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October 3, 2013
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October 3, 2013
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My family and I adopted a middle aged springer spaniel from ESRA. They picked us out and said that we would make the perfect family for a specific dog. Meeting our springer for the first time we understood the average training would be required: sit stay, leash training, the name game, etc. We brought our new dog home with a very surprising find: the dog had severe separation anxiety and food domination we had to learn about the hard way. The dog fractured teeth sitting in a kennel/crate with his new family just leaving the room,and noise complaints from neighbors just having him outside to go to the bathroom without us standing there. There was no leaving at all without the dog self inflicting pain and anxiety. We learned from our vet and trainer that if we were to give the dog back to ESRA (due to their 30 return policy) we would only damage the dog and increase anxiety even more. It has been over a year now owning our spaniel and hundreds of dollars in separation anxiety treatment but after reaching out to ESRA many times during this difficult time, they offered no assistance. They claim they are saving spaniels but had our dog gone to another family, with no warning of this dogs condition, I fear others are not as able or patient and would just get rid of the dog. ESRA's foster parents were not honest with us. Without honesty, a life is at risk. Some of the new homes these dogs are going to are not going to have the resources and patients we have and may end up in a pound or given away and even more lost inside.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Unsure

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Okay

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 28, 2011
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February 28, 2011
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I learned of ESRA while reading an issue of Dog Fancy magazine, soon found that a friend was adopting through ESRA, and eventually was in a position where I really wanted and needed a springer spaniel with some special characteristics. All of the ESRA people I came across in my search were caring, understanding of my circumstances and eager to help me find the really "right" dog. They were very honest when I inquired about a dog they felt was not the right match, and went out of their way to search out the most suitable prospects for me. I felt as though these dear people had adopted me and made my search a special project. The result of my search and their outstanding help is sitting next to me right now, a beautiful 9 year old springer spaniel who was delivered to my doorstep just last evening by the ESRA volunteer who had been fostering her. His approximately 10 hour trip to make this delivery is just one example of the many services the selfless ESRA volunteers provide. Their very reasonable adoption fee does not cover veterinary fees nor the multitude of miscellaneous expenses incurred by the devoted volunteer foster parents. I couldn't think more highly of any non-profit organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The special interest the volunteers took in my adoption needs, and exceptional service in delivering the dog I ultimately adopted.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Since I have had such a wonderful experience in adopting through ESRA, I do not have any suggestions for change.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

ESRA rescues English springer spaniels and works to find them forever homes. ESRA takes great care in screening prospective adoptive families including an online application, phone interview, home visit and vet reference. In Floirda we worked with over 140 dogs in 2010. ESRA raises money to provide vet care to the rescue dogs. I have been impressed with the wonderful group of caring volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My current foster dog has been provided allegry testing/shots and treatment for bladder infections which have turned her life around. In August she was in a shelter with severe ear infectons and incontinence. Now she is healthy and happy and due for adoption next month!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase its funding so it could d omore good.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Ten years ago I started doing rescue for the love of dogs. It has now grown into a passion for the love of the English Springer Spaniel. I did this for the love of the breed but now have found so many wonderful friends and volunteers in this organization that is has now become my family.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the adoption process of the dogs we have rescued and fostered

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any changes except hoping to keep growing in order to save more dogs.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

They are perfect

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

gave me another family

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 14, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I applied to ESRA to adopt a Springer, then applied to foster. In the year I have been volunteering with ESRA for fostering, transports, organizational work, dog training sessions, I have found the group to be very caring & totally there for the love of the breed. An amazing group of people & a wonderful opportunity for Springers to be rehabilitated & rehomed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fostering, transporting, public events

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would donate money, which all goes for the care of the dogs we receive in - some of them abysmally neglected or with inneses their owners cannot afford to treat themselves.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Having more funds available to help rehabilitate problem dogs

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

My library on dog behaviours / training manuals has gone from zero to 20 books in 6 months & I have made at least 20 friends personally plus countless more through email contact.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Proud to be a part of the group & able to represent them

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I have volunteered for ESRA for about 2 years fostering dogs in my home. I have also transported dogs for them, located necessary veterinary care, taken dogs on home visits and done other tasks required by the organization. I have found everyone envolved with the group to be professional, warm and friendly.
The organization and the people do everything they can to meet the needs of each springer spaniel that come into our care. We sit up nights with sick dogs, get up every few hours to provide medical treatment, buy special food for dogs with alergies or dietary needs, love them and play with them until we can find a home that needs each dog.
At this time I am fostering Charlie, an overweight springer spaniel with multiple medical problems. But Charlie doesn't know that. He just knows that it's fun to ride in the car with the sunroof open, rawhide chips and stuffed toys are great, and bellyrubs feel good.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have placed dogs in adoptive homes while volunteering for ESRA.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'm not in charge of making changes.

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