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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: English Springer Rescue America, Inc. (ESRA) is a nationwide referral and foster care rescue, and a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. ESRA''s purpose with their rescue is to provide foster care and adoption referral services to shelters and animal control facilities nationwide with impounded Springers.

Programs:

  • Matches up Seniors 60 years or older with senior Springers 10 years old or older.
  • All Springers have complete health checkups, are fully vaccinated, neutered/spayed, heartworm negative.
  • Usual $250.00 adoption fee is waived.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

My husband and I adopted a three year old female Springer from ESRA Oct 2016. The experience has been wonderful, with much support from the team in the midwest region. Yes, rescuing a dog is different than getting a puppy, you never know what you are going to get. They have baggage, some more some less. We did extensive training from the start, held our girl to the task of learning good behavior. It took time, dedication and patience. Did I mention patience? We could not be happier. I would recommend ESRA to anyone looking for a Springer, ask questions, lots of them, you will find a dog that is perfect for your family...

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I wish I could choose zero stars. Having glanced at two of their most recent 990s I was horrified to find zero transparency in how their funds are spent. Worst was the following wording on one of the Schedules: "990s and supporting documents are prepared and filed by the treasure without approval of governing body." So 8 other board members were completely asleep at the wheel. There are so many small, dedicated and HONEST nonprofit animal rescue/welfare groups that could have put to good use even a fraction of their annual revenue. Flabbergasted beyond words.

Review from Guidestar

4

Donor

Rating: 1

Now the amount embezzled is nearly $1,000,000 - that's a million dollars! And the board still refuses to note this on their web page. People who donated but aren't members are completely in the dark about this. They are entitled to know what happened to the money they donated over all those years.

Review from Guidestar

4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

KTLA channel 5 Watch this and ask who was minding the store?

https://www.google.com/amp/ktla.com/2016/11/15/founding-member-of-dog-rescue-group-found-guilty-of-embezzling-funds-from-members/amp/?client=safari

Review from Guidestar

5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

ESRA’s longtime treasurer has pled guilty to embezzling $260,000 - the actual amount stolen was $500,000+. This happened over many years because the board did not do their duty and exercise oversight over the money people gave them (e.g., no audits - ever). These donors still don’t know that their money was stolen because ESRA has made no mention of this on their website. ESRAvolunteer2 is not correct - there is still one person who was on the old board and is still a board member today, This person is also the treasurer. It should also be noted that Guidestar doesn’t care that there has been embezzlement at ESRA - they only print information the charity gives them. So looking to an organization like Guidestar to help you decide what charity to give to is NOT the help it advertises itself to be.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Anon4ess' review was factually correct in every aspect. However, today the original board in California has been completely replaced. The org. headquarters are now in Woodstock, GA. External audits have been performed and best practices procedures written. I believe the org. is now being run competently and professionally and I will continue to work with this group "for the dogs".

11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Interesting that reviewer in Sept 2015 stated "This organization raises money in excess of $600,000 a year yet has never had an audit, does not operate with a budget, and is not transparent about any of their financial practices."

I have heard recently that their longtime/forever? treasurer was reportedly arrested by federal agents and was jailed for theft of ESRA funds. She will answer to the IRS and probably serve in federal jail. Any reputable organization, especially nonprofits, should undergo regular, at least yearly, independent audits. If none were done, they were begging for someone to steal funds.

I have yet to see any admission of this drama on their website, or even in Guidestar rating. One web search showed ESRA was delinquent on their 2014-15 report to IRS.

To their shame, the ESSFTA, AKC parent club for our breed, still actively supports ESRA to the detriment of other local Springer rescues. ESRA efforts to duplicate rescue efforts in states where local rescues are already established has served to destroy some good local organizations.

I have long suspected people in this organization are appointed almost for life, no matter what. There is a very close relationship between some board members and at least one "regional coordinator." This person regularly offloads injured and older Springer Spaniels to local rescues to avoid having to spend money on care for the neediest. Complaints about her behavior to the board have gone unresolved and she remains in her position to this day.

Review from Guidestar

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I've been put through the ringer by this organization for almost two months. I've answered questions. I've given vet references. I've done EVERYTHING and been ignored. I'm fed up. I think they're funneling money and don't care about the dogs or the clients.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2009 my husband and I decided to find another Springer to add to our family. In my search, I happened upon the ESRA website and saw the most beautiful dog! Tess was a relinquishment from a breeder/puppymill who had no socialization and was considered feral. We adopted her not totally realizing what we were getting into. The people at ESRA were so WONDERFUL and so full of good advice and help. We would not have the sweet pup we have today if not for all of their assistance. In the meantime, I was recruited and now do the adoption interviews for the southern part of Indiana. I have enjoyed working with this group, have made some great friends, and am amazed at the number of dogs they are able to save and place nationwide. Looking for a Springer addition? Look no further!!

Review from Guidestar

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Currently ESRA has not paid their 501.3.c fees with the State of California since 2011. They also have not provided the State with their 990's for 2011-2014. They were sent a notice of delinquency by the Office of Attorney General in September 2015. This organization raises money in excess of $600,000 a year yet has never had an audit, does not operate with a budget, and is not transparent about any of their financial practices. They do great work with the dogs that goes unquestioned. Two of the board members have been with this organization since inception and are reluctant to do it any other way. Do your research before donating to any charity.

Review from Guidestar