First, thank you for thinking of adoption.

When your application for adoption reaches us the adoption process starts. The adoption process is to make sure that the Airedales adopted through us are going to great homes. After all, they are on their second chance – so we want this match to last!


The Application

We keep your application on file while we look for the right match for you, your family and your lifestyle. Most Airedale are placed within weeks of coming into rescue.

There are no right or wrong answers. We need to know as much as we can about you so that everyone ends up with the Airedale they are supposed to have. Be honest—so you end up with the best pet for you and/or your family.

Getting to Know You

After receiving your application, we talk over the phone to understand what your needs are so that we can “fit” the Airedale to the home. We arrange a home visit by one of our rescue volunteers in your area. That way we can get to know you better and you can meet someone who has gone through the process. They are a member of a great support system for adoptive families.

Then comes the hard part — the WAITING!  It can be frustrating waiting for a dog once you’ve applied, so we’d like to explain our guiding principles for matching dogs and applicants.

We match dogs and applicants based on the needs of the dog. This includes a variety of facts — special needs and age of dog, need for medical care and access to our vets, transport distances, urgency of placement, and the details and circumstances of qualified adopters. Very last on the list are time on the waiting list and applicant preferences.  We can’t answer specific questions about why one applicant was matched with a dog vice why another one wasn’t. It’s never a decision made by one individual — it’s made by the Placement Committee, who considers all those factors carefully.

Here’s our reasoning — by the time a dog gets to rescue and are finally ready for placement, they’ve been through a number of confusing and bewildering changes in their lives. Our primary focus is to ensure that they find the best place for them to spend the rest of their lives. They can’t talk so they depend on us to make that happen.


Finding your Airedale

Next is finding just the right Airedale for your family. Sometimes it takes days, and sometimes months. When an Airedale comes into rescue, they are taken to a vet for a checkup. All shots are brought up to date, a fecal and heart worm check is done to make sure they are clear of all parasites. If there is any health problem the Airedale cannot be adopted until the dog is healthy. We begin preventative treatments right away.

If the Airedale is not spayed or neutered, that is done. After this, the Airedale will go to a foster family so that their temperament can be evaluated. We know what that particular Airedale needs. No Airedale is adopted with their AKC papers, even if we receive them. This prevents the dog from being sold with papers in the future. The foster family has the say in who adopts our Airedales. They know the dog best.


Adoption Agreement and Fee

This is the same process with Airedale rescue groups all over the U.S. At adoption, you are asked to sign an adoption agreement. The agreement sets out our minimum standards to keeping this dog and states that if for any reason you must give up the Airedale – you will return the dog to us. This is a “no questions asked” guarantee from us. There is an adoption fee that goes into our fund (we are a designated 501(c)3 non profit organization) for the medical bills of future rescued Airedales. The adoption fee is $400. Rescue work, health care and grooming is done by unpaid volunteers. We all do it for the love of the breed.

There is a great support network for Airedales all over the county on the web. Most Airedale problems are due to lack of training or knowledge of the breed for the new owner. When one learns that an action or trait is “normal” you can solve the problem. We make every effort to help the adoptive family succeed in their adoption of a great Airedale. If it just doesn’t work out, we take the dog back.

Thanks again for thinking of adoption, and we will contact you after we receive your application.  Please be patient as we are all volunteers with families, Airedales, jobs, and generally busy lives… just like you.


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