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 05/30/22

May 2022 update: We are very sorry to announce Jack succumbed to kidney disease in April. He is greatly missed by his loving foster mom.

Jack is a new arrival to his NEESSR foster family. This handsome field bred boy is around 6 years old. He came to us with a history of kidney disease. He is being treated by the wonderful veterinarians at the Chelmsford Animal Hospital. It looks like his medical issues can be managed medically and we are hopeful for a good prognosis. We'll report back when we have more information.

Sex Male Color Black & White
Location New England Posted 02/25/22


When Dexter first arrived at his foster home NEESSR had him thoroughly examined and caught up on all routine testing and vaccines. The bloodwork results indicated he could possibly have Cushings and his initial thyroid screening was borderline. Full Cushings screenings and full Thyroid panels are costly, but important. Luckily all the diagnostic testing turned out to be negative! Dexter also appeared to have pain in his hind end; diagnosed as arthritis in his knees. Supplements and meds have been helpful. Lastly we had concerns about some of Dexter's behaviors so turned to veterinary behaviorist Christine Calder for assessment and guidance. This consult proved to be very beneficial in understanding Dexter's needs. So far NEESSR has spent $2,093 getting Dexter in tip top shape. Donations made towards Dexter's care would be greatly appreciated.

September 2022: Dexter has been diagnosed with an inoperable anal gland cancer. We are making sure he is kept happy and as comfortable as possible at his NEESSR foster home.

Sex Male Color Tri-Color
Location New England Posted 11/04/21


River is a very sweet springer boy who has been in his NEESSR foster home since late September. While in foster care there were a number of concerns/issues we wanted to address. River has been blind since birth, is exceptionally small, exhibited some behaviors that might be attributed to anxiety, needed some catching up on vaccines and routine tests and was intact.

River has now been neutered and is all caught up on vaccines/tests. He was also examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist at the VCA in Weymouth. Fortunately the VCA also has a neurologist and internist on staff, who were brought in on River's case. It was determined that River's blindness is due to a neurological condition. A number of tests conducted ruled out issues that might be corrected medically.

In addition, River's foster family had a number of sessions with Karen Pryor Academy certified trainer Pat Koven. Enhancing cognitive development, decreasing anxiety and safety were addressed. Providing this education is so important; greatly contributing to a wonderful life for River!

River's medical and behavioral consulting expenses have totalled a bit over $2,100. Please consider making a donation towards River's care.

Sex Male Color Liver & White
Location New England Posted 06/27/21

5/2022 UPDATE: Duffy had been struggling with liver disease for some time and in mid-April he made it quite clear that his time had come and this sweet old fellow was put to rest.


11 year old Duffy is a now a permanent foster dog with NEESSR, Inc. This senior boy has been with his foster family for over 4 months. He is an anxious dog and is very happy in his present home. We feel it's in his best interest to stay with his loving foster family. We'll be providing detailed info on Duffy asap and will update with his progress.

Sex Male Color Liver & White
Location New England Posted 04/09/21


Tubby is a very sweet and somewhat shy 5.5 year old boy with a big personality! He is very happy with his NEESSR foster family. Since he has been with NEESSR Tubby has been treated to plenty of vet visits. He had some routine vetting that was taken care of. He also had some skin and ear issues to be addressed. Tubby appeared to have a problem with either his hips or knees - which warranted investigation. In case this wasn't enough, we were also concerned about his eyes and he was checked out by a veterinary ophthalmologist. We were relieved to find out Tubby's eyes are healthy. Thus far NEESSR has spent over $1,300 on vet visits, medications and supplements and swimming sessions for Tubby.

Now for the really big deal. A recent consult with the great veterinarians at Tufts orthopedic department confirmed the suspicion that Tubby has CCL (cranial crucial ligament) tears in both hind legs. He is a young dog with many active years ahead. NEESSR will be funding TPLO surgery for both legs. These surgeries will require a long recuperation period. Even with the generous discount Tufts offers rescue organizations the surgeries come at a hefty price. The estimate for the two surgeries comes to about $9,000. We feel this investment in Tubby will be well worth it. We are very pleased his foster family has agreed to continue to foster him through the surgery and recuperation. Tubby is a lucky fellow!

Please consider a donation towards Tubby's medical care. Thank you.

04/19 - Tubby's TPLO surgery went very well and he is now recuperating at his foster home. His activity will be extremely limited for a while, so we've provided doggy games and puzzles to keep him mentally stimulated in addition to all the TLC he is receiving!

11/22 - In early September Tubby had his second CCL repair surgery. We are thrilled to report he has fully recuperated from the surgery and can now enjoy normal springer activities without experiencing pain and without requiring pain medication. A huge "thank you" to the wonderful folks at Tufts orthopedic department for all their help!

While in foster care Tubby also required the services of Tufts dermatology. His skin flare ups are now under control.

Tubby will be adopted by the dedicated family who have fostered him for almost a year now, taking excellent care of him through all these procedures and surgeries. Making sure that Tubby has healthy eyes and skin and two strong functioning pain-free legs was well worth the $10,250 NEESSR spent on Tubby's care. Donations for Tubby would be greatly appreciated.

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

October 2021: We have very sad news to report. Recently Marco exhibited concerning symptoms unrelated to his seizure disorder. His foster mom rushed him to the emergency vet. We were shocked and dismayed to find out Marco was suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer; the only option was euthanasia. We thank Marco's foster family for the extraordinary care and love they bestowed on this boy. We thank all you kind folks who contributed to his support of the past two years. Marco will be greatly missed.


2019 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!

01/07 - 2020 Marco is a very happy springer. His seizure activity has decreased, but not as much as hoped. He had a couple of vet visits for shots and general vetting as well as extensive bloodwork needed because of his anti-seizure meds. NEESSR spent an additional $1,319 on Marco's care, coming to a total of $3,512 so far.


06/19 - 2020 Marco has been under the care of neurologist Dr. Berthiaume at the VCA in Weymouth, MA since early this past winter. His medications have been adjusted a number of times, but it is a challenge to try to control this boy's seizure activity. He has gone for up to 10 days seizure free, but not consistently. Marco also has a very sensitive stomach. With the help of his general veterinarian, Dr. Simpson at the VCA Roberts, his foster mom is able to control his gastric problems. He does need a prescription dog food. Between exams, medication and food, NEESSR has spent an additional $2,675 on Marco since January. This brings the total expenditure just under $6,200. Please consider making a donation towards Marco's care.

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

October 2021: We are sad to report that Mia succumbed to her liver disease this summer. The combination of a strong spirit, loving care provided by Mia's foster mom and your support surely contributed to Mia outliving her original prognosis by over two years. RIP sweet Mia.


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.

01/07 - 2020 Mia came to NEESSR a little over a year ago with a very dire prognosis. However this girl is still going strong! She has had multiple vet visits to manage her issues - chronic cough, liver disease, bladder problems and malignancies. The meds, herbs, supplements and incredible attention from her foster mom seems to be doing the trick. There has been an additional $3,310 in expenses for Mia's care in 2019. We are thrilled to report that donations from a very generous benefactor have covered Mia's 2019 expenses. She has a guardian angel out there!

10/09 - We are sad to report that Mia succumbed to her liver disease this summer. The combination of a strong spirit,loving care provided by Mia's foster mom and your support, Mia outlived her original prognosis by over two years. RIP sweet Mia.

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