Welcome to Abandoned Terrier Rescue Association           favicon


We are a Southern California 501 (c) (3) non-profit terrier rescue group. We are all volunteers and there is just a handful of us!  We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of  Wire Fox Terriers. Our dogs seek people with lots of “terrier savvy!”  That means an understanding their special needs and their unique  personalities. It also means understanding the sometimes misunderstood terrier behavior that may have led to their need for rescue.
We occasionally take in other purebred terriers such as: Welsh, Lakeland, and Airedale Terriers or, we may be able to refer you to another terrier rescue source.
Are you looking for a devoted terrier companion?  Can you can offer a lifetime commitment of love and caring?   Do you have the understanding (and enjoyment) of terrier challenges? If so, we are happy to assist you in adopting a terrier that will be the best match for YOU! faviconPlease note: We only adopt within the state of California!  The reason? Our resources are very limited.  We want to ensure we can check on the dogs we place. It is important to us to be immediately available if they need our help.


Mission Statement

TO: Rescue Wire Hair Fox Terriers where our help is needed.
TO: Assist with the rescue of other terrier breeds when requested.
TO: Provide any needed veterinary care for all dogs we rescue.
TO: Evaluate the temperament and personality of dogs.
TO: Screen all applicants to assure the best match for them and to ensure a forever home for our dogs.
TO: Provide ongoing support and education to adopters and potential adopters.


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Currently, all of our adoptable terriers have been placed!

See Currently, all of our adoptable terriers have been placed!'s rescue story.

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Progress report on our latest incoming "flight" carrying Howard!
Thanks to Nancy Smith, Howard made it from San Diego to Costa Mesa, CA.
After a pit stop Long Beach and being adorned with a Peace, Love and Pawprints bandana, Howard has resumed his rescue relay with Jill Brennan at the wheel headed for the rescue ranch in Ventura.


Meet Howard!

He's a senior who got in "under the Wire...." That is, he is not all Wire but is oh so cute and was in danger of being left behind in a San Diego shelter.

Howard says thanks to all who worked so tirelessly to coordinate his trip to Rescue today....

Cheryl Collins who alerted us, Debra Hager who pulled Howard and got him to the vet for exam and boarding (and almost a dental but the surgery schedule was too full), Nancy Smith and Jill Brennan who are covering over 300 miles today (much of it in horrid Los Angeles traffic) to bring Howard to safety at the Rescue ranch.

Please say a welcoming "howdy" to Howard! We have an ATRA bandana waiting for him! And hopefully a forever home very soon!

Los Angeles freeways are treacherous highways and running very close to one is where our latest rescue pup was first spotted. He was finally corralled by some Good Samaritans in the parking lot of an auto dealership. He had no tags, nor microchip. No one looked for him at the shelter, and no one responded to postings on lost and found sites throughout the region...and so it was time for Abandoned Terrier Rescue!

Meet Hogan, the latest lucky Wire to join ATRA! Hogan means "young" in Irish Gaelic and "stripling" in Welsh. It seemed to fit this little powerhouse of a young pup! And the volunteers who rescued him are his heroes!

Happy go lucky and oblivious to his surroundings, this busy body little boy has captured our hearts.

He was quite bothered by fleas --his hind end was missing hair in parts, his skin was inflamed and parts of his coat were discolored by chewing at the bites. His ears needed a good cleaning, there were the inevitable signs of worms. Underneath the curly, matted coat you could feel his ribs.

He was so good when all that road dirt was being washed off and he was outfitted with his new collars and leash. He went off to the vet and yelled at all the dogs in the waiting room but went on to be neutered and recovered in record time.

After recovery, it was time for his spa day makeover and, as you can see, Hogan is as handsome as he is happy. Our sincere thanks to the awesome Holly Jennifer Levinson of Holly's Grooming for transforming little Hogan from a pauper to a prince!

Now in his foster home, Hogan has just made his first stop on a different highway--the highway to heaven on earth! It is filled with vet care, good food, lots of toys and treats, walks, cuddles, lots of love and a comfy bed to curl up in when all the excitement of the day is done.

It has been a whirlwind of getting to know him! One thing we know--this little treasure is going to need a Fort Knox of a home! He could outdo any Houdini disappearance act! And watch out, any critters who many take a stroll through the yard!

Please join us in saying a welcoming hi to Hogan and a thanks to his "heroes" (who wish to remain anonymous).

The latest road sign reads, Happy life Ahead!

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