West Highland White Terrier Club of America

National Westie Rescue

A Message from the National Rescue Committee:

Every year, for a variety of reasons, Westies in this country find themselves in need of new homes. Sometimes they are lost, abandoned, or turned in to shelters. Sometimes owners must give up their dogs because of medical problems, moving into retirement homes, new baby, divorce, allergies, new house, nipping at the children, etc. And sometimes they are rescued from commercial breeding facilities, commonly referred to as "puppy mills".

Good breeders accept responsibility for the dogs they produce and will take them back at any stage of their life and make an effort to find a new suitable home for them. Irresponsible breeders fail to live up to their end of the bargain, don't care what happens to their puppies once they are sold, and will normally sell a puppy to anyone who has the money to pay for the puppy...little or no questions asked.

Westie Rescue logo illustration designed by Judy Swingle

The WHWTCA Rescue Committee was established by the Board of Directors on October 6, 1999, to recognize, aid, and promote regional and individual rescue efforts, many of which had existed for some time.

General questions for the National Rescue Committee may be sent to Karen Spalding, Rescue Chair: Westietude53@gmail.com.

To Find a Puppy, visit our Find a Westie page.

Westie Rescue Fund

A rescue fund has been established to assist rescue workers or groups to help a dog.
Financial contributions are always welcome and gratefully accepted and can be sent to:

Lisa Pacheco, WHWTCA Treasurer 
1143 Hill Street
Raynham, MA  02767

If you are interested in adopting a Rescued Westie, please contact the Rescue Committee Chair for more information.


Karen Spalding, Chair
12 Seminary Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325