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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

despite my request 2 years ago, I am still receiving calls after 7pm, if you phone and it is an emergency then please leave a message and I will contact you, if it is not an emergency, which most of the calls are not, then please try to phone between 9am - 4pm, if you do phone between these hours I will normally answer, unless I am dealing with the dogs, or trying to eat a meal, I am sure you will find I am more available than many 'kennels' and rescues, we are all always busy, so please bear this in mind, thank you

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


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


this westie needed to come into rescue, his owners no longer had time for him, he was given to people to look after him, but they had a cat, and as most of you know terriers and cats are usually a 'no go' unless they have been brought up together, so we accepted him into rescue, he is in foster with Sue and Alistair near Stockton on Tees.
He will be 4 years old in July, castrated, vaccinated, and wormed.
he was quite stressed for the 1st day, but is now a lot calmer, and settling down very well, in this much calmer household.
this westie is doing well, but has some aggressive moments with people he meets, so Sue has kindly agreed to book him in for training so he can meet and socialise with other dogs, and people
12.09.15 update from Sue

Its a long slow progress for Mac, Better Pets have given me advise, to get Mac to socialise, but with little effect, he will not accept people into the home, which is stressful for him, and myself and Alec, he is aggressive as soon as he spots a person or a dog coming towards him. We think the aggression is down to fear. If a bike goes past he gets in an awful state, especially if he does not hear them coming up behind him
Mac is a really lovely little dog when h is on his own with us. He is somewhat idiosyncratic in what in what he does not get up to when it gets light, he lies in his basket and watches us pottering about, and gets up about half nine or ten. He often takes himself off to bed about eight thirty at night,. We have his bed in the hallway, and he stays in his bed all night. This is quite impressive considering we are trotting in and out of the loo in this time!



Some of you may remember Dylan, he needed to come into rescue because his previous owner , who bought him from kennels where they said he was 7 years old, was disabled and could not walk or train him, she asked us to accept him into rescue, which we did, had him vet checked, to discover he was around 18/20 months old, we placed him with a foster who had resident dogs, and although he was fine with these dogs in the garden, and on walks, he bullied the dogs in the house, we had an approved applicant for him, who did not have a resident dog, I explained that Dylan would need ongoing training and socialising, and for at least the 1st week would need to be kept on a short lead, even in the house, so if he did anything the adopter was not happy with, she could control him with the lead, after a few days in his new home I received a call to say he had bitten her when she removed a burr from his face, and that he growled when he was on the sofa, and she wanted to get him down, I said well, get hold of his lead to get him down, she did not have the lead on him, I again gave the advise of the lead, and confirmed that he needed training and socialising, she then said if I was prepared to refund the donation she would take him for training, I asked her to decide whether or not she wanted him to come back into rescue, so this is what as happened, he is now in foster near Dartford in Kent, but again not getting on with the foster resident dogs, please can someone, preferable in, or not too far away, from Dartford, foster this poor westie, we do not really want him to have to take yet another long journey to a new foster home, although we would do this if necessary, the foster needs to have westie experience, with no resident dogs or cats, we cover all costs for the dogs whilst they are in foster, if you think you maybe suitable to foster Dylan, or any other westie needing to come into rescue, please complete an application to foster from this website, and e mail to me, click on the link on the home page to adopt/ foster, this brings up all or applications/acceptance, these can me completed on line, thank you, I do hope we can find a suitable foster home for this poor westie
update 05.10.15

I am pleased to say Dylan is now safely in foster with Sarah and Robert in Surrey, he is the only dog in the house, Sarah and Robert have had a previous westie, he has had a settled night, thank you to Sharon for all her help
update 12.11.15
Sarah and Robert are doing so well with Dylans training, he still has some way to go, and when he is finally ready for re homing he will need a home with people who have westie experience


Casper has just arrived into foster with Christine in Derbyshire, he needed to come into rescue due to previous owner having lack of knowledge of breed, and no time for his needs.
He is 2 years old, microchipped, castrated, he has sore skin, which will be treated with the Dermacton products, and the Trophy food is on its way for his feed. Christine has booked him in for grooming, as you can see he is well overdue for this. We will have his coat trimmed really short so then his sore skin can be successfully treated

note from Mo

We do ask previous owners ,when a dog comes into rescue, to bring the dogs collar, lead, harness, toys, and bed- Casper came with a new bed, nothing else, sometimes previous owners bring in soiled beds, and 'nasty' treats, these go in the bin, also we expect adopters to bring collar, lead, harness with them when they adopt a dog, sometimes they do not do this, if future if we have to supply these, we will make a charge
update 31.10.15
note from foster Christine
Casper is doing very well on his regime of the Dermacton products, and thankfully his skin is well on the road to recovery, he is the most sweet natured and very friendly, and is gaining confidence, he will be booked in at the vets, once his skin has improved, to have an laparotomy to find his 2nd testicle, which had not been dealt with prior to coming into rescue, that should be in about 4 weeks time, but he is a joy and to anyone lucky enough to adopt him, when he is fit and well
update 27.11.15
Casper has been back to the vets this morning, and his skin is so much better thanks to the Dermacton products, which we use for sore skin, he is now well enough for his big operation, he is now booked in for the Laparotomy op next Wednesday 2nd Dec, this should have been done whilst he was with his previous owner prior to him coming into rescue, but it was not, the cost for this is going to be approx. £580, please keep this little man in your thoughts next week onwards, thank you
updated picture of Casper after grooming


Betty has just arrived in foster with Sharon in Dartford, Kent, she needed to come into foster, she had bitten a child, and she did not like people coming into her home.
Betty is 15 months old, , microchipped, spayed, vaccinated,
Betty is settling in really well with Sharon, she gets on fine with Sharons westies, and with all other dogs, but does not like other people visiting, or when meeting other people outside the home, so we need to try and sort this problem prior to re homing



Jimmy needed to come into rescue because his family are re locating abroad, and also have young children, he is nearly 4 years old, microchipped, castrated, vaccinated
he is in foster with Sam in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, he has settled very well, but he has very sore skin, which we are treating with the Dermacton Soap Bar and Cream, Sam has not been able to walk him as yet as he came into rescue with a collar and lead, no harness, and his neck is very sore, I (Mo) have posted out the Dermacton products for his sore skin, and ordered the Trophy food, which we use for all our dogs, I (Mo) have also posted out a Westies in Need Harness, tag, etc which can be used to attach to a car seat belt, and used for walking, he also needs grooming, which Sam has booked him in for this next week
update from Sam
Jimmy has been in foster with me and came into rescue due to previous owners work commitments and arrival of new baby. He is a cuddle monster and a huge fusspot! He is very loving and affectionate. He loves to climb on your lap and put his paws on your shoulder and nuzzle into your neck, he will also roll over into your arms like a baby. He loves to plant lots of wet Westies kisses on you too. At any opportunity he will roll over at your feet to get his belly rubbed. He was 4 years old on the 4th November. He is house trained. His recall is a bit hit and miss , but we are working on that with him. As yet he has only barked once ! He is not phased by fireworks he just lifts his head , then put it back down again. He is not phased by anyone coming to the door, or the postman, or anyone coming into the house. He has taken to my pack of 4 dogs with total ease , he was previously any only dog. He is good with my 6 year old son, however he does get nervous with any sudden movements around him, and will nip, but we are working on that with him, . He does have a sore patch of skin on his throat, , we are treating him with the Dermacton Cream, he is a good lad, and lets me massage the cream into his skin. He is like having a second shadow , and likes to be nosey at what you are doing, he is sleeping in a crate at night with one of our pack, his choice. He has taken a shine to our little Biewer Heidi- Hi, and wanted to be in there with her. He sleeps through the night with no problem. He did the first 2 mornings has an issue with navigating the stairs, his previous owner did advise that he had not been upstairs for ages, so this explains it, but he has no problem coming down them now. He looks a little bit bewildered when my pack start to play and chase each other around, he sits and watches them but looks like he does not know what to do. We have tried toys with him and playing with a ball but he is not very interested. Heidi- Hi keeps bringing her tugger rope to him, but he does not know what to do with it, so we are trying to teach him.


Emily needed to come into rescue because her owner is very ill, and for quite a few months has not been able to care for needs, she is in foster with us in North Yorkshire
She is just 3 years old microchipped, spayed, vaccinated, she has very sore and blackened skin, we have started treatment straight away with the Dermacton products, we will get her groomed asap so we can then treat the whole of her body
Although we have only been back home for about an hour she is already playing with the other dogs, but not Monty as he always grumps at any new dog that comes in, and even those who are here already !
update 04.11.15
we have taken Emily for grooming today, had her coat taken really short so we can treat her blackened and sore skin, she was so good at the groomers, she is now just causing havoc playing with Wallace
Emily is really responding well to the Dermacton skin treatments, under her chin and chest which were very blackened, the skin here is now turning pink and is much softer, her legs and feet are still red and sore, but no where near as bad as they were, she lets us bath and treat her without any problems. She really loves to play with toys, on her own, and especially with our dear Scottie Wallace


Bobby needed to come into rescue because his owner could not afford to keep him.

He is in foster with Sue, in Surrey, he is 6 years old microchipped, neutered, his skin is quite sore so Sue is treating him with the Dermacton products, he is also booked in for grooming soon.
He is settling in really well with Sues' other westies
Update from Sue
new picture of Bobby after grooming. The groomer said that out of all the WiN Westies she has clipped for me, he has been the best, so good and mixed well with her other dogs after he had been clipped. One of his ears is sore, so I will put some cleaner in, and he may need something stronger. I can now se where he is sore so I will start creaming with the Dermacton cream. Bobby is such a laid back dog, only tells my Westie girls off when its to much for him ( I don't blame him). He is really gentle and loves a cuddle. Loves his food and is going to make someone a lovely pet. He is excellent in the car, and we are going to take him around the car boot on Sunday, but think there will be no problem there.

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