The first step is to let us know that you are interested in adopting a Westie by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. One of our volunteers will call you to discuss your particular interest, home environment, resident pets and to answer any questions. Please note that we only adopt to non-smoking households. You should also be aware that we seldom get dogs under 3, so if you will accept only a very young Westie, we are probably not a good option for you.
2. Complete the Application
Once you speak with our volunteer you will be sent our application via email. The application must be completed by the person who will be adopting the dog and will be legally and financially responsible for it. Please make sure to complete all sections of this application including references and contact information.
3. Reference Checks and Home Visit
Once the completed application is received we will contact your references. Once that has been completed a home visit will be scheduled. A home visit allows us to get to know you and the other members of your household so we can assess which personality dog will be a good match for you. It also allows us to decide if we feel you are a good candidate for adoption and that your home is a safe environment for one of our dogs.
4. Wait for a Match
Please be patient as we do have a waiting list of applicants. Our goal is to find a dog that is a good match for you and that can take time. The more open you are to the age and sex of a Westie the easier it will be to find a good match.
5. Meet and Greet
We will call you when we have a Westie that we think will be a good match. If you are interested we will then put you in contact with that dog's foster parent. The foster parent can give you more details about the Westie and their observations while the dog has been in their home.
If you decide to meet the dog we ask that you travel to the foster home along with your resident dog(s) for the meet and greet. It is best for you to meet the "new" dog in an environment in which they feel comfortable. This will also give you a better feel for the dog's personality.
If the meet and greet goes well with your family, we ask that you complete the adoption paperwork, give a check for the adoption fee to the dog's foster parent and take the dog home with you. Please read Bringing a New Dog Home (yet to be written by BMW) in the Resources section of this website before bringing your new rescue dog home. We have been rescuing Westies for many years and highly encourage you to follow our advice to ensure that your new dog is transitioned to your home with as little stress as possible.
7. Post Adoption
No adoption is ever final and if for some reason the placement is not successful we ask that you return the dog to us.
Please contact us if you would like to inquire about, or start the adoption process.