Adoption Guidelines

NC Yorkie Rescue

Thank you for your interest in adopting one of our rescued dogs.  This is the first step in our adoption process. Please submit the completed form. When we receive it, we'll review the application & then contact you. We check all references, including vets. If we believe you to be a good match for the dog you are applying for, we may call you for a telephone interview. Home checks may also be performed prior to a dog being adopted.


If you're looking to get a dog immediately, you may not want to apply with us. It takes time to complete our application process. Our goal is the very best match for the dog, not just a good home.


We typically do not adopt dogs to people under 25 years of age or to families with children under 10 years of age (however, there are exceptions). This includes young couples or single persons who plan to have children during the lifetime of the dog. We also may not adopt to people who rent their residence. If you rent & are selected to possibly adopt our rescued dog, you must provide proof that your landlord allows pets. The number one reason given by people surrendering their dog to a shelter or a rescue is that they rent, must move, & cannot find another residence that will allow their pet(s).


Our adoption policies are the result of many years of working with rescue dogs & are also based upon national dog bite statistics involving children as well as smaller yorkies being injured by young children. We often do not know the history of our dogs & we feel it is irresponsible to put the dog & young children at risk. People under the age of 25 are often unable to provide a stable, permanent home for a dog, considering all the life changes they will typically experience (residence changes, career changes, relationships, etc.). All of these are situations where a pet can easily become an issue.


Make sure that Rescue is right. Consider these facts:

 We place dogs in age appropriate homes. We do not place young dogs in homes with elderly seniors.

 If you are looking for a young, tiny dog - it is unlikely that you will find that in a rescue.

 Males out number females in rescue by at least 4:1.

 Females in rescue will likely be adult or senior dogs.

 It is more common to find an adult or senior dog in rescue.

 Rescue Yorkies are commonly 6 pounds or more.

 If you see one, tiny dog available, it is a rare occurrence and there are 40 other people who want the same dog.

 If you are looking for a young dog, don't expect him to be a "lap dog". Young dogs want to run, go for walks and play. An adult or senior will be more likely to be a "lap dog".

 There is no such thing as a "teacup Yorkie".

 Rescue dogs need and deserve your patience whether it be house training, getting along with the other pets or just settling in. Be prepared.

 Yorkies are expensive dogs to own - they need their teeth cleaned often, sometimes annually and because of their size, may expect to see the vet more often.

 Be prepared to drive. It is best when you and your pet(s) can come to the foster home to meet the dog you are interested in adopting.

 We charge adoption fees for our dogs. These fees vary based on the gender, age, size and health of the dog. All money received goes directly to the dog - no person is compensated for their volunteers services to this organization.


We routinely receive calls from desperate people who want us to take their dog because they must move & cannot take the dog with them, or from people in relationships where the dog is now an issue, or from people who have had a baby & they have no time to properly care for the dog, or the dog doesn't get along with the baby. Thousands of dogs are euthanized in North Carolina shelters every month due to circumstances like these. Most of our rescue dogs have already been through so much, & our goal is to find them quality, forever homes where they will be loved & spoiled for the rest of their lives.


If you're approved to adopt one of our rescues, you will meet the dog at that time. We don't have a shelter or kennel type facility. We're a small, all volunteer group who foster the dogs in our homes, along with our own dogs. We're located throughout the state of North Carolina.  If you're looking for a Yorkie puppy or a tiny Yorkie (under 5 lbs.), please be aware these are very rare in a rescue. 


You'll find most of our dogs listed here.   

Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be approved to adopt from us.


New dogs arrive on a regular basis but they aren't listed right away. We want to get to know our dogs so we can make the very best matches possible & to get our dogs all the vet care they need. If you adopt a dog from us & it doesn't work out, we will take the dog back & refund all of the adoption donation money, less $50 for adoption expenses. New owners have 2-3 weeks to do this.

Thank you  for choosing to adopt a rescued yorkie!


Ready to Adopt?

Find our adoption application here...