To All Applicants and Foster Home Applicants
When an application is submitted, you will receive a phone call for an initial interview.  The next step
is to check your references and then a home visit will be scheduled.

No one can speak for any dog until they are approved and spoken with the foster home.  Both foster
home and applicant must agree to the adoption. Our foster homes know the dogs and their needs
best, therefore have the final decision as to who adopts their foster.

We do NOT hold dogs for anyone. We have had people who were disappointed that they did not get
the dog they initially applied for, but the ones who hung in there with us would not change a thing
now that they have their ABESR Dog.
You must be at least 18 years old to apply to adopt an ABESR Setter.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Personal Information
Is there a specific dog or dogs that may interest you? If so
please specify their names
Applicant's Name:
Street Address
State and Zip
Email Address
Phone Number  Daytime
Preferred Phone to call and best time to contact you?
Your Employer Name, Occupation and Phone
Home Information
Spouse or Partner's Name
Spouse or Partner's Age
Employer and Phone Number
Do you own or rent your home? Renters we will ask
for a copy of your lease. If no lease, we will need to
speak with your landlord.
Please describe the area you live in.
Type of Area
Please list name, ages and relationships of all
members of your household that may be there
on a semi regular basis.
Do you have plans to move in the next year?
Even if you don't have plans at this time for moving in the future what
considerations would you make regarding your dog(s) and any other
pets should you find yourself needing to move from where you now
Do you have a fenced yard? If Yes, please select your fence type.
If Other is selected, please elaborate.
If you don't have a fence, kennel or run how will
exercising/toileting be handled?
Current Pets.  Please include breed, sex and age.
Past pets. Please include breed and reason no longer in
household (died & cause, lost, given away, etc.):
How many years have you owned dogs and what do
you know about canine behavior?
Are your pets spayed or neutered?
Have you ever adopted a rescue dog before?
Have you ever turned a pet into a shelter or rescue? If so,
please indicate reasons why.
English Setter Breed and Care
What brought you to the English Setter Breed?
Do you prefer a male, female or no preference.
Do You have a color preference?
If you have more then one color preference, please
Do You have an age preference? If so what?
Activity Level Preference
Would you consider a special needs English Setter?
Would you consider a Senior English Setter?
Where will this English Setter sleep?
During a normal work or school day how many hours
will this English Setter be home alone?
Where will this English Setter be kept when no one is
Who will be the primary caretaker for this English Setter?
Have you ever taken a dog to obedience classes?
Do you plan on taking your English Setter to obedience classes?
Do you own a dog crate or have experience using one?
If you plan on having children in the future what will
you do with your English Setter?
What would make you return your adopted dog?
How did you find ABESR?
If you were referred to us, by whom?  If you found
us another way, please let us know.
Name and  Address of your PRIMARY Veterinarian.
Phone Number
Is the account listed under your name?
If no, who's name is it listed under?
How long have you been a client?
Please identify and provide contact information for any other veterinarians you have used for the past three years.
Phone Number
May we contact your Veterinarian? If No, Why?
Please contact your veterinarian to allow them to speak to us
regarding the medical care for your pet(s).
Do you vaccinate at home or use alternative and/or holistic care?
If yes, please explain.
Do you administer heartworm preventative monthly? Proof required from vet or mail order receipts.
If no, please explain.
List two references you have known for at least 3 years, Excluding Relatives and Veterinarian.
Reference #1:  Name, Address,
Phone Number & Email Address
Reference #2:  Name, Address,
Phone Number & Email Address
Since we are looking for commitment in our adopters, how far are you willing to drive to pick up
your English Setter (hours or miles)?
Note we do not deliver our dogs to adopters.
A Better English Setter Group expects to interview every Potential Adopter, their references and
conduct a home visit.  Do you agree to all?
Please tell us why you think you
would be a good candidate to adopt
an English Setter from A Better English
Setter Rescue?
My Family and I agree to accept these terms.  Please Initial.
Any dog adopted through A Better English Setter Rescue must be returned to us. They
cannot be transferred, without ABESR's permission, to another person or rescue.
I agree by Initialing this line that typing my name is the same as signing your name to this legal document.
I give permission to A Better English Setter Rescue and its Agents to type my name to this
document, causing it to be the same as my legal signature on this document (Applicants Initials)
Financial and Physical Verification
I hereby certify that I am financially and physically able to care for a Setter and for the bedding, toys,
crate, and so on which can be costly and I am able to meet these requirements. I further testify that I
am physically fit to provide all necessary activities with my dog. (Applicants Initials )
Permission to Investigate
By submitting this application to A Better English Setter Rescue I grant permission to
investigate my answers and to contact anyone I have listed. (Applicants Initials )
Signature (Please Type your Full Name.)
There are times that A Better English Setter Rescue may not be able to place a dog in states in the Western U.S. or to some Canadian
provinces. Those states would include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada,
North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming.  However we request that you fill out our application in hopes
that we may be able to place a dog in your area. If this is not the case we will notify you within 48 hours.  Thank You.
A Better English Setter Rescue reserves the right to refuse any applicant or potential adopter, at any time,
whom we feel may not be an appropriate home for an English Setter.

Before submitting your application be certain it is fully completed. If not, this
could delay our ability to review it in a timely manner.   Thank You.

Please print this page for your records before submitting your application.
If you do not receive a call within 48 hours from our group, please e-mail our President.  His/her e-mail address
can be found on the
About Us page.
We use Sparky pet tags as our 24/7recovery system for lost dogs.  We stand by this system
100% and have seen lost dogs back in their owner’s care within 15 minutes!  Your adopted dog
will already have a PetShepherd NC tag on.  We include 1 year of complete pet recovery
protection for your dog with our adoption fee.  

After 1 year, Sparky will remind you to renew and choose a coverage plan.  It’s important to us
your dog is protected as well!  So ABESR’s important phone numbers will always be associated
with our adopted dogs as a last resort contact.  If you are unreachable, we won’t be!  So you
can always be assured your dog gets back to you safe and sound.
App. 7/9/14
Signature is implied and assumed on e-mail & online Adoption Applications.
The fee for adoption is $325 for dogs one year of age or older.  The fee is $375 for puppies up to one
year old.  The adoption fee for Special Needs dogs is considered on a case-by-case basis. The fee for
Senior dogs age 7 and older is on a sliding scale, starting at $175.00 through our Patti's Seniors 4
Seniors Program.  We have made every attempt to keep our adoption fees low, despite the rising
costs associated with spaying and neutering, immunizations and other routine care.  In some
instances, our adoption fee doesn't come close to the medical costs associated before an adoption
takes place.  We do feel however, that our adoption fee is still less than if the adopter had to pay
these expenses out of their pocket.  Also remember we include the first year of complete pet
recovery protection for your dog with your adoption fee through Sparky Tags. If your dog is
microchipped you MUST update that information as soon as possible.
If you experience a time-out issue while filling out the application,
click the     
(NOT the Reload arrow      )
This will bring your completed Application back. Then you
can hit the submit button again to send it.
Options for submitting an application:

1.  Fill-out the on-line application below and click submit at the bottom of the page.

2. Download application by clicking "Download Application" here & send to   Instructions are included with the download.

3. To request an application via email, send request to

Thank you! Hope to hear from you soon!
On-Line Application:
If you experience a time-out issue, click the
(NOT the Reload arrow      )
and Resubmit your Application.