Westie Rescue indiana    (serving the Indiana, OHio & KentuckY region)


Westies come into Westie Rescue through a variety of channels. Some are surrendered by owners who can no longer keep them for reasons ranging from behavior/health issues to simply no longer wanting the dog. We also get them as strays from shelters or from puppymills who "dump" them when they’re no longer productive. And some come to us in cases where the Westie's owner may have been hospitalized or passed away, leaving the Westie in dire need of a new home. 

Although we do get some younger dogs, many who come to us are older (+4-6 years old). We seldom get puppies, although there have been a few in the last couple of years, usually surrendered because of house-breaking issues, allergies or not working out with young kids. Note: Because Westies are typical terriers, and terriers as a rule are not overly tolerant of the antics of young children, we do not recommend Westies for families with children under the age of 7 years old.

A dog that comes into Westie Rescue is immediately vet checked, spayed/neutered and fostered until he/she can be assessed and then placed. In the case of a non-emergency owner surrender, we try to keep the Westies in their original homes until we can find a new home for them because it is less disruptive and stressful for the dog that way. So in those cases, we may choose to refer potential adoptive parents directly to the Westie's original owner.

Applicants must provide vet and personal references and submit an adoption application to be considered as a candidate for adoption. We make every effort to match the needs and preferences of potential adopters with those of the Westie in need, so that dogs are placed in homes where they will thrive.


How it works...

Westie Rescue Indiana, Inc. (WRI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliated with the West Highland White Terrier Club of Indiana and the Westie Club of America’s National Rescue Committee. Our mission is to ensure that every Westie finds his or her forever home, and that no Westie is ever left behind.

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