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:
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.
Rescue Coordinator: Pattye Thomas at email@example.com
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.
If you can not adopt either one of them, please support their rescue by being a Kerry Angel.
Starr is adopted.
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.
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 www.kerryblues.info and send to Linda Grisley, Rescue Director, Canada at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 24 Update
From: Nadia Bourassa
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 <email@example.com> or Nadia Bourassa <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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.
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."
Rescue Coordinator: George Hanna < <email@example.com>>
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!
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:
Rescue Coordinator: George Hanna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
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, <email@example.com>, 912-202-0678
Rescue Coordinator: Kim Applegate at PucksMom5122@aol.com
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.
This page is available for ALL Kerry rescue organizations.
Other Adult Dogs being placed by breeders directly.