- My circumstances have changed and I can no longer keep my Airedale. Can SOAR help me?
- What will happen to me dog after I surrender him/her to SOAR?
- How do I know my dog will be going to a good home?
- What exactly does it mean when I sign the Rescue Release form?
- Can I meet the new owners?
- Will you pay me anything for my dog?
- I have a mixed breed - part Airedale and part something else. will SOAR take him/her?
My circumstances have changed and I can no longer keep my Airedale. Can SOAR help me?
Yes. Our mission is to find is to find forever homes for dogs such as yours.
What will happen to me dog after I surrender him/her to SOAR?
The dog will be given a thorough health check, receive any necessary immunizations, and will be spayed or neutered if that has not already been done. Then we usually place the dog in a foster home so we can learn more about them and see what sort of home will be right for this individual dog.
Occasionally, if a dog needs some obedience training, they will be placed in a training program. If the dog has serious health problems that can be reasonably fixed with our funding available, SOAR will pay for the necessary treatment. If the dog has not been groomed, we will get them groomed. Once all of this is done, SOAR will place the dog on a trial basis in an adoptive home. If the placement is a good one (and most of our placements work out great), the new owner will permanently adopt the dog after a few weeks.
How do I know my dog will be going to a good home?
SOAR screens prospective adoptive families VERY carefully. An application for adoption must first be submitted to us. After checking references, we conduct an extensive telephone interview with the about the type of situation the dog will be in, who the family members are, what their home and yard is like, what other pets the family has, and what their expectations are of their new dog. If all of this looks good, we schedule a home visit. We always take along one of our own Airedales on the home visit to see how the family interacts with the dog. We work hard to match dogs with appropriate households and we do extensive follow-up. If a placement is not working out for any reason, we take the dog back and find another home.
What exactly does it mean when I sign the Rescue Release form?
It means that you are surrendering the dog to SOAR and giving up any ownership rights you have in the dog. Once you have signed the form, you do not have any right to try and take the Airedale back. So think carefully about what you are signing.
Can I meet the new owners?
Generally, no. We have learned through experience that it is easier on the dog and the new family if there is no contact between the previous owners and the adoptive owners. However, you are encouraged to write notes about anything you want the new owners to know and we will pass these notes on. The new owner can learn from your experiences with the dog.
Will you pay me anything for my dog?
No. SOAR is a non-profit organization that does not have the funds to pay for dogs. Our funds are needed instead for the extensive health checks, spaying, transportation, and other support services for the Airedales we rescue. On occasion we pay several thousand dollars for surgery to correct a health problem such as hip dysplasia. On average, we invest around $400 on each dog that we rescue.
I have a mixed breed…part Airedale and part something else. Will SOAR take him/her?
No. Because our resources are limited, SOAR can only accept purebred Airedales. However, we have a page on our Web site to showcase mixed breeds. As a service to you, we can put a description on this page free of charge to help you get the word out that you need to place your dog.