Westie Rescue USA

Westie Rescue USA is a national clearinghouse for reputable organizations serving West Highland White Terriers in need all across America. This site helps Westies in need, potential adopters, and rescue volunteers all over the USA find each other.

This website is supported and managed by Westie Rescue – MidAtlantic Region, a nonprofit organization helping Westies in need in VA, MD, NC, SC, DE, WV, eastern PA, southern NJ and Washington, DC. 

Westie Rescue is made possible by independent organizations and volunteers all over the USA and Canada, who care for homeless and sometimes helpless Westies to find those open arms and hearts like yours. 

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Remember Westie Rescue when building out your Will and final wishes as we can only operate because people like you care.

What is Westie Rescue?

All across the United States, independent Westie Rescue organizations and their volunteers are helping to identify Westies at risk of homelessness or death, fostering them, and placing them into permanent “forever” homes.

Our dogs come from lots of places. Some are surrendered to rescue from a private home. Other rescues are dedicated to rescuing Westies from “puppy mills,” where unprincipled business owners breed dogs for profit at a massive scale without regard to the dogs in “their care.”

We believe all dogs should be held harmless for their circumstance.

Through collaboration with other organizations, donations from private individuals and foundations, and the tireless work of volunteers, hundreds of Westies and other small dogs are saved each year from indignity, pain, and needless death.

Westie Rescue USA volunteers have helped over 7,300 Westies get the care they need to be ready for their new homes.

Can you help us to continue to assist these little ones by making a donation today?  DONATE NOW

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How to Get Involved

Westie Rescue organizations across America are in need of the skills, talents, and resources of private individuals to do their important work.  From locating at-risk dogs in kill shelters and providing fostering or adopting to helping your local Westie Rescue with transport, social media, or fundraising, there are many thing you can do to support the rescue of homeless Westies. Here are just three ways you can help:

  • VolunteerShare your skills with Westie Rescue USA, Westie Rescue  MidAtlantic Region, or one of the many local Westie Rescue organizations.
  • AdoptConsider adopting a rescued Westie from a local Westie Rescue organization.
  • DonateMake a financial contribution to Westie Rescue USA or designated local Westie Rescue of your choice.

Westie Rescue – Thinking of surrendering your Westie?

Westie Rescue Process

Each Westie receives the following health check up and treatments when they come to us:

Step One: Rescued Westie is off to our Vet hospital for medical health check ups, shots updated, teeth cleaning if required, neutering, blood testing to see what is going on inside, the start of normal food and normal daily schedule. Any medical conditions identified by our wonderful Vets, who see more Westies in a week than most Vets see in a year, have their required treatments started and continued by new owners with our assistance and oversight.

Westie Rescue has stepped up and repaired and rehabilitated many injured, hurt, and neglected Westies in the past years. Even some who’s medical bills exceeded $9,000 to get them ready for adoption.

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Featured Testimonial: Why I Volunteer

I started rescuing 16 years ago as a “temporary” foster parent.  Wyatt turned out to be a dog with special needs due to the life of abuse he suffered before coming to me. I decided to become his forever mom to ensure his needs would always be met. Today I direct one of the largest Westie Rescue organizations in the United States. I am proud of our fantastic volunteers who always put dogs before people.

Karen Errichetti
Executive Director, North Atlantic Westie Rescue

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Latest News from Westie Rescue

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Why You Should Donate

Did you know the average medical expense per dog in Westie Rescue is over $780.00?

The range can be anything from $700 to several thousand. The majority of animal rescues charge a modest adoption fee that is much, much less than the expense of vetting the animal. That’s why local Westie Rescues rely on private donations from individuals and foundations to make up the difference. Want to make a difference in a dog’s life?

Donate today!

Your donation goes to help a Westie who needs a second chance at a great new life.