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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Valentine’s Day is about love and it is also the day that one of our rescues, Flash, was adopted to Tina and Jeff Jenkins.

And a love story began.

Yesterday, late on this Valentine’s Day, we learned that Flash had to leave last year due to pancreatitis. And, we also learned, that Flash’s buddies River, also adopted from us and Jackie, a little terrier mix, also left the Jenkins soon after. The three losses in a such short period of time, left the Jenkins so devastated, they were unable to talk about it.

But yesterday, this Valentine’s Day, the anniversary of Flash’s adoption, a comment from Jeff appeared under a photo we had posted of Flash many years ago:

“You were always the most of everything dog that there ever was. Everyone who ever met you knew that you were the craziest, but what they didn’t know was that you were also the most loving and caring dog ever too. You always were there when I needed cheering up. You were also the funniest dog ever. You were the first dog that ever hugged me. Thank you for everything, you beautiful boy. There’ll never be another dog like you.”

And we knew....so we got in touch.
Jeff wrote,
“ I did post a comment after looking through all the Wire pictures on Facebook and coming across the beautiful picture of Flash. That was one of my favorite pictures of him. I was missing him even more since we had adopted him on Valentines Day.”

Flash was one of those rescues we jokingly say got in “under the wire.” Definitely terrier but not a Wire but who could resist? He was turned in to the Orange County,CA shelter by an owner who said he was “too much.” He was adopted out and returned for the same reason. Back then, a return often sealed a dog’s fate to be euthanized. We knew Ruth would understand and want him safe. He was a boisterous bundle of terrier and, in a flash, he took over in his foster home and then strutted into the Rescue: A great terrier just needing a terrier savvy home, love and understanding.

Tina and Jeff fit the bill! And more! Not long after adopting Flash, they came to us for another terrier. And so River, who came from the Riverside, CA shelter joined Flash and Jackie, the terrier mix who lived to be 21!

Jeff wrote, “River and Flash were both such special dogs. River was the most polite dog we ever knew. We loved him so much. If he wasn’t chasing squirrels he just wanted to hang close to us.
Losing all our dogs in the same year was especially hard. It not something you get over right away. We miss them all so much. Jackie our 21 year old senior Terrier mix also left us last year. It was a lot to take.”

As we know, the depth of grief is a reflection of the joy and love given. In this case, it is multiplied times three.

Three terriers who others gave up on were given a chance and, in return gave all their love every day—not just on Valentine’s day!

We share in the loss that Tina and Jeff feel. And we are here when the time comes, we hope, that they welcome yet another fortunate terrier into their loving hearts and home.

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Molly’s foster parents have “failed” to continue fostering. But that’s a good thing! We couldn’t be happier about it!

Congratulations, Cherie and Joe Compartore! Molly is no longer a foster! She is officially a forever member of the Compartore family! This lucky little Wire was given up about a month ago. Cherie picked her up and brought her home with every intention of adopting her to one of our applicants. But within days she Molly did what Wires do - she charmed her way into their hearts! The zoomies, the head tilt, the cuddling, the energy and antics of a Wire are just too hard to resist! All of the housebreaking “oops!” and “lippiness”are forgiven. She joins Wire Fox Jake and Rottweiler Missy in the best home ever!
Sorry, Cherie, but from the pictures, it looks like Molly just may be a daddy’s girl!
We are very happy for all of you!

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