Westie Rescue is committed to assisting every West Highland White
Terrier (Westie) in need of a new home and is a 501c3 non profit organization. Each Westie that comes
into rescue is very special with a unique background and set of
needs. Westies are placed into rescue for a variety of reasons
including owner surrendered and those found in shelters. Some
of these dogs have come out of traumatic situations. For all of
them, it is stressful to lose the home they have known. This does
not mean that they will not make wonderful pets. However, just
as you may have certain desires about the dog you want to adopt,
so each Westie also has special needs, which a rescuer will try
to determine through an initial health, background and temperament
The first step in the adoption process is to complete an Adoption
Application. This is a simple form used to gather information
on prospective adopters. The application form will also give you
an opportunity to state your preferences regarding age and gender
of the Westie you would like to adopt. When a Westie is placed
into a rescue program; the rescuer will review all completed adoption
applications to do the best job of matching each rescue dog with
the most appropriate home available. Westie rescue of WHWTSOC
is very careful to place dogs in the best available homes. No
one is ever at the top of the list for the next available dog.
All dogs are up to date on shots and spayed or neutered prior to adoption. All medical issues are addressed.
A donation on a sliding scale of $100 - $ 500, depending on the dog's age and physical condition is expected at the time of adoption.
These donations are used to pay veterinary expenses and other out-of-pocket costs that can be substantial during the Rescue process, even with discounts, for dogs with medical problems.
If you are looking for
Some applicants also approach rescue
programs because they find it difficult to afford a high quality
Westie puppy. These applicants must understand that the initial
cost of a dog is only the first in a long series of expenses lasting
for the lifetime of the dog. Many Westies live well into their
teen years, therefore, expenses can be considerable. Costs not
only for food, shelter, grooming and toys but for licensing and
appropriate veterinary care that reflects the fact that the dog
has become a member of your family must be carefully considered.
If financial issues are an important element in why you have approached
a rescue program, please make a responsible, thoughtful and informed
decision regarding these costs.
Please be advised Westie puppies are rarely found in rescue. If
you are looking for a puppy, please contact either the Corresponding
Secretary of WHWTSOC or the
Regional West Highland White Terrier Club