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 10/18/19

10/18/19 Bugsy had a vet visit yesterday to get caught up on some vaccinations and routine testing. He also had some skin irritations, appeared itchy and has been drinking a lot of water. We are waiting for the results of a complete senior panel of bloodwork and urinalysis. Turns out the skin irritations were infected - so he's on antibiotics and getting medicated baths. We've also started him on some allergy meds in case that is contributing to the skin issue. We thank the VCA for their generous rescue discount of 20%. The cost of this first visit along with flea/tick and heartworm preventative came to $591. Donations towards Bugsy's care would be greatly appreciated.

11/05 - Bugsy is feeling much better. He had a follow-up vet visit. His ears still need some work, but his skin has improved. The bloodwork results did not indicate anything to be concerned about at this time. He was given some additional needed vaccinations. The bill for this visit is $196.00 for a total vetting expense of $837.00 for Bugsy.

Sex Male Color Tri-Color
Location New England Posted 09/30/19

9/30/19 Two year old Marco has been experiencing seizures for the past 7 months. Although he has been on anti-seizure meds the frequency of his seizures was concerning. We were fortunate to get Marco right into a neurologist within a day of arriving at his NEESSR foster home. His medications have been adjusted and the neurologist is hopeful this will help Marco. It can take a few weeks for the new dosages to have the desired effect so we just have to wait and see right now. The neurology consult expense was $210. Bloodwork and some additional routine vetting will be done in a few weeks.

Unfortunately Marco had a rough weekend. He became lethargic and appeared ill. A day spent at the ER vet revealed painful gastritis of an unknown origin. The ER staff took great care of Marco and he is back with his foster family now. He'll have a regimen of meds and a bland diet for a while. Its reported he is feeling much better presently! Of course a day at the ER vet comes at a price. Meds, care, x-rays, bloodwork etc came to $1,145.

So far Marco's medical expense comes to $1,355. Donations towards his care would be greatly appreciated!

10/04 - 2019 Happy to report Marco has totally recovered from his bout of gastritis. He is eating well and has a good deal of energy.

10/29 - 2019 Marco had extensive bloodwork done and a follow-up with the neurologist at Tufts. He was still having small seizures every 3 to 5 days. His meds have now been adjusted somewhat in hopes of decreasing the seizure activity without decreasing his energy level. It’s a delicate balance. Marco is feeling well and appears to be a happy boy!

Marco is scheduled for a regular vet visit to get caught up on some vaccinations now that we got the go-ahead from the neurologist. His bloodwork also came back positive for Anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. We’ll find out if he needs a course of antibiotics for these tick-borne diseases shortly.

The visit to the neurologist, bloodwork and anti-seizure meds cost $838, bringing Marco’s total expense so far to $2,193.

Please take a look at the newest photo we have of Marco at his foster home!

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

NOTICE: NEESSR IS LOOKING FOR ANOTHER FOSTER FAMILY FOR HUNTER. He still has approx 8 weeks of recuperation time. Hunter needs to be kept penned and as quiet as possible during this period. A family with someone home a fair amount of time to keep him company would be best. All details will be provided to approved fosters who might be interested. If you might want to foster Hunter (or any other NEESSR dog) please complete our foster application.

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!

10/17 - 2019 UPDATE ON HUNTER: Hunter had an overnight visit at Angell for x-rays and an eval by the orthopedic surgeon. The news is good and he is progressing as hoped. He has now graduated from being allowed three 5-minute walks daily to three 10-minute walks daily!

In order to keep Hunter occupied, but as quiet as possible NEESSR has treated him to lots of doggy toys and games. He also has a daily dogwalker. That, his meds and the follow up visit at Angell has come to an additional $600 bringing the total expense to $5,100.


10/21 - 2019 Thus far we've been focused on Hunter's surgery and recovery. However he needed some routine vetting tests and a checkup. He had an appointment at the wonderful Chelmsford Animal Hospital last week. Good thing, as it turned out he has ear infections needing treatment. He received a Cytopoint injection for allergies as well as antibiotics, ear meds and medicated shampoo. This visits cost $334.19. Hunter's total medical expense has been $5,436

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 - 2019 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 - 2019 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 - 2019 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 - 2019 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.

10/21 - 2019 UPDATE ON GEORGIA: Georgia is very happy at her permanent foster home! She enjoys the company of her springer brother, Rocky and does not exhibit the anxious behaviors her foster mom saw when she first arrived. Medically, her albumin levels are still too low. To help control her allergies we've started her on Cytopoint injections as the medication she was on could possibly have affected the albumin. She has also been having trouble with hind end weakness, so she is starting on some pain meds. We want to keep Gerogia comfortable and active as possible! Since we last posted we've spent $616 on meds, testing and vet visits. The total cost of Georgia's care in NEESSR has been $4,021

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 - 2019 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!

10/24 - 2019 It has been a while since we provided news about Mia. Here is a detailed update from her foster mom:

"Mia is doing very well - she’s down about 8-10 lbs from her very unhealthy weight of 70 lbs when I got her - accomplished through better food, fewer high calorie treats, and more consistent exercise (two walks per day minimum). She came into NEESSR with serious liver issues, and I’m happy to report that her liver has been stabilized with the right meds and hepatic food. She is receiving treatment for the tumor in her bladder. It’s very slow growing, but because of her liver, chemo is not an option, so she’s on some meds and Chinese herbs that she can tolerate to help slow the tumor’s growth. So far, so good.

Finally, she has hip dysplasia so her mobility is somewhat limited, but she’s very game for her walks. She can’t handle more than 2-3 stairs at a time, so she stays downstairs in my house and sleeps in her crate (with the door open). She’s wonderful with people, kids, and other dogs. In fact, she has several friends in the neighborhood, one of whom is a very energetic young Springer, whom she tolerates with great patience.

I was concerned about her in August/September as she developed a nasty cough, which did not respond at first to antibiotics. She didn’t have a fever but wasn't herself, so my vet checked for heart issues and found that her heart is strong with no signs of COPD or congestive heart failure. Eventually, after yet another z-pack, her cough pretty much resolved itself. At that point, I also had her groomed and she’s a new dog!! Lots of energy and very playful with her favorite “Woodstock” toy. She has also perfected her version of the “Springer Sprawl (see photo)!"

Since our previous update on Mia, NEESSR has spent $3,723 on her care. This brings the total expense to $5,659. Donations towards Mia’s care would be appreciated!"

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!

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PO Box 407
Ashland, MA 01721