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 Female Color Liver & White
Location Leicester, MA Posted 05/08/18

Jennie is a 5 year old rust/white spayed Welsh Springer Spaniel who was brought into the rescue when her owner could no longer care for her. About 3 ½ years ago Jennie had an encounter with a porcupine and has had chronic sinus issues ever since. It’s suspected that there may still be parts of quills in the nasal/sinus area.

Jennie's nasal discharge began after having quills removed from her face in 2014. Since then she has been placed on several antibiotics but has not seemed to improve. She had an MRI performed in 2014 and a Rhinoscopy and biopsy in 2015, which revealed non-specific rhinitis, an obvious quill remnant could not be seen. Over the past few months, Jennie also started to have a cough, and on 3/12/18 Jennie had chest Xrays that revealed some patterns consistent with pneumonia. She was started on antibiotics and radiographs appeared normal a month later at re-check. Jennie is currently on Carprofen 75mg 1/2 tab by mouth twice a day for her neck/facial pain, and this seems to make her more comfortable.

The initial estimate for Jennie’s treatment to search out and remove the remaining quills at Tuft’s veterinary medical center is approximately $2600.00 plus the initial evaluation of $360.00 bringing us close to $3000.00 to start Jennie’s path to health. Please consider donating to make this girl comfortable and happy.

update 5/18/2018 - the ct scan estimate is $1000 plus an estimated additional $4000 is needed for the actual surgery.

Thank you!

Sex Male Color Black & White
Location New England Posted 12/16/17

Tobi is a four year old boy who came to NEESSR with a history of digestive issues. His prior family had him treated for possible parasites, various tests and medications were administered and food was adjusted to rule out food allergies. Since he has been in NEESSR foster care additional diagnostic tests were performed to try to determine why Tobi was still losing weight and not improving. The veterinarian has now diagnosed Tobi with a maldigestion disorder – Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (see below). Tobi’s condition can be controlled by adding an enzyme to each meal. He’s now getting vitamin B12 supplements and is also being treated for a urinary tract infection as well as Lyme and Anaplasmosis. We expect that Tobi will be feeling much better very soon!

So far NEESSR has spent close to $900 on special food and vetting (exam/x-rays/diagnostics) on Tobi. This does not include the enzymes and medication as we don’t have that exact cost yet. The enzyme costs about $100/month. Please consider a donation towards Tobi’s’ medical care.

What is exocrine pancreatic insufficiency?
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is the inability to produce sufficient pancreatic enzymes to digest fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Because there is poor digestion and resulting malabsorption of nutrients, weight loss commonly occurs despite a normal or increased appetite. (information from

12/27 - The cost of medication for Tobi this month, including Antibiotics, Vitamin Supplement and the Enzyme to correct the exocrine pancreatic insufficiency came to $256. This brings the total vetting expense for Tobi to $1,145. NEESSR thanks you for your support that enables us to help Tobi!

Sex Male Color Black & White
Location New England Posted 12/31/17

Since coming into rescue, Marlow has been neutered and treated for intestinal parasites. He is doing well and we hope to get confirmation that he is worm-free very soon. The cost of his vetting came to $539.00 Donations towards Marlowe's care would be greatly appreciated!

Sex Male Color Black & White
Location New England Posted 06/21/16

Dembe is a very young springer who will greatly benefit from total hip replacement surgery in one and maybe two hips. His hips are severely damaged, causing this one year old a great deal of pain and seriously impairing his ability to enjoy life as a springer should. He will initially need surgery for the left hip after which the surgeon will reevaluate whether he needs a second surgery. It is anticipated there will be a lengthy recovery period after each surgery.

To date we have brought Dembe to Tufts Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for a diagnostic work up and consult as well has having him neutered at Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital. The post surgical care for the hip procedure requires Dembe to have extremely limited activity and to be crated whenever alone to prevent him from impeding his recovery. To help ensure a successful recovery, Dembe's foster mom met with a trainer to assess the best way to physically restrict and contain this energetic young dog while providing enough stimulation to keep him happy. So far NEESSR has spent over $700 on Dembe.

The first surgery is scheduled for next month. The estimated cost for the surgery is over $6,000! Dembe just turned one year old a few weeks ago. We at NEESSR want to give Dembe the opportunity to have many healthy years free of the pain he now experiences. His condition is much too severe to rely on medical management. Please consider helping us to help Dembe with your donation. Thank you.

07/18 - Dembe just had his hip replacement surgery today. We got a call from Tufts and he is awake and came thru his surgery without any problems. He will be sedated for the next few days to keep him quiet and then home for 6 weeks in the crate with leash walking only. Please consider helping us help Dembe with your donation.


07/23 - Dembe is now recovering from the hip surgery. We are hopeful that he'll have a smooth recuperation and then will be evaluated to see if a second surgery will be needed. The actual cost of the surgery came out to be a little less than anticipated. Of course the generous discount Tufts offers Rescue organizations helps a great deal. So far we have spent a total of $5,841 on Dembe's vetting and surgery. Donations towards this boy's medical care would be very much appreciated!

09/27 - Dembe went to Tufts for his 6 week checkup 8/30 and everything looks great! He will not need a second hip replacement and his walking therapy of adding 5 minutes per week is working! Our medical bills for him have totaled $6160 so far...thank you to everyone who has donated!

10/23 - Dembe went to Tufts for his final checkup and everything looks good! Many thanks to Tufts, his foster, and everyone who has donated. His total medical costs were $6773.

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.

Sex Male Color Black & White
Location New England Posted 12/11/15

2015 - PERMANENT FOSTER DOG: Bailey is a 12 year old black/white springer spaniel who is a NEESSR Permanent Foster boy. This year he needed quite a bit of medical attention beyond routine care. One of his toes became very swollen in the spring. Numerous vet visits left everyone mystified as the reason for the swelling could not be determined. Multiple courses of antibiotics, needle aspiration with cytology, x-rays and comprehensive bloodwork helped rule out the likelihood of the spread of cancer. It was decided to carefully observe him and take no action unless Bailey's activities became impacted by the swollen toe. Bailey is a very active senior boy. Recently Bailey started limping and was unable to play and run about. The toe was amputated. We are waiting for the pathology results and are hoping for good news. As of 12/11/15 NEESSR spent $2,690 in 2015 for Bailey's medical care. Please consider a donation for Bailey.

07/23 - 2016 - Here we are 8 months after Bailey's toe surgery and he is faring pretty well. He has struggled with skin problems that necessitated a trip to the dermatologist at Tufts. It appears this will take some work to get under control. His foster mom is working closely with the veterinarian to help Bailey feel better. So far this cost has been just under $400. In addition, Bailey had his senior all-inclusive annual physical exam which cost $542. Bailey's vetting cost for 2016 comes to $940 as of 7/23. Donations towards his care would be appreciated.

04/24 - Fifteen year old Bailey was put to rest this weekend. After a series of strokes, it was determined that his time had come. NEESSR wants to thank the wonderful family who cared for Bailey all these years. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.


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PO Box 407
Ashland, MA 01721