun or action. He does vocalize his displeasure, but he is actually crying less and less as he starts to accept the crate as his very own cozy space. Monty rides well in the car, where he is crated for his safety.

Monty is a precious, handsome guy looking for a dog-savvy Forever Family dedicated to continuing his obedience training. He truly is a very good boy who just needs direction, discipline, and leadership to thrive and shine. Monty has much to learn yet, and he has even more love to give. He craves affection and will slather you with sweet kisses of appreciation. Our state coordinator can fill in any blanks about Mister Monty. Let her know that you have an interest in opening your heart and home to this marvelous male! †

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

Contact: Michigan Coordinator, Kim Marvin sammiebella@hotmail.com .

Posted: 11/18/14

Springers in Minnesota        top

CHASE
Rochester, MN

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

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

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

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

If you are ready for snuggles and Springer fun, Chase is ready to become a part of your family! To learn more about Chase or to arrange to meet him, please contact his case managers at the e-mail address below.

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

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

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

Posted: 11/20/14

DIEGO
Burnsville, MN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 10/17/14

WILLIE
St. Paul, MN

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 7/25/14

MATTY
Hopkins, MN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 3/19/14

GINGER
Rochester, MN

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

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

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

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

UPDATE from Ginger's foster mom, 4/10/13: Ginger had the opportunity to go to the ďSpringer SpaĒ at another foster home last week while we were on vacation. While she was there she discovered why girls love to be pampered! I was concerned that settling into another new situation would be hard on Ginger, but before I left she was curled up on the floor and couldnít have been happier. A crate takes on a whole new meaning when it is lined with pillows! This girl had previously been deprived of the joy of arranging pillows and snuggling into a plush, fluffy bed. Baths, special shampoos, and a new haircut made her a very happy dog indeed. Ginger let me know that I could leave her there anytime, as it is a doggie utopia.

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 3/18/13


HANK
Faribault, MN

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Hank loves to be near (or on) his people!

ESRA#:2014-146MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field
Hank is a super affectionate boy who loves to spend evenings curled up next to his foster family. Despite his fifty-pound size, he thinks he is a lap dog, and he will position himself with his head as close to yours as he can get. Hank loves three things: swimming, snuggling, and being a loyal friend. He is a very handsome dog with soft, silky hair. Hankís ideal family will be one that is familiar with dog behavior and dog training, as Hank will try to establish dominance if rules are not in place. However, once he knows who the leader is, he is a perfect gentlemen. Hank loves riding in cars, and he will be happy to go everywhere with you. He gets along fine with his sister Springers, and he previously lived with a cat.

Hank was found as a stray, and he tends to follow his nose. His ideal Forever Home will have a fenced in yard. Hank is the best buddy a person could have, as he wants to be right near his family at all times. He loves to cuddle! He also enjoys going for walks and runs, and swimming is his favorite outdoor activity.

When Hank originally came into rescue, he had difficulty meeting new dogs. He was protective of his foster family. However, after working with his foster family, Hank has started to learn that sniffing can be friendly. We're happy to report that he has acquired several canine friends. Hank's Forever Family should be prepared to continue with his socialization by taking him on dog walks and to parks, etc.

Hank will be the perfect dog for a family with a fenced yard if that family is looking for an energetic and fun-loving Springer. He is a great companion and will always manage to make you smile day after day. Oh--and he will lick your face in the morning if your alarm doesn't go off!

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 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 Hank.

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

Posted: 4/11/14

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LEO
Kansas City, MO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 5/01/14

LIBBY
Kansas City, MO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 5/01/14

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

KATIE
Lincoln, NE

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ESRA#:2014-574IA
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:52 lbs
Variety:Bench
A letter from Katie:
I canít believe that life could get any better than it has been for the last few weeks, but my foster mom says that it will! She says I was "a diamond in the rough," but that Iím "getting sparklier every day," whatever that means. Maybe thatís because before, in my old life, my buddy and I were always outside no matter what the weather was like, and we were chained up a lot of the time. Itís hard to look pretty when youíre covered in dirt and mats and even have pieces of plastic fencing stuck in your overgrown coat. I was a mess, and I needed some TLC! Itís hard to have much fun when you and your friend donít have much to do except dig holes and play with rocks.

That seems like a long time ago, though. Today Iím beautiful with my new short haircut, my skin feels wonderful, and my ears feel soooo much better now that Mom puts medicine in them!

My foster mom and dad keep me in the house with them and my new Springer foster sisters. You would not believe how soft and comfortable it is to sleep inside. It's so much better then being outside in the dirt. There are cozy beds and a special place just for me!

I LOVE people! Did you hear me say that? ĎCause I REALLY LOVE PEOPLE! All the new people Iíve met since I've come to live here are so nice. I want them all to know how much I love them back. I love adults and children, but sometimes I get so excited that I jump up, so I could knock the little ones over. I donít really want to let anyone out of my sight because Iím a bit worried that this good life might go away. I want to be petted all the time, and I will remind you of that if you stop.

Iím learning to be good in the house and always to go potty outside. Itís sort of hard, but my sisters are helping me learn how to live in the house, play like a dog, and do my business outdoors. Iíve had just a couple of accidents, and Mom says Iím doing well! I love to go for walks, and I walk nicely on a leash. I donít chase the cats in the house, and I know the commands Sit and Lie Down.

The only thing I remember about where I lived before is that I loved to play with rocks and dig holes. It was the only thing that was fun before, so Iím uncertain about other toys and games. My foster sisters are teaching me how much fun balls, Kongs, and squeaking things can be! (Sometimes, though, I still get super excited when I find a rock or a great place in the yard to dig. Oops!) The dogs here have taught me that running, chasing, tugging, and wrestling are pretty great games.†All this exercise is helping me to lose a few extra pounds, too! It's very nice to have canine companions, so if you arenít going to be home for most of the day, I would like a doggie brother or sister to keep me company.

I do love my Springer sisters, but they are such attention hogs! Mom says that soon I will have a family of my own that will love me forever. Are you that family? If you'd like to learn more about me, please contact my case manager at the e-mail address below. I could be YOUR diamond!

Love,
Katie

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

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

Posted: 9/28/14

HARLEY
Arnold, NE

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 7/17/14

MAIZY
Omaha, NE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 4/22/11

Springers in North Dakota        top

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

Springers in South Dakota        top

BLUE
Sioux Falls, SD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 8/04/14

Springers in Ohio        top

SHERMAN POTTER
Rootstown, OH

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 1/31/13

BAXTER
West Lafayette, OH

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

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

Baxter is a great fellow, and his foster family has only praise for him. He loves being around children, and he is great with other dogs. He hasnít lived with a cat, but he does like to chase them. Baxter is housetrained and crate trained, but he can also be trusted to have the run of the house. He also knows Sit, Lie Down, and Shake. He loves, loves, loves car rides!

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

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

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

Contact: Christi Olinger christiolinger@gmail.com .

Posted: 10/17/11


SKY
Cincinnati, OH

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ESRA#:2014-557IN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:12 months
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:22 lbs
Variety:Mix
This little girl is fast! Click here to watch Sky run and fetch.
Hi! My name is Sky. I'm just a little Springer wannabe who's hoping to find her Forever Home soon. ESRA was contacted after my mom (a Springer or Springer mix) and I were found running down a busy road and no owners could be located. I may not look like my canine foster brothers, but I command the lap and the love just like a purebred ESS!

The vet thinks I'm not even one year old yet, and I've been told that I have lots of puppy energy and antics. For example, I like to take my foster mom's slippers from the closet and hide them throughout the house. I don't nibble on them. I just like to carry them around. It's a game I'm teaching her, which I call "Slipper Seek and Hide"!

Since being rescued, I've learned my name and other words: Sit, Off, Down, and Bed. I sleep in a crate at night, although I've been found napping on the bed a time or two. I like my humans to be close by. Luckily, my foster dad is home most of the day, and he lets me lie on his lap while we watch ESPN. Some of my favorite things are running after a ball, chewing on sticks I find in the yard, and trying very hard to talk my foster brothers into playing with me. I get along with them, but I think I'd really like a home where I can be someone's little princess. Can you share your castle with me?

Snuggles from
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From Sky's foster mom: Sky is a energetic puppy who loves to run, play fetch, and get belly rubs. She is spayed, up to date on all shots, and microchipped. She gets along with other dogs and kids. We have never exposed her to cats. Sky is fully housetrained, and while she happily sleeps in her crate overnight, she does not like to be in there when the family is gone during the day. We are working on this as well as other puppy obedience lessons.

We hope to find Sky an environment where family members are home most of the time to seamlessly take over her care and training. This little cutie will make a wonderful playmate and companion. Please contact us right away if you would like to add her to your family!

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

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

Posted: 9/23/14

Springers in Wisconsin        top

CANDIE
Oconomowoc, WI

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ESRA#:2014-746WI
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:47 lbs
Variety:Field
A letter from Candie:

Hi, everyone! I was found wandering around without a collar, so I was taken to the Humane Society. The nice people there named me Candie because I'm so sweet. I'm a typical Springer Spaniel with a beautiful intact tail. I have just had a bath and a haircut, so I am ready to go to my Forever Home. I love to play fetch with toys and balls, and I can even play with the ball by myself. One day I threw my squeaky toy up in the air and caught it!

My foster family was surprised at how well I have adjusted to their home. I sleep downstairs on a soft doggie bed, although I would be happy to sleep in your bedroom because I just want to be near you.

I get along great with the other dog who lives here. We met each other at the park and played together there first before we came home. I ran with other dogs at the park, too. One day I went with my foster mom to see a friend who has a cat. We looked at each other from a distance, but I thought, heck, I'd rather play with the squeaky toy than with that cat, so I left her alone. I do have a habit of jumping up, and I am pretty strong, so maybe it would be better if I lived with a family with no small children because I might knock them over when I'm excited to see them.

I am learning to walk on a leash, but I didn't have a lot of training before coming to my foster home, so I'll need more practice. I must be on a leash when I am let out because I love to follow smells and squirrels and rabbits, and I don't know much about streets. It would be nice to live somewhere that has a fenced-in yard so that I could sniff and explore in safety.

I am up to date on my shots, and I was just recently microchipped. The vet estimates my age at between four and six. My teeth are very clean and white, my ears are clean, and I am an all-around active dog. But don't think that because I'm active I don't like to chill out and take a nap, because I do.

I really want to find a Forever Home where I can play and snuggle and have my very own humans to love. If you think I could come to live with your family and be your Forever Friend, please contact my foster parents right away at the e-mail address below.

Love,
Candie

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Terrie Silverman and Tony Casper terries@execpc.com .

Posted: 11/26/14

TANNER
New Berlin, WI

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ESRA#:2014-717WI
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:70 lbs
Variety:Bench
Click here to see a short video of Tanner having a conversation with his foster mom!
Hi, there! I'm Tanner, and I'm looking for my Forever Home. I'm neutered, all my shots are up to date, my heartworm and parasite tests were negative, and I have a microchip in case I get lost. My tail is docked, and I have no dew claws. I'm a big boy at seventy pounds right now, and I would like to slim down. My previous owners got divorced, so I have been shuffled between homes for the last year. I ended up back with my mom, who has health problems. She wasn't able to give me the time or exercise I need, so she called the nice people at ESRA for help.

I like to think that I'm a happy-go-lucky guy who gets along well with just about anybody. I've lived with children of all ages as well as dogs and cats. We all got along and had fun together. My foster home has three other dogs and we all get along, too. I do like to be the boss of the dogs, so I would do best in a home where another dog would be okay with me being dominant. Some of my favorite things are playing fetch with my stuffed toys, snuggling with my foster family, playing in the yard, and being wherever my humans are. My foster mom says I am a Velcro baby/snuggle bunny. (I think that means she likes me!)

I know basic commands like Sit, Down, and Stay. Walking on a leash isn't something I have much experience with, so I can get excited and pull. However, my foster mom uses a special training collar that helps me remember to Heel, and I've been doing better. I am pretty good about coming when I'm called, but if there is something near me that smells good, I may ignore you. Also, every now and then I may try a game of "Catch Me If You Can." But my foster mom has discovered that if she doesn't chase me I quickly come back to her, so I guess she's onto my tricks.

I have a few habits that I've been told some folks may not like, so in the interest of full disclosure, I'll tell you about them. I jump up when I'm excited, I get on the furniture, and I like to cuddle in bed with you. I don't like sharing my toys or food with other dogs, so I growl to let them know. Humans, however, are always welcome to take toys or food from me. I'm not fond of having my hair or nails trimmed, although I love being brushed, and you can touch my feet, ears, and mouth. My foster mom thinks that I was allowed to have my way all the time, and she says that I just need consistent, gentle reminders that humans are in charge. I think she's right, because I really haven't minded letting people take control of things, and that has actually made me feel more settled and secure.

Well that's about all I can think of to tell you, but you can e-mail my foster mom if you have any questions or if you would like to set up a time to visit me. I'd love to meet you and show you what a sweet, loving boy I can be!

Kisses,
Tanner

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

Contact: Foster Home, Laura Moldenhauer lauramapfm@hotmail.com .

Posted: 11/17/14

MARLEY
St. Croix Falls, WI

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

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

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

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

Marley's perfect home would be one with with kind, patient people who understand the importance of providing boundaries and routine. He is equally comfortable with gentle men and women. He will do well in a home with a single person or a couple. Because of his history of food guarding, he is not the right dog for a family with children. Children often have food and move in unexpected ways, which could inadvertently trigger food-guarding behavior.

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

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

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

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

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

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

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

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

Posted: 11/01/13

JAKE
Lake Geneva, WI

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Señor Jake shows off his taco costume!

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ESRA#:2014-554WI
Status: Available
  
Age:13 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:44 lbs
Variety:Mix
Jake's elderly owners couldn't care for him any longer, so they surrendered him to a shelter. Personnel there asked ESRA for help, as they knew that the shelter environment was not good for Jake.

Jake is a sweetheart of a senior gentleman who is eager to please. He loves to be petted, cuddled, and kissed, although he is not a kisser himself. He is good with children of all ages. Jake's foster mom says that he is a Velcro dog. He will not get onto the furniture or the bed. He knows the commands Come, Sit, and Lie Down. Jake rolls halfway over on his back because he loves belly rubs! He will also put his head on your lap to get his head rubbed.

Jake is housetrained and is not crated. He has free run of the house, and he has never had an accident. He will go lie in his bed when he is told to do so. Storms and fireworks make him nervous, so he may need some extra help in dealing with these sounds.

Jake loves to go for car rides, during which he does very well. He enjoys sitting in the middle of the back seat to watch where he is going. He gets along with other dogs and cats, although he will eat the cat's food if it is within his reach and he is not watched. He really enjoys going for walks, and he doesn't pull too strongly. He also loves to play with toys.

Jake is ready to find his Forever Home. He is up to date with his vaccinations, but he has not been neutered due to his age. Jake is a wonderful, well-behaved dog who can't wait to give you lots of love and get lots of love from you in return! If you have room in your heart and your home for dear Jake, please contact his foster mom right away 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 Jake.

Contact: Foster Home, Linda Diamond luvhorses740@gmail.com .

Posted: 10/30/14

RUGER
Lake Geneva, WI

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Roscoe

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Ruger with his tennis ball

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ESRA#:2013-547WI2013-548WI
Status: AvailableAvailable
   
Age:11 years14 years
Gender:MaleMale
Color:Liver & WhiteTricolor
Weight:65 lbs30
Variety:BenchMix
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
Here is our newest bonded pair, Ruger and Roscoe! Each boy would like to introduce himself to you.

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

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

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

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

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

Love,
Ruger

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

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

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

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

Affectionately,
Roscoe


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

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

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

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

Posted: 8/15/13


BO
Ridgeway, WI

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Bo, right, snuggles with a friend.

ESRA#:2014-553WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:39 lbs
Variety:Bench
Bo's family circumstances changed recently. His owners could no longer have a dog in their lives, so they brought Bo to a shelter. The shelter contacted ESRA, and we took him into our program. He is now healthy, up to date with vaccinations, neutered, and microchipped. He is on heartworm and flea prevention. Bo did great at the vet and the groomer, especially since he had never been to either one before.

Bo is on the smaller side, but his heart is big and full of love! He enjoys being around people, loves to cuddle, and is friendly with children of all ages. Bo does not show his age. He is very active and playful, and he moves like a pup. Bo gets along well with the other two Springers in this foster home, and he lived with another dog in his former home. He also gets along with cats. Bo knows some basic commands. He likes car rides and playing with toys. He also enjoys tug of war and running and playing with the foster family's Springers.

Bo does like to be with his humans as much as possible, and he tends to bark when he is left alone. He would do well in a family that would be able to spend lots of time with him.

Bo is a great guy who just loves people and attention. He would be a fine addition to any family who can give him the time, care, and affection he needs and deserves. If that family is yours, please get in touch with Bo's 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 Bo.

Contact: Pam Edl pjedl@charter.net .

Posted: 10/16/14

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