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English Springer Spaniel Adoption

English Springer Rescue America, Inc. is proud to offer Springers for Seniors. This unique, award winning program seeks to place senior dogs in the homes of Senior Citizens (sixty years plus). It is strongly suggested by the medical profession that Senior Citizens live longer and healthier when they have a pet to care for. ESRA believes older dogs also live longer in the care of Senior Citizens whose life styles can accommodate the mellower dog. These senior dogs have had a health exam, are fully vaccinated, are spayed or neutered, and are heartworm negative. When they are placed with an active senior who can love and care for them, the adoption fee is waived.

The Springers for Seniors logo next to a dog's listing tells you that dog is offered through this special program. If you are not a senior citizen, the adoption fee is $300. Be sure to ask the contact person for further details.

by Caryn Pola

It was the kind of call all rescuers dread. A local veterinarian had an 11 year old Springer spaniel named Ginger, who had been left for euthanasia. There really was no medical reason for her to be euthanized. Ginger had some leaking of urine and her family had decided to dispose of her. The veterinarian had been trying to place her in a new home for about three weeks. They hoped rescue would help. English Springer Rescue America sent out the call, and a foster family, the Van Mullens, quickly responded. Ginger went home with them. Mae, Ginger's foster mom, could not believe how active and social this wonderful dog was. Ginger would chase a ball till Mae's arm felt like it would fall off. Even when half-asleep, Ginger had an eye on her ball.

After some time and no new home on the horizon, Mae placed an ad in the paper talking about her wonderful foster dog. One who answered the ad was an administrator of a group home for active senior citizens. Ginger went over to the home to meet the people there. The corporation that ran this group home had strong beliefs that people need animals. Each of their homes had a resident cat and dog. It was to one of these homes that Ginger was to become a resident.

Concerned about who would care for her and about her piddle problem, her foster mom asked a lot of questions. Her favorite answer of all was that the home was not worried about Ginger's piddle problem, as some of their seniors had the same problem! So Ginger is a proud family member and has her place of honor in the home. Ginger is loved and walked by the seniors and the staff members and there is never a shortage of people to throw her ball. She will be safe and loved for many years to come.

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