Extreme Makeovers

Among all of the Springers 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."


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


Sweet senior Manny arrived at a shelter in Minnesota in pretty poor condition. He was found as a stray, but sadly no one came to claim him. ESRA came to his rescue and attended to his immediate needs. Most obviously needing attention were the tumors surrounding his eyes and eyelids. Some were so large that they made it difficult for him to close his eyes. Manny has had these benign tumors removed, and he has also been neutered and had a dental cleaning. He's feeling so much better now. May his golden years be the best ever!


Senior Springer Bonnie was dumped along a mountain pass in Montana. She was in horrific condition when she was rescued by ESRA. Her coat was so long and badly matted that until she was bathed and groomed, no one could even determine her gender. Bonnie was malnourished, had terrible teeth (many of 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 days. Although Bonnie lived only about a year after being rescued, we are certain that her last year was one of the best of her life.

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 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 Help Is Needed!

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