Adopt an Airedale
If you would like to provide a home for a rescue Airedale and live in either Virginia or West Virginia, please fill out an ATRVA application form. Forms can be submitted either electronically or by regular post. Please allow up to two weeks for reply.
Application process: We are first and foremost advocates for dogs, committed to ensuring the welfare and ethical treatment of dogs. Airedale Terriers are large, strong, high-energy animals, known for their tenacity, stubbornness, and sense of humor. They are loyal and affectionate but need ample attention, regular exercise, and gentle, consistent obedience training to become happy, congenial household members. The adoption application, request for references, and subsequent telephone and in-person interviews are to insure that you understand and are prepared to meet the requirements of this unique breed. Our aim is to make a successful, permanent match for both dog and human.
Expectations of Adopters:
A. HOUSING: 1) Agree that my newly adopted dog is my house pet and companion. 2) Agree to provide him/her with a fenced yard and/or to keep him/her on a leash whenever outside the confines of a securely fenced area. I further agree that he/she shall never be kept outside in said yard when no one is at home. 3) I agree to never keep him/her tethered while unattended.
B. MEDICAL CARE: 1) Agree to have the dog examined by a veterinarian within two weeks after the adoption. 2) Agree to keep the dog on monthly heartworm preventative (increasing number of dogs infected in VA and WV).
C. POSSESSION 1) Agree to keep the dog in my personal possession and will not to give away, abandon, sell, or dispose of this dog in any way. This includes release to family members without consent of ATRVA. 2) Agree to notify ATRVA immediately if at any time I no longer desire or am able to keep the dog. 4) Agree to notify ATRVA immediately if this dog is lost or stolen.
D. LICENSING AND IDENTIFICATION: 1) Agree to obtain within one month required county licenses and a personal identification tag bearing my name and phone number. 2) Agree to register the microchip.
Waiting list: Please be aware that the adoption process can take a while. Dogs are not allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. We want to make sure you receive an Airedale compatible with your situation. It takes time to make a thoughtful evaluation of each potential adopter and each dog. But please feel free to check in with us periodically while you wait!
Fees: The fee schedule is based on the age of the dog (as of 1 January 2023)
Prior to adoption dogs are examined and, if necessary, treated by a veterinarian and fostered in the home of an Airedale-experienced volunteer. ATRVA insures that every dog is vaccinated, spayed/neutered, tested for parasites, micro-chipped, bathed, groomed, and given a new leash, new collar, and transitional food packet. Adopters are informed of any detected health or behavior issues.
Our fees do not cover the costs of transporting, housing, and preparing a dog for adoption and are supplemented by donations.
Post-adoption support: We strongly recommend that adopters plan to take their new Airedale to a dog obedience class—one that employs gentle methods and positive reinforcement. The experience helps both you and your dog to get to know each other and can provide support if adjustment issues arise. For more information, see “After You Get Home"
in the Resource section.
Airedale-experienced ATRVA volunteers are also available for on-going help and advice. Potential adopters should be aware that some, but not all, Airedales come into rescue with behavioral issues or past trauma and may need extra patience adjusting to their new environments. If, for any reason, the adoption is not successful, we require that the dog be returned to ATRVA.
Please stay in touch! We love to hear about our former fosters and how they are doing. We all benefit from the experience of others. Join us on Facebook or send us a note and/or a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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