1 Mar

Dear Friends of Westie Rescue Network (WRN),I hope your 2019 is starting off happy, healthy, safe and prosperous. This year will mark our 29th in which we have rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed Westies primarily in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.

We adopted out 15 dogs in 2018 and currently have no dogs in foster. Total dogs adopted since our founding is just over 950. As noted in earlier letters the number of dogs surrendered to us over the last 5 years has steadily declined to an annual average of 19 dogs. This is approximately 50% of the annual average in the 2009 to 2013 timeframe.

In keeping with what we have experienced in the number of dogs received over the last 5 years the average age per each dog rescued continues to increase. 8.2 yrs. for 2018. We had five dogs this year that were 12 yrs. or older. Fortunately, they were all adopted into loving homes. 7 of the 15 dogs came to us from shelters in Denver, Brighton and Colorado Springs. I expect we will receive more shelter dogs moving forward as the shelters realize what a top notch job we do vetting and placing our Westies.


Regarding veterinary expenses, the average total expenses per dog surrendered to us in 2018 was $1,621. In 2016 and 2017 the equivalent amount was $950 and $1,228, respectively. Fortunately, our donors have allowed us to continue to provide exceptional veterinary care for the dogs we rescued. We expect veterinary costs to continue to increase so donations will always be needed to continue our mission. In this newsletter you will find a Thank You page listing all our wonderful donors and volunteers. We cannot do the work we do without their help and generosity. A heartfelt Thank You from me!

Another news item to bring to your attention: Announcing WRN Revised Website. Before the end of March we expect our new website to be up and running with new and improved software. Our website consultant is working hard to launch the revised page on the first day of Spring, March 20th. He convinced us that because Spring is about renewal, growth and new beginnings we should strive to meet that date. I most heartily agree and we will send you an email announcing the revised website as that date draws near.

If you have any questions/comments/suggestions about any of the items mentioned above please feel free to get in touch with me.

Blessings and good health and a hug to each of you.

Gene Bourque