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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 Helen@doubledogmusic.com if you meet this qualifications and are interested in Dixie.


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  staroseranch@jps.net   Put NESR Captain in the subject













Joey in Minnesota - 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 - 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)


Riley in NH

 Riley is a 4 year old  pure breed English Shepherd.  He is loving, funny, smart, very athletic and is entering the prime of his life.  I am a 67 year old woman who had back surgery a couple of years ago  (titanium plates and all)  and am definitely NOT in my prime.  Surgery was not 100% successful.
I have come to the heart wrenching decision, which I truly believe is in the best interest of both Riley and I, to find a new home for him so he can live his best life.

He would need a strong confident person who can give him an outlet for his athletic and energy needs.  He is a great trail dog and responds reliably when called.  On leash, he can be reactive to strangers (mostly men) if they get too close or large male dogs with forward set ears.  We have worked on this issue and, with training and treats, he has made alot of progress.  I don't think he would do well with unpredictable toddlers, though he has been around them some but always with dog companions, who are so much more interesting.  We've frequently visited homes  with cats  and he is interested but respectful. I want to find him the best home possible Riley is located in southern NH.  For more information please contact Jackie at

You can see a short video of Riley here


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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