Dedicated to the protection of English Springer Spaniels


NEESSR feels very strongly that no adoptable dog should be left behind because of medical costs. We receive donations from folks who adopt our dogs and also those who surrender their dogs. But sometimes that isn't enough to cover medical costs for a dog that needs more than routine exams, treatments, and spaying/neutering. If you would like to help us with these additional costs, please send your tax-deductible donations to the address below or donate online.

We thank you for helping us help them.

Although NEESSR, Inc. successfully rehomes many springers with "special needs", occasionally a rescue has such extraordinary medical issues or a condition that for all practical purposes makes them unadoptable. While a foster home might be able to provide long-term loving care for these dogs, with the support of our organization, it would be a very difficult endeavor for an adopter. We have created a special category for these dogs. They will be designated as Permanent Foster Dogs. NEESSR will provide lifetime care for our Permanent Fosters. We will list them on our "special needs" page and post updates. Donations for the care of these dogs would be greatly appreciated.

Sex Male Color Liver & White
Location New England Posted 09/02/19

NEESSR was contacted last week by the MSPCA about Hunter, a young adult springer surrendered to them. This boy was in need of surgery to repair his front leg, broken in three places. The injury was complicated by a condition known as "incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle" ( In addition to the surgery, a foster family with the time and ability to care for Hunter for at least 10 weeks was needed.

Out intake volunteers, veterinary coordinator & foster coordinator worked quickly to make all necessary arrangements. Hunter had the surgery Friday 8/30. This was a 5 hour surgery. "THANK YOU" to the orthopedic team at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. He was also neutered and his uninjured front leg was x-rayed. Great news - his other leg is not effected by incomplete ossification!

Hunter is now recuperating in his NEESSR foster home. He needs to be kept very quiet and inactive for quite a while. His foster family built a ramp for him to be able to get in and out of their home. NEESSR is supplying extra equipment to help Hunter be as comfortable as possible. It is very likely Hunter will need physical therapy in time.

NEESSR spent just about $4,500 on Hunter's medical care so far. (This includes a 15% discount offered by Angell). Please consider a donation towards Hunter's care!

Sex Female Color Black & White
Location New England Posted 02/10/19

Georgia came into NEESSR in mid-January. We knew she was very much overweight, was blind in one eye due to cataracts and had a history of skin & ear infections & hypothyroidism. We had her seen by the vet right away, thinking she'd benefit from a dermatology consult. We were happily surprised to learn her skin and ears are in pretty good shape. A full blood panel work up provided good news - including that she is on the correct dose of thyroid meds. The unexpected news was that she had glaucoma in her "bad" eye and removal of the eye was necessary. The surgery was done by Dr. Isabel Jurk at Animal Eye Care in Whately, MA. A huge "thank you" to Animal Eye Care for providing wonderful care and for the extremely generous discount they offer rescue organizations.

Georgia is now recovering from the eye surgery. Under the watchful eye of her foster mom, she has also taken off 4 lbs. and is enjoying being more active. We hope to update our report with more good news soon.

So far NEESSR has spent $1,065 on Georgia's medical care. Donations for Georgia would be greatly appreciated.

02/25 - Georgia has recovered well from her eye surgery. She has slimmed down a bit more and is on her way to a healthy weight. She is now available for adoption!

03/13 - Georgia developed an ear infection and needed another trip to the vet. She responded well to the antibiotics and feels much better now. The cost for the vet visit and additional prescription food came to $114. Total expense so far is $1,178.


05/16 - Georgia's status is now "permanent NEESSR foster dog". She is a senior girl with substantial ongoing medical costs. Also she suffers from some anxiety and took a good deal of time to acclimate to her foster home. She is so happily settled in now, we think moving her would cause undue stress.

Georgia had some issues with urinary incontinence and excessive drinking. The good news is that Proin has alleviated the incontinence. However, when investigating the excessive drinking, each test brought up more questions and no answers. Her urine doesn't concentrate properly and her albumin levels are too low. More tests and an abdominal ultrasound did not reveal a cause. We have now spent a total of $2,628 on Georgia's care. Next up: she will be treated to a trip to the dermatologist.

07/17 - Georgia was seen by a dermatologist, Dr. Loft at the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital in Deerfield, MA. For the time being he advises we keep her on her present regimen of meds. There might be some adjustments in the future. That visit, along with some additional needed vaccines and monthly meds brought our total medical expenditure for Georgia to $3405.

Sex Female Color Black & White
Location New England Posted 12/07/18


Mia is a very sweet 10 year old springer with a history of liver problems. When NEESSR first brought Mia into rescue, we were fully aware of her liver chirrhosis diagnosis. Once she arrived at her foster home, it became clear she had serious urinary tract/bladder issues as well. A couple of trips to the vet for comprehensive tests and ultrasound revealed quite advanced liver disease as well as an infected vulva. Sadly she also has a malignant bladder tumor and an adrenal gland tumor. Mia is not a candidate for surgery or chemotherapy due to her varied and complex medical issues.

Mia will be staying with her foster mom as a "PERMANENT NEESSR FOSTER DOG". She'll be kept comfortable, happy and as active as possible. She'll live out her days in a loving home with TONS of attention. Donations towards Mia's continued medical care are greatly appreciated. Thus far, NEESSR has spent $833 on Mia's medical care.

03/13 - Mia has had regular vet visits to monitor her condition. Medicine, supplements and lots of love are helping to maintain a good quality of life. NEESSR has spent an addition al $1,103 on Mia's care. The total expense so far comes to 1,936. Donations for Mia would be greatly appreciated!

Sex Female Color Liver & White
Location New England Posted 05/08/18

2018 Jennie is a 5 year old rust/white spayed Welsh Springer Spaniel who was brought into the rescue when her owner could no longer care for her. About 3 ½ years ago Jennie had an encounter with a porcupine and has had chronic sinus issues ever since. It’s suspected that there may still be parts of quills in the nasal/sinus area.

Jennie's nasal discharge began after having quills removed from her face in 2014. Since then she has been placed on several antibiotics but has not seemed to improve. She had an MRI performed in 2014 and a Rhinoscopy and biopsy in 2015, which revealed non-specific rhinitis, an obvious quill remnant could not be seen. Over the past few months, Jennie also started to have a cough, and on 3/12/18 Jennie had chest Xrays that revealed some patterns consistent with pneumonia. She was started on antibiotics and radiographs appeared normal a month later at re-check. Jennie is currently on Carprofen 75mg 1/2 tab by mouth twice a day for her neck/facial pain, and this seems to make her more comfortable.

The initial estimate for Jennie’s treatment to search out and remove the remaining quills at Tuft’s veterinary medical center is approximately $2600.00 plus the initial evaluation of $360.00 bringing us close to $3000.00 to start Jennie’s path to health. Please consider donating to make this girl comfortable and happy.

update 5/18/2018 - the ct scan estimate is $1000 plus an estimated additional $4000 is needed for the actual surgery.

Update 6/25: Jennie has had an MRI scan and the surgeon is meeting with internal medicine to determine the course of action. Rescue has spent $1400 to date.

08/15 - 2018 Since our last update Jennie is still being seen by the doctors in internal medicine at Tufts.

Following x-rays and blood work, Jennie was diagnosed with pneumonia and low blood platelets. The results of her blood work showed an alarming drop in her platelet count. Normal is 150,000+.. Jennie's had dropped to 12,000. She was sent home with 3 new meds to assist in clearing her lungs and to help build up her platelets.

Jennie went back for more blood work. Her platelet count had dropped to 7,000.

Jennie was admitted for an injection administered by the oncology dept and for blood work. The results came back and her platelet count increased to 80,200. Jennie is scheduled to be seen at Tufts next week.

NEESSR has now spent close to $3,000 for Jennie's medical care.

09/14 - 2018 UPDATE:Jennie has been back to Tufts 3 more times for x-rays, bloodwork and prescription refills. She is still is battling with her platelet count and until her levels are back on track she will need to be seen at Tufts every other week for x-rays and bloodwork.

8/17/18 Jennie's foster dad picked up more antibiodics that she is still on to clear her lungs from her bout with pneumonia. $86.01

8/29/18 Jennie had x-rays taken, ran CBC, Comprehensive - FHSA and refilled her meds. $468.55

9/5/18 Jennie had another CBC, Comprehensive - FHSA $85.85

The total cost of Jennie's medical care while in NEESSR now comes to $3,526.47


12/07 - 2018 UPDATE:
9/20/18 CBC Comprehensive FHSA and exam $157.25
10/4/18 CBC-Comprehensive FHSA and Meds $175.00

Total expense is now $3,858.72

03/13 - 2019 Jennie has had 6 more visits at Tufts for testing, radiographs and medication. She needs to be carefully monitored because she is taking immunosuppressants to help control her auto immune disease. The additional vet charges come to $1,060 for a total cost of $4,620

07/17 - 2019 Jennie had additional bloodwork done at Tufts ($212). Since then we have been bringing her to the Integrative Animal Health Center in Bolton, MA. to work on her autoimmune disease. She has had 4 visits that have proven beneficial. The total cost of these visits, which includes supplements and meds has come to $987. While being treated by IAHC, some serious dental issues were found. We were advised to have the dental work done by a certified veterinary dentist at a facility that has an ICU. The surgery on Jennie's cracked and abscessed teeth was successfully done at Angell at a cost of $1,924. This brings the total medical cost for Jennie to $7,743.

Sex Male Color Liver & White
Location New England Posted 02/05/16


Robby is an adorable 2.5 year old springer who has been plagued with severe skin issues and recurring ear infections for a long time. We've started addressing these problems and hope to get them under control, making Robby a much more comfortable boy!

Step one was a consult at Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals in Grafton, MA with a dermatologist. Lots of cultures were taken to help identify just what is going on and try to find the underlying cause. It will take a while to get the results; in the meantime he's getting meds for the infections and also being treated to every-other-day medicated baths. Robby also was caught up on some routine vetting procedures.

Robby had a sudden very serious flare up in one of his ears. A emergency trip to the Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital was required. Meds are helping. The dermatologist at Tufts kindly consulted with the super vets at NRIA during the emergency visit.

We expect it will take time and work and, frankly, money to get Robby totally healthy. He is such a sweet dog - it will be a pleasure to see him enjoy good health! So far NEESSR has spent a little over $800 on Robby's medical care. Donations greatly appreciated!

07/23 - Robby has been diagnosed with ichthyosis, a genetic disease that disrupts the normal shedding of skin cells as well as allergies. Progress has been made controlling both conditions and Robby feels much better. The tests/vet visits and meds have cost an additional $1,100 - bringing the total to $1,877 as of 7/23/16. Please consider a donation towards Robby's care. Thank you.

10/23 - Robby is doing well...his skin conditions and ears are under control and he is off all medication. He is following a special diet, which his adopter will need to maintain. The total bill for his medical appointments, medications and food to date is $2980.

01/10 - Robby's condition has been pretty well under control with careful management. He continues to thrive on his prescription dog food. He has had a few allergy flare ups causing itchy skin and ear infections that were addressed immediately. He has been getting Canine Atopic Dermatitis Immunotherapeutic injections, which help a great deal. The cost of Robby's vetting, prescription food and medications now totals $3,403.

12/31 - 2017 Update on Robby: Robby's medical issues have been pretty well controlled with the correct food and meds. Robby is an anxious boy and his foster family has been working with a veterinary behaviorist and trainer to help him. This has been a year of progress! Of course, this couldn't be done without your generous support. Robby's expenses totaled $2,370 in 2017.


12/31 - 2018 Update on Robby: The prescription dog food, meds and the loving care provided by Robby's foster family sure is paying off. Robby's condition is pretty well under control. Continued behavioral work has helped this boy enormously. NEESSR spent $2,291 on Robby's care in 2018. Your support is greatly appreciated!

If you'd like to send a donation check instead, please mail to:

PO Box 407
Ashland, MA 01721