|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
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
Still need fosteres
Foster homes needed urgently
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
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
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.
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
Hello a big thank you to Paula and Paul who collected me yesterday and brought me up to foster with Mo and Ian in North Yorkshire. I needed to come into rescue because my owner was not able to care for me, I have very blackened and sore skin. I am nearly 4 years old.
I was scratching my skin so Mo gave me my first Dermacton Bath, which will be repeated every other day, and then I has Dermacton cream massaged into my sore skin, then I tucked into my first bowl of Trophy food, I loved it !
I settled really well in the evening, and after last visit outside I smuggled down in a bed and went to sleep, right through until Mo came down this morning. I have now been out for a chase around with the others, had my Trophy breakfast, and then it was time for Dermacton creaming, and brushing
I have not scratched at all today so all these goods products are starting to work already, and of course I am getting loads of tlc from Mo and Ian, which I think I deserve, and all the other dogs here seem to think I will do well
I know the picture of my underside does not look nice, but hopefully given time you will see a big difference
my skin is softer now, but still a way to go, this is a new picture of me, after grooming last week
Well I am not scratching or sore anymore, parts of my underside are still black, but the skin is now lovely and soft, and I think I am ready for a new forever home.
Mo and Ian say I cannot be re homed with cats, doves, hens, because if I get chance I chase them !
I will be going to my new forever home soon, my adopters are going on holiday and will come and collect me when they get back home
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
Hello I have just arrived in foster with Mo and Ian in North Yorkshire, I was much loved by my previous owner, but she has children, and I don't like children, and have bitten.
I am 5 and a half years old spayed, when I first arrived about an hour ago I was growling at the other dogs, but now my previous owner has left, the other dogs are showing me around, Mo was told I was not allowed on the furniture, but she has just been into the living room, and I am quite comfy on a chair ! My owner also fed me on the dreaded Cesar, and said I would not eat anything else, but Mo has told me I will be fed on the Trophy which all the other dogs love, so I will have to see what I think, but I will have to get used to it as Mo says I won't get anything else ! - I will keep you all updated
Well Mo was right ! I am now tucking into my Trophy food , it is lovely, I am also much more confident and mix with all the other dogs here, and I was a very brave girl yesterday evening because I wanted to sit on Ian's lap, so he picked me up, and then tickled my tummy
I am a lucky girl, I am going to my new forever home very soon
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
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
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.
Sorry picture quality, not good, the website will not upload if the picture has too many pixels, so I have to scan and then add to website
Hello, Mo collected me yesterday, and I have come into foster with her and Ian in North Yorkshire. I needed to come into rescue, because I had nipped visiting children.
I am nearly 15 months old, castrated, vaccinated, microchipped, flea and worm treated.
Mo thought I may not eat my Trophy food when I arrived yesterday afternoon, but I woofed it down, and done the same at breakfast time this morning ! I have already settled in really well, slept fine, and now playing outside with some of the others,- sorry I have just come in to show Mo, I am now covered in grass seeds, she is muttering something about giving me a shower ?
Well I still love wolfing down my Trophy food, Mo has given me worming treatment, and I keep going outside to play, I love al the dogs, but I think my favourite is Barney, we play so well together, Mo has just had to pick more grass seeds from my fur !
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