Sunshine State Westie Rescue
Sunshine State Westie Rescue, formerly
known as Westie Rescue Florida (WRFL),
is the only rescue organization in FL
associated with Westie Rescue USA, and run
by Mid-Atlantic Westie Rescue. They have
rescues throughout the country and have
been saving Westies for more then 15
years. We are a 501(c)(3) not for
profit, completely run volunteer
organization committed to helping any
Florida Westie in need. SSWR is is
focused on the rescue,
rehabilitation and eventual re-homing of
Westies in need of help. We provide them
with all the medical care they may need,
our volunteers foster each dog as long
as necessary for the well being of the
dog, then when they are healthy, happy
and ready for their own family, we are
committed to finding the best home
possible for each and every one of the
Westies in our care.
WHO IS SUNSHINE STATE WESTIE
Sunshine State Westie Rescue (SSWR) is a
relatively new entity of Westie Rescue
USA. We operate under 501(c)3 of Westie
Rescue of the Mid Atlantic States, Inc.
We provide rescue, fostering, medical,
and adoption services for abused,
abandoned, neglected and/or homeless
West Highland White Terriers ("Westies").
We welcome every Westie without regard
to health, behavior or temperament.
Our primary area of rescue is the state
Sunshine State Westie Rescue is an all
volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3)
organization which is funded by
donations from the public. Westies are
fostered in private homes during
rehabilitation or until adoption.
All dogs are treated for any medical
issues, brought up to date and are
required to be spayed or neutered before
placement. A tax deductible donation* to
cover program expenses is requested at
the time of adoption. The donation
amount ranges from $250 to $500. The
amount varies based on individual dogs
and expenses incurred.
* Sunshine State Westie Rescue operates
under the 501(c)3 of Westie Rescue of
the Mid Atlantic States, Inc.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ADOPTING A WESTIE
To qualify to
adopt from Sunshine State Westie Rescue
you must first:
- Reside in
our adoption area so we can do a
home visit. We do NOT ship dogs to
COMPLETE and submit our adoption
application sponsored by Westie
Rescue Mid Atlantic.
- Agree to a
home visit prior to adopting a dog.
Sunshine State Westie Rescue
requires a Home Safety Visit prior
to approval to adopt. After
reference checks have been
completed, a Westie Rescue volunteer
in your area will be contacted to
arrange and conduct the Home visit.
Again , take a
few minutes to read the
FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions
to familiarize yourself with all the
factors affecting your decision to adopt
a rescued Westie. If you think you could
be the perfect forever home for one of
our rescued Westies, we look forward to
hearing from you.
SUBMISSION: Fill out the
on the Internet.
** PLEASE MAKE
CERTAIN TO FILL OUT THE FORM COMPLETELY.
Incomplete applications are filed until
a volunteer has time to contact the
applicant to obtain the missing
information. Unfortunately, in an all
volunteer organization, this could take
quite a while, delaying the approval
NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE PLACED WITH PEOPLE
WHO HAVE SUBMITTED THE ADOPTION
APPLICATION ON OUR WEB SITE. Adoption
candidates will be contacted about a
specific Westie when a dog is received
which fits the pet profile the applicant
specified in their application.
Restrictions on Adoptions (and
- Sunshine State Westie Rescue
does not place dogs in homes with
children younger than 7 years old.
(40% of the Westies given up to our
program are due to poor interaction
with small children).
- In most cases Westie Rescue does
not place dogs in homes with
resident cats. (Westies were
developed to hunt predators the size
of cats. To this day, most Westies
retain the instinct to hunt and kill
such animals. For the safety of
people's cats, we do not place in
homes where one resides.)
Volunteers and donations are always accepted and
Westie Rescue is run entirely by
volunteers and donations. Volunteers
are the backbone of our organization
and they are always welcomed and
If you would like to help us with
rescued dogs or with other rescue
activities such as events,
transporting, home safety checks,
fund raising, administrative work,
etc. we would love to hear from you.
It's easy to get started. Just fill
If you have trouble finding or
filling out the form, please click
to send an email for help.
MORE caring people who
are actively involved in rescue, the
LESS chance that a Westies in need
will fail to be helped. Their fate is
often grim including euthanasia by
owners or in shelters.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION?
Just as all other
rescues and shelters always desperately
need donations, Sunshine State Westie
Rescue also appreciates every
contribution made to keep our rescue
We are an IRS approved 501(c)(3)
non-profit, charitable group. Sunshine
State Westie Rescue operates under the
501(c)3 of Westie Rescue of the Mid
Atlantic States, Inc. All donations are
tax deductible to the full extent of the
law. Donations are used ONLY as
necessary to ensure that Westies are
rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted.
You can make a
- BY CREDIT
CARD - Follow this secure link:
- BY MAIL -
Send a check to: "Westie
Rescue" P.O. Box 19415 Sarasota FL
Check us out on
Sunshine State Westie Rescue Facebook
Get your video fix of
our beautiful Westies at the
Sunshine State Westie Rescue YouTube Channel