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This page was last updated on 4/01/15

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SPRINGER FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED!!

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

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

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

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

Thank you for helping in any way you can.

Springers in Illinois        top

MOLLY
Kewanee, IL

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

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

UPDATE OCTOBER 2, 2014: Since it has been determined that Molly's mobility issues cannot be surgically corrected, she has officially "graduated" from our Special Needs Program. She is a very special Springer and ESRA has promised that she will be safe and have lots of life-long love. Please click on the Special Needs icon to read 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: ESRA Case Manager , Anne Solak-Tennant annesolak@yahoo.com .

Posted: 9/07/11


BARLEY
Barrington, IL

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ESRA#:2015-30IL
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:45 lbs
Variety:Field
Barley came into rescue because his mom came upon hard times. She had to relocate and was unsure of what her living arrangements or work schedule would be. Barley had been loved and well taken care of for his whole life. Some friends of his mom were going to take Barley, but at the last minute they decided that they couldn't meet the needs of this young, energetic Springer. Luckily, Barley's mom called ESRA, and he came into our care.

Currently this beautiful boy is happy, healthy, and thriving in an experienced Springer foster family with two female dogs and three children. He has lots of activities to keep him interested and engaged, and he is getting the attention that he needs and deserves.

Barley's foster mom wrote the following about our boy: Barley is the sweetest dog, and he is so eager to please. He is probably more eager for mental stimulation than any other dog I have encountered. He is most happy when you are teaching him to do something that he can do again and again. Barley is very smart, and he learns quickly. If he gets enough exercise and training time, he is happy to relax and lounge. However, if he doesn’t get enough mental stimulation he will create his own, in the form of shadow chasing and barking at people walking by the house. He is very easy to distract and would prefer any other activity you have to offer, but he does need to be given lots of opportunities to engage in something. Barley would be an outstanding dog for anyone who wants to provide these kinds of activities for him.

Barley is absolutely great with other dogs and people, including kids. Barley loves everyone! He is fine in a crate, but we haven’t needed to use one. We leave him out when we are gone, and he has never been the least bit destructive. He doesn’t even get into the garbage when it is sitting out. He is getting much better about not jumping on people. Well, it’s not really jumping--it’s more that he likes to stand up in front of you and then gently rest a paw on you so he can look right at you with his tail wagging eagerly. When a loved one comes home and gives him a lot of attention immediately, Barley will make a very high-pitched squealing sound, and he will piddle a bit (we call that "happy water"). But, if you just play it cool for a few minutes and give him a simple, "Hi, buddy," he doesn’t do this. All in all, Barley is a fantastic dog with so much potential for the right family.


If you live an active lifestyle and are interested in sharing your life with a Springer, Barley might be just the right dog for you. He will be your happy companion who is always up for fun activities like agility, hiking, playing, and exploring. And then after all that fun, he will be content to sit and cuddle with you, true to his affectionate Springer nature. To find out more about this delightful guy, please contact his case manager at the e-mail address below.

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

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

Posted: 3/15/15


OTIS
Naperville, IL

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ESRA#:2015-11IL
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:2 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:52 lbs
Variety:Field
On January 2 of this year, Otis turned two. On that day, his family made the very difficult but responsible decision to turn him in to a shelter in southern Illinois. Otis had been well taken care of, but his owners knew that they could no longer afford to care for him or give him the time and attention that a young Springer needs and deserves, and they wanted him to have a better life.

When ESRA volunteers saw the picture of this beautiful boy, they contacted the shelter, and things moved very quickly. Otis was very stressed in the shelter and appeared to be frightened of men. Everyone cooperated and coordinated their efforts, and Otis came north from the shelter on a large transport. Originally he was very frightened, but once he was safe and comfortable in his foster home, Otis became the happy Springer puppy he was meant to be. Therefore, he indeed got a great birthday present because he is now an ESRA Springer.
 
Otis is a bouncing, healthy dog who is microchipped, neutered, and up to date on all his shots. His silky, strikingly beautiful coat coloring is called black and white roan, and he is just the right weight. Otis was very compliant during his vet exam. He was shy at first, but he warmed up quickly. We soon found out that he loves to cuddle and sit in your lap!
 
His foster dad reports that Otis gets along very well with the two resident Springers, a young male and an adult female. He is good with people of all ages, and he rides nicely in the car. This youngster is quite energetic and is still very puppyish. He needs a home where someone is around most of the time to give him attention, obedience training, exercise, and an active lifestyle. Another canine companion would be great for Otis, as well as a fenced yard for romping and exploring.
 
If you would like to find out more about our sweet, handsome Otis, please contact his case manager at the e-mail address below.

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

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

Posted: 3/13/15

Springers in Indiana        top

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

Springers in Iowa        top

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

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

OLIVER
Hutchinson, KS

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 12/10/14

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COOPER
Northville, MI

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ESRA#:2015-47MI
Status: Available
  
Age:7 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:60 lbs
Variety:Bench
We are pleased to introduce super Cooper! This adorable, sweet guy is Mister Personality, according to his foster mom. She says that Cooper is so much fun to have around her house. Cooper is so happy that Spring is here, as he knows there are great adventures ahead.

Cooper was surrendered to a shelter because his owner was not able to give Cooper the time that he deserved. Unfortunately, Cooper came into rescue with some of the worst ear infections we have ever seen. His ears will always need to be watched and kept clean, but they have healed nicely, thanks to his dedicated foster mom. Cooper is such a good boy when he sees his foster mom taking the ear medicine off the counter. He lies down to wait for her to apply it. Cooper is now also on a grain-free diet which will need to be continued.

This gorgeous guy is very smart and highly treat motivated. Sometimes he needs to be reminded to take his treats gently. Cooper has proper inside manners, and he is totally housetrained. While Cooper is not allowed on the furniture in his foster home, in his heart he would love to snuggle on the couch next to you! He loves to be in the same room you are in, although he is never underfoot. On another note, Cooper thinks that soft plush toys are meant to be destroyed, but he adores a Nylabone and chews on it most contentedly.

Although he was an only dog in his previous home, Cooper learned to live harmoniously with his foster brother right away. They enjoy romping and playing together. Cooper gets along great with other canines, as well. Recently his foster mom had a party at her home with five dogs, including Cooper, all running around and having fun. There are no children in his foster home. Now that it is getting warmer, Cooper has met many kids on his walks, and he has been very friendly with them. He has not been cat tested; he does love to chase the squirrels in the yard.

Being outside makes Cooper ecstatic! He learned to use the doggie door within hours of arriving at his foster home. Cooper's Forever Home will need a fenced yard so that he can safely explore the great outdoors. He also likes going for strolls and hikes. His foster mom is working with Cooper on waiting at the door and walking nicely on leash. He is doing much better since he began using a front-attaching harness.

Cooper wants to be included in all of the family activities. He much prefers it when his foster mom is around, although he understands when she goes to work. She leaves Cooper with a yummy peanut-butter-filled Kong, which he happily licks clean.

This is one happy pup who has a true zest for life. Cooper is a handsome fellow with an amazing personality. He is looking for a Forever Home where he can delight his people with his exuberance and joy. Cooper has the gift of making humans smile, and he is always up for giving and receiving affection and attention. He longs to be a proud addition to some special Forever Family. You can count on Cooper for a laugh and a lick, so contact his foster mom today!

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

Contact: Foster Home, Ruth Libbey rnlibbey@ameritech.net .

Posted: 2/18/15

MASON
Ortonville, MI

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ESRA#:2013-798MI
Status: Available
  
Age:17 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:30 lbs
Variety:Field
This adorable boy is Mason. He is a perpetually jovial fellow who loves all people and all dogs. His foster mom says that Mason is the most precious Springer her family has fostered. She reports that Mason exhibits classic Springer Spaniel breed traits, and she describes him as soft, sweet, and biddable. His foster mom goes on to say that Mason is agile and quick, showing effortless movement in the field. Most smitten with Mason, she fondly refers to him as flashy, because he is very good looking indeed!

Mason is an incredibly well-mannered guy who rarely even barks. He is housetrained, does not get on furniture, and does not beg. Mason walks nicely on leash and knows the commands Sit, Stay, Off, and Back. This dream dog is crate trained, but he is also allowed the full run of the house. At his young age, Mason is admirably trustworthy.

Mason is a dapper boy who loves to don his stylish snood for mealtime in order to keep his ears clean (see the photo at left). You can imagine how darling it is to see this ritual! As well as being utterly cute, Mason is extremely intelligent. For instance, he has fully learned the bedtime routine in his foster home. When Mason hears "time for bed," he lovingly walks his special-needs foster brother to his crate. Mason then snuggles into his own crate and politely waits for his foster family to bid him good night and close his crate door.

Mason chews only on dog toys, and he will quickly release the toy if another dog walks by. He is not the least bit aggressive, assertive, or confrontational. Mason is ever so fun loving, and he will play as long and as hard as the other dog wants to play. He really enjoys games of chase and tag, and he will run after thrown balls with other dogs. However, this amicable boy never fights over ownership of the toy.

Mason and his foster mom walk daily with a group of pet parents and their leashed dogs in the neighborhood. Mason fits in very well with the pack. In fact, he is often the buffer between canines who do not get along. Typical of Springers, Mason tends to stay with the group. And much to his foster mom's delight, Mason keeps a keen eye on her when they are outside and off-leash.

This happy-go-lucky pup spent his first year in a household with school-aged children. So now, whenever Mason hears kid noises, he thinks that they have come to play with him! His foster mom jokes that he moves toward the sound of children with the same intensity that her older Springer retreats from their sound!

Since Mason so enjoys the company of his peers, his foster family hopes that his Forever Home will include another young, interactive dog to be his BFF. Mason would bond especially well with a sporting type dog, and he would appreciate a fenced yard to explore safely. Mason is also a great fan of his people, and he would welcome human companionship for at least some if not most of each day.

If this description seems too good to be true, think again. Mason is a genuinely fabulous youngster who will be the pride and joy of some really lucky Forever Family. Just ask his foster mom--she has lots of great stories to share!

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

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

Posted: 12/02/13

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CICELY
Winona, MN

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ESRA#:2015-36MN
Status: Available
  
Age:8 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:58 lbs
Variety:Field
Meet our goofy and sassy Cicely! This girl came to ESRA when her elderly owners were no longer able to care for her. Though she had been well cared for medically, Cicely did have an old ACL injury that was causing her pain and therefore needed fixing. A patient foster family took Cicely through the ACL surgery, and although she has a few weeks of recovery time left, her leg is healing very well.

Cicely is a classic Velcro Springer who loves to be near her humans and to be petted. Her foster home has two other dogs, and Cicely tolerates them but doesn't engage in play with them. She does not, however, tolerate cats.

Cicely can be protective of food and toys. For this reason, we want to place her in an all-adult home. Her ideal home would have women only, as she does prefer women to men. Cicely needs her family to go at her pace when they are introducing her to new experiences. She may growl if she is pushed to do something that she does not want to do, but she then gives a contrite look as if to say that she didn't mean to be grouchy. All Cicely will need to thrive is a confident leader who can give her boundaries, patience, and love.

A well-mannered girl, Cicely waits to be invited onto the furniture. She knows the commands Sit and Down. Her foster mom is working on teaching her Left, Right, Stop, and Walk Out, and Cicely enjoys learning and performing for her humans. When she first arrived at her foster home, she would rush to the door. Now, however, she will wait patiently until she is let outside.

Cicely does well off leash outside in the yard and during walks in the woods with her foster family. They are working with her on leash manners, and she is learning to resist pulling on the leash. Cicely loves the water and has wonderful energy, especially on walks. As her leg gets stronger, she will make a great walking partner and companion for a lucky 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 Cicely.

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

Posted: 3/28/15

MARLEY
Taylors Falls, MN

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

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Why Marley hasn’t been adopted yet is a mystery to us. This handsome, well-mannered guy gets compliments wherever he goes. He has a moderate energy level, not an exhausting one, but he is game for any kind of outing. He loves to be petted, to go for walks, and to play ball either in the yard or from the couch--your choice! Mostly, he just wants to be with you.

Marley could be the poster dog for ESRA's first two goals: to rescue and to rehabilitate. His original owner went through a major life change, ended up working twelve-hour shifts, and no longer had the time to properly care for Marley. She surrendered him to rescue. ESRA stepped up and arranged temporary care for Marley in a foster home.

Marley needed rehabilitation when he first came into foster care. He had been suffering with allergies for over three years, and he was being treated with prednisone and other medications. We soon discovered that the problem was that Marley is allergic to chicken! Once we got him off chicken, we were able to get him off the allergy meds.

Dogs with allergies are miserable. Medications temporarily relieve the itching, but the drugs themselves can also make a dog miserable. Marley had a handful of food-guarding incidents before his allergies were addressed. He growled and snapped at people who came too close while he was eating. However, once we got Marley off the allergy meds and started feeding him in his crate, there were no more food-guarding incidents. That was almost a year ago. As further rehabilitation, we worked Marley through a food-guarding desensitization/counter-conditioning protocol, sought the help of a veterinary behaviorist, and placed him on anti-anxiety medications. He is such a different dog today from when he first came to ESRA that it all seems like ancient history now. If you would like to read more about Marley’s journey (and see more cute pictures and videos!), check out the link to his blog at the top of this listing.

We are now looking to fulfill ESRA’s last goal: to rehome. Marley has worked hard and is ready for his Forever Home. His new family will need to be careful label readers to make sure that his food and treats are chicken free. Also, while we believe that Marley’s food guarding was closely related to his allergy medication, we can’t be sure. Therefore, we will not place him in a home with toddlers. Small children often have food and move in unexpected ways, which could trigger food guarding. Marley would do great in a home with a single person, a couple, or teenagers. Marley currently lives in a home with other dogs, but he really prefers the company of people (and getting ALL the attention). He loves to run, so a fenced yard would be ideal, but this “need for speed” could also be met by regular trips to a safe dog park. He barks at and will chase cats.

Marley is housetrained and crate trained. He can be trusted loose in the house, and he knows the basic commands (Sit, Down, Leave It). Marley is free of tick-borne illnesses. While he has been in his current foster home since March 2014, he was not posted for adoption until September 2014. This delay was on the advice of the veterinary behaviorist, who wanted to see how he did after being in one home for six months. He kept getting better and better!

If you are ready to meet the best little buddy that anyone could ever have, please contact Marley'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 Marley.

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

Posted: 11/01/13

ABBY
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2014-71MN
Status: Available
  
Age:4 years
Gender:Female
Color:Black & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
Watch Abby run and play in the snow in this video!
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: 12/15/14

WYNSTON
Oakdale, MN

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ESRA#:2014-778MN
Status: Available
  
Age:10 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:44 lbs
Variety:Field
Wynston came to ESRA as an owner surrender because of life changes in the family. Although it was difficult for his owner to give him up, he knew that Wynston would find a good, happy Forever Home through ESRA.

Wynston is a senior boy with the energy level of a younger dog. The vet who checked him says that Wynston is very healthy and has always been well cared for. He previously lived with other dogs, and he gets along well with his canine foster brothers and sister. It would be best for Wynston to go to a home that has another dog for a companion. Since he is not at all aggressive with food or toys, other dogs in his new home should be easygoing and non-dominant. 

After living with one person for his whole life, the adjustment to new surroundings and a new family has been a bit of a challenge for Wynston, but he has improved every day. He has been taking an anti-anxiety medication during this transition, and that has helped him to adjust. He has always had free rein of the house both at his first home and now at his foster home, but he will not tolerate going into a crate. He is totally housetrained. He goes to the door when he needs to go out, and he will even come to wake you up in the middle of the night if he has to go out to go potty.

Wynston seems to be anxious, and he wants to have as much attention as possible from his foster parents. He would love to crawl up in bed and sleep with them, but that's not allowed in his foster home. He prefers to sleep or relax on a soft couch or chair, and he would love to cuddle next to you while you relax.

Wynston would do best in a quiet home without small children, as noise and lots of activity make him nervous. Since he has anxiety about being left alone, it would be ideal if at least one person in his Forever Home would be with him for most or all of the day.

Wynston loves to go to the dog park or for a walk in the woods with his foster brothers, but he tends to follow his nose and cannot be trusted off leash. Therefore, his new home should have a fenced yard. Wynston is also still learning how to walk nicely on a leash. He needs some more practice, as he is so happy to be going for a walk that he tends to pull hard in his excitement. 

We have found that Wynston is one of the nicest, sweetest dogs we have ever fostered, and he deserves to find just the right people to provide him with the Forever Home he deserves. This dear boy has lots of life left to live and love left to give!

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 Wynston.

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

Posted: 12/29/14

DIEGO
Burnsville, MN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 10/17/14

WILLIE
St. Paul, MN

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 7/25/14

GINGER
Rochester, MN

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ESRA#:2013-55IA
Status: Available
  
Age:14 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

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LEO
Kansas City, MO

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ESRA#:2014-241MO
Status: Available
  
Age:5 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Bench
Leo is in foster care and is seeking his Forever Home. He is up to date on his vaccinations and has recently been neutered. Leo and Libby, also listed in the Missouri section of the web page, came from the same home. They were breeding springers that were relinquished to ESRA.

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 5/01/14

LIBBY
Kansas City, MO

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ESRA#:2014-242MO
Status: Available
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Female
Color:Liver & White
Weight:35 lbs
Variety:Bench
Libby is in foster care and is seeking her Forever Home. She is up to date on her vaccinations and has recently been spayed. She and Leo, also listed in the Missouri section of the web page, came from the same home. They were breeding Springers that were relinquished to ESRA.

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 5/01/14

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.

MAIZY
Omaha, NE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 4/22/11


ROCKY
Arnold, NE

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ESRA#:2014-497CO
Status: Adoption Pending
  
Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:47 lbs
Variety:Field
From Rocky's foster mom: Underdog or Champion? You will make all of the difference as to what type of dog Rocky is.

Rocky is a dog that needs to work. He is exuberant in the field and can work it all day. When he is exercised, he is a complete doll in the house. He is a smart dog. He knows many commands and is agreeable to training. He likes his routine to run like clockwork, and he doesn't mind letting you know when you have forgotten something. There is a time to eat, a time to go outside, a time to run, and a time to sleep. Miss the doorbell? Don't worry--he will let you know when it rings (even if it is on TV!).

Rocky will be a fun, fun dog for the right family. He will need daily off-leash time. This has to be a "no excuses" thing; otherwise you will pay for it by having a dog that will run laps around your dining-room table--for hours! If you take him to the field, you will see just how much zest for life Rocky has and why he needs to do what he was bred to do. It is pure joy being a part of that relationship.

This handsome young dog is housetrained, invisible-fence trained, and leash trained. He also knows all the basic commands and is willing to learn more. He was being trained for hunting at one time, but that training has not been completed. He will need work with being shot over. Rocky is great with all people, including kids. We don't know how he is with cats, but I am guessing that if a cat ran, Rocky would win the chase. This boy is great in the car. He is very relaxed and rides quietly, and he will wait for you patiently if you must step out. He can be left in the house uncrated while you are at work if that is established as part of his routine.

Rocky would like to be the top dog if there are multiple dogs in the household, but he will accept his place in the pack if there is a good leader. He is playful with other dogs once he is settled in.

To learn more about Rocky, please contact us at the e-mail address below. We really enjoy fostering this boy! We are able to give him daily exercise, and we love the fact that he snuggles on our laps when he is in the house. He is a true champ of a dog, and he is just waiting for his turn to win the top prize of a great Forever Family.

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

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

Posted: 2/18/15

Springers in North Dakota        top

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

Springers in South Dakota        top

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

Springers in Ohio        top

MAX
Cincinnati, OH

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ESRA#:2015-12MN
Status: Available
  
Age:9 years
Gender:Male
Color:Liver & White
Weight:52 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet Max, or "Bear" as his foster mom has come to call him.

Max came into ESRA's care looking and acting somewhat like a bear. He was a fuzzy ball of fur, overweight, and had a bit of a surly "bearish" attitude. Foster mom quickly discovered why Max was a little gruff on occasion — you can figure it out too if you'll take a close look at his left front leg in the photos! Max has been in a lot of pain for a long time and has learned to use grumpy sounds and churlish postures to protect his personal space. As a new member in ESRA's Special Needs Program, he will soon feel better and can work on reclaiming a sweeter Springer disposition! Follow his progress on his Special Needs page by clicking the heart icon at the top of this listing.

Before we start to think about a Forever Home for Max, in addition to working to relieve the pain in his leg, we'll be helping him drop a few pounds — hopefully about 10 of them. To that end, he is enjoying short leash walks with his foster family, not too far, just a block or two, and is proving to have well-mannered walking skills. He has already been brought up to date on his routine veterinary needs including being neutered. He is housetrained, crate-trained, and is getting along well with the resident Springers in his foster home as long as he doesn't feel the need to guard his supper or a favorite toy.

Max lost the home he had for nine years when his family purchased a new puppy and discovered that Max didn't want to share his food with his new housemate. The silver lining in his uprooting is that he will now enjoy new comforts and the care that every ESRA Springer receives. Max is a lucky boy to have landed in ESRA's care — he can be sure that bad days are behind him and good ones are here!

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

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

Posted: 1/26/15

BERTRAND
Edinburg, OH

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ESRA#:2014-731IN
Status: Available
  
Age:23 months
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:50 lbs
Variety:Mix
Meet Bertrand, who is known as Bertie by those who love him. He's an English Springer Spaniel/Labrador mix who arrived at a shelter in southeastern Indiana as a stray. When ESRA learned of this handsome guy, we quickly worked to pull him into our care.

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

Bertie's foster mom has worked on housetraining and crate training with him, and she is happy to report that he has mastered both. Bertie rides well in the car, but he has been known to try to help with the driving, so a harness restraint or a crate is best. This silly boy sometimes likes to chew on things he shouldn't. He also has a tendency to grab food--or anything else that catches his eye--from the kitchen counter, the end table, the bathroom vanity, or just about anywhere else. His foster mom has been working to curb this behavior, but it's still a work in progress. Bertie's new family will need to be committed to continuing this training, which includes providing appropriate chews and toys as well as making sure he is given the opportunity to expend his energy in positive ways.

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

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

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

Posted: 1/03/15

BAXTER
West Lafayette, OH

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ESRA#:2011-919OH
Status: Available
  
Age:13 years
Gender:Male
Color:Black & White
Weight:59 lbs
Variety:Bench
Meet Baxter, a handsome senior boy who came into 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

Springers in Wisconsin        top

RUGER
Lake Geneva, WI

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ESRA#:2013-547WI2013-548WI
Status: AvailableAvailable
   
Age:12 years15 years
Gender:MaleMale
Color:Liver & WhiteTricolor
Weight:65 lbs30
Variety:BenchMix
Read about bonded pairs and the benefits of adopting these special best friends.
Here is our newest bonded pair, Ruger and Roscoe! Each boy would like to introduce himself to you.

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

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

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

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

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

Love,
Ruger

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

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

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

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

Affectionately,
Roscoe


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

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

State of Wisconsin licensed and inspected: 402322-DS

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

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

Posted: 8/15/13

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