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We are a Southern California 501 (c) (3) non-profit rescue group comprised  entirely of volunteers. Our terriers are seeking people with terrier savvy who are interested in adopting a purebred Wire Fox Terrier. We may also house or refer you to Welsh Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, and Airedale Terriers who are in need of homes. If you’re looking for a devoted companion and you can offer the commitment of a lifetime of love and caring, in addition to the understanding of terrier challenges, we are happy to assist you in adopting a dog that will be the best match for you! faviconPlease note that we only adopt within the state of California so that we are able to follow and check on the dogs we place and are immediately available if help is needed.


Mission Statement

TO: Rescue Wire Hair Fox Terriers from any situation where help is needed
TO: Assist with the rescue of other terrier breeds when requested.
TO: Provide any needed veterinary care for all dogs in our rescue
TO: Evaluate the temperament and personality of dogs in our care to assist in determining their best placement.
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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Featured Wires!


See Brodie's rescue story.


See Buffy's rescue story.

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Here's is a link to the Tapping for Terriers event where you can learn more details about the cast who are generously donating their talent on behalf of ATRA.


Just about 3 months ago, 10 year old Bailey nearly lost his life. But his sweet spirit prevailed. And instead of picking up a syringe to euthanize him, the shelter vet brought him to surgery, removed masses and contacted rescue.

We have an update on Bailey from Foster mom extraordinaire Janette:

"First I have to say this is the sweetest, well-mannered Wire I have ever had.

Dr. Hong is very happy with the progress we have made with his skin and coat. I still will have to bathe him once a week in medicated shampoo. No more fleas for our boy.

Poor guy has chronic ear infections, no doubt from years of neglect from his original owners. I am cleaning out his ears once a week (when I bathe him).

I had his teeth cleaned a couple of weeks ago. He had 13 teeth missing. The vet extracted 20 teeth. Dr. Hong told me that they just "popped" out. She worked over 3 hours on his teeth. Apparently, it was pretty bad.
He is now left with only 9 teeth, but no more pain.

He loves, and I mean loves his walks with Happy. He is no longer clinging to my side. He is much more confident and sunbathes outside on the patio with Happy and Missy.

He waits patiently every night for me to get ready for bed. I then put him in bed and he sleeps next to me.

The best news for last: Dr. Hong said that his blood work is really good. And that she does not need to see him until next year for his Annual Senior Exam.

Just wanted to Thank Everyone for helping him get out of the shelter.
I am very lucky to have him. He is doing great and seems so happy.

P.S. Happy will never admit it, but I think she likes him :)"

The following poem is dedicated to Shel Greb who rescued Bailey from the shelter and provided short term Foster, to Janette who is taking care of him and to the West Valley Shelter vet who was right..and of course, to Ruth Millington whose love and compassion has saved so many....

FROM BAILEY and IN MEMORY of DAPHNE and LOLA--with us for a short time but did not leave without giving and receiving some love....

"I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don't care,
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted,
skin that isn't flea bitten, good food and enough of it,
beds to sleep on, someone to love me,
to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me...
You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it...
When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger,
stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more room... to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.
I am the reason
The dogs before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you."
- Unknown

Save the date, fans! OCTOBER 25th! We are having a wonderful extravaganza of dance, music, food, wine and silent auction in Long Beach, CA! Join the fun and help the terriers and barnyard animals of Abandoned Terrier (and horse and sheep and pig and chicken and cat) Rescue!

But before that, there will be an online auction! Lots of great terrier collectibles and treasures. Start your holiday shopping with us! Stay tuned for more details of both!