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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Otto, volunteer Nanci Powell’s Wire Haired Dachshund, has dropped in to help us wish our friends a Happy Hanukkah! ...

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Do you believe in miracles? Scruffy does!

Just a few months ago, he was trapped in a cage in a pet store in Taiwan. There he was treated with indifference and neglect. No one wanted this little Wire and he lost hope....he could barely lift his head let alone greet people with typical Wire bouncy enthusiasm. Scrawny from lack of food, his ribs showed through inflamed skin. His cost was riddled with bald spots. The only positive about this situation was that he was no longer subjected to the horrors of the puppy mill where he was born.

Then an angel appeared! Helen Ray Yen, an animal lover with the biggest heart ever, bailed Scruffy from that despicable existence in that store.

She took him home and nurtured him with good food and vet attention and, most of all, love. Then, with the mixed emotions that every foster feels, she bid him farewell and sent him on his long journey to us.

Our incomparable volunteer Cherie Compartore and her husband, Joe, waited anxiously for him to arrive in San Francisco, then took him home where he had some more fun before his transport (with the help of Karen Leitch) to Ruth at the Rescue.

Now it is a life of more good food, friends and freedom!

Thank you Helen Ray Yen, Cherie , Joe and Karen and of course, Ruth.

Scruffy is now getting ready for his first Christmas holiday and, soon,the gift of a new forever home.

Do you believe in miracles? Scruffy does! And we do too! This sweet and tenacious little Wire has put his past behind him. He holds no grudges. He has a future beyond a cramped cage....

PS He believes in angels, too! One very special one showed him how to fly away to a wonderful life!

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All is calm now at the Rescue! Thank you, everyone for your concern and support!

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