The English Setter Club of New England Rescue was formed in the mid-1980's by club members who saw a need to place homeless English Setters in New England. It is funded solely by donations and Club fundraisers. All fees collected are used to place homeless dogs. Originally, the dogs came from veterinarians, shelters, and dog pounds necessitating boarding or foster care until placements could be found
Unfortunately, foster homes were scarce and the cost of boarding prohibitive. Today,
most dogs are owner surrendered, so ESCNE Rescue has changed to a referral system.
People seeking dogs are connected with those wishing to surrender dogs. Fostering
and boarding are done only in emergency situations. Both bench and field setters are
placed through Rescue.