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Bernie in NV

Hi! Bernie here, looking for my forever home. I tricked folks into thinking I’m an English Shepherd mix, but I'm actually about half Aussie and half Border Collie. BUSTED! But I have fine herding dog qualities: I’m smart, loyal, friendly, a bit bossy, and very handsome! 
I velcro to my many human and dog friends.

Because of my strong herding instincts, I need a confident handler who is experienced with herding dogs, has consistent rules, and gently reminds me that I’m not in charge. I’m three years old, neutered, 62 pounds (working on losing a few more), and moderately energetic. I love to play rough with other dogs, but am respectful if told to “back off.” I also love hiking, camping, and endless belly rubs.

My foster mom says my house manners are impeccable, and my obedience skills are improving as I walk around town. And while I still have a few rough edges, I am sensitive to praise and gentle corrections (like a glare) and seriously want to please all. I learn new rules/tricks very quickly. I am generally calm (and learning to control occasional over enthusiasm), gentle, confident, and love human contact.  With a little help, I might be a very good therapy dog. However, I am not a fan of close contact with active, unpredictable children and should not be in a home with them. 

Please contact Holly Johnson for more information on Bernie.



Hi! My name is Rudy and I am a male, neutered, purebred English Shepherd. I turned 1 on Jan. 23rd. My owners surrendered me because they had family medical problems. I am being fostered on a ranch in E. Tennessee and I settled into the new routine very quickly.

My foster mom says I am “exuberantly happy and brilliantly smart”. I have outstanding dog social skills and was exceptionally well socialized as a young pup. Did I mention that I am strikingly beautiful? I have a traditional Irish marked deep red sable coat with slight shading, moderate weight with a wonderful teflon quality. I have a high prey drive and high energy so would be happiest with someone who has experience with herding breeds, possibly working on a farm or in dog sports (agility, nose work, barn hunt). 

Overall I am good boy – eager to please – but in need of training. I am not aggressive (slightly submissive) and highly treat motivated. Right now I am working on impulse control, specifically not chasing cars. The noise and movement of cars trigger me. Honestly, I don’t even like riding in cars. My foster mom is very patient. She walks me on a leash and rewards me with a treat and a clicker for not chasing cars. Apparently I have shown tremendous improvement in just a few short weeks. I should be able to learn the rules of this game very quickly.

My health is excellent and I am eating Purina Pro Sport so I can put on a few pounds of muscle (I weighed 45 lbs at intake). I would do best in a home without young children since we aren’t sure how I would respond to that (unpredictable) energy. I have met horses, pigs, cattle and a cat and didn’t react, so everyone was happy about that. I love people and can’t wait to bond with my person.


Fiona in PA - ADOPTED












Wallace in OK - 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)


Charlie in AL - 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.



Tom Petty in TN - 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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