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Our Mission

The mission of SOAR is to rescue purebred Airedale Terriers who have found themselves without a home, and help them get started on the road to a happy, new life.

SOAR's Diana Muldaur Fund

Fund raising with star power. 

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Second Chance

Written especially for SOAR, click here to listen, read the words, and see Ryan Humbert's photo.

SOAR's Cindi Mysyk Fund

Click here to read about this special fund for Senior Airedales.

2016 Engagement Calendar

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2015 Aire Affaire Event

June 27, 2015

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Before you inquire about one of our Airedales listed below, please take the time to read about our Adoption Process and fill out an Adoption Application on-line by clicking on the "Adoption Application" button found at the bottom of the "Adoption Process" page.


Senior Airedales   Special Needs Airedales

Gina - 12 years


Irish - 8.5 years


Airedales for Adoption by State


Airedales for Adoption by Age

Irish- Michigan (male)

Lucky - Michigan (male)

Gina - Ohio (female)


Lucky - ~5 years (male)

Irish - 8.5 years (male)

Gina - 12 years (female)


Irish (14-013-OH)

Age: 8.5 years

Weight: 77 pounds

State: Michigan

Contact: Mark Howitz at or 847-541-0166

WANTED: Human male adopter to bond with!

My name is Irish and I'm 8.5 years young.  My life changed suddenly about a year ago when my elderly human male died and I found myself uprooted and put into rescue.  Man, did I miss him, but the nice people at SOAR seemed to understand.  While they began helping me adjust mentally, they told me I needed some TLC for my physical ailments also.  I had several different infections and was in a lot of pain with my displaced knee caps due to having bowed rear legs.  They promised me they would help me find another human male to love again, but the first order of business was to address my physical pain.

With SOAR's backing and my foster momma's help, I met some very nice ladies at the Animal Rehab Facility in Dexter. They put me through the paces with many different exercises which included the hydro treadmill.  I didn’t think I would like the water that much, but it was nice and warm and made me feel good while I worked out.  You oughta see my muscles now!  They also treated me to cold laser treatments and chiropractic adjustments.  I never thought that cracking my bones would make such a difference but now I like those the best.  Dr. Mary works magic with her hands!  Boy have I learned a lot!

You can view a video of my transformation on the link below. I am the handsome one in case you can’t tell.  ;-) 

My foster momma takes me for several walks each day.  I'm very well behaved on leash and pride myself on sniffing out rodents.  I wasn't a touchy feely kinda guy before coming into rescue as I was in pain from my condition, but with my foster momma's patience and encouraging words, I now enjoy being groomed.  I am a very handsome boy and she knows how to bring out the best in a guy!  

Even though I have foster doggie siblings, I'd much rather have a home all to myself, except for a human male to bond with, of course!  My foster momma has been great but she can tell I am missing a man presence in my life.  I promise I'll even share my male human with his significant other.  I absolutely love car rides, walks where I can explore new places, being silly with my big red plastic ball toys, and meeting new people.  However, I need dedicated, patient humans willing to love me as I am.  After all, I gotta be me.  In return I will show you never ending loyalty and appreciation.  

Will you be the one to help me make new memories?

Click on the word "Post" for a Facebook video of Irish
Post by Darla Dickensheets

  Lucky (15-001-MI)

Age: ~5 years

Date of Birth: 10/1/2009

Weight: 78 pounds

State: Michigan

Contact: Mark Howitz at or 847-541-0166

Lucky is a new guy in rescue who is looking for a new man in his life to bond with.  Must be someone who can be a benevolent leader and will set boundaries for him.  He needs to work for his meals with and sit and stay and to wait for a release.  When it's time for a walk he needs to retrieve his leash.  Give him a job!  He would benefit greatly from it.  If there is a woman in the picture in his new family, she should also be on board with being a benevolent leader.  No kids or cats please.  We also feel that Lucky would be best as an only dog.

On the flip side, Lucky would also love someone who LOVES to throw Wubbas and Frisbees, go for walks, and do some training with him.  If you live near a lake it would be a plus as Lucky loves the water!  Lucky is fun and affectionate, but needs someone who is dog savvy and not a pushover, as Lucky gets in trouble when he is in charge.  He is with one of our trainers and we are still getting to know him.  If you think you are just the guy that Lucky has been waiting for - maybe today could be his ‘lucky’ day!  Give Mark a shout.

Gina (15-024-OH) 

Age: 12 years

Weight: 59 pounds

State: Ohio

Contact: Heather Estlow at airedales22@yahoo or 814-327-5657


Hi! My name is Gina, and I've been living with my wonderful foster family getting strong enough to find my forever home, and I'm finally ready! You see, I was found wandering the streets. I was all alone. I was so skinny, and quite bald in spots. One day, I went to a place with some nice people who helped dogs like me, and they helped me find my foster mom and dad. They have been so nice to me. They let me sleep in the house wherever I like (I always choose a soft rug), take me for walks, scratch my head, and take me for rides in the car, all of  which I love. They also keep me on a regular schedule, which helps me avoid having accidents in the house. They also took me to the vet, who gave me some medicine that has helped me feel so much better. You see, since I'm nearly 12 years old, I've got some arthritis in my hips and I can get kind of stiff, but I take medicine twice a day now, and it helps me a lot. I also take another pill to help keep my heart  and kidneys healthy. The vet also cleaned my teeth, and removed a little cyst that was growing from my eyelid. I can see pretty good, although  the vet says I have the beginnings of cataracts. My ears don't work as well as they used to, but my nose works great. 

At my foster home, I've made fast friends with the two, young, male Airedales who live there. I enjoy playing tug with them and sharing their toys, especially the ones with kibble inside that I can get at by rolling and dropping the toy. I even like their cat. I love to make new friends with every person and dog I meet. I especially like children. They're so cute! I love when they scratch my head. My foster mom thinks I would enjoy visiting friends at a nursing home and they would love me because I pay attention to everyone and I'm always careful not to jump on anyone. I love to go on modest walks and I don't mind the leash. My foster parents say that even though I don't seem to have had any training, I have natural good manners and a sweet disposition (as long as you don't take too long getting me my dinner) and I will make a great companion for the special person who is lucky enough to give me a forever home. 

Note: Gina is eligible for assistance from our Cindy Mysyk fund which assists adopters of senior Airedales cover some expenses toward medicine, special treatments, or surgery.