Welcome and thank you for your interest in Westie Rescue of the West Highland White Terrier Society of Connecticut
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 evaluation.
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.
The adoption fee will be based on a dog's age and health status.
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 a puppy...
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