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


Max, Suave & Sweet

Rescue Coordinator: Kim Applegate at
Fostered near San Francisco

Max is a wonderful Kerry. He is great with people but needs to be in an only pet home. He is terribly nervous of other dogs – doesn't matter what breed or size. This exhibits in aggression. He doesn't relax for an instant when around other dogs. This wasn't always the case as he lived peaceably with an older female Kerry for years, but it is a definite problem now. He is also a little too interested in cats to live with a cat.

Let me tell you about Max. He is 9 years old and would make a wonderful pet for someone with a backyard, someone older, someone with disabilities, someone who wants a constant loving companion.

Max was rescued from the puppy mills at the age of 3 months back in 2005. He was placed with a loving family where he has stayed for all nine years of his life until recently. Their circumstances changed and they were forced to give him up, breaking their hearts. At that point he came to me to be fostered. I was between dogs, having recently lost my male and my two females had been temporarily placed due to my own health problems. My heart was broken at losing my Tristan and I felt like Max was a seed that I had planted nine years ago that came back to me just when I needed him most. My plan was, and is, to breed my older female when she comes in season in October, whelp the puppies in December and keep a puppy. This would allow my female to stay with the family who have been taking care of her for me since I got ill. So I am only temporarily an "only dog home". Max will need to move on in the next two months.

Max had served as an alert dog for a diabetic with seizures. He is very good at this, as I have learned first hand. When Max first came to me I was having problems regulating my sugars, having frequent lows. He would come and sit on my feet and stare me in the eyes when I was having these lows, making me very aware that something was wrong. I was having dizzy spells and one night after getting up to go to the bathroom I fell trying to get back into bed. Max popped out of his crate (in which he puts himself to bed every night), came and stood by me until I was able to get upright again. Once I was back in bed he hopped up on the bed and lay down to me as close as he could possibly get, then stayed there until morning. He had never done this before and hasn't since – but that night he wanted to comfort me and be sure that I was alright. For several weeks after this when I would get home from work he would come and sit on my feet, staring me in the face for several minutes – just checking that I was alright.

Max is a smaller Kerry, weighing only about 28 pounds and standing about 18" at the shoulder. He has flying nun ears but otherwise is a very nice looking Kerry. He joyfully plays with his toys and doesn't rip them apart. When I come home from work he grabs either his snake or his chicken and runs through the house tossing it and catching it, just showing how happy he is to have me home.

When I'm not home and my roommate, Matt, comes home Max does the same thing for him. When I'm home and Matt comes home (usually late because he is a server at Pyramid Ale) Max barks ferociously two or three times just to show me that he is "on the job" and then does his joyful snake/chicken dance. He obviously loves Matt too, but is intent on doing his job. Which is very funny – evidenced by an incident several weeks after he first came to me. Max didn't know how to use a dog door at first so when I had to leave for work I would leave the back door open for him to have access to the yard. After about a week or so, one of my neighbors noticed the back door was open, and worried that I was being burgled called the police. My back gate is padlocked so the police had to come over the fence and came into the house where Max greeted them joyfully – someone to play with!! They locked up my house and left me a note, leaving Max in the kitchen. He learned to use the dog door both ways after that. He had learned how to get in fairly early but was slow on the uptake how to get out. Bringing me to another non-issue – he is beautifully housebroken and wouldn't think of having an accident in the house. Max is generally calm and spends a great deal of time just cruising.

I don't walk Max because of my own physical problems and the fact that he can be reactive to other dogs, even in the distance. His former family did walk him regularly for long distances. I would suggest a harness for this endeavor and have found a very nice one that fits him beautifully. I would love to see him become more comfortable again with other dogs, but don't guarantee anything in that vein.

He is beautifully housebroken, beautifully crate trained and a very good dog. He seems happy doing his job as a health caretaker!

When he first came to me it took about three days before he ate willingly, but since then he readily consumes his food whenever it is offered. He eats Taste of the Wild Salmon flavor. He doesn't do well on kibble with grains in it as he develops itchy skin. He loves apples, asparagus, zucchini and even tomatoes. Periodically I give him bison jerky which he also loves. He is healthy. His teeth need to be kept in check as he tartars up quite easily. I had his teeth scaled in July and we're keeping a watch on them. Also in July he spent a week at a kennel while I went out of town. He did well there though he was a very busy boy running back and forth in the kennel run as there were dogs in the next run.

So, the ideal home for Max would be one with a backyard, one with a person who is home a good deal of the time. He entertains himself quite well when you have to go to work but is very happy when you get home. If you have health problems Max is there to keep an eye on you!

If it weren't for my breeding plans and the fact that I haven't ever been an only dog home I would just keep Max. I would like to see him stay in California. I would like to be able to see him every once in a while but that isn't as important as finding him the perfect home because he really is the perfect dog.

If you think you would be the perfect home for Max or know someone that might be please fill out an application and contact Kim Applegate. If you have questions about Max please feel free to contact me at

Kim Applegate
Rescue Director-W

Deborah Saunders
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham
Jeff Nelson

Ms.  Finney……..A Darling Diva

Rescue Coordinator: Kim Applegate at

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.

If you are interested in this gorgeous girl, please contact Kim Applegate ( or Dianne Collins (

Deborah Saunders
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham
William Hufler
Jeff Nelson

Meet Oliver

Rescue Coordinator: George Hanna
Fostered in Georgia

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.


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


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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