National English Shepherd Rescue

National English Shepherd Rescue, Ltd (N.E.S.R.), a non-profit organization, works to help place English Shepherds who need new homes. We specifically rescue English Shepherds but are always happy to work with other Rescues and Shelters to place dogs of the English Shepherd type.

English shepherds are a breed of farm dogs that are often misidentified as border collies, Australian shepherds, rottweiler mixes, collies, and just plain mutts when they end up in pounds and shelters. This even happens when relinquishers identify them, but workers have never heard of the breed. Because ES are not show dogs, there is a lot of variation in appearance.

NESR is organized and operates exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, your donations may be tax deductible. Please consult with your tax advisor for guidance.

We ask foster homes to provide appropriate shelter, proper nutrition, basic obedience work (manners) with each dog, opportunities for socialization, and periodic updates to NESR (including digital photos.) NESR supports our foster homes by paying for medical and transportation costs, through behavioral consultations with NESR trainers, with nutrition and training advice, moral support, and a team of dedicated volunteers actively pursuing a forever home for each foster dog.

As essential as foster homes are to our mission, at this time, coordinators are even more critical. Coordinators work through NESR protocols to ensure that incoming dogs are evaluated, placed with suitable fosters, and ultimately, adopted into loving homes. NESR provides a network of support and experience to each coordinator, along with mentors for new team members. If you could help in any way, please inquire about volunteering as either a coordinator, or an assistant coordinator!

With every person who joins the NESR team, we are able to help more dogs. There is no better feeling than seeing that photo of a scared shelter dog, smiling in the arms of a person who has committed to love him or her for life.

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Please send any donations, checks, financial paperwork to:

National English
Shepherd Rescue
24300 Chenal Parkway
Little Rock, AR 72223

Please send any paperwork for foster or adoption of dogs to

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Nancy Houtkooper

69498 245th Ave
Wabasha, MN 55981

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