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?

These special duos seem to provide unique rewards and benefits to those adopters who make them a part of their family:

  • 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


Bruno & Moose

North Tustin, CA

Bruno and Moose were rescued separately from two less than desirable situations and ended up at the same foster home. Bruno is a very strong and very cuddly two-year-old fieldie. Moose is an active one-year-old, full of personality. Unexpectedly, they have now bonded to the extent that we do not want to split them up. These two young boys do everything together and are rarely far from each other.

Prior Bonded Pairs

Winston and Lily

San Antonio, TX

Winston and Lily are siblings who have been together all their lives and would love to stay together. They have been well cared for and are very much loved. However, due to a lifestyle change recently, they need to find a new Forever Home. Winston and Lily are house trained, good with children and unknown with cats. They are spayed/neutered, microchipped, current on vaccinations and heartworm negative. We're thrilled that this wonderful pair has found their Forever Home.

Blue Belle & Spoti

Hemet, CA

Blue Belle and Spoti are wonderful senior ladies who had their world turned upside down recently when their owner became ill and found it necessary to relinquish his four Springers. These girls have always been together, and they are extremely bonded. They both love car rides and walk beautifully on leash. Each girl sleeps in her own crate at night, but they enjoy napping together during the day. They are housetrained and are incredibly well behaved. They get along with all the resident Springers in their foster home. They are easygoing and don’t mind grooming or vet visits. These beautiful girls will be a wonderful addition to a loving Forever Family!

Phoebe & Rito

Baton Rouge, LA

Introducing a special duo, 6-year-old blind Springer Phoebe and 5-year-old Rito, a Beagle who serves as her “seeing-eye dog.” Since they grew up together and Rito helps Phoebe get around, we are offering them as a bonded pair. Both dogs are playful, sweet, and friendly and were family pets until their family fell upon hard times. They are housetrained, spayed and neutered, and up to date on their shots. They are getting along well with the other dogs in their foster home and adapted quickly to new surroundings.

Ally & Noah

Farmington, NM

Meet our sweet-natured love bugs: Ally and Noah. Ally, aged 10, and her son Noah, aged 9, are truly the definition of a bonded pair. They eat together, drink water together, and sleep together. Noah especially monitors his mother if they are in different areas of the yard or house, always returning to check on her and lick her muzzle. Prior to coming into rescue, Ally and Noah were with a family who loved them and taught them manners. This is reflected in how obedient and sweet they are. They are both Velcro dogs, following you everywhere and wanting to be with you at all times. We're so excited that they have found a Forever Home where they can be together and be with their humans.

Reuben & Ivie Mae

Redwood Falls, MN

Ivie Mae and Reuben had to be rehomed by their former family due to health reasons. They are delightful, loving, and funny Springers who are a joyful addition to their new Forever Home. These two homebodies enjoy cuddling, sleeping, chewing on their toys, and walking around town or through the fields on their leash. They are Velcro dogs who always want to be near each other AND their people.

Trouble, Petee, & Sissy

Venice, CA

Meet Mama Trouble and her children, brother and sister Petee and Sissy. They are ESRA’s first-ever bonded TRIO! For them, family means the comfort and security of always being together, whether it is sniffing around the backyard, going to the vet’s office, or piling on top of one another for a nap. We are so happy that we could help them find a loving Forever Home together. They were well loved in their previous home and were missing being an integral part of a human family. These three are very well behaved. They don’t jump on people, they know and respond well to basic commands, and they are just an all-around great trio of Springers!

Destiny and Joy

Phoenix, AZ

Destiny and Joy are best friends. We’re not sure if they are sisters or mother and daughter. Whatever their relationship really is, they are very bonded and don't like to let each other out of sight. These two girls have had a couple of homes prior to coming into ESRA's care. They were initially stressed by the shelter environment. Since then, they have made great progress working on remedial obedience with their foster mom. All the commands are coming along, but work still needs to be done to walk on a leash without pulling. Both dogs are very sweet, and we're so glad they've found their Forever Home together!

Sammie & Sasha

Sammy and Sasha are rarely apart — they eat together, sleep together, and walk side by side on leash. Even when they are sleeping or just lounging around, they have to be touching one another somehow, whether it be a full body spoon or just a head pressed against the other's bottom. However, this does not mean that they don’t love their humans! Once you sit down, you are sure to have these girls in your lap or snuggling next to you.

ESRA found the perfect Forever Home for these lovely girls, where they happily share their love for each other and their new family.

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