The English Springer Spaniel Club of Long Island (ESSCLI) was founded more than 30 years ago; its Rescue program was started in 1988. We are a group of unpaid volunteers from Maine to Pennsylvania. Every year our organization places approximately 100 abused, abandoned or unwanted Springers into new homes. Some of these purebred dogs come to us through local shelters; some come to us due to the death or illness of a former owner, divorce, a new baby, move to a new house, small apartment, etc. We’ve even heard of dogs who no longer fit into the family because the decor of the home was changed!
When we find a Springer in an animal shelter, we bail it out, nurse it back to health, clean it up, neuter it, give it its shots, and live with it in one of our foster homes for a while to evaluate it and allow it to get over the loss of its former owner, then we place it with an appropriate family.
Occasionally, we find ourselves with a dog which is unadoptable because of serious disease or incorrigible temperament. This is a difficult judgment for us to make, but we are experienced in making these evaluations, and we always reach a consensus. Because of this process, you have a better chance of adopting the right dog for you than you would with an ordinary animal shelter.
Over the years we have put hundreds of purebred English Springer Spaniels into new homes, and in the process, we’ve met some of the NICEST people! At any given time, there are approximately twenty to thirty dogs waiting for a new home — perhaps with you.