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, tadalafil 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, ambulance 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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Belle knows where the bones are buried...
Inside or out, Belle likes to bury her bones...this morning she got busted but not before she unearthed another buried "treasure" during a futile chase in the garden! Bath time! (Again!)

Nicky came to us in 2010 as a grumpy, growly, 10 year old boy and stayed with us until this past Wednesday, July 20th, near his 16th birthday. Nicky had been purchased in a pet store so he no doubt came from a puppy mill. He grew older in that pet store before he was purchased and thus he lacked the early socialization so important for any dog but especially for a Wire. He was a handsome boy. He kept his bright, beautiful tricolor coat all through the years. But, because of his start in life, he not only needed to be the only dog, he was, sadly, not a very affectionate boy. He was given up with indifference and he had a bite history too. None of it was his fault…..So, the ATRA sanctuary took him in. There, he was able to live out his life in a safe, loving and accepting home.

He always enjoyed a good meal and he had a healthy appetite. He appreciated Ruth’s home cooking until just recently. Back in the day, he loved to play ball, explore the rescue and go for car rides. He was a Wire force to be reckoned with. As the years passed, he mellowed, of course. He grew sweeter and more tolerant of the other dogs. But as that happened, so too, came the other changes that aging brings. His eyes dimmed with cataracts, his hearing failed and most days were spent napping. Then, as it also happens, the days just became too tough even for a tough little Wire, who had become frail and no longer had the gusto even for home cooking. We had welcomed Nicky with loving arms and so we gathered him in loving arms and we bid our always handsome boy farewell. It was time.

May he find the love he missed in his early years, run free with no fear and always come home to loving arms and a home cooked meal...

Danny decided on how he would like to be memorialized for his portrait at our Paint Ur Pet fundraiser!

In the spirit of filling Facebook with song, sing along with Danny!

"Who draws the crowd and plays so loud?
Baby, it's the guitar man
Who's gonna steal the show, you know?
Baby, it's the guitar man
He can make you love, he can make you cry
He will bring you down, then he'll get you high
Somethin' keeps him goin', miles and miles a day
To find another place to play..."

Written by David Gates
Performed by Bread
Perfected by Danny Boy, famous ATRA alum
With thanks to his "parents," Francoise and Tracey de Martini

Remember, YOUR pet's photo is due by August 7th to be ready to paint August 14th!