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Congratulations to our fantastic volunteers!! We hope you enjoy seeing photos and stories about some of the Schnauzers we have placed—but, first, please see if you can provide a great new home for one or more of the dogs below who are still waiting for their new homes.
Adopting a Rescue Dog from CMSR
CMSR places its rescues as quickly as it can find suitable homes for them. Many are placed with people on our waiting list before we have a chance to list them on this website. If you are looking for a rescue, please contact someone on our rescue panel, listed on our Puppies / Rescue page. They will have current information on available rescues and can put you on our waiting list. They may also have information on Schnauzers available from other rescue groups.
Foster Homes URGENTLY Needed
We urgently need foster homes in northern California and in northern Nevada for Miniature Schnauzers pending their placement in permanent homes. With the worsening economy, more dogs are being surrendered by owners, most shelters are full, and we are being called upon to rescue many more Schnauzers than in the past. If you are in northern California or northern Nevada, please call Walter Poeth, 530 873-6608, for further information if you are able to help out, or e-mail him at GlasSchnauzers@aol.com.
Rescue is expensive! Vet bills are by far the biggest expense, but there are also shelter pull fees, gas for trips to pick up dogs from shelters, and other expenses as well.
We need more donations if we are to continue rescuing as many dogs we can. We try to save older dogs and dogs with medical problems because they are the least likely to make it out of shelters alive, but doing is much more expensive than rescuing young, healthy dogs.
California Miniature Schnauzer Rescue is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations therefore qualify as tax deductible charitable contributions. If you can help, please send funds by Paypal to email@example.com, or mail a check, payable to CMSR, to our Treasurer:
13890 Andover Drive
Magalia, California 95954
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Available Rescues In Northern California
Rescue Schnauzer Mix Wenley
Wenley is about 5 years old. Her present owner adopted her from San Francisco Animal Care and Control when she was a few months old. We believe she is a Miniature Schnauzer / Poodle mix. She weighs about 25 lbs..
Wenley is a very loyal dog and is very attached to her present owners. She was fearful when adopted. She has never snapped at her owners but has snapped at other people, particularly when she feels trapped (e.g., someone walks very close to her). She also has some issues with other dogs and anxiety. The anxiety showed up when her owners moved to a new place and came out in ways such as getting into the trash, ripping up papers around the house. At the advice of their vet and their trainer, they put Wenley on Chlomocalm for a few months to help her get used to the new environment at which point they were able to take her off the medication and she was fine.
Wenley's owners have worked with two trainers since they got her and she improved immensely. However, we had a baby two years ago and Wenley has not accepted their daughter. They have been advised by both of their trainers and their vet that it would be best to find Wenley a new home.
Wenley's owner thinks she would be best in a home without kids and ideally with someone who has experience with training dogs. She can be a fantastic dog with the right owner(s). She is incredible smart and is well-trained (understands all basic commands, etc.). She doesn't shed. She loves chasing balls, going on hikes, and running in the park. We love her very much and hope to find someone who will love her as much as we do.
Wenley appears to be in good health. She is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations,
CMSR has not seen or evaluated Wenley. The above information was provided by Wenley's owner.
Rescue Schnauzer Cookie
Little Miss Cookie is a big sweetie pie and has a lot of gumption. She is a senior, 12 lb, salt and pepper Miniature Schnauzer with cropped ears and a docked tail.
Cookie absolutely loves cuddling and sleeping in laps. She doesn't mind her crate, but would much rather be hanging out with the family.
Cookie loves being in the sun and checking out the neighborhood, but has arthritis in her back, so short walks and brief activity is best. She seems to see very well, but does have some difficulty hearing. As she is incredibly intelligent, she is quick to learn other forms of communication like hand signs for basic commands. Cookie's ideal forever home would be experienced with senior dogs as she needs a little extra TLC in her older years.
Cookie appears to be in good health. We had a blood panel done which looked good. She is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations.
Cookie is being fostered in San Jose. Please submit a completed Adoption Application form if you would like to adopt Cookie. Contact Mary Alford at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about Cookie.
Rescue Dog Malcolm
Malcolm and Reese were abandoned by their owner who, apparently, was evicted from her home.
Malcolm is the Miniature Pinscher mix. Reese is the Border Terrier mix. Malcolm seems to be about 1 year old. He weighs about 10 to 12 lbs. He gets along well with other dogs.
Malcolm is a friendly, easy going dog. We have not had him around children yet but he will likely be fine with children who are gentle. See Malcom in his own video: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=600140800067690&set=vb.306424359439337&type=2&theater
Malcolm appears to be in good health. He is neutered and up to date on vaccinations.
Rescue Schnauzer Vince
Vince is a sweet salt & pepper Miniature Schnauzer, who seems to be about 8 to 9 years old. We rescued Vince from the Ventura County shelter.
Vince is a handsome boy with cropped ears, a docked tail, and a sparkling personality. He had a large growth on his rump when we got him. We had it removed and our vet is confident that it was not malignant.
Vince is a friendly guy. He loves people, gets along well with other dogs, and has a lot of energy for a senior.
Vince appears to be in good health. He is neutered, microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations, and he has recently had his teeth cleaned.
Vince is being fostered in San Jose. If you'd like to adopt Vince, please submit a completed Adoption Application form. Contact Mary Alford at email@example.com for more information about Vince.
Rescue Schnoodle Bella
If you had a fantasy about having your stuffed animals come to life as a child, then Bella may be the perfect dog for you. She is a Miniature Schnauzer/ Miniature Poodle cross who is about as cute as it gets, even with a bit of an overbite. She has the beautiful coloring of a schnauzer and the hair of a poodle.
We think Bella is probably between 7 and 9 years of age
Bella loves to go for walks and she is great with other dogs her size. We are working on her relationship skills with bigger dogs with whom she tends to be aggressive. A good obedience class to instill some better social skills would be in order here. Bella also likes to do some of the basic agility work. Between walks and outdoor adventures Bella loves to nap in your lap or next to you wherever you are. She loves to go in the car and she likes to bark at other dogs, people, cattle trucks, etc. while in the car.
Bella is quiet in the house and be safely left alone for several hours at a time if necessary.
Bella appears to be in good health, is micro chipped and up to date on immunizations.
Bella is being fostered in Vallejo. Please submit a completed Adoption Application form if you would like to adopt Bella. Contact Mary Alford at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Bella.
Rescue Schnauzer Owen
Owen is a purebred Miniature Schnauzer, who we rescued from the Orange County shelter. He is about 10 to 11 years old and weighs about 16 lbs.
Owen is a very sweet dog who loves everyone, and he is pretty spry for his age. Owen's main problem is limited sight due to cataracts but he seems to have adjusted well and is a happy little guy. We have not had him around young children, but we suspect he would be fine with them. He gets along well with other dogs.
Owen appears to be in good health. He is up to date on vaccinations.
Jennifer Hopkins is fostering Owen in San Jose. If you'd like to adopt Owen, please submit a completed Adoption Application form. Contact Mary Alford at email@example.com for more information about Owen.
Our goal is to place as many Schnauzers as we can so that they can live out their lives in happy homes. Sadly, we cannot save every Schnauzer who comes into a shelter. Some, unfortunately, are too old and too sick to place. We honor their memory.
Rescue Schnauzer Philips
Philips is a purebred salt & pepper Miniature Schnauzer. He is 16 years old - but you wouldn't believe it because he is very active for his age. Phillips is a larger boy at about 24 lbs. We rescued Philips from the LA County shelter in Lancaster.
Phillips has a wonderful gentle personality and quietly follows his foster mom around like a shadow. He enjoys receiving all the attention he can get. He is housebroken and consistently uses the doggie door.
Philips has a great appetite and is accustomed to taking a long nap after meals, many times sharing the doggie bed with one of the other senior schnauzers in his foster home. Phillips loves to go for a ride and is very good on lead showing off his peppy gait. He demonstrates how happy he is when his foster mom returns home by being first to greet her at the door with his tail wagging and nose pressed close to be petted. Phillips is one of those “good old boys”—a real treasure.
Philips is neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations. His teeth were in bad shape when we got him, but he has had a complete dental and his teeth are good now.
Philips passed away on December 2, 2013, just 4 days short of a year after we rescued him. A HUGE thank you to Meg Kegle for making the last year of Philips' life possibly his happiest.
Rescue Schnauzer Buddy
We picked up Buddy from a Bay area shelter where he had been left to be euthanized by his owners, because he got “too old” and they didn't want him any more! We expected to see a very old, decrepit, dog. What our foster found instead was a very overweight, confused, Miniature Schnauzer who didn't have a clue as to why he had been thrown away! Someone had given him a quick shear job to get his matts off, and he had sores on his skin, ears, and around his eyes. He had a foreign name so his foster changed his name to “Buddy”. She put Buddy on a diet, took him to the vet about his skin and ear problems, and gave him a real Schnauzer haircut. Once his foster could see those big, beautiful Schnauzer eyes, and found what a gentleman Buddy is, she fell in love with him.
Buddy is the best mannered, polite, gentle, and loving foster dog his foster has ever worked with. He has no behavior problems, is quiet, house-trained, a good watchdog, and loves lying quietly at her feet when she watches TV. He is about 10 years old (per vet), has good teeth, but does need to be neutered. Buddy had a horrible skin and ear infection but with medication those have cleared up. He is not an alpha male and gets along with his foster's other neutered male Schnauzer, Timmy, quite well. Buddy was horribly obese, but now he is just overweight. He likes to go on walks, is on a limited dry kibble diet (which he doesn't like!), and would do very well in a quiet home with no cats or kids (he hasn't been exposed to either, except his foster's feral cats, which he loves to chase). Buddy's hips and elbows are good (were x-rayed) and he should live many more productive years as a loving companion and/or hiking buddy. His favorite place to sit when his foster is gone is on the couch, looking out the front window, waiting for her to come home. He is such a sweetie!
Buddy died of congestive heart failure on November 11, 2013. Thanks very much to his foster, Cheryl Barwick, for giving Buddy several happy months before he passed away.
Rescue Schnauzer Benny
Benny is an 8 year old purebred male Miniature Schnauzer We rescued him from the Sacramento shelter where he had been turned in as a stray and was about to be euthanized.
Benny is the sweetest of boys and gets along with other dogs and even cats. He is an easy keeper and just wants a lap to lay his head on.
Benny unfortunately had been foraging for food for a while and had extensive dental problems which our rescue has taken care of.
Benny's foster say he has never had a single accident in the house. Benny is neutered, microchipped and up to date on all vaccinations.
Benny's family fell in love with him. He stayed with them in Jamestown until a massive tumor paralyzed his hindquarters in early November 2013. Thanks to Tom and Karen for proving Benny a loving home for his last two years.
Rescue Puppy Lizzy
Lizzy is an outgoing, friendly female puppy who we rescued from the Lancaster shelter. She is about 5 months old and weighs about 8 lbs.
Lizzy is a happy, energetic puppy who wants to play with anyone and anything who will play with her.
Lizzy appears to be in good health. She is microchipped and current on vaccinations. She will be spayed before placement.
Lizzy became very ill on October 21, 2013. We rushed her to the vet's. She had a massive infection, as a result of having a previously undiagnosed liver shunt. Sadly, the vet concluded that Lizzy would not be able to lead a normal life and recommended euthanization. We will miss this very sweet puppy very much.
Lucky and Willy were very sweet Schnauzer mixes who were surrendered together to the Ramona Humane Society because their previous owner couldn't take care of them any longer. They were about 7 years old. Lucky weighed about 14 lbs.
Lucky and Willy were both very friendly and loved affection. Their prior owner said that Lucky and Willy were great with kids and other dogs. Both loved to play.
We transferred Lucky and Willy to Northern California Family Dog Rescue in San Francisco. which was able to find homes for them much faster than we could. Willy was adopted within two weeks. Tragically, on August 22, 2013, just two days after Willy was adopted, Lucky, who was living with an experienced foster, escaped from his harness and was hit by a car, which killed him instantly.
Toward the end of January, 2013, Tucker, who we had rescued from the San Jose shelter, joined Philips, another senior Schnauzer, who was being fostered by Meg Kegle. They quickly became close friends.
Meg realized Tucker was very special right from the beginning Tucker was a very gentle but playful little guy and was a pleasure to have around. He had a great appetite and hardly acted like a dog of 15 years.
Tucker was immediately scheduled to have his bad eye removed. He came through his surgery very well and recovered fully.
One night Tucker had seizures and was taken back to the vet where it was determined he should be put on anti-seizure medication. Tucker never had another seizure, but as time went on, Tucker just became “tuckered out.” The vet said he might have had cancer.
We lost Tucker on April 10th, but he enjoyed a good and comfortable life his last months in loving foster homes. Thanks very much to Rowena Morrison and Meg Kegle for making the last few months of Tucker's life a very happy time for him.
The photo shows Philips on the left and Tucker on the right, peering out through two adjacent glass panels in Meg's front door.
Scottie was a dog we rescued in 2010. He was about 7 at the time. Scottie was very laid back and very lovable.
Scottie's owner had had him since Scottie was a puppy but she moved to a care facility and could no longer care for Scottie. We placed Scottie in a new home in Lafayette on August 29, 2010, where he was adored by his new owner.
Sadly, in late 2011, Scottie started losing weight. His veterinarian was not sure what was wrong, but suspected cancer. Unfortunately, Scottie kept getting worse and died on January 20, 2012. Here's what his adopter said about Scottie: “I miss him desperately and know that he was that dog that comes along every once in a great while.”
We rescued Odie from the Stockton shelter in the spring of 2011. Odie was 12 and we knew the odds of placing him were slim, but we could not let this senior gentleman die in a shelter.
Shortly after we rescued Odie, we learned that he had a likely malignant mass in his abdomen. The vets said that surgery was out of the question for a dog of Odie's age and recommended just making the rest of his life as happy as possible. Fortunately, Odie had 6 happy months before he passed away in November 2011. A heartfelt thank you to Meg Kegle who kindly fostered Odie for those 6 months.
Few people are willing to foster a terminally ill senior dog because they know how sad they will feel when the dog passes away. However, there is a special reward in knowing that you made the last days of a dog with a bleak future as happy as possible.
Nick was found by a river bank in Fair Oaks, CA. As is evident from his photo, Nick was suffering from mange, and as we learned after we received him, Nick also had a serious heart murmur. Rescue Committee member Betsie Corwin fostered Nick for about three weeks and grew very fond of him. Nick was recovering from the mange and starting to enjoy life when he went into organ failure on August 30, 2009. Nick loved people, other dogs, and even cats. Nick will be sorely missed.
This cute guy was a very sweet 12 year old Miniature Schnauzer who came into the Placer County shelter in late April 2009. We listed him on this page as available for rescue. Shortly thereafter, the shelter had him examined by a veterinarian who reported that he had serious liver damage due to badly infected and long neglected teeth. The shelter decided to euthanize him because of his condition and his age. This tragedy would never have happened if his owners had taken adequate care of him.
Carlos was a 9-year old Miniature Schnauzer who desperately needed a new home. Carlos' owner had died and he was left alone for 3 weeks before he was discovered and turned over to San Leandro Animal Control. Rather than take him to the shelter, one of San Leandro's Animal Control Officers fostered Carlos, but she could not keep him permanently because she was moving. She had Carlos' medical work updated—blood panel, shots, worming, and microchipping.
The Animal Control Officer placed Carlos with Muttville, a rescue that specializes in older, hard to place dogs. Muttville returned Carlos because he started to act aggressively towards people coming into the house. The Animal Control Officer then asked us to take Carlos. We placed him in a foster home, but Carlos continued to exhibit aggressive behavior, and the foster home could not keep him. The Animal Control Officer took Carlos back. She and we tried to find him another home, but ultimately the Animal Control agency directed that Carlos be euthanized because of fear of liability.
The case is particularly sad because Carlos was house trained and a real sweetheart with people he knew. For reasons unknown, though, he became overly aggressive around strangers. Unfortunately, neither we nor the Animal Control Officer were able to find someone with the expertise and willingness to try to rehabilitate Carlos.