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 Black & White
Location New England Posted 01/14/20

When Tobie first came to NEESSR we took care of the routine vetting he needed. However, recently Tobie had a skin flare-up that called for a vet visit. Turned out he has an ear infection as well. The vet suspects food allergies. He received meds to get the skin and ear issues under control and is now on a food trial. Tobie was also microchipped and had some routine testing that was due. NEESSR has spent $861 on Tobie's medical and training expenses to date. Donations toward his care would be greatly appreciated.

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

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.

Marco has another appointment scheduled with the neurologist at Tufts at the end of January. We'll update his progress after that appointment.

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!

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

02/21 - 2020 It has now been over 5 months since Hunter's surgery. He has had follow-up visits to Angell and we've received very good news. The surgery done at Angell, the months of care by his foster families as well as the physical therapy provided by Tails of Rye in Rye, NH were all worth it as Hunter is in great shape and has no activity restrictions. He will benefit from ongoing physical therapy visits and lots of exercise. Since October, NEESSR has spent an additional $2,033 on vet visits, PT and supplies for Hunter. The total to date is $7,469.

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.

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!

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