Interested in meeting a dog
We do not have a
commercial facility. Old English Sheepdogs like (NEED) to be part of a
family, "in on the action" and with their person(s). They do NOT
do well at all when left out alone. In kennels, runs, etc. All
dogs in MOESR are fostered in private homes for the pet's
emotional well being and physical safety. The dogs live with a
foster family until adopted. * You can meet a dog you're
interested in once you've submitted an application, and by
appointment only. *
Please note: Although you may have submitted an application with
a specific rescue dog in mind because of an adorable picture or
interesting bio, we DO review your application to help decide
which rescued OES is best suited for your family and needs of
the rescued dog.
Again, thank you for your
patience while we
find your forever best friend and family member.
The Adoption Process ~
Our adoption process is
to the procedures of a reputable breeder:
* You can
meet a dog you're interested in once you've
submitted an application and by appointment only. *
Fill out the adoption
application by clicking the button below
This helps us find the best match for you and your
We share a telephone
interview. You interview us as we interview you. Please
feel free to ask lots of questions! You will want to
learn as much as possible about the animal you are
looking to adopt.
An agent from MOESR will
complete a reference check, including your veterinarian
and a home visit will be scheduled.
If all are in
agreement to go forward with an adoption, we then match
you with the rescue OES that best fits your family and
If you have any
questions during the process,
please call our Placement Director. Thank you!
* Please e-mail us
for a list of
OES rescues in your area!!
your name & contact information. We will forward it to
the OES rescues in your area. -- There are many OES
across the country in need of your love. Please note:
Not all OES rescues have a space on the Internet. Many
operate by word of mouth and/or by referrals only. There
may be an OES looking for a home very near your own --
Waiting just for you!!
"Why Should I Adopt
There is a wonderful dog in need of a
home waiting for you!
or Other Homeless Canine?"
By adopting, you are
helping to save the life of a dog in need of a forever home. Dogs
purchased from a commercial kennel, pet store, puppy mill, or
backyard breeder perpetuates the "puppies-for-profit" industry.
Rescue organizations are not against all breeding. There are a few
high quality, conscientious, reputable breeders who understand the
need to continue the breed without contributing to the countless
number of homeless pets each year.
To Live With an Old
English Sheepdog Requires PATIENCE and a GOOD SENSE of HUMOR...
This breed can be
bumptious and flighty, and can become restless and flaky if confined
too much. They can also be STUBBORN, and can become aggressive if
treated harshly. A trainer who is familiar with Old English Sheepdog
behavior and who works only in POSITIVE reinforcement training is
strongly recommended! Daily walks and play time help the OES work
off some of their energy and they return home a tired couch or
An OES who is trained
with positive reinforcement training can likely be the greatest dog
you'll come across. Personality plus. They thrive on being with
their people, "in on the action" and being the object of your
affection. A properly trained OES is a best friend for life and will
return your affection ten fold.
*OES require a great
amount of grooming time and attention or their coat will become
matted, and possibly odorous. A matted OES is at great risk for
skin conditions and hot spots "moist dermatitis". A matted OES has
no isolation from the elements of either heat or cold. This can be
prevented with care and regular grooming. *OES also need special
attention paid to their paw pads. The fur between the pads must be
clipped very short or clippered to prevent dirt and debris from
injuring the paw pad. In winter months, snow and ice can pack into
the pads causing frost bite and permanent injury to the pad. During
all months, an OES is at risk of picking up toxins on the their pads
such as oil, antifreeze, salt, debris, etc. Special care and
attention must be paid to avoid injury to your bobtails pads. * OES
grow hair in and deep inside their ear canal. Along with the wax
build up, this can be a breeding ground for bacteria and infection.
The ears of an OES should be cleaned weekly with ear cleaner and
dried thoroughly. At the same time - all hair inside should be
pulled (removed) to prevent possible infection or hearing loss. Look
inside your dogs ears. Are they clean? Dirt, wax, debris and hair
free? *We will help you with ANY grooming questions you might come
across with your OES. *Please be prepared to spend hours at home
grooming along with trips to a professional groomer regularly.
Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience between you and your
rescued friend. A well groomed OES is a happy OES and a happy
'maisie, spenser 'n fletcher'
Have small children?
While some believe that
OES are good with small children and the thought of having a "Nanny"
companion for your little ones sounds romantic -- Please remember
that the NUMBER ONE reason OES get SURRENDERED to pounds, shelters
and rescue is because the OES grows too large for the children and
their family. OES are rambunctious and have been known to knock
down children in play. They are only doing what their herding
instincts are telling them to do ... but the dog gets blamed for
accidents that could have been prevented by waiting just a little
longer until your child(ren) are a little older. Remember! That cute
little puppy you see will be a LARGE puppy in just a few short
months. They grow big very quickly. ** Please ask us how to get
answers, daily support and other advice from OES owners with lots of
experience in this regard before considering adding an OES to your
family. *An older OES with a proven sound temperament amongst
children may be a better option for your family *
'sammi and her pal'
In addition, OES like to
chew. Please be prepared with healthy chews and healthy chew toys
like Pizzles AKA Bully Bones, Booda bones, some Nylabones, stuffed -
then frozen Kongs, etc. to satisfy this need. Pressed rawhide or a
rawhide chips (in moderation!) and 'Made in the USA' (rawhides made
outside of the USA are not regulated and may contain formaldehyde)
With the possible exception of a stuffed Kong or Nylabone for strong
chewers, please do not leave your dog unattended with it's chews.
'louie, grover 'n sophie (deaf)'
Someone needs training!"
Some uprights (humans)
need to be trained not to leave food items on counters. NOTE: This
pair was fostered with MN OES Rescue... their foster mum has since
for information on Positive
'harlow 'n lily'
English Sheepdog Rescue
"Volunteers Dedicated to OES and Other Orphaned Canines"