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Small Dog Rescue

Updated on December 18, 2018
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Hope Saidel is co-owner of Golly Gear, a bricks-and-mortar and online shop featuring fun, affordable and practical small dog products

Because every dog deserves a home

Not every dog in need of a forever home is a mongrel. Just about every breed has an organization devoted to rescuing its own - and its "wannabes." People devoted to their breeds work for the welfare of all dogs - because they all deserve "forever homes."

As a "dog person" and co-owner of a small dog boutique. (our shop, donates 10% of profits to rescue) we've become familiar with many resources available to people looking for the perfect dog for their families. If you're looking for a purebred dog, but you'd really like to adopt from rescue, you can still find the right dog.

Mojo the Affenpinscher
Mojo the Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher Rescue

Affenpinscher Rescue is an organization of volunteers who are dedicated to helping Affens in need. Whether it be a dog in a shelter or an affen who has found itself homeless for one reason or another, we are here to help them find new forever homes.

Booker the Boston Terrier
Booker the Boston Terrier | Source

Boston Terrier Rescue

The Boston Terrier Club of America, Inc. has a rescue group that works tirelessly to bring together Bostons in need of homes and families in need of Bostons. There is a network of people all across the U.S. that makes this happen. Some are individuals, some are groups or clubs but the end result is the same....These little Bostons are in need of homes and these dedicated people see that this can happen.

Tango the Brussels Griffon
Tango the Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon Rescue

National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization which maintains a national rescue league for Brussels Griffons which have been abandoned, lost, abused or for other reasons must be re-homed.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Snoopy
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Snoopy

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue

Cavalier Rescue USA (CKCSCR, Inc.) is an organized national team of networked volunteers who find loving homes for any Cavalier who has been released to rescue by his or her owner or caretaker.

Maddy the Chihuahua
Maddy the Chihuahua

Chihuahua Rescue

Chihuahua Rescue and Transport (CRT) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, public charity. It have no paid employees and is dedicated to rescue, adoption and the medical care of stray and homeless Chihuahuas in need, and to help control the growing overpopulation through spaying and neutering all dogs in its care.

Alice the Chinese Crested
Alice the Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested Rescue

Crest Care is a group of individuals living across the United States and Canada whose goals are to preserve and protect Chinese Cresteds in need. Crest Care provides vetting, transportation, and foster homes for each dog in need, until he or she can be carefully matched to an approved home.

French Bulldog Dax
French Bulldog Dax

French Bulldog Rescue

The French Bulldog Rescue Network is an independent, North American rescue organization, not affiliated with any AKC breed clubs. Our purpose is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome Frenchies in need.

The mission of the Karen Krings Memorial Fund and of the French Bulldog Village is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome French Bulldogs and French Bulldog mixes, to provide financial assistance and support services to rescue groups and private rescuers engaged in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming French Bulldogs and French Bulldog mixes, and to promote programs that advance knowledge about, and the responsible acquisition and ownership of, the French Bulldog breed.

French Bulldog Connection Rescue mission is to aid French Bulldogs, mixes and other dogs who are honorary French Bulldogs, whether from animal shelters or pounds, owner surrenders, strays or to help owners place their dogs in a home that is best for that dog. Our first quest is to educate others correctly about this fabulous breed and also to protect and advance the interests of French Bulldogs.

Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (CFBR) was launched to protect French Bulldogs from neglect, abuse, loss of family and theft. We rescue them from animal shelters and puppy mills. We help families and individuals that can no longer care for their Frenchies. We are shepherds of the breed working to educate about French Bulldogs and most importantly, placing rescued Frenchies into loving homes.

Maddie the Havanese
Maddie the Havanese


Havanese Rescue Inc. (HRI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed for the charitable purposes of rescuing purebred Havanese and Havanese mixes which are homeless, or soon-to-be-homeless, including those found in animal shelters or similar facilities and those relinquished by their owners. The dogs are provided with the attention, care and medical treatment necessary including spay/neutering. HRI also focuses on education of the public regarding puppy mills and responsible dog ownership including spay/neutering, training and humane care of Havanese and other pets.

Koko the Italian Greyhound
Koko the Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound Rescue

IG Rescue is a service provided for Italian Greyhounds that have been abandoned at animal shelters, taken from abusive homes or surrendered to Rescue due to the death or divorce of the former owner. Occasionally, dogs are turned over to Rescue because the owner can no longer keep the dog and the dog was acquired from a source to which it cannot be returned.

IG Rescue members foster these orphans in their homes, where their health and temperament are evaluated. All dogs are taken for a veterinary check-up: vaccinations are updated, the animal is neutered/spayed and, if necessary, its teeth are cleaned. Each Italian Greyhound is evaluated so that it can be placed in a home suitable to both the dog and new owners.

Saki the Japanese Chin
Saki the Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin Rescue

JCCARE is a dog rescue organization dedicated to the health and welfare of Japanese Chin dogs. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of rescue volunteers whose sole purpose is helping, rehabilitating and finding homes for homeless Japanese Chin across the United States of America

Maltese Rescue

The American Maltese Association is the National AKC recognized parent breed club for Maltese. The AMA began a National Rescue Program for Maltese in 1995. Volunteers that support our breed rescue program consist of both members and non-members who share a love for the breed and a commitment to ensure unwanted, homeless Maltese are placed in warm, loving homes. In addition to adoption and foster services, we can provide assistance and recommendations to Maltese owners. In many cases we can assist with behavioral problems that might have otherwise turned into a future homeless situation.

Manchester Terrier Rescue

Our rescue group is part of the American Manchester Terrier Club. We take in purebred Manchester Terriers that are abandoned in shelters or surrendered by their owners. We provide medical care such as vaccinations, worming, heartworm testing and altering for each dog. Each dog is placed in a loving foster home, evaluated and started on training if needed. We then place them into new homes based on the suitability of the home and the dog.

Spike the Miniature Pinscher
Spike the Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Rescue

At Min Pin Rescue we believe no healthy dog should ever be destroyed and that every dog should have a chance to lead a happy and healthy life in a loving home.

There are lots of ways to choose a dog - we think rehoming is the best one. Friends of Penny minpin rescue works with you to match your needs to the needs of dogs. We know that choosing the dog that's right for you leads to happy people and happy dogs.

Jester the Papillon
Jester the Papillon

Papillon Rescue

Papillon Care and Rescue Trust (PCART) accepts purebred papillons regardless of age, health or temperament. Our job is to ensure that all members of our beloved breed are able to live out their lives in a stable, healthful and loving environment.

Each rescued papillon is treated with special care. They are evaluated by a veterinarian for common health issues, given required medical care and spayed or neutered. Our foster care system is one of our greatest assets. When our papillons are cared for in a loving home environment by experienced volunteers we are better able to evaluate temperament and special needs. Great care is taken in determining the type of "forever" home that would suit each best.

Pekingese Rescue

The Pekingese Charitable Foundation was founded by the Pekingese Club of America. The goal of the organization is to foster health research on topics relevant to the Pekingese, and to provide rescue services for homeless Pekingese dogs throughout the United States.

Buddy the Pug
Buddy the Pug

Pug Rescue

Pug rescue groups are "grass roots" based organizations that have a common cause, and operate independently from one another. Because the Internet is not based upon geography, we offer referrals to other related groups, and work as a team.

Taffy the Shih Tzu
Taffy the Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu Rescue

Shih Tzu Rescue is a resource to find rescue organizations dedicated to rescuing Shih Tzu all over the United States. The groups consists of caring volunteers dedicated to finding loving homes for Shih Tzu in need. These Shih Tzu have been found as unclaimed strays or abandoned, abused or neglected. They also come from owners who can't give them the care they need.

Silky Terrier Rescue

At Silky Terrier Rescue, we list all of the silky terriers that we know about who are in need of homes. These silkys might be in a shelter, in the Silky Terrier Club of America Rescue program, or in another rescue program.

Abbi the Toy Fox Terrier
Abbi the Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier Rescue

There will always be a need to find good homes for Toy Fox Terriers. Not all of these dogs will be rescued from a shelter or an abusive situation. Most of the time it is simply a matter of finding a home when the present owner cannot continue to keep the dog.

Rescue is an undertaking that can only succeed with everyone's participation. Surely we all want the same thing for these little dogs that we love so much.

Katie the Yorkshire Terrier
Katie the Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier Rescue

The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America is "unconditionally dedicated to Yorkies."

© 2007 Hope

Have you rescued a dog? - Tell us all about your wonderful "secondhand" dog!

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    • GollyGearHope profile imageAUTHOR


      23 months ago from Skokie, Illinois

      Depending on your grandson's age - he can help find his dog! Kids are great at using the internet - he can explore each of the breeds he's interested in, find the breed clubs' websites, and narrow down his choices. You (and he) can also talk to breeders in your area - reputable breeders should be delighted to share their extensive knowledge. Best of luck with your search!

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      23 months ago

      Looking for a small dog for my grandson

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! I had no idea there were rescue organizations that were breed specific. angel blessed...

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Absolutely! This is a wonderful lens to feature all these different rescue organizations. Everyone needs to know the love of a rescued animal; they make a family complete.

    • puppyprints profile image


      7 years ago

      I have an awesome little dog named Riki that I rescued - I got her at the SPCA. I made a Squidoo lens about her too.

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      Angela unLocked 

      7 years ago

      Often, people don't realize that purebred dogs need rescued. I volunteer at the pound and sometimes popular breeds end up there.

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      7 years ago

      Yes - my story is here (where I featured your lense): Marvin's Story.

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      7 years ago

      Continued good wishes to you! Rescue is challenging, but oh so rewarding!

    • ChrissLJ profile image


      7 years ago

      Both of my girls were rescued. With approximately 70-80% of all unwanted pets placed in shelters being put down, I just don't see how I could do anything else. All dogs should be loved.

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      8 years ago

      great lens. I'd have them all but am working to long hours to have a dog :-(

    • patinkc profile image


      8 years ago from Midwest

      Another great site. I have some rescue groups listed on my American Eskimo Dog "Heart Bandits" lens. I'm lensrolling this lens to it.

    • GoPoochYourself profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for raising awareness about this. People are always surprised when I tell them my Maltese is adopted from a shelter. They don't realize that there are a lot of little dogs out there who need homes.

    • Mythbuster2009 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great Lens here. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      This a really brilliantly written lens! Would you consider doing a guest post for our dog products website blog? I could pay you modest amount for an article.

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      8 years ago

      All of these sweet dogs just makes me want to get a puppy all the more. It would be good to adopt one that was rescued too, they all need so much love and care.

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      9 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

    • RaintreeAnnie profile image


      9 years ago from UK

      Wonderful lens:) Rescue organisations do such a fantastic job.

      Lensrolling this to my dog lenses.

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      9 years ago

      I have rescued five Jack Russell Terriers in the past eight years. We love our Jacks and they love us. Thanks for all you do and a big thanks to all the animal lovers out there.

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      9 years ago

      Excellent lens :D there are many more shelters out there that will take any animal in need and they often work with these breed shelters to increase their rescue capacity. I'll lensroll this lens to my charity lenses, especially my animal rescue lenses!

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      sunnysideup lm 

      9 years ago

      Thank you for this lens! I too have a big heart for the furkids. My 2 dogs and 2 cats were all abandoned animals, now living the good life. Thanks for raising awareness!

    • AshleyBretting-MS profile image


      10 years ago

      Bless all of the rescue dogs in this world!

      Good stuff, nice work here

      If you'd like to be a "featured lens" at my place let me know and say hello while you're there :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      My dog Buddy was rescued and

      I find this to be a very special lens. 5* to you and everyone who has rescued a dog.

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      10 years ago

      Cool lens. Have pet related lens 5*

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      10 years ago

      Great lens! I am a big dog lover and of course i own one as well(Malamut). My dream is that every dog should have a happy home but unfortunately it isn't like that. But hopefully people will change someday. We have to be optimistic right?

      5* for you!

      PS: Did you know couch covers can be real moneysavers?

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      11 years ago

      This is an excellent lens! We have a local rescue service here in Spain...some of the stories are so very sad. Hats off to those with a heart! I've added it also Fabulous Silky Terriers

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      Gatsby LM 

      11 years ago

      5* For you. I am a rescue dog with an awful past. My owner gives me all I need and more. She is thinking of getting a female G.S or Greyhound for me to have as a friend. Solve Dog Behavior Problems

    • DogWhisperWoman1 profile image


      11 years ago

      5* We had a Terrier mix when I was growing up. Best Dog For Child

    • Karendelac profile image


      11 years ago

      I am passionate about animals and your lens is a solid 5 stars. I have just completed a Bird Rescue Lens ~~ here it is ~~

    • TomAntion1 profile image


      11 years ago

      Great lens! Very helpful. Please visit my Bichon Frise rescuesite. Proceeds from products sold will be donated to rescue groups. Thanks!

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      11 years ago

      Excellent Lens 5*****. I have added it to my lensroll at Paulas Pet Care


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