Category Archives: Sponsor a Springer


Sponsor-a-Springer from as little as £1 per week

These very special Springers on our Sponsor a Springer scheme, require ongoing veterinary treatment and/or medication for the rest of their lives.

With financial support from NWESSR, They are able to live happy secure lives, in loving homes. This is only made possible by the generosity of NWESSR sponsors.

YOU CAN HELP TOO, by sponsoring one of our Dogs for as much as you like.

In return, you will receive updates on your chosen dog, twice yearly NWESSR newsletter, and a card from your dog at Christmas.

For more information, email or download a sponsor form here .

Happy Advent from Hoover!

Happy Advent from Hoover!

  Its been a while since we updated you about Hoover, so it seemed appropriate for him to launch our brand new online NWESSR Advent Calendar!  Each day during December we will be posting a beautiful Christmas-themed photo of a NWESSR dog on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and Hoover and everyone at NWESSR would love you to join us along the way!

Many of you already know Hoover’s story but, if not, you can read below how it costs NWESSR around £6,500per year to provide his long-term care.  It’s just over a year since we asked for your help to ensure that we can keep him safe, as healthy as possible, and a happy boy.  Your response throughout the year has been amazing,and we are incredibly grateful for your support, thank you.

At 13 years old, Hoover’s starting to feel his age at times, and now suffers from arthritis, for which he has medication.  Although he is sometimes a little unsteady, he is still eager to go for his walks – both with kennel staff and two volunteer dog walkers and has enjoyed some lovely Autumn walks.

If you’d like to get into the Christmas spirit and send Hoover a little gift, then please click on the Donate button below.

This is Hoover’s story:

Hoover is a relatively healthy 13-year-old lad with a passion for life, country walks, and his own personal space.  Unfortunately, through no fault of his own, Hoover has been rehomed four times since we first met him 11 years ago!  

It isn’t fair on Hoover to keep uprooting him to try out new homes, so the decision has been made to let him stay in the kennels in Lancashire where he is very settled – enjoying his bracing daily walks, ball games and the very understanding staff there.

This is an unusual course of action for NWESSR but is definitely the best option for Hoover.  

However, this situation calls for much more funding than our regular rehomed dogs, and we are desperately looking for sponsors to help us cover the costs of his long-term care which is about £6,500 per year.

Keeping Hoover in kennels is not cheap: 

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This is a huge demand on our funds and we really need your help.

If only 150 people signed up for regular monthly donations of £4, this would cover his costs and you will know that you have helped Hoover live out his days safely.

To donate click on the DONATE BUTTON HERE
Thank you.


Sponsor Milo

Hello, Milo here.  I’m only two years old but I’m already in desperate need of long term care and sponsorship.  Please will you help me?

It’s tough being two and knowing that I’m going to need a lifetime of treatment to keep me alive and able to enjoy my life.  Apparently I have a heart murmur with severe sub-aortic stenosis type 2 and considerable left ventricular hypertrophy, which sounds serious and indeed it is.  Put more simply, this is a narrowing of the valves of my heart and a thickening of the walls of my heart, all of which needs constant monitoring.  I have regular echocardiograms (ultrasound scans) to make sure I’m on the right medication and I visit the vet every three months so they can make sure my lungs are clear.

I’ve had my heart problems since birth but I’ve learnt to live with them and to not let all the medical care get me down.  I’m very lucky to have some good friends to keep my spirits up.  There’s little Ralphie, plus my two lady friends – Mabel and Amber – who come on walks with me.  I have a great home life too which includes plenty of toys – the squeakier the better – and I like to use these to get the attention of my foster mum. I’m not a fan of the telephone and will use any means available to cause a distraction when someone is on a call. Jumping and barking usually do the trick.  I’m generally forgiven though, particularly if I remember to bring them a slipper or a shoe to say sorry. 

Despite my considerable health issues I’m managing to keep positive and look towards the future.  I love playing with adults, children and my four-legged friends and I have lots to give, and to live for – particularly if there’s a chicken treat from time to time.  I’m often told that I’m a handsome young chap and that cheers me up no end.  I’m hoping that you’ll want to help me live my best life by sponsoring me. Please click HERE


Max is  6yrs old and in the last year was diagnosed with diabetes.

Max must have injections twice a day to keep it under control at 12 hour intervals. He will need this medication for the rest of his life. He has to visit the vets frequently to keep a check on him, but they are pleased he has stabilised on his medication.

Max had started bumping into furniture before coming to NWESSR and he was found to have cataracts on both eyes. This is a side effect of the diabetes. The vet has advised against their removal at the moment because it can have complications.

Max can still see some light and dark contrasts and shapes and his new  family have given him  a great Light Up Ball to play with.

None of this gets in the way of Max’s enjoyment in his new home. He loves being outdoors, playing happily in the garden, where he has learnt to negotiate steps. On his walks he relishes running over the fields. He sits nicely to cross roads and he always knows which is his house on the return.


7yrs old Alfie could not stop drinking water. Bowls of water, rainwater puddles, lakes and streams. It was a serious problem and can kill. But vets didn’t know what was wrong.

Finallly a vet diagnosed the condition, Diabetes Insipidus. Alfie has now been on medication for approximately one year which has worked. He will have to have medication for the rest of his life. He has to take a tablet at exactly 7 am, 3 pm and 11 pm everyday. .

This regime must be strictly followed or the condition can manifest in a potentially dangerous  obsession with water.

On top of this, before coming to NWESSR, Alfie had been mistreated by the owners  2 year old child, who was described as prone to ‘kicking, hitting and jumping on him’. The owners were also leaving Alfie for 6 hours per day with little exercise and time and attention.

Alfie is a  friendly dog  and good natured with adults. He enjoys being out and about.

Alfie is enjoying life in is new home which is much more calm with owners who appreciate what a good dog he is. He is big friends with their tomcat and even their more nervous female cat, has started to curl up with him.

Alfie is quite a character. As soon as he hears the “Go Compare Man” sing on the tv, his ears prick up, he throws his head back and howls along.


Buddy is  10yrs old and completely blind in his left eye and his right eye has very limited vision. He has been on a supplement for 3 years  to help with his runny eyes which have to be wiped regularly with a special solution.

Buddy has had to be extremely brave when Sue his specialist is prodding about with all her specialist instruments. He doesn’t enjoy it at all.

The capsules he takes are huge, but at least he gets to take them with food which is always a bonus and they are doing him good.

Buddy has not taken too kindly to being told to slow down a little and being told chasing ducks on the pond, is something he should avoid at his age !

Budy loves being off the lead though and having a good snuffle about in the hedgerows just in case his nose, which is vastly superior to his eyesight, finds something interesting but he knows he mustn’t wander too far. He adores playing with his friend Holly, she’s a Cockapoo and they are definitely the best of friends.

Back home, Buddy tends to bump into furniture now and again but he has got the hang of the layout now and has no trouble finding a knee with his excellent nose.

Sponsors help Buddy to live his best life


Lola is 7yrs old, the bones in her legs never formed properly, meaning she has ongoing problems with her legs and hips. She is monitored regularly to deal with flare ups that affect her mobility.

Lola has had surgery to both elbows but  then developed further joint complications. Lola’s  specialists manage this with a cocktail of painkillers, weekly hydrotherapy, a controlled exercise regime and heat packs for when she gets stiff and starts limping. It is hoped this will be enough to avoid her having to have further surgery.

She did put up a bit of resistance to her medications Managing to eat the peanut butter coating and then spit the pills out. But this success was short lived.

She is  a bit of a princess and  sometimes uses her gorgeous looks and charm to get her own way.

Swimming is her passion – not only at the hydrotherapy pool but anywhere there’s a chance of a dip. Another favourite pastime is ball hunting.

Lola loves going on walks especially the woods. At bedtime she is ready for her carrot.