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Airedale Terrier Carrying Blue Toy

Miss G is 7 years old and 65 lbs. She will be 8 on May 4th. She is house and crate trained. Miss G LOVES walks, hikes, and car rides.

Miss G’s foster mom had a stay/cation planned with her 8 and 9 year old nephews. As the hotel is pet friendly, decided to take Miss G with her. The SWAT volunteers had a backup plan in case it didn’t work out, but Miss G is doing great!

Miss G has her bag packed for the hotel.

Miss G settled right in and slept through the night without a peep.

She is eating up all the extra nephew loves.

She has some basic obedience, but pulls especially when she sees people to greet, other dogs, and critters. She is a very sweet girl and loves ear rubs and body scratches. Miss G has been a very much loved family member all her life. Sadly, she lost her elderly parents, but Miss G has adapted easily to her foster home and is a wonderful loving girl just waiting for her forever family.

We think that Miss G would probably prefer to be the only pet, No cats or small dogs. Miss G wants everyone to know that her new family needs to be someone who will let her run around, play, have fun, and encourage it. She wants to go with someone who will laugh and smile when they see her having fun, so she knows they are having fun with her!

Miss G is being fostered in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.

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.

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Bear – Arizona – ADOPTED

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.

Bear is still waiting for his new home. He is even more handsome now his coat has grown out a little.

“Dale” in Springerville, AZ – ADOPTED


This young, neutered male Airedale is with Round Valley Animal Rescue in Springerville, Arizona.

“Dale” is looking for his new family. He is thought to be between 1 and 2 years old.


  • Good with Most Dogs
  • Good with Kids and Adults


  • High Energy
  • Average Temperament


  • Neutered
  • Vaccinations Current

Please reach out to Round Valley Animal Rescue about Adorable “Dale.”

Round Valley Animal Rescue
600 Lily Lane, Springerville, Arizona 85938

Email RVAR Shelter

Telephone RVAR Shelter/928-333-1133

They are open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

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 swat.rescue@gmail.com

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.



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

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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Missy – Arizona – ADOPTED

Photo of AiredaleADOPTED!

Missy is a BIG beautiful Airedale girl (75#).  Sadly, at the age of 7 years, she lost the only home she had known because one of her owners died and the other had to move into a home where Missy was not welcome.  She is very affectionate and loves meeting new people. She is easy to walk and doesn’t react to other dogs. She loves to play with other dogs and is a noisy player.

She loves playing with toys. She would like you to throw them for her and play tug. Typical of most Airedales, she does not fetch! She loves to have you spray her with water. She wants to grab the hose, so you need to toss a toy to keep her from doing that. She may like swimming (we don’t have a pool to test that).

She is playful, but calm. She is fostered with other Airedales and someone who is home most of the time, but we believe she would probably be fine on her own during the day if you work as long as you have the time before and after work to give her lots of attention. She would probably be fine with older children who know how to treat an older gal gently.

Missy is sensitive about having her feet and hind end touched by strangers. Now that she has gotten to know her foster mom, she LOVES being massaged, but you need to let vets and groomers know they should be cautious.

Missy is currently located in Tucson, Arizona. She is spayed, housebroken, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations.  She requires medication for spay incontinence.

Photo of AiredalePhoto of Airedal

Edison of Arizona – ADOPTED

Edison of Arizona

Meet Edison

Airedale Edison's Sweet Face

October 1, 2017:  When 11 month old puppy Airedale Edison came in to rescue, he was limping and it was obvious that there was something very wrong with his left rear leg. Instead of being straight, it bent outwards at the ankle. An x-ray revealed that he had sustained an injury to the fibula at the “ankle” end which stopped the growth plate. The tibia (inner leg bone) kept growing, resulting in the lower part of his leg twisting to the outside.  

X-Ray of Airedale Edison's rear legs










The leg could be repaired by what is known as a corrective osteotomy where a wedge of bone is removed, the bone is straightened and the leg is pinned in the correct position.  Once the bone heals, the dog should be able to do anything any other dog can do, without limitations.  It is a tricky surgery because there is not much room for the pins at the ankle joint.  It is also of utmost importance to keep the dog from doing too much before the bone has healed.  Because of his very young age, we decided to go forward with the surgery.

Edison is Adopted

March 19, 2018 The surgery was a great success!  We wish Edison and his new family a long and happy life!!

Airedale Edison in his new home






Izzy in Arizona – ADOPTED


Izzy is a five year old, well behaved lady whose family was unable to keep her. She has a moderate amount of energy, she loves to walk, but needs a little work on her leash skills. Izzy gets along with other dogs in the home and at the dog park. She has a gentle mouth and takes treats politely. Izzy is a big girl and could stand to lose about 15 pounds. She has a lot of love and deserves a good family to cuddle with. Izzy is spayed, microchipped, up to date on all vaccinations and is housetrained. She is currently being fostered in Peoria, Arizona.



If you have an application in with Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue, please let us know that you are interested in Izzy. For all others, please complete an application (link above).  Prior to adoption, an application with references and a home visit will need to be done.