Kerry Blue Terriers Available for Adoption

Ready to adopt? Then, please:

Each year, the Kerry Foundation handles dozens of Kerries that need new homes, and not all of them are listed here.  Since we keep your application on file for two years, we sometimes place a rescue Kerry with such an applicant, and in that case, the dog will not appear here.  Please fill out the Adoption Questionnaire so that we are aware of your interest in owning our breed.

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

Foster Care

Kerries Placed

The Foundation does not have a kennel facility. All our rescue dogs are temporarily placed with a foster family. You too could be a foster family.

Sometimes a rescue Kerrie can not be placed. A few elite foster families are currently fostering a number of "permanent foster" dogs. The Foundation covers all expenses for these Kerries. Here are their stories.

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


Ms.  Finney……..A Darling Diva

Rescue Coordinator: Dianne Collins at
Fostered in Colorado

Latest Update

Finney is an 8 year old spayed, purebred Kerry Blue Terrier.  She was surrendered by her owner when the owner moved and thought that Finney would be uncomfortable with the  move as well as not doing well in another apartment environment.

Finney loves all people.  As far as she is concerned, the more people,  the better the party.  She loves to have company and has never met a stranger.  Her foster mom refers to her as, “a charmer”.

Finney does not like other animals and is quite anxious when they are around.  The foster has been working with her and a behaviorist to lower the anxiety level when she sees other dogs and then act more appropriately.

She is not a dog that will go to the dog park, doggie day care, join in on a jog or trail hike or go for a walk with another dog or group of dogs.  Oh no, this girl is interested in lying by the fire with a gaggle of toys and people around.  She also does need “girl time” on a feather comforter (see picture).  Finney knows what a good Kerry deserves.

Finney would thrive in a home where there is someone home with her during the day (the homes she has been in have all had 8-5 or more worker bee hours), with a securely fenced yard where she could play with her toys (we understand she is very fond of toys) and interact with her humans.  In the home, she is simply a love and wants to be with her “people”.  Kerry experience would also be required.  She needs a knowledgeable Kerry person and a soft lap!

Finney has “been around” while in foster care and met many people.  They all describe her as a lovely dog and a real love of a gal.  Any number of the people she has met have volunteered to be a reference for her.

April 1, 2015

Finney is coming along well with her training and is very happy. Her health remains good. She also has great taste and has taken to a very expensive sleeping bag.... that is now out of sight and out of reach!

Here are her latest photos.

If you are interested in this gorgeous girl, please fill out our adoption request form. For more info, contact Dianne Collins (

If you can't adopt, please consider becoming a Kerry Angel.

Deborah Saunders
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham
William Hufler
Jeff Nelson
Tony Brogden

Meet Oliver

Rescue Coordinator: George Hanna
Fostered in Georgia

Latest Update

Ollie is a 9 year young, neutered, purebred Kerry Blue Terrier in good health who was rescued by the Foundation from a puppy mill. He is coming back into Foundation rescue because his owner is having health problems and can no longer care for him.

Oliver is being fostered in Georgia and is under evaluation. He is getting along with other Kerries in the foster's home but we feel like he would really like to be an only dog.


This boy has been confined in the home for a while and is very much enjoying the opportunity to be "out and about" with more freedom. You can simply see the smile on his face in the pictures. A home with a fenced yard would be required and someone home with him during the day would be a big plus in Oliver's book. A retired couple with Kerry experience would be ideal.

If you are on the East Coast or live further away but would be willing to make arrangements to meet with Ollie while considering him for adoption, please contact the rescue coordinator listed below. Oliver will not be shipped without a face to muzzle meeting.


April 7, 2015 Update

Ollie is doing great in his foster home!  He is getting along with other Kerries, an 8 year old boy and is a people person.  The foster reports that he only “wants to please” and stick close to family members.  Because he is a slightly nervous dog, we think Ollie may do well in a home with a laid back female, or a home where is someone is home most of the time to give him the attention he craves.

Ollie needs to put a little weight on but we feel like he would be ready to go to a new forever home in May.

Could this handsome guy be the Kerry you are looking for!.  He would like to have his own people.

April 13, 2015 Update

Here is a new picture of Oliver with his "friends".

He has been shaved back down to observe a skin condition. He is the shaved Kerry on the left.

If interested, please fill out our adoption request form.

Please contact our Rescue Coordinator for the Southeast, George Hanna:

Deborah Saunders
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham
Beth Konkle
Jeff Nelson
Brad Hunsaker

Lucy and Trey

Reacue Coordinatopr: Brad Taylor,
Fostered in Southern California

Latest Update

Two 9-year old littermates.

The Foundation has accepted 2- 9 year old littermates. There is a "tea for two" a boy for me a girl for you. The owner was no longer able to care for the dogs due to life changes.

Trey and Lucy are currently in temporary foster care but we are looking for a longer term foster or foster to adopt family. The initial evaluation is that the dogs are friendly and very energetic lap dogs. Updates will be provided as evaluation continues.

Lucy (above) and Trey (below)

If you are interested in one, or both of these west coast darlings, please contact the local rescue coordinator:

Brad Taylor

September 25, 2015, Update

Trey and Lucy are doing well in foster care. Both dogs have been to the vets and are now up to date with exams, shots, teeth cleaning and microchips.

Trey has been described as a laid back fellow who loves a lap and is a real sweetheart.

Lucy is described as a very active party girl who loves people and kids. She still appears to have puppy energy and is always looking to play. She also loves attention and is ready for lap time when you are!

Based on reports from the foster, there are 2 lovely homes out there that will be very lucky when Trey or Lucy get to them.

If you can't adopt, please consider becoming a Kerry Angel.

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.

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