Adoption Procedure

This website is a cooperative effort of individual volunteers living in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Each volunteer is responsible for the dogs that they are fostering.

Adopting from a Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue volunteer requires that you complete the adoption process outlined below. Each step must be successfully completed before moving on to the next.

Step 1: Read about our
and the
Frequently Asked Questions

Step 2: Submit Application. Fill out the Adoption Application in full

Step 3: Review of application. A volunteer will review the information you have provided to determine if it is likely one of our rescued Airedales would be a match for your home.

Step 4: Veterinary Reference Check. A volunteer will verify your veterinarian as listed on your application to ensure that your current or recent pets have received regular veterinary care, are up-to-date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered.

Step 5: Interview. A volunteer will contact you either via email or telephone to follow up on the information you have provided.

Step 6: Home Visit. A home visit is when a volunteer comes to your home to determine if it is safe and acceptable for an Airedale Terrier, to meet all family members (2-legged and 4-legged) and to verify the information you submitted on your application matches.

Step 7: Meeting. Once all of the above has been completed, when one of the Airedales in our care seems like he or she might be a match for you, a volunteer will contact you to set up a potential meeting time/place.

Step 8: Adoption. If the adopter and volunteer mutually agree to the adoption, an adoption agreement will be signed. Our adoption fees are based on the age, health and temperament of the dog and can range from $300 – $500.

Do you wonder why we would charge a fee for a rescue pet? Why not just place it in a good home? The answer is because we cannot continue to rescue Airedales unless we have help. A young, healthy dog might cost us $150-$400 in vet care, and many people will want to adopt it. An older one with health issues can easily cost $500-$1500 or more in veterinary expenses, and it may require months of foster care for rehabilitation; yet we can only ask a minimal adoption fee, and it may be a long time until anyone comes forward to adopt it. Fees from the younger, more adoptable dogs help offset the cost of caring for the others. Most of our dogs have a sad story to tell, and some have suffered through years of neglect or abuse. We hope that you too are willing to give an opportunity for a better life to ALL of our dogs by supporting them through adoption fees. Without these funds, our rescue efforts would not be possible.