About UK Westie ReHoming

Westie ReHoming is a charity dedicated to the love and care of West Highland White Terriers that are in need of help or rehoming. Started by Jacqui and Robert Ferris-Woods Westie Rehoming has built a loyal following of supporters and volunteers, who believe passionately that before a Westie is deemed to be beyond rehabilitation, all possible avenues and remedies should be explored.

Between them Jacqui and Robert have considerable experience of charitable animal husbandry and welfare with both dogs and horses, with five Westies of their own and an extended family of long term rehabilitations, they are totally dedicated to the care and rehoming of West Highland White Terriers.


Airidh (pronounced ‘Arry’) joined our family here at ‘Westie ReHoming’ at the age of four; sadly at the time he was destined for destruction by another charity. Airidh and too many like him are our ‘raison d être’ and this lovely lad more than justified our faith in him over the next eight years, proving to be a loyal, loving companion with a wonderful zest for life and a wicked sense of humour. He enjoyed real quality of life until he left us suddenly and all too prematurely.

Airidh held such a special place in our hearts that we decided to make him the figure head of ‘Westie ReHoming’. Some of you may have met him on our stand at Crufts 2011, where he was ‘flying the flag’ for us and greeting everyone on behalf of the charity.

Airidh is a Scottish Gaelic name meaning ‘worthy or deserving’ and as a committed charity rehoming westies we feel very strongly that every dog deserves the best chance in life. Here at ‘Westie ReHoming’ we strive to help all westies regardless of age, disability, looks or pedigree and we hope that anyone looking for a loving companion will share our commitment when applying to adopt one of our lovely, and all equally deserving westies.

Go to the 'Adoption' button to learn more about adopting a westie

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Their qualified understanding of canine behaviour and management brings the necessary professionalism to their passion and is a very important asset when rescuing Westies. Having carried out extensive studies covering stress in dogs and how it affects their health, behaviour, and integration into new environments, they are well placed to make detailed and conscientious decisions about responsible future homes.

Jacqui has owned westies for all her adult life having successfully shown and bred Westies before devoting her time to rescue as well as being active in a wide range of canine activities. She holds a diploma with Distinction in Pet Bereavement Counselling and has completed a professional course in Animal Communication attaining a high grade.

Sadly, Westies are received into ‘rescue’ for a variety of reasons, ranging from bereavement, the dog not liking a new baby or a marriage break-up to owners becoming unable to care for the dog or simply having a change in circumstances. The need to work longer hours is perhaps the most common reason in the current economic uncertainty for giving up a dog. Unfortunately the list of reasons is extensive and that is why we feel so strongly about making the right decisions in our rehoming programme.

When a Westie finds its way into our lives there may be emotional and stress related issues, so it is essential that they are assessed and given appropriate care. We use many complimentary therapies together with natural supplements and we combine that with allopathic medicine when necessary and a high quality diet to promote good health. We encourage anyone accepted for rehoming to continue with this management regime

Anyone looking to adopt from Westie ReHoming will be subject to a home check to ascertain the suitability of the environment they wish to introduce a rescue dog into. The homecheck will be done by one of our friendly, trusted and experienced volunteers who, if adoption is agreed, will work with us to specifically match you with an appropriate Westie.

It is important to note that we do not have a holding centre of dogs for potential adopters to choose from! Our priority is to focus on the best interests of the westies in our care and this may not coincide with the wishes of those who would like to adopt a Westie.

Our principal aim is to ensure that the westies coming to us are found permanent homes in order to avoid, as best as possible, future trauma and disruption. In some of the more extreme cases westies coming into our care have suffered from neglect and/or ill-treatment, these westies require extreme patience and special care to re-build their trust in interaction with humans. It is very important to consider carefully whether you as an individual or family are able to give such a dog the long-term patience, care and attention they will need in order to regain their confidence.

Where dogs come in together as a pair, we will ensure that they stay together and are not split. The  person adopting the dogs will need to sign to the fact  that if one of the dogs proves to be unsuitable for its new home, they must both be returned to us together.

Anyone chosen by Westie ReHoming to adopt one of our rescued Westies, does so on the clear understanding  that should they become unable to care for the Westie at any stage, we must be informed as soon as possible and allowed to make the final decision concerning the dog’s future.                    

As a registered charity we require an adoption donation to help towards the cost of running Westie ReHoming.

For those who are leaving dogs with us we ask that you inform us immediately if you make other arrangements for the dog(s) you were giving into our care, or if adopting that you tell us immediately if you have obtained a dog from another source. Westie ReHoming relies on the hard work of its volunteers all over the country and we do not wish to waste anyone’s time and efforts through a simple lack of communication.

Our Patrons

We are very proud that John and Gillie have been our patrons and most ardent supporters since 2007 never missing an opportunity to promote Westie ReHoming. John was an original member of a band with many names including ‘Traffic Jam’ but the group eventually settled on a name and became none other than the legends of Rock ‘Status Quo’, with John playing on drums with the group from 1962 – 1981.

After leaving ‘Quo’ John collaborated with several other Rock N Roll stars of the era producing great music, all whilst forming and performing with his own band aptly named ‘John Coghlan’s Quo’. His band has toured successfully across the UK and Europe playing well known Quo standards amongst many other great songs.


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photo © Kevin Nixon 2012

A recent highlight came in March 2013 when, for the first time in over three decades, vocalist/guitarists Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, bassist/vocalist Alan Lancaster and drummer John took to the stage once more as the legendary ‘Quo’ playing six sold out UK dates.

John and Gillie have had westies for many years. Their first westie was Ben, followed by Ellie, and currently the delightful ‘Betsey Boo’, a bright, lovable little girl, adopted from Westie ReHoming. Betsey Boo came in to us at ten months old because she and an older bitch weren’t getting on together, this can be a real problem when more than one bitch live together in the same home. She is a bit of a ‘daddy’s girl’ and something of a celebrity in the village where she lives.


(These lovely westies have already been rehomed, but their illustrations will be used in our social media)

DAISY  came to us as an ex-breeding bitch with her three very young puppies from a puppy farm. A very sweet little girl, she was extremely timid when she arrived but soon learned from the resident westies that this wasn’t such a bad place to be. She was uncomfortable with people that she didn’t know, but is now a delightful little girl, and very friendly with people once she gets to know them. She has gone from strength to strength, gaining weight and condition and was neutered when the time was right, so no more puppies for Daisy!

One of Daisy’s puppies was found to have a serious heart murmur when she was just 10 weeks old, and just two weeks later we took her for major surgery to correct it. Fortunately this was successful, she made a full recovery and lives life to the full.

MACDUFF joined us in tragic circumstances after his owner suffered a cardiac arrest at home alone. It was a few days before he was found, and this poor boy had stayed by him in a state of shock. He was removed from the house by a neighbour who contacted us as she couldn’t care for him with four cats living in the house. Poor MacDuff was very troubled and was very reluctant to leave his home and his master. It took a while before he accepted that he wasn’t coming to take him home, but then he turned the corner and is now happily settled with a lovely couple.  Cases like his are always very upsetting, and we are left wondering just what it must have been like for him in those early days.