Westie Rescue Network, Inc. (WRN) has been rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming Westies in Colorado and surrounding areas for over 20 years. We are a volunteer based 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado that has saved the lives of almost a thousand Westies since our founding.
The majority of dogs in our program have been relinquished by their owners for a variety of reasons which can include, a new child in the family, allergies, divorce, illness, dog behavior or that the Westie is not a good fit for their lifestyle. The remainder of the dogs in our program are transferred to us from local animal shelters. While the vast majority of our dogs are purebred Westies we occasionally receive Westie-mix dogs.
The average age of a rescued Westie with WRN in the last year was 5.9 years of age. We believe that these adult dogs make wonderful companions but also understand that many who want to adopt are looking for a young dog. Although we would love to be able to adopt out young dogs, the reality is that WRN receives very few very young dogs each year.
When a Westie enters our program they receive a complete medical check up including vaccinations, spay/neuter, dental if necessary and ensuring they are microchipped. WRN will also perform any other test or procedures including surgery if necessary before adoption.
All Westies are placed in one of our loving and caring foster homes which allows them to feel secure and loved while allowing us to evaluate their behavior and temperament in order to make the best placement. Our foster homes provide valuable information to our adopters to help make the transition of the rescued Westie easier on them (and you).
Our adoption fee has remained at $425 for the last several years. A portion of this fee may be waived depending on the dog's age and health.
If you are drawn to Westies because of their adorable appearance please be advised that their looks can be deceiving. The West Highland White Terrier was originally bred to hunt and kill vermin in the Scottish Highlands. They are a tough, hardy, independent and tenacious breed. They make a wonderful companion for those who appreciate and are charmed by the terrier temperament but not a good fit for the person who wants a gentle-natured little dog primarily for cuddling. For more information about health, temperament, and behavior, the West Highland White Terrier Club of America maintains an excellent website at http://www.westieclubamerica.com. It will help you assess whether or not a Westie is the right dog for you.
Please be patient - We receive more qualified applications from very fine homes than we have Westies to place, and it usually takes several months to match the right person with the right dog.