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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
Westies In Need West Highland White Terrier Rescue and Rehoming
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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


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


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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


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


Tigger is nearly 6 year old westie, castrated, microchipped,and vaccinated, .He is Tigger by name and Tigger by nature. A very energetic westie with a lovely nature. He has good command response and loves to do "roll overs" . He is quite vocal although this maybe because he is with our dogs at the moment. Sadly he came into WiN because his previous owners had a young baby and were unable to give Tigger the attention he needed, he was a much loved westie. When he was around 6 months old he had a skin problem and was put on medication which he has remained on ever since. His skin appears to be fine at the moment, so we have taken him off the medication to see if the skin issue returns (and we are mindful that he maybe a little stressed at the moment due to the change in his life, so are keeping a watchful eye on his skin) He gets on fine with our other dogs and loves nothing better than playing with our puppy. They chase each other around the garden. If you are interested in Tigger he is with Richard and Janie in Kent, so please complete an application to adopt from the website www.westiesinneed.co.uk and e mail to Janie or Mo
unfortunately Tigger has had a set back in his behaviour, and is not yet ready for re homing


This westie needed to come into rescue has she did not get on with one of the resident dogs. We believe she is microchipped( we are awaiting confirmation of this) Not yet spayed(she in in season at the moment). We understand she was vaccinated as a puppy ( we are awaiting confirmation of this). She was born on the 14.07.17.
Dear Phil Lyons-John made the very long journey yesterday (bank holiday Monday!) from his home on the SE coast, to travel to S Wales to collect this westie,and then transported her all the way to North Yorkshire to meet with me, and then he had to make the long jourrney back home through very heavy traffic. A huge "thank you" to Phil.
Missy is settling in well ,explored outside yesterday evening, slept well, ate her Trophy food for breakfast and at the moment she is settled on a cushion underneath my desk whilst I type this. She is getting on fine with our other dogs, but like our other dogs she is not allowed in the kitchen where the cats sleep.
Update 04.09.18
Missy is doing fine, but quite a nervous little girl,with a high pitched bark ! not too keen on men, we are treating her sore ear, she is rather underweight with some sore skin, which again we are treating, we feel this westie is not ready for rehoming yet
update 20.11.18
Missy is doing so well, skin, ears, weight now fine.I had a call from previous owner a couple of days after Missy came into rescue, who advised Missy was in season, and had lived with an uncastrated male westie. We had her vet checked and to arrange for her to be spayed when the time was right.But as a check we had her scanned, the scan showed 3 pups. I took the decision there and then not to have them aborted, and we would do our best to take care of her and her babies. On the 24th October she produced 7 pups, unfortunately 2 died, but we now have 5 healthy pups, 3 boys, 2girls, and Missy is being a very good Mum. We will start their vacs in a few weeks time, and they will be microchipped. We will NOT be rehoming these pups until mid January 2019. We also do not rehome any of our dogs after 10th December until after New Year.
Missy has now had her vaccinations and will be going for spaying in January
update 29.12.18
Missy cannot be spayed yet, there is a nationwide shortage of gas used for operations so our vet, along with many others are not doing routine operations, only emergencies. It could be March before supplies are available
Good News, had a call from our vets, they have now got supplies of gas, so Missy is booked in for spaying on Wednesday 30th january (weather permitting!)

Fosters Needed


Please can anyone help with fostering dogs. We are always needing foster homes for the many dogs we are asked to accept into rescue
We cover all the costs for the dogs whilst in foster, food, grooming, vets bills, and anything else each individual dog needs
If you feel you can help please download a volunteer foster application from the website, complete this and e mail it to Janie, westiesinneed@vfast.co.uk or Mo , westiesinneed@swaledale.org

Thank you


Izzy needed to come into rescue due to a change of circumstance. She is 6 years old, spayed, wormed, vaccinated.
Izzy in in foster with Sarah in Witney, Oxfordshire
Note from Sarah
Izzy is an energetic 6 yr old, and lived in a busy household with a family with children and other dogs. She would benefit by living in a calm home (without children) where her adopter will continue her training, and give her confidence, and have time to play with her and take her for walks.
She likes sitting in the sunshine and exploring the garden (and digging) she also loves playing.
She is a little unsure about walks, and nervous of cars and lorries. In fields and the countryside she walks and runs, and explores happily on lead.
She has mad moments of barking and unexplained anger/tension currently. She sleeps quietly overnight in her crate, and sits nicely to put a lead on , and for mealtimes
update 10.10.18 from Sarah
Izzy is playful, and sometimes spirited and stubborn. Any adopter will need to build her trust and then she will ask you for belly rubs and affection.
Izzy would like a calm home with maybe 2 other dogs to give her confidence, she is sometimes a bit nervous on walks still (ideally westie or similar sized dogs) However she definately needs ( and deserves) lots of 1:1 attention and patience in her new home too- to make her feel safe/loved, and plenty of time to take her for walks and play games ( and tire her out!)
She would like a home away from busy/noisy roads, with a safe garden to explore, and near countryside for walks
A big Thank You to Sarah who has so helped and cared for Izzy and her needs xx
update from Sarah 29.10.18
Just to say Izzy is having the odd episode but her mood/confidence has so much improved. With that in mind I have been taking her out to coffee shops, meetings, my parents again (who she now runs towards with wagging tail) ou and about etc. Point being she does not seem to be nervous in "busy" public places or with new people- she is keen to meet people and dogs,
The "road" and sudden loud noises nerves remain., (inside and outside the house) but what I see now is her very much seeking out attention and affection from people.
I'm now mentioning this because I don't think she "needs" another dog in the house for day to day confidence. It wouldn't be a bad thingbut no other dog could also be very good for her-ensuring she gets 1to1 attention that she does not need to share
update 02.12.18
thank you to Sarah for fostering Izzy, sarahs work is taking her away for a while, so Izzy is now in fosrer with Jackie in Elsenham, Herts and is settling in very well

Poppy and Violet

We were asked to accept 3 ex breeding westies from a travellers site.Dear Richard and Janie collected them. We think they are 6 yrs old. 2 girls and one boy who has been named Teddy. He has now been castrated. The girls names were chosen by our dear supporter Vanessa Jones, the names are so appropriate, as the came into rescue on the Anniversary of the end of World War One. Vanessa also sent lovely blankets for them.
The girls are now in foster with Caroline in Basingstoke,Hants, and are settling in very well. They are going for grooming today, and will be booked in for spaying asap. These 2 westies love each other and we feel they need to be rehomed together.

Note from Caroline
Poppy and violet have not had the best start in life. Despite this they're sweet and adorable little westies.
They need to be rehomed together and will need patience and understanding adopters who can shower them with love.At times they are timid and find new experiences a bit scary. Poppy has grown in confidence but Violet still needs the odd bit of reassurance They are gaining confidence and strength from each other, which is a joy to see. There adopters will need to continue to offer them support and reassurance so they can continue to grow and thrive.
They are quite good as housetrining goes, however ongoing positive training and patience will be needed.
They really enjoy going out for walks and are good on the lead. Playfighting with each other is one of their favourite pastimes, but Violet is just as happy to play with her toys, her favourite is a squirrel which she shakes with great gusto. Poppy just loves attention of any kind! Both love to sit on your lap for cuddles.
They like their food which is good tool to build trust with new people and newexperiences.
They will soon be ready to find theirnew forever home. With patience and understanding adopter, care, love, and kindness Poppy and Violet will become the contented, happy, fun loving pair they deserve to be

Note from Mo
Thank you to Richard and Janie, Vanessa, and Caroline xx
update 02.12.18
the girls have started their vaccinations and will be going for spaying soon. They have been to the groomers what smart girls

The girls have had their vaccinations, Poppy has been spayed, and had some dental work. Violet was booked in for spaying on the 20th Dec but came into season the day before, so it will be some time before she can be spayed


Missy's puppies are now nearly 6 weeks old, 3 boys, 2 girls, all very healthy
They will be starting their vaccinations in a few weeks time, and will be micro chipped. I have started to wean the, so as from yesterday they have been having Weetabix crushed with formula milk and full cream milk, in a few days I will try them with Porridge made with milk and honey. They are growing so much, and now demand their meals on time, and we are also gradually allowing them out of the playpen (when we are both on hand to keep our eyes on them!)
These treasures are doing so well, now had their 1st vaccinations, and will be going for their 2nd vacs in January
Puppies having their 1st 'self service' meal at lunch time today
Puppies have now had their 2nd vaccinations and have been microchipped, 2 boys have gone to their forever homes, 1 is now living with Rachel and family in Cheshire and has been named William Wallace, he is enjoying playing with his 2 doggy friends, the 2nd boy is now in his forever home with Margaret in Scotland and is now named Baxter
We now have 1 boy and 2 girls available for adoption, we do not rehome where pups will be left on their own in the home, nor do we re home adult dogs where a dog would be left longer than 3 to 4 hours in any one day
little pup Mauve has just gone with Michaela and Hubby to her forever home in Lancashire and has been named Daisy


WiN was asked by Sue of White Rose Rescue, if we could accept Ted into rescue, he had been returned to kennels in West Yorkshire by another so called westie rescue because he was biting his tail. Thankfully Janet said she would foster him, and Matthew Brown very kindly offered to go and collect him, and travel to Grantham to meet with Janet and Andy, they then took him home with them to foster in Norfolk.
We believe he is 6 yrs old, not castrated.
Janet soon discovered when shestold him not to do certain things he would turn and bite his tail, even in the few days he has been in foster with Janets care he is now nearly stopped this habit. He is booked in for castrating today, and whilst he is sedated the vet will check his tail for any damage.
Janet says he is settling in well with her other dogs ( one of which is long term foster westie dear Jake) He gets on well with other dogs whilst out, and walks well on a lead
UPDATE 29.12.18
Ted is now in foster with Jane in Kent, and his behaviour is improving daily. He has some health issues which are being monitored


Sally needed to come into rescue due to her previous owner being ill, and could not give her the care she needed.
Sally is 12 years young, spayed and microchipped. She is in temp foster and will going to her new foster in Kidderminster Worcs as soon as WiN can arrange transport.
She has settled very well, quite a number of people were involved in getting Sally into rescue and we thank everyone concerned.
Sally in now if foster with Diana in Kidderminster, Worcs, and settling in so well


Molly is 3 years old, a westiextoypoodle, and is very loving, and loves to feel loved.She is very energetic, and needs plenty of excercise both by walking and playing (she loves playing ball games). She is very bright and will happily sit and give her paw when asked, although some extra training re recall is needed, but very bright and a fast learner. On meeting new people and dogs Molly is very verbal, barking a lot however once happy that all is well she calms down. In time this should lessen as she starts to settle. We think she would like to be the only dog as she likes to be the centre of attention, although in the last few days she is starting to play with some of Janie and Richards other dogs.
If you are interested in adopting Molly ,and you have not as yet completed an application to adopt, then please do so and e mail to Janie

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