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Our Featured Des Moines, IA Partner:

United Yorkie Rescue - IOWA - DES MOINES

Des Moines, IA 50315

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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Our mission is to take in as many stray, abandoned or surrendered Yorkshire Terriers or Yorkshire Terrier mixes as possible, providing we have available and appropriate foster homes, and provide them with foster care, behavior screening, rehabilitation, health care, with the ultimate goal of placing them in loving forever homes
Our goal is to educate the public about the nature and behavior of the Yorkshire Terrier, and the duties inherent in being a responsible pet owner, which includes spaying and neutering all companion animals
We want to help all who are interested in experiencing the joy of owning Yorkshire Terriers as canine companions.
Our adoptable dogs are in foster homes located throughout the U.S.

About Our Rescue Group:

United Yorkie Rescue, Inc. was founded on August 5, 2002, by a group of loyal and hard-working rescue friends. We consolidated our efforts and talents to form a family dedicated to the rescue and well-being of the Yorkshire Terrier. We have pledged to rescue as many Yorkies and Yorkie mixes in need as is logistically and physically possible. In addition, we are devoted to providing love, nourishment, rehabilitation, socialization, and "pawsome" forever homes!!

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Our Adoption Process:

Adoption Process and Conditions
Please read the following carefully:
Completing an online application request is the first step in the adoption process. The placement process includes Personal and Vet Reference checks, and a home visit. The home visit may include bringing the foster dog to interact with you, your family, and any other pets. Your responses and your home situation will be evaluated in relation to those of other applicants and will take into consideration the foster dog’s needs in a forever home. If you are approved, there will be an adoption agreement that you will sign at the time ownership is transferred and you will pay an adoption fee. In order to adopt a UYR foster dog, you must be over the age of 25 and financially able to provide for a dog’s vetting and care.

Adoption fees for our foster dogs are set based on the age, health, conformity to breed standard, and behavior/needs of the dog. Adoption fees typically range between $100-$700 and are not negotiable; the adoption fee rarely covers the costs of vetting and rehabilitating the foster dog. If you wish to learn more about how our adoption fees are established, click here. Adoption fees are not considered donations and therefore are not tax deductible.

Out-of-State Adoptions
Out-of-state or long distance adoptions may be permitted in some situations at the discretion of the foster home and team leader. Please note that UYR does not ship dogs via air cargo. Adopters are responsible for traveling to the foster dog’s home, either by car or plane, to pick up the dog. Some airlines permit dogs to travel with an individual in the cabin as carry-on baggage. You will need to purchase a pet ticket and pay for a health certificate if required by the airline or state. All these expenses are above and beyond the adoption fee. Before completing the online adoption application for a dog located outside your state of residence, please email the foster home to determine if an out-of-state adoption would be considered.

If you understand and agree to the conditions listed above, have confirmed that the dog of interest is located near to you, and you wish to proceed with your application, please click here to be redirected to our online adoption application.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.