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Adoption Requirements
If you are new to English Setters, please click here to review our page Is an ES Right For You? before submitting an application. 

Our adoption fee is $300 for a dog under 1 year old, $250.00 for a dog 1 year and older. Some dogs will be available for a lower fee.

Adopters must be 21 years old or older.

Any pets currently in the adoptive home must be spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations. (The only exception for an unaltered pet is for medical reasons verified by a vet or if a dog is actively participating in competitions that do not allow altered dogs to compete.) An explanation for this policy is found below.

Heartworm preventative is now recommended by Veterinarians in almost all areas of the US, and most are recommending year-round use. The severity of heartworm incidence is shown in this map.  If your Vet recommends heartworm testing and consistent use of heartworm preventative medication we will verify to ensure your Vet records show heartworm testing completed and preventative purchased. For dogs currently in an applicant’s home, you should have a history of providing this care for at least the past year. If there are no dogs currently in the home we will check prior vet references and verify heartworm testing and use of preventative for dogs previously in the home. The purchase of heartworm preventative requires a prescription and prior purchases, if applicable, will be verified during the vet reference portion of our application process. If the applicant's vet clinic recommends heartworm preventative but it is purchased elsewhere, we ask applicants to provide proof of the prior purchases. You can learn all the facts about heartworm disease at this FDA website.

After we receive a completed application to adopt, we conduct a phone interview and a home visit before approving an applicant. A vet reference must be provided for all current and recent pets. Personal and vet references will be verified.

If renting, please provide your landlord's contact information or a verification letter from your landlord regarding acceptance of pets.

Spay and Neuter Policy:  
There are several reasons we require pets in an adoptive home to be spayed or neutered.  A horrible and out of control pet overpopulation problem exists in this country. Spaying and neutering is the only way that the horrors of millions of dogs of all ages and breeds killed in shelters or suffering as strays will end. By many estimates as much as 25% of the animals killed in shelters are purebreds.  

There are medical reasons for spaying and neutering; including prevention of mammary tumors, uterine infections and testicular cancer. 

Unaltered dogs in the home can present additional challenges to the acclimation of your adoptive dog.

Puppy Adoption Policy: 
It is difficult to accurately predict ultimate energy level, prey drive and personality intensity of a young Setter puppy, therefore we feel it is in the best interest of puppies and the adoptive families to consider only applications from homes with previous Setter experience for puppies less than 1 year of age.

Setter puppies need to run free on a daily basis for the best physical and emotional development. So for this reason only homes with puppy-secure physical fences will be considered for Setter puppies less than 1 year old. Applications from homes with invisible fences and no fencing will not be considered for dogs less than 1 year old. 
(We know this may be frustrating for Setter experienced homes that are responsibly using invisible fencing, but we hope that you understand that the sole focus of this policy is on the puppy and what is best for him/her and not a judgment of your individual choice of fencing and how you care for your dogs.)

Adopters must be able to come to the foster location to pick up their adopted puppy if younger than 4 months old.

SWESR spays and neuters puppies as young as 4 months old. If you are adopting a puppy that is younger than 4 months of age, you will be responsible for getting the puppy spay/neutered before they are 6 months of age at your own Vet/cost. We do it this way because adopters have told us they would rather get the puppies at a young age and pay the additional cost rather than wait until they are 4 months of age to adopt them already altered.

Transporting Your Adopted Setter
We encourage adopters to drive to pick up their adopted Setter from their foster home whenever this is possible.  If an adopter is unable to drive to the foster location to pick up the dog being adopted, transports within the Southwest USA may be arranged at no cost on some routes through our network of volunteer drivers. Our volunteer network in many areas of TX and OK is strong, and we have limited transport routes established for CO, NM, UT, CA.  Patience may be required while volunteer transport drivers are found to help transport an adopted dog to a new Southwest destination.  

Adopters may choose to transport a dog via commercial airlines as Air Cargo or paid ground transport services at their own expense. We will assist making those arrangements if they are available. The comfort and safety of the dog during a commercial transport is of utmost importance. Air Cargo flights must be non-stop from the foster location to the adopter location and not more than 5 hours in duration.

At this time we are not able to adopt dogs to Alaska and areas of Canada that are not easily accessed from the U.S. We are committed to being available to assist our dogs throughout their entire lifetime and being able to get volunteers to dogs if needed precludes most adoptions beyond the contiguous US. We hope you understand and we are happy to discuss geographic logistics on a case-by-case basis.

SWESR on the use of E-Collars​
SWESR would never use or advocate the use of an e-collar on any shy, timid, or fearful dog and many of the dogs we rescue have these characteristics. If possible our dogs are evaluated for suitability regarding the use of an e-collar. The dog's background is taken into consideration, if known, and the situation under consideration is evaluated.

If a dog can tolerate an e-collar, and the training is done humanely by a knowledgeable person, whether for hunting or the safety of the dog, the use of e-collars is acceptable. In most cases our fosters do not have the knowledge to evaluate a dog for suitability and we do not advocate fosters using e-collars unless they have the knowledge to do so. 

We ask that our adopters be understanding and not get frustrated with us on this topic, we are only doing what we feel is in the best interests of the dogs we are rescuing.