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Rocky in MN

Meet Rocky! A 4-year old, tri-colored English Shepherd - a very big boy (87 lbs!). Rocky was surrendered to NESR because he is not well suited to a house with kids or teenagers. Rocky has been in foster for 1 month now and he adjusted quite easily - he really bonded with his foster mom. He entertains his new family by chasing his tail and playing fetch. Generally, Rocky takes things in stride. He does not get upset by loud noises or react to other dogs/cats (he lived with a cat for most of his life). Rocky takes his guard duty job seriously, alarm barking when someone is at the door. He greets new people like a typical ES. He is wary at first until you let him know that new people are okay. 

Rocky will tolerate the crate - but he will let you know he is not happy. He is a vocal boy, with lots to say. Grooming is not his favorite and he will air snap when you brush him. He is somewhat low energy, will lean against you and then lie at your feet. Rocky is always happy to go on a walk and he is pretty good on the leash, moderate pulling that can be corrected with a harness or gentle leader. No reactivity. Very food motivated and possibly a counter surfer (he gets caught with his nose in the trash can). 

Rocky does well in a car and loves to play with other dogs. The ideal home for Rocky would be adults only with previous ES or herding dog experience. New owners would benefit from taking Rocky to obedience or other training classes. Rocky needs to know who is in charge and be given clear, firm direction. He is a smart and loyal boy with tons of potential, just needs someone who can lay the ground rules.

Rocky is currently being treated for Lyme disease and will be ready for his new home as soon as the vet gives him a clean bill of health, on or after Oct. 20th. If you want to know more about Rocky please reach out to Brook 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)


Tess in NC

A letter from Tess….

Hello! My name is Tess.  I am a full English Shepherd. I am almost five years old and supremely smart.  I love chasing balls and bringing them back to you.
My mom is very sad. She tells me she loves me very much but because we are moving, tells me she wants to find a family who has a yard or a farm so that I could run all I want, chase balls, or even herd some sheep. My mom tells me herding sheep is in my genes. I know about running and chasing balls, but I don’t know what sheep are. I am a fast learner when it comes to anything my mom teaches me.  She tells me it’s because I love the rewards.
I was adopted and have brother named Bo. I like my older brother ok. I don’t like cats or guinea pigs. I can share my toys sometimes, but I don’t always like to. I would love to be the only one in the family so I can get all the belly rubs I want.  Belly rubs are my favorite.  Anyway, if I sound like I am a dog you might be looking for, I would love to meet you!!

Tess is an absolutely drop-dead gorgeous full English Shepherd who is full of energy and is always ready for the next adventure!  She is just a few months shy of 5 years old and is free of any health issues.   She is fully vaccinated, HW negative, and spayed.   In short, she will make a lovely companion for the right person.   She is also chipped.

Tess needs people with experience working with energetic working farm dogs.   Tess is highly verbal and is reactive when it comes to movement.   She tends to run back and forth trying to herd whomever she sees.  It is difficult to break her focus on the bicyclist, squirrel or whatever has distracted her.  She communicates with barks, grunts, snorts, and a whole retinue of other noises that are highly entertaining.   She prefers the role of “boss” in the household and makes sure our other dog follows all the rules.   She has not been exposed to cats or children.   Introducing her to either would need to be done carefully.

Tess is extremely food-motivated, smart as a whip, trains easily, and absolutely loves to play with balls and toys!   Yes, she needs hard-to-destroy toys. Given the right trainer, we feel she could excel at farm work, agility, or other dog sports.  

Tess is seeking a new home because her current parents are moving into an RV for full-time travel.   Tess, as a true herding dog, is easily distracted by the movement of people, animals, and vehicles.   This makes her a difficult match for living in a small space with frequent close contact with strange people and other animals.

Tess is improving daily on her basic commands and leash skills.

If you’d like to learn more about Tess, please email Maureen at


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.



Declan in PA

Hi Everyone! My name is Declan. I was rescued from a puppy mill. I am extremely scared because I have not been around a lot of people or lived in a home as a pet. I have spent my life in a barn, a shed or a cage. The best home for me has people who have dog experience who can help with my training and acclimating to the outside world. The people in my new home should be able to teach me the skills I need to be a great pet: walking on a lead, house training, and socializing. I will need time to trust people who want what is best for me and are not going to hurt me. That is something I have not experienced so far in my life. CSAC made me an "honorary cocker" because they understand how important it is for a puppy mill survivor to find a new life. Right now,I am in the caring hands of one of the great Vets that work with CSAC. They are checking me out and making sure I am healthy. Hopefully, I will find my new family that will help me to understand that I am a cherished family pet, not just an animal to be used to make money.

Patty King
Placement Coordinator (Adoptions | Fosters)
Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center Inc.
Fax:  888.501.1570

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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