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Billy the G.O.A.T. in KY

11-month-old Billy came to NESR on a snowy, cold Indiana January day. Since then, he’s bounced around a little, but his Kentucky foster says he’s “a very curious guy” who “[w]ants to smell everything and gets excited because everything is so new to him.” He’s good on a leash, and gets along well with our foster’s other small dog — and with time, their cats. He’s very sensitive to scolding, and stops whatever it was he was doing if they tell him to; he’s “attentive and listens well”. Billy is a “beautiful and happy puppy [who] is just getting used to life as a pet!” Our foster reports he’s 90% housebroken, as you might expect for such a young dog.

He’s still nervous about new situations, and people especially; he’ll hide before meeting them, but can be coaxed out. He had an earlier foster with exposure to young children, where he was fine under controlled circumstances (better than with strange adults!). In addition, he was curious but not especially interested in chickens, and mostly ignored their goats.

Billy got his name two ways: because he likes to perch on high places (like the back of the sofa), but also because our foster thinks he’s the Greatest Of All Time! He’s a sweet, handsome youth with a lot of potential for a variety of homes.

If interested, please email Rob at rlm@scareduck.com with “Billy” in the subject line, and/or apply at our online adoption form.


Hank in OH - Adoption Pending

NESR Hank is currently in Springfield, Ohio. He has some miles on him, but he’s kindly, gets along with our foster’s Great Dane mix, and as you see here, is a bit of a social butterfly. (The plumbers came to replace the foster’s sewer line, and Hank welcomed them calmly.)

Hank enjoys running and playing in his yard, and rough housing with the youngsters. He’s friendly with all visitors, two-legged and four-legged. His black, wavy coat is perfect for petting, and he sits like a gentleman for brushing. He does his business outside, and rests in a crate while you’re gone. He lived outside for much of his prior life; all he wants is a soft bed, human attention, steady meals, and a chew toy or two. He’s a low maintenance companion in search of a good home.


Honey in MD - Adoption Pending

Honey is a five-year-old ES mix, currently near Baltimore. Her foster describes her as “an incredibly sweet and goofy girl” who is “always up for pets and kisses. She is a Velcro pup that is happy to curl up beside you on the couch or floor at your feet and relax. She’s crate trained, potty trained and has her basic obedience down (still working on leash training and recall). Honey is a happy girl who loves to play with her foster sisters and brother. She has interacted with multiple dogs and cats outside of the home and has had no issues with aggression.” She gets along well with our foster’s two cats, “showing interest but not overly so, just sniffing and coexisting. Honey is slow to warm up but once she does you can’t help but love her happy, goofy, smiley, loving personality. She is slightly anxious in public places but ... with time and a little training she can easily overcome that anxiety.”

Honey came to us a little overweight, which she’s shed now that she’s getting regular exercise. She would do well in homes with older or no children; the presence of very little kids make her leave the room.





Scout in CA - Adoption Pending

Meet Scout! A one year old female, spayed English Shepherd. She has a great pedigree of smart working dogs with very good health.  Scout is a beautiful girl with traditional black and white markings and soulful eyes. Her short coat has the classic English Shepherd “teflon” quality (good for repelling burrs). Most important of all, Scout loves having her head scratched.
Scout is located in Southern California where she has shown tremendous resilience during the transition to her foster family, where she has had to meet and co-exist with new dogs, chickens, cats and new people. Her foster mom says “With just some minor training Scout has blossomed into a passionate, very trainable, athletic, obedient dog.” Scout’s first owner reluctantly surrendered her because she didn’t get along with a resident dog in their home.

Because Scout is smart, athletic and healthy she would excel in sports like agility, nosework, SAR, or barnhunt. Scout has already earned her novice trick dog title.  Like most herding breeds, Scout will need consistent training - a continuation of the 2 weeks of professional training she received over the holidays. Scout’s trainer said “Scout is a wonderful dog. Loves to work, learns eagerly and quickly. Scout quickly learned dog to dog skills and gets along with dogs small and large. She would make a good companion for an active family or for someone that is able to give her a job.”

Are you ready to make Scout the next addition to your 4-legged family? I hope so, because she is ready to bond with her new pack leader.



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.


Augie in SC - Adoption Pending

Augie is an 11 month old purebred English Shepherd fostering in South Carolina. He came to NESR with a lot of energy and no training at all, but once he started getting regular exercise and some rules it turned out he was a very good boy.

He gets along well with the other dogs at his foster home and loves to play. He has a good off switch, comes eagerly when he's called, and walks on a leash without yanking your arm off. He's still got a lot to learn but he's a quick study.   We haven't tested him on kids or cats yet but expect him to be fine with both, although as an energetic 55 pound "puppy" who loves people he probably would do better with older kids.

Augie will turn 1 year old on March 1st and is hoping to be ready for his forever home as a birthday present.
If you would like more information about Augie please email Jan and put “Augie” in the subject line: jan@caledoniamission.org


Petey in VT - ADOPTED










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)


Bandit in VA - 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.

Quincy in NJ - 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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