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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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Yesterday we featured Aemonn, rescued from a puppy mill in Taiwan by Helen Ray Yen. Today we would like you to meet Daphne, Aemonn's girlfriend at the Rescue. Daphne, too, has a beautiful rescue story to tell. Our Rescue is primarily for Wire Fox terriers but occasionally we take in hardship cases and Daphne was one.

Daphne was found covered in ticks--a stray on a rural road in Humboldt County. She was fortunately rescued by Jean Durbin who networked relentlessly on Daphne's behalf. Despite Daphne!s advanced age and the diagnosis of a mammary tumor, Jean recognized that Daphne still possessed that terrier "spunkiness" we all love. Carol Lerner helped to secure a Foster with a kind Smooth owner named Robert. Jean made arrangements for the nearly 700 mile drive south to Long Beach. Robert and his handsome Smooth, Chief, welcomed Daphne into his home and provided her with loving care.
After a time, though, Daphne's needs became tough for a novice Foster so we took her in as a sanctuary dog.

We do not know how long Daphne will live, but of course, but it doesn't matter so long as she is comfortable. Sadly an additional tumor--a mast cell--was found, as well as metastasis to the lung.
For now, though, Daphne is happy, comfortable, content, loving her meals and the loving company of canines (especially Aemonn) and humans. Perhaps she recognizes that she and Aemonn share the bond of overcoming the odds?
Daphne will live out her life with us until it is time to lovingly bid farewell to a sweet Smooth girl who is loved and gave lots of love after wandering alone down a dusty road....,

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Aemonn.....now with us, but he started life trapped in the nightmare of a Taiwan puppy mill. A stealth rescue saved him from further neglect and cruelty.
Check the photos to see his transition from horror to happiness!

Aemonn's story:
A kind animal lover, Helen, fostered Aemonn and started him on his road to recovery. But her apartment is small and more animals needed her help. She felt a U.S. Terrier Rescue offered him the best hope. She paid for his long 10 hour flight to San Francisco and bid him farewell at the Taiwan airport with those conflicting emotions of happy and sad that fosters feel. He was met by Cherie Fields, volunteer extraordinaire. Cherie fostered, took Aemonn for a vet check and transported him to us.

Aemonn is being treated for a parasitic infection contracted from having to drink filthy water contaminated by snails. His skin is also being treated for conditions stemming from urine scalding, matted fur, inadequate nutrition and general neglect.

Despite such a sad and cruel start in life, you can see that Aemonn holds no grudges against mankind. His sweet nature and gratitude now shine through. A truly remarkable boy!

Aemonn is not yet ready for adoption since he is still being treated. It is difficult to gauge his age because of the neglect but we think he is 8+.

If you would like to sponsor
Aemonn for his veterinary care please go to our webpage:
www.atrarescue.com to donate.

We, and especially Aemonn, thank you!

When Aemonn is ready for his forever home, we will let you know!

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