Baby Bitzi (born with a genetic heart defect) had life saving heart surgery.
A Yorkshire Terrier is an expensive breed to maintain. They require constant care, daily grooming and should all be on a high quality dog food which usually costs more than the usual sub-standard dog food sold in grocery stores. If you cannot afford these costs than you should look into adopting a different breed.
Our adoption fees include all Veterinarian care. When you adopt a yorkie from us they have had all the following treatments (if needed):
Spay or neuter
Vaccinations and Bordetella
Dental cleaning (when necessary)
Bathed and groomed
This page is to explain why privately run Rescue Groups request the adoption donations that they do. We are not subsidized by a Government Program nor do we have an annual budget like most county run Humane Societies do. All of the medical expenses, food, supplies and maintenance are raised through donations and our adoption fees. If private donations dry up, then we would have no other choice but to close our doors because our adoption fees alone would never be able to sustain us completely. It is that simple!
When we take in a yorkie, we assume the utmost responsibilty for finding the very best home for that dog. Many of our dogs have been surrendered by their owners for many heartbreaking reasons and our pledge to them is to place their dogs in families we would only place our own personal dogs in. This requires hours of our time, countless phone calls and many miles put on our cars doing home visits.
Some of the yorkies that are surrendered to us are seniors (10 plus years old) or have special needs. Very few of them find a new family willing to see beyond their age or disability and so they end up becoming a permanent foster yorkie which requires even more additional funds for their maintenance. There are others still that are surrendered that need life saving surgery. Just look at some of the yorkies on this page alone who have stretched our budget beyond our limits. Yet, we would not turn our backs on them.
Sam (right) was tied to a fence in a deserted area in South Miami and left to die. Fortunately he was found by someone in the nick of time and transported to Florida Yorkie Rescue on Father's Day in 2015. It took approximately six months to nurture and care for him until he was able to regain his weight and strength. He went from 7.7 lbs to 11.7 lbs. which was truly an incredible transformation. He is our senior resident, totlaly blind and lamost deaf but is doing well and is now healthy. For additional information on Sam, you can log onto his page by clicking here.
When a yorkie is surrendered to us that needs less Veterinarian care than usual, our adoption fee can actually be slightly more than what we would need to break even. The reason we do that is because we are then able to raise extra funds for that next yorkie who arrives needing lifesaving surgery.
Humane Societies that get yorkies surrendered to them that are very ill or in need of surgery will NEVER put them up for adoption. They usually call a Yorkie Rescue group to take them in. We employ private Veterinarians with a solid reputation for handling the needs of this smaller breed. We trust them explicitly and even though we spend more money to spay or neuter them, we feel confident that it will be done correctly and safely.
We are a small rescue group and we never "break even." The cost to foster a yorkie is not cheap. They require special food, grooming and Vet care. And as I said before, there are those yorkies that arrive that will clearly never be adoptable. Everyone wants the cute little puppies or healthy young adults. Very few will extend their arms to the senior, the yorkie with special needs or one that requires daily medication. So those dogs stay here in our Permanent Foster Program. We foot the bill for all their needs. And again, it is not an inexpensive proposition but it is a responsibilty we willingly accept with love and gratitude.
The true spirit of RESCUE should not be based on an adoption fee. It should be based on the willingness to accept the responsibility of loving an animal that has either been surrendered, abandoned, abused or neglected. These yorkies need special homes with a special understanding of the emotional toll they have undergone.
Faith, dumped along a busy highway in south Florida....