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Molly – New Mexico

Molly on Dog Bed
Molly is 7 years old. Molly belonged to a couple that passed away. The family was not able to care for her and surrendered her to Airedale Rescue to find a great home.

Molly is doing well in her foster home. She is a very sweet girl, likes to play tug of war for a bit, go on a walk and is pretty content to just hang out. She is house trained, good in the house and walks on the leash OK but could use some more training.

She is good with the foster’s grandchildren. She got along fine with the intake coordinator’s Airedales, but not the cats.

Looking for a home to give her lots of love and attention. She is fostered in Albuquerque, NM.

If you live in our area, and are interested in adopting, but haven’t submitted an application form, please click on the following link to read our policies and procedures and complete an application form.

Daisy – Arizona – ADOPTED

(Phoenix, Arizona)

6-1-2023. ADOPTED


Daisy is a people loving Airedale. She has not lived with children, but loves everyone.  She is 4.5 years old (5 on August 18), 65#, house trained, can be left alone in the house, loves walks (pulls, especially when she sees people to greet) and has some basic obedience.  She loves playing fetch in her back yard with balls and toys. Daisy was surrendered because she was aggressive with the small dogs in the home. She would love to be your only pet, but might be okay with a non-jealous large dog of similar temperament. Introductions would be necessary. Daisy is in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. 

If you are interested in Daisy, please complete an application and then contact

Daisy has been adopted.

Trigger – Arizona – ADOPTED

Trigger Is a 3 year old neutered male.  He was a “Covid baby” very much loved and spoiled by his working-at-home parents, but not trained at all.

When the human baby arrived, the parents no longer had the time to pay attention to Trigger.  When the baby started toddling around, Trigger growled at it.  He was very thin when he arrived in rescue, which might have had something to do with his behavior, besides the lack of training.  He is very food motivated and needs to learn to take treats gently.

Trigger lived with another dog and a cat, with no apparent problems.

Here is our trainer’s evaluation of Trigger:

Energy level:  Hyper, no self-control:

Meeting new people: Trigger’s initial approach was happy excited, vocal and at the end of leash only on back two feet. Would’ve jumped on me if I let him. Vocalization stopped once he reached me. It only took him a couple minutes to lose interest in me and start pulling to check out his next adventure.

His approach to the two children (5 and 7 yrs old) was allowed after spending 5 minutes with me. He saw them the entire time and wanted to approach them. I allowed him to approach the boys and he was happy, didn’t jump. Didn’t show any issues while they were petting him, the boys ran past him, his body language stayed happy Airedale during this session.

Handling:  Allows full body contact, mostly affectionate: I pulled on his tail with no reaction. Gently touched his ears, tech mentioned he may have ear infection, he gave me eye contact and moved away.

While rubbing him down he got wiggly and excited.

Treats and Food: Needs work on taking treats. Seems to be very food motivate. Should be fed with a slow feeder. Did not test any items of high value.

Obedience: Basic obedience would be recommended. He seems to know Sit/Stay and shake. He has no focus and didn’t respond to his name. Typical Airedale without training.

Trigger needs a family with a fenced yard and a family committed to teaching him to be the great Airedale he should be.   No small children.

If you are interested in adopting, please read through the Adoption Procedure and complete an Adoption Application.

Bear – Arizona

Bear is a sweet and loving 9 year old neutered male Airedale. 
His owner died and friends got Bear to Airedale Rescue.  Bear is a people dog and loves to be loved on. Everyone who meets Bear comments on how sweet and friendly he is.  It is obvious from some of the photos that he loves car rides.

What we have been told about Bear’s past life.

  • He lived with and loves cats. 
  • He was harrassed by neighbor dogs. As a result, Bear is reactive towards other dogs. 

Bear was very matted and stinky when he was rescued and had to be shaved down.  Once his hair grows back, he will be very handsome.  He is pretty skinny right now.  His proper weight is around 75 lbs.

Bear is looking for a home with no other dogs and a large secure yard. Because we have no knowledge of whether he has been around children, only respectful older children will be considered. 

Bear is up to date on all vaccinations and is microchipped.

If you are interested in adopting, please read through the Adoption Procedure and complete an Adoption Application.



Andy is living in a Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue foster home in Phoenix, Arizona. Only families in the Phoenix metro area will be considered. Please read entire listing before contacting us.

Andy is a four month old puppy. As with all puppies, he has loads of energy but has a fairly mild temperament. He gets along with other dogs, walks fairly well on a leash and is partially house trained.

We don’t know the puppy’s parentage. His adult size could be anything from 55 lbs. to 100 lbs.

Our puppies are family pets that live inside of the family home.

Puppies are only placed in homes with a youthful, adult resident dog of at least medium size that will play gently, but actively, with the puppy. This gives the puppy a mentor and a solid foundation for becoming part of the family.

Puppies are only adopted to a family where the applicant is at home at least part of the day. If no adult is home for 6-8 hours at a time, please do not apply.

Puppies will not be placed where there are small children in the home. Older children who are respectful of a dog’s boundaries will be considered, but please remember that Airedale puppies have very sharp teeth and nothing within reach is off limits from play or chewing.

The family will need to start basic training immediately.

Preference is always given to those with Airedale experience.

Applicants must have secure, visible fencing and a socialization and training plan in place.

Applicant’s current pets must be up to date on vaccines & heartworm/flea prevention and be altered.

The puppy will be placed under a foster-to-adopt contract until he is old enough to be neutered, which will be done at Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue’s expense, by their vet.

To be considered for this puppy, fill out an application. Adoption is not first come, first served. Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue and its fosters work diligently to find the right fit for each and every unique dog and puppy.

Adoption fee: $450


(Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Winnie at the Shelter

This is Winnie.  Winnie is a very friendly and loving Airedale. She loves everyone.  She is 4years old, house trained, can be left alone in the house, walks on the lead and has some basic obedience.  Winnie was surrendered because she was aggressive with the other dog in the home, so we feel she will do best being the only dog. Winnie is also overweight and will need a home that will help her get the weight off. Winnie is in the  Albuquerque NM area.  If you are interested in giving her a forever home please contact SWAT and fill out an application.

Winnie is not a fan of cats.

If you are interested and have already submitted an application, please contact us to let us know you are interested in Winnie. UPDATE. WINNIE HAS BEEN ADOPTED

If you are interested in Winnie, please complete an application.

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Hugo (Metro Phoenix, Arizona) FOSTERED

UPDATE: Hugo is in the perfect foster home.

Hugo needs a single female foster/adoptive home in the metropolitan Phoenix area with a securely fenced yard. You must be willing to continue Hugo’s current training. Hugo currently lives with a non-reactive small older dog, so he MIGHT be able to live with another non-reactive dog, but introductions with the trainer would be necessary.

Hugo is approximately 5 years old, 65#, neutered, housebroken, microchipped and up to date on all vaccinations. Hugo is calm in the house, although he gets excited at mealtime and would jump up and down if his owner didn’t insist that he sit quietly to wait.

Hugo has to be reminded not to rush through doorways. He is improving, but this is another area that needs to be consistently enforced.

In November 2021, we were contacted by a woman in Tucson who worked with a rescue in Mexico.  They had a 5 year old Airedale that was turned in because the owner could not afford to care for him. Hugo was emaciated and ill. SWAT agreed to take Hugo in to our rescue, but he was too ill to travel. The Mexico rescue treated him until he was healthy enough in January to make the trip, although he was still emaciated and had sarcoptic mange, parasites, etc. Once he came to SWAT he stayed with our vet for about a month. After good nutrition and medical care, he gained weight, grew some of his hair back and looked better. 

We placed him in a foster to adopt home, but he was/is dog reactive when being walked, and the folks who took him on really did not have the ability to deal with training him or taking on a project dog, although they were very enthusiastic about doing the work needed on this special needs boy.

Hugo then spent a month with trainer Toni Drugmand to work on his dog aggression. While in training, he met with a couple who fell for him and adopted him. 

The couple have continued Hugo’s training and love him very much. Sadly, for some unknown reason, Hugo is terrified of the husband.  There is no logical reason that this man would cause fear as he has a very calm, relaxed personality. 

Hugo was fine with the man in the first home and has been fine with other men he has met.

The adopters have worked with trainers, their veterinarian, and a behaviorist, to no avail. Hugo is currently on anti anxiety medication to cope with the fear, but that is not working either. Hugo’s current family feel it is unfair to Hugo to keep him given the constant anxiety he is experiencing.  They say that he likes children and  likes other men, but cowers and becomes overly submissive with this man in particular.  The behaviorist suggested that he fears the “alpha male” of the house or this specific man possibly because the man reminds him of some past trauma.  

The family says Hugo is otherwise a very well trained good boy,  He will walk by other dogs now without reacting, as long as the other dog is not reactive. If the other dog does react, Hugo is instantly ready to take him on.

We are thinking that a female home is what will work for him, and are seeking a willing foster home. He currently lives with a smaller non reactive older female Tibetan spaniel.  He spent a few days in training sessions with his current companion.    We would pay for lessons with Toni Drugmond to make sure introductions go well.

If you are interested in Hugo, please complete an application.

If you are interested and have already submitted an application, please contact us to let us know you are interested in Hugo.

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Benny – Utah ADOPTED

Update. Benny is ADOPTED

Meet Benny, he’s a sweet and loving 6-year-old neutered male Airedale, with a natural tail, who loves adventures and going on walks. He likes most dogs, loves chasing squirrels, chickens and small animals and thinks that cats are squeaky toys. He really enjoys going for rides in cars and sticking his head out the window. Benny would do best in a home with a family that is home with him most of the time and won’t leave him out in the yard unattended (he is Houdini in disguise). He loves being with people and prefers adults and kids over 12. Benny is being fostered in Utah and is up to date on all vaccinations.

Adoption Procedure

addy – UT

Addy 3 years old Salt Lake City Utah

Meet Addison aka Addy.  Addy is a sweet, fun, and loving 3-year-old who needs to be the only dog in the home.  She has a high prey drive and loves to chase cats, birds, chickens, or anything that moves quickly.  She loves playing with toys and balls.  She knows some basic commands and walks well on a leash.  Addy is very energetic and needs to be walked at least once a day, although twice a day would be the better.  She would do best in a home with no children or older children as she is very mouthy and jumps up when meeting people.  Addy needs a home that has the time to work on socialization and training.  

Addy is being fostered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Only families in the Salt Lake area and the greater Wasatch front will be considered. 

 If you are interested in adopting Addy please complete an adoption application. 

SWAT Adoption Procedure

If you have already completed an application, please use the form below to let us know you are interested.

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Addy – 3 years – Utah
Addy – 3 years – Utah


INVITATION: You are invited to take a picture of your Airedale walking and email it to (including the dog’s name) between November 30, 2020 and December 26, 2020.

Sending the picture means you are okay with us including it in a slideshow that will be posted on the Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue website by mid-January , 2021.

If you have questions please email
or call or text Connie at (505) 660-7293.I wish you the happiest of holidays.

Connie Amidon-Grover