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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We truly believed that Skippy would pull through as other Wires had....we thought we could share some happy news before we shared the sad news that on the day Skippy was rushed to the ER, we were already heartbroken and in mourning....

Before she left us, we think little Missy, our 15 year old Westie, had some words of encouragement for Skippy that morning...

"Skippy! Hold on! Ruth will be here soon and get you help! I am sorry I won't be able to stay here to help you, though. I hear someone calling me. It's my beloved owner! He was sick and then passed away and so I came to Rescue three years ago. I just have to cross a bridge to be with him again. Skippy, fight the best you can! So many terrier lovers will pray for you. I know they will! But if you need to cross over too, I will be there for you. I will have a lap to share with you."

And just as Missy predicted, before the dawn broke, Ruth was there. But Skippy remained in the shadows for a bit though she was hurting. Perhaps she thought Ruth should have some time with Missy first before she had to rush off to the vet?

Ruth saw Missy in her favorite dog bed, her head resting peacefully on her paws as if she was just napping. She gently gathered her up in her arms confirming what she suspected. No more warmth from that little body but still soft and tender...it had been only moments. Missy had slipped away as quietly as she had spent her days with us.

Memories flashed by. Missy came in September almost to this day. Her owner had been Ruth and Tom's patient and when he felt he could no longer care for her, he wanted only Ruth to take her. He relished hearing about her during visits in his remaining years. Missy was lost without him at first but soon she understood and grew to enjoy the love she received at the rescue. She was a petite lady among the raucous Wires. She found a special spot under the steps that led to the upper yard. There she could rest comfortably in just the right amount of sun and shade away from those naughty Wires.

In the midst of the memories, though, it became apparent that Skippy needed immediate attention. And though everything that could be done was done, she soon joined Missy.

Skippy, too, came in September--on the 12th--just last year. Her owner had 2 other dogs and had lost his home. She was unspayed and needed mammary tumors addressed which thankfully were localized. We soothed her allergies and soon the skin and ear infections subsided. Her coat was restored and, though partially deaf from the infections, she was much more comfortable. She trusted Ruth but was wary of others. Laid back Missy became her pal and boosted her confidence.

Perhaps, because of some larger plan that eludes us, it was destined that these two gentle pals who came to us on September days would leave close together on this years' September days that signal the change of seasons.

Given Missy's sweet disposition and generous spirit, picturing her sharing her owner's lap with Skippy brings some comfort. Still, the devastation is doubled and our tears mingle for the loss of two special terriers, Missy the Westie and Skippy, the Wire.

Rest now, little pals. Your spirits are free and your souls live in our hearts.

We are grateful you came into our lives and we are grateful for all the terrier lovers who care, as we do, for these very special terriers who need us so!

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!

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