Dedicated to the protection of English Springer Spaniels


6/17/20 NOTICE: NEESSR, Inc. especially welcomes adoption applicants willing and able to adopt:

  Senior dogs (over 10 years old)
  Dogs with medical special needs
  Dogs who don’t get along with other dogs & must be the only dog in the home

NOTE: Presently we have a good-sized waiting list of approved applicants looking for younger springers without medical issues.

Step 1

Filling out an Adoption Application

The adoption process is started when you fill out an adoption application. This completed questionnaire will help us pick the very best dog for you, your family and your lifestyle. Completing this questionnaire in the best detail you can provide will help us determine the particulars you are looking for in a dog. When describing the type of dog that you would prefer, try to think in terms of temperament rather than color, sex or age. We will then be able to update you on dogs in your area as they become available. Due to the volume of applications we receive, a $5.00 donation is required before filling out an application, so our volunteers hours are spent with serious applicants. All homes who adopt through NEESSR will be asked for a donation to help us continue our assistance to those Springers who are abandoned, abused and unwanted. The application fee will be deducted from the Adoption Fee.

Step 2 - I'm Approved!

The adoption coordinator for your area will inform you when you have been approved for adoption after a phone interview with you. You will work with this person in finding the right match for you.

Step 3 - Available Dogs

Available dogs are listed on our website. Your adoption coordinator will contact you when there is a dog that available that we feel would be a good fit for you. Likewise, if you see a dog listed that you would like more information about, please let your adoption coordinator know. Those applicants which are proactive in checking the website and maintaining communication with their adoption coordinators have the best success in finding the perfect dog for their family.

Please be advised that there is often a 6 months - 1 year wait for a young Springer.

Older dogs are available to be placed more quickly and will love you even more for giving them their forever home.

Step 4 - I found a Springer!

When you find a potential match, we will set up a meeting for you to meet the dog. If the dog is located a distance from you, you will need to be willing to travel to the dog's current residence. We will arrange for you to talk with the foster home and provide pictures of the dog, if available. If all concerned feel that the dog and family are a good match, the adoption is arranged.

Step 5 - Adoption

If all concerned feel that the dog and family are a good match, the adoption is arranged. Adopters are required to sign an adoption contract with NEESSR, Inc to abide by and must be willing to keep dogs vaccinated and in good health after adoption. If for some reason the adoption doesn't work out or you are unable to keep your Springer, New England English Springer Spaniel expects the dog to be returned to our rescue.

Step 6 - Donations

Rescue groups are funded by generous donations. All of the folks involved are volunteers who donate their time, money and hearts to this effort. To help us provide medical care for all of our rescued Springers, we ask that the adopting family give a tax-deductible donation in the following amount (effective 1/1/2014):

Under 2 years......................$400
2+ years to 10 years...........$300
10+ years.............................$150
(Seniors for Seniors - $100)

(adopter will be responsible for spay/neuter of puppies that are intact at time of adoption and must provide proof of spay/neuter within 6 months of adoption)

Seniors for Seniors!

We will reduce the adoption donation to $100 if a Senior (65 and up) adopts a Senior (10 and up).

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog.

Step 6 - Post Adoption Support & Follow Up

NEESSR, Inc is available for support and advice after adoptions and to assist with any questions during the transition period. Educating adopters about the breed is crucial to ensuring a happy, life-long relationship between dog and owner. It is our goal for your home to be s final destination in the NEESSR adoption process. By understanding more about Springers and by going through a thorough adoption process, this goal can truly be realized. NEESSR, Inc reserves the right to contact you & your veterinarian to make sure adopted dogs are vaccinated, healthy and well adjusted. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We will follow up after the adoption to make sure that everything is going well. We want to make sure that the adoption is working out for you and for your new Springer. And remember, we always love to hear about how your adopted Springer is doing, and pictures are always welcome!

Adoption Policies

Due to the high energy level of Springers, we DO NOT adopt to families with children under 5 years old.

Adoptions to families with children between 5 -10 years will be made on a case-by-case basis.

We DO NOT adopt dogs to families outside of MA, RI, CT, NH, ME, VT & NY NEESSR, Inc DOES NOT ship dogs.

All adopted dogs must be housed within Adopter's house and will not be left to sleep or eat outdoors, and all dogs must be kept inside the house (or in a fenced in area with access to the inside of the house via a doggie door) when no one is at home. Adopted dogs must not be chained, staked or tied outside and will never be free to roam the streets.

You must be willing to make arrangements for travel to visit with a potential match.

NEESSR promotes spay/neuter programs and prefers that all dogs in an adopter's home are spayed and or neutered..

NEESSR, Inc volunteers reserve the right to refuse any applicant who is not deemed fit for an English Springer Spaniel in our care.

Our Successful Adoptions

Here's a pictorial story one of our members sent in of our latest senior for seniors adoption....

He's been waiting and watching for us
Their first meeting
It's his dog now
Thanks, Springer Rescue folks

His first treat

with many more to come

Joyfully, Bill