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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On or about February 26, 2016 a thief entered our Rescue. Described as a stray, estimated age 13! A Wire Fox terrier disguised as a Cocker Spaniel due to dubious grooming. AKA: Stella from Coachella. You may have seen her posted here on February 27. That was before we truly knew about her propensity to steal. What became apparent to everyone who came in contact with Stella was that she stole your heart. Even the macho contractor working where she was fostered succumbed to her charm. You know, the guy who only likes big dogs that look like wolves? Melted. In minutes. So did her fosters, of course!
There was just something very special about this little Wire. Mellow as could be with every dog she met and even the kitty (JuJuBee) who watched her be groomed. Soft eyes. Sweet countenance. Her age became inconsequential whether accurate or not.
And even with some bumps and a cataract, no one could believe that age 13 was accurate. Another deception by this thief of hearts?!
Just before she arrived, there was a broken heart in our Rescue. Our volunteer, Janette lost her beloved Wire, Happy.

Now our thief of hearts has found a heart to capture and to mend. It did not take long for Janette to fall under her spell! Missing having a Wire girl so very much, Janette adopted "our" girl on March 21st. Janette's mother, who is battling cancer, christened her Adelaide Abigail Cooksey in honor of her favorite aunts.

Addy joins Bailey, a senior Wire Janette adopted last year, (you can find his story in our past Facebook stories) and two other rescues from the Baldwin Park LA county shelter where Janette also volunteers.

We wish them all the happiest of times together.

Addy has shown that, despite how ever many years she may be, she will provide happy days. She loves to play, to snuggle, to go for car rides, soak up the sun, go for walks, enjoy her meals, steal toys and steal your heart!

Please join us in celebrating this very special adoption by a very special person and a very special Wire with an amazing "rap sheet" of thefts!

We are thrilled to announce that our handsome, ace ball catcher, and loving but fierce rival of most other dogs, our one and only Brodie has been adopted!

Brodie needed a very understanding and experienced Wire Fox terrier home so that he would be set up for success and for forever!
Along came Craig Allen who was undaunted by all the challenges we disclosed about our boy. His reply? "I had a Wire just like Brodie--he lived to be 16!"

Now the dusty roads of Los Banos, CA where he wandered alone are a distant memory....now it's riding shotgun to work with Craig, shopping for good stuff at Petco, and of course, sweet dreams!

Please join in congratulating Craig and Brodie and in wishing them a long, wonderful, merry terrier life together!

Our thanks to the always awesome Cherie Fields who rescued Brodie from the shelter, fostered him, vetted him, smoothed over some of his indiscretions and drove him hundreds of miles south to us!

And thanks also to our ever dedicated and intrepid volunteer, Nancy Smith. She made the trek from Temecula to LaQuinta to do Craig's home check while the ink on his application was still warm from the printer!

Don't you love happy endings? And beginnings?

Joy and her buddy, Lucky, an ATRA alum and the loves of Carl Lee (ATRA volunteer) and his partner Gary, (ATRA supporter) donned their bunny ears (against their better Wire judgment) just so they could wish you all a Happy Easter (and then take them off as soon as possible)! Hope you had a fun day with or without bunny ears.... ...