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Polly in Arizona – ADOPTED


Polly and her new brother playing Bitey Face

Polly is a five year old, 58 lb., spayed, healthy and energetic girl.   She was too much for her elderly owners, who sadly decided she needed a chance at a better life.  She is very friendly, affectionate and loves to be loved.  She wants to be close to her humans wherever they are, inside or out, but is okay on her own as long as she has had lots of exercise.  She would probably be fine with kids, except that she still jumps and mouths at your hands a little when she is excited in anticipation of a walk or dinner. She is getting much better, but no little kids or elderly in the home until she has had some training.Polly

Polly enjoys hunting lizards with her foster family’s Airedales and would not be safe with cats, birds, or other small rapidly moving critters.
She loves going for walks, car rides and trips to the dog park.  Polly
Polly has a beautiful thick coat and luxurious furnishings, which unfortunately had to be shaved off because of the mats.

Polly is currently being fostered in Tucson, Arizona.

If you have an application in with Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue, please let us know that you are interested in Polly. For all others, please complete an application (link above).  An application with vet references and a home visit are required.



Hank in Arizona – ADOPTED!


Hank8-30-2016 Update.  ADOPTED!!
Hank is a very sweet, but very energetic, 5 year old neutered, 68 lb., male Airedale. His owners’ lives have changed drastically since they got Hank. They now each work 45-50 hours per week, have a 2 year old son and another baby on the way.

Hank has always been a well loved, well cared for, house dog, but it doesn’t look like he has had much, if any, training and he is bursting with excess energy because of a lack of exercise.

He is fine with other dogs .. he apparently lived with another dog and is used to going to dog parks.

Hank GroomedHank is neutered, microchipped, up to date on all vaccinations and is housetrained. He is currently n Glendale, Arizona.



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.



Pancho in Arizona – ADOPTED


Pancho 09-07-20169-7-2016 Pancho met with his wonderful new family .   It was a mutual love affair.

8/23/16 update:  Pancho just had his first day at pack socialization.  The trainer loves him.  She says that although it is obvious he has practiced fence fighting all his life and he is very vocal about it, once he’s loose with the dogs, he’s just fine.  He spent the day following her around .. even into the bathroom (typical Airedale).


Do you love Airedales, but perhaps it is not the right time in your life for a time-consuming  younger dog? Please consider giving a home to this Airedale gentleman. He is 11 years young  and other than a little arthritis in his hips, is in great shape. He is very affectionate and would love nothing more than to give and receive love.

What will you get if you adopt Pancho?

LOVE AND AFFECTION: The joy on his face every time you walk into the room can only be called unconditional love. You will never lack for snuggles with Pancho in your home! He will be forever grateful if you give him a second chance at love. Unlike a youngster, he won’t jump up on you and your friends.

COMPANIONSHIP: You’ll never feel lonely with Pancho at your side.

HEALTH: Lower stress? Check! Reduced risk of heart disease? Check! Decreased depression and anxiety? Check! Giving a home to Pancho may be your most affordable and reliable health care policy!

PROTECTION: Pancho will let you know if anyone is at the door and whoever is there will think twice before entering. Pancho will help you feel more secure and protected.

ENGAGEMENT: Your friends may be settled and your children all grown up, but a dog needs and values daily care and attention. Adopting Pancho will keep you actively involved in the life of another.

LAUGHTER: Watching Pancho toss a bone or chewy around and pounce on it will bring joy to your heart and laughter to your lips.

Pancho would love to be the only dog of someone who is home 24/7.  He should be fine with a working family as long as he gets lots of attention when you are home and the hours alone are not extreme. He uses a dog door at his foster home. He does have thunder anxiety and will try to escape if he is left outside during a storm. His foster mom wraps an Ace bandage around him, closes the blinds to the room, covers his crate with blankets, plays loud music or a television program, gives him a frozen marrow bone and sits by him until he settles down. He has been fine with this technique, but it does require that someone is going to be home if a storm comes up.

He didn’t grow up with children, but is very gentle with people, so should be fine with them. However, he is too frail to stand up to rough play and an adult home would be best.

He is choosy about his dog companions.  He might be fine with a calm older female dog about his own size, but introductions would be necessary to be sure.  He was not raised with cats, and we have no idea whether he could live with a cat.

Pancho is a tall, slim 65 lb. 11 year old neutered male. He was formerly an outdoor dog, but uses the dog door at his foster home and hasn’t made a housebreaking mistake since the first day.

We do not ship our dogs.  We would prefer to place Pancho in Tucson or Phoenix, but if you are willing to drive to Tucson, please feel free to tell your local Airedale Rescue volunteer that you are interested in Pancho and we will see if we can work things out.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Prior to adoption, you will need to fill out an
application with references (link to application above) and a home visit will need to be done.



Puppy with Broken LegUPDATE:  Thank you to the Matson family for fostering Monty through his long recovery. The Matsons have fallen in love with Monty and have adopted him.
This poor little man was brought to a vet clinic to be euthanized after he broke his leg. The story the owners gave the clinic was that he was in his kennel run, they were feeding the horses and somehow he got so excited that he broke his leg??? Thankfully, the staff at the clinic reached out and found Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue. Luckily, it was a fairly simple break, although a pin was required. We would love to find a quiet adult home for him to recuperate close enough to our vet in Glendale, Arizona, to take him in for checkups. He is only 14 months old, so it is going to be tough to keep him quiet …. no children, no other pets. 

Before sending an inquiry, please read the “How to Adopt” policies on our website www.swairedalerescue.org

We place Airedales in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.  We prefer to place the dogs locally, if possible.   We require a completed application, home visit and veterinary references.

Curly – Arizona – ADOPTED


Here’s Curly!  He’s a big (70#) happy friendly young Airedale (estimated to be about 2.5 years old). He was purchased to be trained as a drug detection dog.  Apparently drug detection dogs will do anything for a ball and will hunt for it relentlessly.  Curly will play fetch a couple of times and then decide that some scent is more interesting.  (Wow .. sounds like the Airedales I know!)
Unfortunately, he is NOT cat friendly.
He is now neutered, up to date on all vaccinations and has been cleared of Valley Fever, tick fever and heartworm. ADOPTED

If you have an application in with us, please let us know if you are interested in Curly.  He is currently in Phoenix, Arizona.


Buddy – Arizona – ADOPTED


BUDDY, a 3-year-old (DOB 04/10/2013), says,

I’m quite a magnificent specimen, if I do say so myself. But, looks aren’t everything! I’m not for the first time dog owner. I am also not the dog for an inpatient person as I can be quite headstrong. I respond very well to positive training, am VERY food motivated and am looking for an owner with positive reinforcement training experience. I love to play rough with dogs and people. An owner with time and patience and the energy to give me LOTS of exercise will be important for me. I also require a dog brother or sister about my size (75-80 lbs) that likes to wrestle and play tug. I will do best in a home without children, not only because I could easily knock them down, but because I really require as much attention as a couple of children. After I have had a vigorous morning of exercise, I am perfectly
content to sleep through the day, ready for an afternoon and evening of dog and human play and exercise. Without enough exercise, I will find a way to amuse myself .. perhaps by chewing up a favorite shoe or pillow or my dog bed, or maybe I’ll rip up the irrigation lines or chew up a plastic flower pot. I am also a skilled counter surfer, so you need to either have a way to guard your counters or keep them clean. I have learned to walk calmly by other dogs and horses, but rabbits and other fast-moving critters are still a challenge ,,, you must be strong enough to stand up to 80 lbs. lunging after a rabbit! I have a big bark and acute hearing and will let anyone approaching my property know that I am on guard.

Buddy really is a great dog for the right person. He loves to hike and is never far away from your side. He loves chasing bunnies, but comes right back. As long as you can meet his exercise and entertainment needs, and he has a dog friend willing to spend a couple of hours a day playing wrestle, tug and chase, he is very calm.  He can sail over a 5 foot fence with the proper incentive (critters), so a 6 foot fence is recommended and a wall would be better than a see-through fence.

He’s a strong, willful dog who is not for the beginner.   He is unresponsive to negative training…but, with treats and when the bulb goes on in his head, “Ah, THAT’S what they’re looking for,” he is happy to comply. He is spot on smart and would make an impressive, eager team mate in almost any performance venue if you had the patience and skills to motivate him. GREAT Dog!!!

Buddy is in a foster home in Tucson, Arizona.  We would LOVE to find a home for him in Tucson so he could continue is training here.

If you are interested in Buddy, please drop us a line letting us know why and describing your experience with Airedales, training, etc. Thanks!


Arizona Gives Day – 2016

38 donors raised $2,985 — THANK YOU!!!

Arizona Gives Day
Arizona Gives Day April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016

National Airedale Rescue is accepting donations this year and 100% of funds raised through this Arizona Gives Day campaign will be designated for the expenses of Airedales rescued in Arizona.

Arizona Gives Day is a 24 hour day of online giving to Arizona registered charities. It takes place on Tuesday, April 5 and during the 24 hours of giving we not only raise donations, but we can also win up to $15,000 in cash prizes!

Donations can be made in advance of April 5, however in completing the donation process donors must leave the “charge date” as April 5, 2016.

Donations are tax deductible. A tax receipt will be emailed to you immediately. No matter how big or small, whether $10 or $1,000, when combined with other donations, you can make a positive impact and help the volunteers who help the Airedales!

Arizona Airedale Rescue volunteers rescue abused and abandoned Airedale Terriers, give them veterinary care and find them qualified, loving homes.

In order to provide this community assistance we must raise money. Every rescued Airedale receives a wellness check, is spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, but many Airedales require more extensive care. When our limited number of foster homes are full, we have to board the Airedales until a foster or forever home is found. We hope that through the Arizona Gives Day fundraiser, we can replenish our funds.

Some companies encourage participation in Arizona Gives Day and will match funds raised .. please check it out and consider becoming a fundraiser for Airedale Rescue through the link on the fundraising page.


Thank you for making a donation on behalf of Airedale Rescue.

Sweetie’s gap toothed grin — all teeth on the bottom and top worn down to the gum. Bottom incisors sheared in half. Probably from years of chewing on a wire pen. Nine teeth were removed, she was spayed, had a hernia repair, two mammary tumors removed (benign, thankfully) and brought up to date on vaccinations. She is waiting for her forever home.




Update on Belle, our little old miss surrendered at age 12.5 with raging Valley fever and long history of neglect .. Belle is doing well, and even plays a little with her three foster brothers. She definitely likes her treats. She still has house training challenges (outdoors for 12 years) but she is a sweet little girl with a lot of love still left to give.