All Westies

deserve forever homes.

North Atlantic Westie Rescue is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Public Charity. We offer:

Surrender Services

We take in dogs from owners seeking a new home for their dog, focusing on older dogs with complex medical needs.

Owner Support & Coaching

We support owners needing help with their Westies, including problem assessment, bereavement counseling, and resource referral.


We adopt our rescued Westies and other small breed dogs to families in all six New England states, New York, and New Jersey. 

Volunteer Training

We support our volunteers with webinars, individualized coaching, and a private NAWR Volunteer Facebook group.

Long-Term & Hospice Care

Through our Sprite Program, we are able to take in dogs with challenging conditions and terminal illness so no dog is left homeless.


NAWR maintains strong partnerships with veterinarians and other reputable organizations such as the West Highland White Terrier Club of New England.

In the last decade

We have rescued over 200 senior and needy dogs.

North Atlantic Westie Rescue is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Public Charity devoted to rescuing the most needy “little white dogs” and placing them into forever homes. Our organization is known for taking on challenging cases, including dogs with cancer or other terminal illness. We operate a hospice program through the generosity of our Sprite Fund. Other conditions we have experience handling include: spinal injury, diabetes, Westie Lung Disease/pulmonary fibrosis, dry eye, skin issues, Addison’s Disease, Cushing’s Syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, blindness and other disabilities, and epilepsy. We also handle dogs with a history of trauma or neglect. NAWR saves dogs deemed “unadoptable,” but we think they save us. Please consider volunteering or donating to NAWR to ensure these vulnerable dogs aren’t left behind.

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Just a Few of our Satisfied "Customers"

Have You Thought About Volunteering?

North Atlantic Westie Rescue has the largest volunteer network among Westie Rescues in the northeast. With over 100 volunteers, you will be in good company. Consider volunteering today!

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