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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Join Us for our Latest FUNdraisrer! and Help Bob!

See Join Us for our Latest FUNdraisrer! and Help Bob!'s rescue story.

Facebook Updates

Happy Birthday, Ruth!
Glad we were able to celebrate with you and Bob on Sunday!

It was all for Bob!
Bob made a special appearance at the Sunday Paint Ur Pet event! He made quite an impression in his tux! Thank you, Jill Brennan, for keeping Bob happy so Ruth could relax and paint! And thank you to everyone who came out to paint in support of Bob!

I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours!

Glad you enjoyed the Paint Ur Pet event, Ruth! Thank you for all you do!

Many many thanks to all who made it fun through hard work and dedication! Thank you, Amelia Huckabee and staff of Painting Ur Way. You generously "rounded up" the percentage contribution to ATRA. And you and all the artists were a pleasure to work with!
Thank you, Anthony Gagliardi, for once again providing your beautiful home's backyard for our event. Thank you to your brother Billy and wife Karen for pitching in to serve drinks and food.
Thank you, Cherie Compartore and Jesse for flying in from up north, donating 2 beautiful raffle baskets and pitching in before and during. And for the pictures you took --3 below! Sorry you had to fly out before the cake was cut!
Thank you, Ingrid Hudson and Nancy Smith, for donated raffle baskets and delicious appetizers and all the hard work at the the event. Thank you Don Smith for helping to tend bar! Your margaritas were the best!
Thank you Carl Lee, for taking care of many, many details, the hard work of setting up and breaking down, the donations you provided and obtained from friends.
Thanks to all for the generous donations of food, drinks and time. Thank you, Janette Cooksey for selling raffle tickets so successfully and, with friend Mary, your helping prepare appetizers ,
and keeping Simon and Belle entertained during the flurry of pre-event activity!

Thank you to our participants and supporters. Hope you all had a wonderful time.! Your generosity was overwhelming!

More to come on the Abandoned Rescue page as additional photos come in! — with Cherie Compartore and Ingrid Hudson.