Among more than a thousand dogs helped annually by ESRA, many come into our care from extreme circumstances and in poor condition — some are sick, malnourished, infected with parasites, filthy and matted, suffering from neglect and perhaps even abuse. ESRA's mission is to aid even the most down-trodden of these Springers, giving them the extra love and care they need to help them flourish with their foster families in hopes that they may find their Forever Homes one day soon.

Some of our saddest cases blossom like butterflies from cocoons, both physically and mentally, and leave ESRA's care to enjoy the lives they so deserve with the love of very special families. We present a few of these success stories here as ESRA's "extreme makeovers."


We have three new Springers in need!

Click here to read the story of ANGEL, SOFIA, and ROSCOE


Sweet senior Manny arrived at a shelter in Minnesota in pretty poor condition. He was found as a stray, and sadly, no one came to claim him. ESRA came to his rescue and attended to his immediate needs. Most obvious were the tumors surrounding his eyes and eyelids — some were so large that it made it difficult for him to close his eyes. Manny has had these benign tumors removed in addition to a neuter and dental cleaning. He's feeling so much better now. May his Golden Years be the best ever!

Sweet Bradley was a stray who wandered onto someone's property in Arkansas. These kind folks took him to a shelter and offered to pay for his vetting, because they had imagined that he had lived a difficult life. Even though his history was a mystery to us all, his obvious condition was deplorable. He was heartworm positive, had Sarcoptic mange that left open bleeding sores and scabs all over his mostly hairless body and was plagued with intestinal parasites in addition to being grossly underweight. ESRA came to the rescue, and he was transported to Dallas, TX where he spent months in recovery. It is there that he blossomed into the handsome boy you see here today! His demeanor is as good as they come. Lucky Bradley, and lucky the adopter that has offered to share their heart and home with this precious soul.

Senior Springer Bonnie was dumped along a mountain pass in Montana. She was rescued by ESRA in horrific condition. Her coat was so long and badly matted that until she was bathed and groomed, one could not even determine her sex. She was malnourished, had terrible teeth (many which needed to be pulled), and had many fatty masses that needed removal as well. She was a diamond in the rough. Luckily for Bonnie, a very kind and caring family provided her with a loving home for the remainder of her life, which, sadly, was only about a year after her rescue. We are certain that it was one of the best years of her life.

Sometimes "before" and "after" photos just can't tell the story because what a dog has endured and has overcome can't be seen in a picture. You can certainly see that Hanna was much underweight in her "before" photo — she just barely weighed 20 pounds — but you wouldn't know that she also had mammary tumors, internal parasites, a "digestive disorder" to put it politely, and blood counts high where they should be low and low where they should be high. She was very close to death when she was first brought to ESRA. With extra special care and attention from her foster family, feeding her around the clock every hour just little bits at a time of home-cooked beef liver at the start, she gradually regained enough strength for the vet to tackle her other health issues, including spaying her. The perfect Forever Home would have to be one willing to provide a special dietary regimen as well as the love and affection she was starved for! The "after" photo proves that the perfect family was indeed found and Hannah now has a full and shiny Springer coat and today weighs almost 38 pounds — a definite happy ending for this beautiful little girl!

October 2015: Sadly, we report that Hanna has crossed the Rainbow Bridge but she did indeed find that perfect family who loved her and misses her a great deal. She was a sweet and very special girl.

Matted and filthy, Maxwell came into rescue after a year of neglect. First stop — the groomer's. After stripping down his coat, the groomer discovered his back legs, tail and rear had severe urine scald and the open wounds infested with maggots — one of the worst cases of neglect ESRA had ever seen. Nursed back to health in a loving ESRA foster home, Maxwell found his Forever Home very quickly.

Little Maddie came to ESRA with untreated allergies that left her entire body oozing with infection — her ears dripped like faucets. With services and medications donated by a professional groomer and vet, she was quickly set on the road to recovery. Today she is healthy, happy, very beautiful and extremely spoiled in her Forever Home.

Poor senior Benny was pulled from a shelter in Ohio. Blind, malnourished, and with mange, this little guy was suffering from the inside out. He was nurtured back to health by two ESRA foster families, and was later adopted by one of them.

The "before" and "after" photos of Gidget can't show the whole story of how the quality of her life has improved under the care of ESRA. What a good grooming session did for her is obvious. What you can't see is how much better she feels now that she has received treatment for her Lyme disease, daily medication for the severe arthritis in her hips, pain medication for her jaw—diagnosed as osteosarcoma—and vitamins for her failing eyesight. Because some of her medical conditions are insurmountable, total "success" is not our goal for Gidget but we promise she will live the rest of her sweet life as comfortable as possible through donations and care from ESRA supporters who love the "little dog with the big spirit."

Would you like to help ESRA create another “success story?”

The Springers pictured above are just a few of our “extreme makeover” success stories. It is the extra help from donors like you, earmarking your gifts for “any Springer in ESRA’s care” that has allowed these dogs to be transformed into the beautiful dogs that we know today. We thank you all for your generous support. With your help, we are changing the lives of dogs like these every single day.


Your donation is tax deductible. You can pay online by secure credit card transaction, or mail a check.



In return for your donation designated for “any Springer in ESRA’s care,” your gift will be acknowledged here as a supporter of those special dogs in ESRA’s care who need extra help to join the ranks of these “extreme makeover” success stories.

A list of contributors whose gifts supported “any Springer in ESRA’s care” in 2016 can be found at sponsor/makeovers/donors_2016.html


Sue Schroer  
Marie Conyers  
Tom & Jennifer Scott In celebrarion of Otis
Kathleen Keady  
Kathy Jean Williams In memory of Rudy
Edward Noss  
Precision Southeast, Inc In memory of William 'Bill" Anthony
Sheri Leider In memory of Blaze and in honor of Riley, forever grateful for his good health from Special Needs.
Virginia McBride In memory of sweet Trey dog, Forever in our hearts.
Jean Mathews For Fenway.  In honor of Abby.
Kim Trycinski/Blitzen Agility Club of Chicago  
Charlene Uney  
Lawrence McKay In celebration of Sydney
Clarence & Mary Merrill In celebration of Tucker
Claire Ohman In memory of Rudy Patootie
Danette Malerich  
Jack Przelenski In memory of Quil
Heather Dufault  
Kevin Navin  
Sharon Cramer  
Sarah Pawlicki  
Rebecca Hand-Smith In memory of Bob and Esther Hand
Emily Wurz In memory of Otis Cocke
Leslie Brandt For Tucker - In honor of Leo's birthday.
Terry Brye For Gunner 2017-102AL
Gail Dingee For Gunner 2017-102AL
Terri Lambing In honor of Gunner
Claudel Palmer  
Mary Schreiber In celebration of Briar
Anthony & Diane Foos  
Mark & Liana Anheier  
Derek & Ann Blakeslee  
Richard & Karen Budahn In celebration of Maggie
Darcy & John Huntington In memory of Rick Seeley
Joshual & Kathleen Kappel In celebration of Maddie
Sandra & Michael Waltenbaugh In celebration of Max
Glen & Amy Herrick In memory of Rick Seeley
Tanya Kaplun In honor of Lynda Schulman
Michael Burstein In memory of Julie Hogan
Jean Rynda  
Joan Herschberg In memory of Harriett Arnold who adopted two Springers, Pepsi and Dougie
Victoria Mulder In honor of Katarina Thomas
Diane Borden In memory of Rudy, an ESRA rescue
Barbara Smith In honor of foster dog Doodles
Kathy Patterson  
LeeAnn Jerzak In honor of foster dog Otis
Christi Olinger In honor of foster dog Riley
Susan Koerner In honor of foster dog Tucker
Edward Noss  
Nathan Hall In celebration of Elsie
Mrs. Joseph Pelich, Jr. In memory of Ann Dunlap
Leslie Tucker In celebration of Tucker
Susan Manthey  
Angela Mesarchik In honor of foster dog Ruger
Felix Doolittle  
Megan Nelson In honor of foster dog Mandy
Renee & Don Holmes In memory of Max Putnam, beloved Springer boy of Pat & John Putnam, run free with Oreo.
Linda Meeks In memory of Billie Holiday
Cathy Peters In memory of John & Pat Putnam's sweet Max
Ayn Pavek In memory of Beverly Shannon
Jo Young In memory of Larry Grant Crow
Linda Krick In honorof foster dog Duke
Betsey Livemois

In honor of Peggy Outly's retirement

Dub & Leslie Harrison In memory of Lary Archer
Cynthia & Mark Boling In memory of Ann Dunlap
Anthony & Diane Foos In memory of Molly & Maple Foos
Steve Gudvangen  
Lynne & Jim Martin In memory of Moses and in honor of Riley and his foster mom, Christi Olinger, who rescued us and Riley
Terri Kelly  
John & Linda Widner  
John & Lisa Hoekstra  
Edward Noss  
Peggy Stoltz In honor of Gunner
Dorothy Tostengard In memory of Craig Olson
Joan O'Malley In honor of Martha Johnson
Julie Hetherington  
Thomas & Vicky Benson In honor of Murphy Benson
Martha Johnson In memory of Craig Olson
Wendy Van Haerlem  
Eva Scanlan  
Janice & Alfred Nardine In memory of Lary Dean Archer
Patricia Putnam In memory of Father Mike Mangoian and in honor of Renee Holmes
Jacquie Dean In memory of Baxter & Crystal
Suzie Spinks For Gunner
Lonnie Brunini In memory of Mike Mangoian
Brett Baker For "Finn" Baker
Gail Breckle In memory of ESRA-Ohio's Gentle Giant
Cynthia Kocina For Sheba's eye surgery
Bob & Claudette Williams In memory of our dear, sweet Springer Annie
Carolyn Baldwin In memory of Sadie
Julie Seiter For Gunner - in memory of Charlie & Sammy
Andy & Isabel Shetter For Gunner
Christi Cooper For Gunner - in memory of Henry, Natalie & Wyatt
Monica Smith For Toby
Deb & Leslie Harrison In memory of Lary D Archer
Susan Mundell In memory of Brodee & Mandy, Springers Extraordinaire
Brian Lewis In memory of Kirk Garcia
Suzanne Knight  
Wayne Fiskum  
Betsy Livernois In honor of Peggy Outly's retirement.
Jenny Douglas  
Kimberly Kuper  
Boon Yeap  
Christina Burton  
/Brenda Scheer  
Galen Toennis  
Denise Schultz  
Terri Lambing In memory of my beloved Olivia.
Bryan Insurance Agency In memory of Larry Archer
Edward Noss  
Puget Sound English Springer Spaniel Assoc In memory of our club member Betty Rockstad.
Mui Min (Phyliss) Chan  
Kristen & Mathew Roth  
Diane Nagel In support of Fenway 2016AZ
Lee Anne Ayres In memory of Bailey and his unconditional love
Lisa & Jerry Falk In memory of Cocoa Arneson
Skip & Connie Bailey In memory of Larry Dean Archer
Ken & Vicki Smith In celebration of Henry
Kent & Gloria Langley In celebration of Dixie.
Camano Island Coffee Roasters, LLC  
Marcy Bolotin & Lawrence Paull In honor of Andy and in memory of Winston.
Andrea & John Bidwell In memory of Nathan G. Fox
Norman Thomas & April Brackenbush In memory of Lulu
Susan Tarnower In celebration of Knox.
Alan and Joan Davis In memory of Ann Dunlap.
Rosemary Kaiser  
Dan Soukup In support of Jake (2013-860MN)
Linda Haubold In support of Jake (2013-860MN)
Owen & Debbie Wampler In memory of Larry Archer.
Loren Nelson In memory of Monty, Frasier & Spencer
Jeanie Stokes In memory of Larry Archer
Kenneth Martin In memory ofLarry Archer
Suzanne Knight  
Gary Williams In memory of Larry Archer
Billie Vanese Voss In memory of Larry Archer.
Mary Dzubak In memory of Molly Marienau
Dake Filip In memory of all my Springers, past and present.
Jill Pratt In memory of Sophia
Stacey & Kenny Smith  
Bradley Wilkins In honor of Rich & Joanne, our Lab friends.
Nita Watkins  
Patricia Viveros  
Linell Mcgallian  
Rene Pizzo  
William Eardley In memory of Branldy & Suzi
Jan Gessert In honor of all ESRA volunteers.
Beth Fink  
Charlotte Kilpatrick In memory of Lucy and in honor of Pam.
Julie Seiter In memory of Charlie, Muppet & Sam.
Carolyn Baldwin In memory of Sadie.
Lynda Burns  
Barbara D'Anna In memory of Bella
Lisa Pongracic In memory of Tuco and Buddy, beloved Springers of Michael Hill
Steven Thede In honor of Winslow and Paddington Thede
Lisa Cooley In honor of Elcie, my rescue Springer.
Bakdrop Socks  
Suzanne Knight  
Sarah Fritz  
Kathryn Grossi In support of Ruca ESRA# 2016-318AZ, in memory of Rio.
Edward Noss  
Matt & Heather Hess  
Maureen Leonard & Pamela Horine In celebration of Baxter.
Sue & Bob Burke  
Mike & Marge Perkins  
Suzanne Hulsey  
Jane & Charles Hilliard In memory of Ally & Gracie.
Donald & Annette Doer In celebration of Lady Margaret.
Christoper & Maria Crawford  
Winifred M. Gordon Foundation  
Christopher Timmons  
Amrita & Ashish Vatsal In honor of Sabel
Allen Eastlund In memory of Cody and in honor of Danny, Bonnie, Olivia and Emmie.
George Boettcher, Jr In memory of Ripley (2003 - 2016)
Whitney Pierson  
Puget Sound ESS Association 2017 Specialty Donation
Judith Kropp In memory of Ross Welagmot
Michelle Fitzgerald  
Diane M. Foos In memory of Maple and Molly Foos, Springers in Ohio
Karen Garritano In honor of Barkley
Kathy Stagni Heartworm treatment for Saiko and Roscoe
Kappy MacFarland  
Benjamin Joerg Heartworm treatment for Saiko and Roscoe
Greg Berman In Honor of: Sampson Berman and the Colorado Chapter of ESRA
Transamerica Employees A group donation in Memory of Gary E. Koch.
Beth Fink  
Brenda Niemeyer  
Pamela Steggles In celebration of Chester
Sammy Springer In honor of Toby
Steven J. Kopf  
Kimberly Zern In honor of William J. Heady
Anne Solak-Tennant Returning Mollie's ashes to foster home
Edward Noss  
Barb Doolin  
Karen Johnson In honor of Cindy and Terry for all their help.
Gabriella Filisko All Springers in ESRA care
Jane Brandt Roscoe's heartworm treatment; in honor of Violet Brandt's 10th Birthday
Mary Guttieri  
Alisa M. Runyan In celebration of Addie
Jill VanDrese In Loving Memory of Lola rescued from ESRA in Michigan
Frank Bleau In memory of Dennis Anderson
Pamela S. Waidler  
Eileen Ryan  
Justin and Christie Isbell In memory of Gail Rossetto
Andrew and Suzanne Knight  
Rebecca Bockmon Many thanks to Beth Maryan, a true and caring professional, who made our adoption possible, which provided us with Reilly, who we love so much. And in honor and memory to my beloved and deeply missed Springers before Reilly: George and Murphy. Until we meet again.
Teresa Morrison  
Jet Palardy In celebration of Nash.
Carol and Mike Lovelady In honor of Stacy Bering.
Mulligan Tour  
Thomas and Teresa Morrison Thanks for the smiles!
Kimberly Kuper  
Steve Raspotnick  
Wayne Fiskum  
William Shaw  
Hector Montero  
Steve Raspotnick  
Sharon Cramer  
Boon Yeap  
Galen Toennis  
Hui Min Chan  
Edna Neely  
Rhonda Kindel  
Karen Garritano  
Kimberly A. Russell  
Anaiece Esparza I have had 2 English Springer Spaniels. I lost my first baby to cancer after 12 years and my second baby is now turning 10 on Christmas Day. I plan to rescue as many as I can for the rest of my life. I love them and they are definitely loving back. They are beautiful inside and out. I've had 5 other rescues, 3 mixed breeds, red heeler and chihiahua. I just have a soft heart for them all. Many Blessings to All.
Tommy Cottam  
Bryan Gilham Thank you for uniting us with our boy Blue six years ago. He is a great companion and friend.
Kim Harris Donation is in loving memory of Don Gochnour from PSESSA.
Luc Geurts  
Amy Schneider  
Becky and Perry Hasselbeck In memory of Scout Ralph. Adopted from ESRA October 2017. Thank you for all that you do for Springers.
Thomas Conlan This is in memory of a special friend who passed away on 11/11/2017. He owned several Springer Spaniels throughout his lifetime.
Renee Ayers  
Debra Lankes This donation is to honor the request of Jeffrey Weinand. It substitutes as a wedding present! Donate to a Georgia Springer if possible.
Steven J. Kopf  
Edward Noss  
Lori L. Berry  
Rob Jaeger c/o Tricia Dent and Jeffrey Weinand


A link to contributions made for “any Springer in ESRA’s care”
in prior years can be found here