History & Mission

WFA Mission

WFA History

The Westie Foundation of America, Inc., (WFA) is a non-profit corporation, recognized by the IRS as a 501(C)(3) organization.  The mission of the Foundation is to provide financial aid and other support for medical research to benefit the health and quality of life of West Highland White Terriers; and to develop and communicate information regarding the health, care, breeding and quality of life of Westies to Westie owners, Westie breeders and veterinarians.


We fund research projects that focus on:


  • Preventable diseases through genetic testing;
  • Curable diseases through improved medications and treatments;
  • Controllable diseases through improved medications and therapies.  (Medications, treatments and therapies will include holistic as well as conventional medicine.)


We provide information on how breeders can obtain simple and inexpensive genetic tests for determining carriers of genetic disorders so they can make better informed decisions.  We develop educational materials to help breeders learn to utilize the new diagnostic tools and treatments to breed better dogs and improve the quality of life of their Westies.


WFA Financial Disclosure

Click here for the most recent IRS form 990 return.  The WFA meets all the criteria set by the American Institute of Philanthropy for consideration as a recipient of donations:


  • Attains eligibility to receive tax-deductible contributions;
  •  Conducts audits of financial statements;
  •  Submits  Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990 with Schedule A where applicable;
  • Spends 75% or more on programs to be considered a highly efficient charity (the WFA averages 82.2% yearly)

The Founders of the Westie Foundation of America were a group of individuals, couples and Westie clubs who had the foresight to get the Foundation off to a strong financial start in 1996 by each contributing a total of at least $2,500 to the WFA over our first five years.  We will always be grateful for their trust and generosity.  The Founders include the following:

Martha Black

James & Betty Boso

Nancy Boston

Sam & Barbara Callaway

Susan Chapman

P E Covington and W G Tucker

Marvin & Sandra Crawford

Dorinda Dew

James & Dawn Diemer

Debra Duncan

Robert & Susan Ernst

Tom & Kay Eyles

David Fishel

Hal & Betty Foster

Daphne Gentry

Angela Gittles

Renee Glover

Barbara Hands

George & Emi Hooven

Pam & Dana Johnston

Wayne Kompare

Karen Lindberg

John Low MD & Bill Matthews  III MD

Dawn Martin & Patricia Marks

Robert McCaskill DVM

Gene & Gail Miller



Edward & Barbara Omert

Anne Pyle

Marty Replogle

Ann Marie Rose

William & Anne Sanders

Nancy Schoch

Fran & Edward Sheldon

Alice Shepard

Allan & Kim Smith

Ruth Stewart

James & Laura Weese

Ben & Roberta Whitten

Janet Zlatoff-Mirsky




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