Family circumstances change all too often, new baby, moving, domestic break-up, work commitments, going into care, death in the family, financial concerns, or any multitude of reasons why the dog can no longer receive the company, exercise or time which it deserves.  We understand that due to life circumstances beyond your control, you may find the need to surrender your Westie into our Rescue Program.  It is a great act of selflessness to give up your dog during a particular crisis.  We never underestimate this fact and want to make the process go as smoothly as possible for you and the dog.  Be assured that we are here to help you and your Westie.

If this is your current situation, please contact us:


You will be asked for medical records, a photo of your Westie, and any other information that you can give us about your Westie.  This will help us find the best home for your Westie.

If your Westie is accepted into our program, we will coordinate a place and time for you to relinquish your Westie to us.  At that time we will require you to sign an Owner Release form relinquishing ownership of your Westie to Lone Star Westie Rescue (LSWR).  We will also request copies of all medical, vaccination and microchip records if you have them, and any familiar possessions such as toys, leash, collar, etc.

Whatever you do – please DO NOT take your Westie to a shelter.  Your Westie deserves so much more.  Shelter environments are very stressful on animals.  They can be exposed to kennel cough, parvovirus and various other viruses and disease. 


  1. Due to changing living accommodations we need to find a new home for our 13-yr old Westie “Riley.” We are moving to condo that does not allow pets. Riley is a sweet dog: very calm demeanor, rarely barks, and is friendly with everyone. Based on your website it would appear you have a very caring environment for Westies. Could you pls tell me how this would work? What kind of environment/transition could Riley expect?

  2. Hello. My wife and I made the mistake of buying a Westie pup from a breeder when we both work. She’s a wonderful, sweet girl, but we have to leave her in a kennel all day every day. This is not fair to her, and it makes it difficult to housebreak her. She’s 3 1/2 months old. The best thing for her is to go to a loving family who can give her the time and attention she deserves.

  3. I have a sweet Westin name Daisy Mae she was my sister’s before she passed 2 years ago. She been with me she’s 13-14 years old she’s becoming more dependent than I can take care of. I’m 64 been thru lung cancer and as much as I love her I’m unable to give her everything she deserves.

  4. We have a 9 year female who has been fixed. We have discussed she has a neurological problem and don’t want to put her down but this place that we board her will not take her any more because after her last stay when we picked her up she could not use her back left leg. The facility claimed she was perfectly fine when she was with them. She walks and falls over all the time. She walks like a Clydesdale. We have been looking for a special needs daycare or a facility that we can relinquish her.

  5. do you take in westie mix or just purebreds? i recently took in a westie mix with anxiety. I realize now that its too much for me to handle. He is a sweet boy, 3 years but cannot be left alone. I’m scared a shelter will put him down.

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