Adoption Application

Dogs in foster care are carefully evaluated by our dedicated volunteers,
and we ask many questions of prospective adopters to make just the right match.

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What happens after the application is submitted?

Each adoption application is subject to acceptance based on a review process that requires collecting information from an application, a phone interview, a vet and/or personal reference check, and a home visit.  This process is to be completed before you meet a rescue dog available for adoption.

Making decisions about dog placement in adoptive homes is an art, not a science, and there may be times when applications will be declined for various reasons. Approval of an applicant is left to the discretion of the ESRA coordinator after he or she has reviewed all available information. For any rescued dog in ESRA's care, we reserve the right to make all decisions regarding final disposition or placement into a foster or adoptive home. There is absolutely no guarantee, made or implied, that any person or persons requesting to adopt a Springer being fostered through ESRA, or posted on ESRA's website, will be granted an adoption.

Meeting a potential adoptee

When meeting a rescue dog, please try to spend as much time as possible with the dog to evaluate compatibility before making the decision to adopt. If you are considering an interstate adoption, please discuss the dog's temperament, health, and transportation options very thoroughly with the dog’s case manager (contact listed at the bottom of the web listing) and foster parent or shelter before making the decision to adopt the dog. In the best interest of yourself, your family, and the rescue dog, please make certain that the dog you choose to adopt is the right dog for you. Adoption is a big commitment lasting for the dog’s entire lifetime.  

Don't miss our Adoption FAQ!

The adoption fee for a dog in ESRA's foster care program is $350, except for dogs in our Springers for Seniors program, for which the adoption fee can be waived if both the dog and the adopter are senior citizens. Dogs placed in adoptive homes are spayed and neutered, current with vaccinations, and heartworm negative. The adoption fee must be paid in full at the time of adoption in the form of check or money order, not cash, or paid online.

  • If you have problems with this form, please email our web team.

  • If you are not initially contacted within seven days of submitting your adoption application, please email [email protected]

  • Questions regarding an adoption application that has been already submitted should be directed to your state coordinator, whose information can be found on this contact page.
  • Thank you for submitting an adoption application!
    Rescue Springers are extremely loving dogs, each looking for a caring adopter and a new forever home.


    After submission, you will receive an email copy of your application, which we recommend saving. It could be in your spam/junk mail, so please check there if you don't see it in your Inbox. You will also be contacted by your regional team, so continue to keep an eye on your junk mail. If you do not hear something within 5 - 7 days, please check the coordinator contact page.
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