Bonded Pairs

Adopting a bonded pair is not the answer for every home, but it's the perfect answer for many.

In some cases, a bonded pair is a parent with an offspring. Sometimes it is two littermates — puppies, teenagers, or even seniors. Occasionally the two dogs are simply long- or even short-term companions with no blood relation at all but with a well-established bond through their shared life experiences. These are dogs who, even though they may be otherwise well socialized, have come to depend upon each other as a survival technique. They seem to rely on one another for their social cues, for confidence building in new situations, and for stress relief from any uncomfortable predicament they may experience.

We’re not talking simply about any two dogs who have come into the ESRA program together, despite the fact that they may be connected by blood or previous family situation. Two such dogs may very well be placed in separate homes so that they may both become “the best dogs they can be.” One dog may thrive away from the shadow of the other, more dominant dog. In contrast, a truly bonded pair honestly has a visible cadence that seems to control their every move and their every response to their environment. They deserve to be kept together.


Why adopt a bonded pair?

  • First, there is the undeniable realization that you have brought not just one, but two dogs, baffled and confused by an unexpected turn in the world they previously knew, into a safe, secure, and loving home. What a feeling!
  • Second, the adjustment into their new environment is eased simply by the fact that these dogs still have each other. Security trumps fear in so many cases!
  • Third, having a built-in companion and playmate provides stimulation that reduces boredom, destructive behavior, and potential separation anxiety.

Recent Bonded Pairs


Jack & Monte

Dillon, MT

We are excited to introduce our newest bonded pair – English Springer Spaniel, Jack, and his pal Monte, a German Shepherd Dog. This sweet duo had their world turned upside down recently. Both boys are loving and very devoted to their humans and each other. They are looking for a Forever Home where they can continue to be best buddies together and spend lots of time with their new family doing everything their humans do!

Avery & Bee

Lakeland, MN

Mom Avery and daughter Bea are two high-energy girls who need a home together. Because they love to chase anything that moves, they will need a securely fenced yard. They are extremely well trained. They know the commands Come, Sit, Stay, Shake, Speak, and Dance. They are also kennel trained. They want a family who will give them the love, companionship, and understanding they need to thrive.

Toby & Jack

Dreary, ID

Toby and Jack are happy, wiggly, snuggly 4-year-old brothers looking for their Forever Family. These two are high energy and sweet as can be. They are eager learners and are becoming more and more comfortable with life in a new environment - indoors! That's Jack on the left and Toby on the right - can you tell these boys are a truly bonded pair?

Pepper & Nevada

Seattle, WA

These two sweet girls recently lost their human dad. ESRA stepped up when animal control called requesting assistance. Pepper and Nevada, even though they are Springer mixes, have the wonderful loyal quality of typical Springers. They are both young (Pepper is 2 years old and Nevada is 3 1/2 years), full of love and kisses and waiting to find their new Forever Home.

Maggie & Scooter

Plymouth, MI

This sister and brother have found a Forever Home where they will always be together. Maggie is a fun-loving, sporty girl, and Scooter is a goofy delight! They are a sweet, loving, and gorgeous pair who are bringing fun and joy to their new family.

Heather & Dot

Pasadena, CA

These wonderful girls had their world turned upside down recently when their owner tragically passed away. They have always been together, and they are rarely far apart. However, this does not mean that they don’t love their humans! Dot and Heather have now found a Forever Home where they can be with each other and the people they love.

Ruby & Max

Dallas, TX

Ruby and Max are lifelong buddies. They are the perfect duo. They love to play, love to be with each other, love their humans – and they both love to run and chase squirrels! Both of these dogs are major lovebugs, looking for company and affection from their humans and one another. A fun pair to watch, they are now bringing lots of love, happiness, and loads of entertainment to their Forever Family. They have found their Forever Home with a fenced yard and active, engaging humans that are eager for companionship and lots of laughs!

Becker & MacDuff

Lansing, MI

Becker and MacDuff have endured a difficult transition, moving from their previous owner’s home to a boarding kennel and then to their wonderful foster home. Becker is blind, and MacDuff has some joint issues that sometimes bother him, but both boys are absolute love sponges who want nothing more than to be with their people, and each other. They have adjusted amazingly well, and we are so happy report that they have now found their perfect Forever Family!

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