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Leia - Adoption Pending



I am Leia - and I am a princess. Not the dainty kind, but the smart, rugged kind. I am young (12mos) and just now learning that I really like bonding with this human. The words and hand motions mean things and I am starting to like it that being with him and paying attention gives me something to do. I am learning to come when I hear my name or get called. I am learning to sit and not jump up and how to back-up at doors and let humans go first, but it’s really hard because I’m so excited and interested in so many new things. It’s all new and there is a lot to learn still.

I have two foster brothers and learned that I can’t keep them away from my new human, but we have to share his attention and we get along great now! I’ve learned about cats too. If they run it’s hard not to chase them, but I’m learning that I don’t want to hurt them and they belong around the humans, too. I laid down on the same couch with a cat the other day. Sometimes if the human doesn’t give me something to do I find stuff to do. If I can’t find something to chew then I will find problems to solve like how to get what I want off the counter without being seen or maybe how to get the other dogs here to play with me or explore new places (if I can just get out of this enclosure) and items around the house or yard. I don’t like harnesses or ties and if left on me I will try to chew them off. What I have not mastered yet is how to tell them when I need to go out. The other dogs do it for me, but when it’s just me I don’t yet have a way to tell them I need out.

I love my new human! I follow him around when he’s home, whine at the door when he leaves, and at night I sleep in a crate where I can see him. If he would just let me sleep on that comfy bed with him I know he would be happier! There is so much more fun stuff to learn and do and I can’t wait for a forever home and forever person.


Jake in NH



“Greetings!  I am Jake and I currently live in a foster home in NH.  As you can see, I am a very handsome Black & Tan English Shepherd.  You’re probably wondering about all the basics – so here they are:   I am a purebred ES, neutered male, 4 years old and UTD on all of my shots and vet visits.  I am housebroken and know all the basic commands (sit, down, come, etc.).  I am smart and will work to please people. I’m good out in public, and if you tell me to sit and stay to politely greet people, I will gladly comply. 

I am basically a good boy.  But I do have one issue:  once I become comfortable with you in your home, I may want to protect you and your property from any strangers that come by (even if they aren’t strangers to you).  My foster says that this can be managed and controlled, so long as you are willing to work with me consistently.   I do not have this issue off my own property.   I will do best in a quiet household, without a lot of coming and going. So even though I like children, they aren’t the best idea for me due to the level of activity children generate.  One or two people who get to know me will find that I am a loyal and loving companion. I also get along with other dogs, so a canine buddy is not out of the question.  My new people need to continue my training and monitor my interactions with visitors.  

Anyone who applies to adopt me will be asked to speak with my foster before the application process goes any further. 

So, if you are interested in learning more about me and offering me a good home, please send an email to and put NESR Jake in the subject line.   I am looking forward to going to my new home soon!”


Stella - Adoption Pending



Stella is a 2.5 yo spayed female purebred English Shepherd.  She is extremely smart, sensitive and relationship driven.  She has had lots of companionship training, by that I mean she is well versed in being a stellar member of a household. She does however get anxious around small children and by that I mean that she wants to understand how to relate to them and protect them, she has NOT shown any aggression towards children.

Stella will be a shadow dog, right there with you, a very typical nature of a breed developed to be alongside their farmer/rancher family.  If you already have an adoption application in with NESR please send a message through our site that you have a specific interest in Stella.  Thank you for supporting the mission of NESR!








Lexi in WA - ADOPTED







Finn in MT - 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.


Ohio Band of Brothers


In early June, a litter of 5 purebred adolescent pups and their sire were turned into NESR. The pups were raised on a farm with minimal socialization and vetting. Upon arrival, all were very thin with poor muscle tone.  They have all put on weight and gained strength with regular exercise. They have been in foster care now for about 6 weeks and are approaching adoption readiness. 

We have termed them the Band of Brothers.  They are now 8 months old.  Their individual  listings will be added as they are ready.  There are some common things we have seen in all the pups however.   All are timid and uncertain of novel situations and people but all have shown  good resiliency.  At 8 months they are exhibiting the kind of puppy behaviors one might expect in a 4-5 month old pup. This is, in large part, due to their lack of early training and exposure to living in a home.  They are catching up and will need owners who can  provide boundaries and guidance as well as continued socialization and training.  

All have shown the desire to connect to their human fosters as well as the resident foster dogs from whom they gain confidence.  They have come leaps and bounds from their first days and have the potential to be awesome, loving companions. Individual bios on each pup are coming soon so stay tuned!  Inquiries can be directed to their coordinator, Amy Dorsch at

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)

















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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