Irish Setter Club of Houston Rescue Program


"If you don't own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life."

Roger Caras



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If you are interested in adopting a lifelong Irish Setter friend, here is the


STEP 1:  Read everything you can find on the Irish Setter breed.  Discuss the adoption commitment carefully with your family and friends.  We want our placements to be "forever homes" and a good match for both you and the rescue dog.  Irish Setters are not "gifts" or "surprise Christmas or Birthday presents".   Adopting a Rescue Irish Setter is a process we take very seriously.

STEP 2:  Carefully read our Rescue Contract.  It details both your responsibilities and ours in the placement of a Rescue Irish Setter.  You will be required to sign this contract as a part of the adoption process.

STEP 3:  Complete and submit our online Rescue/Foster/Adoption Application. This will give us the necessary information to insure that the rescue dog will be in a good forever home and will be a good match for your situation.  Someone from our Rescue Committee will then contact you to answer any questions and to schedule a home visit.

Please note that we charge a fee for the placement of a Rescue Irish Setter (typically $200.00 but sometimes higher in special cases).  This helps to defer our veterinary costs.

All of our rescue dogs are spayed/neutered, current on vaccinations, heartworm tested and treated if necessary, and micro chipped or tattooed for permanent identification. We require that all of our dogs be house dogs, as Setters do not do well being outside-only dogs.

If the placement does not work out, we require that the dog be returned to our program. 



We have no rescue Irish Setters in the Houston Club program at this time.  Please check out the following organizations as they might have the perfect Irish Companion to fit your lifestyle:


                      Save Our Setters, Inc. 



Irish Setter Rescue of North Texas





Read about the Bridgette Rescue


We're always in need of funds to cover the immediate expenses of our Rescue Program and will gladly accept any donations.

 Please help a Rescue Irish Setter with your secure online donation today?

Portrait of a Rescue Dogs' Foster Mom

I am the bridge,

Between what was and what can be.
I am the pathway to a new life.

I am made of mush,

Because my heart melted when I saw you,

Matted and sore, limping, depressed

Lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.

For one little time you are mine.

I will feed you with my own hand.

I will love you with my whole heart.

I will make you whole.

I am made of steel.

Because when the time comes,

When you are well, and sleek,

when your eyes shine,

And your tail wags with joy

Then comes the hard part.

I will let you go........not without a tear,

But without a regret.

For you are safe forever--

A new dog needs me now.

Diane Morgan


I shall be a believer of all that is good in man and of all that is deserving in animals. I shall plead for their lives, campaign for their safety and uphold their right to a natural death. I shall seek out the injured and the maimed, the unloved, and the abandoned and tend to them in their last days. I shall not forget their place in the hierarchy of life, nor that we walk in each other's paths. I shall bear witness to the wonder they bring into our lives and to the beauty they bestow upon our souls. I shall renew their spirits when they are waning, bind their wounds when they bleed, cradle them when they whimper, and comfort them when they mourn. I shall be near them in their hour of greatest need - a companion and friend when the time has come. I shall watch over them and console them and ask that the angels gather them in their arms. From the creatures of the earth I shall learn the fruits of compassion and undying love, and I shall be called the beloved of God. In their company I shall indeed be blessed.

Susan M. Pearson

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