For a variety of reasons, each year a number of Westies find themselves in need of new homes. Responsible breeders take care of their own, but the relationship with many pet stores, puppy mills, brokers, roadside sellers, and backyard breeders stops once money changes hands. Many people take on a dog when they are not prepared for it. Many do not research the breed and choose the wrong dog for their lifestyle and personality. Many do not feel a need to commit to a dog for their lifetime. Some dogs are lost, some are abandoned, and some are owner-surrendered. Sometimes owners give up their Westies due to medical problems, divorce, moving, allergies, a new baby, or some other reason.
Our rescue program serves as a "safety net" for Westies who have no responsible breeder to stand behind them. Through the hard work and dedication of the volunteer members of our club, the WHWTCSET Rescue Committee is available to assist Westies in need of a new home. We try to determine the background, temperament, and any special needs of each rescued Westie based on a thorough health examination, and work with our screened applicants currently on file to find the best possible match for both the Westie as well as his or her new parents. We also administer vaccinations and medical treatment, and each Westie is spayed or neutered prior to placement. We then try to match each rescued Westie with the very best home from adoption applications in our files.