Kerry Blue Terriers Available for Adoption

If you are interested in adopting one of the Kerries listed below, or perhaps another Kerry in the future, please:

  • Review the Adoption Process.
  • Fill out the Adoption Questionnaire
  • Send the questionnaire to the listing Rescue Coordinator
  • Follow up with an email to the Rescue Coordinator(s) to reaffirm your interest and check the status of your application.

Each year, the Kerry Foundation handles dozens of Kerries that need new homes, and not all of them are listed here.  Sometimes we assist breeders and owners with rehoming their Kerries, and those dogs may or may not appear on these pages.  Please fill out the Adoption Questionnaire so that we are aware of your interest in owning our breed. Kerries in our rehab program.

Because expenses on rescuing even a young, healthy dog can exceed $500 in veterinary tests and treatment, donations to our Rescue program are always needed and gratefully received.

Available Kerries


Kerries Placed

Rescue Kerries come into our program almost every few weeks. Please fill out an Adoption Questionnaire to start the adoption process. With one application you will be considered for all present and future rescue Kerries for the next two years.

When a Kerry is placed, you can find updates on his rescue and new life on the pages below. Note to new owners: please send updates & photos to

Starr & Bailey, two 9-year old puppy mill survivors
(Starr is adopted)

Rescue Coordinator: Pattye Thomas at
Fostered in Oklahoma.

Latest Update

Starr and Bailey

In late September 2013, the Foundation received a call from a commercial breeder that the breeder would like to surrender “Starr” and “Bailey” to the foundation.  On Saturday October 5th, 2013 Pattye Thomas, our regional Rescue Coordinator, started the seven hour journey from Moore, Oklahoma to Northern Kansas to retrieve the two nine year old females.  Upon arrival she encountered two very sweet and personable dogs who desired our affection.  The Kerries were placed in crates and headed home.  Starr and Bailey handled the trip very well.


Arriving at home late Sunday afternoon Starr and Bailey were introduced to a new home and responded very well.  The dogs were placed in crates within the home to acclimate them to a home environment.  The dogs were taken to a local groomer for a bath and haircut. 


Over the next few days Starr and Bailey were taken to the local veterinarian for evaluation.  After the initial evaluation Bailey had her teeth cleaned, was spayed and had a mast cell tumor removed from her abdominal area.  Her recovery went very well and the prognosis for Bailey is favorable with continued observation and follow up.

Bailey is a very sweet girl who gets along well with other dogs, likes children and is progressing very well with housebreaking.  Bailey would enjoy sleeping in bed with her new owner but does well in a crate if required. In the beginning Bailey was shy but now she is rather independent  and really enjoys affection with the family.

Starr’s treatment included spaying, teeth cleaning and removal of several benign cysts. Starr’s overall health is good.


Starr is very affectionate and thinks she is a lap dog.  Starr always wants to be near you and gets along well with other dogs and children.  She is a very intelligent dog who was house broken quickly. Starr would do very well with someone who is at the home most of the time as she really desires affection and has some separation anxiety.

Having arrived from a commercial breeder it took a few weeks for each of them to adjust to the home environment.  However, both have responded very well and seem especially grateful for their new way of life. They have fit in at our home extremely well and both would make wonderful pets and companions for their new owners.  

Starr would be best with a retired couple and is a "velcro" dog. She has a bit of separation anxiety. She has had a number of puppies so is very attentive to the humans, likes children, is crate-trained and house-trained.

Bailey is more independent, was never bred, also crate-trained and is a work in progress in the house-training department. She also likes children.

For more info on Starr & Bailey please contact Pattye Thomas at directly, after an adoption questionnaire has been filled out for review.

If you can not adopt either one of them, please support their rescue by being a Kerry Angel.

May 20, 2014

Starr is adopted.

Here he is shown at the airport this morning at 4:15 AM, on his way to his new home.


Deborah Saunders
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham
Tony Brogden
Jeff Nelson
Nancy Assero


Boby, a 6 year old male

Rescue Coordinator: Linda Grisley
Temporarily fostered in Montreal, Canada

Latest Update

A couple of months ago, we received word of a Kerry Blue boy in the Montreal SPCA. When we got there, he had already been adopted out. Well, whatdoyaknow….he was returned to the SPCA for attacking the owners cat. This time our volunteer Nadia Bourassa in Quebec was able to get Boby released to the Foundation. He is currently at her house but is separated from the other 3 dogs. Nadia is getting her exercise walking her three then walking Boby separately each day! Boby has been approached by other dogs on a walk and has not shown any tension. He has been walked together with one of Nadia's dog and still has not shown aggression. We are hoping that Boby just had the wrong home and is a typical Kerry, not an aggressive dog, but we don't have any history on him.

Here is Nadia's assessment so far:

Boby went to the groomer, she had to shave him because he was full of knots. His feet were filthy. She said that Boby hadn't been groomed for a couple of years, there were a lot of little rocks stuck in his paws.

I brought Boby to the vet yesterday, he as an eye infection in both eyes. He doesn't like to be touched near his eye. I think it's very paintful for him. The SPCA cleaned his teeth March, 4 2014. He's up to date with his vaccination.

I walked him today with my son and my male Kerry. He didn't try to attack. When he tried to pull on the leash I corrected him and he stayed by my side after that. I don't know without a leash, but for now everything is good.

He's really a good boy, he's gentle with us, he's housetrained, he's very good on a leash, wags his tail every time he sees us. He can stay for 8 hours alone, he's not a barker, he likes to be petted, he knows the commands sit and paw.

I think he would be good in a home with children over 10 with no other pet and with an owner who knows about Kerries. He walks an hour a day and it seems to be perfect for him.

DOB: 2/23/2008

But that brings us to our plea. Boby cannot live at Nadia's house and be properly assessed as adoptable. We are looking for a foster home (possibly an adoptive home if he works out well?) immediately. In you can open your heart and home to Boby, please complete the Adoption Questionnaire or the Foster Home Agreement at and send to Linda Grisley, Rescue Director, Canada at


April 24 Update

From: Nadia Bourassa
Sent: April-24-14 5:37 PM

Here are photos pof the first walk together with the 4 dogs (Boby on right). I'm not a professional, but Boby shows no sign of aggression towards our dogs or any other dogs that he meets. I really think he's just a active Kerry.

I think that if he is introduced properly by a experienced Kerry owner, he will be the perfect dog.


April 26 Update

We are still looking for a foster family in Eastern Canada. If you are willing to be a foster family or adopt Boby, please contact Linda Grisley <> or Nadia Bourassa <>.

June 6 Update

Here is an update on Boby from his foster home.

He is doing very well, but it must be noted that he is selectively dog aggressive so can only be adopted to a home with no other pets.

"Bobby has had an exciting week. My parents were here last weekend, so extra company for Bobby. On Saturday evening, my sister and her husband, their son and granddaughter, aged 2 1/2, came for supper. JP introduced Bobby, on a very short leash, to the little girl, let her talk to him and pet him. Bobby was curious and excited but did not attempt to bite. Then we put him in an enclosed room. While we ate and the little girl was in a high chair, we let Bobby out of the enclosed room. He sniffed her and then ignored her. Later on we let him have another short 'visit', and it went well. I don't think we are ready to just let Bobby and little kids loose around the house yet, but we are seeing that he is not intent on attacking if things are calm and quiet.

We are able to take Bobby off-leash to a secluded area of our backyard. He stays close to us. He has been enjoying fetching a stick and bringing it back. He jumps and bounces around. It is good to see him having a good time.

Sunday evening we visited the obedience trainer, Manon, at her home in her fenced yard. Bobby ran around and fetched toys. He was positively responsive to Manon. She brought out her gentle, in-season female Lappshund and kept her on the other side of the fence, so we could see Bobby's reaction. He sniffed, tail wagging, but showed no aggression. Manon returned the dog inside and brought out her male Coton, 10 pounds. Bobby was very aggressive, an initial sniff, then growling, barking and trying to attack through the fence. I was standing beside him offering treats, but he had no interest. So now we know where we stand.

Manon will send me the handouts she gives her Puppy kindergarten participants, so we can work on the basic obedience training ourselves rather than take private lessons.

Bobby's tummy is better. The medication is helping. However, we will finish it today. We decided to switch him from a grain-free to a limited-ingredient food of mostly lamb and brown rice. We have started the transition and will see how it goes, along with the end of the medication. We also have some powdered probiotic samples to give him mid next week, to clear his digestive system of any residual antibiotic. We will only give him the probiotic if the diarrhea seems to have cleared up."

Sheena Meurrens
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham
Tony Brogden
Jeff Nelson
Deborah Saunders
Nancy Assero

Maddy, a 10 year old male

Rescue Coordinator: George Hanna < <>>
Fostered in Georgia

Latest Update

Maddy, 10 year old male...This Little Piggy Stayed at The Vets...Ouch!

Maddy is a purebred Kerry that was turned into us when his elderly owners could no longer keep up with him.

This boy had ripped a toenail and, in the process, ripped off half his toe. Because of a bad infection, his toe had to be removed. The Foundation footed (pardon the bad pun) the extensive bill.

In spite of this, he is a happy, bouncy boy. The vet was shocked at his age. He said he would have pegged him at 6 or 7 based on his activity level. He is alert and said to be a "Velcro" dog. he wants to be where you are! A lap is also his favorite place to cuddle.

Maddy is neutered, up to date on all his shots and has had a dental. He will be evaluated as he recuperates and updates will follow.

In the meantime, take a look at this handsome gentleman! He is being fostered in Ga.

Update May 19

Good news, good news and more good news!

Maddy is doing well in foster care and recovering well from his toe surgery. He has to be held back from playing all the time because he would just run and play until he drops!

Maddy had one slight disagreement with one younger Kerry male but gets along great with another male and several Kerry females. He should do fine in a home by himself (he has always been an only child!) or with a female. He is enchanted with the resident kindergartener but has had no exposure to cats.

We had Maddy listed at the age of 12 but heard from his original vet that he is only 10......oh goody....still a puppy and he acts like it.

Maddy is looking for his own yard, his own bed and his own people. He is one fine Southern Gentleman and will make a great (if goofy lapdog) companion.

You can see in the pictures, he likes to go for rides. At least he thinks he does. He is waiting for the chauffer to show up.

Update June 21, 2014

More pictures of maddy and her buddies.

Maddy is in front.

If you are interested in more information on Maddy, please contact George Hanna at:
<> or at 912-202-0678

Deborah Saunders
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham
Jeff Nelson

Raquel, the new girl in town

Rescue Coordinator: George Hanna <>
Fostered in Georgia

Latest Update

Raquel is a purebred 9-year old spayed Kerry female with natural ears.  She is up to date on all her shots.

Raquel displays many of the textbook Kerry traits.  She is a love bug.. Velcro dog that will follow her humans from room to room and will bark to let them know they might have forgotten and left her behind.  If her humans are in a sitting position, she will put her paws on their lap and give them a high five to let them know she would like a little attention.  After a pat, scratch and rub, she will return to a nap on the floor.  She likes to sleep on the floor beside the bed of her human companions.  She is fine on long car rides and also fine with the resident 5 year old human but prefers the company of adult humans.

Raquel has a very high prey drive and while she has had no problems with medium sized dogs (Kerries, Standard Poodles and German Sheppards) of either sex, she is not convinced that smaller dogs are part of her species.  For that reason, she will need to be in a home that does not have cats, toy breeds or other small animals.  Actually, she expresses the desire to have her humans totally to herself.  She will require a fenced yard as she has shown a desire to “wander”.  She must be kept on a leash or in a securely fenced yard.


Update June 21, 2014


Raquel is being fostered in Georgia and continues to be evaluated.  If you would like further information on this sweet girl, please contact:

George Hanna, <>, 912-202-0678

Deborah Saunders
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham
Jeff Nelson

Max, Suave & Sweet

Rescue Coordinator: Kim Applegate at
Fostered near San Francisco

In June, I received a email from a woman who had adopted a Kerry from the Foundation approxmately eith years ago, and through a series of family circumstances she was no longer able to keep him, and the last line in her e-mail to me was could you please help me?

Needless to say, I was speechless, and said I would do my best, this little man had originally come from the "Great Escape Rescue" and after many phone calls and discussions amongst other folks, my Kerry hero , Eileen Andrade stepped up and offered to foster Max for us until we find his forever home.

Now Mr. Max is no angel , he is very territorial , his past home had a service dog and they did not get along, it also appears that Max is a bit lacking in some of his social skills in regards to playing well with others, Eileen tells me that he has been to Barn Hunts with him, and he does nicely in his crate next to other dogs, his previous owner wasn't able to get him out for walks, and do a lot of socializing with him.

Max would be best suited in a home with no small children, and no other dogs. A fenced secure yard is a must.


Kim Applegate
Rescue Director-W

Deborah Saunders
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham
Jeff Nelson


If you don't find a Kerry for you on this page, don't despair. Fill out the Fill out the Adoption Questionnaire and mail it to your local Rescue Coordinator. You will be contacted if a suitable match for your home becomes available.

You may also want to check the available puppies and the Kerry breeders in your area. A good article on adopting an older Kerry Blue is required reading. Whatever you do, don't get a puppy from a pet store.


This page is available for ALL Kerry rescue organizations.
If your rescue organization wishes to posts a rescue Kerry on these pages, please click here.

Other Adult Dogs being placed by breeders directly.

Previously placed Kerries: 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014



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