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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In memory of our sweet Skippy.

We thank you all for your support, good thoughts and prayers and kind wishes for her.

Every effort was taken to save our little Skippy but just a moment ago her kidneys failed. Ruth held her and bid Skippy a loving good-bye.

There are no more words right now....just hope turned to heartache.

Skippy is fighting for her life! Somehow, quiet, 10 year old little Skippy who seldom ventures outside alone, encountered a juvenile rattlesnake at the Rescue ranch and was bitten on Wednesday.

Ruth has been with her day and night, first at the Rescue vet and now at the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center.

Skippy has received two doses of the anti-venom serum and transfusions. Today she will undergo hyperbaric treatments. We are holding out hope for the best.

The specialist vet has said she has never lost a dog to a rattlesnake bite and recently pulled through a 16 year old Wire Fox terrier!

Please, please support Skippy in her fight so she feels your love and encouragement! Help her be terrier tenacious and bounce back to us!

Happy Birthday, Ruth!
Glad we were able to celebrate with you and Bob on Sunday!

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