Rescue Application

Westie Rescue is a program sponsored by the West Highland White Terrier Club of Greater Atlanta, Inc. Our goal is to place Westies that have been abandoned, lost, or that can no longer be cared for by their owners in safe, loving homes due to a wide variety of reasons. Temperament and the needs of these Westies are matched with families that have applied to the program. Westies are a typically affectionate and friendly breed. However, certain characteristics of the West Highland Terrier may not work in every household. This terrier was breed to hunt and kill vermin in the Scottish Highlands. Although Westies have a cute, cuddly appearance they are tough, hardy, independent, and tenacious. Westies also do not like to be ignored and can get into trouble if bored. Please refer to the national club page to find out if a Westie is right for you: Westie Club of America Profiler

Westie Rescue tries to pair the right people with the right dogs. Some of the Westies who come to us have been neglected or ill-treated so we try to do as much background as we can on our placements as we want this to work for both the Westie and the adopting family. Due to the characteristics of the Westie we do not typically place a rescued dog in a family with children under age seven. If the dog has a disagreeable history with other dogs or other animals, the rescue may have to be placed in a home with no other current pets. Sometimes the westies may require training or on-going medical treatment. The matching process can take several months or more and we ask for your patience as westies are not placed as to where you are on a list, but placed where the Westie is the best fit within the family based on all the information we gathered about your family and the dog from their history and from their time in foster care. If you acquire a dog from another source or your situation changes during the waiting period please let us know so we can update or inactive your file. Adopters are carefully screened and make a donation (a minimum amount is required) at the time of the adoption to cover the cost of the program. It is not for the specific dog being adopted but to continue to cover the costs of the rescue program. All dogs are examined by a vet for illness, treated, inoculated and spayed/neutered before being placed in a new home.

• If you are interested in adopting a Westie please refer to the Adoption Contract, complete the Rescue Application and mail to us.
• If you have a Westie that needs to be rescued, please contact our Rescue Committee Surrender Coordinator: Michelle Voight, (email preferred) or (770) 926-1543.
• The National Westie Rescue website: Westie Club America Rescue

Honored with the 2007 "Just Dog Breeds Dog Rescue Award"
from for our Club's Westie Rescue successes.


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We want to hear from you!

Our leadership is all volunteer and usually have full-time jobs as well as taking care of their family and Westies, so be patient, we will get back to you!

If you're interested in learning more about the West Highland White Terrier Club of Greater Atlanta, joining or working on a committee, here are the folks that can help. Just click on their names to contact them.

President: Donna Cannon

VicePresident: Jane Fink

Secretary: Kristine Tarrer

Treasurer: Brenda Hemphill

West Highland White Terrier Club of Greater Atlanta, Inc.

Post Office Box 844
Roswell, GA 30077-0844

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