We all make the decision to acquire a dog with the best of intentions. Life, however, doesn't always proceed as planned, and sometimes the dog we thought would be with us forever needs a new home. Rehoming a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier ("Wheaten") is a way of offering that dog a second chance to live in a loving home. The following should help you understand what rescue is all about, including our goals, procedures, and additional facts so that you can make an informed decision.
Our goal is to ensure that each rescued Wheaten has the opportunity to live in a permanent stable home that will offer the care, love, patience and training that the dog deserves. To achieve this we search for new homes for Wheatens who cannot stay in their present home, or who have been placed in a shelter. We have an application process, and we take great care in placing rescue dogs in homes where they will live for the rest of their lives.
What Is A "Rescue" Wheaten and Are You The Right Owner?
Wheatens come to us for a variety of reasons. Some have been abandoned. Most were placed in a situation where the people didn't realize how much training and attention the dog would require. In some instances, the owner can no longer care for the dog because of their own illness or family emergency, or we may have received a call from a shelter informing us of a Wheaten that they have. We often get ‘senior’ dogs in our rescue but don’t let the term ‘senior’ discourage you especially when it comes to a Wheaten Terrier! A 10 or even a 12-year-old healthy wheaten is still playful and mischievous and always ready to clown around. They can enjoy a nice long walk, run around the yard or chase a ball…well maybe not chase a ball but even the youngsters are likely to stop after once or twice indicating it’s your turn to get it this time!
Not all seniors are 100% healthy and may need medication to keep them fit. This is something you need consider when electing to adopt any dog. Be assured, when we do not have current medical data on a dog we take into our rescue, we do a complete wellness exam including blood work, urinalysis, X-rays (if needed), dental checkup, etc. regardless of age. We cannot guarantee its future health and are reliant on both the dog's medical history and wellness check to identify any health concerns.
Not all, but many Wheatens can live 15+ years and deserve a chance to be loved and to live out their golden years with a loving family. Could you be that family?
We do not take aggressive dogs into our program, nor are we trained to offer advice on them. If you have a dog with aggressive problems, you should contact your veterinarian or a certified animal behaviorist.
How It Works: Procedures
In order to match a given dog to a prospective owner, we must learn as much as possible about the family situation to be sure that the dog will fit into that environment and lifestyle. To achieve this end, we ask you to fill out the Rescue Application. We need to know that you are committed to and understand what is needed for the dog to fit into your family and are happy to answer your questions. Please make sure that you have done your homework on the breed before you adopt it. Wheatens are a high maintenance breed with substantial grooming and exercise needs. You can go to the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America website, SCWTCA.org, for more information. Prior to adopting we ask you to sign an Adoption Contract that states, in part, that you understand and will do all that is required to maintain the health and welfare of the dog. These forms can be seen on the rescue site.
We are happy to answer questions about how you can donate to rescue. This includes, but is not limited to giving of time, foster care for a dog, supplies, and related things you are able to do to help these dogs.
If you are interested in learning more about rescuing a Wheaten or contributing to our rescue program monetarily or otherwise, please contact Jeanine Flavell, Rescue Coordinator. (Her information is listed below.)
If you have concerns about your own Wheaten, we may be able to give you some guidance or suggest another source.
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For Southern California
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Outside of Southern California: Please visit the SCWT Club of America's National Rescue at their website: www.scwtca.org/rescue/