Dogs are the best thing that’s happened to humankind.
Unfortunately, some households find they’re unable to properly care for their pooch, so dogs end up waiting for adoption in shelters or foster homes.
Giving a dog a second chance at life is one of the most rewarding things a person can do.
If you’ve got your heart set on a particular breed, we recommend you always check your local rescues first since even pedigree pooches aren’t immune from needing a forever home.
If you’re in the Oklahoma area, chances are you’ll be thrilled to discover there’s a rescue center dedicated to rehoming Westies, such as the Oklahoma Westie Rescue Center.
You can find your perfect companion and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you’re giving a pup the chance of the great life they deserve.
Why Should You Consider a Westie?
West Highland White Terriers are great pets for almost every household.
Small yet sturdy, friendly with strangers, and an ideal watchdog, Westies are a whole lot of dog in a small package.
They also have the added benefit of not shedding their fur as often as some other breeds, so even if someone in your household suffers from allergies, your Westie shouldn’t irritate them too much.
That said, as with every dog, Westies do have their downsides.
Many of these are due to their breeding, Westies were originally bred as hunting dogs, specifically used to flush out smaller animals and rodents, making them automatic chasers with a tendency to “not hear” you when they have prey in sight!
You also need to watch them with small children, as their dominant temperament means they don’t always take kindly to intrusive grabbing or accidental feet and tails being stepped on.
For this reason, we do not recommend adopting a Westie in households with children under 10 years of age, although individual cases can be judged separately.
They can also develop medical conditions, specifically something to do with their skin, so you may need to consider vet bills as your pooch ages.
That said, early training can work wonders when it comes to helping your pup socialize and to stop them from barking too much.
Alternatively, rescuing an adult dog allows you to have a trained furry friend and ready to give you all the love you could wish for.
Oklahoma Westie Rescue Center
Sometimes, even families who get a dog with the very best intentions find themselves unable to look after them.
This could be an elderly person who’s no longer able to look after themselves or a change in personal circumstances that mean the family can’t continue to provide a home for their pet.
In these instances, the Westie Rescue Center in Oklahoma will accept dogs that have been “surrendered” to them.
Other Westies might find themselves in a shelter after being lost or abandoned, or, sadly, have been rescued from puppy mills.
No matter what the reason the pup was brought to them, Westie Rescues are committed to providing each dog with the best possible chance for a new life.
Will Your Rescued Westie Have Health Issues?
When Westie Rescues take in a new resident, they will be taken immediately to a trusted veterinarian for a full check-up.
This includes any necessary vaccinations, neutering, the treatment of any existing injuries or illness, and an assessment of their temperament to ensure you have all the information you need before selecting the pooch that’s just right for you.
Any or all steps are taken with every rescue to ensure each dog is in the best possible health before listed as available for adoption so that you can adopt your new best friend with minimum risk.
Do You Have to Live in Oklahoma to Rescue a Westie?
No! Rescue centers in Oklahoma are happy to consider applications from any state as long as you’re willing to travel and pick up your pet in person.
There will be some restrictions on who can adopt a Westie or any other dog, but they will consider the most completed applications on a case-by-case basis.
Even if you’re home isn’t 100% perfect, as long as you can show your dedication and willingness to commit to your new Westie, chances they will consider giving a deserving animal their forever home.
Can You Volunteer?
Not got the right space or time commitment to have a dog but desperate for some puppy love or just want to help alleviate some of the cruelty in this world?
Why not consider volunteering at the rescue center?
Oklahoma Westie Rescue is run entirely through the generosity of their volunteers and donations, so they’re always looking for more hands to help out.
Whether you can foster a pup while they wait for their forever family, can lend a hand with transporting dogs, are an expert organizer and can help arrange fantastic events to raise awareness, or want to make a cash donation, you’re welcome!
Anything is always greatly appreciated and goes a long way to improving the lives of these innocent animals.
No matter who you are, your life will always be a little bit brighter with a pooch, and Westies are a great addition to almost any family!
We absolutely love “zooming” with our pup and know you will too.
If you don’t have the time or ability to give a Westie their forever home, then you can still get involved by volunteering with your local rescue center or by helping out with much-needed donations.
We’re confident you won’t regret it!