The first choice for all rescuers is to place our Airedales within our regional area so we can provide adequate follow up for the placement. On occasion one region may have more Airedales in their program than they can place or a home for a "special" Airedale may be found in a neighboring region. However, when a rescuer places beyond their borders it is important to work through the coordinator and/or recognized Airedale rescue volunteer in the area of the prospective home. This communication involves several suggested steps.
Region A represents the region which has the dog to place and Region B represents the distant placement location.
While these procedures may vary somewhat depending on the situation, the important point is to respect the role of volunteers in other regions. If you receive either a serious inquiry or application from a person outside of your region please forward the application /inquiry and follow up by contacting the appropriate regional volunteer. Keep lines of communication open. Travel is stressful for all involved (dog and man) and should only be undertaken when it seems in the best interest of a particular Airedale.
HISTORY Adopted 11/23/2003
The policy regarding long distance placements was written and approved by the ATCA Rescue and Adoption Committee due to the fact that we are getting more and more Airedales showing up in parts of the country where there are very few volunteers. We do realize that every rescue volunteer has a personal life and we are all caught up in a busy world, but in making decisions necessary to get dogs to a new and better place as expediently as possible, we need to remember that we are all in this together.
At the Montgomery meeting, we had a lengthy discussion about out-of-region placements and it became apparent that, although most volunteers and groups work well together using common sense and courtesy, we needed a written policy in place to eliminate our stepping on each others toes. We all have the same goal, but there are logical and thoughtful steps that need to be taken to enable us all to reach it.
The Committee continues to be contacted by volunteers around the country with questions about what is proper procedure. These guidelines are to make sure that everyone is moving in the same direction. Of course, there will occasions when some part of the guidelines cannot be followed, but the volunteer should be able to explain why the exception was made.