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Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
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Note from Mo

I do thank everyone who watches the website, and thank you all for your kind messages
As most of you know we are very dedicated 'family' of volunteers who all feel very strongly about looking after our special dogs, and try never to turn a dog away, no-matter its age or condition.None of us take any expenses , the adoption donations we ask for partly cover vets bills (which for some dogs this can be very expensive and ongoing) there is also Grooming costs, and feeding,bathing, and all the other costs involved with the care and wellbeing of these animals.
If at anytime you can spare even a very small amount of money, this would be gratefully appreciated, to help us continue this very necessary need.

You can donate through 'pay pal' on this website.

Thank you so much


Dangerous Dogs

Over very many years we have taken in westies who 'bite' we take the view it is not the dogs fault, he may be has been teased,illtreated, miss handled, lots of reasons, we bring them in to our homes, show them they are wanted, rehabilitate with people and other animals, and keep them as long as necessary, until we are sure they are ready for their new 'forever home'.

Not only do we take in dogs through 'westies in need' we try to help other kennels,pounds,other rescues, to help many of these dogs.

Recently a westies in need fosterer (with many, many, years of experience, took in a blind jack russell who had been kept in a cupboard most of his life as he was considered to be untrustworthy with people and children, the owner was going to have this dog put to sleep, this fosterer was given a brief outline of this dog, she then travelled 100 miles to collect the dog and bring him back to her home.With blind dogs they normally follow other dogs,and soon get used to not bumping into things.This dog did not, he was aggressive with her other dogs, and repeatedly banged his head against the wall, he was totally distressed. She had to make a decision to take this dog to her vet to be put to sleep, for the safety of herself,her dogs, and anyone else the dog came into contact with this poor dog.How she managed to get this dog to the vet without been savaged, I will never know, it took 4 staff at the vet to hold this dog, again it was banging its head on the wall and the table. He is now at peace.
and they say lightening cannot strike twice in the same place, well it has.
The same fosterer took a 5 month old cocker spaniel in, which had bitten, this dog was fine most of the time, but then would turn and attack for no apparent reason, she was given advice this poor dog has no quality of life, and cannot live in a normal enviroment. The person who handed to dog in has been contacted to collect this dog (which we do not really recommend as this dog willl most likely to be put into kennels, as he cannot be rehomed, and will then live a institutional exsistance with no quality of life) or he will be put to sleep, to end his misery.
Because of this we will no longer be taking into rescue any dog from an unknown source, but will still try to help other rescues, and kennels, and pounds, as we have in the past.

This wonderfui fosterer is so stressed I will not allow her to take in any more dogs, and hopefully she will recover from the dreadful situation, she has been put in.


Please keep this wonderful fosterer in your thoughts

Lovely dogs and lovely people

We are very privilaged to have contact with so many wonderful dogs, and on the whole so many lovely people!
We have a lovely following on the website, sometimes with people who for whatever reason cannot adopt a dog, and people who need advice for their dogs.
Recently we gave advice to a lady who's westie was unwell, this morning I received a beautiful card from Marion who lives in Limerick, with a very kind donation towards the costs of the treatment for the 2 ex puppy farm breeding bitches- Thank you so much Marion, and all the other kind people who keep these poorly dogs in their thoughts

Mo and Ian

urgent fosterers required

We urgently need fosterers to join our friendly team, must be 'westie wise' please contact for a chat, and/or download an complete an application to foster from the website and e mail to me

I look forward to hearing from you to help these little dogs

Fosterer in South Yorkshire urgently required
Fosterer in South urgently required (Kent area)
Fosterer in Midlands urgently required
More dogs needing to come into rescue

Nottingham area
Sheffield area

Still need fosteres
South Coast

Foster homes needed urgently

South Wales

please bare in mind some dogs who come into foster are traumatised so we do not foster or re home when there are young children in the home

Us at West House

I have taken the decision we cannot take any more foster dogs into us here,we have some problem dogs, and the many years I have been doing this is taking a toll on my health,my home needs attention,and we do not have any time out.
I will continue to foster the dogs we have, but any more needing to come into rescue will need to go to other of our foster places.
We really need more good foster homes, so if anyone can help please complete an application to foster from the website and e mail to me

Thank You
update thank you to everyone and as you will see we are still taking in more dogs here, but we have got some lovely new good fosters, and are are always needing more!

I am having to start being more strict and not answering the phone after 7pm some people are still phoning none emergency well after this time, from now on, I will not answer, we have a message service, if it is an emergency I do check messages and will return your call, thank you

At my great age I can just about manage the internet and web site, but I do not do text so anyone sending a text I will not respond, and these are usually from mobiles, and we do say on our voicemail if you are using a mobile, please call later

despite my request 3 years ago, I am still receiving calls after 7pm, if you phone and it is an emergency then please leave a message and I will contact you, if it is not an emergency, which most of the calls are not, then please try to phone between 9am - 4pm, if you do phone between these hours I will normally answer, unless I am dealing with the dogs, or trying to eat a meal, I am sure you will find I am more available than many 'kennels' and rescues, we are all always busy, so please bear this in mind, thank you



we have not moved address, so please remember again, we live very remote, we do not receive a mobile phone signal , so please use our landline no 01748 884998, nor do we have voicetext, photomessaging etc


Please can I remind callers yet again, I do not get a mobile signal at home, nor do I do text, please use landline no 01748 884998 within reasonable hours, or e mail westiesinneed@swaledale.org

thank you

A Big Thank You

I really do not know how to put into words , how to thank all you very special people, who we consider you our good friends, and cannot thank you enough for all your kind messages, and cards, and wonderful donations, they have made us cry, and laugh. We really appreciate your time and kindness, it is so wonderful all the Westies have so many people thinking and caring for them.
We hope you all have a better 2013, with lots of love, Mo,Ian and all the fluffties xxx

Sorry but we are no longer able, because of cost,to post out applications to adopt, if you do not have access to the website/internet please send a large sae to us and we will post out an application

thank you
update 30.12.13

Well another year nearly over, and again, lots of westies gone to there new forever homes, and still more needing to come into rescue. We and others have had sadness in our own dogs going over 'Rainbow Bridge' but we can draw comfort knowing they are now free from pain, and have all their doggy friends to run free with.

Again I cannot thank you all enough for all the support, donations, and wonderful cards and messages received throughout the year, we have so many true and good friends gathered over the years, and could not carry on without you, you are always there for us in sad, and good times.
Thank you all so much, especially all the westies and other dogs we have all been able to help this year

Mo and Ian xxx


27.01.13 updated 14.04.16

as most of you are aware because we always have so many dogs in our home, we do not have spare time to do any fundraising, we are very grateful for all the help our supporters provide.
I also worry about joining organisations who offer to help but in return want us to promote their products, which we do not believe in doing.
But we have just joined an organisation called Easy Funding.co.uk
if you would like to take a look at the URL http:/www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/westiesinneed.
Thank You


05.04.13 updated 14.04.16 unfortunately same message

I know most of you know we have had a HUGE vet bill for one of our poorly westies, and I cannot thank you all enough for your donations towards this, you are all very special and we could not continue to rescue and re home without your continued support, but in saying this when we accept a dog into rescue we do ask for a donation, this goes towards ALL the dogs we have in foster, it is happening more and more now that people will agree to make a donation when we accept a dog in, but then we never receive these donations, and more often than not the dogs we accept need vet treatment, including, castrating, spaying, grooming etc etc and other behavioural/skin problems, we have a wonderful team of fosters, who take these dogs in as part of their homes, and provide all the care the dogs need

We do not ever want to get to the stage where we have to refuse to take dogs into rescue, but on a practical point we cannot continue to accept dogs into us with sometimes very costly needs, and yet these are the dogs that really need to be helped

Thank you


Problems with downloading docs

I am getting various calls and e mails from people who have iphones, etc to say they can download docs, but cannot complete and e mail to me
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We have been trying to get this poor westie into rescue since last year, but the 'owner' did not want him to come into rescue. We think he is about 11 years old, and you can see he has been very badly neglected, and his very sore and blackened skin left untreated
Thankfully now he is safe, in foster with Janet, and his treatment has started, we are using totally natural products, he will have regular baths using the Dermacton Soap Bar, and the Dermacton Cream massaged into his sore skin on a daily basis, we will use the Dermacton Spray for his feet and paws. The Trophy Small Bite Holistic food is on its way for him.
Jake will be in long term foster with Janet, we will not be re homing him
update 26.06.16

Jake is slowly improving under the love and care of Janet, some of you may think his skin still looks awful, but as those who have been following is progress since coming into WiN he is much improved, the Trophy food, and the Dermacton products , and Janets care is really making a difference
update 08.01.17

Again you may think his skin still looks bad, for those of you who have been following his progress, you will really see the difference in him, unfortunately he has got an ear infection associated with his sore skin, he is receiving treatment for this
update 12.12.17
Janet was delivering cards yesterday, with Jake on a lead, lady came to door, letting dog she was looking after out, dog mauled Jake, Janet took him straight to vet who operated immediately, Jake pulled through, and will go back to vets today, bill is expected to be £600 +, owner will be reported, but it appears he shows no remorse for his dogs actions. Please keep dear Jake and Janet in your thoughts xx
update 16.12.17
Poor Jake had to go to vet hospital as he has abscess in his wounds, been on AB s , and now at vets to be sedated to drain puss out of wounds, please keep this very poorly Westie in your thoughts, thank you xxx


Well another westie from the same hell hole of a kennels/ puppy farm, again we had to pay the despicable owner to get this westie out
She has been given the lovely name of Skye, as possibly the first time in her poor life (we think she could be about 7/8 years old) she was able to look up and see the sky. She came into rescue late last Friday, and was booked into the vets for checking over on Saturday morning, where she was diagnosed with Pyometra, and thankfully John the vet was able to operate immediately, and advised if she had been left untreated for just a few more days she would have died. So if anyone thinks this hell hole and others like it are a place to buy dogs and puppies from- think again. these scum breeders have no care for the dreadful conditions these dogs have to live in every day of their sad neglected lives, and yet local authorities still keep handing out licences for these places
Thanks to our wonderful team, and a very special lady who works tirelessly for the welfare of dogs, Skye is recovering so well from the major surgery, a big thank you to John the vet, and his team, Skye is not for adoption, our special lady known as MSL is keeping Skye and she will live a happy and much loved life with MSL and her Clan xx
update 30.05.17 please see dear Skye now on 'new beginnings' on the website


We have recently taken in to rescue this poor little westie, who was dumped, he is skin and bone, with very sore skin, he is in foster with our lovely volunteer Mo C, in Kent, where she and Doug, and their Clan of dogs, he is eating the Trophy food, and having daily baths with the Dermacton Soap bar, and the Dermacton Cream massaged into his skin. He has improved so much already, but has a long way to go yet, and will need on-going treatments for quite a long time.
Thank you so much Mo C for taking care of Crosbie, the love and care you are giving him is making such a difference already
Please see update on 'new beginnings' on the website for Crosbie, Skye, and Casper


Charlie needed to come into rescue due to a change in owners lifestyle. He is microchipped, castrated, vaccinated, flea and worm treated. He is in foster with Becci in Portland, Dorset
Note from Charlie
My name is Charlie, I am a westie x Lakeland terrier, (I am more Lakeland then Westie) I love company and I love my sleep, I love being outside, and I am a very fast pace walker but I do not pull on my lead. I am a bit worried at meeting other dogs, and may growl on or off lead but my foster Mum is showing me that not all dogs are to be scared of, I like to hunt when I am out and do my meercat impression if I sense something, I may run off, but if you are firm, I won't. I get on with cats, and have lived with them. I do respond to commands but I am independent. I have not been left on my own yet so I will update you when this happens
update 20.03.17
note from Becci
Charlie seems fine when left, he cries a little but doesn't appear to be stressed. Needs work when meeting dogs on the lead, when off lead likes to charge at them, and will follow other dogs examples, he is very playful and other dogs love him. He walks by my side and will stop and come back when called. He did run after a cat which I had not seen, but came back but he is friendly with them, so I think he just wants to say 'hi' and play
update from Becci
He has issues with being anxious and a little afraid of other dogs especially the bigger ones. The aggression on the lead when he sees other dogs has calmed down a lot , but needs long term work, and he loves cats and they love him once they realise Charlie is not going to eat them as he gets so excited which gives them the wrong impression
Charlie has been to the groomers, what a handsome boy
This lovely dog is ready for his forever home


Frankie needed to come into rescue due to biting, he was booked into vets to be pts , thankfully the vet contacted the lovely Niall Lester, New Hope Rescue, who in turn , contacted our wonderful Richard and Janie, who went to collect him from his owner, they managed to get him a vet appointment, he is very underweight, various tests were done, he has been diagnosed with severe Anaemia, he has very little strength and energy, hopefully he will start to get better soon, we are waiting for more test results , when he recovers more we will be needing a foster for this poor westie.
He is 5 years old, castrated, microchipped, and he has now been wormed. His previous owner groomed him herself, and his nails need clipping, as you will see from the picture. Please keep this westie in your thoughts to help him get well
A big thank you to both vets, Niall, and Richard and Janie, - another westie saved from pts
This precious little westie, who we think was originally a 'puppy farm' pup, with interbreeding problems passed on to him, (and many others) he has got a liver shunt which until he came into rescue, had not been treated, he has been scanned with possibly only a 25% chance of pulling through this operation, so for now he is receiving the correct food, and medication to help 'build him up' and give him some energy. We will see how he responds , please keep this dear westie in your thoughts
update 20.10.17
Thanks to much tlc from Janie and Richard this lovely westie is doing so well, has more energy, eating his low protein food, and his systems are coping so well


BJ is a westie x yorkie, and is 10 yrs old. He needed to come into rescue because his previous owner is very ill, and could not take care of him.
He is now in foster with Paul and Karen, in Nottinghamshire.
he is microchipped, castrated, flea and worm treated.
He is settling in well with their other dogs
update 23.09.17
note from foster Paul,
BJ is settling in well, and getting calmer. In fact he is a lovely little dog, he greets us when we have been out with a waggy tail, and little yelps of excitement
update 12.02.18
We are so surprised there has been no interest in BJ he is a lovely boy who so deserves a forever home


Dallas needed to come into rescue due to arrival of baby.
He is 11 years young, microchipped, castrated and flea and worm treated. We discovered poor Dallas came into rescue with a perforated ear drum, this has now been operated on and he has recovered very well.
He is in foster with Kevin and Mavis in Sunderland
Note from Kevin
Dallas is a friendly affectionate little westie. He is very playful and enjoys being chased.
Dallas enjoys being stroked, and having his tummy rubbed.
He enjoys his Trophy food, but does not like to rush to eat, he takes his time
He likes to go for walks and gets on with other dogs. If the back door is open he enjoys nothing better than wandering in and out. He has had a couple of visits to our caravan and loves running on the beach, although never goes near the sea
update 06.01.18
Dallas is doing really well, gets on with other dogs but we think he may like a forever home as the only dog


Janie and Richard collected this little westie, and she is in foster with them in Kent.
Update from Janie
Bella is (we believe) 12 years young. Her elderly owner sadly passé away, leaving Bella very confused and unhappy. Bella has not been microchipped nor wormed, and we are unsure as yet whether she has been spayed. She has a bladder infection which was very uncomfortable for her, and she would tiddle a lot indoors. We think she is housetrained however due to being unsettled she still has the occasional tiddle indoors, but hopefully in time this will stop. When she first came to us she was very scared, and very timid, but with patience and care she has come to enjoy our company. She gets on very well with our own 6 dogs and enjoys following them around the garden. She is quick to learn things. Bella does not like children, but she does love a cuddle and when confident in your company will roll onto her back for a tummy tickle. Bella would suit a home without young children, or visiting young children., and would be happy as an only dog, or with others.
She appears to have good energy for a dog of her age


This westie was going to be pts because he was growling and snapping at children in the house. Thankfully our dear Richard and Janie collected him at very short notice, and he his now safe in foster with Mick and Bev, near Ashford, Kent.
He is 6 years old, microchipped, but not castrated ( he will be booked into vets to get this done ) He also needs grooming so that will be done tomorrow.
He is settling in really well, has now got a lovely new bed, and some toys.
A big thank you to Richard, Janie, and to his fosters Mick and Bev xxx


Gus needed to come into rescue due to some unpredictable behaviour, where he has turned and bitten for no apparent reason. We call this the 'westie switch' which is usually caused by interbreeding (puppy farm dogs)
Sarah and Robert kindly agreed to foster him, they have their own westie Dylan who was a WiN westie with behavioural problems, which over time they were able to cure, and went on the adopt him.
Gus is 21 months old, castrated, microchipped, wormed, and vaccinated.
He is settling in quite well, but this morning he suddenly 'switched' and tried to bite Sarah, and then he was so remorseful immediately after
We thank Sarah and Robert for coping with this troubled westie, who will most likely be in foster for some time, before we could consider a forever home


Thanks to the lovely Niall Lester, and our wonderful Richard and Janie, this poor very neglected westie is now safe in foster, Richard and Janie collected her, and took her to the vets to be checked over, initially she has had pain relief injection, anti biotic, and ear drops. We then arranged for her to come into foster with us in North Yorkshire.
she is settling in so well, she is 12 years old, very thin, sore skin, totally blocked ears, must have been neglected for years. She is getting on fine with the other dogs, she loves to be cuddled, we are cleaning her ears, and using the drops on a twice daily basis. She is having the Dermacton baths every other day, and the Dermacton Cream massaged into her skin on a daily basis . she has difficulty eating as she can hardy open her mouth, and many rotten teeth. We are feeding her little and often, she loves her food, inc porridge with honey, and I am softening the Trophy food, which she is also enjoying. she is such a sweetheart and lets us treat her without any problem.
update 27.01.18
This little sweetheart is such a special westie, Ian took her to the vets yesterday who confirmed our thoughts on the problem with her jaw, which because this has been neglected for so many years she has got arthritis in her jaw, and goes back to the vet next Tuesday for x rays, also her ears are so bad due again to neglect so the vet is going to try and deep clean her ears, but it is possible that this may not work because of the years of neglect. She has gained some weight, and is such a pleasure to care for. We have ordered the arthritis remedy from the dog herbalist, so we hope this will help. Her skin is improving on a daily basis. What a brave little westie who is so loving
update 12.02.18
This so neglected westie is slowly improving, but her jaw and head are totally fused due to been left untreated since she was a puppy. She is such a gentle westie, she cannot bark again due to the fusion. Her eyes are so much brighter, and she loves the big stove in the living room, and loves to be cuddled. The other dogs are so good with her, and Scottie Frederick has taken her under is paw xx


A big thank you to Debbie Jager, Gemma at the vet, Richard and Janie, and to Sue for agreeing to foster this westie. His previous owner took him to the vet to be pts, thankfully the vet would not do this, and after a lot of persuasion agreed to sign him over., so thank you to everyone involved we were able to accept him into WiN.
He will be 7 years old in February, he is microchipped, vaccinated etc. He has a problem with his ligament in one of his back legs, we booked him in for sedation and x rays the vet does not feel he needs this to be operated on, but because it has been left untreated until now, he is suffering with some arthritis. We have ordered an arthritis remedy for him which should help his discomfort. He is settling in very well with Sue and Jims 2 westie girls, enjoys playing with them, and loves the garden. His leg needs to be rested, with gentle exercise, and short walks. His favourite place in on the sofa!
update 12.02.18
we have had a number of applicants for Louis , and although these have been good, we do not think they would be suitable for Louis , so he is still looking for a new forever home

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