Westies in Need

Westies in Need (WiN) is the largest West Highland White Terrier rescue organization in Canada and a registered Not for Profit founded in 2008.

We are a volunteer rescue group, providing care for Westies that have been surrendered, taken from puppy mills or at risk of being abandoned in Animal Control facilities. The dogs that come into our rescue program come to us from various means. Some are strays; some have been surrendered, abandoned or left at shelters by owners who no longer can care for them due to circumstances such as moving, illness in family, new child, divorce, etc.

We are a group operated by dedicated individuals working to provide a safe and loving environment for these wonderful animals. WiN operates solely by fund-raising. We are entirely staffed by volunteers and we do not get any grants or funding and ALL funds raised benefit Westies in need.

WiN does not have a shelter or physical location. Instead, we operate through a tight-knit network of rescue coordinators and foster homes, trying to rescue as many Westies as possible.

When Westies in Need was created, first and foremost we wanted our name to be synonymous with high ethical standards. We wanted the people that donated to our cause to feel absolutely certain that their funds were going to be used for the dogs that we care for.

We also guarantee that no WiN dog who comes into our rescue is ever relegated to live in a kennel environment. All of our dogs live inside nice warm homes with their loving foster families until forever homes can be found.

These families work incredibly hard to ensure that the dogs they foster get all of the love and attention they need to help recover from their previous lives and move on with their new life! These dedicated and loving people are the backbone of the WiN team. We appreciate them more than words could ever say. May all our rescued Westies know that they are now truly and forever home!


Article by Corrie, Westies in Need Rescue

Updated December 2022