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Bella in NC



Meet NESR Bella who is being fostered in North Carolina.  Bella, a 2 ½ year old, came into our care with a known medical concern. She had a hip that dislocated easily.  After examinations by several vets it was determined Bella did not need to have hip surgery. Her muscles have strengthened enough to keep her joint in place. She will be spayed towards the end of July and ready to go to her new home after she has recovered.  An agility home or high activity home won't suit her but she will need people who keep her active so her muscles stay strong and her weight ideal.  

Bella enjoys car rides and just hanging out with her people. Boat rides are fun for her.  She is a sweet girl who has NOT displayed a background of learning basic obedience skills.  In other words, she will need basic obedience training.  She can walk nicely on a leash until...  there is a person, a dog or ?  she really, really wants to meet.  So, yes, she needs to learn impulse control.  She is currently being fostered with a pack of 4 or 5 dogs and gets along with them.  This canine harmony was achieved by her fosters explaining the ‘do’s and do not’s when she first arrived.  She learned the 'house rules' very quickly.  

For more information about Bella in North Carolina please contact Nancy at and write NESR Bella in the subject line of the email.



Jasper in OK



I’m looking for a lady to call my own. I’m Jasper, dark, handsome and demure.
Been there, done that, I’m around 9 years old now, and ready to settle down with the woman of my dreams. I will give you love & total devotion in exchange for a quiet home.
I can be playful. I like to chase my ball, play with bones & toys, and I’m good with respectful dogs. I’m also fine with free range chickens. I’ve never met a cat. What’s that?

In my past, I’ve been a little cranky with some strangers, and preferred my one true love over the men & children in my life. Now, in my foster home, I no longer have a preference for women over men, but I am still an introvert and take my time to warm up to people. My new home will need to understand and help me with this.

I like to sleep in my crate at night. I’m housebroken, come when called, walk on a leash, and know basic obedience commands. No puppy training needed if you adopt me!

 If you want to know more about Jasper contact Kim









Merry Katie in TN - ADOPTED










Pixie in MO - ADOPTED





Hogarth in OH - ADOPTED


NESR Dogs in Foster
These dogs are in foster care with NESR but are not yet ready for adoption.  We hope this allows you to follow the progress of these dogs as they prepare to move toward adoption.





Owner Referral

Part of our mission is to assist owners of English Shepherds in finding new homes for their dogs when they can no longer take care of them. The following dogs are listed as a service to those who must give up their dogs and prefer not to surrender them to a shelter.

Since we have not seen or evaluated these dogs, we cannot make any representation or take responsibility for any dog's temperament or health. Prospective adopters should contact the owner of a dog directly.

Criteria for listings on NESR website
Listings submitted by an accredited rescue are complimentary. We ask for a supporting donation from owners listing their dogs.

All listings should include:

  • Name of the dog
  • Picture(s), preferably side and front view
  • Age and sex
  • Health/medical information, Including whether spayed/neutered
  • Training
  • Current situation the dog is living in
  • The type of environment best suited for the dog to be successful
  • Purebred ES or ESy dog
  • Current location (City, State)
  • Contact information for the current owner

Listings cannot include:

  • ‘Adoption fee’ if the dog is currently owned by a private party
  • Breeder’s name (we ask that the breeder, if known, be contacted for assistance in rehoming the dog)

Bob in OR



This handsome boy is Bob. Bob is a 2 year old, neutered, natural bob tailed, English shepherd looking for the right home. He’s from my Ellie x Whistle litter.

Unfortunately his previous home didn’t work out but after some time to re-get to know Bob, I feel he’s ready to find his new home. He is incredibly smart and picks up training very fast. He would thrive with a person that is looking for a real training partner. Somebody that is dog savvy with training experience.

Bob has a lot of potential to excel in agility, nose work, tracking, herding, etc. He has been exposed to sheep twice and has shown good herding instinct. He bonds very closely with his people and would do best with a single person or couple. Bob is a goofy, loving, and cuddly dog that could play frisbee all day. He follows me everywhere and wants to be in the middle of anything I’m doing. He’s completely unfazed by the vacuum, lawnmower, chainsaw... so much so that a little wariness would probably do him some good!

Bob is a great dog in so many ways but he does have some qualities that need work. He doesn’t like attention from strangers so he needs to trust he won’t be forced to “say hi” otherwise he has done well in public on leash passing people on the sidewalk and hiking trail. He’s less welcoming of strangers at home and he should be put away if guests come over. He would make an excellent watch dog! I’ve had success letting him out around certain guests and it’s not long before he’s asking for pets. He’s selective about other dogs. He gets along best with female dogs but may do ok with an easy going male. He does NOT like huskies or husky-like dogs, at all. He is good with my cat. He shows maybe a little too much interest in my rabbits.
He does not tolerate having his nails clipped and needs a lot of training to allow his feet to be touched. I am able to bathe him, brush him, give ear or eye drops but he’s untrusting with restraint.

Despite his quirks, he’s truly an awesome dog with so much potential. I feel like I’m doing him a disservice by not challenging his mind more. I just know he’s going to be the perfect dog for somebody!

Please contact me, Carrie Popp,( ) if you’d like to know more about this special guy.


Teddy in OR


  • Name of the dog: Teddy
  • Age: 2 years
  • Sex: Neutered male
  • No health problems
  • Training: He is extremely smart, biddable, and well-trained (including a month-long board and train at NW Balanced Dog Training). Commands he knows include: Place (stay until released), Release/Ok, Follow (on or off lead), Wait (to exit/enter through a door), Sit, Lie Down, Come, Leave it, Eat, Drink, Potty, Poop, Drop, Out (of the room/space), Bring It, Off (whatever he’s on); Stop (stop barking)
  • Current situation the dog is living in: Busy city home that is overstimulating
  • The type of environment best suited for the dog to be successful: We would like to place Teddy in a quiet setting. His protective nature can and has been managed, but if it were an asset, such as on a larger fenced property, that would be optimal. We believe he would also really like to have a job, and shows herding instinct (tested on sheep; sire and siblings also work cattle).  He is extremely sweet and devoted to his owners. This leads to him being overprotective, so his new owners need to be experienced and able to understand how to supervise and manage his environment. He is independent, not wanting a lot of attention or petting, particularly on head/neck. He loves to go on walks and runs, and is crate and house-trained. He does not chew things or have destructive habits. He is not sensitive to loud noises. His favorite game is hide and seek, and he knows how to follow behind when on leash. His most successful lifestyle would allow him to be off leash; he can be trusted to stay close to his owners.
  • Teddy will not allow strangers in the house or yard. He is fine in common spaces that are not his turf. He avoids anyone beyond his own family and other dogs when away from home. He does not want to be handled by anyone besides his primary family. He plays happily with dog friends, though toys/treats/food cannot be shared. He is more likely to react to people who are interacting with him (such as playing) but who don’t understand/read dogs well. He is muzzle-trained.
    He accepts things being taken away (bones, food, toys) by his owners. He lives happily with a cat, though will chase and herd it if it runs (but not hurt it). He doesn’t allow neighbor cats in the yard/chases them. He walks by horses without issue. He will chase birds, squirrels and flies/bees/wasps. He would be a good varmint hunter.
    He has lived with and likes his own children (age range from 5-16) but because he is protective of them, he needs a home without children. He loves riding in cars and is happy to wait in the car, watching what’s going on quietly. He would be most happy to be able to spend his days with his person, but he is not suited to going to a workplace.
  • Purebred ES: Registered
  • Current location: Eugene, OR
  • Contact information: Carla Green;  (note that I am the breeder and taking responsibility for screening people prior to putting them in contact with the owner)



Tiny in TX - ADOPTED










Shep in LA - ADOPTED










Other Rescue Organizations
The following dogs are with other Rescue Organizations and are possibly not English Shepherds but they are English Shepherdish enough to be listed here. All adoptions are handled by the fostering Rescue Group. Please contact them or visit their web sites for more info about these dogs and other fine dogs they have in rescue!

PetFinder is a website devoted to listing dogs from shelters and rescue groups around the country. You can search PetFinder by breed or region to find the right dog for your family.

There are often English Shepherds listed on the PetFinder pages although sometimes the breed identification seems a little iffy. However, here are some dogs currently on the PetFinder website who are either ES or ESy. NESR has no connections with any of these organizations and makes no promises regarding the dogs listed here from PetFinders. We offer this list in the interest of one stop shopping...

If you have any questions about finding what you're looking for on PetFinders email Lynn for help.




Tom Petty in TN - ADOPTED







Bentley in TX - ADOPTED






NESR performs a temperament evaluation on all dogs it is considering bringing into rescue. NESR reserves the right to decline any dog based on the needs/temperament of the dog and the qualifications of foster homes available at the time.

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