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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
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



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 !
Jinny has an eye infection so she is now here in foster with us in North Yorkshire, we have cleaned and treated her eye, she is looking so much better.


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.
update 05.11.14
note from Rob and Jackie
Robbie is very well, we can groom him, pick him up, and give him a cuddle, loves to be close to either of us. In the beginning he only chose Robert but if Robert is not around he will come to me, and loves to sleep next to Bailey. He does get upset sometimes if he cannot find Robert, so there is still some insecurity. He still tries to chase and bark at lorries and buses, but not nearly as bad as he was in the beginning. . He is not as excitable as he used to be.


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, Faith 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, Hope has been spayed
here we are cuddled on Mo's fat tummy !
update 05.11.14
we are certainly ready for a new forever home together, we are so loving and friendly, very well behaved, please would someone like to adopt us

This is how we sleep, please is there a very special person out there who would give us a loving forever home


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

Winston needed to be moved to a different foster home, he is settling in very well, and improving each day, but still has some issues before he can be re homed
update 01.12.14
This poor westie still has many problems, he has problems in movement, one of his legs is shorter than the other, he seems to have some pain with this and across his back, he has had a full scan, x rays etc at the vet, they cannot seem to find anything wrong, I have contacted the dog herbalist to see if she can make up a natural remedy to help him, it does appear he may have been injured in his early life, which has left him in some pain

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


Note from Mo
This poor westie has had a dreadful start in life, he was badly treated by his previous owner, we tried to get him into rescue a few months ago, but due to a clerical error, and the owners demanding to have him back, sadly we had to return him, one of our lovely helpers Maureen Cox, kept intouch, and thankfully the owners agreed to him coming into rescue.
He is just 2 years old, and has taken many beatings ,therefore he bit them, he is now safe with us in North Yorkshire, and even, after arriving on Monday, he is starting to relax and trust, and enjoying his Trophy food !

We cannot thank Maureen, enough for sticking with this dog and his life, and to all the Wonderful Westie Team, transporting him up the country, Jenny, for collecting him from Maureen, keeping him for a sleepover, then her lovely daughter Hannah, for transporting him to meet with Sam and Dave, for another sleepover, before the final leg of the journey to meet with us, and bring him here to us in North Yorkshire
His name has been changed, as some dogs when they have been mis- treated associate their name with the ill treatment, Maureen and her hubby Doug, chose the name of Cory, so that's who he is now, at the start of his new life


Sally is in foster with Sue, in Surrey, she is 4 years old, not yet spayed, now vaccinated and needed to come into rescue as her previous owner did not have time to train, and look after her
Note from Sally Westie
I have been with my foster Auntie and Uncle for a week now, and they also have a small puppy, of their own, . I have been a good girl, and learning some manners. I now sit and wait for my Trophy food. Auntie calls me 'Miss Piggy' because I love my food. The little one and me play tug of war with a squeaky toy, but when we get too rough, and over the top, we get told off ! We play 'tag' in the garden, and chase one another and have a great time. I sit on the sofa at night with my Uncle and he strokes my head and chin, but I do not like my back stroked, so I try to play bite, but I m learning not to do this. When we go for a walk I am really good on a lead, and with other dogs. Next Friday I have the groomer coming, and should look like a pretty girl.
Wow just look at me now ! what a pretty face !
update 01.12.14
we cannot have Sally spayed yet, as we do not know when she was last in season, so we need this to happen, and then she can be spayed 8 weeks later

She has started her vaccinations today



This poor westie was full of fleas, and dreadful sore skin, we have flea treated her, and she has had her 1st Dermacton Soap Bar shower, this will be repeated every 2 days. We have massaged the Dermacton Cream into her skin, this will be repeated daily.

This little westie will be with us a long time, before we can consider re homing her
update 01.12.14

Janie is doing so well, and lets us shower her every other day, with the Dermacton Soap Bar, and massage the Dermacton Cream into her skin on a daily basis
update 12.12.14

Oh a very sad message, we hoped this poor westie would progress, but unfortunately not, our lovely vet Norman, confirmed our worst fears, she was so badly undernourished, and neglected for so long, we could not make her well, we did not want this precious little poorly girl to suffer any more, she was gently put to sleep, no more suffering for little Janie xxx


we have accepted westie Minnie into foster with Sharon in Lancashire, she is 6 yrs old and needed to come into rescue because there are 2 children in the house under 20 months old.
She has settled in really well, Sharon is treating her feet with the Dermacton products, her feet are sore through licking, due to being irritated by incorrect feeding
She now gets the Trophy food, which is so good for the dogs,

Bobby now re named Buddy

Bubby aka Bobby was brought to us on Thursday 27th November 2014, he is a 2 year old neutered male westie. Born on September 21st 2012, his vaccination booster is due this month, .He is microchiped, he is overweight and weighs 13.5kg, so needs to lose some weight. On meeting him we noticed his head has a definite tilt to one side, and when you stroke him around his ears you can hear they make squidgy noises. His tail had, what we first thought, a dirty stain on it, and was a bit crooked. He was in need of grooming , and had caked faeces around his rear end, and mud sticking his hair together under his tummy. His coat was very dirty and greasy. We booked him in for grooming for the next morning. The groomer said he was fine being bathed and dried, but was a bad boy having his hair cut. They had to muzzle him, it appears he does not like the groomer cutting his hair around his face and ears, or touching his legs, he growled at the groomer.
He went to the vets for a check up on his ears, and growled at the vet when he tried to look down his ears. He was fine whilst they checked him over everywhere else. So we assumed he had painful ears. the vet also had to muzzle him to try to check his ears, but even with the muzzle on he was like a bucking bronco and Hubby got clawed on the back of his hand, as did the vet. So he is now booked into the vets on Wednesday morning, to be sedated, whilst they check his ears, to see what is going on with them. Hopefully any aggression was down to him being in pain, and he will improve when they are treated.
He is good with other dogs, and very well behaved. He does not pull on a lead, and is easy to walk. We haven't had him long enough to see what he is like on recall, as it is too soon to let him off the lead. He is pretty good when you call him in from the garden. He lets you know when he wants the toilet , as he talks to you ! it is quite comical and he will chatter away at length whilst he looks into your face. He has no food aggression and happily eats with the other westies at each side of him. He does seem to be a mans dog as he follows Dave everywhere , although I do get my fair share of cuddles from him. He loves cuddles and is happiest when draped across someone's lap. He is vey good in the car, and travels well. He curls up in his harness on the back seat, and you can forget he is there. On the whole he will make a wonderful companion as he is a very lovable boy, he loves to play, and enjoys having a ball to fetch, or to play tug of wars with a rope toy. He has certainly made himself at home from the moment his previous owner left him with us. Anyone would think he had been with us all his life, but again if that was so he would not have his problems, and a sore ear ! Whoever adopts this lad, when he is healthy again, will get lots of pleasure from having him around

Buddy has been sedated at the vets, he has got very sore inflamed ears, these have been cleaned, and will now be treated on a daily basis, picture after grooming, his fur was long and matted, what a difference now


Hello there, I needed to come into rescue due to a change of circumstances with my previous owner.
I am only 5 months old, microchipped, vaccinated.
A lovely lady called Katie collected me from my previous home in Liverpool, and met with Ian and Mo at Tebay, where I travelled to come here to North Yorkshire.
I am settling in really well, at night I sleep with the cats in the kitchen, and that is where I have my meals, breakfast is Trophy Puppy Food, mid afternoon I have porridge made with milk and honey, and then in the evening I have more Trophy Puppy Food, I go outside to do my wee's and poo's , and sleep soundly. I love to play, and one of the cats, Sable plays with me, but the other cats are a bit unsure of me, and go out of the window when I chase them ! Mo calls me Poppy Poppet, and I get a lot of cuddles from her and Ian
We were a little concerned about Poppy's rear left leg, and how she was running slightly to one side, so I took her down to our lovely vet Norman for an x ray, the result is her hip and socket are not sitting together, nothing serious, but she needs to fully mature before this can be operated on to correct
Oh dear this may mean she may have to stay with us for quite a few months yet !!!!

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