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

 Step 1Complete our adoption application

Do it NOW!!  If you wait to start the process until you see a dog who steals your heart,
it is likely that the Yorkie will be adopted to another home by the time you complete your
approvals.  It is recommended to start the process immediately, before you see the
dog of your dreams.
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 
to review each and every application. Please complete all information that is requested on the application.


Step 3: Phone Interview by a SAYRescue volunteer.

 If it is determined that you would be a great home, you will be contacted by a
Save A Yorkie Rescue 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 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 4: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 check up. This is what we are looking for in a new owner of one of our Yorkies.


Step 5: Home Visit - We will help you to find a rescue person in your area to visit your home.


If your phone interview is approved, 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. 

Home visits can be set up by Save AYorkie Rescue or by you, the applicant.  If you would like for Save AYorkie Rescue to set up the home visit, it could take weeks or months to complete. 
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
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.


Step 5: 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.SaveAYorkieRescue.org 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 meeting time/place.  Our adoption donations are listed on the Yorkie's webpage and differ for every dog.


What is the cost to adopt from SAYRescue?

Each dog is priced differently. The amount we ask for each dog is a donation to our organization.
In almost every case, the vet bills incurred while the dog is in our care far exceeds the actual fee paid.
Each dog costs us on the average of $700.00 or more. This is why we ask for donations and do fundraisers. Just imagine how many candy bars it takes to raise the money for a $500.00 vet bill!   The donation requested for our dogs is not negotiable, so please be kind and do not ask.

Why Rescues are evil or Why DO they ask for such outrageous donations for their dogs?

 Here is a sample of an email we often receive from the public.  One of our rescue volunteers gave her response which was so well explained – we want to share it with anyone who thinks Rescue ‘sells’ dogs and makes money on surrendered dogs. 

 From: Helen
To: Cynthia of Save A Yorkie Rescue

Yes I am well aware of the Yorkshire Terrier Breed, I have a blue and gold, spayed, 2 year old female, that has a wonderful temperament, loveable, playful and loves the neighbor children. I wanted to adopt another because I have seen the poor neglected animals on the television, but I think it is outragious for a person to have to pay $ 450 for a dog you all received for free. I am willing to take another Yorkie to save it's life, but I will not pay such a heavy price

…..I thought your organization wanted to save these animals not make a profit from the sale of them.

I AM VERY DISAPOINTED IN AMINAL FRIENDS, ASCPA and any organization that re-sells these animals for profit. Shame on all of you. You people are as bad as the former abusers.


Hi Helen,

I can't speak for how any other rescue network functions. SAY Rescue is a completely volunteer group. We are NON profit. There are sound reasons why there is a fee for rescued dogs awaiting adoption. I can give you one example of my experience in rescuing and the costs to the group that come into play.

1. Initial veterinary exam=$174, that includes; screening blood work (bordetella, lepto, lyme)$40, antibiotic liquid(for dental infection) $31, physical exam $43, distemper vaccine $18, rabies vaccine $16, fecal analysis $26.

2. Surgical fees for Spay, Microchip, Dental procedures=$470, that includes; Pre-op bloodwork $43, anesthesia $115, dental cleaning/polishing/extractions $115, IV fluids $50, pain meds for home $30, pre-op injectable $27, antibiotics for home $35, antibiotics in hospital $20, pain management in hospital $25.

3. Food, transportation, care, and grooming are provided by the volunteer foster parent. One month of feeding high quality food=$25, regular grooming=$32 x 4=$128,.

4. Round trip drive to collect Trixie from surrendering family=$60. (Plus we purchase a harness, leash, toys, bed, sweater, and microchip lifetime registration! - is a rescue dog a bargain or what?!)

My math says this comes to $832 for just one dog. SAYRescue.org's adoption fee for Trixie is $400. $832 minus the volunteer's costs of $188 = $644. $644 minus a $400 adoption fee = $244. $244 that SAYrescue is in the red for providing one dog to a qualified new owner. I don't understand where in this equation any rational individual could proffer the notion that SAYrescue is "making a profit" or "re-selling" these animals.

Most surrendered animals are in need (many in dire need) of veterinary care. The minimum of which would be an exam, to ensure we can offer the animal with a clean bill of health in good faith.

I wish you well in any future endeavors to adopt a rescued dog or cat. I wholeheartedly hope my explanation allays your beliefs that "we are in this to make a profit".



SAYrescue Volunteer Foster Parent


Puppies and SAYRescue

Save AYorkie Rescue does not normally get puppies into the rescue. If we do get in a younger dog, it usually is a larger Yorkie (15-20lbs) or has special needs. Many times, the dogs we get are adults or seniors. They are not always housebroken and may nip in fear until they feel safe. If you have the patience, love and time to share and live in PA, NY, NJ, CT, DE, MD, DC, WV and VA areas only, we invite and encourage you to fill out an application.


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

All of our dogs are in volunteer foster homes all over 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 drive 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. 


Is it possible to sponsor a dog until one comes up for adoption that fits with my family?
 Yes!!   Of course you can and remember, Save A Yorkie Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax deductible. 
 If you are selected to get a dog and it is your first, please read this list to be sure you are ready for your new addition:

You're getting a new puppy (or dog) and you think you're finally prepared. You've read all there is to read about the breed, their care, and their training. It's almost time to bring the little one home but first, a few tips on buying the right supplies for your new furry family member. 

I've seen too many future puppy owners purchase lots of supplies that they do not actually need, while forgetting some really important things. I can't really blame them; the amount of information available regarding the subject on the Internet and elsewhere can be overwhelming. I'm here to share my tips today on avoiding this common issue. 

I always suggest that future puppy owners gather a "puppy preparation kit" with the following items:

  • Food and water bowls: These should be made of a heavy material like ceramic to prevent tipping. If you already have a pet, your puppy should not have to share bowls. That's sure way to spread possible health problems, and perhaps even cause distress between the animals.
  • Collar and leash: The collar should be adjustable so it can grow with your puppy. Be sure to get one that is sturdy, and purchase a leash that is comfortable to hold but strong enough to prevent unraveling if your puppy makes a run for it. (Don't forget the ID tags with current contact information!)
  • Dog shampoo: Puppies love to run around and explore, and it's inevitable that your puppy will get himself dirty! Regular baths are necessary, so dog shampoo is a must. Only purchase shampoo specifically made for dogs, because some chemicals in human shampoo can be harmful to a dog's delicate skin.
  • A doggie toothbrush: Tooth brushing is a regular part of your life, and it should be a regular part of your dog's life as well! Proper dental care can add up to 5 years to your dog's lifespan.
  • A good vet: Many times people get a puppy without finding a good vet first. They don't think about medical care until the puppy gets sick, then they end up making a snap decision on where to take him. This is not the way to do it! Knowing a good vet is a part of owning a puppy, and I suggest future dog owners choose their vet before you even choose your puppy. Puppies need regular vet visits as well as vaccinations so please make this a priority.
  • Toys: Finally, the fun stuff! There are plenty of toys out there, from specially made dog toys to a simple tennis ball. You never know which toy your dog will like, so sometimes it's better to let our dog choose. Just make sure the toy is sturdy, dog-safe, and large enough that your dog won't accidentally swallow it.
  • Treats: A delicious incentive can make training your puppy much easier. Opt for dog-safe treats (not human food) and choose a good one that contains a minimal amount of preservatives and artificial ingredients. In fact, there are many healthy (but good-tasting) treats you can choose from.
  • Good puppy food: I say “good” because there are so many puppy foods on the market but many are little more than the equivalent of junk food for dogs. Puppy food should be provide your puppy with all the necessary nutrients and protein he needs to keep him healthy and energetic.

Choose a brand you trust. An excellent choice isEukanuba puppy food - so is Wellness, Nutro, Iams, Royal Canin for puppies. .

Do you have all the items on the puppy preparation list? Great, you're ready for your new puppy! 


 Please click the Yorkie above to fill out an application