The Rescue Program
The American Miniature Schnauzer Club works with rescue groups and local Miniature Schnauzer clubs across the country to rescue and rehome Miniature Schnauzers in need. Groups recognized by the AMSC rescue program must agree to follow the AMSC minimum rescue requirements. If you know of a rescue group experienced with Miniature Schnauzers that is not listed, please contact the AMSC rescue chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Surrendering your Miniature Schnauzer
If you are no longer able or willing to care for your Miniature Schnauzer, you should first contact the breeder from whom you purchased your pet. If the breeder is not able to help, please contact the AMSC recognized rescue group or local Miniature Schnauzer Club closest to you. You should be prepared to complete an intake questionnaire and provide a recent photograph along with your dog’s veterinary records and AKC registration papers. You may be asked to have the dog brought up-to-date on required vaccinations and/or groomed prior to surrender. The rescue group or local club may need time to arrange for foster care for your dog once it enters the rescue program. Unless it is an emergency, please be patient. If the rescue group or local club is not able to help or does not respond, please contact the AMSC rescue chair at email@example.com
We strongly discourage surrendering your dog to a shelter. Miniature Schnauzers generally do not do well in a shelter environment. Their behavior is often mistaken as aggression and they will likely be euthanized. Please, don’t risk your pet’s life.
Other Miniature Schnauzers in Need
If you learn about a Miniature Schnauzer in need, please contact the AMSC recognized rescue group or local Miniature Schnauzer club closest to you. Please provide as much information as possible – how you learned of the dog, contact information for the person or shelter, link to the website where the dog is posted, or link and text from an online bulletin board. This will allow the rescue group to begin the process of getting the dog into their rescue program. If the rescue group or local club is not able to help or does not respond, please contact the AMSC rescue chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in adopting a rescued Miniature Schnauzer, please contact the AMSC-recognized rescue or local Miniature Schnauzer closest to you. You can expect to complete an adoption application, provide veterinary and personal references, and pay a fee at the time of adoption. The groups recognized by the AMSC rescue program are required to follow the AMSC minimum rescue requirements but may have additional requirements or offer additional services. If the rescue group or local club is not able to help or does not respond, please contact the AMSC rescue chair at email@example.com
Please be sure that your expectations about rescue are reasonable. Rescued Miniature Schnauzers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors; with natural and cropped ears; and with natural and docked tails. Although they make perfectly wonderful pets, they don’t come with health guarantees and won’t look like they just stepped out of the show ring. They may come with some “baggage,” but with continued socialization, proper training, and your love and attention, you will see them thrive!
Ways You Can Help Get Involved !
Rescue groups across the country are always looking for reliable volunteers to provide temporary foster care, transport rescued dogs, and help with events. Contact the AMSC-recognized rescue group closest to you – let them put your talents to good use!
Caring for rescued Miniature Schnauzers can be expensive. Rescue groups provide temporary homes, crates, food, treats, toys, collars, leashes, harnesses, and vetting for the dogs in their care. They also use a lot of cleaning supplies – paper towels, disinfectants, trash bags, laundry detergents, etc. Cash donations are also welcome. Contact the AMSC-recognized rescue group closest to you to find out what they need.
If you’d like to help us support our Rescue Program please feel free to make a donation here.
If you have other questions, please contact the AMSC rescue chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly M. Radcliffe
AMSC Rescue Chair