The Washington State Scottish Terrier Club Rescue was formed to assist in the rescue and placement of abandoned or unwanted Scottish Terriers from individual owners, humane societies, veterinary clinics, animal shelters and Scotties who are homeless. To protect rescued Scotties, Washington State Scottish Terrier Club Rescue attempts to place rescued Scotties as home companions with suitable owners, who agree to care for and protect their rescued Scottie, and to share their home with the same consideration they would give a family member. We run our rescue out of Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue (SPDR) which is a non-profit charity which represents 72 different breeds. Adoption fees through SPDR are all tax deductable.

If you are interested in adopting a Scottish Terrier fill out an online application SPDR. If you are in need of assistance to rehome a Scottie, please contact us. Please note that we are all volunteers.

What is a rescue Scottish Terrier?

  • Rescue Scotties are basically dogs that have no a home. Some of the dogs are found and turned over to the police; some are rescued from humane societies when an owner who can no longer keep them has placed them.
  • Some come from a home where the owner has died, and some are given up directly by owners who no longer want their dog.
  • Many of the dogs that come to Rescue have come from casual or commercial breeders. (They don't take their dogs back).
  • They can be any age, and  just about in any condition. The dogs are generally 3-4 years old. We rarely have puppies come in.

What services will the dog have from the Rescue Organization?

  • We never know what is coming into us next. We evaluate each dog before notifying the applicant that a dog may be available.
  • When placed, the dog will be current on immunizations.
  • Dogs who cannot be placed because of severe chronic illness or an absolutely terrible temperament are euthanized.

What is the new owner responsibilities?

  • The person that adopts a rescue dog needs to be someone who will work with the dog and have a lot of patience.
  • Some of the dogs will not be housebroken.
  • Some have been mistreated and may be very shy initially, but being Scotties, they do come around and should make their new owner very happy.

How does placement of a rescue work?

  • Preference in placement is given to applicants who can be flexible about the age, sex and color of the dog.
  • We try very hard to match the dog with the new owner so that the Scottie will have a permanent new family.
  • We will not place a rescue dog in a home with very young children since children tend to pull ears, tails, etc., which can create problems when a dog has not been socialized to children.
  • We are also very careful when placing a dog with someone who is elderly unless they have a family member who is willing and able to assume the responsibility for the dog if it becomes necessary.
  •  While the policy of the Seattle Purebred Rescue to take back the dog in the event that you are unable to keep it, we do not place dogs in homes on a trial basis.
  • We really like to place a dog in a home where the family has or had a Scottie previously and has a fenced yard.
  • I would say that the bottom line is that all of us in Rescue try to do as good a job in placing a Scottie that we have rescued as we do when placing a Scottie pup that we have bred. 

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On the West side of the mountains we have our Rescue coordinator  Karin Parish w/ Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue contact her at   On the East side of the mountains please contact Kaleen McWilliams at

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