This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on Senior Springers for Senior Citizens (English Springer Rescue America) in Woodstock, GA.
From the English Springer Rescue America website
English Springer Rescue America, Inc. is proud to offer Springers for Seniors. This unique, award winning program seeks to place senior dogs in the homes of Senior Citizens (sixty years plus). It is strongly suggested by the medical profession that Senior Citizens live longer and healthier when they have a pet to care for. ESRA believes older dogs also live longer in the care of Senior Citizens whose life styles can accommodate the mellower dog. These senior dogs have had a health exam, are fully vaccinated, are spayed or neutered, and are heartworm negative. When they are placed with an active senior who can love and care for them, the adoption fee is waived.
The Springers for Seniors logo next to a dog’s listing tells you that dog is offered through this special program. If you are not a senior citizen, the adoption fee is $350. Be sure to ask the contact person for further details.
Senior Dogs for Senior Citizens (Caryn Pola)
It was the kind of call all rescuers dread. A local veterinarian had an 11 year old Springer spaniel named Ginger, who had been left for euthanasia. There really was no medical reason for her to be euthanized. Ginger had some leaking of urine and her family had decided to dispose of her. The veterinarian had been trying to place her in a new home for about three weeks. They hoped rescue would help. English Springer Rescue America sent out the call, and a foster family, the Van Mullens, quickly responded. Ginger went home with them. Mae, Ginger’s foster mom, could not believe how active and social this wonderful dog was. Ginger would chase a ball till Mae’s arm felt like it would fall off. Even when half-asleep, Ginger had an eye on her ball.
After some time and no new home on the horizon, Mae placed an ad in the paper talking about her wonderful foster dog. One who answered the ad was an administrator of a group home for active senior citizens. Ginger went over to the home to meet the people there. The corporation that ran this group home had strong beliefs that people need animals. Each of their homes had a resident cat and dog. It was to one of these homes that Ginger was to become a resident.
Concerned about who would care for her and about her piddle problem, her foster mom asked a lot of questions. Her favorite answer of all was that the home was not worried about Ginger’s piddle problem, as some of their seniors had the same problem! So Ginger is a proud family member and has her place of honor in the home. Ginger is loved and walked by the seniors and the staff members and there is never a shortage of people to throw her ball. She will be safe and loved for many years to come.
Another wonderful adoption happened when the call came in from concerned children. Their senior mom had lost her Springer after 15 love filled years. Their mother was very depressed, had stopped eating, and was having problems sleeping. They came to see Duffy, a Springer rescued from a local animal shelter. Duffy had failed a previous adoption because he could not keep from jumping in the pool. Duffy went home to his new mom and they became fast friends. The first night, Duffy climbed into bed with his new mom, and she reported that it was the first night’s sleep she had since her beloved dog died.
English Springer Rescue America (ESRA) a non-profit all volunteer group, has a program to place senior dogs in homes with Senior Citizens. It is strongly suggested by the medical profession that seniors live longer and healthier when they have a pet for which to care. ESRA believes that senior dogs also live longer in the care of Senior Citizens whose life styles can accommodate the senior dog. Dogs 10 years and older have had a health check up. They are fully vaccinated. All Springers placed by ESRA are spayed or neutered and heartworm negative. They are placed with an active senior who can love and care for them. The adoption fee is waived. ESRA has an additional program available for any family interested in an older dog, or dog with some medical problems, where the adoption fee can be reduced or waived.
Caryn Pola is a past-president of ESRA and has been a member since 1999. She is a foster mom and usually has several Springers in her home. She has also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of ESRA.
Seniors have a lot to teach, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)
Here are some, but not all of the senior dogs currently available for adoption from English Springer Rescue America.
Sammy & Shasha
Sammy & Shasha (Tustin, CA)
SAMMY (11-years old) & SASHA (13-years old) are a bonded pair and must be adopted together.
We are pleased to introduce our newest bonded pair, Sammy and Sasha. These wonderful Springers had their world turned upside down recently when their family decided to leave them behind when they moved. These girls have always been together, and they will only be adopted as a pair. Sammy and Sasha are rarely apart–they eat together, sleep together, and walk side by side on leash. Even when they are sleeping or just lounging around, they have to be touching one another somehow, whether it be a full body spoon or just a head pressed against the other’s bottom. However, this does not mean that they don’t love their humans! Once you sit down, you are sure to have these girls in your lap or snuggling next to you.
Sammy is a beautiful ten-year-old with lovely tricolor markings. She is an intense snuggler who likes to lay her body over your lap. She also likes to put her front paws on you in the morning to give you a big standing hug. And if you talk to Sammy, she will answer you!
Sasha is a gorgeous black and white thirteen-year-old who is a youngster at heart! When she gets excited to see you, her butt is in competition with her head to get to you first. Look out–sideways dog coming through! Sasha is also a snuggler extraordinaire, and she loves to press up against you while you are sitting on the couch. She gets very excited with a tennis ball, which she likes to bat around with her paws and pick up in her mouth to toss it into
To learn more about Sammy & Shasha, click the link to their English Springer Rescue America – West Adoption page
Duncan is 9-years old and weighs 40-pounds.
Hi, everyone! My name is Duncan and my family asked for ESRA’s help after their new human baby arrived. The bouncing bundle of joy made me really anxious, and since I have limited vision, I couldn’t tell where those strange newborn noises were coming from. I just couldn’t relax.
I am nine years old, and I have a lot of love to give. I was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, and while that has affected my eyesight, I don’t let it get me down. Once I learn the lay of the land, I can see enough to get around. When I came to my foster home, my foster mom took it slow and let me learn my way around the main level of the house before she introduced the stairs and the second level. Now I’m familiar with the entire house! My nose and ears make up for what I can’t see. I know there are noisy house sparrows roosting in Mom’s magnolia tree, and I like to tell them to settle down.
I enjoy taking leash walks around the block, and I do fine with just a little help around street signs because sometimes I don’t see them soon enough. And I LOVE to ride in the car! Mom takes me on errands with her when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold. I am housetrained, and I really don’t need to be crated when I’m left home alone. I don’t bother a thing.
To learn more about Duncan, click the link to his English Springer Rescue America – Midwest Adoption page
Penny Anna (Mid-Atlantic English Springer Rescue)
Penny Anna is 9-years old and weighs 40-pounds.
This wonderful girl is just about cleared of her ear and eye infections. She’s tolerated all the treatments gently administered by her foster family like a champ—you go, girl!!
Penny’s vet said that her removed mammary mass was low to intermediate grade with marginal excisions but no visible invasion of the lymphatics. This means that there is a chance that it could spread but, hopefully, it will not. Chest rad monitoring is recommended every six months. Her perianal mass was a low grade cystadenocarcinoma, also with marginal excision but with no note of lymphatic invasion. There is a small chance that this could spread. Regional lymph nodes should be monitored.
So, this love has successfully completed the surgeries, and her outlook, with monitoring, is reasonable. A shout out to a wonderful Springer senior citizen and the MAESSR folks who are helping her live in the absolutely best possible ways and in the most healthy environment.
To learn more about Penny Anna, click the link to HIS/HER English Springer Rescue America – Northeast Adoption page
Bosco is 8-years old and weighs 48-pounds. Bosco is a liver and white cutie pie. He is very happy to be in foster care with his new foster parents and new foster home.
In the past, he was kenneled in a small area but now has a big yard to run around in and playmates galore! He gets along just fine with the four-legged boys and girls but would probably do just as well as the king of his castle.
Bosco has lived happily with children but thinks birds and cats are for chasing — he is a Springer after all. Swimming is a favorite activity and when he is on his leash, he would catch birds in flight if he could. Lizards are not a big deal to Bosco but he is very interested in a neighborhood iguana. Luckily for the iguana, he keeps up on the fence out of Bosco’s reach.
Bosco is a talker – an adorable trait in Springers. He talks when he wants to go out and sometimes he will just talk to his foster family. He’s an early riser (6 a.m.) and quite vocal when it is time for breakfast. He’s not been known to miss a meal.
To learn more about Bosco, click the link to HIS/HER English Springer Rescue America – Southeast Adoption page
MIG is 10-years old lady and weighs 35-pounds. Mig is a sweet senior girl who is looking for a soft bed on which to rest her bones. She would like to share the home with adults.
To learn more about MIG, click the link to her English Springer Rescue America – Shelter Adoption page
Molly is 9-years young! Molly is looking for a home with a single man! She loves her off leash runs and has good recall. Molly is being fostered with other dogs right now, and some
Molly likes men, but will growl and show her teeth to women if they pet her or interact with her.. BUT when on hikes with her foster mom, as long as mom has treats – she is just fine… Molly loves her foster dad and follows him everywhere. She walks on a leash, but really prefers her off leash hikes.
Don’t be fooled by her age, Molly is still active, happy and healthy! Ready for a forever home. Is it with you? She is currently being fostered in Newcastle, ON.
To learn more about Molly, click the link to her English Springer Rescue Canada – Canada Adoption page
English Springer Rescue America contact links
To learn about all the dogs, that English Springer Rescue America has available for adoption, click the following links:
* English Springer Rescue America – Website
* English Springer Rescue America – Facebook
* English Springer Rescue America – Instagram
* English Springer Rescue America – Springers for Seniors
All Available Dogs for Adoption
* English Springer Rescue America – West
* English Springer Rescue America – Midwest
* English Springer Rescue America – Northeast
* English Springer Rescue America – Southeast
* English Springer Rescue America – Shelters
* English Springer Rescue America – Canada
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