|Our involvement in Welsh Terrier rescue
As long as Lucy has been a Welsh terrier breeder, she has
assisted in the local rescue of Welsh terriers. While serving as the
Welsh terrier representative for the Purebred Dog Rescue of St.
Louis she fostered and placed several Welsh terriers as well as
other terriers on occasion.
In August 1997, the Welsh Terrier Club of America Rescue Service
(WTCARES) co-chairman contacted Lucy and Linda to assist with
a rescue. Linda returned home with four rescued Welsh terriers. By
mid-December, a total of eleven Welsh terriers had come through
the Saint Louis area. Lucy and Linda's work with these dogs
included fostering them, caring for their medical needs, evaluating
their behavior, and discussing possible placements with the
national chairman of WTCARES. All eleven WTs were successfully
placed into new homes.
In March 1998, Lucy and Linda were recognized for their efforts with
an award from WTCARES. Shortly after that, Linda became an
official WTCARES representative for the Midwest.
During the next three years, Lucy and Linda worked with another
seventeen Welsh terriers in need of rescue. In October 2000, they
received a lifetime achievement award from WTCARES.
The Wysiwyg Welsh terrier puppy contract requires owners of
Wysiwyg dogs who can no longer keep their pets at any point in
their lives to return them to Lucy and Linda, thereby ensuring that
Wysiwyg dogs will not be in need of rescue themselves. Lucy and
Linda continue to rescue Welsh terriers as the need arises.
|WYSIWYG Welsh Terriers
Our Rescue Efforts
|What is "rescue?"
"Rescue" in the dog world means taking a dog who has lost its
current home and finding a new home for the dog. Sometimes
owners have to give up pets because they develop allergies to
them. Life circumstances such as death, divorce, or an owner's
move to a retirement home or apartment can leave dogs
homeless. Owners may find that dogs take up more of their time
and energy than they expected, and decide to find them homes
where new owners have more time for the dogs. Sometimes the
owners of lost dogs cannot be located and the dog must be placed
into a new home. Twenty-five percent of dogs in shelters are
|What you can do for "rescue dogs"
If you are looking for a Welsh terrier, consider whether adopting a
rescue WT might be right for you. The WTCARES webpage can
There are dogs who need rescue in every breed no matter how
rare or expensive. If you are interested in rescue organizations for a
different breed, type the breed name and the word "rescue" into a
search engine to find them.
Support your local shelters! The people who work there do a very
hard, important, and generally thankless job. Most importantly, be a
responsible pet owner yourself. Train, leash, fence, spay or neuter,
and love your dog.