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Saige in MI

Saige is ready for her forever home!  

If you have not had the amazing experience of bringing a rescue dog into your life,  here is your opportunity.

Saige is graduating foster and is available to the right home. After a start in a home where not everyone understood what she was saying when she told them to back off and let her approach them first and at her own pace, her sweetness has emerged, her thinking skills revealed themselves.  Her days of being vulnerable and nervous are behind her.  Her start in a situation that didn’t mesh with the characteristics of an English Shepherd made for a confusing and difficult time.  She needed to be allowed to be an English Shepherd, after all  she comes equipped with all of the standard features you would want and expect from the breed.  
Saige is intelligent and observant which makes her a fast learner and a great watch dog. She wants to please her people which results in a strong bond and loyalty with the added bonus of soft muzzled bops and great doggy kisses.   She loves her walks, she patrols the perimeter of her foster's large yard, stays off the furniture, hasn't had a single accident in the house, knows basic commands and so far would rather honor a recall than run off after something. 

It’s going to be a learning process, a learning partnership. She’ll need guidance.  She’ll want your patience and positive reinforcement techniques to bring out the best in her.  She will warm up to you as she senses you are the good guy(s); the family she has been dreaming of, now that she can dream of good things. She has learned to relax and let go of all the fears that came with the wrong expectations. The bad things are the past, not her present and not her future. 

Saige is the dog who wants to understand what you want her to do and will work hard to make it happen.  At day’s end she’ll come inside with you to enjoy the respite & contentment of a good day’s work done with mutual love and respect from one partner to another. 
For more information contact with 'Saige' in the subject line.


Ruby in WA

Hi Ruby here.  I lived the first year and a half of my life in a backyard with no one to interact with,  so I am extremely shy.  I have a sweet personality and love to snuggle.  My forever home should know how to handle extremely undersocialized dogs.  I am a natural bobtail sable and white female, spayed, up to date on all my vaccinations and heartworm negative. 

If you would like more information on adopting me please contact Kathi at


Finn in SC

Hi there. I’m a laid back dude looking for the easy life. You could call me a couch potato, if I was allowed on the couch. Some mellow people to hang with would be cool. I’m not into drama, hyper people, frisky critters or cats. Someone familiar with how to scratch my butt or belly just right would be perfection.

If I sound like your kind of guy, send Kim an email at and put NESR Finn in the subject line. 


Ernestine in WI



Ernestine is looking for her forever home! This sweet pup is one of the 12 Georgia puppies. Ernestine has settled in well with her foster! They call her Ellie for short. She gets on well with their adult dog. She also displays non-aggressive behavior with their children, chickens, goats, and cats (although she does follow the cats around). Ernestine is very people-oriented; she is her foster’s shadow. She enjoys playing and exploring, but she will leave whatever she’s doing to be loved on by a person.
Ernestine only has one potty break about halfway through the night, but she goes right back to sleep! She is also doing well with house training, but she does still have accidents inside if she’s not taken out enough. Ernestine is currently learning “sit” and “down”; she has a great recall! She is motivated and a quick learner, so she would be a fun dog for someone interested in agility or obedience. She is very mouthy right now, but her foster is currently working hard with her to curb this. Ernestine also likes to drag clothing/shoes out of closets if she can get to them. She hates cars and crates at the moment, but her foster is working on that too. To quote her foster, “I truly can’t find a single other thing wrong with this puppy. She is just a wonderful dog, and is going to make someone a great companion.”      

If you are interested in Ernestine, please contact Ashley at


Freddie in OK

Greetings, from the great state of Oklahoma.  My name is Freddie, and I’m originally from Pennsylvania.  I grew up on an Amish farm, but if I’m being honest, my personality is a bit more suited to the English (that’s all of you non-Amish folk) than to the plain life.  Let’s just say that I suffer from an excess of personality.  Ever seen Winnie-the-Pooh?  Well, I’m Tigger!  I’m bouncy, bouncy, pouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!  At least, that’s how I see myself. 

My Foster Mom says I’m a punk, and that I need someone who will lay down the rules and make me follow them.  C’mon…..look at this face……can you believe someone would say that about little ol’ me?  Wait….you can?  Oh, alright. I guess I COULD stand to learn a bit more self control, and I’ll even admit that I don’t have the best dog-to-dog skills.  I mean, I LIKE other dogs, and enjoy playing with them, but apparently, some dogs think that I’m just a bit much. My foster sisters have given me more than one good smack with a paw for being rude, so there might be some truth in that.

Despite my love of fun, I really do want to learn how to be a Good Boy.  My Foster Mom is laying the groundwork, but wouldn’t you like to take over my leash and be my partner?  My ideal home would be one where my people will be patient with me and forgive my mistakes, but expect me to do better.  I’ll need a firm but loving hand, and consistent rules so that I don’t get confused.  And of course, I’ll need plenty of play time, so that I can get my BOUNCE on!  

Folks say that I’m strikingly handsome, but despite my good looks, I’ll be faithful and loyal, and love you with every bouncy ounce of my heart!  I just know that there’s someone out there looking for a super fun best friend like me……is it YOU?????

If you’d like to meet me, or better yet, if you just KNOW that you want to be my BFF, please tell my friends at NESR!  I can’t wait to meet you!


If interested in Freddie, please contact Kathi at


Jack in SC

Jack is a cattle dog. He is being re-homed because he is a cattle dog and not a goat herder. He comes from ES lines known for gritty, tenacious, fantastic cattle herders. He loves kids of the human kind and is great with them. Everyone recognizes he is a great dog with the exception of rabbits and free range chickens. They don't like Jack because he likes the taste of chicken and rabbit tastes just like----chicken. Other than that he is the cattle herder of your dreams. He is a hard working dog who wants and needs to be with his people as well. I expect there is a home out there that understands that combination. When the day is done and you are happy to just exist and express yourself in sighs and knowing looks - Jack's eyes are the ones you want to meet.

If you would like more information on adopting Jack please contact Ana at



Hi!  NESR Wallace here. In case you didn't know, Wallace is canine for  "exuberant" That is what my foster mom says I am. 

I am an 8 month old purebred ES male (disguised as a golden retriever). My solid clear sable coloring is unusual in the ES breed but is found in my family lines. My littermates and I came into NESR in May. We basically raised ourselves, learning to navigate the ins and outs of living outside with many adult dogs and very little training by our humans. My brothers were shyer than me and they have found their forever homes but I am still waiting for mine. FM (foster mom) says I am special due to my energy level and drive. I still feel like a puppy even though I am 40# and as tall as some of the other ES here. FM says I need to catch up on learning my manners and gain some self control. She and the dogs here are trying to show me the limits but it's hard to remember some lessons!  

Even so, I am super smart and have learned my basic obedience commands (well..."stay" is hard but "sit" and "down" are easy-peasy!) I have an excellent recall which is great because FM can let me run off my energy and know I will come when she calls. Speaking of which, I run like the wind...and leap...and bound. FM says I am "athletic" and  I would be an excellent candidate for "dog sports", whatever that means.   

All I know is I have the drive to DO STUFF and I need a human who will appreciate this and help guide me and teach me to focus. I am crate trained and housebroken. I love riding in a car, going places and meeting people. 

What do you say? Do you need a little exuberance in your life? I've got plenty and I'm willing to share!  

For more info on me contact:  Amy Dorsch at and put NESR Wallace (or "Exhuberance") in the subject line.


Ann (puppy) in NC - 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.

If you would like more information on adopting Cooper please contact Ana at


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.


Raider in TN

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.  

If you are looking for a more settled companion dog but one with some good years ahead contact Amy Dorsch at and put Raider in the subject line


Pups from GA

In mid-July, NESR was contacted by a local rescue in GA who had taken in 12 seven week old pups from a longtime ES breeder.  We agreed to help this overburdened rescue and all 12 pups came into our care.  We know the mother of the pups is a purebred ES.  The dad (or dads) however are not known.  Given the appearance of some of the pups, there may be hound or terrier in the mix.  Despite their pedigree, they are remarkably well adjusted happy pups who are thriving now that they are getting all their needs met. They all appear to have the smarts of an ES and are doing well in their foster homes.  Some have already found their forever homes. Those who are still available will appear above in the NESR Listings section.

Vader in TX

Don’t let his name fool you - this is one adorable, sweet, affectionate boy! He wants to be in your lap or at your side at all times. His second favorite thing is swimming. If there is a pool available, he is in it.

Vader is 3 years old, a handsome black & tan with a natural bobtail that will make you laugh when he wags it. He gets along great with the resident female ES and cats. He did well in his previous home with horses and children. Vader is currently having treatment for heart worms and will be available for adoption when his treatment is finished.

Contact Kim at for more information and put NESR Vader in the subject line.


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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