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Callie in MO


Callie is 1 1/2 years old, tricolor and about 50 pounds. She is pretty much an uncomplicated, sweet, and affectionate dog with a peaceful temperament. She is personable with people she meets, and good with home cats, other dogs, and horses. Callie is reliable when left in the house without supervision (except for an occasional dumpster dive) and does not even get up on the furniture.  She is not a barker except for vigorously altering when an “intruder” comes on her property. She loves to ride in the car or cart and quietly enjoys a boat trip.

Callie has the outlook of a young dog without the extreme energy of one. Mostly her youth shows in her overly playful behavior with chickens and children on bikes, and an obsession with squirrels. Callie, like many ES, can be creative in the absence of human guidance. When her curiosity about the world took her fancy, she jumped on top of her dog house for a better view, and from there then easily jumped over the fence for out-and-about in the neighborhood; fortunately, she returns in good order to her home and people.

Callie will be a wonderful dog for a variety of household situations. Her foster strongly believes, however, that she would do best with a canine companion, as she looks to her own species for direction and confidence.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions by geographic area we are looking for an adopters as close to Callie’s current location as possible (near Kansas City). We will also be recommending that any transporter/adopter follow strict social distancing and disinfection guidelines. Per the CDC, a dog’s capacity to carry and transfer the virus is extremely low, but we want to ensure that everyone, human and canine, remain safe.

If you are interested in adopting Callie or would like more information about her, please email Margaret at  and put “Callie” in the subject line.


Ellie Ray in OK

Meet Ellie Ray, a pretty, sassy, and very clever 8-year-old girl. At about 50 pounds, she is an easy keeper who likes her food and thinks she looks good with a little extra weight, so can be food possessive. She loves to be close to her people with the major exception of children, loves to work, loves her soft blinkie, and loves the cold (and inversely hates hot or wet weather). You have to love a dog who, besides knowing utilitarian commands like “sit” and “down,” will sneeze on command, and open and close doors.

Because Ellie Ray had a nipping history she has been with a professional dog trainer and relearning her social skills. She is by nature a bossy girl and will always need a home where her grumpy nonsense is taken seriously and not given a pass. That said, she will be a great dog for the right, experienced, childfree home, and absolutely devoted to her owner. She likely will get along with a boy dog she can boss around.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions by geographic area we are looking for an adopter as close to Ellie Ray’s current location as possible (Tulsa). We will also be recommending that any transporter/adopter follow strict social distancing and disinfection guidelines. Per the CDC, a dog’s capacity to carry and transfer the corona virus is extremely low, but we want to ensure that everyone human and canine remain safe.

If you are interested in adopting Ellie Ray or would like more information about her, please email Margaret at and put “Ellie Ray” in the subject line.


Freddie in OK

Freddie is a high energy guy.  He needs lots of exercise and a strong leader.  Freddie wants to please and loves to play.  Will do best in a home with no children.  Freddie is 2 yrs old, up to date on all his shots and neutered. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions by geographic area we are looking for an  adopter close to Freddie’s current location as possible (Tulsa). We will also be recommending that any transporter/adopter follow strict social distancing and disinfection guidelines. Per the CDC, a dog’s capacity to carry and transfer the corona virus is extremely low, but we want to ensure that everyone, human and canine, remain safe. 

Please contact Kathi at for more information and put "Freddie" in the subject line.


Kofi in KS - ADOPTED









Cooper is your Farm Manager and Best Friend in one tidy black and white package. Every morning between 6:00 and 6:15am (ES pride themselves on being flexible) he patrols your mutual home ground. Varmints and intruders aren't welcome. If something is off, he's gonna tell you—like Lassie but without the over-focus on Timmy in the well. He lives to be a farm dog and that is why Cooper finds himself with NESR shopping for THE farm that will need and love him most.

He is 3.5 years old, currently in Michigan but will travel for the right farm. As a pup he was kicked in the teeth at 8 mos., lost a few teeth but not his gumption, he was cleaned up by his best friend (the farmer) and ran back out, with a now learned respectful distance to push that horse into the barn. He put away livestock every night. He is overenthusiastic in moving the chickens though and will need some additional training to learn that feathered casualties are to be avoided. He does take the word OFF very seriously, so the tools for that training are already in place.

Cooper lives to work with his farmer. He's going to stay out and do the chores until it's dark and time to come in. Then it's time to celebrate another solid day of hard work. His food bowl is sacred ground. When it's time to rest he's going to be right next to you, touching you in some way. He sleeps inside next to his person's bed. He has been loved and cared for like the treasured partner that he is. He is looking for a farm and a farmer because he is loved so greatly. He and his farmer left their Place behind to help family elsewhere. His farmer recognizes that Cooper needs a farmer with a farm. It's the greatest gift he can give Cooper to find that place where he can have it all again.


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.


Michael in OR - ADOPTED









Raider in TN - Adoption Pending

How do you do? My name is Raider. I am a 7 yr purebred male given up when my elderly breeder could no longer manage his dogs. My heartworm treatment is ongoing and I'm not quite ready for adoption yet.

I am a gentleman of a dog (you can tell by the way I cross my paws). I have an easy going, kind demeanor and a natural desire to please. I do like the ladies and tend to gravitate to women although I have learned to like and trust my foster dad as well. Kids are pretty neat too as long as they are kind, like the ones here.

I love the cat that lives here. He goes for walks with us everyday and I do not chase or harass him. I get along well with all my foster's female dogs but I am not keen on her intact male. He gives me the stink eye and I give it right back!  I would do best in a home as an only dog or in a home with girls only (I told you I was a ladies' man!)

I have spent a lot of time in a crate during my treatment. I go in willingly in command and am content to be there although I long for the day when I can be given more freedom.  I was raised and kept outside before coming to NESR and I have had to learn not to mark anything but trees and bushes. I am pretty reliable but my new owner will want to keep a watchful eye and remind if I forget. I love the house (especially this miracle you humans call air conditioning) and am happiest when I can hang out with my foster mom and lie at her feet.while she works on her computer or watches TV. I also like not having to weather thunder storms outside anymore as they make me a little nervous. I feel safe in my crate. 

My foster mom and I walk in the fields 
3-4 times a day and I respect the leash. I have actually gotten in better shape here despite being relegated to limited activity. I am trim and fit and pretty darned handsome if I do say so myself. As soon as I am cleared from the HW infection, I will be neutered and probably have my teeth cleaned. I broke some in the past and although they don't bother me, the nice people at NESR said they would help get them in better shape.  


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)


Charlie in AL

Charlie is a six year old, 75 pound male purebred English Shepard. He is an extremely loyal dog and likes to keep his owner in his sight. Charlie likes to feel like he is helping out with a job. He is looking for a home with space to run, play, and herd, which his owner cannot provide. 

Charlie is a bit of a barker, is an escape artist, and has a lot of energy. Therefore, his current home in a subdivision backyard is not the best fit for his traits. He is loving and protective of his owner, but he is a farm dog at heart and would thrive in a more rural area. In fact, he was born on a large farm in rural Alabama to parents who loved helping with farm work. His current home is in Huntsville, AL. He is great with cats and non-alpha dogs.  He is neutered and has never had any health issues. Charlie is currently enrolled in a four week obedience training program to refine his manners, which will be completed at the end of April 2020. 

I love this dog with all of my heart, but our family (and a neighbor) has decided he is not a fit for us. We are hoping someone can provide him a new home with lots of space so that he can enjoy himself. 

For more information on Charlie please contact Bart at:


Waldo in IL - 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

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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