Our February Rescue of the Month is the Upper Midwest Chapter of English Springer Rescue America, Inc. (ESRA) I grew up with a Springer/Lab mix named Sam, and I’ve always sported a soft spot for the Spaniels. The ESRA provides foster care for Springer Spaniels who have been abandoned or impounded by other rescues or animal control facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, North & South Dakota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. These loving, loyal dogs are generally very smart and make great family pets. The ESRA ensures that each dog adopted out has been vetted, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccines and personality screened to fit your lifestyle. Supplies like food, collars and crates are always welcome, as are monetary donations. They have opportunities to sponsor special needs fosters, where you can have a direct impact on specific animals, and receive updates on their care and adoption. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for current happenings and Springers looking for foster families.
The rescue brought in 3 wonderful dogs to feature on the blog! First up is Emily. This pretty girl is 10 years old and lived her whole life as a breeder in a puppy mill. She’s very gentle, and her foster mom says she loves to cuddle and chew on bones. She’s not yet on their Petfinder list, as she’s just gone through heart worm treatment, and is waiting to be spayed. She should be available starting mid-March.
Next is sweet little Bear. He’s ridiculously cute and painfully shy. He’s 3 years old and lived his previous life in a cage with no socialization. He’s come a long way in his foster home, learning what it means to live indoors, play with toys and is slowly building his confidence every day. (be sure to read his story on Petfinder, it’s heartwarming!) He still has a lot to learn and overcome, and needs an understanding home that lets him take things at his own pace. He’ll do best with another dog friend to help teach him the ropes and get out some of his bouncy energy!
And last, but certainly not least, we’ve got Bob. He’s 8 years young, very happy and sweet and “a joy to have around.” He has some arthritis and likes to nap on the comfy couch. (I like doing that too) He’s a big, handsome boy with great freckles and curls, and really just wants to be near you.