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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

HARRY
Ingleside, IL

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ESRA#:2009-483IL
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:55 lbs
Variety:Mix
Harry is a very sweet, well-mannered, easygoing boy. Just look at that face! This handsome guy is a Springer/pointer mix. His former family described him as nothing but a great dog. Unfortunately, because of changes within the family, they cannot keep him anymore. Therefore, Harry is looking for a new family to love.

Harry is healthy and up to date on all his vetting. He likes children, and he enjoyed the new baby in his former home as well as playing with visiting nieces and nephews. On the other hand, he definitely doesn't enjoy cats.  

Harry is housetrained. He walks well on the leash and rides nicely in the car. He is a sensitive boy, and being separated from his family was very hard on him. Harry missed them so much that he did not want to eat. He wouldn't wag his tail, and he just sat at the back of his kennel and wouldn't greet anyone. He needed some special coddling in the form of home-cooked chicken, rice, and green-bean dinners fed by hand. Harry slowly learned that the ESRA volunteers he met cared deeply about his welfare. The TLC worked! Harry came out of his shell and went to live at his new foster home.

Harry's foster mom reports that he follows her all around the house, and after a few days he made himself right at home on the family sofa. By the end of the first week, Harry was calm, comfortable, and back to eating normally. He has especially taken to his foster dad and likes to sleep with him. Harry has shown himself to be a good watch dog, and he will sound the alert if strangers are around. Harry lives with two male Springers, and they get along very well together.

Harry will do best in a home with a fenced yard and without cats. His foster mom describes him as very affectionate but not extremely needy. He is content with a normal, balanced routine of eating, loving, playing, and sleeping. She sums it up by saying that Harry is a complete lover boy who is eager to please and has plenty of love to share. And who could resist that face?

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

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

Posted: 4/01/14

JERSEY
Flossmoor, IL

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ESRA#:2014-125IL
Status: Available
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:42 lbs
Variety:Bench
Jersey will be two in April, and like all two-year-olds, she is just as cute and appealing as can be. From her bright eyes to her wagging tail, Jersey is bursting with personality, energy, and enthusiasm. She is a sociable girl who likes other dogs and has become best friends with the male Doberman who lives at her foster home. They love to play rough and tumble together until they both get tuckered out. When Jersey plays with the resident female Doberman, she is instinctively more gentle and respectful. Jersey also loves to play with the resident cat, and she enjoys going out to the barn to visit the horses. With people she is friendly and affectionate, and she will often be found either crawling into your lap or rolling over at your feet for tummy rubs. Jersey's owners had taken good care of her since she was a puppy. They housetrained her, crate trained her, and gave her very good vetting care. But they were not able to give her the exercise she needed, so they made the difficult decision to give her up.

Like all playful and curious youngsters, Jersey eagerly explores her world, and that means getting her inquisitive nose into everything. At times she finds something not meant for her, and she has so much fun with that object that she doesn't want to give it up. We are using clicker training to teach Jersey the fun art of trading for a treat. She is a smart girl and a fast learner, but she will need continued practice in this new skill for it to become second nature to her. Jersey'a adoptive family must be willing to work with her to reinforce her new behavior over time.

Jersey will do best in a family of adults who will provide her with plenty of opportunities for exercise and play, and who will use positive reinforcement techniques for her training. She needs a fenced yard to run and explore in safety, and she would love to have another playful dog for companionship. Beautiful little Jersey has so much wonderful potential, but she needs a kind and consistent family to help her become all that she can be. Is that family yours?

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

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

Posted: 3/30/14

MOLLY
Kewanee, IL

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ESRA#:2011-819IL
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:30 lbs
Variety:Bench
Molly is a little girl who is very sweet and loving - qualities we come to expect from our Springers. You'll add "brave" and "amazing" to that list of attributes when you read why she is a member of ESRA's Special Needs program. As a two-year-old, her life before she came to ESRA is best left in the past. The good part of her story started the day she was rescued.

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

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

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

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

Posted: 9/07/11

Springers in Indiana        top


ROCKY
Indianapolis, IN

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ESRA#:2013-950IN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:48 lbs
Variety:Bench
Are you in need of a friendly, loving companion? Well, Rocky needs you, too!

We fondly refer to Rocky as The Big Guy. While he is of average height, he has a wonderful, big blocky head, big droopy eyes, huge paws, and long, curly ears. He is simply adorable. He is not a high energy fellow, but he will dance a little jig in the snow from time to time.

Rocky was found as a stray in northern Indiana. As a result, we don't know his history, and we can only guess about his background and age. He is housetrained and well socialized with people. He did not appear to have had the best care until ESRA stepped into his life. Rocky is now neutered, flea-free, vaccinated, groomed, and microchipped. He initially showed a lot of stiffness in his back legs and is receiving a daily low dose of pain medication. Slow and gentle exercise is rebuilding his muscle mass, and he is making fantastic progress. Rocky's more playful side is beginning to emerge. Walking, getting up from his bed, chasing after squirrels, and even jumping up on the couch are things he can now do with ease.

One thing that ESRA could not fix for Rocky was his hearing. He is completely deaf. For this reason, we need to place him in a home with a fenced yard or with someone committed to joining him every time he goes outside. No other special care is needed. He can be taught to respond to hand signals. On a positive note, Rocky's deafness means that he sleeps deeply all night long, doesn't bark like crazy when the doorbell rings, and doesn't come running when the potato chip bag is opened!

We think that Rocky would especially love being the only dog in the house. He is untested with cats.

If you want a Springer who will stay by your side, greet you with a wagging tail when you have been gone, and inspire you to take a daily walk, please consider adopting Rocky. He will make you smile every day!

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

Contact: Lynn Skochdople lskochdo@comcast.net .

Posted: 2/02/14


GRACIE
Fischers, IN

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ESRA#:2013-367MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:44 lbs
Variety:Bench
Gracie is better than any exercise equipment money can buy! She is a senior dog who has the energy level of a puppy. After living in a kennel for ten years, she now can't get enough fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and experiences of the big wide world. Gracie currently takes a long walk each morning as well as shorter walks throughout the day. She loves being outside! However, she loves being part of her foster family, too, and she enjoys being inside with them.

Gracie is spayed and up to date with vaccinations. Gracie very healthy, and she does not require any regular medications.

Gracie is beautiful and smart, and she wants to please her family. She knows some commands and will quickly learn new ones. She will Sit, Stay, Come when called, and Wait for her food. She walks well on a leash, but she could still use some improvement. When training Gracie, you must be very gentle. Otherwise, she tends to get nervous and scared. Gracie sleeps in her kennel in her foster parents' room and is an early riser.

There are several bad habits that Gracie does NOT have! She doesn't jump up on people, she doesn't guard her food bowl or toys, and she doesn't bark when she is left alone in the house. Her one bad habit is that she likes to chase cats. She also thinks that if you leave the garbage unattended, that means that you don't want it and have left it there especially for her. (No doubt just a simple misunderstanding!)

Gracie's foster family has this to say about her:

She is so sweet with everyone and just loves every single person she has ever met. When she is in the yard and someone jogs by, Gracie follows the person all the way down the fence, wagging her little nub of a tail and hoping the jogger will stop and visit with her.

More than any other dog we've ever had, Gracie is a "kid dog." She loves our eight-year-old daughter so much and is just as happy to see her as anyone. Our daughter only has to say, "Come on, Gracie!" and Gracie will follow her wherever she goes. All in all she is a doll, and she will be a great family dog!

Gracie will be a wonderful companion for a family who is active and who wants to include her in their activities. She just loves being an integral part of the family, and she would prefer to be the only pet in the house.

If this lovely girl sounds like the perfect dog for you, please contact her regional coordinator at the e-mail address below.

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

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

Posted: 8/12/13

Springers in Iowa        top

MATTY
Des Moines, IA

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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 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

SONNY
Iowa City, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: Beverly Jones bajones@inav.net .

Posted: 4/17/11

BUCKY
Davenport, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 12/06/13

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

DUKE
Hutchinson, KS

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ESRA#:2012-953KS
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
Duke is looking for his Forever Home! He is good with other dogs and is completely housetrained and kennel trained. He loves going on walks and enjoys chasing all the squirrels in the backyard.

Duke is neutered and current on all vaccinations. If you are interested in his handsome fella, please get in touch with his case manager, whose contact information is listed below.

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

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

Posted: 3/31/13

Springers in Michigan        top

BELLA
Lawrence, MI

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ESRA#:2014-153MI
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:32 lbs
Variety:Bench
Once upon a time there was a princess named Bella. She lived in a castle with her human mother and was very much loved, well cared for, and highly doted on. One day, however, tragedy struck: Bella's mom became quite ill. She was no longer was able to take care of her precious girl, so Bella was sent to a far-off land where most of her days were spent in a cage. Because Bella's family loved her so much and knew that she deserved better, they contacted ESRA to help Bella find her new "happily ever after" castle.

This petite beauty adores people and fondly shows her appreciation of attention and petting. Bella is an affectionate little lady who is known to roll on her back for a proper rubbing of the royal belly! She is also housetrained and crate trained. Bella rather enjoys going inside her open-door crate to take an afternoon nap or to chew on a bone in solitude.

Bella gets along great with children and eagerly plays fetch with the resident pre-teen. Bella also gets along famously with her canine foster brother. However, Her Highness does tend to be possessive of her toys. Sometimes Bella growls to show her dominance when she feels that her treasures are threatened. For this reason, we recommend that Bella be an only dog. She does dwell peacefully with the resident kitty, who enjoys chasing Bella and pouncing on her. So cats should be no problem for the princess!

Bella knows the commands Sit, Shake, Down, Stay, and Come. She has fabulous leash manners and loves going for daily walks. Bella is also keen to run free in the woods, and she responds attentively to instructions when she is off leash. With the appropriate training, this sporty girl would be the perfect hunting partner, as she always has her nose to the ground! However, while Bella is an outdoorsy gal, she settles down nicely when she is inside and lies by your side with impeccable house manners.

Petite Bella is AKC registered and spayed. She is a happy, playful, energetic Springer looking for an active Forever Home fit for a furry princess. Bella surely deserves a fairytale ending to her storybook. Are you the author of her next wonderful, adventurous chapter? Summon our state coordinator today for more delightful details about Bella the Beauty!

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

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

Posted: 4/11/14

BOWDY
Lansing, MI

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ESRA#:2014-171MI
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:58 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet Bowdy! This very nice boy was surrendered to ESRA when his previous family could no longer provide for him. Bowdy was truly loved and well cared for by his former owners. This love clearly shows, as Bowdy is one of the happiest dogs you will ever know!

Bowdy is extremely family friendly; he simply adores kids of all ages. He has been around small children for his entire life, and he is very gentle with the toddler in his foster home. Bowdy is also a feline fan. He loves cats! And there is more good news to share: Bowdy gets along famously with other canines. He was raised in a multi-dog household, and he thrives in a pack environment.

Bowdy is a sweet, affectionate guy who enjoys following his foster mom around wherever she goes. He is usually found where his people are, and he always has a happy smile on his adorable face. Bowdy is housetrained, and he is trustworthy when left home alone. He is crate trained but is not keen about such confinement. Since Bowdy is not destructive and has no separation anxiety issues, crating him is unnecessary.

Bowdy is a typical Springer. He likes to bark at squirrels and play with balls. Although he has lots of outdoor energy, Bowdy is mannerly and mellow in the house. At night he sleeps nicely on a dog bed next to the resident canine in his foster parents' bedroom.

Bowdy has learned basic obedience skills. He knows the commands Come, Sit, Shake, and Down, and he is working on Stay. This nearly perfect little gentleman does have a couple of guilty pleasures. Bowdy cruises the kitchen counters and explores the trash cans. His foster family is working with him to curb these habits, and Bowdy is showing much progress. His foster mom feels confident that with continued training, Bowdy will conquer these tendencies. With the help of his foster family, Bowdy's leash-walking etiquette is improving daily, although he could use further practice walking properly on lead. He is an incredibly smart dog with both the intent and the will to please his beloved humans.

Bowdy is an easygoing, adaptable boy who would be happy in a variety of households. He would prefer frequent interaction with children. Bowdy would do well either as an only dog or with canine companions, and he would be fine in the company of cats. Most importantly, Bowdy is looking for a Forever Home to call his own. One thing is certain: Bowdy will be a welcomed and treasured member of a truly lucky Forever Family. Are you looking for a furry addition to your clan? This handsome, friendly guy may just complete your family tree! Contact our state coordinator now, as Bowdy will surely be adopted quickly!

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

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

Posted: 4/10/14

TUCKER
Redford, MI

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ESRA#:2012-613MI
Status: Available
  
Age:11 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:58 lbs
Variety:Field
This adorable fellow is Tucker. When his elderly human mom passed away, her relatives contacted ESRA to help find Tucker a Forever Home. We do not know much about his previous life except that he was likely quite spoiled. Tucker knows exactly what he wants and relentlessly strives to ensure that all things go his way throughout the day. He can be quite humorous, and he really is a dear heart.

Tucker enjoys the activity and attention of the children in his foster home. He mostly hangs out with the resident canines, rather than engaging in their play. He knows the commands Sit and Come and walks fairly well on leash. Tucker is housetrained and current on vaccinations. He wants to be petted but is not a super-needy cuddler. Tucker prefers a dog bed and mostly stays off the furniture.

While Tucker is not an incredibly high-energy Springer, he is completely tennis-ball obsessed. His foster mom has never experienced a dog with such persistence for the game of fetch! This funny boy becomes quite vocal when the catch-and-throw routine stops. He talks with squeaky noises and cries, requesting more ball time. This volley of barking entertains him almost as much as the sport of retrieving!

Tucker also insists on being hand fed or he absolutely will not eat. His foster family has diligently tried to change this pattern, so far without success. In his prior home, Tucker ate only people food, primarily hot dogs. This may be at least part of the problem. He has adapted to grain-free chow, though his dining practices remain a work in progress. As a result of his diet, Tucker, who came into ESRA overweight, has shed a few pounds in foster care.

Tucker adores riding in the car with his head out the window. When stopped next to another car, he barks at its occupants. If they glance over, Tucker the comedian looks away, as if to say, "It wasn't me!" Tucker also loves the water. Just be careful if you are fishing, because this silly guy will swim after the bobber as if it were a ball!

The human bond is paramount to this sweet soul, who struggles with separation anxiety. We will require a Forever Home with someone there all of the time. Tucker demands this level of attention and interaction. He cannot be crated; it is simply not an option for his safety and well-being. He actually frets when his foster family members are around the house or yard but out of his sight. Tucker was recently prescribed Clomicalm to help ease his insecurities. We will be monitoring his progress on this popular, inexpensive anti-anxiety medication.

Even with Tucker's idiosyncrasies, he has a huge heart and a warm personality. He deserves to live a low-stress lifestyle with a very special person or family who will gently nurture him and loyally bond with him. You will be entertained by him, and you will be the center of his universe. Are you looking for unrequited dog love and a rollicking, ball-crazy playmate? If so, e-mail our state coordinator today!

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

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

Posted: 9/01/12


RYAN
Royal Oak, MI

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ESRA#:2014-126OH
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:10 months
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:42 lbs
Variety:Field
This young, playful boy is Ryan. He was surrendered by his former owners because they were unable to provide full and proper attention to his youthful Springer energy. Ryan is happy and grateful that the nice people from ESRA are helping him find the perfect Forever Home.

This bounding guy has settled into a wonderful foster home, where he adores the resident canines. Ryan now receives structure in his life, which includes many new and exciting activities. This disciplined environment is truly an asset for Ryan, and he responds well to much-needed leadership. Ryan is housetrained and crate trained. He is neutered and is current on vaccinations.

Ryan is learning basic obedience and would benefit from further training with his Forever Family. He is exuberant when greeting people, but he is learning to control himself by sitting nicely in order to get petting and attention. Based on Ryan's zest for human interaction and new experiences, we recommend a Forever Home without young children.

Ryan loves to play chase and tug-of-war with his foster siblings. He would be best in a Forever Home with a non-dominant dog who wants to play with him. He would also do well as an only dog, provided that he would receive lots of exercise and socialization. Ryan has a good nose and is keen for squirrels and birds, so his Forever Home will need a fenced yard to keep him safe.

Ryan has done well at doggie daycare and at the local dog park. He simply loves the company of his furry peers. While it seems as if it is all about play for this little fellow, he is also fond of cuddling for affection after a day of excitement and fun. Ryan is very spirited, yet he is super sweet, too!

Are you looking for a happy and handsome young Springer boy who would be an active playmate and best friend? Are you willing to provide leadership, structure, and love for an adorable little guy?  Are you headed to the computer to send his foster mom a note right now? She is waiting to hear from you!

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

Contact: Mary Karakas mkarakas@aol.com .

Posted: 4/02/14

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NORA
Hopkins, MN

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Nora after a grooming

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Honey wants to play!

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Nora, left, and Honey, right, sport their new look

 NORAHONEY
ESRA#:2014-201WI2014-202WI
Status: AvailableAvailable
   
Age:8 years4 years
Gender:FemaleFemale
Color:Liver & WhiteLiver & White
Weight:62 lbs48
Variety:FieldField
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
Nora and Honey are a beautiful mother-and-daughter bonded pair. They have been together all of their lives and deserve to find a Forever Home where they can stay together.

Nora is the wise and calm one. She is an easygoing and dignified lady. Honey is full of great energy, and she loves to play and run. She is up for new adventures! Nora and Honey have the adorable habit of tilting their heads when you talk to them. They try so hard to please everyone, and they're quite successful at it, as they are very well mannered.

Both of these dogs are Velcro Springers. You will never see one without the other, and they follow their foster mom every place she goes. Nora and Honey get along great with other dogs, cats, and children. Their bubbly personalities are charming, and everyone who meets them can't help but smile!

Nora and Honey are snugglers. They often sleep next to each other, and they enjoy cuddling up to their foster mom on the couch or keeping her warm in bed at night. They don't make a peep. They are housetrained and have earned free rein in the house when their humans are away.

Not only are Nora and Honey related, but they are also best friends. They are very dependent upon each other, so they should be adopted together. If you would like to meet these two sweet ladies and be the Forever Family that welcomes them into your hearts and home, please contact their case managers at the email address below. This pair of beautiful Springers will make a fabulous addition to any household!

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 Nora.

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

Posted: 4/15/14

SAM
Minneapolis, MN

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ESRA#:2014-197ND
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:60 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet Sam! He's very sweet and has the typical energetic, loving, Velcro Springer personality. Sam is very handsome, with a soft coat and a cute "mop top" that appears when his fur grows out.

Sam is new to ESRA's program, so he is still settling into his foster home. However, we are starting to learn several things about him. After getting the exercise he needs, Sam loves to snuggle in for back scratches and belly rubs, followed by a nap at your side. He loves being close to his people! He has bonded quickly with his foster mom, as we expect he will do with his Forever Family.

Sam gets along with the two small dogs in his foster home, and he is working on getting to know the cats there. He does like to chase them, so it will be best for Sam to go either to a home with dog-savvy cats or to a cat-free environment. Although Sam has not been exposed to children in his foster home, he did live with children previously.

Sam's leash training is going well, and he is eager to learn. He is a high-energy dog that would benefit from a few obedience classes, an active family, and a fenced yard. As his foster mom says, "With a commitment to exercise, discipline, and love, Sam will be an awesome companion!"

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

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

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

Posted: 4/11/14

DOZER
Minneapolis, MN

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ESRA#:2014-110MN
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:49 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet Dozer, a sweet dog who loves to play, especially in the snow. How lucky he was this past winter!

Dozer does great on walks as he listens and watches to make sure that he knows where to go. He has enough energy to be a fun dog, but he isn't overly energetic.

When his foster family is at home, Dozer is quite relaxed, and he loves to snuggle. He is housetrained and lets his people know when he needs to go out. He listens to basic commands and has done well with clicker training and food rewards.  

Dozer is very anxious when his foster family leaves the house, so he would like to find a household in which someone is home much of the time. Dozer's anxiety is alleviated if his alone time is broken up with walks. He would also do well with another dog as a companion.

Dozer gets along with children as well as with other dogs, cats, bunnies, and chickens. He enjoys being with people, but he will lie down comfortably on his own in other rooms. He stays off the furniture, but he likes to sleep on the bed with one of his humans at night if he is allowed to do so.

If you think that this sweet and handsome boy is the one for you, contact Dozer's 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 Dozer.

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

Posted: 3/06/14

PEACHES
Rochester, MN

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On the mend in January

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Staying warm in January

ESRA#:2013-871MN
Status: Available
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:35 lbs
Variety:Bench
December 5 — a Red Letter Day for Peaches: She wagged her tail today!

If that doesn't seem like an exciting announcement to you, you need to read the Special Needs story of Peaches, found abandoned in a snowstorm in northern Minnesota in early December.

Now in ESRA's care, Peaches is possibly experiencing loving care for the first time in her life. Although she clearly doesn't feel well and needs to get to the vet to determine exactly what her ailments are, she responds positively to touch. She is managing just fine being in a foster home with other dogs, cats and guinea pigs. And being awakened for dinner after probably the first deep sleep she has enjoyed in a long time, her foster mom reports "She wasn't rude, growly, or snappish — she was just very happy to have food."

According to her foster mom, there's one other sure sign that Peaches is enjoying her new environment "She loves to make nests in blankets. She'll spend half an hour or better making her blankets just perfect before she curls up for a nap."

We're not posting photographs of Peaches on this listing. We will give her a little time to relax and enjoy her new safe environment before expecting her to pose for glamor shots. You can view a slide show on her Special Needs page that will show how she was found and why the first wag of her tail was hailed as a Red Letter Day!

UPDATE JANUARY 21, 2014
Today we are posting photos of Peaches. She has improved immensely since she was first found in the snow early in December. She is a darling dog and will be a great addition to any family. We believe that if she could sit in someone's lap she would travel to the moon!

There are two surgeries planned for her future - one on her eyes and another very minor one on a tumor on her tail - but she needs to weigh at least 40 pounds before the vet will undertake the procedures. She is putting on about a pound a week and is currently up to 34ish lbs.

UPDATE APRIL 11, 2014
The time has come for Peaches to begin looking for her Forever Home! Her story is one of good timing, good luck and a Good Samaritan.

A passerby spied Peaches in a ditch during a northern Minnesota snowstorm. It was bitterly cold and the women had children in the car, yet she stopped and loaded the ragged, stinky, starving dog into her car. Her daughter named her Precious Peaches and the name stuck.

Peaches was taken to the shelter where she was shaved and bathed by volunteers. Underneath the putrid, matted hair was a tiny, emaciated Springer. It was clear that she had suffered from long-term neglect. Peaches was bundled in layers of doggie jackets to help keep her warm. She was quickly transported to Rochester where her rehab began.

We stuck to the basics; she slept, ate and drank for the first 10 days. Soon she was able to walk outside. We weren’t sure if she was blind, but we knew that she had significant visual impairments. A trip to the veterinary ophthalmologist confirmed a cancerous tumor in one eye, and eutrophic eyelids in both. It was decided to remove the eye with the tumor and repair the eyelid in the other (which had some vision). Slowly she started to gain weight, but eating continued to be a problem. We eventually discovered that standing was difficult; the pain was keeping her from eating. So, now she is on Rimadyl and her food consumption is good and she feels good enough for walks and exercises to increase her strength.

Neglect has taken a toll on Peaches's health. While she is getting stronger everyday she will need a special family to care for her. She is startled by loud noises so a quiet home would be best. Peaches LOVES children, but she has a tendency to stand close to or between legs, which could cause tripping. She moves slowly, but enjoys her short walks on the leash and in the yard. These need to be continued to build muscle. Stairs are difficult for Peaches, so she needs to be carried or guided up and down steps.

Caring for Peaches has been a rewarding experience for her foster family. She will make a wonderful addition to any family, but due to her ongoing recovery, she should go to a home that has the time to continue to help her get healthy and strong. It is time for this sweet dog to have a pain-free life, full of love. She has waited long enough.

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

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

Posted: 12/06/13

GUNNER
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2014-70WI
Status: Available
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:38 lbs
Variety:Bench
Gunner, affectionately known as Gunny, is a great little snuggle buddy! During this cold winter, he has wanted to be under the covers to cuddle with his people. Gunner had lived with his previous family since he was a pup, but because their living situation changed, they asked for ESRA's help in rehoming their boy.

Gunner does well with the two resident male Springers in his foster home, as well as with the other foster dogs that come and go. He is a little too interested in the resident cats, so it may be best if he goes to a cat-free Forever Home.

Gunner has not been around little children, and it's possible that he might knock them over in his enthusiasm. He can also be protective of his toys and bones if they are in his mouth, so an all-adult household would be most appropriate for him.

Gunner knows his name and comes when he is called. He knows basic commands and wants to please his people. He is totally housetrained and crate trained, and he rides nicely in the car.

Gunner came to us with complete vet records, which indicated that he earlier had a cracked canine tooth removed. He checked out great at his most recent vet visit, so he is ready to find his Forever Family and share lots of love and snuggles with them. If you think that family might be yours, contact his case managers at the e-mail address below. This handsome, healthy young guy is sure to have lots of inquiries, so don't delay!

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 Gunner.

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

Posted: 3/04/14

BUSTER
Rochester, MN

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Okay, I'm ready. Let's go!

ESRA#:2014-137IA
Status: Available
  
Age:6 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:48 lbs
Variety:Field
Buster was surrendered to a local shelter by his owners, as they did not have time for him. The shelter asked for ESRA's help, so Buster was taken into our program and is settling nicely into his foster home.

Buster was reported to have been an outside dog, but he is acclimating to being an inside dog just fine! He is almost totally housetrained now, and he loves the praise and treats he gets for going potty. This suggests that Buster will be be able to learn other behaviors and commands without too much trouble, as long as his new family is committed to working with him. Buster is crated while his foster family is at work, and he has kept the crate clean.

Buster gets along great with all the cats and dogs in his foster home. He loves to snuggle with his people, and he really likes to ride in the car. Buster went to PetSmart for the first time recently, and the automatic doors surprised him! He just loved all the attention he got from the store's visitors.

In the photos, you may have noticed the differently colored patches on Buster's side. This is a skin condition, and the vet is unsure whether it is due to allergies or not. We are, however, happy to report that it has improved over the last three weeks, and the hair is growing back. Buster's new family will want to consult with their own vet about this issue. 

This handsome boy craves the love and attention that a caring family can give him. He's ready to find his true Forever Home--could it be yours?

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 Buster.

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

Posted: 3/25/14

BUD
Fairbault, MN

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ESRA#:2014-41ND
Status: Available
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
Bud is the name of this bundle of love. He is truly the happiest dog! His Springer joy is abundant, and his wiggle butt just never stops. Bud is a devoted and loving companion, and he wants to spend every minute he can with you.

Bud is a well-mannered boy who is housetrained and has earned free rein in the house while his foster parents are at work. He has a playful, goofy side, and he loves to fetch and retrieve. He also has great recall and is eager to impress his people. Bud gets along with his Springer foster siblings, but he could also live happily as an only dog in his Forever Home. He was raised with children and would do best in a home with older, dog-savvy children to snuggle with.

Bud is full of sunshine, and he has just the right amount of spunk. He enjoys daily walks, naps in the sun, and evening snuggles. Most of all, though, Bud loves spending time with his people. If this cute, sweet boy sounds like your perfect companion, please let us know. Bud will love you the moment he meets you!

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 Bud.

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

Posted: 3/31/14

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 “Springer Spa” at another foster home last week while we were on vacation. While she was there she discovered why girls love to be pampered! I was concerned that settling into another new situation would be hard on Ginger, but before I left she was curled up on the floor and couldn’t have been happier. A crate takes on a whole new meaning when it is lined with pillows! This girl had previously been deprived of the joy of arranging pillows and snuggling into a plush, fluffy bed. Baths, special shampoos, and a new haircut made her a very happy dog indeed. Ginger let me know that I could leave her there anytime, as it is a doggie utopia.

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 3/18/13

RUDY
Savage, MN

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ESRA#:2014-61MN
Status: Available
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:42 lbs
Variety:Bench
If Rudy was looking for his new relationship on a dating website, his profile would sound something like this:

Available, experienced, attractive boy looking for a lifelong, committed relationship. I don't have a lot of requirements. What you look like doesn't matter to me. What does matter is that you have room in your heart to love me. I have plenty of love to give you! If looks do matter to you, I am a very handsome boy with a very attractive physique. My foster mom said that I have great energy, and she loves watching me run. When we go for walks, she enjoys the pep in my step and the way my body breaks into an easy trot.

My past home had an underground fence, and my foster home has a physical fence. Since my hearing is not quite as sharp as it used to be, I do need a fenced yard for my enjoyment and safety. I was still hunting this past fall, but I think I've now hung up my hunting hat. The only thing I'll be hunting for in the future is the soft touch of your hand. Also, Nylabones, please. Lots of Nylabones! Oh, and car rides. Those are such fun because I'm with people. Speaking of people, I'd rather be around big people, probably over the age of thirteen. I also prefer to be the only dog in my new family. My foster parents keep talking about "empty nesters." If that describes you, we might be a perfect match.

Why do these profiles often mention moonlit walks on the beach? I'll settle for a daily walk in my neighborhood and some good playtime in my new yard. I will also need quality time indoors with you. I promise to look adoringly into your eyes. I've loved before, and I can't wait to have that again. If you enjoy celebrating Christmas, guess what? I was born on Christmas Day, and we can celebrate that with a new Nylabone.

If you think we might be a good match, please contact my foster mom at the e-mail address below. She will tell you what a catch I am!

Eager to meet you,
Rudy
  

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

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

Posted: 2/03/14

SUSIE
White Bear Lake, MN

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ESRA#:2012-517MN
Status: Available
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:41 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Susie! She is best described as an "easy keeper." This is a mellow girl who lives for cuddles and snuggles. She is very well behaved. Susie loves children, gets along great with other dogs, and doesn’t bother the resident cats.

Although Susie had a cancer scare a while back, we are pleased to report that she is in great health, and her teeth are pearly white. She did lose her hearing at an early age, but she has mastered hand signals. Because Susie is deaf, her Forever Home will need to have a fenced-in yard. Her foster family often takes her to the local dog park, where Susie enjoys running free, exploring, and chasing squirrels.

Susie’s leash manners have improved greatly since she has been in foster care, and she loves to take walks with her family. That's her time to get out in the fresh air and experience the many wonderful outdoor smells. When the weather is warm, Susie especially enjoys catching and eating the occasional grasshopper. What a silly girl she is! But she's as sweet as she is silly.

Susie is completely housetrained and crate trained. She has earned free rein of the house while her foster mom is away, and she enjoys spending the day basking in the warm sun near a window.

Although she has been in foster care for quite some time, Susie is hoping that her doggy dream will be fulfilled and she will find the family who will fall in love with her and take her home forever! Could yours be the family that Susie has been patiently waiting for? If so, please contact her case managers right away at the e-mail address below, so that we can make Susie's dream come true!

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 Susie.

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

Posted: 8/15/12

HUGS
Plymouth, MN

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ESRA#:2012-770IA2012-771IA
Status: AvailableAvailable
   
Age:13 years13 years
Gender:FemaleFemale
Color:Black & WhiteLiver & White
Weight:48 lbs48
Variety:BenchBench
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
From their foster mom: Please let me introduce two super-sweet senior ladies, Hugs and Kisses. These sisters are a bonded pair. Hugs and Kisses have come to ESRA in their golden years because their former owner is no longer able to care for them.

The girls are up to date on all their vaccinations and are heartworm negative. They were spayed approximately eight years ago. Both of the girls have a bit of arthritis. When Hugs and Kisses first came to us, they both had noticeable limps and were having trouble walking distances. The vet prescribed two buffered aspirins a day, and they have shown great improvement. They can now walk around the neighborhood without any limping!

This dynamic duo is now flourishing in our foster home. Hugs and Kisses lived in the quiet Iowa countryside with little traffic and only distant neighbors. Suburban life has offered many new sights and experiences, which at first required a few good rounds of "talking." As the girls have settled into their new home, they are becoming more accustomed to cars, joggers, and neighbors, so they don't have to do so much "talking" any more. They have each other, and they show no interest in meeting other dogs. We feel that they would do best in a home without any other dogs. Both of the girls are hard of hearing. They will require a fenced in yard for their protection, as they do not hear most vocal commands.

Hugs and Kisses are wonderful Springer girls and true Velcro dogs. They offer unconditional love, wiggle butts, snuggles, and a big round of "Woo! Woo!" to greet you when you come home. Due to the girls' age, they don't have the high energy typical of Springers. So if you want all the good loving that a Springer has to offer without the high energy, these are the dogs for you!

Hugs and Kisses have always been together, and they are very dependent upon each other. ESRA therefore feels that they should be adopted together. If you would like to meet these two sweet ladies and be the Forever Family that welcomes them into your hearts and home, please contact their case managers at the e-mail address below. This pair of beautiful Springers will make a fabulous addition to any family!

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

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

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

Posted: 11/07/12


HANK
Minneapolis, MN

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ESRA#:2014-146MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field
Hank (also known affectionately as Hank and Beans, Hank-a-Licous, Hank-o-Saurus Rex, Hank the Tank, and Henry) is super affectionate, and he loves to spend evenings curled up next to his foster family on the couch. He favorite shows include crime dramas and anything on the Outdoors Channel. Although he weighs fifty pounds, Hank thinks he is a lap dog, and he will position himself with his head as close to yours as he can get. 
 
Hank is very smart, and he responds to Sit, Stay, Lie Down, Get in the Tub, and Find Your Toy. His foster dad jests that they are still working on Stop Licking My Face. Hank stays alone when his foster family is at work. He has the entire house to himself during the day, and he chooses to lie quietly on the couch for the majority of that time. He is so happy when his foster family comes home that they can't help but smile and roll around with him on the floor for a few minutes.
 
Hank's foster dad took him out in the field and found that Hank runs a good pattern and circles back often. He has a natural instinct to go after birds and displays lots of energy in the field. He does well in a fenced-in backyard, and he will run for hours on end. 

Hank has difficulty meeting new dogs. He tends to be protective of his foster dad and therefore acts dominant around unfamiliar dogs. However, once Hank gets past the initial greetings and sniffing of a strange dog, he does calm down.  Hank does well with human strangers. He will bark if there is a knock at the door, but as soon as the visitors are inside, he is trying to sit on their laps. Hank is afraid of cats, and he prefers to ignore them.

Hank is very good with children. He 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 after a stressful 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 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


MILO
Eden Valley, MN

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ESRA#:2013-931WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Mix
Milo is a three-time winner: he is healthy, handsome, and very smart. He is neutered and up to date on his vaccinations, including the Lyme vaccine. He does not take any regular medication. Milo enjoys riding in the car, taking long walks in the country, and being cozy with his people.

Milo is a polite young boy. He will Sit, Stay, Come, and Wait, and he walks fairly well on a leash. He would like to chase the cats that he sees out the window at his foster home, but when he is told, "Milo! Leave it!" he stops barking and looks truly apologetic.

Milo is part border collie, so he is a hard worker, and he enjoys having a job. Right now his job is to get enough exercise every day for all the energy he has. He takes a two-mile walk each morning as well as smaller walks throughout the day. Milo enjoys meeting other people and other dogs on his walks. He also loves to run, and he would make a great running partner. He can run forever!

Milo first came into rescue because of a change in his family. As a result, he does not like to see his people leave. He whines and becomes anxious when they go. He likes at least one of his people to be at home with him most of the time. He lives with another Springer, and they get along fine, but he would also be fine being the only pet in the house. Milo sleeps all night on a doggie bed in his foster parents' room. He has had crate training, but he can be trusted to be free in the house when he left alone. He loves to look out the window and watch the scene outside.

Our sweet Milo is affectionate and beautiful and will make a great family pet. He loves being part of the pack. If you would like to add him to your pack, 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 Milo.

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

Posted: 1/01/14


GABRIEL
Shorewood, MN

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ESRA#:2014-9MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:53 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet Gabriel! He came to ESRA when his former owner could no longer care for him. Gabriel craves attention, and he follows his foster mom around like a shadow.

Gabriel has the energy of a young dog. He's just learning how to play with the other dogs in his foster home, as he has never lived with dogs before. Because Gabriel is a little too interested in the resident cats and doesn't play well with them, he would be best in a home without cats.

Gabriel is in good health. He takes a couple of pills a few days a month for allergies. The pills are inexpensive, and they keep him comfortable and healthy.

This boy is strong on a leash, so he and his foster family are working on leash manners. He is also learning to sit and wait while his food is prepared as well as not to take food from his humans. Counter surfing is also tempting for Gabriel, but his foster mom says that he is a fast learner who is picking up on the rules quickly.

When his foster family is gone, Gabriel is kenneled and does well. Otherwise, he has the run of the house with his foster sister. He sleeps all night on a dog bed, although he’d love to snuggle in bed with his foster parents! He’s very food oriented, so he is learning to take treats nicely, but he needs to be reminded sometimes when he gets excited. Gabriel is completely housetrained, and he hasn’t had a single accident inside.

Because he previously lived in a home without a fenced yard, Gabriel was trained to wait at the door for his human to leash him up and to go out with him. He still practices that behavior and will wait for his people to go outside with him.

Gabriel's foster mom says that he is a wonderfully loving dog with energy and silliness. He will make someone a great Velcro pet! If you'd like to know more about Gabriel, 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 Gabriel.

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

Posted: 2/01/14


TUT
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2014-170MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:38 lbs
Variety:Field
Here's Tut! He's looking to be the "king" of a new home sometime soon. As you might guess, Tut's given name is Tutankhamun, but he prefers to be called by his nickname, Tut.

Tut came to ESRA when his family realized that he had too much energy for their calm lifestyle. Tut previously lived with another dog, and he now lives with other dogs in his foster home. He loves to play and wrestle with them. However, if the cats in his foster home run, he will chase them.

This little peanut is shy when he first meets people, but he soon warms up and becomes the best snuggle boy you could imagine. You can see that he doesn't appreciate cameras focusing on him, either. When we tried to take his picture, he hid under his foster mom's legs!

Did someone say commands? Tut knows Sit, Stay, and Come. He is also housetrained and crate trained, although he does fine with free rein in the house when his foster family is away.

And car rides? Yes, please! Tut will go anywhere you'd like, and he's ready to be your co-pilot. If you're looking for a new king of your house, please contact Tut's case managers.

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

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

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

Posted: 4/07/14


MAX
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2014-64WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field
Max is a happy, loving boy. He came to the shelter as a stray, so we don't know anything about his background or history. The vet guesses that he is between seven and nine years old.

Max bonds quickly to his people and is quite affectionate with them. He does not like the kennel, and he does not do well locked in a room. However, he can easily be left alone in the house with no problems other than the fact that he gets lonely. Max is a Velcro dog who will follow you anywhere around the house.

Max does well with cats and doesn't seem to care too much about them. He would probably do well in a home with another dog, as he loves companionship. He loves to play outside in the yard in the snow, and he is also happy just to nap in the house. Max is housetrained, and he will let you know if he needs to go out. He can be left alone for several hours without accidents.

Max knows basic commands like Sit, Stay, and Come. He walks well on a leash and loves to go for walks, no matter how cold it is outside. Max does well in the yard. He can be trusted off leash pretty well, and he has learned his name, so he will come when called.

Max would probably do better with older children, as he can be a bit pushy, especially with food. He's a vocal boy who will whine and talk when he wants something. He does growl occasionally if he's unhappy, but he has never snapped or been aggressive toward his foster parents.

Max has Horner's syndrome in his left eye. This means that the third eyelid doesn't always open as it should. The vet has given Max drops for the problem, and when they are used regularly, they really help. His vision is good in both eyes, and the issue doesn't seem to bother him.

Max is quite the lover, and he will make a great family pet. If you would like to learn more about this fine, handsome boy, 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 Max.

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

Posted: 2/14/14


ABBY
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2014-71MN
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
Abby is a TV star! Click here to see the video of her recent appearance on the Twin Cities Live program.
Meet the lovely Abby. Attentive, snuggly, and loyal are the words that best describe this dark beauty. She has the high energy of a typical Springer and loves to leap and run around the yard, usually with a toy or a bone in her mouth.

This happy girl is crate trained and will go into her crate when she is asked to do so. She sleeps in her crate, but she would much rather sleep with her people! Whenever she gets the chance, she jumps onto the bed to snuggle.

Abby is quite attentive, and she wants to please. She knows the commands Sit, Stay, and Come. She looks to her humans for guidance and listens well.

Abby is unsure of new people and new situations, and she sometimes barks at new faces. She needs time to become comfortable, but she does warm up eventually. Abby is also scared of loud noises. Because of her nervous tendencies with new people or dogs in her territory, we want to place her in a home with a fenced yard.

Though she lives in a foster home with other dogs, Abby's ideal Forever Home would make her the star in the house. She gets nervous when other dogs invade her space or try to take the attention of her people. She will also guard things that she believes are hers, like rawhides or toys, from other dogs.

In addition to being the star of the house, Abby would love to have a family whose members are home to spend time with her. She is an amazing Springer who loves life and can't wait to find a Forever Home of her own.

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 Abby.

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

Posted: 2/28/14

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DAISY
Kansas City, MO

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ESRA#:2013-131KS
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Bench
Hello! my name is Daisy. Please allow me tell you a bit about myself and what I am looking for in my Forever Home. I was given up by my previous owners because they couldn’t spend much time with me. Now I love hanging out with my foster parents and enjoying all their hugs and kisses!

I am completely housetrained, kennel trained, and up to date on all my vaccinations, and I am spayed. Although I love other dogs, it takes me a little bit of time to get to know them. I prefer to hang out with more laidback dogs that don’t invade my space. Once I get to know them and they get to know me, I love their company. I am currently living with three other Springers in my foster home, and we all get along fine. I enjoy children, and I did live with kids in my previous home.

I love the game of tug-o-war, and I enjoy playing with all my toys. My all-time favorite game is being sprayed in the face with the hose. Water is so much fun for me! In the summer, I can spend hours playing in the water. I also enjoy riding in the car at any time of year. I can be a little silly when I roll around on the couch and kick all the pillows off the couch. That's so much fun!

My foster parents tell me that I’m one of the smartest Springers that they have met. I am very food motivated, and I do love my treats and bones. Because I'm a true Springer, I love to receive lots of affection, and I give lots of affection back. If you want to meet me or find out more about me, please get in touch with my foster dad. His contact information is listed below.

Springer kisses,
Daisy

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

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

Posted: 3/31/13

NELLIE
Chesterfield, MO

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ESRA#:2014-149MO
Status: Available
  
Age:6 months
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:25 lbs
Variety:Bench
Nellie is a beautiful, energetic and loving pup. She came to ESRA only 5 months old from an environment with little training. She is not housetrained yet, but is learning quickly. She does well on leash — she is a natural sweeper when she walks. She is bright and has wonderful instincts.

Nellie suffers from some separation anxiety — she howls and barks when left alone in her crate (even with another dog in the same room and the TV left on). This may, in part, be due to her past. We believe she will settle in nicely in a home where she is a large part of the family.

She likes to play — is wonderful with the children and the older dog in her foster home and is very inquisitive about the cat. Again she is so young that she can be trained and socialized to fit a situation.

Nellie does not like to go for car rides and often gets car sick. To help her learn to tolerate riding in the car, we take her for short rides — no more than 5 miles. Hopefully when she is ready for her Forever Home, she will have overcome that minor issue.

Why is she not ready for her Forever Home today? Well, Miss Nellie has a date with a surgeon on March 27 to fix a little problem with her heart. Read all about it on Nellie's Special Needs page by clicking on the heart icon at the top of her listing.

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

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

Posted: 3/20/14

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.

MAVERICK
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2010-285NE
Status: Available
  
Age:14 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Field
Click here to make a donation in honor of Maverick and all our other wonderful seniors.
I am an older boy who does not consider himself so. I am your buddy and best friend. If we take a walk together, I will follow you anywhere. Where will you take me?

Fondly,
Maverick


Maverick is such a good boy. He is a lover and just wants to be there with you. He is not too happy about being left alone, and he sings sad Springer songs when he is. "Woo, woo! Won't you stay home with me?" He loves going for car rides. The destination is not as important as the ride. This big boy is housetrained and invisible-fence trained. He is good on the leash and is fine with other dogs. He loves people of all ages. Snuggling on the couch with you is one of his best skills.

Maverick qualifies for the Seniors for Seniors program. He has bad hips that may slow him down as he ages. Right now he just walks stiffly. We have checked into surgery for him, but it was not recommended due to his age. He certainly does not consider himself a senior and is determined to enjoy as many things with you as possible. Keeping him trim and making sure he has daily exercise will help him feel his best. People who have been through this themselves should understand. Maverick needs you as much as you need him.

We certainly would enjoy chatting with you about this great dog. Please contact his foster family to learn more.

UPDATE, 12/7/10: Maverick has a sleek new look. A summer and beautiful fall filled with fun walks in the canyons has put new life into this dog. He thinks he is a kid again, and he happily bounds through the fields. Maverick dares anyone to slow him down, and he knows he has a thing or two to teach the pups. He probably has a few things to teach us, too, about never giving up. He is one special guy ready for a Forever Buddy.

UPDATE, 1/27/13: Good old Maverick! The years are showing up on him. He is no longer able to climb up on the couch or into a vehicle, and his favorite place has become the orthopedic dog bed snuggled into the corner under a sunny window. However, Maverick's spirit is still that of the top dog. He regularly schools the new fosters and lets everyone know that he has privileges that they have not yet earned. He could star in the dog version of "Grumpy Old Men."

Maverick is the reason that rescue exists: to give love and care forever to those in need. Our wish is that he will always be loved. You can show that you care, too, by considering making a donation to ESRA in his honor. To do so, simply click the link at the top of this listing to donate either online or by check. On behalf of Maverick and all the other ESRA dogs we love so much, we thank you.

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

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

Posted: 4/12/10

MAIZY
Omaha, NE

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ESRA#:2011-225IA
Status: Available
  
Age:12 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


HENRY
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2014-133NE
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:53 lbs
Variety:Field
Oh, Henry! We love this guy. He is a real sweetheart--a lover boy, a companion, a confidant, and a best friend. You should be aware of his super powers, which cause uncontrollable smiles!

Henry is a happy boy who used to live outside. He was so excited to come indoors to enjoy the rest of his life that he agreed to never have an accident in the house, and he never has! Henry also has decided that fluffy dog beds are the best. He might like to snuggle on the furniture, but there is so much competition from his fellow foster dogs that he doesn't try.

Henry loves a good game of catch. If a ball or toy is available, he will drop it at your feet and stare at you until you give in. He has been great with the other dogs at his foster home. We do not know how Henry is with cats, but from his mellow personality, we are guessing that he will be fine. This boy rides quietly in the car. He walks well on a leash, is invisible-fence trained, and will use a crate if necessary.

Henry has had multiple ear infections over the years. An ear flush and a change in his antibiotics have controlled this problem. He is very thankful that ESRA did this for him. When he does need his eardrops, Henry will lie down and let you put them in. He loves the ear rubbing afterwards.

This sweet boy is ready for a Forever Family. If you are lucky, it might be yours! To learn more about Henry, 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 Henry.

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

Posted: 3/25/14


MISSY
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2014-12NE
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:33 lbs
Variety:Mix
From Missy's foster mom:

She was homeless,
She was starving,
She was cold and weak from mange.
It was December--
It was Christmas
When the rescue angels came.

She is joyous,
She is sweet,
But still has her own secrets to keep.
Now she snuggles,
Now she is fed,
Now she has her own soft bed.

Miss Missy is so thankful,
So ready to give.
She is looking for a family;
She was meant to live.


Missy is a little jewel of a dog. She went through some pretty tough times, yet she remains loving and sweet. Missy adores all people and does well with all of the other dogs in our home. We have not had her around cats. We think that at one time Missy had a good home as she is housetrained and is extremely fond of soft blankets. When she is tired, she will snuggle and suckle with one--it is so cute!

Missy rides quietly in the car, walks with minimal pulling on the leash, and comes when called off leash. She has learned to use a doggy door and has been trained to an invisible fence system. Missy is a bit too smart to be crated. She has been able to reach through the crate doors and open the latch! However, she is great when she is left alone in the house. Her only mess is leaving her nose prints on the windows while she watches for our return.

Missy has a good prey drive. She will point at most anything interesting. She has been known to bring us mice from the field, and she does her best to catch the bunnies. She also will hunt the outdoor trashcans, a leftover trait from living on her own. She is not persistent about this, but she should be watched to prevent her from consuming anything harmful.

Missy's true secret is her ancestral background. While she was hairless, she resembled a Springer. Now that her hair is growing in, her coat is a bit like a shepherd's. But that, too, may change as her topcoat grows. Her liver coloring casts an auburn glow in the sun. She really is beautiful! Her smaller size makes her easy to have around.

This little girl has waited her whole life for a Forever Family. Will it be yours? If you are interested, please contact us at the e-mail address below. We want to help Missy find the wonderful, loving home she so deserves!

UPDATE from Missy's foster mom, 2/23/14: This dog is a sweetheart! She never complains, though we have caught her limping from time to time. A trip to the vet revealed that she has the start of hip dysplasia, her knees have a couple of bone spurs, and she has a torn ligament. We have scheduled surgery for her torn ligament for March 10.

Missy’s ideal adoptive family will be one who will understand her need for moderate exercise throughout her lifetime, and who will commit to feeding her a diet that will keep her slim. Missy will be able to participate in outdoor activities, but she should not be expected to perform as a top athlete. Because Missy has always had these physical challenges, she knows nothing different. She chases bunnies, plays with the other dogs, and yes, jumps up on furniture for snuggle time. She always makes us smile!

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

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

Posted: 2/03/14

Springers in North Dakota        top

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

Springers in South Dakota        top

VIOLET
Sioux Falls, SD

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ESRA#:2014-203MN
Status: Available
  
Age:15 months
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:38 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet sweet Violet! This lovely girl was surrendered by her previous owner due to the owner's health issues. Violet wasn't getting the exercise she needs, and she does love her playtime.

Violet is housetrained and crate trained, and she willingly goes into her crate when told to Kennel. Of course, she likes being with her people much more! She loves to sit on a lap when watching TV and to snuggle with the teenagers in her foster home. She listens well and comes when called, but she needs to approach people on her own terms. Although Violet is timid and nervous around new people at first, she relaxes quickly and becomes quite attached to humans.

Violet is friendly to other dogs, but she does take a little time to warm up and find her place in the pack. Her previous owner says that she loves the dog park. She chases cats with persistence, so she will need a cat-free Forever Home.

Violet walks well on a leash with minimal to no pulling. She enjoys playing outside or just lounging in the sun. She knows basic commands such as Sit, Stay, Come, Drop it, Leave It, and Lie Down. It's obvious that she was well cared for and well trained by her previous owner. She loves her toys and her rawhide bones, but she doesn't like having her bone taken away, so her new family may want to work with her on the art of trading for a treat. 

Violet is spayed and vaccinated. She did test positive for Lyme disease, but the vet said that no treatment is necessary as long as she has no symptoms.

Violet is a sweet, bubbly young Springer who would make a great pet for a family with children aged eight or older. If you have the time, energy, and love that this young lady needs, please contact her case managers to discuss this great girl.

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 Violet.

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

Posted: 4/13/14

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BAXTER
West Lafayette, OH

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ESRA#:2011-919OH
Status: Available
  
Age:12 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:59 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet Baxter, a handsome senior boy who came into ESRA’s care because of a change in his family’s situation.

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

Baxter is a great fellow, and his foster family has only praise for him. He loves being around children, and he is great with other dogs. He hasn’t lived with a cat, but he does like to chase them. Baxter is housetrained and crate trained, but he can also be trusted to have the run of the house. He also knows Sit, Lie Down, and Shake. He loves, loves, loves car rides!

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

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

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

Contact: Christi Olinger christiolinger@gmail.com .

Posted: 10/17/11

BOBBY
Cincinnati, OH

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ESRA#:2012-973OH
Status: Available
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:43 lbs
Variety:Field
Bobby is a friendly guy who is learning to love being in a secure home. Over a few weeks, he has gradually been given full run of his foster home. He gets along well with his four- and two-legged brothers.

Bobby loves walks and is very good on a leash. He will play outside, but he prefers to be in sight of his people most of the time. He is reserved and needs time to warm up to people, but once he is comfortable, he will gladly sit by you and let you pet him forever. He has recently found his bark and is excellent at announcing visitors!

When he first came to ESRA, Bobby had some dental problems which have been addressed. He is neutered and is up to date on his vaccinations.

Bobby is a wonderful boy looking for a loving Forever Family. Due to his shy nature, he would probably do best in a home without small children. Given time to get to know his people, he will make a perfect addition to a family!

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

Contact: Foster Home, Bill Walker williamwalker@fuse.net .

Posted: 1/15/13

Springers in Wisconsin        top

RUGER
Lake Geneva, WI

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Ruger

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Roscoe

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Ruger

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Roscoe

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Ruger with his tennis ball

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Roscoe

 RUGERROSCOE
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.

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


LACY
DeForest, WI

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This girl LOVES belly rubs!

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ESRA#:2013-111WI
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:13 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
Lacy came into ESRA after being in the same home for twelve years. Sadly, her owner passed away. Lacy was nervous for the first few days in her foster home, but with a lot of belly rubs and attention, she has settled in nicely. She is a very affectionate dog who loves to socialize with people, including children of all ages. Lacy was always an outside dog who is very happy now to be a dog living inside with her people. When she is alone, Lacy has the run of the house and is perfectly behaved.

Lacy is completely deaf, but she responds well to hand signals. When she is outdoors, she always knows where you are. If she doesn't see you right away, she will run to the door and wait to go inside. Lacy has some allergies to food and to the environment, so she gets a shot about every six weeks which really helps. Her food allergy is also controlled by limiting her to food that does not contain beef or pork. She currently eats either chicken and rice or lamb and rice. Lacy also has some incontinence, but this is controlled by medicine, and she has never had an accident since she has been in her foster home. She is up to date on all her shots and medicine.

Lacy is a really sweet and happy senior who is very well behaved. She stays off the bed and furniture and does not counter surf. She is all right with the indoor cat. When Lacy greets you, she will sit or lie down and roll on her back for a belly rub. She does not jump on people. Lacy is a typical Springer who loves to cuddle and who will follow you around the house. She will settle down and lie near you when the hugs are done. At night, she will sleep on her blanket next to the bed and will not wake up until you do in the morning.

Lacy does not act like a twelve-year-old. She still has a lot of spunk. She is just a wonderful dog that deserves a happy home with a loving family!

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

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

Posted: 2/14/13

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