Adoption Procedure

It’s an easy process!

Our available Yorkies have LOST EVERYTHING—their family—their home—their very name. We care about each and every dog we rescue. We want to be sure that each one finds the best, most caring, most loving, most protective home possible. So we take great pains to make sure those people who are adopting understand how precocious their new companions are. Here is the process, it’s an easy one, but please be patient with us. Here we go!!

I want to ADOPT a Yorkie from Save A Yorkie Rescue, what are the steps?

Step 1: Complete our adoption application

Click here to fill out the adoption application online -  /forms/form?formid=4365

Step 2: Review of your application by SAY Rescue volunteers

To ensure that our dogs are adopted to excellent forever homes, we are very thorough in reviewing each and every application. Please complete all information that is requested on the application.

Step 3: Vet Reference Check

If it is determined that you are a very good candidate, we will call your vet to request his or her opinion of your past vet care for all of your pets. The cornerstone of good pet care is having all of your pets spayed or neutered as soon as possible and all vaccinations should be up to date. Not only up to date, but the pets should be seen at the very least, once a year by their vet for a health checkup. This care is what we are looking for in a new owner of one of our Yorkies.

Step 4: Phone Interview by a SAYRescue volunteer.

If it is determined that yours would be a great home, you will be contacted by a Save A Yorkie volunteer who will conduct a phone interview with you. The interview consists of questions about you, your family and how you would behave in certain scenarios with a dog. This typically occurs within two weeks, usually sooner, of receipt of the completed adoption application. If it is determined that you would not be a good match for one of our dogs, you will be contacted to inform you of that decision.

Step 5: Home Visit

If your phone interview is approved and your vet check comes back with a good report, the next step of the process is to set up a home visit. A home visit is when a volunteer comes to your home to determine it is safe for a small dog.

All members of the household MUST be present for the home visit.  Home visits can be set up by Save A Yorkie or by you, the applicant. If you would like us to set up the home visit we will do that, or 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. The person conducting the home visit must fill out our Home Evaluation Form, certify that the information on it is true and be available to discuss the visit and your home with one of our volunteers. To find a shelter or rescue in your area, visit 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.

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 back on this website 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 foster mother listed on the Yorkie's webpage to get more information and set up a time and place for you and the Yorkie to meet to see if he is the right Yorkie for you.

Our adoption donations are listed on the Yorkie's webpage and differ for every dog.

Where can I go to see the dogs you have up for adoption?

All of our dogs are in volunteer foster homes in the northeastern part of the country. After you put in your application, you may call the foster mom to ask questions about the dogs on the website.

If you would like to find out more about a certain dog we have up for adoption, please email or call the foster parent listed with that dog.

Now for the most asked question: how do I get my dog if it is in another state? The answer is you go to get the dog. If it is further than you would like to drive round trip in one day, consider it a mini vacation, and stay the night. Then the next day you can meet the dog, have your dog meet the new Yorkie, and, if all goes well, take the new dog home with you.