My mission is to alleviate fear,
loneliness, and poor health and
nutrition in all Yorkies. This
program is meant to be
widereaching and affect the
humane treatment of Yorkies
everywhere. The goal is for
every yorkie to have a loving lap
of his/her own.
When ever a yorkie is found to be in need,
whether it is through a referral of a friend, a
return of one of my dogs, one found at the
pound or other shelter, or referred by
YORKSHIRE TERRIER RESCUE
NETWORK INC., I will do my best to
find a great home for the yorkster. When
received in my home, the dog is evaluated
for need, and medical needs are taken care
of first. Immunizations, treatments needed,
and usually altering is completed. If
behavioral training is needed, that comes
next. All the while the nutritional and
grooming needs of the dog are met. I then
offer the pet here. I also try to keep an
ongoing record here of where the dogs go
so you know what happened to so-and-so.
Where do they come from???
Shelters: Very often full grown dogs far
outnumber puppies in animal shelters.
Yorkies are not often placed in shelters,
so luckily I get very few this way, but
when they do arrive at a shelter, there is
usually a good reason why there are
there. They are not all "rejects", as one
might think. Sometimes they are there
becuase their owner had to give them up.
Returns: Sometimes I sell a puppy and
the new owner doesn't realize the overall
expense, the time and energy, or maybe
the amount of time the puppy cuts into
the freedom of leisure time for the
owners. Maybe the owner moves to an
area where dogs, even yorkies, are not
My own line:
Sometimes a female has been bred as
much as I feel is safe, and needs a home.
Sometimes a pup has flaws that prevent
me from considering them for breeding.
My husband always said that I am not
very good at this breeding stuff, because
when the time is right you are supposed
to find a pet home for them, not keep
Lucky Baby Boy was one yorkie found in my local animal shelter. My granddaughter and I
were at the shelter to look at cats. While walking to the cat area, we passed the sweetest little
yorkie in a pen. He was about 8 pounds and had one ear dropped. Real character was in this
little guy. I was surprised to see a yorkie there and stopped to talk to him. He came right up
to the gate and licked my fingers. I went to the desk and was told that he was a "runner" and
the owner didn't want him anymore. Well, I thought I could find a home for him, so home we
went. Lucky was neutered and brought into great health. I really tried to find a home for him,
but lucky thought I was his savior and really didn't like anyone who visited him for the purpose
of looking him over. When he wanted out, Lucky did not go outside in the covered Yorkie
airing pen but was allowed to run free on the ranch. I figured he knew how to take care of
himself since he had been on the street much of his life. Lucky stayed with us 2 years before a
cayote came into my yard and stole him away. You would think I would have learned after
Mitch was taken, but Lucky wasn't running across the desert like Mitch, he stayed here in the
yard. We miss this little guy.
Lassie and Cleo and Rin Tin Tin and Toto don't show up in rescue. We don't get the
elegantly coiffed, classically beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved dog. We get
the leftovers. Dogs that other people have incompetently bred, inadequately socialized,
ineffectively "trained," and badly treated. Most Rescue dogs have had it. They've been
pushed from one lousy situation to another. They've never had proper veterinary care,
kind and consistent training, or sufficient company. They've lived outside, in a crate, or in
They're scared, depressed and anxious. Some are angry. Some are sick. Some have
given up. But we are Rescue and we don't give up. We never give up on a dog. We
know that a dog is a living being, with a spirit and a heart and feelings. Our dogs are not
commodities, things, or garbage. They are part of sacred creation and they deserve as
much love and care and respect as the next Westminster champion. So please, please
don't come to rescue in the hopes of getting a "bargain," or indeed of "getting" anything.
Come to Rescue to give, to love, to save a life -- and to mend your own spirit. For
Rescue will reward you in ways you never thought possible. I can promise you this -- a
rescue dog will make you a better person.