NOTICE! Due to a large number of adoption applications on file at this time and fewer dogs coming into rescue, we are CLOSED to new applications until further notice. If you have already submitted an application to us, you will continue to be on our waiting list. Please contact us for the most up-to-date information.
Thank you for your interest in adopting a Westie through Wisconsin Westie Rescue. We place our dogs in homes in Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and eastern Minnesota.
To begin the adoption process, please fill out the WWR Adoption Application. There is a $20 fee to process your application. This fee will be subtracted from your final adoption fee. We will check your vet, groomer, and personal references and then you will be placed on our waiting list. When a Westie comes in that matches what you are looking for, we will schedule a home visit where a volunteer will answer any questions you have. Once this is completed, you will need to meet the dog at its foster home. At the time of adoption you will sign a placement contract and pay the fee.
Most of our available dogs do not get listed on our website or on Petfinder, but are placed directly from our waiting list.
The Westies and Westie mixes available through WWR come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some dogs come to us as owner surrenders due to life-changing events such as death, divorce, or serious illness. Some dogs come to us as surrenders from puppy mills. They may also come from animal shelters or control facilities, humane associations, or from other dog rescue groups.
Most dogs surrendered to WWR are adults, although we do see every age from puppies to seniors. Males tend to outnumber females. In addition, many Westie mixes or "designer dogs" are showing up in our ranks. WWR also places dogs with special needs including health issues (white shakers syndrome, diabetes, allergies, etc.), senior dogs, and dogs who have emotional baggage from spending their lives as mill dogs. We DO NOT place dogs with a history of biting humans. Please consider a special needs dog if your family situation allows. These dogs do forge bonds with their forever families and the love you invest in them is returned many times over.
Being open to either gender, a Westie mix, or an older dog will shorten the wait time to be matched to a dog.
A Westie's natural instinct is to chase and bite anything that runs. For that reason, we do not adopt to families with small children under the age of eight.
WWR will never approve an adoption application where the dog is to be given as a gift even when it is between family members. The person applying to adopt must also be the person who signs the application. In addition, all information provided on the application must be applicable to the person applying to adopt the dog. Too often dogs are turned over to shelters or rescue groups because the person gifted the dog was not informed ahead of time. Our goal is a forever home placement for our rescue Westies, therefore, gift adoptions are never allowed.
If you have questions about adoption, please send an email to email@example.com and a volunteer will contact you as soon as possible. Please put "Westie Adoption" in the subject line.