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Finn in MT



Finn with his foster brother

Finn came to NESR from a young family with lots of love but not a lot of time. He does very well with small children and babies. He has a natural affinity for keeping track and protecting his family and the homestead.  He is oh so sweet, intelligent and  sees cruising the perimeter of the property as his job.

He has a biddable nature and with a person who will take on teaching him he has great potential to take on and excel at other jobs.  He gets along great with other dogs and thanks to his foster we now know he is a natural at being a water dog, taking to rafting like his fictional namesake Huckleberry Finn.  He is such a sweetheart and so very easy to love.

At 2 1/2 years old he has a lifetime of partnering with his new family ahead of him and whoever has Finn in their lives will be very very lucky.  

For more information on Finn, please contact Ana at:







Poppy in MT



Poppy is a 1 1/2 yo, shaded sable, spayed female.  She is a purebred ES.  The following is a combination of her foster mom's take and my own on Poppy:  Poppy is a sweet tempered girl.  She is bright, inquisitive, willing to please and learn.  She also has a great tracking nose. She was the second ES added at her first family's home.  She went to live with her full brother from an earlier litter. 

Her intro to a younger female (my 1 yo ES) didn't go well, Poppy had readily taken to me on the several hour drive home and objected to my female's own vested interest.  Once Poppy was with males, both intact and neutered, there were no issues, just lots of running and playing.  Poppy does well with small children and new people.  She is VERY well socialized and is a real love.

The foster and I agree that Poppy loves being loved and with that comes her preference to be loved first and most, so she is a bit of an attention hog.  Her 10 yo foster brother has been a gentleman in sharing his Mom with Poppy, who likes to climb up on a lap if given a chance and took the spot the one dog only spot on the bed.  She loves to run and play with the pack and has a preference for dogs with good manners.  She would make a great companion dog for her human.  If there is one word to describe Poppy, it is Happy. Poppy is located in Missoula, Montana.

For more information on Poppy, please contact Ana at:


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!”


Duncan in OH



My name is Duncan, one of the Ohio Band of Brothers.  Since coming into foster, I have learned what living in a house is all about and have figured out that humans are pretty neat.  I am a little timid with new things and people but I’m getting braver every day.  I am housebroken (if let out on a regular schedule) and crate trained (I eat in there so it can’t be that bad!) and have been working on basic manners.  I am learning to walk on a loose leash with my foster mom’s help.  I like car rides as it usually means we are going to the dog park.  I enjoy playing with toys as well as with the resident dogs who have helped set a good example for me.  I would love to live with a confident canine buddy who could continue to show me the ropes of being a good dog.  I get along with the cat but he doesn’t take any guff so I try not to make him mad. 

I was very thin when I came into NESR but now am at a healthy weight.  I am neutered, vaccinated and am on heartworm prevention.   I have not been exposed to children and because I am still working on manners and still am a little mouthy, I would do best in home with older children or adults only.  I have a willing heart, an affectionate nature and I learn fast.  I am looking for a patient human partner who will continue my training and socialization and help me be the best dog I can be. 

If you sound like my kind of human send an email to Amy Dorsch at



Wilbur in OH



Hey, I’m Wilbur….another of the Ohio Band of Brothers here to to tell you a bit about myself.   I am tentative about new things and new people and can be a bit standoffish at first but that is just because the world is still new to me.  I am friendly and affectionate with familiar humans and dogs.  I love having the resident big dog here to help me negotiate life.  I just wish he would play with me more.  The cats here are OK but they don’t really like to play either. I love to play!  

I have learned lots of commands such as sit, down, wait/stay, come and off.  I still like to jump when I’m excited but I now jump straight up in the air instead of on my foster mom (how’s that for finding the loophole?).  I am continuing to learn good leash manners and pull less and less on our walks.  We see all kinds of things and people on our walks and I have learned not to over react to them.  I still get startled sometimes but I am learning to keep my cool. 

I am still a puppy and find it hard not to chew up paper if I can find it but I don’t chew anything else like the couch or throw pillows.  I am also a little mouthy due to the fact that my brothers and I did not get any early lessons in using our mouths correctly.  I am not being mean, I am just being a puppy but because I am big one I should probably have a family without children.

I don’t really love riding in the car and have gotten sick on occasion.  My foster mom is not giving up though and will continue to take me places.  I really am a big love bug.  I lean into pets and will crawl into your lap if you let me.  I know how to entertain myself (especially if newspapers are involved) and I have an off switch.  I am housebroken and will go to the door and whine to let my foster mom know I need to go out.  I am also crate trained but know that the downstairs crate means my foster mom is going to work and I don’t like that one much.  I don’t bark or exhibit aggression.  I just need my own human family that will keep me busy and active and help me continue to hone my awesome dog skills.  I have put on some pounds here and now weigh almost 40#.  I am up to date on all my vetting and just need to be neutered.  Then I will be ready for a new home!

If you sound like my kind of human send an email to Amy Dorsch at


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









Bella in NC - 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)

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.


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



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