Onslow comes to TOESR as a very reluctant owner release. A great-natured fella, Onslow has just turned 8 years old, with a DOB of 12MAY2009. He's neutered, heartworm negative, up to date on all his shots and housebroken. Onslow enjoys riding in the car and was extremely patient for his groomer's appointment recently. He gets along well with other dogs and children but a home without cats is preferred. He loves toys!!!! And humans!!

For more information on Onslow, please contact Belinda Lamm at or call (336)499-6788.

If you would like to adopt Onslow, please fill out an online Adoption Application.


Gibson comes to TOESR as a reluctant owner release. He's 4 years old, now neutered, is heartworm negative and up to date on all his shots. Gibson is a large boy and lives to ride in any sort of vehicle he can find! He has a tendency to be an escape artist, is very smart and demands an owner who has a good knowledge of OES's, overall. We've determined through our evaluation process that Gibson seems to prefer the presence of a male figure or a strong female and as a 'best' home situation we're looking for one without other dogs or small children.

For more information on Gibson, please contact Belinda Lamm at or call (336)499-6788.

If you would like to adopt Gibson, please fill out an online Adoption Application.


Barkely joins TOESR as a very reluctant owner release. His owner loves him dearly and wants to make sure that he goes to a good home with some OES experience.

Barkley is a 3.5 year old male sheepdog, neutered, up to date on all his shots microchipped and heartworm negative. He weighs around 70 lbs and loves just about everything: children, other dogs, and cats. He really enjoys water and being groomed, but his favorite activity is watching tv, in particular cartoons or anything animated. He always has a smile on his face!

For more information on Barkley, please contact Belinda Lamm at or call (336)499-6788.

If you would like to adopt Barkley, please fill out an online Adoption Application.

Drifter - Adopted!

With the help of a determined rescuer, Drifter found his way to TOESR in seriously sad physical shape. His age is undetermined but would he appear to be somewhere between 3-6 years old. He's now up to date on his shots but due to ear infections that have required some extensive rehabilitation, hasn't yet been neutered. He's heartworm negative however.

An evaluation of Drifter is a work in progress but we already know that he's an excellent traveler, gets along with other dogs but not so much with cats.

UPDATE: Drifter is now available for adoption. We've been treating his extensive ear infections which needed to clear prior to his neuter. Both have been done and he's now healthy and ready for a new home!

For more information on Drifter, please contact Belinda Lamm at or call (336)499-6788.



Hope is a 5-year old female Old English Sheepdog who has been through a lot.  As our poster-dog for the 2015 Tarheel Old English Sheepdog Rescue calendar, she embodies the spirit and promise of rescue.  Hope is a special needs OES whose life experiences have taken a toll.   As a result of her being kept in poor and cramped conditions most of her life, Hope is a special needs dog with a history of severe anxiety. Although Hope has been in training rehabilitation since her rescue, she has learned how to be a happy dog and is ready for a special family to give her the love, devotion and time needed to have a normal and healthy life.

When we saved Hope, her hind quarters were under developed, so not only did she need to gain self confidence, but also physical strength to simply go for walks or run around the yard.  Today, Hope is a healthy and happy dog who, with help from both her human and canine trainer, is finding what a joy it is to be a dog: learning how to play, what toys are, what fun car rides can be and most importantly – what trust is.  Hope’s rescue has taken many months of hard work, but is not complete.  She requires regularly prescribed anti-anxiety medication which keeps her happy (and active) while helping her to control her anxiety and fear.  However, just as her name suggests, we believe she has the ability to overcome, and with help from her rehabilitator, she is now ready for adoption.

The adoptive family that will be the best fit for Hope will be both experienced with Old English Sheepdogs, and with rehabilitated, special needs dogs.  The family needs to reside in the central New Jersey area and be within a short driving distance of her trainer who lives in Hightstown, NJ.  The reason for the geographic requirement is that the adoption process for Hope is going to be very gradual, and very long.  Hope has lived through much uncertainty and change, and her trainer (and his canine companion) is the only human she has had a positive, trusting relationship with so far.  Because of her special needs, families with children living in the home cannot be considered.  She will always be required to take her medication and she also will need a home with at least one other, well-adjusted dog and where the owner(s) is either home most of the day, or can afford to have Hope in daily doggy day care with her trainer.   She also will need to be in a family that is physically active and can take her for runs, walks, hikes, regular trips to the dog park, etc.

Hope does great with any and all dogs, being neither dominant nor submissive. She has no experience with cats (or has not been exposed to cats for all we know). She tends to have hints of food or resource guarding that will continue to need worked on, but has the trademark loveable, goofy, OES personality. She loves going to the dog park, running and playing with the other dogs, and walks well on and off leash. She is extremely affectionate and playful, and always is looking for pats from other owners at the dog park.

For more information on Hope, please contact Belinda Lamm at or call (336)499-6788.

If you would like to adopt Hope, please fill out an online Adoption Application.

Ellie - Courtesy Listing

Ellie is a 4.5 year old Sheepadoodle who needs to be rehomed. She's an active girl, approximately 45 lbs & around 3' tall. While she's one active girl, she also loves her 'downtime'. Ellie doesn't bond well with children so she'll need a home without them. She also enjoys being an only dog so needs to be an only dog. Ellie is spayed, up to date on all her shots & heartworm negative. While a courtesy listing, TOESR will be facilitating the adoption.

This is a courtesy listing. For more information on Ellie, please use the contact information provided to contact the applicable rescue directly.


Cali is a an OES mix with a purebred OES father and a cockapoo mother. This translates to Cali's appearance being that of a miniature sheepdog! She's almost 4 years old, weighs approximately 43 lbs and is a healthy, spayed, up to date on all shots and heartworm negative girl.

Cali loves her human! She tends to follow one person around and become attached but is quick to settle and nap if necessary. She absolutely loves to ride in a car but even moreso, she LOVES water and swimming. Her owner calls her the 'queen of the cannonball' at the pool! She's very smart and walks well on a leash.

While Cali can be tolerant and even protective of young children, she's better suited to either a home with older children or as a single dog since she's not really bonded with the other family dog. Cats would also cause some issues.

For more information on Cali, please contact Belinda Lamm at or call (336)499-6788.

If you would like to adopt Cali, please fill out an online Adoption Application.

For more Sheepies needing a home or to find other Sheepie enthusiasts, check out these other sites.
New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue, Inc.
Old English Sheepdog Rescue Network
Doxie Acres Dachshund Rescue
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