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Success Stories


One of our little rescues was named Lilly- she was the worst case of skin problems we had ever seen when she arrived into our rescue program.

The Pet Network saw her info on our website and asked if they could do a story on our Lilly and our rescue. Click here to watch the video of Lilly and her journey...they did a great job and we can't thank the Pet Network enough for supporting us!

Lilly says THANKS too!

Westies in Need (WiN) works very hard to match our wonderful dogs with equally wonderful new families. Here are some of our success stories!

Rosiea 6 year old little Westie mix that comes to us from a home that could no longer care for her. This sweet but scared little girl has a great foster home now and will be relaxing and just learning how to be a Westie for a while and then she will be ready to join a new family.


Welcome Rosie!!!!
Duffya 12 year old boy (on the right) and Brodie...a 6 year old boy (pictured on the left) are a very bonded pair and we were asked by their family that they be adopted together...and of course that is exactly what we will do.


These 2 boys are so sweet and so loving, they walk well on a leash and are both house broken and both are excellent kissers!!!


They are enjoying their time at their foster home in the Hamilton area.

An update...Duffy and Brodie have been adopted! Two cuter boys could not be found and they are together and so happy!!!!
Wilson...is a 3 year old male who was taken from a puppy mill in Ontairo.

A sweeter or kinder soul could not be found. This is a darling Westie who is now loving his life at his foster Mom's home until he meets his new family.


**ADOPTION PENDING**
Willy...was a Westie in Need for sure...WiN to the rescue for this sweet, 6 yr. old male that comes to us from a back yard breeder.
So happy to WELCOME this boy to a new and better life!

Willy is fostering in Ottawa .. he will be off to see our vet as he has mites and yeast in his ears, needs neuter/dental. Sorry Willy but the boyz must go ... your rendezvous days at the back yard breeders are OVER!!!
Foster Mom has cut off his dreadlocks and he's feeling so much better already ... not to mention he smells better too!!

An update...Willy has been adopted! This little boy is gonna have a wonderful life in his new and "fur" ever home.
Muffin...is a little Westie Poodle mix that is an owner surrender.

She is just a year old and is such a little peanut...only about 12 lbs!

She is getting spayed right away and then she will be ready to meet her new family.

Welcome Muffin!!!!

An update...Muffin has been adopted! She met Jeanette and knew that she was in heaven!
Charlie...is 4 years old and is such a nice boy....he is an owner surrender as his family could no longer take care of him.


Charlie loves to go for walks and needs a family who knows terriers!!


Welcome Charlie to Westies in Need.

An update...Charlie has been adopted! He met Ilyana and knew that she was his perfect Mommy!
Jack and Elliott... are a bonded pair of Westies who must be adopted together. Both are 3 years old.
Their previous owner's job has changed and as heart breaking as it is, they want them to have the attention they so deserve!

How adorable are these 2 little ones!!!


An update...jack and Elliott have been adopted. These 2 boys will remain together in their new home!
Timothy...is 5 years old and was released from a puppy mill with his friend, Allison (that you see below).

He is so adorable and wants to please....he has lived his entire life in a cage and is now walking on grass and making friends and having fun!

Welcome Timothy!

An update...Timothy has been adopted! Jessie and her family were the perfect fit for our darling Timothy!!!!
Allison...is 3 years old and is just as sweet as can be.

She was released from a puppy mill and is now enjoying being free.

She has now been spayed and will become a Canadian citizen shortly and soon will be in a new and loving home.

An update...Allison has been adopted! She asked her foster family if she could stay and live with them forever and they said YES!!!
Yummy...is 3 years old and is an owner surrender. This sweet little girl is sure having fun at her foster home!


She is going to need to see our Vet to get spayed and then she will be ready to meet a new and "fur"ever family!

Welcome Yummy to Westies in Need!

An update...Yummy has been adopted! She met Jeff and it was love at first kiss!
Bran...is just 7 yr old and is a neutered male who was surrendered because his owner has severe dementia and has gone to a nursing home.
Bran will see our vet for a little check-up and have a day at the spa ... he is fostering in Ottawa.
Welcome Bran!!!!

An update...Bran has been adopted! He had a wonderful time at his foster families home and has now joined his new and fur"ever family!
Abby...is 3 years old and comes to us as an owner surender. Our love and our thanks to her family for trusting us to find her a new home.


Abby is as cute as can be and is having a wonderful time in her foster home!


Welcome Abby!!


An update...Abby has been adopted! She met her forever family and she knew it was the perfect home for her!
Daisy...is just 3 years old and has come to us from a puppy mill.


This poor little darling was bred FAR too many times but has now been spayed and is ready to join a family and have the wonderful life that she so deserves!!!!

An update...Daisy has been adopted! Her new name will be Piper and she loved her foster family so much, she asked if she could stay and live with them forever.
Lexi...is only 5 1/2 months old and comes to us as on owner surrender. This is one cute but BUSY young lady and she is having so much fun at her foster home.

She needs to see our Vet to be spayed and then she will be ready to meet her new family!

An update...Lexi has been adopted! She met Joni and her family and just knew it was the best home for her!
Reilly...is just 10 months old and is a Westie/Poodle mix and is being fostered in the Toronto ara..

He is going for a groom (he looks kinda wild!!!) and then he is off to see the Vet..... (well you ALL know what 2 things he will be losing at the Vet...we just don't want him to know!!!!)

He is a cute boy for sure and will need some training and a family who will love him and give him some boundries!!!!

Welcome Reilly.

An update...Reilly has been adopted! He sure is a cutie and will love his new home.
Molly...is just 10 years old and is an owner surrender. Sweet, sweet Molly has some health and skin issues that we are dealing with right now, but we will make sure that she is feeling better very soon!


We sure know skin at Westies in Need and this will be an easy fix for us!!!

An update...Molly has been adopted! Her skin is 100% better and she is now off to join her new family!!!
Vince...is an active 9 year old and loves his twice daily walks. He is very friendly and likes to meet other dogs and humans alike on his walks.
He loves hanging out with his person and his toys and has no issues being left on his on for a few hours or more with his toys!

He is not a huge fan of riding in the car and can be a wee bit vocal about it.

Vince came to us with some skin and ear issues and is now fully recovered and ready to meet his new “fur-ever” family!

An update...Vince has been adopted! This super sweet boy has found a couch to call his own!!!
Charlie... is just 5 years old and is a snuggler of the VERY highest order. This is one of those "once in a life-time" kinda Westies!
Sweet, loving, fun and as handsome as can be!

Welcome Charlie to Westies in Need!

An update...Charlie has been adopted! He came to have some fun at our Westies in Need indoor play day and he had a meet and greet with a family right there.
They just loved him and he sure felt the same...so after all the home visits and checks were done, Charlie has become a member of a new family!
Dou Dou... is just 6 years old and sadly this sweet boy's owner was no longer able to care for him and she trusted in us to find him a good home!

Dou Dou loves other animal companions, children and loved to run on his farm land.

He is fostering with a great family. Welcome Dou Dou to Westies in Need.

An update...Dandy has been adopted. His new name will be Jacques and he is one happy boy.
Hughie... is 4 years old and comes to us from an owner surrender. This very sweet and gently boy needs to see our Vet and then he will be off to meet his new family!!!


An update...Hughie has been adopted. Remy and her family were the perfect match for little Hughie.
Charlie... is only 4 years old and is an owner surrender. He is a Westie-mix (not sure what is the mix) and as you can see, he is just as cute as can be and sure looks comfy in his foster home!

Charlie need to see the Vet to be neutered and have his teeth cleaned and then he will be ready to meet his new family!

An update...Charlie has been adopted. He met Lesley and knew that his forever Mommy was right in front of him!
Our Ohio 5... please welcome Heather, Fiona and Gavin (3 adult Westies) and Calum and Ross (5 month old puppies) to our rescue.

These darlings have all come to us from a puppy mill situation and we could not be happier that they are now all safe and loved in our rescue.
An update...all 5 of our adorable Westies have found forever homes! It sure warms our hearts to know that they are all loved!
Bianca and Milou... are both about 8 years old. They were surrendered by their ower when they could no longer care for them.

These 2 darling westies are so sweet, there are no words!
Welcome to Westies in Need!!!


An update...Bianca and Milou have been adopted! They have joined Mike and his family in St. Catherine's.
Samantha... is 8 years old and as you can see is such a good looking girl who is so happy and loves to give lots of kisses!

She is being fostered in the Toronto area and is having a great time.


Welcome to sweet, special, spectacular Samantha.

An update...Samantha has been adopted! She has found the perfect "fur"ever home.
Mattie... has come into rescue from Regina. We want to thank her family for trusting us to find her a new home.

After a little flight, she has arrived safe and sound and is now in foster care.
Mattie is 4 years old and is enjoying her foster home!

Welcome Mattie!

An update...Mattie has been adopted! She just loved her foster home so much that she asked if she could stay forever!
Bella... is a 6 year old who comes to us as an owner surrender when her family could no longer care for her. This sweet girl is being fostered in the Ottawa area and we know that we will find a "fur"ever home for her soon!

Her foster Dad says she gives the BEST kisses!

An update...Bella has been adopted! She has found the perfect "fur"ever home.
Poncho... is a 3 year old boy who comes to us as an owner surrender. Our love and thanks to his family for trusting us to find him a wonderful new home.


Poncho needs to see our Vet as he needs to be neutered (sorry Poncho..but they have to go!!!!) and then will be ready to join his new family!
An update...Poncho has been adopted! he met Madison and he knew it was the right spot for him!!!
Max... is an 8 yr old Max, owner surrender into to a shelter in Quebec.
Max was depressed and not doing well in the shelter but we're happy to report that he's doing much better with our great foster volunteers!!
We're so happy to have sprung him out of there and so is he!

An update...Max has been adopted! He and Brenda and her family are just made for each other!!!
Benji... is a 9 yr old neutered westie mix. Sadly, Benji's owner passed away.
Benji has a horrible ear infection and he's overweight, so a new diet of healthy foods and excercise begins right now. He will see our vet very soon!

Welcome Benji...we will get you feeling better and you will be off to your new home.

An update...Benji has been adopted! He met Carol Ann and he just knew it was the perfect home for him!
Zoey... is a 6 yr old owner surrender.
She is super outgoing and friendly ... loving other dogs and humans of all ages!


She is off to see our vet for an exam and her spay surgery won't be far behind it.
An update...Zoey has been adopted! She asked if she could stay forever with her foster family and they said yes!!!
Stanley... is just 17 months old and comes to us as an owner surrender.
He has some skin issues that we will be working on for a while and then he will be ready to join a new and forever family!

Welcome little Stanley!

An update...Stanley has been adopted! He met his new family and fell in love!
Snowflake... has come to us from Ohio, along with the 2 darlings you see directly below (Snowdrop and Lilly). This sweet girl has lived her life in a wretched puppy mill but that is all behind her now!


Welcome to Snowflake (who we are now calling Poppy) to WiN!!!

An update...Snowflake has been adopted! Her new name will be Poppy and she is one lucky girl for sure!
Snowdrop... is just 6 years old and is also a puppy mill survivour. She is just loving her new life in a nice warm foster home!

Her new name is Abbey!

An update...Abbey has been adopted! She and Richard make a perfect pair!
Lilly... is a tiny little girl who was taken from the same mill as her 2 friends above (Snowdrop and Snowflake)


She is being fostered in the Toronto area.

An update...Lilly has been adopted! She and Susan are such a perfect pair! See you at all the Westie events Lilly.
Gambler... is a 2 yr old westie/maltese mix that was saved from being euthanized at a shelter.
Our thanks to Sit With Me Dog Rescue who went in and evaluated this boy, determining that he has potential to be a great family pet.

Gambler is being fostered in the Ottawa area. Welcome Gambler to Westies in Need.

An update...Gambler has been adopted! He is gonna LOVE his new home!!!
Faith...is a sweet girl who came to us (along with Hope that you see below) from a bad situation...but that is all behind them both now!
Welcome girls to Westies in Need!

An update...Faith has been adopted. She has found a wonderful new home with Mathew and his family!
Hope...is a 10 year old Westie who is a true survivor.

This darling girl came to us from a terrible situation and in this picture she is just getting ready for her surgery that we are sure, will be a big help!!!

An update...Hope has been adopted. She has found a wonderful new home with Deb and her family!
Peggy Sue...is a tiny little Westie who is just as cute as a button!

She has come to us from Ohio and is now ready for a new and "fur"ever family!

An update...Peggy Sue has been adopted. Her new name will be Maya. She asked her foster family if she could stay and live with them forever cause they were so nice and they all agreed!!!!
Gracie...is also a 6 year old little girl who has come to us from Ohio (with Peggy Sue that you see above).

She is a darling girl who is so sweet and kind and is having so much fun at her foster home.

Look at that face!!!!

An update...Gracie has been adopted. She has found her "fur"ever home with Kathy and Steve!
Vanille...is a 2 yr old female with some mild skin issues that we will have under control in no time!!!
Vanille is an owner surrender, coming from a home where she was not happy living with a young child.


Much thanks to foster Mom who took her in on a moments notice...Vanille is fostering in Ottawa and will be off to see our vet first thing this week.

An update...Vanille has been adopted. Her new name will be Oban and she is VERY happy to join her new family!
Jeremy.....well...where do we even begin! OK, we will start at the beginning...
Late one afternoon the phone rang and it was the Montreal SPCA ... they have a 13 year old partially deaf, visually impaired Westie that was brought in to them as a stray. They've held him the required time for a stray and he's now ready to be released....would our rescue take him???? Of course we would!

Our WONDERFUL co ordinator in Quebec jumped into the car to head over to the SPCA to pick up this senior fellow. She arrived to find a filthy little Westie ... covered in dreadlocks and caked in excrement. So pitiful looking, long hair covering his face ... you couldn't even see his eyes!

Stiff from being caged the last 12 days, it took us a long time, to go a really short distance ... over 15 minutes and we'd only made it to the parking lot. However, this boy was happy to be outside in the fresh air.

We found a GREAT foster home and he was welcomed with open arms. A bath was next, then gently trimming some hair and crusted discharge from his eyes. Jeremy was very sensitive to anyone touching his face.

Next was a visit to the Vet...bloodwork was done and believe it or not, his blood panel results were amazing, so an appointment was booked for his dental work. Not a wonder this poor boy didn't want anyone to touch his face, his mouth was in a horrific state!!! While under anesthetic ... 14 teeth were removed, the remaining scaled and polished, his nails clipped (they were so long they had curled under into his pads!!) and his paw pads cleaned up ... they were infected from so much tangled hair and excrement caked into them. Anti-biotics and pain meds ... he was on his way to his foster home to begin recovery.

Each day has been a new beginning for Jeremy ... he has been gaining strength and feeling better!

An update...Jeremy has been adopted. We are very excited to share that Jeremy will find his forever home with Susan from Ottawa. It was LOVE at first sight! Susan has been a Westie owner her entire life and is very excited to become a family with Jeremy.
Rosie... is just 10 years old and comes to us as an owner surrender.

She sure is a cutie pie and will be ready for a new home shortly!!

Welcome Rosie.

An update...Rosie has been adopted! She met Lynda and knew that she had met her forever Mom!
Paxi...please give a warm welcome to 9 yr old Paxi.
Sadly her owner is not well and no longer able to care for her.


Miss Paxi .... you'll be part of a new furever family, before you know it!!

Our thanks to Laura and her fur kids from Higgs and Bee Greans in Ottawa for fostering!!!!!!

An update...Paxi has been adopted. This sweet girl has found her forever home.
Rocky...comes to us as an owner surrender. Our love and our thanks to his family for allowing us to help Rocky find a new home.
He is just 5 years old and is a Westie from one of the premier breeders in Ontario, the late and wonderful Margaret Buglass from Cheviotvale Kennels.

He is in a foster home in Barrie and is going to have a meet and greet with an adoptive family in the next few days!

An update...Rocky has been adopted. Rocky will be living in Toronto with Helen!!!!
Finnigan... was a stray and he waited for his family to come and get him...but they never did.

The shelter reached out to us and we said of course, to taking in this ADORABLE boy!!!
His wonderful foster Mom has named him Finnigan and we think he is about 4-5 years old, but maybe younger...

Welcome Finnigan!!!

An update...Finnigan has been adopted. he will now live with Bobbie and Donald in St. Catherine's!
Molly... is about 10 years old and comes to us as an owner surrender.

She is a darling girl who needs to see our Vet and then she will be ready to join a new family.

An update...Molly has been adopted. This darling little girl has found a new home with Susan and John!!!
Leo... is one lucky boy!
He was surrendered and on his way to an SPCA when Westies in Need got word and we took him into rescue! No cage or shelter for this boy...he is now having a great time in his foster home in Quebec and will be adopted shortly.


Leo is just 10 months old and as you can see, is quite a handsome boy!


Welcome Leo to WiN!!!
An update...Leo has been adopted. He asked his foster family if he could stay and live with them and they said yes..his new name will be Stewart!!!
Jamie...is a just 2 or 3 years old and was found as a stray and no one came to claim him!

This DARLING Westie needs to see the Vet and needs to be neutered (please do not tell Jamie if you see him!!) and then he will be ready for adoption!

An update...Jamie has been adopted. He is moving to Beaconsfield QC and he evens gets another doggie friend to play with!
Scooter... is a 10 year old owner surrender. Our love and our thanks to his family for trusting us to find him a new and wonderful home.

Scooter is a VERY handsome boy, as you can see, and he will be looking for his forever home very soon!

Welcome Scooter.


An update...Scooter has been adopted. He joins Nancy and her family of Westies!
Faith and Gabby... are 2 little ones that find themselves in rescue as their Mommy has passed away. Our love and our thanks to their family for contacting us to find them new homes.

Faith (below with her pretty pink bow) is about 7 years old and Gabby is about 9...two darling girls, who do not need to remain together, will be in new homes very shortly!



An update...Faith has been adopted. She and Joan are the perfect pair.


Gabby has also found her forever home...she and Esther met and they are just a perfect match!
Fergus...is a 4.5 yr. old, neutered male that has found himself back in our rescue and needs a forever home, without other dogs, cats or children.

Fergus is a Westie-mix, born to Muffin - and yes, she was definitely a Westie but her gentlemen caller, well ... we are unsure, just what breed he may have been!

Fergus loves his walks, snuggling on the couch and all the belly rubs he can get!



An update...Fergus has been adopted. he met his new family and just knew that they were perfect!
Jack... is only 2 years old and is such a sweet boy!


He is being fostered in Quebec and we hope to find him a new family right away!

An update...Jack has been adopted. His new name will be Tommy and he sure is one lucky boy!
Maggie... is 8 years old and comes to us as an owner surrender. This very pretty girl needs to be spayed and then will be ready to find her new and forever home.

An update...Maggie has been adopted. She met Bonnie and her Mom and knew that they were the perfect family for her!
Duggie... is just 6 years old and comes to us as an owner surrender. This very handsome boy is so sweet.

He is being fostered inthe Brampton area and will be moving to his new and "fur"ever home very shortly!

Welcome Duggie!!!

An update...Duggie has been adopted. He went for a meet and greet with Charles and his family and he never left!!!! He is such a lucky boy!
Toby... is 10 months old and comes to us as an owner surrender. This is such a cute boy...he is neutered and is going to spend some time in his foster home until we get to know him a bit so we can pick just the right home for Toby!



Welcome to Westies in Need!

An update...Toby has been adopted. Nancy and her family are over the moon to have little Toby join their family!
Remi... is just 6 years old and comes to us as an owner surrender. This very handsome boy is as cute as can be and is having such a nice time in his foster home in London!

Remi needs to be neutered and then will be all set to join a new and forever family.

An update...Remi has been adopted. He and Allison and her family are such a lovely family!
Mickey... is a 9 year old lovely boy whose owner was going to go into a retirement residence and sadly Mickey could not come along.

Welcome Mickey to Westies in Need!!!

An update...Mickey has been adopted. He met Mark and his family and knew it was the perfect place for him!
Alfie... is a 7 year old purebred Westie who, as you can see, is very handsome for sure.

Our love and our thanks to Alfie's family for trusting us to find him his new home.

He is in foster care in the London area.

An update...Alfie has been adopted. His foster Mommy, Dianne and he fell in love and he asked if he could stay and live with her...and she said yes!!!!
Annabelle... is not quite 2 years old and is a Westie mix...we are not sure with what, but it certainly was another small dog as she is VERY Westie-ish!!!!

Annabelle needs to be spayed and then will be ready to meet her forever family.

She sure looks comfy already in her foster home!!!

Welcome Annabelle!

An update...Annabelle has been adopted. She and her new Mommy make a perfect pair!
Oscar... comes to us as an owner surrender. Our love and our thanks to his family for allowing us to find him a new and "fur"ever home.

Oscar is only 5 years old and is just a little peanut of a Westie-very tiny, he looks like a puppy!!!!

Oscar had a bad ear infection and some skin issues, so he will be in foster care for a while while we get him all better and then he will be ready to meet his new family!
An update...Oscar has been adopted! He met Brigid and her family and he knew they were his perfect family! He even gets a new little Westie brother, named Reece!!!
Lea... is a 9 year old Westie girl that comes to us from an SPCA.

This very sweet girl has been diagnosed with Diabetes, so she will begin her insulin treatments right away.

An update...Lea has been adopted. She will be a "fur"ever Westie with Mary and her family!!!

To See even more of our successful rescues - Click Here
Old Blue Eyes...
OK...this one is not really a WiN Westie..




but when we found this old picture of Frank Sinatra with a sweet little Westie, we just knew we had to put it on our website, somewhere!!!

Can you blame us???


In a perfect world, every dog would have a home