Special Needs Dogs

The Special Needs designation includes a range of physical disabilities, chronic medical conditions, or behavioral issues that require ongoing vigilance or special care to manage. The classification can apply to animals with obvious physical differences such as missing, deformed, or paralyzed limbs. It can also apply to those with functional limitations, such as animals who are blind or deaf. Dogs with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, persistent allergies, or cancer are often considered Special Needs as well. Still others may have social or behavioral limitations, including severe separation anxiety or extreme situational fears. Previously abused animals may fall into this category.

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Current Special Needs Dogs



This charming and spunky puppy needs some special help in order to be able to live a healthy and happy life. ESRA is ready to make that happen for Charlie!


When Stella came back to ESRA four years after being adopted, we discovered that she had not only some behavioral issues that she needed help with, but that she had also developed a rare medical condition that required quick attention.


At first glance, the photo you see here of this young, handsome Springer pup paints a picture very different from what he has actually had to endure. The life-saving measures that ESRA has had to take to save him tell a completely different story.


Just past his sixth birthday, good-looking Bailey of Wisconsin recently found his life turned upside down. A beloved family pet, Bailey was placed in ESRA's care to assist him because his family did not have the means to care for his needs after he was involved in a very unfortunate accident.
Meggie Mae

Meggie Mae







Clayton 100 copy

Clayton's Story

Clayton's touch-and-go medical troubles captivated the hearts of thousands of ESRA friends worldwide. He has become a celebrated ambassador across the country for ESRA's Special Needs Springers. He is thriving now, thanks to this program and supporters.