The only UK Charity Supporting English Setters since 1986

Re-homing and Adoption


Re homing

 The decision to ask for help with re homing a beloved companion is never easy. 

Whatever the reason, our priority is to support the owner in making the right decision for themselves and for their Dog. Taking time to look at all of the alternatives and how ESRA can help. Only when we have explored all of the options, and you would be surprised at just how creative our help can be, do we move forward with re homing the Dog. At any time the owner can change their mind, they can come back at a later date, pause and ask more questions, and that's OK.  

Once ESRA becomes responsible for the Dog we organised everything from paperwork to transport and most importantly finding the right home for the right Dog. The life time support is without question the biggest commitment we make to the owner, they know we will always be there watching over their Dog.

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We are fortunate that we have a waiting list for our Dogs.

If you wish to leave your details we will keep you in mind if a Dog becomes available.  

Each Dog is re homed with the most suitable home. 

All home checks are carried out by experienced Setter owners who have supported us for many years. 

We will ask lots of questions, we take re homing seriously. 

When the Dog starts its journey to it's new home it will be transported by experienced Setter handlers, no matter how far to its new home the Dog will be handled with care and all of it's needs met.

On arrival at the new home, the adopters will have already received as much information about the Dog as we have. With the Show Dogs this will possibly include everything, Veterinary history, feeding, exercise. Loves, hates and all of the quirks inbetween. Blankets, toys, treats and a complete highly detailed account on the Dogs 'particular little ways'. The paperwork will need to be completed and the handover conducted in a slow and gentle way as not to seem as abandonment by the Dog.

The adopter will have one to one support for as long as needed. 

Everything and Anything, we are only a phone call away.

ESRA pay for the first check up with the adopters Vet. Any health issues identified and requiring attention are also covered.  Any long term issues will be covered by ESRA for the duration of the Dogs life.

Some Dogs come to us as mature companions, we undertake to pay not only their Veterinary bills but a monthly support payments too. This will be discussed pre adoption.

ESRA can in special circumstances, go one step further than any other Setter Charity. Setters who have life long companions, usually another canine, can possibly be adopted as a pair even if the companion is not a Setter. It is rare, but we recognise the importance of their life long bond or inter dependency, especially in older animals. 

We do not have a fixed fee for our Dogs, we ask for a contribution towards costs or a donation to our Charity. No amount is ever specified. 

ESRA has been blessed with generous donations and bequests by those who love this breed, we are financially resiliant, it is our duty is to use that funding to support the dogs they loved for generations to come.  We take our responsibility very seriously.

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European Setters

For a number of years ESRA worked with a small number of European agencies to bring a small number of Working and Dual Purpose Setters in to the UK. Concerns were raised about the suitability of the Dogs for re homing in domestic homes, but critically whilst the majority of homes managed to adapt, a few did not. Even with extensive support we realised the hearts were all too willing, but sadly the skills to manage a Working Setter were too much for some Adopters.  

Worse still when the Adopters failed the Dogs paid with their lives. 

When ESRA started restructuring at the end of 2018 our very first Policy decision was to stop all importation of Working and Dual Purpose Setters.

We know exactly how Setters are treated in parts of Europe, we know the suffering and desperate plight of Dogs in pounds and on the streets. We know people mean well when they take in a dog in dire need of support and seek help from ESRA, a Charity with a reputation for extensive support and generous funding. 

In the past four years the number of agencies importing Dual and Working Setters has increased. The importation of 400 Dogs in FOUR years by one single agency has forced us to review our fundamental remit. In Italy alone 13,000 English Setters were registered, put that into context with the 261 bred in the UK in the same period, of which only a tiny proportion were workers.

Our decision is, we must focus on the Dogs bred in this Country, the only exception are Dogs belonging to Expats. 

ESRA will not support any Working Setter imported by any other Agency. 

We will not re home, we will not give advice and we will not fund any non ESRA Working Setter either now or in the future. This means every Working or Dual Purpose Setter will need to have it's point of origin verified before we offer help. There will be no exceptions.

Already the number of European Working Dogs in UK Shelters is unacceptable, in the future those needing our support would quickly exceed our resources. 

If you are thinking of Adopting a European English Setter and would like some advice we are happy to discuss the real commitment required, to help you ask the right questions before you make a life time commitment to a dog with limited history. 

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