About Us

Adopting A Friend

Our process begins with the adoption application form available on Westie Rescue USA's website: http://www.newestierescue.org/adopt/adoption-application/

Please note: The Westie breed may not be ideal for every family situation, and rescued Westies in particular have special needs that may require more attention than your average West Highland White Terrier. Our process can take up to 2-3 weeks, so it is important you have your eyes wide open when it comes to your own expectations of rescuing a Westie to prevent being disappointed in the end.

Once we receive your application, a volunteer reviews your information. If your application fits the needs of a rescued Westie, a volunteer will follow up by phone and/or email for a screening interview. The screening interview is an opportunity for us to get to know your situation and experience with the Westie breed and dogs in general. It is also a chance for you and your family to ask questions about what’s involved in rescuing a Westie.

After a successful screening interview, the volunteer checks three personal references and a veterinarian reference. We also require a home visit, which is conducted by a local volunteer. Approved applicants work with us to place the appropriate Westie with your family. If you have other questions about adoption, please contact NEWR Network Director, Karen Errichetti, at ksautter@gmail.com.


Who We Are

New England Westie Rescue Network is an all-volunteer, private organization based in Massachusetts. Our mission is to find, rehabilitate, and re-home homeless West Highland White Terriers in the New England region. None of our volunteers receive a salary for their work, often contributing funds out of their own pocket to ensure the lives of unwanted Westies are saved. Our mission will be accomplished when there are no more unwanted Westies in need of good homes and our volunteers have no more work to do.

Our team of experienced volunteers provides shelter, medical care, and behavioral support to Westies in our private homes until they are ready to be placed in “fur-ever” homes. Our organization specializes in caring for Westies with skin conditions, dietary problems, seniors, and behavioral problems. NEWR Network takes in between 20 and 30 Westies each year for rehabilitation and placement. We also work with families to help them keep their Westies, to educate the general public about the Westie breed, and to prevent cruelty and abuse to animals.

Contact New England Westie Rescue Network, Inc.


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