Welcome to Abandoned Terrier Rescue Association           favicon


We are a Southern California 501 (c) (3) non-profit rescue group comprised  entirely of volunteers. We are devoted to the mission of rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of Wire Fox Terriers. Our dogs seek people with lots of terrier savvy –an understanding of the needs of their breed and an understanding of the terrier behavior that may have caused the need for their rescue. We occasionally take in other purebred terriers such as: Welsh Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, and Airedale Terriers who are in need of homes or, we may be able to refer you to another rescue source for them. If you’re looking for a devoted companion and you can offer both a lifetime commitment of love and caring, and the understanding (and enjoyment) of terrier challenges, we are happy to assist you in adopting a dog that will be the best match for you! faviconPlease note that we only adopt within the state of California so that we are able to follow and check on the dogs we place and are immediately available if help is needed.


Mission Statement

TO: Rescue Wire Hair Fox Terriers from any situation where help is needed
TO: Assist with the rescue of other terrier breeds when requested.
TO: Provide any needed veterinary care for all dogs in our rescue
TO: Evaluate the temperament and personality of dogs in our care to assist in determining their best placement.
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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Facebook Updates

We are excited to announce that Abandoned Terrier Rescue Association has been chosen to be the recipient of entry donations for the friendly and fun photo contest on the group page, "Wire Fox Terriers 1st International Show."
Tracey Gaitt in England conceived of this unique and fun fundraising idea earlier this year. Linda Selig Blonsley, who adopted Tiger and Lilly from us, was kind to nominate us and we are so grateful to Tracey for choosing us again for this second contest. The first was lots of fun--so many wonderful pictures of Wires. And it was so helpful to raise needed dollars for our animal friends at the Rescue.
And this contest includes Friends of Wires too!

It starts tomorrow! Show will open for entries on Saturday, 28th November at 5pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) so that is NOON EST, 11AM CST, 10 AM MST and 9 AM PST.

Find your photos, join the group, and post your photos under your chosen category/categories. Then, vote for the photos you like best! Oh, and make your donation, please!

The PayPal donation address is:
donations@ atrarescue.com
Please donate in U.S. Dollars.
Please choose the Friends/Family option for payment so no fees are deducted.
Please put "WFT 1st" in the notation section so we can properly acknowledge your donation and credit WFT 1st's efforts on our behalf.
Then, have a great time posting, reviewing and voting!

Here are the categories:


Class 1 Puppy Pic
Class 2 Holiday Stink Eye
Class 3 Fuzzy Face
Class 4 Santas Naughty List
Class 5 Seasonal Yawn
Class 6 Waiting For Santa/Best Sleep or Stretch Pose
Class 7 Foxy Shadow
Class 8 Foxy Head Tilt
Class 9 WFT Friends (other breeds/crossbreeds)
Christmas Angels (for sharing pics of our furkids at the Rainbow Bridge)
*Show will open for entries on Saturday 28th November at 5pm GMT

Refer to the group page for contest rules and more information!
Have a wonderful time! All of the animals and volunteers of Abandoned Terrier Rescue thank you for your donations and all donations go solely to benefit the animals.

Bella in Maryland needs an understanding home! ...

Bella a 6 -8 year old female wire waiting for her furever family. She is located in Maryland. She would do best as an only dog and no cats! She needs an experienced home with a person or family willing to help her transition into a pet-- help to reinforce her housebreaking skills and give her lots of love. She is very very sweet and really wants a person of her very own. Complete an app at foxterrierrescue.net

Our sincere thanks to all of our supporters of our recent Auction and Tapping for Terriers event. Exact sums are still being computed but it appears we were able to raise in the neighborhood of $10,000! We are stunned by everyone's generosity and so very grateful. We are very relieved to be able to catch up on past veterinary expenses and to be prepared for those that are certain to come.....
And, of course, our current residents send their thanks, too....