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If the dog is showing adoptable on our page, it means we are still accepting applications and it is available. 

Lately, our dogs are adopting so fast that many of them never make the Petfinder page. If you don't see the dog you are looking for, ask!  We may have one behind the scenes or on its way that might be perfect for you!

 We can also get just about any small breed requested from the shelters. Requesting a certain dog may save a life! Don't hesitate to ask! 


Don't miss us at the SEATTLE PET EXPO!

April 26th, 10- 6 pm!


You can find us in the Mega Adoption Area AND in the Petfinder booth!




3/17/13 - Some praise for the rescue - 

I just had the wonderful experience of adopting a fabulous dog from the Smidget Rescue in Auburn, WA. I was surrounded by puppy love by a multitude of little munchkins from the moment I arrived, and it was hard to convince myself to leave! The dogs were so obviously loved to within an inch of their lives, and the house is (miraculously) cleaner than MY house, which does NOT house a doggie pack of that size. The little Smidgets were well-fed, and even rather delightedly spoiled, though not in a bad way. And Tipper, my dear, sweet new pup, is everything Jamie told me he would be, and more. For anyone looking for a tiny friend to add to their family, I would highly recommend the Smidget Rescue! I have heard people say that rescues' contracts are "too involved", and their adoption fees "too expensive". Just remember, these are genuine, caring people who have invested a great amount of time and money to get these dogs out of a virtually hopeless situation. This is a great way to get a wonderful dog from a reputable person working directly with animal shelters to save lives, and to bring home a companion who is carefully and honestly matched to you. Not represented in such a way as to guarantee adoption, even if it is an inappropriate match. Adoption from a rescue is a wonderful way to go, and Smidget Rescue is a fantastic one!!

Jessica Heinrick, DVM


We are always looking for FOSTER HOMES!

Can you open your home and your heart to a dog in need?

We ask that you care for the dog like it was your own. Smidget Rescue covers all medical needs including worming and flea control.  Fosters normally provide food, but we can help with that too. Dogs can be in foster care anywhere from a few days to several months. The amount of time is truly up to the foster. While the dogs are in foster care, we ask that you be available to show them to potential adopters. Of course, we also love "foster failures", if you think you may want to keep one for yourselves! I can tell you that it happens more often than not!


If you are interested in becoming a foster home for us, please email Jamie Thomas at smidgetrescue@hotmail.com. She will send you the foster application and guidelines.

Adopting A Friend

More pictures of all the available dogs can be seen on our Facebook page at:


Each dog has their own album in the Photos section of the page. 

Our process is simple, but sometimes takes a few days. If you are interested in a certain dog, please contact me for an initial phone interview to deem suitability.

After that we can set up a meet and greet and I ask you to fill out an adoption application. Adoption applications do not bind you to a dog or our rescue. They just answer some simple questions such as "do you have a fenced yard" and lists your references.

A meet and greet is usually done at the rescue or at adoption events. We ask that you bring all the members of the family that will live with the dog, including other dog siblings. We want to see how you interact with the dog as well as how his potential dog siblings manage the new family member. This usually takes about an hour.

If after the meet and greet, you would like to adopt the dog, we will call your references. If your references check out, we will ask to do a home visit. 

During the home visit, we check out the yard or patio and where the dog will live. We might make suggestions to help the dog transition better. We usually bring the dog to the site check and will leave them with you that day.

At the home check, you will sign the adoption contract that is required to adopt one of our dog sand pay the adoption fee.

It is very important that our dogs get a happy forever home, so trial periods are sometimes granted. If for any reason the dog is not working out in your home, we are happy to take it back into rescue. However, the adoption fee and any costs that you have incurred during the ownership of the dog are not refunded.


If you would like to adopt a new friend, please contact me atsmidgetrescue@hotmail.com to request an adoption application and start the process!

Who We Are

Smidget Rescue specializes in finding homes for small dogs under 25 pounds, like Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Poodles, and mixes of all sorts. You know, "Super Midgets!"   

Smidget Rescue is a small organization with one founder and several volunteers. We have re-homed over 500 dogs since our inception in 2012 making our adoption rate about 1 dog every day of the year! 

Our dogs come from high kill shelters in California. They are the homeless and forgotten dogs. Great dogs with fabulous personalities, but they would never have a chance at a home in California. We are overjoyed to bring them north to find their forever families!  

We pride ourselves on making perfect matches for our families and our dogs. We don't do same day adoptions because we feel that both the dog and the family have to be cohesive. That comes with talking to references, talking to your vet, meeting the residents in the home, both human and animal alike, while doing a home visit. We want our dogs to be happy in their new homes and our adoption process allows that. While you can't take one of our dogs home the day you meet them, we promise, it will be worth the wait!

Come and join the Smidget Rescue family and see how adopting a small dog will change your life forever! Once you go small, you never go back!


Pictures posted are shelter intake photos and new ones taken while at Smidget Rescue or in their foster homes. 



Come Visit Us

Dogs are seen on an appointment only basis. Some are in foster care and require some pre-planning to be visited. You are welcome to make an appointment to see any of the dogs available and we will do our best to get you in as quickly as possible.

If you would like to adopt a new friend, please contact me at smidgetrescue@hotmail.com to request an adoption application and start the process!

The Smidgets can be seen at Pet Pros - Maple Valley MOST Saturdays from 1-8 pm.  We rotate between the Pet Pros stores in Bellevue, Lakeland Hills, Milton, Puyallup and Maple Valley so please check our events listings before heading out to Maple Valley. 


We also attend other adoption events at other locations throughout the summer, so please check in with us to make sure you know where we are on any given Saturday. We need to know which dogs you want to see so we can be sure to bring them with us!

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