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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Facebook Updates

Abandoned Terrier Rescue extends its heartfelt condolences to the Long Beach Police Department on the loss of their K9 Officer, Credo. In his brief 2 year career, 4 year old Belgian Malinois, Credo is credited with the apprehension of at least 30 suspects.
End of watch: June 28, 2016.
Killed in action during an officer involved shooting.

More over Bob, Belle has some news....

Yet another negative culture! Yay! And we have not lost hope for helping her incontinence--still trying!

She had to share the good news with Ruth, too, and compliment her on her choice of chapeau for sun protection!

Monday, Monday......

It's Monday and it's not football season, so Danny Boy decided to sleep in and use his football as a pillow!

Have a good week everyone!

Coming soon: more information on our August 14th fund raiser: Paint Ur Pet!