Welcome to Abandoned Terrier Rescue Association           favicon

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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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Prayers are answered!
Dreams come true.

Penny will keep her eye!

Not only that, she now has normal tear production in both eyes!

She will continue with one eye ointment (Tacrolimus) But there is no longer need for the others.

Her ears, that were the worst the vet had ever seen, and could only be cleaned under anesthesia, are completely healed. They no longer need to be flushed or treated with drops.

She does need to take Apoquel for her itching.
Her hair is growing back very slowly....she has peach fuzz on her back. and the hair on her face is amazingly growing even better.

Penny cried on her way to the vet...but she was greeted with hugs and delight from all the staff including the vet. They were thrilled to be part of Penny's miracle. And with such a warm welcome, Penny was no longer anxious.

What a difference 7 weeks of love and care has made for such a brave, sweet and resilient Wire!

A big thank you to foster mom Janette Cooksey and to everyone who held Penny in their thoughts and prayers and helped to cover her vet expenses.

No more neglect and pain for Penny!
Just a happy life ahead.

When she returned to her foster home, Penny celebrated by pulling out all her favorite stuffies and playing in a home a world away from the yard where she was left alone to suffer.
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Penny plays....and we continue to pray...

Always sweet, now each day, Penny becomes more playful. At her estimated 8 years, she is the baby in her foster home and she has fun running circles around the 2 other Wires there and stealing their toys away.

Judging from that, we are hoping that the medication for her "dry eye" condition is successful and her eye will not have to be removed for her comfort.

Penny has a vet appointment tomorrow for a determination of our next decision. We will, of course, do whatever Penny needs to live a happy life. She has lots of love to share!

Please join us in hoping and praying for Penny!
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