To support and guide those West Highland White Terrier Club of America (WHWTCA) affiliated individuals and groups who rescue, foster, rehabilitate, and find new and permanent homes for unwanted West Highland White Terriers (Westies).
Rescue Committee Statement of Purpose
The purposes of the National Rescue Committee (NRC) of the WHWTCA are:
Rescue Committee Policy, Guidelines, and Definitions
National Rescue Committee - The National Rescue Committee will consist of a Chairperson and up to 5 additional committee members, all of whom shall be WHWTCA members in good standing, and one of which shall be a current WHWTCA Board Member. Responsibilities of the committee will include, but are not limited to:
The National Rescue Committee is not a placement service; however, when possible it will assist finding a rescue Westie a new home
Regional Clubs - All Regional Westie Clubs are encouraged to have their own rescue service, and in this case, should choose their own Rescue Coordinator to work with the Rescue Committee and must immediately notify the Rescue Committee if there is a change in Rescue Coordinator. The Regional Club should establish policies and procedures, and provide a copy of same to the National Rescue Committee.
Regional Clubs will be responsible for funding their own rescue program. The Rescue Committee may recommend financial assistance from the WHWTCA to the Clubs in unusual circumstances i.e. a large number of dogs, dogs that are in an emergency situation, or dog's that need extensive care.
Member-Led Independent -- Independent Rescue Groups led by National Club Members are encouraged to form in areas not currently covered by groups listed on the Club Website. When formed in areas currently covered by Regional Clubs, the National Groups are encouraged to work cooperatively with the existing group. National Groups shall follow the same guidelines as the Regional Club Groups.
Independent Rescue Groups -- Independent Rescue Groups or individuals are encouraged, particularly in areas not currently covered by groups listed on the Club Website. Independent Groups shall follow the same guidelines as the Regional Clubs and National Groups.
Rescue Contacts -- The Rescue Committee will compile and maintain a list of Rescue Coordinators in the USA. This list will be posted on the WHWTCA Rescue Web Page. These contacts will be both from the Regional Clubs and from Independent rescuers. Inquiries regarding adoption or rescue of a Westie will be referred to the Rescue Coordinator for that area. If the Westie is located in an area not covered by a Rescue Coordinator, every effort will be made to contact WHWTCA members or other rescue groups/individuals in that particular area.
Rescue Funds - From time to time, the NRC may raise or receive funds to be allocated for rescue support. The Treasurer of the WHWTCA shall be responsible for the rescue funds. The rescue funds are available for the development and ongoing support of the NRC, as well as for grants to help recognized Rescue Coordinators in specific situations. Development in this context includes, but is not limited to, funding the printing of education material. Ongoing support in this context includes, but is not limited to, operating expenses such as telephone expenses and postage.
Rescue Grants -- Rescue Coordinators may apply to the WHWTCA for financial assistance for any purebred Westie which requires medical treatment and is in a rescue situation.
Funds shall also be available for rescue assistance in Natural Disaster situations.
Amendments -- Amendments made to the WHWTCA NRC documents and/or information posted on the web site, which would pertain to or affect the Rescue Coordinators listed, will be made available to those listed before said amendments are posted to the web site.