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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The Rescue roller coaster. We have often referred to rescue as a roller coaster. Amid the highs of rescues and rehoming are the lows of health challenges and losses.

And just last week, during the excitement of rehoming Howard and saving our boy from Korea, we received very distressing news about a sweet Wire girl, Mavis, a 9 year old who was given up by her family.

When her foster, Karen, took her in, it was apparent that Mavis had not been well cared for. She needed her shots and a dental but the biggest concern was her right ear. Mavis did not anyone to come near it, including the vet. She was diagnosed with Horner’s Syndrome, a neurological condition that can have various origins. It caused her eye and face to droop a bit on the right side. Everyone assumed it was from a badly infected ear.

But it was something more serious. During Mavis’ dental exam under anesthesia, the vet had an opportunity to exam the ear and found no infection.

But he found a large tumor behind the ear. At this time, no one, including the vet knows what we are dealing with.

All we know at this time, according to the report, is that it is an “ovoid,5x4 cm mass between the ear and the calvarium (skull) and wraps around the cartilage. No involvement of the deep ear canal or nasopharynx.”

So we have to find out. Because that it what we do. No matter the age, we always do what we can so our dogs have the best quality of life.

The vets recommended a CT scan with a probable guided needle biopsy to determine whether the mass is malignant. We pray it is not.

The CT scan and probable needle biopsy is estimated to cost between $2000 to 3,000.

In the meantime, except for not wanting her ear touched, Mavis is happy and active. Ruth says she is one of the if not THE smartest Wires ever to come our way. She protects her ear from unintentional touching by backing in to you for petting and back rubs...She loves all toys and likes to gather them up into her bed and then systematically tear them up. She likes to show off for visitors, prancing, playing and cavorting, perhaps in hope that she will charm them into taking her to a home of her own. She is always on the move so it is hard to get a good picture of her. And her tail wags like a metronome at its highest setting!

Please pray for our Mavis. And, if you can, please support our Auction to help us fund everything we can do to save her....we have to find out what road lies ahead....

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We are “up” about our dogs and our supporters!

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