Who We Are
Miniature Schnauzers & Friends Rescue is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue organization based in the Los Angeles South Bay area. We are a small group of rescuers who have been actively rescuing animals in our community for nearly a decade. We do not have a shelter, our volunteers provide foster care for the dogs until we find them loving permanent homes. We are a small organization and handle a very limited number of dogs... while we know we aren't making even the slighest dent in the number of homeless dogs, we know we are make all the difference to the ones that we are able to save. Most of the dogs we get come from the LA area shelters but we also get dogs as strays and sometimes as owner surrenders. We specialize in rescuing Miniature Schnauzers but also have dogs available of all different breeds, purebred and mixes alike varying in sizes and ages. Please note that we are not a source to get purebred puppies as purebred puppies in rescue are very rare.
In the greater Los Angeles County shelters alone an average of 475 pets are euthanized daily. There just aren't enough homes for them all. Our mission is to help provide animals a second chance to have a happy life and to help reduce pet overpopulation. We save dogs in need and provide them with proper care and foster homes while they await adoption. We evaluate the dogs the best we can in order to place them into loving homes that best suits their needs as well as potential adopters needs. We also try to educate the public on how to be responsible pet owners and the on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. The only real solution to pet overpopulation is through spaying and neutering pets. And please remember before you adopt a pet, the committment needs to be for the lifetime of the pet... if you can't make that type of commitment, please rethink getting a pet. The shelters are full of animals there were once adopted or purchased by people who may have had the best intentions at that time but just didn't give enough thought about it being a 12-15 year commitment.
Miniature Schnauzers & Friends Rescue restricts adoptions to residences of the Los Angeles, CA area only. We do not ship dogs nor do we do any type of long distance adoptions**. We do not adopt to persons under 21 years of age. We do not adopt out dogs as surprise gifts. As a general rule we do not adopt the smaller dogs out to family with small children (under 7) unless we know the dog's history as being good with kids. We require prospective adopters meet both us and the dog, fill out an application and be interviewed. Prospective adopters are generally met at our weekly pet adoption fairs. Adoptions are not done a first come first serve basis. Applications are taken during the week as well as all day on our adoption days and applicants are selected based upon the best match of the particular dog's temperament and needs. If an applicant is approved we generally will require a home check so we can ensure the dog's safety. If you are coming from a distance to see the dogs, please be sure we have received an application in advance, we may also require photos of fencing etc. For applicants that are renters, we require proof that the adoption will be in compliance with their rental agreement. Please note that these dogs are not for sale and the decision of where to place them is solely the responsibility of Miniature Schnauzers & Friends Rescue. These dogs do not need "rescuing", they have already been rescued and are safe in foster homes until a properly matched permanent home can be found. We reserve the right to refuse placement of our dogs to any individual who does not meet our criteria. We also reserve the right to keep our reasons for refusal confidential within our organization. The welfare of our rescue dogs is our top priority.
Our Adoption Policies
To help you determine if the dog you are interested in is right for you, please also visit our pages on Is It the Right Time to Adopt, Seniors for Seniors and About Miniature Schnauzers.
There is a tax deductible adoption fee which generally ranges from $250-$350 (although seniors and special needs dogs may be adopted at a reduced fee). The adoption fee must be paid via check or cash, we do not accept credit cards. The adoption fee does not represent the cost of a particular dog... some of the dogs may have had extensive medical care with costs that far exceeds their adoption fee while others may have cost very little. The adoption fee is to help offset some of the cost needed to operate our rescue organization. We are an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so 100% of donations and adoption fees goes towards caring for our dogs.
All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, vet checked, vaccinated, dewormed and deflea-ed prior to placement. There is a grace period of two weeks (one week for puppies under 4 months) for a full refund of the adoption fee if the dog should need to be returned to us. We have an adoption contract which requires you to contact Miniature Schnauzers & Friends Rescue if at anytime you should no longer be able to keep your pet. Dogs adopted through Miniature Schnauzers & Friends Rescue can not be sold, traded, given away or disposed of in any way. Although our dogs are thoroughly evaluated and we disclose any known health or behavioral issues, we cannot guarantee the health or temperaments of the dogs.
Click here for a printable copy of our dog application form.
PLEASE NOTE: Filling out an application DOES NOT guarantee an adoption. We have thoroughly evaluated all of the animals in our care, and try very hard to match the right pet to the right person and situation. We reserve the right not to adopt.
Make a Donation
You can make a general donation or if you like you can request that your donation can be directed to go toward a specific category or even for a particular dog's care. Remember your donation is tax deductible so please give generously! Please see click here for our donation form. Or simply make a check out to Miniature Schnauzers and Friends Rescue and mail to the address below:
Miniature Schnauzers & Friends Rescue
1732 Aviation Blvd #450
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
You can make an online donation, just click on the button below to make a donation to Miniature Schnauzers & Friends Rescue via credit card! Its fast, easy and secure! Just click on the Paypal buttons below.
Come Visit Us
Please stop by to visit our Dog Adoption Fairs to meet our wonderful dogs that are available for adoption! Visit us online at www.msfr.org
Dog Adoption Fairs
Every Saturday 12:00p.m. till 4:00p.m.
537 N. Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach CA 90277
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