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We are a Southern California 501 (c) (3) non-profit rescue group comprised  entirely of volunteers. Our terriers are seeking people with terrier savvy who are interested in adopting a purebred Wire Fox Terrier. We may also house or refer you to Welsh Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, and Airedale Terriers who are in need of homes. If you’re looking for a devoted companion and you can offer the commitment of a lifetime of love and caring, in addition to the understanding 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.




See his rescue story in the “Adoptables” Category

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Sweet, brave Daphne has continued her journey on her own tonight. Ruth held her this evening as she had a peaceful end to her travels here....

She was never a minute of trouble--seemingly grateful that she was granted a reprieve from an anonymous death in a shelter. She traveled over 800 miles from Northern California --and a good traveler she was--as if she knew that her destiny was here even though her stay was only for a matter of weeks...

For Jean who worked tirelessly to find a place where Daphne could live out her life, to Robert who fostered her, to Ruth who took her in and loved her knowing she was terminal but keeping her happy until it was time....

"I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will no doubt share smiles, you will no doubt shed tears. And when the time comes that I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart it will grieve... My thoughts and my heart will still be with you, and I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person(s) who made my last days so dear...."
( From a poem attributed to various or anonymous authors about adopting a senior dog, " One by One They Pass Me By")

With thanks to Jean, Robert and Ruth who made Daphne's last days "so dear...."
Farewell sweet, brave girl!

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We want to assure everybody who may have been notified of little Lola, currently at the Animal Friends of the Valleys shelter, that we are in communication with the shelter and in are the process of taking care of this very cute and loving but very neglected little 7 year old Wire. (Lola is misidentified as a Lakeland.)

Sadly, Lola has been frequent visitor to the shelter. But we actually think she was a clever girl to hit the road.... The first two photos are current. The third is from February, 2015 when we previously tried to rescue Lola but at the very last moment, her owner claimed her.

The shelter provided the last photo of her taken in January, 2014. Apparently no one came to claim Lola this time. Now she has the chance for a new life....and we are happy to help that become a reality.

Lola desperately needs veterinary care for an ear infection (and...?) dental work, a spa day with a mani/pedi and, needless to say, a loving home where she is appreciated.

Soon, sweet girl, soon.


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"We loved her too much for words..."

We sadly learned from Jonathan Taylor and his spouse, Tom Heidel that ATRA's doyenne senior queen, Aggie, ended her reign today. Aggie was nearly 18 years of age!

"She brought us countless hours of joy, she reveled in being a dog, dutiful companion, navigator and napmate; we are grateful for the time with her. She will be missed..."

We are grateful for wonderful adopters like Jonathan and Tom and share in the sadness of Aggie's passing.

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