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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Senior Wires rock!

Handsome Hudson headed for his forever home not too long ago. The trauma of being abandoned has already faded since this charmer landed in the lap of luxury with Kimberly and Bob Klink.

Living Free in Mountain Center, CA who helped us to give Hudson sanctuary until adoption gave Hudson their traditional send off! A going home announcement is made, visitors and staff gather round to wish bon voyage and a celebratory bell is rung. During the drive down the mountain, Hudson was a perfect gentleman.

Here's Kimberly's recent update:

"Thank you for all you do. We are having a fun time with Hudson. He is a very sweet dog. On one of walks yesterday, Hudson saw three ducks in a little stream. He ran after them but knew he couldn't catch them. He was so happy; he fell down on the grass and started rolling around feet flying in the air!"

We are overjoyed that the Klinks and Hudson are overjoyed with this miraculous match! We are so grateful for their adopting a senior and wish them the best of times ahead! It will be filled with much fun and Wire love!

Harrison and Harvey....

Hurricane Harvey has left Texas leaving behind devastation and heartache.

But when Harvey hit, Harrison did not get left behind. The only possession that his mom, Dee, took with her was Harrison. Harrison is not the only Wire Fox Terrier that Dee has rescued. Over the past 25-30 years, Dee has rescued and rehomed countless Wires in the Houston area. Now she and Harrison are without a home.

We know there have been many pleas for help related to Harvey and many of you have responded. Some of you also asked about helping terriers in the Houston area. We think that helping Dee, a member of American Fox Terrier Rescue, in this time of need would be a fitting way to say thanks for all the Wires she has helped through the years. And it would help Harrison eventually have his own place to rest his head. Harrison already had to be boarded while Dee was ill and the costs mounted up. He may need to be boarded again before everything settles.

There are three ways you can help with any amount that you can send:

1) contact Westside Veterinary Hospital at 281-485-9840 to see if there is a remaining balance on Dee Langley's account ( there may have been other donations since this post) They will charge your card in any amount.

2) PM (private message through Facebook) Leslie Ward for her address. Leslie has taken Dee and Harrison in. You can send a check or money card for Dee to Leslie's address. Mail service has resumed there.

3) Donate to the ATRA PayPal address
Use "sending money to friends/family" so that no fees are deducted. Note that the donation is for Dee or Harrison and we will make sure that your donation is sent on to Dee and let her know who contributed on her behalf.

Please help Dee--someone who has dedicated so much of her life and resources to helping so many Wires--the breed we love to see rescued no matter what the cost! The Terrier community is the the best at coming together to support another Terrier lover!

Harrison says thanks for helping to look after him and his mom!

We are thrilled to announce that Penny has been adopted! Many wonderful people were ready to adopt her but she chose to stay with her foster Mom, Janette Cooksey! Thank you, Janette! Penny's journey is documented in the short video below. But the video cannot fully depict the horror and heartache when we first saw Penny, the amazing support and love that Penny inspired, and the patience, love and care that Janette provided to help Penny heal. Thank you, Janette and everyone who donated on Penny's behalf. We wish Penny and Janette many many years of happiness together. Penny joins two other adopted senior Wires, Bailey and Addy and senior Freddie, the Pom mix. ...

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