Southwest English Setter Rescue
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Our volunteers will provide guidance for any obedience or behavioral problems. We will accommodate your preferences for male or female, young or older. And if for any reason the foster dog is not working out in your home, we will move the dog to another foster as quickly as possible.

In return we ask our fosters to share with us their observations of their new friend so that together we can find them the best possible home. We also ask that they provide a high-quality dry food, toys, lots of love and training basic house manners (if needed). A stable and loving environment is critical to build the dog's confidence and to help recover from the stress of being abandoned, lost, housed in a shelter. Foster homes need to treat the foster dog as they would their own, with patience and love.

The time in foster care varies from a few weeks to several months. Some dogs get adopted very quickly, while others need more time and attention to be ready for their forever homes. If your circumstances allow for fostering one of our special-needs dogs, we're sure you will find the experience especially worthwhile. Helping a dog recover from neglect or injury to once again know the joys of simply being a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences we have ever had.

Once your foster dog is ready for adoption, we'll ask you to help us write their story and provide photos to help potential adopters see what a special dog is waiting for them. And our fosters play a key role in evaluating applications to adopt their dogs. In fact, our foster homes always have the final word on whether an approved family is the right match for their foster dog.

Many considering becoming a foster family express concerns about the heartache involved in placing a dog with an adopter after they become attached. It can be sad to say good-bye, but those who foster know the joy and satisfaction of placing a foster dog in an excellent new home. Knowing the difference you made in a dog's life makes it all worthwhile. And as each dog finds a forever home, another shelter dog can be saved.

We hope this helps you to understand why many choose to open their homes to Setters in need and encourages you to consider helping by doing the same. If you wish to learn more about fostering for Southwest English Setter Rescue, please contact us at, or fill out an application. (It is the same application as our adoption application. Please indicate 'Foster' when asked about a specific dog you are interested in.)

If you have questions, either about fostering or regarding volunteering in other ways, please email us at and ask!  

Please click here  for details about our 
"Virtual Foster" 
program to make a donation to a 
special dog that touches your heart.
Please click here for details about our 
"Furever Foster" 
program for older, special case 
and hospice dogs.
The heart of our rescue organization is our network of foster homes. It is where a dog begins the recovery from being abandoned or surrendered, and where he or she starts to learn about a new life with loving and caring people. We hope you will consider opening your heart and your home to foster a SWESR dog.

All of our rescued dogs are placed in foster homes until they are adopted. Foster care allows us to evaluate a rescue dog's personality, skills, activity level and challenges (if any) in a home setting. This helps us make the best match with an approved adopter. We do our best to rescue all the English Setters that are at risk within our reach, so more foster homes means more lives saved. We are currently looking for foster homes throughout the southwestern US.

Fostering provides a richly rewarding and deeply gratifying experience. In return for their time, affection, and care, as a foster you receive the special love of an animal who somehow knows you are his or her rescuer, and the lasting satisfaction of knowing the huge difference you have made in that dog's life. We hope you'll consider fostering for SWESR and will soon experience the same great feelings.

We support our fosters by reimbursing all pre-approved medical expenses, including medications and monthly heartworm preventative and other necessary veterinary care. We also provide all available information about the dog, and support you in introducing a new foster dog to your home.
Please click here for details about our 
program providing adopters a chance to foster a dog. 
Please click here for details about our 
"Flying Foster" 
program to fund the cost to transport dogs to foster homes.