Who We Are:
Westie Rescue of Austin is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless and abandoned West Highland Terriers (Westies), Cairn Terriers, Scottish Terriers (Scotties).
The dogs that come into our rescue program come to us from various means. Some are strays, some have been abandoned or left at shelters by owners who no longer can care for them due to circumstances such as moving, illness in family, new child, divorce, etc.
While in our care, the furkids are fostered in family homes and receive the same care and treatment as a family member. We treat health issues, spay and neuter, microchip and ensure that each dog is current on their shots prior to adoption. While no dog is perfect, a rescue dog may need training and other assistance to transition into a new furever family; however because they are fostered with us and not boarded, we begin the socialization and training and are able to provide insight into the characteristics and traits.
Terriers are not the breed for everyone, no matter how cute or popular they seem to be. They demand a lot of attention, for care and grooming, should be indoor dogs and not left outside. Terriers like to chase small game such as squirrels or rabbits or cats, and will not heed commands when on a chase. They may also like to dig, and will rearrange a garden or flower bed, or escape from under a fence. Terriers are very independent minded, and do not tolerate being mauled by young children. Therefore we do not recommend adopting a terrier into a family with children less than 8 or 10 years of age.
How YOU can make a difference in the lives of these homeless companions:
There are many folks that are very concerned with the increasing numbers of homeless and abandoned pets in the shelter and rescue facilities. Many of these folks have already opened their home and their heart to one, or more, of these precious companions. However, there are still many more folks that don't have the ability to bring a pet into their home, or volunteer to help. Good News !!! YOU can still make a difference!
Westie Rescue is 100% public donation operated and we could not survive without caring folks like you.
Giving a donation of ANY size is as easy as a few mouse clicks. If you would like to donate through a safe, online process, click on the PayPal Donate button below. To learn more about PayPal, visit www.PayPal.com. A donation by check can also be mailed to us, please Contact Us for our mailing address.
Every donation matters, large or small.
All donations to Westie Rescue of Austin are tax deductable to the limit allowed by law, and 100% of donations go toward the care and comfort of our rescued dogs.
We have many available Westies and Cairns. Please visit our Available Companion page to check them out.
It is the policy of the Westie Rescue Austin to find placements for any dog that still has a good quality of life, even when they are over 10 years old. Consider the possibility of being a retirement home for an older terrier like these. They are wonderful companions and so much less demanding than younger animals. A senior citizen will happily sleep away the day while you are at work and be happy to see you when you come home. They love to take walks but don't need nearly the amount of exercise as the young ones. Many of them have had hard lives and are so grateful for a warm bed, good food, and a little kindness. Nothing feels quite as good as knowing that you have made a senior dog's last days peaceful and happy ones. Whether it is for a few months or a few years, our seniors provide a special joy to the people who love them.
If you are interested in meeting and greeting one, or more, of them, please contact us to make arrangements.
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Through our adoption program, we have successfully found homes for many homeless Westies, Cairns, Scotties, and mixes. These photos are just a few of them. You can read their "stories" in our Success Stories page.
Or you can also mail us a check payable to Westie Rescue of Austin to: PO Box 2043, Pflugerville, Tx 78691
Monetary donations help us with purchasing the supplies needed to maintain a healthy quality of life for the rescued dogs in our care, providing veterinarian care, vaccinations, heartworm testing, spaying/neutering prior to adoption, dental care (if needed), plus much more. A few dollars donated can go a long way.
Please visit our "Ways to Help" page for other ways you can help.
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All of our rescued dogs are kept in private foster homes of volunteers who take care of them as their own until they find their forever home. They are available to meet by appointment only. Our adoption process includes an adoption application, a home visit, references checked, a donation fee and follow-up visits after adoption to insure that the terrier is in the right home with the right family.
Ways you can make a difference
Monetary donation of any size. No donation is too small. You can make a donation using your Credit Card or directly debit your checking or savings account by using our secure, online PayPal account. It's just a few mouse clicks away. Just click on the Donate button, and it will link you directly to our PayPal account.
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