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We are a non-profit organization who NEEDS YOUR HELP! Visit our website for ways to help or click on the donate button below to make an online donation with your credit card. ALL donations pay for the needs of our dogs, all members of our rescue are volunteers!
Rescue Me is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of the Yorkshire Terrier breed. We are a small group of rescue buddies who came to know one another through one common interest - saving the lives of dogs. We have decided to focus on Yorkies at this time but have future plans to assist with the rescue of other small breeds as well. Rescue Me takes great care in the placement of our dogs. All dogs in our rescue live in a foster home where they receive the safety and love they deserve. We are passionate about what we do and take pride in the care given to our dogs. We carefully screen every home with a veterinary reference, phone interview and home inspection prior to approval. Placement of our dogs happens only when the correct match for the dog is found.
Each of our dogs are spayed or neutered and brought up-to-date on all vaccinations prior to being adopted.
You need a rescue for Yorkies?! The answer is YES! Many of our dogs come out of shelters after sitting on death row because they are 10 years old and considered too old to take up space. Others are found wandering as strays just looking for a warm place to sleep and food to eat. Most times, though, a family has purchased or adopted a Yorkie and being the true terriers that they are, they did not fit well into the home. Many wonderful dogs come into rescue through the surrender of the owner. These owners cared enough to seek out help for their family pet in lieu of dropping him off at the local shelter. So you see, there is a need for Yorkie rescue which is why we are committed to helping these little creatures.
I want a puppy! Many people do - but a rescue is not your best chance at finding one. Very rarely do puppies come into rescue. When they do, they are usually much larger than the breed standard or are Yorkie mixes that don't look much like a Yorkie. If you really want a puppy, we recommend that you contact a reputable breeder which can be located at: www.ytca.org. Do not be fooled by pet stores who claim that their dogs come from reputable breeders. No reputable breeder would subject their puppies to a pet store. Pet store puppies come from puppymills and irresponsible breeders. These are people who claim to breed teacups (there is no such thing) and end up selling you a dog that grows to be 2-3 times the size of a standard Yorkie.
Adopting from our rescue requires that you complete the adoption process outlined below. It is best to be approved BEFORE you find the dog that you want so that when he or she comes along, you will be ready to adopt.
Step 1: Fill out an adoption application
Go to our website: www.yorkierescueme.com, click on the Adoption Application link at the top of the page and fill out the application in full. Missing information on the application will cause a delay in the processing of your application.
Step 2: Review of your application by Rescue Me
Someone from the Rescue Me Applications Committee will review your application to determine if it should be escalated to the next step. Since our goal is to find a safe and happy forever home for every dog, we appreciate your understanding should you be eliminated as an adoption candidate.
Step 3: Veterinary Reference Check
A Rescue Me volunteer will verify your veterinarian as listed on your application to ensure that your current pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered (we will not place one of our dogs in a home where there is another intact animal). If you do not have a pet, we will verify that the vet you have selected exists.
Step 4: Phone or Email Interview
A Rescue Me volunteer will contact you directly to conduct a phone interview consisting of questions about you, your family, your home and other scenarios to determine a suitable match, if any, for your home. This typically occurs within a two to three week period of time but can happen sooner or later.
Step 5: Home Visit
The final step of the approval process is a home visit. A home visit is when a volunteer comes to your home to determine if it is safe and acceptable for a small dog.
Home visits can be set up by Rescue Me or by you, the applicant. Rescue Me will attempt to find a volunteer to conduct the home visit. This could take days, weeks or even months.
If you would like to speed up the process and set up the home visit yourself, you can contact your local shelter or any local rescue to see if there is someone in your area available to do the visit. To find a shelter or rescue in your area, visit www.petfinder.com and click on the 'Shelter and Rescue Groups' link at the top of the page then use the drop down menu to select your state. Please inform Rescue Me of your plans prior to doing so.
Step 6: Adopt
Once you have completed and passed the home visit, you are ready to adopt one of our dogs. It will be your responsibility to check www.petfinder.com on a regular basis to see what dogs we have and inquire about them when interested. When you see a dog that you think is a match, you can contact the number listed in the dogs? bio to get more information and set up a potential meeting time/place. Our adoption fees are listed on petfinder and differ for every dog.
Our adoption fees are based on the age, size, health and temperament of the dog and can range from $50 - $800. A fellow rescue group wrote the following which sums it up for all rescue groups:
Recently someone asked, "Why would you charge $800 for a rescue pet? Why not just place it in a good home?" The answer is because we need adopters who are willing to support all rescue pets, not just the dog they adopt. A young, healthy dog might cost us $150-400 in vet care, and many people will want to adopt it. An older one with health issues can easily cost $500-1500 in veterinary expenses, and it may require months of foster care for rehabilitation; yet we can only ask a minimal adoption fee, and it may be a long time until anyone comes forward to adopt it. Fees from the younger, more adoptable dogs help offset the cost of caring for the others. Most of our dogs have a sad story to tell, and some have suffered through years of neglect or abuse. We hope that you too are willing to give an opportunity for a better life to ALL of our dogs by supporting them through adoption fees. Without these funds, our rescue efforts would not be possible."