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

Teddy, 7 year old purebred Kerry Blue Terrier
(Adoption Pending)

Rescue Coordinator: Stephanie Moore
Fostered on the East Coast

Well, here is one Teddy bear you sure can't win at the county fair! Even if they would allow you to throw pins in the bottle for him, he would not stand in one place long enough to be caught. This little guy is some prize, just the same.

Teddy had a rough start. Bred by a puppy mill for the use of a large corporation, he was put in a pet shop as a tiny little thing. Kerries do not do well in pet shops and tend to linger. There was one lady who had her eye on him. She bought him, when the price dropped. By then he was 6 months old and had never been out of the pet shop.

Ungroomed Teddy


Teddy has been taught all of his commands and as hard as it is, he will go into a sit stay even when he is very excited.

His owner has been ill for quite some time. She knew Teddy deserved a better life. He has been confined to a carpeted hallway, away from his family, without heat or air conditioning and did not have a structured opportunity to relieve himself. He has not had use of a fenced yard and was not walked with regularity. Some bathroom retraining may be needed. As smart as Teddy is, I do not think this will take long.

Teddy is in foster care for vetting and further evaluation.

If you are interested in this 44 lb. cuddle bug, please contact:

Stephanie Moore

October 19, 2015 Update

Teddy is doing well in foster care. He is a happy boy that gets along with both the resident female and male Kerry. He has surprised by not having any accidents in the house since he has been on a regular schedule where he can relieve himself. He was 42 lbs. when he went to the vet but his foster mom states that he is all legs and she is going to fatten him up. Sounds like he will be a big boy when she is finished with him.

Teddy has lived in isolation for a long time and is very timid in his new environment. He is very happy when inside the house with adults, children and other animals but is easily overwhelmed when he is outside. He will try and stay between the foster's legs. Far from showing any aggression, he will simply try and hide and indicate he wants to go back in the house. His new owner will have to work with Teddy and help him learn to trust again.

If Teddy has any real draw backs it would be that he does not do well on a leash at the present. A new owner will have to work with him to show him what an acceptable pace is. The foster is working with a trainer on this so the teaching has already started.

Teddy is a sweet guy who will be a shadow and great companion.

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

Deborah Saunders
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham
Jeff Nelson

Reilly, 1-3 year old Kerry Blue Terrier

Rescue Coordinator: Regina Corry, TheCorrys7@COMCAST.NET
Fostered in Virginia

Meet Reilly, a young Kerry who recently suffered the indignity of being identified as a "small standard Schnauzer" when he was pulled from a shelter. We don't know about this lovely boy's background: there is a chance that he is a Kerry mix but he looks and acts like a full blooded Kerry (albeit without set ears, and with a short tail and a Schnauzer haircut). The vet thinks he is between one and three years old.

Reilly has bounced around a bit, but landed with Schnauzer rescue who contacted us. He plays well with his male and female Schnauzer friends, and has a wonderful calm temperament. He settles very quickly when new people enter his world, contentedly chomping on a bone. He is a happy, confident, crate trained little guy who quickly learns new routines and walks well on leash. He isn't dog aggressive, but does resource guard so if he shares a home that will need to be addressed.

Now, the fair warning. He was placed in a home prior to coming to KBTF, and the assessment read "He does not know right from wrong. He jumped on a table to see out our front window, undeterred by the knick-knacks that covered the table." The home also identified him as an escape artist. Our rescue coordinator observed him joyfully counter surfing and shamelessly rooting around in a bag that had dog treats and toys. If you are willing to take the risk on this reported juvenile delinquent, he will require training classes so that he learns the finer points of doggy morality.

He has the usual Kerry puppy energy, and needs a large yard in which to run. He shows great interest in barn hunting, and can even come equipped with his own rats thanks to Schnauzer rescue. He needs someone who will be home during the day, and who wants to pursue barn hunting or agility.

If you are interested in Reilly, please fill out our adoption request form. For more info, contact Regina Corry, TheCorrys7@COMCAST.NET

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.



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