You Can Help

We rescue mini and standard schnauzers who need homes.
Miniature Schnauzer Rescue is federally registered as a tax exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so any monies received go right back into saving the lives of these wonderful dogs.

Our members are all volunteers. None of us receive any type of monetary compensation for caring for these dogs. We do it because we love the breed. We often take hours to drive to pick up a dog from an animal shelter or home.

While we use veterinarians who are gracious enough to discount their services for the rescue cause, we do have to pay for veterinarian care for these dogs. Some dogs require very little vet care but others may have many health problems that need to be addressed before they can be placed. The adoption fees remain the same for every dog; regardless of the amount of care they have received. Theoretically, this is supposed to balance out. The reality is that it rarely balances out. Your generous tax-deductible donations can be mailed to us.

Make an online donation: via Paypal (accepts all major credit cards).
Your donations help! Thank you very much!
Charley got adopted!
Charley got adopted!

Foster a Schnauzer We can always use foster homes. We don't have a shelter and our members integrate each dog into their families. The foster mom/dad evaluates the dog and tries to determine his/her needs. It can be very rewarding when you can find a dog the "perfect" home. We just watch the dog to see what kind of personality he/she has.

If you're considering fostering in the hope that you'll be able to adopt the first schnauzer that comes into your home, THIS IS NOT WHAT FOSTERING IS ABOUT!! We are looking for people who are willing to be the stepping stone in assisting our group with all things necessary to set each rescue up for the most successful re-homing we can provide. This isn't to say that somewhere down the road an adoption wouldn't be possible. But this is not a fast track method to adopting a schnauzer!

Most of the dogs that come into our group are potty trained. Marking is usually more of an issue that can be easily rectified. We will assist you in curbing this behavior or any other unacceptable behavior. With consistency and supervision, housebreaking can be easily resolved.

We do assess each dog before accepting it into our rescue. We do not take biters! However, we cannot guarantee any dog's behavior. Contact us if you have any concerns or issues with the dog you are fostering.

Foster Parents have BIG hearts and Patience

Fostering requires a heart BIG enough to be able to let go when that perfect home is found. Our foster parents come from all kinds of situations. Our volunteers do not necessarily need to be located in the Portland/Vancouver area. We would appreciate and welcome foster homes/transportation anywhere in the states of Oregon and Washington.

The most important aspect is that the foster parents have the patience to work with these dogs. At any rate, this is worth considering! If you think you might be this person, fill out our Online Foster Care Form - OR - complete a Foster Application (pdf file) and fax or mail it to us. Please contact us for additional information. We will be happy to share our experiences with you and give you more specific information on fostering. Thank you!

Grooming is a necessity. Miniature Schnauzers are a high-maintenance breed when it comes to coat care. Many of us have learned to groom our own dogs and can sometimes groom the rescues as well. Unfortunately, some of the rescues come to us as one giant, matted mess, making a professional grooming necessary. We do have groomers who work with us by donating or discounting their services, but the cost can add up quickly.

If you can offer a grooming to us, please consider doing so. You will be recognized on our web site and in our literature. Please contact us.

K9 Glitz and Glam K9 Glitz & Glam does great Schnauzer cuts. In addition to full service grooming, they also have a self-serve dog wash and mobile grooming in Corvallis, Albany and Salem. 1025 River Road, Eugene, OR - tel: 541-461-3622.

Sherman - Before and After His First Haircut

Sherman before his first haircut   Sherman after his first haircut
Not all of our dogs come to us with perfect manners. In fact, due to their unhappy past, some have significant behavioral issues that require professional assistance.

MSR acknowledges and greatly appreciates the many hours of professional training assistance provided by Doug Duncan of Doggy Business. Doug is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) and has a wealth of knowledge, education and experience with our canine friends. We think we may have even converted him to schnauzers!

Doug offers group and individual classes as well as day care, dog walking and lodging. Visit Doug at Doggy Business and let him know you appreciate his support of MSR.

Join Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, Inc for a day of Schnauzer fun at the Annual Schnauzer Walk sponsored by the Portland Miniature Schnauzer Club. Read more.

Schnauzers of all shapes and sizes are invited to bring their people for a day of activities including grooming demonstrations, agility, talent and costume contests and instruction clinics. All followed by a group walk through beautiful Clackamette Park on the Willamette River in Oregon City.

All are welcome to stop by the Miniature Schnauzer Rescue fund-raising and information booth where there will be treats for the dogs and great Schnauzer themed souvenirs for the you!

For more information, visit the Portland Miniature Schnauzer Club web site. This is great fun for the whole family and a chance to hang out with other Schnauzers and their folks!

the Schnauzer Walk
Enjoying the Schnauzer Walk: Meeting lots of Schnauzers!

See photos from prior years' Schnauzer Walks.
You can download photos for free or order prints.
We know costs are high, but if you could donate spay/neuter, teeth cleaning or vaccinations per month, or offer a discount on those services to one of our Foster Parents in YOUR area, we can use that money to save another life by paying the pull fees from a kill shelter.

We would gladly acknowledge your services on our web site and in our literature. Please contact us.

waggin' Schnauzer Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, Inc. would like to acknowledge and give a BIG Thank You to the Veterinarians and their wonderful staff for their sincere and considerate care of our furry friends.

City Pets Vet
Dr. Carol Hurn and Dr. Rebecca Greene, DVMs
3521 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
tel: (503) 206-4163
City Pets Vet does great things for rescue. They offer a free pet exam for anyone who adopts from MSR within two weeks of the adoption. Thank you!

Vista Pet Hospital
Dr. J. Scott Davis, DVM
3200 S.W. 87th
Portland, OR 97225
tel: (503) 297-2218
Dr. Davis and his staff have been with MSR since our inception in 1988. Thank you!

Hayden Meadows Pet Clinic
1210 Hayden Meadows Drive
Portland, OR 97217
tel: (503) 286-9155

Silver Creek Animal Clinic
874 McClaine Street
Silverton, OR 97381
tel: (541) 873-5701