'New Leash on Life!'
American Eskimo Dog Rescue

~ Associated with many other Rescues to find homes for ALL of our "Furry Friends"! ~
~ Also beneficial behavioral and/or training advice! ~

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Interested in adopting??

Every week, don't miss the wonderful pups and dogs available for adoption at our rescue...New Leash on Life! We are an all volunteer rescue and work at regular jobs during the week. Sometimes, we may have to contact you after work and taking care of the dogs so please be patient as we will call or email you as soon as possible...

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Also please take some time to visit Eskies that are being fostered in Houston!!

We always have lots of rescued dogs and puppies available. Call or email us if you're looking for a particular dog...we have mainly American Eskimo dogs but may have a few other breeds due to the need for other rescuers/owners who need us to feature their animal on our site. We are always wanting to help save any animal so we work with other rescuers in our community place their dogs! If you are interested in one of our dogs, please email us for an application or contact information on the other breeds that are featured! :)
Remember if you can find it in your heart and home to adopt any of these wonderful dogs...please contact us at the phone number or email listed at the bottom of this page. If you have to leave a message, be sure to call again...just to make sure that we have your phone number and email address. Thanks!!

Who We Are

'New Leash on Life!' American Eskimo Dog Rescue is an all volunteer "no kill", 501(c)(3), non-profit private rescue organization based in Somerset, Texas, which is located south of San Antonio. At 'New Leash on Life!', we are dedicated to the American Eskimo Dog...often more frequently called "Eskies" or "Spitz". American Eskimo dogs are lovingly nicknamed ?Eskies? for short by their owners. According to AKC regulations, Eskies will only have white or cream/bisque colored coats and come in three sizes...the standard (15"-19" - at shoulder), the miniature (12"-15"), and the toy (9"-12"). The name "Spitz" is only a description of a "group of breeds with similar characteristics", NOT the actual the breed of dog. (It is about like people calling a "Beagle"... a "Hound" ;) Some of the other breeds included in the Spitz group are the German Wolfspitz, Zwergspitz, or Dwarf Spitz, Keeshonden Finnish Spitz, and Pomeranians. All of these can be white, black, brown, wolfgray and orange or golden in color.
Although, we specialize in the breed American Eskimo dogs, we have had an influx of mix-breed dogs that have needed help so we have answered to that need! We have many abandoned mix-breed dogs in our rescue and other rescues that are in need of homes. All of our rescues are basic obedience trained and treated as family members until we can find them the perfect "forever" home like yours! If you can't find the perfect dog here...email us and we will try to help you find your special little "furry friend"...even if it is in another rescue!

Adopting a friend

As we are sure you will understand, all animals in rescue have been through some type of turmoil, such as abuse, neglect, or simply that the previous owner couldn't take care of them any longer. Also, many animals end up in shelters because of over-breeding. Therefore, it is up to the rescuers to make sure we find the best "forever" homes for each animal in our care. Sometimes, we end up with several people interested in the same dog. Needless to say, we can't make everyone happy but do the best we can for the dogs in our care. Please keep this in mind when applying for adoption.

We ask all prospective adopters to first complete our ADOPTION APPLICATION. (please go to our website www.nlol.net for more adoption information or e-mail Eskiesrus@nlol.net for an application) Once we receive the application from you, we will begin working on getting a home visit scheduled. This will be done as soon as possible; however, sometimes it does take a while to find a volunteer in certain areas so please be patient. After the home visit is completed, we will contact you to set up a date and time to come meet our "Furry Friends". REMEMBER, you may not be the only applicant interested in a particular dog.

All of our "Furry Friends" are spayed/neutered, heartworm tested, up to date with shots, and evaluated before they are placed. The adoption donations are to cover these expenses and to assist with the costs of new dogs as they arrive to insure that they get the care they deserve. Without these donations it would not be possible to continue to save other animals. We also encourage all adopters to enroll in the 2 FREE months of SHELTERCARE PET INSURANCE provided by Petfinder within 10 days of adoption. Alleviate the financial stress associated with your pet's unexpected medical expenses and generate funds for our shelter at the same time! Simply apply for a ShelterCare Pet Insurance Program by using the ShelterCare banner-link.
Here's how it works: ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs cover you when your pet needs essential veterinary care from an illness or injury. Also, every time a completed application for a ShelterCare program is generated through our shelter?s website, we automatically receive a $25 donation to help cover common needs like blankets, litter and food. This donation is of no cost to you and provides us with essential funds. Make the right move and enroll today! Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs
Please click on "OUR PET LIST" at the top of this page to see our current adoptables. All dogs listed are available unless marked PENDING or ADOPTED. If you are interested in any of them, or would like to be placed on our waiting list for a particular breed, please email NewLeashonLife@att.net for a representative to send you our ADOPTION APPLICATION to complete.


We are in desperate need of volunteers in all areas of the state to assist with transports and to do home visits for prospective adoptive parents.

We are in need of volunteers in all areas of the state to assist with:
Fundraising Events
Home Visits
Events Help
Dog Assignments
Web Site Maintenance

'New Leash on Life!' Animal Rescue is careful to ensure the dogs we place in homes are in the very best homes we can find. It is vital to have a home visit done prior to adoption and the lack of these volunteers can drastically slow down the adoption process. We provide Home Visit Volunteers with guidelines and a home visit report that is completed. This information helps us to make sure we have the data we need to make an informed decision.

Another area where we need good, dependable help is in arranging our transports. We routinely need people to help get dogs transported from different areas of the state to 'New Leash on Life!' Animal Rescue and have an even greater need for foster homes in Texas. This is a critical area that needs someone that is good with communicating via e-mail, organized and available to stay on top of a transport event on the day it is happening to be the ?go-to? in case of emergency (i.e. ?I?m early, I?m late, who am I meeting and where ? I lost my paper with all my notes?)? This is not a full-time job, but when a transport is being arranged or in process, it requires someone that can really pay attention to the event.

We also are in need of help with Dog Assignments (DA). A DA Volunteer is assigned a dog (more if they can handle the work load). They receive all the applications for the dog, review (pre-screen), find volunteers to conduct the home visits, coordinate the home visits (make sure they get done in a timely manner), forward the home visit reports to the board, and communicate with the applicants regarding home visits, our process, the status of their application.

If you are interested in volunteering and helping out in any of these areas please contact 'New Leash on Life!' Animal Rescue at (210) 410-7334 or email NewLeashonLife@att.net for more information and then, completing a VOLUNTEER APPLICATION that can be emailed to you. Your help WILL help save the lives of dogs. Please help where you can - make a difference in the life of a dog today!

Our wish list...

We are always in need of the following items...

- dog food, dry and can
- adjustable snap-on collars, harnesses and leashes
- food and water bowls
- sentinel, advantix and capstar
- shampoo, nail clippers, brushes and towels
- dog treats and toys
- dog beds, blankets, towels, dog crates, and dog houses
- Wal-Mart gift cards

If you would like to send a care package of any of these items, mail to 'New Leash on Life!' Animal Rescue, PO Box 555, Somerset, Texas 78069.

Sponsor a "Furry Friend"?

"Furry Friend" Sponsorship Program~
If you can't adopt your "Furry Friend" right now, you might be interested in sponsoring a "Furry Friend" while it waits for it's forever home. Your sponsorship will help cover everyday expenses such as food, treats, toys, collar and leash, heartworm medication and flea prevention. You can also sponsor a special needs "Furry Friend". These dogs have health problems that have prevented them from being adopted. Your special needs sponsorship would aid in the costs of whatever treatment the dog might need to make it more adoptable, such as cataract treatment. As a "Furry Friend Sponsor", you will receive additional pictures, email updates on your "Furry Friend" you have sponsored and whatever recognition information you would like posted on the dog's page. If you are interested in participating in this program, please email for a SPONSOR FORM. Thank you for sponsoring a "Furry Friend".

Come Visit Us!

Since we are a private rescue, we are not open to the general public. Many of our animals are in foster homes in various areas. All prospective Adoptive Parents will be welcome to come and visit a "Furry Friend" after an application and home visit are completed and they have been approved. We will contact you to schedule an appointment and give you directions to the location of the dog you are interested in.

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Your new dog may have been abandoned, abused or surrendered by a previous family. The dog had to adjust to life at New Leash on Life Animal Rescue and is now going home to a new, unfamiliar place with strangers. Kind of scary if you think about it! Being gentle, considerate, kind and patient will help ease your new dog into it?s new family.


Your dog might be afraid and unsure of his new surroundings. If he appears to be scared, keep him in a small, quiet area to start, and take it slow. Don?t allow children to bother the dog if he is afraid; fear can result in nipping. Instead, give your dog plenty of time to adjust to his new surroundings, taking it one step at a time. Don?t give up!


Even a potty trained dog can make mistakes in a new home. He doesn?t know which door to go to or how to ask his new family what he wants. Keep a very watchful eye on your new friend and confine him when you can?t watch him.


Your dog had a whole different set of rules in his previous home. He may have been allowed to sleep in bed or beg at the table. It?s up to you to teach him your rules. Teaching proper behavior takes time and patience.


Allow several weeks to adapt to his new surroundings and up to four months to fully adjust (Adults may take longer than pups). Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment. We assume that you will make a patient and concerted effort to achieve a successful placement.

New Leash on Life Animal Rescue
P.O. Box 262
Somerset, TX 78069

This is a map to our main foster homes: We usually will ask you to meet us at the Valero's Gas Station as a central location since our dogs are located in our homes. ;)
Please call 210-410-7334 in advance for an appointment for a visit as ALL our volunteer foster homes work during the day!!

This is a map to a central meeting location for you to meet our volunteers!!

New Leash on Life Animal Rescue Email and Information:
Contact Number: 210-410-7334 (Please call back at least a second time if we haven't responded to you, just to make sure we have the right phone number to contact you!)
Email Address: eskiesrus@nlol.net

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