Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming

West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming

Westies In Need

Rehoming Westies throughout the UK

Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming

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Note from Mo

I do thank everyone who watches the website, and thank you all for your kind messages
As most of you know we are very dedicated 'family' of volunteers who all feel very strongly about looking after our special dogs, and try never to turn a dog away, no-matter its age or condition.None of us take any expenses , the adoption donations we ask for partly cover vets bills (which for some dogs this can be very expensive and ongoing) there is also Grooming costs, and feeding,bathing, and all the other costs involved with the care and wellbeing of these animals.
If at anytime you can spare even a very small amount of money, this would be gratefully appreciated, to help us continue this very necessary need.

You can donate through 'pay pal' on this website.

Thank you so much


Dangerous Dogs

Over very many years we have taken in westies who 'bite' we take the view it is not the dogs fault, he may be has been teased,illtreated, miss handled, lots of reasons, we bring them in to our homes, show them they are wanted, rehabilitate with people and other animals, and keep them as long as necessary, until we are sure they are ready for their new 'forever home'.

Not only do we take in dogs through 'westies in need' we try to help other kennels,pounds,other rescues, to help many of these dogs.

Recently a westies in need fosterer (with many, many, years of experience, took in a blind jack russell who had been kept in a cupboard most of his life as he was considered to be untrustworthy with people and children, the owner was going to have this dog put to sleep, this fosterer was given a brief outline of this dog, she then travelled 100 miles to collect the dog and bring him back to her home.With blind dogs they normally follow other dogs,and soon get used to not bumping into things.This dog did not, he was aggressive with her other dogs, and repeatedly banged his head against the wall, he was totally distressed. She had to make a decision to take this dog to her vet to be put to sleep, for the safety of herself,her dogs, and anyone else the dog came into contact with this poor dog.How she managed to get this dog to the vet without been savaged, I will never know, it took 4 staff at the vet to hold this dog, again it was banging its head on the wall and the table. He is now at peace.
and they say lightening cannot strike twice in the same place, well it has.
The same fosterer took a 5 month old cocker spaniel in, which had bitten, this dog was fine most of the time, but then would turn and attack for no apparent reason, she was given advice this poor dog has no quality of life, and cannot live in a normal enviroment. The person who handed to dog in has been contacted to collect this dog (which we do not really recommend as this dog willl most likely to be put into kennels, as he cannot be rehomed, and will then live a institutional exsistance with no quality of life) or he will be put to sleep, to end his misery.
Because of this we will no longer be taking into rescue any dog from an unknown source, but will still try to help other rescues, and kennels, and pounds, as we have in the past.

This wonderfui fosterer is so stressed I will not allow her to take in any more dogs, and hopefully she will recover from the dreadful situation, she has been put in.


Please keep this wonderful fosterer in your thoughts

Lovely dogs and lovely people

We are very privilaged to have contact with so many wonderful dogs, and on the whole so many lovely people!
We have a lovely following on the website, sometimes with people who for whatever reason cannot adopt a dog, and people who need advice for their dogs.
Recently we gave advice to a lady who's westie was unwell, this morning I received a beautiful card from Marion who lives in Limerick, with a very kind donation towards the costs of the treatment for the 2 ex puppy farm breeding bitches- Thank you so much Marion, and all the other kind people who keep these poorly dogs in their thoughts

Mo and Ian

urgent fosterers required

We urgently need fosterers to join our friendly team, must be 'westie wise' please contact for a chat, and/or download an complete an application to foster from the website and e mail to me

I look forward to hearing from you to help these little dogs

Fosterer in South Yorkshire urgently required
Fosterer in South urgently required (Kent area)
Fosterer in Midlands urgently required
More dogs needing to come into rescue

Nottingham area
Sheffield area

Still need fosteres
South Coast
update 09.12.13

Foster homes needed urgently

South Wales

please bare in mind some dogs who come into foster are traumatised so we do not foster or re home when there are young children in the home

Us at West House

I have taken the decision we cannot take any more foster dogs into us here,we have some problem dogs, and the many years I have been doing this is taking a toll on my health,my home needs attention,and we do not have any time out.
I will continue to foster the dogs we have, but any more needing to come into rescue will need to go to other of our foster places.
We really need more good foster homes, so if anyone can help please complete an application to foster from the website and e mail to me

Thank You
update 21.01.13thank you to everyone and as you will see we are still taking in more dogs here, but we have got some lovely new good fosters, and are are always needing more!

I am having to start being more strict and not answering the phone after 7pm some people are still phoning none emergency well after this time, from now on, I will not answer, we have a message service, if it is an emergency I do check messages and will return your call, thank you


At my great age I can just about manage the internet and web site, but I do not do text so anyone sending a text I will not respond, and these are usually from mobiles, and we do say on our voicemail if you are using a mobile, please call later

A Big Thank You

I really do not know how to put into words , how to thank all you very special people, who we consider you our good friends, and cannot thank you enough for all your kind messages, and cards, and wonderful donations, they have made us cry, and laugh. We really appreciate your time and kindness, it is so wonderful all the Westies have so many people thinking and caring for them.
We hope you all have a better 2013, with lots of love, Mo,Ian and all the fluffties xxx

Sorry but we are no longer able, because of cost,to post out applications to adopt, if you do not have access to the website/internet please send a large sae to us and we will post out an application

thank you
update 30.12.13

Well another year nearly over, and again, lots of westies gone to there new forever homes, and still more needing to come into rescue. We and others have had sadness in our own dogs going over 'Rainbow Bridge' but we can draw comfort knowing they are now free from pain, and have all their doggy friends to run free with.

Again I cannot thank you all enough for all the support, donations, and wonderful cards and messages received throughout the year, we have so many true and good friends gathered over the years, and could not carry on without you, you are always there for us in sad, and good times.
Thank you all so much, especially all the westies and other dogs we have all been able to help this year

Mo and Ian xxx



as most of you are aware because we always have so many dogs in our home, we do not have spare time to do any fundraising, we are very grateful for all the help our supporters provide.
I also worry about joining organisations who offer to help but in return want us to promote their products, which we do not believe in doing.
But we have just joined an organisation called Easy Funding.co.uk
if you would like to take a look at the URL http:/www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/westiesinneed.
Thank You



I know most of you know we have had a HUGE vet bill for one of our poorly westies, and I cannot thank you all enough for your donations towards this, you are all very special and we could not continue to rescue and re home without your continued support, but in saying this when we accept a dog into rescue we do ask for a donation, this goes towards ALL the dogs we have in foster, it is happening more and more now that people will agree to make a donation when we accept a dog in, but then we never receive these donations, and more often than not the dogs we accept need vet treatment, including, castrating, spaying, grooming etc etc and other behavioural/skin problems, we have a wonderful team of fosters, who take these dogs in as part of their homes, and provide all the care the dogs need

We do not ever want to get to the stage where we have to refuse to take dogs into rescue, but on a practical point we cannot continue to accept dogs into us with sometimes very costly needs, and yet these are the dogs that really need to be helped

Thank you



Tess is 12 years young, and her birthday is in July, I have had the pleasure in fostering Tess for almost 5 months now, and what a difference I have seen I this sweet girl.
When she came to me in December she had serious skin problems, and was a very sad, lonely and scared little girl. She has allergies to nearly all meat apart from Turkey. She had sarcoptic mange which was very hard to clear up and took almost 2 months to show any signs of improvement. Over the 5 months she has blossomed and is now a confident happy girl, although does at times still bundle up in her security blanket, and bury her head into it. Her skin is now showing signs of improvement, although she does have some stubborn areas that do not want to heal. She has 2 showers every week with special shampoo and is also given daily treatments to her affected areas of skin. As long as she is kept to her strict diet then her skin stays reasonably good. She is on permanent medication for her skin.
She adores cuddles and will jump on your lap at every opportunity she gets. She gets on well with the other dogs and she has lived with our boy Snoops quite happily. When she meets dogs out on a walk she does not bark and just greets them as any dog would. The only time she does bark at dogs is on the TV. She sits and watches and knows when an advert is on that has a dog coming into it. She is very lively for her age, and loves to play fight. Apart from the skin problem she has, the vet says she is a very healthy girl. All in all she is a beautiful lovable girl, who wants a loving home. Because of the upheaval she has had in her life we will be fostering Tess long tem. It would not be fair to her to be found yet another home and have all the stress again with a new family.
Note from Mo

I cannot thank Sam enough for taking car of Tess, she has worked wonders with her, this is just to let some of you know we do take westies in with various problems, and nurse them back to good health, this usually means we have very high vet bills for some of these dogs, and we are so grateful for all the fundraising auctions which Sam runs for WiN, and a big thank you to everyone who helps with this, both supporting Sam, and buying items on the Westies in Need Fundraising Facebook page sorry picture quality not good, the website will only upload jpeg images, this picture came as png image, so will not upload, so scanned and printed as jpeg

Mo xx


Hello I came into rescue 14 weeks ago, I am 13 years young, my previous owner was ill and could no longer look after me.
It has taken me a while to settle in, I am rather deaf, my ear infection is being treated.

I have now settled in well with my foster Mum Carole, near Sheffield, South Yorkshire. At first I did not like cuddles - but now I do ! and I love my foster Mums grandchildren. They know when to give me space when I am ' cranky' . I enjoy my Trophy food, and my foster Mums other dogs love me, and we all get on well together


I needed to come into rescue very urgently as my previous owner was having a party with lots of people and children in the house, I was not being supervised, and I bit one of the children, I understand the police were called, and my 'owner was going to have me pts that afternoon !
Thankfully Mo was contacted by a friend of the family, and she was able to ask a big ask to Lorna, who thankfully agreed to foster me, with her and her family in Birmingham.
I am 10 years young, and was full of fleas when I arrived, which have now been treated, and I am now also wormed
Note from Lorna
Jinny is a delightful westie, she is quiet, although plenty of energy when walking, she is fully housetrained, walks well on her lead, she was delightful to take to the vets, well behaved and no murmur has she was given the 'once over' , she travels well in the car, she was a little upset my the move into foster, which took her all of 2 days to get over ! and is a lovely westie to have. She is shorter in the leg than some westies we have fostered, but then each westie we have fostered have been very different to look at. She gets on very well with dogs and children ( if they are older children) she is a content character and will make a lovely addition to the right home

Note from Mo
A big thank you to Lorna for agreeing to foster this little westie, if we had not been able to accept Jinny into rescue then she would have been dead by now
update 20.08.14

Jinny has problems with an eye infection, so we need to get this treated, she is therefore not ready for re homing yet


Hello, I am so pleased to be with my foster Mum Becci, in Portland, Dorset, I was taken by my previous owner last week to the vets to be pts because they did not want me anymore. Thank goodness Lynn at the vets did not want to do this, she contacted Mo, and then with the very kind help of Sue, who collected me yesterday, and transported me to Becci.
I am 10 years young, my skin is sore, so Becci is going to give me Dermacton Soap Bar baths, and use the Dermacton Cream on my sore skin, together with this and the Trophy food I will start to feel more comfortable soon, I am already enjoying having my tummy tickles, and all the care and love I am now being given, Becci is going to book me in for grooming so then she will be able to treat my sore skin even better
I have now been for grooming, and Becci has been treating my sore skin, I am feeling so much better
Well Becci thinks I am ready for a forever home, I would like to be an only dog in the home, although I do get on with male dogs


we accepted this westie from a rescue which was closing, they had re homed him to people with young children, who he did not like, so he was returned to the rescue, who then contacted WiN to see if we could help.
He is now in foster with Jackie and Rob in Birmingham, who have changed his name to Robbie.
He was 2 years old last February, castrated, wormed, microchipped
Note from Jackie
Mo-you will be pleased to know Robbie is improving, little by little, we would not expect anything else, given his background. He is now starting to respond to commands, but is not happy yet with cars, lorries and trailers. He now is getting on fine with our own dog, and with others he meets.


Hello everyone, I am in foster with San, in Essex. I needed to come into rescue because I had nipped people coming into my house, and also I did not get on with other dogs !
I am 2 years old, microchipped, castrated, and vaccinated.

San says I am doing great, I get on with her westies, and have been fine with other dogs we have met on our walks.
San is going to book me in for grooming, not sure whether I will like this or not

Well just look at me now ! what a smart boy I am, and the groomer said I was so well behaved, and I let her check my ears, and toes too
I feel I am gaining more confidence, thanks to San, my foster Mum, but because when I was a young puppy I was not socialised with other dogs, at first when I came into foster I was a bit unsure, but now I am fine with small dogs, but I can be bit naughty when I meet big dogs, San says I would benefit from going to training classes to meet big dogs, and then I would learn to trust them, and not treat them as a threat

Hope and Faith


I know we are not westies, we are cocker spaniels, we were in a pound in Worcester, we were strays, and were due to be pts, but thanks to Kelly- Joy, and the Animal Lifeline Team, we came into rescue with Mo and Ian, in North Yorkshire
We did not have any names but one of WiN, members suggested our names, Hope, the black cocker, and Faith, the chocolate cocker, our tails have been docked, so Mo thinks we are ex working cockers, no longer needed, we have had lots of litters, Hope has had some polyps removed, and has been spayed, We are lovely friendly girls, who love each other so much, so we would like a new forever home together
here we are cuddled on Mo's fat tummy !


I needed to come into rescue because I had bitten a child. I am 4 years old , I am castrated, microchipped etc
I am in foster with Sheila and Roland near Manchester.
When I first arrived I barked a lot, and wanted to be the centre of attention, my previous owners said they had problems touching my head and my collar, Sheila took his collar off as my hair was completely matted over it, and my neck was sore, I went berserk ! but I let Sheila put a new collar on, and I was fine with this. I have a yeast infection on my feet, and my right ear is very inflamed with puss coming out of it, I will be treated for these problems. Sheila gave me a bath, which I did not like, and I did not like being towel dried and tried to rip the towel up ! I have also been groomed which I liked, and gave Sheila kisses ! I am going to have some training as I do not respond to commands to 'sit' 'lie'. I walk well on a lead, and fine with other dogs, but being a typical terrier I do not like cats, bikes, scooters, pushchairs, vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers, so more training needed !

I am now learning I cannot get my own way all of the time, I have spent the day with Roland, being picked up and stroked, and lots of playing. During the course of the day I have stopped barking every time the door is closed on me, and if I start growling then Roland sits down with me telling me 'no' and stroking me, and I calm down straight away

Note from Mo

I big thank you to Sheila and Rowland for fostering Winston, and making such good progress with him in such a short space of time- sorry picture quality is not good, came through with too many pixels to upload to website, so I have scanned and posted

Winston has a lot to learn yet, and is not ready for re homing yet

Problems with downloading docs

I am getting various calls and e mails from people who have iphones, etc to say they can download docs, but cannot complete and e mail to me
these docs are viewed on these devices as 'read only' and need an app which usually can be downloaded free, so if you are experiencing this problem please download Microsoft word, and, or, pdf so you can complete the necessary doc and e mail to me, thank you


Hello I am in foster with Lorna, and family in Birmingham. I needed to come into rescue due to change of circumstances of my owner
I am 3 years old, castrated, vaccinated,
Lorna says I am a truly delightful companion, happy, outgoing, friendly, I pull a bit on the lead, but I love my walks, respond well to my name, and I am fully housetrained. I love company, very affectionate, I get on well with other dogs, and Lorna's children, who are 11 and 15, I do not damage or destruct anything, and the post remains intact ! Lorna is going to find it difficult to say goodbye to me, when I leave and find my forever home, and she says I am a fantastic chap and I deserve to find a forever home soon

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