Wheatens In Need, founded in 1998 as a 501c-3 non-profit charitable organization, is a Wheaten Terrier rescue group dedicated to providing a safe haven for Wheatens requiring placement into new permanent homes. We work directly with owners who find themselves overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for their Wheaten or experience life changing events. We also work closely with shelters throughout the United States and Canada who deal with abandoned, abused, unwanted, or otherwise homeless Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.
Our network of volunteer Wheaten Terrier lovers provide foster homes and transportation throughout the USA and Canada. Our volunteers also participate in the "WURL" (Wheaten Underground Railroad), which has aided many Wheaten Terriers by getting them either to foster homes or to their new adoptive homes. They work with surrendering owners as well as screen and complete home checks for those who have applied to rescue a wheaten.
Many WIN volunteers also provide temporary foster homes for the rescue Wheatens. During this foster period, the Wheaten will typically have been checked by a veterinarian, treated for any infirmities, spayed/neutered, and evaluated for temperament. The evaluation process in the foster home may take only two weeks or could last a few months. The nature of the rescue situation will generally determine the length of time it takes to place a Wheaten Terrier in his or her new home.
If you own a Wheaten Terrier in need of a new home, please read through and complete the required Transfer Agreement and Behavioral Observation Form. Then send us an email at so we can determine how we can best assist you and your Wheaten. You can expect to hear from someone from our organization quickly.
If you would like to become one of our volunteers, check out the Volunteer Application. Once you’ve filled it out, your application will be sent to a regional coordinator who will follow up with your directly to identify the level of support for which you’d like to volunteer. Since our beginning in 1998, WIN has helped match more than 870 rescued Wheatens to new owners.
With over 200 carefully screened applicants on file, WIN has a great track record for successful re-homing of WIN dogs. From start to placement, our adoptive families receive the support that is so necessary to ensure that these Wheatens have truly found their 'forever' homes.