Westie ReHoming is a charity dedicated to the love and care of West Highland White Terriers that are in need of help or rehoming. Started by Jacqui and Robert Ferris-Woods Westie Rehoming have built a loyal following of supporters and volunteers, who believe passionately that before a Westie is deemed to be beyond rehabilitation, all possible avenues and remedies should be explored.
Between them Jacqui and Robert have considerable experience of charitable animal husbandry and welfare with both dogs and horses, with six Westies of their own and an extended family of long term rehabilitations, they are totally dedicated to the care and rehoming of West Highland White Terriers.
Their qualified understanding of canine behaviour brings the necessary professionalism to their passion and is a very important asset when rescuing Westies. Having carried out extensive studies covering stress in dogs and how it affects their health, behaviour, and integration into new environments, they are well placed to make detailed and conscientious decisions about responsible future homes.
Jacqui has owned this particular breed of Terrier for almost forty years and has successfully shown and bred Westies as well as being active in a wide range of canine activities. Jacqui holds a diploma with Honours in Pet Bereavement Counselling and has completed a professional course in Animal Communication.
Sadly, Westies are received into 'rescue' for a variety of reasons, these range from bereavement, the dog not liking a new baby or a marriage break-up to owners becoming unable to care for the dog or simply having a change in circumstances. Unfortunately the list of reasons is extensive and that is why we feel so strongly about making the right decisions in our rehoming programme.
When a Westie finds its way into our lives there will be emotional and stress related issues, so it is essential that they are assessed and given appropriate care. We use many complimentary therapies together with natural supplements and we combine that with allopathic medicine and a proper diet to promote good health. We encourage anyone accepted for rehoming to continue with this or similar forms of nourishment.
Anyone looking to adopt from Westie ReHoming will be subject to a home inspection to ascertain the suitability of the environment they wish to introduce a rescue dog into. The inspection will be conducted by one of our trusted and experienced volunteers who, if adoption is agreed, will work with us to specifically match you with an appropriate Westie.
It is important to note that we do not have a store of dogs for potential adopters to choose from! Our priority is to focus on the best interests of the Westies in our care and this may not coincide with the wishes of those who would like to adopt a Westie.
Our principal aim is to ensure that our rescued Westies are found permanent homes in order to avoid, as best as possible, future trauma and disruption. In some of the more extreme cases Westies coming into our care have suffered from neglect and/or ill-treatment, these Westies often require extreme patience and special care to re-build their trust in interaction with humans. It is very important to consider carefully whether you as an individual or family are able to give such a dog the long-term patience, care and attention they will need in order to find their confidence.
Anyone chosen by Westie ReHoming to adopt one of our rescued Westies, does so on the clear understanding that should you ever find yourselves in a position where you are unable to care for the Westie at any stage, the dog will be returned to Westie ReHoming.
As a registered charity we require an adoption donation to help towards the cost of running Westie ReHoming.
For those who are leaving dogs with us we ask that you inform us immediately if you make other arrangements for the dog(s) you were giving into our care, or if adopting that you tell us immediately if you have obtained a dog from another source. Westie ReHoming relies on the hard work of its volunteers all over the country and we do not wish to waste anyone's time and efforts through a simple lack of communication.