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Sweetie in MO


It is easy to see how Sweetie got her name.   Despite the recent upheavals in her life that have made her fearful, she just can’t help letting her inherent sweetness shine through.  Initially flighty and shy with her foster, she has since bonded with him and it is now easy to see that her former owner’s description of Sweetie’s calm demeanor, manners and desire to please are accurate. Within minutes of meeting me, for example, she began to solicit my attention and then insisting on it by poking her head underneath my arm.  

The second thing that is immediately noticeable about Sweetie is that she is quite overweight.  Although she  might  like you to believe that it is only her floof that makes her butt look big, in fact she really IS overweight. An important aspect of her next home will be to provide her with  consistent exercise.  

In her new home Sweetie will need need a patient leader who offers positive encouragement, safe space, and bonding experiences.  She will need training to learn  such commands as sit, come, stay; interestingly, while she doesn’t know the command “sit” per se, she has adopted sitting as a good life strategy and as part of her desire to please and connect with her person.  Her former owner mentions that she will make a deep connection with you if you are open-minded to understanding her needs; she, in turn, will do the same for you. 

Sweetie will make a marvelous companion for a person or family that does not have young children.   She might benefit from another stable dog to help the transition to her new home.  She probably will be good as a barn helper and varmint controller,  a walking, hiking or jogging companion, and garden and yard assistant.

If you are interested in adopting Sweetie, please contact Margaret at and put Sweetie in the subject line.


Jazzy in MN

"Jazz music is the power of NOW.  There is no script.  It's a conversation."  Wynton Marsalis

Meet Jazzy (AKA Jasmine), a four-year-old female English Shepherd who is at the threshold of NOW.  Although loved by her previous owner, Jazzy is unscripted; the proverbial blank slate. She has so much to learn so she can fully share who she is.   Jazzy is a shy, mellow, low energy gal waiting to begin one of those deep and meaningful conversations to savor over a lifetime.  Deep connection requires deep trust and Jazzy is learning to trust new people and things.  Potential adopters will need to give Jazzy time and space when presented with new people and experiences and take care not to overwhelm Jazzy; she may pace or run under that pressure.  She is anxious to make a connection though, already demonstrating that she can be an English Shadow with her foster mom and even cuddling up on lazy Sunday mornings.  Jazzy has lived with other dogs and may try to push to get attention.  Setting fair and consistent boundaries will go a long way toward nipping any resource guarding in the bud, helping Jazzy trust that there will always be enough attention and affection for her. Establishing those expectations will also probably help with Jazzy's habit of barking when left alone; she is not a dog suited for apartment living or to be left alone outside in a fenced yard.  Jazzy has not been exposed to basic obedience skills until arriving at her foster home.  This presents a great opportunity for a bonding activity with the new family.  Her current foster home is getting Jazzy accustomed to grooming (a full and fluffy coat will require regular attention from her new people), house-training, and walking on a leash (a work in progress).  Jazzy seems OK with dog-savvy cats and crates well, including when traveling.  Overall, Jazzy is a sweet unscripted jazz piece, beautiful in its complexity and its simplicity.  Jazzy is ready for her NOW.  Are you ready to be a part of it?

If you have a quiet, calm household and are interested in adopting Jazzy (AKA Jasmine) contact her Coordinator (and foster) at  Please place NESR Jazzy in the subject line of your email. 


Hopper in NY

Say hi to Hopper! He is a one year old, high energy boy that likes all outdoor activities. Hopper is very athletic, loves to run and jump, likes playing ball and frisbee. He would do well in agility, is a quick learner.     He knows basic commands, is crate trained, and loves training. This guy is responsive, good on leash, food and toy motivated. Hopper needs consistent structure and routine in his day, firm guidance and patience. Hopper wants to be your buddy! He likes to go to the barn during chore time, is a great chore partner. He does have prey drive. He is curious about poultry, respectful and cautious around horses. Hopper can be good with other dogs. He's nervous around dominant dogs, would do well on his own or with another dog if that dog was a female or submissive male. Hopper has been exposed to cats, will chase if they run but doesn’t harm them. He has not had exposure to children, would do best in a home without little ones.

 Hopper’s ideal home would be with a confident owner who has owned or worked with ES, with property for Hopper to stretch out and run. He would do well on a farm, but doesn’t show a strong interest in herding.

If you are looking for a companion like Hopper, contact Russ at   Put NESR Hopper in the subject line.







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. 

Captain needs time to assess strangers before believing they are not a threat. He has reacted defensively with visitors who are too eager to make friends. He needs someone who is patient and will let him move at his own pace with introductions and allow some trust to build. Once he accepts someone he is devoted and loving.
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 line.










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 KS -ADOPTED










Nadia in OH - 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.


Abby in SC

Abby is currently staying with a trainer and learning how to be a well behaved member of the community. She is a purebred English Shepherd, just had her first birthday and is spayed. Abby is energetic, independent, friendly and has a great time playing with the other dogs at the training facility.

She will need a foster or an adopter soon.

If you are interested in fostering or adopting Abby, please email Kim   Put NESR Abby in the subject line.


Raider in TN - 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)




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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