Westie Rescue Photo Album
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Please select a year from the list below so you can see the dogs we received during that year and read their stories. Most of these dogs were placed, a few were euthanized. We honor the euthanized pets by showing them and telling their stories right along with those we successfully placed. By reading their stories, you can begin to understand what the dogs who come into rescue are like. Most dogs who come into rescue are very nice dogs who have lost their home through no fault of their own. This is attested to by the fact that there are few foster homes who have not adopted at least once! Any issues found can usually be “fixed”.
When a dog comes into foster care in our rescue, the dog goes to a private home to live alongside the resident dogs in the home. The dog is treated like another pet. During their time in foster care, we take them to the vet for a thorough checkup. We catch them up on all of their vaccinations. We do a dental if one is needed (and it is on almost every dog we see). We do a blood panel, heartworm test, fecal check and we follow up on anything else that is indicated by the condition of the dog and the dog’s medical records (if they exist). We try to identify all medical issues and either fix them or pass the information on to any potential adopter.
We get the dog to a groomer as soon as we can if the dog truly needs grooming. And, even if it isn’t really needed, we still take them to a groomer at some point in the foster care period if only just to see how they react to the experience. We try to get the dog used to being handled and to things such as tooth brushing.
We then live with the dog for a period of time, usually at least 2 weeks, and often for even longer, so that we can identify any behavior issues. We then either fix the issue or begin the work and inform the potential adopters.
If we find the dog is aggressive to adults, we will not knowingly place them. These dogs are put to sleep with one of us holding them until they are gone. Unfortunately, these dogs did not get this way on their own. It is almost always the fault of a human, but we cannot ask an adopter to take on a dog we know will bite. If the dog does not care for children, we will place them in a home without children (while informing the potential adopter). If the dog doesn’t do well with other dogs, we will try to place them as an only dog. But we cannot place a dog who cannot be trusted with adults.
If we find that a dog in foster care has a short-term terminal disease, we will usually keep them in foster care until their death. If they are placed, it is with full disclosure to the adopter.
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