Westie Rescue of Canada (WRC) is not a shelter and has no paid employees. We are all volunteers with jobs, families, pets, and foster Westies. Please be patient with our application and adoption process. Patience is, as they say, a virtue and one of the key traits we look for in a prospective new home for a rescued Westie.

Adoption Application
The first step in our adoption process is the completion of the adoption application form. If you would like to pursue adopting a Westie from our rescue program, we need to receive a completed adoption application from you. Our Adoption Application form can be printed from our website and emailed or mailed to us.
Please note that the form will open as a word document, complete form, save to your computer and then attach to an email to
Click the link to open the adoption form

Adoption application

Most dogs surrendered to WRC are adults, although we do see every age from puppies to geriatric senior dogs. Being open to either gender as well as to an older dog will shorten the time an applicant waits to be matched to a dog. WRC also places dogs with special needs including health issues (diabetic conditions, allergies, etc) senior dogs, and dogs who have emotional baggage from neglect. Please consider a special needs dog if your family situation allows for one. Special needs dogs do forge special bonds with their forever family, and the love you invest in the dog is returned back to you many times over! Watching a dog settle in his new homs and become a trusting, loving, confident Westie can be a truly rewarding experience.

Each year we receive more applications than the number of Westies available for adoption. When a dog is placed into our rescue program, we review ALL of our pending applications to make the best possible match between the dog's needs and the prospective adopter's preferences. Our process is focused on the welfare of the Westie, as the needs of the homeless Westie are our primary concern. Our goal is to place each dog in an environment appropriate for that dog's background, personality, temperament and needs. Therefore, no one is ever at the top of the list for the next dog. And it is impossible to predict how long it will take for each applicant to receive a dog.

Please remember, Rescue dogs are not perfect but we are looking for the “perfect” home for our Rescue dogs

We do not "pre-approve" adoption applications due to the number of applications received and our limited volunteer manpower. When an application is received by WRC, you will receive an email acknowledging its receipt. We will contact you and begin the approval process once we determine that a Westie in our program would be a potentially good match with you. The approval process involves a combination of phone interview, home visit, and reference check.

Adoption Costs
Rescued Westies are not "free." Many rescue Westies require medical attention as many have not had any recent medical attention in their previous situation. There are the costs of a complete health examination, immunizations, parasite control as well as spaying and/or neutering if the previous owners did not take care of this most important part of responsible pet ownership. We require an adoption donation to help us cover these costs. Adoption donations vary depending on the age and health conditions of the particular dog. Adoption donations are non-refundable.

Our dogs are fully vetted before they are placed into adoptive homes (there are some exceptions due to health and/or age). They will have a veterinary examination, be neutered/spayed, brought up to date on their vaccinations, In most cases, our costs exceed the adoption donation amount we receive for the dog.

All donations received are used for the purpose of rescuing, providing medical care and placing homeless Westies into new forever homes.

Adoption Contract
Every person who is selected to adopt a Westie from our rescue program will be required to sign our Adoption Contract. Please do not apply if you cannot honestly abide by the terms of the Adoption Contract.

Post Adoption Follow Up
Our goal is to help you enjoy life with your new Westie to the fullest extent possible. If issues arise, or you just need some good advice, we are happy to do follow-up counseling by email or telephone. We may also contact you from time to time to see how the adopted Westie is doing.

If Anything Prevents You From Keeping Your Adopted Westie
Sometimes situations arise which can not be helped. If, at any time, for any reason, you are unable to keep a dog you’ve adopted from WRC, you must either return the dog to WRC or obtain approval from WRC to transfer ownership to a friend or relative.

WRC is committed to the life, health and well being of every Westie we place for the remainder of that dog’s life.