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Our Featured Howell, MI Partner:

Starting Over Airedale Rescue

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Starting Over Airedale Rescue, Inc. (SOAR) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Michigan on July 2, 2009. We are an all-volunteer organization doing the work of Airedale rescue in the states of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The volunteers of SOAR have many collective years of experience doing Airedale rescue. With this experience comes the knowledge of what it takes to work with families who need to give up their Airedales, animal shelters, adoption applications, adoptive families, foster homes, veterinarians, fundraising, volunteers and everything in between.

About Our Rescue Group:

Let me be the first to welcome you to Starting Over Airedale Rescue! I look forward to connecting with you and helping you get to know more about myself, our organization and our mission.

I officially started working with Airedale rescue in 1995. I have done everything from transporting (many transports using my airplane), home visits, fostering (failing at fostering and keeping my foster), newsletter editor, fundraising, serving on a Board (including as president for 5 years) and everything in between. I thoroughly enjoy Airedale rescue and am happy to serve as SOAR's first president as we "take off" and find our wings to rescue Airedales who need us in the future.

I have had terriers all of my life. My family had two Scotties when I was a toddler (although I don't remember much about them.) Then at age 12, my grandmother bought us a Wire Fox Terrier for Christmas. I called 4 additional Wires my "furry friends" for several years after that. including two Wires when I was first married. Somewhere along the line, I decided I wanted an Airedale in my life, so my first Airedale, Skipper, joined my pack of two Wires.

After a divorce in 1985 and losing all of my dogs to my ex-husband, I did my first rescue on my own when I found an Airedale wandering on the side of a busy highway. She came right up to me when I stopped the car and jumped in like she belonged! No one claimed her so she stayed and became my Honey.

My second rescue came the next summer when I helped someone place an Airedale that wandered into their gas station. After these two experiences, it was a natural for me to become involved with Airedale rescue when the opportunity came up several years later.

Dusty was my heart dog and she was the last of the Airedales I purchased from a breeder. She was always so wonderful with the many fosters I brought into my home. I have also been called "mom" by rescues Katy, Alice and Sweet Pea.

I am a flight instructor and ran my own flight school and maintenance shop at the local airport. I did airman checkrides on behalf of the FAA for small single-engine airplanes for 20 years. I also have a greenhouse where I enjoy taking care of around 3,000 orchids. I am an orchid judge and travel around the country speaking about my specialty field of pleurothallids. I also hybridize orchids and have named many for rescue friends.

My husband, Bob, and I share our home with two rescue Airedales, Alice and Sweet Pea, and our German Shepherd, Kasey.

I look forward to sharing my

inspiration and enthusiasm with you. If you have any comments or suggestions, I am here to listen.

Lynn O'Shaughnessy


Donate to Our Rescue Group.

Come Meet our Pets:

Since we are a reswcue group covering three states, all of our dogs are fostered in private home settings prior to adoption. Some spend time with trainers if need be.

Occasionally we have a table or booth at an event where you can visit with us. Watch the calendar on our website for details.

Our Adoption Process:

Pet ownership is a serious commitment that the entire household needs to consider and agree to before the animal is adopted. We want to ensure that each adoptive household is aware of, and willing and able to accept the physical and financial responsibilities of pet ownership. Not everyone who desires to own a pet is ready to properly care for one. The Adoption Application and approval process will assist both you and us in determining if your household is prepared to assume the role of responsible caretaker for a rescued animal. Thank you for filling it out!

Once you submit the Adoption Application, we will call your reference and a volunteer will call you for a telephone interview. If there are no problems that arise from the telephone interview, we will have a volunteer do a home visit with you. They will bring an Airedale with them (one of their own usually).

By submitting this Application, you agree that we can proceed with these next two steps in the Adoption Application process. In addition, by submitting this Application, you agree that Starting Over Airedale Rescue, Inc. may call the reference that you have provided and that we may call you for a telephone interview. You understand that proceeding with this application does not guarantee that SOAR will approve you for adopting one of our dogs. You also understand that if you are approved, you may have to wait until a dog enters rescue that SOAR believes is a good match for you and your family. Once a match is made, you understand that you will be asked to make a suggested adoption donation of $300 to $450. If the placement does not work out, you will be required to return the dog to SOAR.

Once you have been approved, please be sure to work closely with your state coordinator about any dog you might be interested in. If the dog is out-of-state, we will need to coordinate an adoption with that state coordinator.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.

Category: Airedale

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