A Guide to Working with a Rescue Group

Although the rescue effort goes on all over the United States, it is a volunteer effort done by both breeders and Airedale enthusiasts alike. There is no one "right" way to do rescue, every rescue group puts different levels of time, energy and money into the effort. You should make an educated decision to work with a rescue group and ask questions as you would when purchasing an Airedale from a breeder. When working with these groups you are not making the same financial commitment up front, but you are investing your time and making an emotional and long-term financial commitment to the dog. When the rescue program meets the following terms they show genuine concern for the dog as well as for the health and safety of your family:

  • Any Airedale coming from rescue MUST be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

  • The dog should be current for all vaccinations, recently tested for heartworm, and currently on heartworm preventative.

  • The dog should have been examined by a licensed veterinarian.

  • A rescue person should have been hands-on with the dog and evaluated the dog for behavior and temperament prior to placement.

Additional Points to Ask

  • Has the dog been fostered in a home situation? What are the dog's house manners like? Housebroken? Does the dog jump on counters? Does the dog steal food? etc.

  • What ages of children has the dog been exposed to?  Many Airedales are fine with older children but may resent a toddler pursuing them. Young Airedales in particular often play too rough for small children.

  • Will the rescue group assist you with problem solving after the adoption?

  • Will the rescue group take the dog back if you decide for any reason the adoption isn't working out?

In return, you should be prepared to invest your time and energy to making the adoption work. Rescue Airedales are diamonds in the rough and they need to learn to trust and to find the joy in life again.

Every Airedale will also benefit from obedience training.  It will help their confidence AND help them bond with you.