Rescue and Breeders Policy
Every ATCA breeder is bound by the ATCA Code of Ethics, which includes sale and placement responsibilities. In addition to proper placement and ongoing training of new owners, the ATCA breeder accepts a lifetime responsibility for the welfare of all puppies bred and dogs sold. If an individual can no longer care for their Airedale, the breeder will take the Airedale back or make suitable rehoming arrangements. When an Airedale is in need of rehoming and the ATCA breeder of that dog is known, the volunteer in custody of the rescue Airedale will quickly notify the ATCA breeder directly. The Airedale will be expeditiously returned to the ATCA breeder at the breeder’s expense.
If necessary, the Chair of the ATCA Rescue and Adoption Committee will notify the ATCA breeder directly or use the Breeder Notification Form, so that the ATCA breeder’s obligation can be fulfilled.
If the ATCA breeder is unable to assume responsibility for rehoming the dog, they may cooperate with the rescue volunteers in rehoming the dog. The breeder should assume all reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred by the rescue volunteer in custody of the dog. The breeder and rescue volunteer may reach an agreement upon a dollar amount that the breeder is able to contribute for the care and rehoming of the Airedale. ATCA breeders and rescue volunteers cooperating and working together is the best solution for all concerned.
In the event that a breeder does not accept full responsibility for the rescue, care, and rehoming of an Airedale of their breeding, the volunteer who has custody shall assume that responsibility. The ATCA Rescue and Adoption Committee shall report to the ATCA Board of Directors on the facts and circumstances of ATCA breeders’ Airedales, which enter into the rescue network.
Airedale rescue volunteers may use their discretion in notifying non-ATCA breeders of any Airedales known to be of their breeding, assuming the breeder has no legal ownership interest in the dog.