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Westies in Need - WiN

How can I Help?????

We would LOVE your help...here are a few ways....

Support our Rescue:: Westies in Need (WiN) relies entirely on our fundraising events, small adoption fees and the generosity of Westie-lovers like yourself, to continue rescuing Westies. Money received is used to pay for medical expenses for a Westie such as neuter or spay surgery, heartworm treatment, vaccinations and much more. Your financial support allows us to rescue and provide the care each Westie needs. Funds go directly to the care of the Westies in our rescue program.

WiN is 100% public support operated and we could not survive without caring folks like you.

If would like to make a donation to our rescue it is as easy as a few mouse clicks away.

If you use PayPal, do on-line banking or if you would like to mail in a donation...just click on the Donate Today logo on the left and follow the instructions!

Westies In Need has partnered with Animal Wellness Magazine,who will be generously donating to us 40% from every subscription that is sold if the unique Promo Code AWA039 is used.
Animal Wellness Magazine is a fantastic resource for life saving and life improving education as well as featuring a section focused on rescue organizations with stories from across the country.
We really appreciate your support and know that Animal Wellness will make a difference in your Westie's life.

We are very proud to announce a sponsorship with Modern Dog magazine!

We love the magazine and you will too!

The good news is... if you subscribe to Modern Dog magazine by clicking on the link to the left, 50% of the subscription price goes to our Westies in Need rescue!

Do you ever purchase medication for your Westie???? If you do, we have made it VERY easy for you to get discounted medication and support our rescue at the same time!

The Pet Pharmacy is an Ontario based company that carries over 10,000 products and medications for pets…from flea and tick medication to prescription items.

If you are ordering a prescription medication they will be happy to contact your veterinarian for a prescription and orders can be picked up at no charge at their location in Corcord, Ontario or they can be mailed via Canada Post...all at discounted prices!!!!

The program is simple… when you complete an order you will be given the opportunity to select a beneficiary organization and when you click "Westies in Need"- the Pet Pharmacy will donate a % of your order to our rescue!

We are proud to announce a subscription sponsorship program with Dogs Naturally Magazine.

This magazine is like no other publication. A complete source of natural health care for dogs, a large community of caring vets, breeders, trainers and dog owners who want to bring out the best in our dogs.

The good news is... if you subscribe to Dogs Naturally magazine by clicking on the link to the left, 30% of the subscription price (digital, back issues or paper subscriptions!) goes to our Westies in Need rescue!

Volunteer: We don't ask our Volunteers to do everything...we ask that you consider doing just one thing. No one can do everything, but perhaps if you could do just one thing it will all add up to a whole bunch of everything!

If you would like to download our WiN volunteer form...it is right here, or if you would prefer to e-mail us and let us know what you can help with... we would sure love to hear from you!

Transport: Can you volunteer to help transport a Westie from the shelter to their foster home or from their foster home to their forever home??? Let us know if you are available to transport from time to time. Just click here!
Home Visit: Can you volunteer to do a pre-adoption home visit for a rescued Westie waiting to go home to a prospective family?? This involves visiting the home of an applicant adoptive family after their interviews and reference checks are completed to meet the prospective family in person. If you can help, just click here!

Fostering is not a life time commitment
-it is a commitment to save a life

Foster: Can you offer a temporary foster home for a Westie?? If you have room in your home, you might consider fostering for us. We are always looking for new foster parents. Fostering is an enriching, rewarding experience.
If you are an experienced dog family with a big heart and a desire to give a homeless Westie a second chance at life, you are our kinda folks!

Our volunteers are dedicated and loving people and are the backbone of the WiN team. We appreciate them more than words could ever say...but one of our Westies wanted to try to show them how much we care...so we dedicated this little video to our WiN volunteers!

Click here to see the video!

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.
Our foster homes are the private residences of individuals who want to help Westies in need, giving them a safe and loving sanctuary while we match them with a qualified permanent adoptive home.

People interested in fostering must apply and be screened and approved to be a Westie Foster home. We do careful checks both for our foster home applicants and our adoption applicants to make sure that the dogs get the best possible and most responsible care.

As a foster parent, you would decide when (and if) to accept a new foster dog.
Click here to download a volunteer application. Complete the application and please e-mail, fax or mail it in to us.
Help out at a fundraiser or event: Can you help out at an event for us?? Perhaps at a Westie walk or a Westie Fun day??? Click here we would love to hear from you!
and last but not least, please spay or neuter your pet and please do not support puppy mills and backyard breeders by purchasing a Westie from a pet store.

Please support Westies in Need or your local shelter!


Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Work can wait another 30 minutes. There are more important things to do. Like throwing sticks!!