Border Terrier Welfare
Rescue is all of us pulling together. North American Border Terrier
Welfare, Inc., is the 501.c3 tax-exempt organization of volunteers who provide rescue
services across the U.S. Canadian Border Terrier Welfare operates
similarly but in Canada. In addition, some of the regional Border Terrier clubs, such as the Redwoods
club, have a well-organized internal rescue program. Other regional clubs support NABTW
volunteers in their areas. Additionally, a number of BT owners post their names with local
animal welfare groups just in case a BT needs help, and others have been recruited to
assist a nearby dog as the need arose.
Classical rescue is the process of identifying, obtaining, caring for or rehabilitating,
and re-homing neutered or spayed, apparently purebred Border Terriers. Dogs come into rescue
from animal welfare shelters, animal control pounds, off the streets, or are
surrendered by their owners. They require foster care or rescue-paid boarding, complex
services, and/or the local involvement of other breeds' rescue volunteers. In the process,
health, hygiene, and social needs of the dogs are identified and met while well-matched
new adoptive homes are found. These are
In recent years, 16 to 18 Border Terriers each year were
re-homed by helpers other than those dogs' breeders. About half were foundlings or
abandoned dogs. The rest were owned by people who worked with volunteers to re-home the
Rescue volunteers have also provided many hours of
education to inquirers and assisted a number of owners in need of information about
health, behavior, or training. These activities help to prevent the
future need for rescue or re-homing.
If you are thinking of adopting a Border Terrier rescue dog and are new to the breed:
If you and the people you have talked with agree that
the BT is a good match with your household and lifestyle, contact the nearest rescue
representative and ask to be put on their wait list. Also contact the NABTW U.S.
Coordinator to be placed on the central list. Contact one or more breeders and ask them to
let you know if they have or know of an available dog. Sometimes a dog is available very
promptly and sometimes there is a significant wait.
US Coordinator North American Border Terrier Welfare, Inc.
25 Berkeley Road,
Dedham, MA 02026
781-326-4778 or 781-775-1283
Though recognized Rescue organizations benefit from volunteers for many of their functions, they depend on contributions (tax deductible in the case of NABTW) to defray other costs. Please visit their individual web sites to find out how you can help by donating or purchasing fund raising items.