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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.

2015 Aire Affaire Event

June 27, 2015

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Layla's Fund

Layla's Fund helps adoptive families with unexpected expenses.
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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

Lucy - 9.5 years 

Blackie - 10 years


Irish - 8.5 years


Airedales for Adoption by State


Airedales for Adoption by Age

Irish- Michigan (male)

Lucky - Michigan (male)

Lucy - Michigan (female)

Blackie - Ohio (male)


Lucky - ~5 years (male)

Irish - 8.5 years (male)

Lucy - 9.5 years (female)

Blackie - 10 years (male)


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.

Lucy (15-015-MI)

Age: 9 ½

Date of Birth: 2/1/06

Weight: 70 pounds

State: Michigan

Contact: Mark Howitz at or 847-541-0166

Lucy was surrendered for having issues with the toddler in the home. She gets along well with adults and older children. She is an excellent walking companion and needs regular, short walks to help with her slight arthritic condition that improves with regular exercise. Because of the arthritis, she descends stairs cautiously and sometimes has all four feet on one step. Lucy may react with a bark or lunge to loud cars or trucks passing too closely on her walks but is otherwise good on leash. Basic commands like sit, stay, down, etc. are no problem for her. Lucy has no history of counter surfing or jumping on beds. She would love to sleep in your room on her dog bed just for the companionship or perhaps to try to convince you it’s time to eat. Lucy is housebroken, spayed, micro-chipped, gets along with other dogs and people, likes Kong style/thinking toys, going for walks, chasing squirrels or other varmints, being petted, and just about any food except bananas.

Lucy doesn’t like her nails clipped but is otherwise fine at the vet or groomer. She should be fed or given treats away from other dogs or children since she can be possessive of these resources. She is trustworthy in the home when left alone for several hours but really enjoys having someone home most of the time.

If you have a fenced backyard and are home most of the time you may be just the home Lucy needs. Please contact Mark if Lucy sounds like she may be the new best friend you are looking for.

Blackie (15-020-OH)

Age: 10 years

Weight: 60 pounds

State: Ohio

Contact: Mary O’Connell at or cell 513-543-5700

My name should be “Good Boy” because that’s what I am.  I wish I could tell you more about my past life, but I can do everything right except talk human.  My human dad, who I lived with all my life, has been deployed and I ended up in a shelter.  Then a lady from SOAR got the call and now here I am in a great, what she calls, “foster” home.  Hopefully, I will go to a furever home soon.  I am neutered, heartworm negative, and am up to date on my shots.    I know my name, come when called, love to walk on a leash, and really like my foster sister, Morgan.  I get along with other dogs as long as I am properly introduced and they have the good manners I have.  Somebody said, “Cat!” I don’t know what that is and probably don’t want to know.   Everybody I’ve met so far on this new journey has said what a nice boy I am and that I act like a grown up puppy - you know, a special Airedale like that doesn’t come along every day.  So,  please consider letting me into your heart. 

Note:  When Blackie was rescued, he had been dropped off at a county shelter and we basically knew very little about his history.  While at the vet getting shots, he stayed a few days for behavior and social evaluation. He does very well both with unfamiliar dogs as well as his new foster sister.  

Click on the first link to watch a video from the trainer putting him through some paces. 


Click on the link below to watch Blackie playing like a youngster.