North Atlantic Westie Rescue, Inc., is  an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt not-for-profit organization incorporated in Massachusetts. North Atlantic Westie Rescue’s mission is to find, rehabilitate, and place homeless West Highland White Terriers in permanent homes where they can be the best dog they can be. None of its volunteers receive a salary for their work, often contributing funds out of their own pocket to ensure the lives of unwanted Westies are saved. North Atlantic Westie Rescue’s mission will be accomplished when there are no more unwanted Westies in need of good homes.


Our team of experienced volunteers provides shelter, medical care, and behavioral support to Westies in our private homes until they are ready to be placed in “fur-ever” homes. Our organization specializes in caring for Westies with skin conditions, dietary problems, seniors, and behavioral problems. North Atlantic Westie Rescue takes in between 20 and 40 Westies each year for rehabilitation and placement. We also work with families to help them keep their Westies, to educate the general public about the Westie breed, and to prevent cruelty and abuse to animals.

North Atlantic Westie Rescue proudly serves Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. Additionally, we partner with other regional rescue groups in support of our mutually shared mission. We are particularly proud of our long-standing affiliation with Westie Rescue of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., and are grateful for their continued support of our efforts.


We filed our application for 501(c)(3) non-profit tax status on January 14, 2015 and received recognition on February 6, 2015 from the Internal Revenue Service. All donations made to North Atlantic Westie Rescue are tax-deductible.  North Atlantic Westie Rescue, Inc., is an officially recognized non-profit corporation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  If you have any questions about our tax status, contact us or visit our Tax Information page.