Welcome to Abandoned Terrier Rescue Association           favicon

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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.

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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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Featured Adoptables!

Currently, all of our adoptable terriers have been placed!


See Currently, all of our adoptable terriers have been placed!'s rescue story.

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Special birthday wishes to Dr. Tom Millington , Co-founder of Abandoned Terrier Rescue, who has opened his home (and wallet) for hundreds of dogs ( and some horses, burros, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, bunnies, a steer, and yes, even cats too!) over the 25+ years of the Rescue.

Also known as the "Bank of Tom," he has provided financial CPR to the Rescue ( to the detriment of his retirement account...) when donations were few and times were tough.

Please join us in wishing Tom much happiness for his birthday and in the years to ahead...
Thank you, Tom!
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Then and now.....Sammy!

This is news we love receiving!

About six months ago, Sammy was surrendered to the West Los Angeles shelter. He stayed at the Rescue for a few months, and established himself as a counter surfing expert.
He was soon adopted by a wonderful family but needed a little help with his Wire enthusiasm. He has now been through training but there's just so much a Wire will consider off limits. And the bed is not one of them!
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We are so grateful! ...

Abandoned Terrier Rescue extends their thanks to everyone who participated in the bandana sales and auction to help with our senior dogs' vet bills as well as with expenses for our three rescues in April, Hogan, Penny and Cash. We are very grateful for the help of Brenda Truitt and Cherie Fields who have worked so diligently, patiently, and creatively on this fundraiser. Brenda will now continue to shoulder the responsibility of fufilling your orders with her expert sewing so that your pups will be wearing nothing but the finest couture bandanas. Remember that since all of the bandanas are custom, and made to order, it will take about three weeks for you to receive them. Please be patient as we did not recruit any elves to help Brenda out! She has already started her work with fabric that was in stock. Please stay with us for announcements of our Christmas in July Auction. We are looking forward to another fun Terrier event on behalf of our dogs and the other critters at Abandoned Terrier Rescue's Ranch!

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