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


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 (

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

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

Roxanne and Nunzio, 11 or 12-yo littermates,
each looking for their respective forever homes

Rescue Coordinator: Sharon Arkoff,
Fostered in Massachusetts

Roxanne is a petite and refined Kerry. She is currently shaved down to the skin, as she hadn't had a haircut in a long time and her coat was too long and matted to save, but she has a lovely soft loose silky coat, beautiful ears, and that white spot on the chest that on her is very endearing.

She was the spunkier of the two when I first met her in her original home, standing up on her hind legs with her paws tucked over the baby gate and barking emphatically for attention when I arrived.

However, having spent very little time being socialized to the great outdoors (i.e., suburbia) or other dogs, Roxanne is... well..... let's just say that Miss Bravado inside the home is a worried wuss outside. Her foster mom is introducing her to walks and socializing with other dogs and activity, and we're looking forward to her soon having the usual rescue dog epiphany about walks being fun.

Regardless, she is a very sweet, very affectionate girl, and is very happy to run to visitors and be showered with affection and compliments. Her foster mum describes her as a sweet, happy dog, who loves squeaky toys. "She carries one, sometimes 2, in her mouth 24/7, like a pacifier!" says her foster mom.

Roxanne gets along nicely with her foster brother, who is a low-key younger Kerry male, and has had no problems meeting dogs at day care, under supervision and with limits. She hasn't had enough exposure to children to speak of, but interacted with a 3-yo toddler with no problems.

Roxanne loves to follow her foster brother out into the yard for potty breaks, but comes right back in when done. "She is a house dog, like a cat!" says her foster mom. Roxanne loves the couch, and spends most of her time there.

She is okay in the car, but can get carsick during long rides.

She is house trained and appropriate in the home, but does not like being crated and will tell you so by barking.

While Roxanne is doing very well with careful social interactions supervised by experienced and understanding humans, she would be best as the only pet in the home, as she can be a resource guarder re: toys and food. Her foster mum reports that Roxanne has taken all her foster brother's toys and piled them up as hers, and there was one argument when her foster brother got too close to Roxanne's food bowl. Roxanne is perfectly appropriate and gentle when her foster mom removes toys from Roxanne's mouth or toy pile, and behaves appropriately when her foster mom puts out or removes Roxanne's food.

While she has some introduction to the show ring, Roxanne otherwise has had NO training, and can be... well, a pest about begging at the dinner table. She does not yet even know how to receive training, but her foster mom is working on that and we expect Roxanne to learn how to learn very quickly. She has learned the word NO and her foster mom is working on OFF.

Roxanne is healthy and young at heart, and we do have her vet records from puppyhood to verify that she has been a healthy girl, though her coat and skin were dry when she came into rescue just due to needing a bath and maybe a different diet.

Roxanne would be most comfortable as the only pet in an affectionate, terrier-savvy home with humans who will continue to work on obedience and provide guidance to Rox, and who will continue to appropriately introduce her to the great adventure that is the world outside her home -- while still letting her on the couch and the bed.

She is probably not a hiking dog or a running partner, as those things are not very compatible with her expertise as a couch potato, but, who knows. As she becomes more familiar with the world outside her formerly isolated situation, she may become less wussy.... uh, I mean, less tentative in the outdoors.

Roxanne is being fostered in Massachusetts. For information on Roxanne, please contact Sharon Arkoff at, or call 978-443-2041.

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

Jeff Nelson
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham

Nunzio and Roxanne, 11 or 12-yo littermates,
each looking for their respective forever homes

Rescue Coordinator: Sharon Arkoff,
Fostered in Massachusetts

Nunzio, an intact male, is among the sweetest guys I have ever met, of any species.

Like his sister, Nunzio resembled a walking haystack at rescue and so was shaved down, earning himself much praise and adoration at the groomer's, where he apparently was extremely charming. He also has the soft loose silky coat and adorable white dot on his chest, and having had his bath and shave and now on a new diet, his skin and coat are improving and a couple thin spots in his coat are already beginning to grow in.

Nunzio is a "leaner," and is only too happy to find a human, any human, and lean against their knees while gazing softly up at them and generally melting the hearts of even the most curmudgeonly "I'm not a dog person" persons.

Nunzio is very smart, most of the time, and in two days learned how to climb stairs all by himself, and was extremely proud of this. He hasn't figured out how to get started on the stairs without a running leap, though, such that it is very entertaining to see him gathering himself, judging the distance, and then lurching for the stairs. Nunzio figured out walks by the third trip around the neighborhood, and now trots along on a loose leash exuding willingness to please and interest in the world.

Nunzio is wonderful with my grade-school age children, and loves to lie on the couch with his muzzle on my husband's stomach. Nunzio likes playing with toys well enough, but generally he just kills them with a few quick shakes and then stuffs them into the corners of the couch and is done with them.

Nunzio has no clue of how to behave around other dogs, and was never allowed to interact with his sister due to concerns that they would be aggressive with each other, but Nunzio has been appropriate when meeting friendly dogs. Well, that's not exactly true. He is frozen in cluelessness when meeting other dogs. Today an off leash Pomeranian-ish mix ran up to him and began pleasantries, and Nunzio stood there in shock while she repeatedly whopped him in the face with her luxuriant tail. However, he is beginning to understand that when you meet other nice dogs, everybody sniffs and then moves on. If other dogs are reactive toward Nunzio, he returns their posturing and barking and lunging, but is extremely easy to redirect and actually he hasn't even been reacting to other reactionary dogs, the past few days. He is learning social skills from several very large, very low-key males in the neighborhood and doing well.

Nunzio has two speeds: 1) alert and engaged and attentive to your slightest move, and 2) asleep. He can sleep anywhere. Right now he's asleep, upside down, on a semi-deflated air mattress on the floor of my office. Nunzio also likes to lie in the "flying frog" position, on his belly with both hind legs straight out behind him, which is cute.

Nunzio has lovely leash manners, and is far from an alpha dog, but he also has no clue of what training is, and gazes at you and cocks his head in sympathy with your insanity when you issue commands. He does seem to understand "no" and "off," though he can't believe you're really serious. Nunzio would be best as the only pet in the home, due to his former owner's concerns about him being aggressive to Roxanne, though so far we haven't seen Nunz-man initiating aggression.

Nunzio is not good with cats. We're working on it, but..... He is not good with cats.

Nunzio reportedly had one episode of what his vet thought was autoimmune hemolytic anemia a number of years ago, which was treated with steroids and resolved. This disease normally is progressive and fatal, as I understand it, so maybe it wasn't really autoimmune hemolytic anemia. In any case, all his blood work is great at this time, though he would benefit from some routine arthritis support as is normal for a dog of this age.

We would like Nunzio to find a forever home where he will get lots of affection, walks, nap-time company, and gentle but clear guidance as for any terrier.

Nunzio is being fostered in Massachusetts. For information on Nunzio, please contact Sharon Arkoff at, or call 978-443-2041.

Jeff Nelson
Regina Corry
Tim Cunningham
Mark Rogers

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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