We adopt to homes in MA, RI, CT, NH, VT and ME. We
do occasionally make exceptions to this rule for people
who are either looking to adopt our "special needs" dogs
or for homes that rise above our typical criteria
for adoption and are also willing to make the trip here
if they are approved. WE DO NOT SHIP
If you are looking for a young, small, healthy dog,
we have an abundance of homes looking for the same
thing. There will be many applicants disappointed as
we rarely get this dog coming into Yorkies Inc. We
hope the people looking to adopt through Yorkies Inc.
are here for the right reasons and are not looking
to get a "perfect yorkie" cheap.
Yorkies Inc. is NOT a shelter. All pups are fostered
in private homes. Our foster homes are on a volunteer
basis and all work other full time jobs and have families.
We can not accomodate visitation of pups for all the
inquiries we get on each pup available. This would set
up many disappointed families as there are many applicants
for each pup available. Visitation will be allowed for
those approved to adopt only.
We give preference to homes with Yorkie, small dog
or terrier experience. It is a common misconception
that because a dog is smaller, it is easier to care
for. Often the opposite is true. Certainly they are
not as easy to house train and need homes that understand
they cannot be left for long periods like larger breeds. People
who have owned a Yorkie in the past already know this
all too well and will be given preference. We do adopt
to homes without experience who fulfill our other criteria
and understand the needs of small breed dogs.
We very rarely place Yorkies in homes with children
under 10 years old and never pups under 6lbs. If you
are looking for a smaller Yorkie your children must be
older. Some of the larger dogs we get in will do well
with children if the pup is young enough to adjust or
was raised with kids previously. We do make exceptions
for those types of dogs only. But keep in
mind, many of our pups were surrendered to us because
children are now part of the home and the pup is NOT
adjusting well. Our foremost concern is for the safety
of the pup, but also for your child's safety as well.
Yorkies Inc. requires that all your current pets be
spayed or neutered, up-to-date on rabies and distemper,
heartworm tested and on prevention. We do accept titering
of vaccines as well. If it is found that the current
pets are not in good standing at time of vet check, the
application will not processed. We do not support backyard
breeding of any kind and believe that it is in an animal's
best interest to be altered. Heartworms kill and it only
takes one bite from an infected mosquito to infect your
dog. We want all dogs placed through Yorkies Inc. to
be kept on preventatives and believe strongly that the
way you care for your current or past pet sets a precedent
with regard to how you will care for the one lookng to
We prefer homes with fenced in yards. While this
is not necessarily a strict requirement, we firmly take
it into consideration when processing applications. If
you meet all of our other criteria but don't have a fenced
yard, we will process your application. If you meet none
of the other criteria an unfenced yard is another minus.
yard is that which would be small dog safe. Meaning that
a small dog could not get out of the yard and other animals
could not get in. Partial decorative type fencing is
not considered a "fenced in" yard.
Applicants must be 24 years old or more. At a
young age, there are so many aspects of life that can
change: a new career, a new home/apartment, a husband,
children, etc. With these changes, dog ownership becomes
challenging and sometimes impossible. Many of the dogs
being surrendered to Yorkies Inc. are coming in for exactly
these reasons. It is unfair that we would put them back
into a situation that is likely to change for them yet
again. We are not insinuating that a young adult is a
bad pet owner but just feel that re-homed Yorkies have
very specific needs and it takes a very stable environment
for them to thrive. We always prefer a well established
house hold for our pups.
You must have a vet. If you do not have a pet,
we still require that you have given this enough thought
to select a vet. In addition, if you have owned a pet
in the past, we need to know where you took that pet
for vaccinations etc. This is part of the veterinary
reference check which must be completed in full. It helps
us to know that you have established a Vet even if you
are not using one currently.
You must have access to a computer. All
applications must be submitted via our website and if
approved, it helps to watch our site regularly to find
a dog who matches your home and for us to be able to
contact you before posting new pups coming in. Contacting
you via email is the best time saver when time is so
tight with our volunteers. This also allows us to send
updates and pictures both ways. In addition, you will
be contacted via email to set up your phone interview.
We do not reserve or
"Hold" dogs. We will not "Hold" a
pup once it has been established that you are
approved to adopt that pup. In the past we have been
"hold" a dog until after a vacation or
move etc. or
"until next weekend." this takes up very limited
space in the foster home and as a result other pups needing
us are turned away. This is not fair to those most need....those
still needing to come in to Yorkies Inc. Therefore if
this is the case that timing is not right we will need
to pass on your application and find another home. Please
let us know if you are not actively seeking to adopt
right away or if you have a time frame when you will
Make sure a Re-homed pup is right. Consider
- If you are looking for a young, tiny dog and healthy
- it is unlikely that you will find it here. We would
be more than happy to recommend a breeder!
- Males out number females.
- Females in rescue will likely be adult or senior
dogs or have health issues.
- It is more common to find an adult or senior dog
or one with health issues.
- If we have a healthy, young small pup available,
it is a rare occurrence and there are over 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" and are usually better behaved.
- There is no such thing as a "teacup Yorkie".
- Re-homed pups 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 grooming
often. They also need their teeth cleaned often, sometimes
annually and because of their size, also 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.
- There is an adoption donation
applied for each pup. This donation varies based on
the gender, age, size and health of the pup. All adoption
donations received goes directly to the vetting of
our pups - no person is compensated for their volunteer
services to this organization.
Please be sure that you are applying for the right reasons
and not just shopping for a less expensive, perfect representation
of the breed standard. If this is what you are looking
for, please visit YTCA (www.ytca.org) for a list of very
reputable breeders. These breeders will sell you a Yorkie
for the same or LESS than what you would pay in a pet
store. Pet store puppies come from puppymills- ALWAYS
and no matter what they tell you. No reputable breeder
would put their puppies in a pet store.
While these are the basic guidelines, we can at any
time, deny an application because we know that there
is no dog in Yorkies Inc. that would fit the environment.
Please do not take this personally. Your home may be
perfect for another breed!
Thank you for wanting to adopt first. If you do adopt
a pup through Yorkies Inc., you won't regret it!