We are a Rescue Group for Irish Setters, founded in 1968 and operating throughout the British Isles - you will find us listed in the Kennel Club Rescue Directory and likewise publications. We became a Registered Charity in August 2008 - The Irish Setter Rescue Group Charitable Trust - 1125317.
We depend on donations to run our rescue, not financially supported by any Breed Club or Society, so we must raise all our own funds. The Rescue is run by The Trustees, a Management Group of up to 12 people plus our wonderful and much valued volunteers. we are also fortunate to get lots of support and help from Irish Setter owners all over the country - help that we need and appreciate very much. We are pleased to work with other rescue organisations who need help with re-homing any of our breed.
Our remit is to take in any Irish Setter in need of our help - to get veterinary treatment for them when necessary, we do not take all dogs to the vets unless there is a problem that we are aware of to be treated or vaccinations are due. We rehome them in suitable, loving homes and monitor their progress in their new homes until we are satisfied that all is well and both dog and owners are happy. We require the owners of the setters we re-home to continue to keep in touch with the Rescue throughout the lifetime of the Setter we give them, so that we can help and advise the owners should problems arise at any time. Also, should it become necessary, we take back into our care any of the dogs we place, at any time throughout the lifetime of the dog, until they are too old or too ill to be re-homed when we would discuss with the owner the best course of action to be taken in the best interest of the setter.
All the Setters who come into our care are kennelled at Four Seasons Kennels in Northants. Jill & Ken Holley who own and run Four Seasons Kennels have also been in the breed for a long time. Jill shows and occasionally breeds with her setters, and she is a Championship Show Judge in the breed. The Rescue Setters get care and attention, special diets, visits to the vets are all taken care of. We are most fortunate to have our Rescue Setters looked after by such experienced people in the breed. Ideally we would like some more kennelling space in Essex, Herts, Surrey or Oxon which would be more convenient for dogs coming from the West Country.
Introduction of compulsory Microchip regulations on 6th April 2016:
To comply with the new regulations about Microchips, our Rescue is slowly getting the dogs whose chips are registered in the name of the Rescue transferred into the Keepers name. You will receive a communication from our Rescue to tell you when we have completed the transfer. If you are one of the few owners who do not keep in touch and do not pay your yearly subscription to the membership of the Friends Group, contrary to the agreement you signed when we gave a setter into your care, we will not be able to do a transfer of the microchip details into your name as we have no up-to-date information of an address or phone number for you unless you contact us with your details.
We would like to offer a big THANK YOU to all of our supporters, staff and partner organisations!