Sponsor a Dog

English Setters that find their way to our rescue program often need a significant amount of medical care. Besides the routine vetting we provide to all our rescues, some dogs come to us with significant health problems such as heartworm disease, infections and injuries. Adoption fees often cover only a portion of a dog’s expenses to get them healthy and ready for their forever homes.  We depend on the generosity of our supporters to help us provide the necessary vetting for these dogs. Donating toward a dog’s medical expenses is a wonderful way to participate in a rescue and become part of an English Setter’s success story.
Please indicate the dog’s name that you would like to help in the Special Instructions area of Paypal payment. You may also make your donation by check (along with a note indicating which dog you’d like your donation to help) to: SWESR, 29560 Red Bud Hill, Boerne, TX 78015. Thank you!

Hank's Heartworm Program

Hank’s program provides diagnosis and treatment for heartworm positive dogs coming into rescue, and provides necessary heartworm preventative for all SWESR dogs prior to their adoption. A devoted SWESR family created HHP in 2013 in memory of their beloved first English Setter. Their dog Hank came into rescue with severe HW disease and had to endure two treatment cycles. The program exists to honor Hank and all dogs who have needlessly suffered this highly preventable disease. At the deeply discounted fees charged by SWESR-associated Veterinarians, each course of treatment costs roughly $400 compared to a year’s prevention of $60. The drought in the Southwestern US has resulted in an increase in disease-carrying mosquitoes and SWESR must be ready to treat and prevent!

Medical Sponsors Needed!

Patch is a 14 year old boy who was rescued from a hunting ranch in TX. He has tested positive for Chagas and has other medical issues. Patch needs continual vet monitoring and care. 


Cokie's Chagas Program

ELEVEN SWESR dogs diagnosed with Chagas in the last 11 months! Nine were rescued in Texas and two in Oklahoma. This was twice as many dogs as the previous year. SWESR’s goal is to promote awareness and expand our intake testing beyond Texas rescued dogs to include all Oklahoma rescued dogs. And as soon as testing is readily available, dogs in all states will be tested too. 


The surge in Chagas cases comes at a real cost for our rescue. While expenses vary, it’s safe to say that we are spending on average $1,000 per positive dog on diagnosis, treatment and tests. 


Given the growing prevalence of the disease and our location, it’s not surprising that Chagas has become a major challenge for SWESR. To learn more about Chagas, click here for our Chagas resource page.

SWESR's Furever Foster Program

Our Furever Foster program was created to support the needs of our long-term foster dogs that are not candidates for adoption due to age, disability and/or medical issues. We are so grateful to our volunteers that are willing to open their homes to a senior or hospice dogs for the remainder of the dog’s life.  


SWESR supports our Furever Foster program by paying for all these dog’s expenses (vaccinations, medications for pain or comfort, heartworm prevention, flea prevention, food prescribed by a veterinarian, all surgeries recommended by our trusted vets, eventual euthanasia if necessary, and cremation).