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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.

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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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Currently, all of our adoptable terriers have been placed!


See Currently, all of our adoptable terriers have been placed!'s rescue story.

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It's not a perfect world, we know. So many Wires are abandoned on the streets just like Hogan.

Dirty and matted, we had no idea how handsome he would turn out to be. But we did know that despite the filth, the fleas and the infected ears, he was smart, loving, fun and forgiving.

It's not a perfect world but there are some perfect matches and Hogan found his with Josh and Lori. Hogan needed to be an only dog and to have lots and lots of love and attention. Hogan needed challenges for his clever intelligence and energy level. With Josh and Lori, he will be going for long runs, learning new manners, and getting to play. Their work situations mean he can be with someone 24/7.

Hogan had met Josh and Lori a few times before. They had played for hours and gone on a walk. Josh grew up with Wires so was well acquainted with their spunky spirit.

Today, when they arrived, Hogan was ready to go again. But, before he left, he took time to lay his head on foster mom's shoulder to say thanks.

He had a busy day! A walk around town, playing on the bed, a snooze on the sofa and a trip to see the ocean!

Another reason this is a perfect match?
Hogan is not far away from foster mom! So, once he has settled and knows he is in his forever home, there can be a reunion.

Join us in celebrating Hogan's new life--one filled with love and appreciation of the wonderful Wire he is! The days of dirt and loneliness are a distant memory, we hope, and one that will be erased entirely, we believe, thanks to Josh and Lori!
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From Pauper to Prince! In a few moments Hogan is going to his forever home!

More later!
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So now we know.... ...

About five years ago, while preparing for our first modest fundraiser, the Rescue Romp and Reunion, we discovered this delightful photo on the internet. It especially charmed us because our logo shows terriers--also in a plane-- flying to safety. So we have used it to draw attention to all of our fundraising efforts. Despite our research, however, we were unable to find out the identity of the charming Wire in the picture or the identity of the photographer so that we could properly credit it. Today the mystery was solved! We were contacted by Phil Loud in England who told us that this is a picture of the Louds' beloved Stanley. It was taken when Stanley was just three months old! Sadly, Stanley died just this past June at the age of ten. Phil said Stanley lived a the best life with them and has kindly given us permission to continue to use this photo of Stanley for our fundraisers. This is what Phil wrote, "....myself and Sharon would be very happy for you to use Stanley's photo as your association helps wires that have for no fault of their own been abandoned.Stanley lived a wonderful life with us in Leigh-on-Sea,Essex,which is on the Thames Estuary." Stanley has been a great ambassador for us through the years! His photo has charmed hundreds, if not thousands of people and, since it was shared many times, helped us in our quest to gain attention for our abandoned terriers. Please join us in thanking Phil and sending comfort to the Loud family for Stanley's departure from those he loved and who loved him so. Fly high, Stanley! We thank you and your family for the smiles and attention you have brought to our Rescue through the years past and years to come!

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