National English Shepherd Rescue, Ltd (N.E.S.R.), a non-profit organization, works to help place English Shepherds who need new homes. NESR and the ESC are two separate non-profit organizations with different leadership and goals. NESR specifically rescues English Shepherds, but they also work with other Rescues and Shelters to place dogs of the English Shepherd type. Some ES enthusiasts volunteer for both organizations.

English shepherds, as a breed, are often misidentified as border collies, Australian shepherds, Rottweiler mixes, collies, and just plain mutts when they end up in pounds and shelters. This even happens when relinquishers identify them, but workers have never heard of the breed. Because ES are deliberately bred for function, rather than for a specific look, there is a lot more variation in appearance than with most breeds.

Like the ESC, NESR is organized and operates exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. You can learn more about the work of NESR, how to foster, adopt, volunteer, donate, or relinquish a dog, by contacting them directly.

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For available dogs please go to and click on the ADOPT link.