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Dixie in Oklahoma

Strong Human Needed

NESR Dixie is a very athletic and energetic 3-year old female who needs an experienced leader with a calm disposition and a strong body. She has spent a long time in foster with a dog trainer in Oklahoma, and is ready to find a human or two of her own. That human MUST spend several days in Oklahoma with the dog trainer to learn how best to handle Dixie. She is a tough, muscular dog that will need routine and a strong leader to show her how to act, otherwise Dixie will believe she is the leader and her human is the pet. Dixie will be wary of you at first, but will devote herself to you completely once she realizes she is yours.

Dixie would ideally be an only dog in her household, or she possibly could live with a male dog who would allow her to be the boss. We think a home without children would be best, but dog savvy older children might be able to live with her. We think Dixie might make a good farm dog, as she has experience with chickens and could use a job. She is muscular enough to do well in weight pull and bikejoring, and would make a good tracking partner.

Contact if you meet this qualifications and are interested in Dixie.


Tess in SC

If Tess were a human, she would be the CEO of a corporation. She is intelligent, assertive and has the drive to make things happen. In addition, she is very vocal about most things.

Tess needs a home with a confident human, where that energy can be channeled with a job or some sort of activity. She won’t tell her real age but it’s around 4 1/2- 5 years old. Tess likes her ball and enjoys walks. She is a Treibball enthusiast. Tess is being fostered in a home with young children and has shown that she would do best without the temptation to make them mind. Tess is happy with her adult fosters. She would prefer to be an “only child” with regard to other pets in the household. Tess has no use for strangers. After announcing their arrival, she prefers to take her toy into another room until they are gone. She is so smart and enjoys learning new things. Tess adores praise and will even do things that she would rather not do for her peoples’ adoration.

If Tess sounds like a dog that you would love to live with, contact Russ at
Please put NESR Tess in the subject line.


Chief in OK

Meet NESR Chief. This handsome ESy guy came to our attention as a unclaimed stray, apparently unaccustomed to indoor life.

Since coming to NESR, Chief has been staying in a training facility and is now ready to learn the joys of being part of a family.

Chief is approximately 4 years old, neutered, and up to date on vaccines. He gets along with most other dogs and is respectful of the resident cats. He has good manners and has mastered basic obedience.
Although gentle, Chief is insecure about humans and requires a home where things are calm and predictable. He needs to learn the niceties of indoor living and to understand the security of caring humans.

If you’re interesTed in fostering Chief, contact Jane at


Captain in MI

 Atten-SHUN!  Captain on Deck!  

Captain got promoted a little too early in life and it's all gone to his head.  Smart as a whip and now a little too bossy and vocal, Captain needs a fair and firm person to help him understand the pleasure of being a top notch First Mate.  An adult home or one with teenagers who will engage Captain in continued training would suit Captain well. Captain has a good background in basic obedience but comes on strong with other dogs and wants them to defer to him.  While this behavior has improved in his foster home where he resides with other dogs, a home with neutral female dogs who will defer to Captain is probably best.  He is a very active dog.  A home that can engage him in an active lifestyle to meet his physical and mental needs while still reinforcing behavior expectations would be ideal.  This is not a dog park dog or a dog that would do well in a city environment.  But country living? Hiking? Dog sports after a proper foundation in teamwork? You bet. 

If you are ready for the challenge of helping Captain get to a more suitable pay grade, please email Kim   Put NESR Captain in the subject













Bingo in KS- 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.


Raider in TN - Adoption Pending

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.  


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.


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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