North Carolina Schnauzer Rescue (NCSR)

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For more information, check out our rescue group's *OFFICIAL* website at: WWW.NCSCHNAUZERS.ORG

North Carolina Schnauzer Rescue, Inc. is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit and donations made to this rescue are tax-deductible.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible DONATION to this rescue in order to help save other miniature schnauzer lives, please click the Donate bone:

YOU can help with Miniature Schnauzer Rescue in North Carolina!!!

Would you like to FOSTER a rescued miniature schnauzer, or help us with reference checks, home visits, transports, or even administrative paperwork? We need help in many different areas of the rescue! No job is too small, and they are all needed to help these miniature schnauzers. If you are interested in joining our Membership and volunteering your time, please complete our online Membership Application (click here) and then mail it (signed at the bottom) to our address : NCSR attn: Membership, PO Box 1147, Holly Springs, NC 27540. We will contact you and let you know the status of your application as we go through the approval process (similar to how we approve adoption applicants.) We look forward to meeting you!

If you would like to apply to ADOPT one of our rescued dogs, please complete and submit the online Adoption Application (click here)

Information about our Rescue group

North Carolina Schnauzer Rescue, Inc. (NCSR) is a 501c3 non-profit group of dedicated volunteers who are devoted to rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding permanent adoptive homes for displaced or abandoned pure-bred Miniature Schnauzers in North Carolina. We also strive to educate the public on schnauzer and other dog issues, and strongly support spay/neuter for all family pets in order to reduce the pet overpopulation problem. There are so many homeless dogs, and never enough homes for them all!

We are an all-volunteer rescue, with members who foster dogs within family environments in their own homes, so we do not have a specific "shelter" location. Our foster homes and members are spread out across all of North Carolina. Our mission is to rescue pure-bred miniature schnauzers within North Carolina, and since we commit to the lifetime of every dog that we rescue, we can only adopt out our rescues to people that currently live within North Carolina.

We are constantly fundraising in order to build up enough donations to rescue miniature schnauzers that are in need, and frequently have a "waiting list" of dogs that need to come into rescue.

If you would like to help with fundraising, make a donation of money or supplies, or volunteer as a member and/or foster home, please contact us for more information at

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A note on some of our adoption policies:
--Because there are so many unwanted pets being euthanized everyday, we generally will not adopt out a rescued dog to a home that has an unspayed or unneutered dog or cat in the home. We support spay/neuter for ALL family pets and encourage that with our adopters as well.
--We will not adopt out a rescued schnauzer to a home that intends to leave a dog unattended for extended lengths of time either outside in a standard fence or using an invisible fence. Schnauzers are very curious and energetic dogs, and left alone to their own devices, can dig, find a way out, or be stolen. Dogs are also very social, and usually do not like to be left alone outside, as they prefer to be inside with their families!

Before any of our rescued dogs are adopted to their new families, we assure that the following has been done for them (these medical costs can add up, and are a primary reason we charge Adoption Fees and constantly need donations):
--All dogs are spayed or neutered.
--Heartworm check and intestinal worm check, treatments given if needed.
--Up to date on Rabies and DHPP vaccinations.
--Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine given.
--Ears are checked for infection, ear mites, and treated if needed.
--Micro-chipped (NCSR remains Primary contact for the lifetime of the dog, new owners are added as secondary contacts.)
--Dental cleanings are optional and may not be done for every dog, but will be done if it is recommended by the Vet as a necessity at this time.


To rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home abandoned or displaced purebred miniature schnauzers in North Carolina.
Our goal is to help displaced mini schnauzers find permanent adoptive homes, no matter what situation they may have come from - owner or breeder turn-ins, family homes that can no longer care for them, or shelters where they have ended up as strays. We promote responsible pet ownership that includes training, proper nutrition and veterinary care, and a lifelong commitment on the part of adoptive families.
We believe all family pets should be spayed or neutered to help control the pet overpopulation problem, and we hope this will someday put ourselves out of having to do rescue!
Having a dog as a family member is a privilege, not a right. You must be prepared to care for your dog emotionally, medically and financially, and all our rescued dogs must go to homes where they will be kept as indoor dogs, not left outside alone for long periods of time.
A fence is not a requirement for adoption, but all rescues should be either leashed or confined by a fence when they are out of doors.

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For more information about our rescue, how to join or how to become an applicant to adopt one of our rescues (YOU MUST BE A NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT) please contact us by email at

A few notes & frequently asked questions about Rescue and Adoption Fees:

"If I apply to adopt, can I get a rescued dog within a week, or maybe even tomorrow?"
We applaud you for choosing rescue and understand you would like to have your new family companion as soon as possible, but rescue is not a "business" where we have an "inventory" of dogs. We are an all-volunteer group that puts in many hours outside our normal jobs and family lives to help these dogs, and sometimes things just can't move as fast as we would like them to. Also, we never know what ages, sizes, or personalities of dogs that we are going to get into rescue at any time. Since we try to match up the right dog with the right family, the entire process could take weeks, and sometimes months in order for the right dog to come along. We hope you'll be patient and are truly dedicated to helping a dog that needs your loving home.

Many people contact us and ask "why do you charge an 'adoption donation fee' when so many dogs really need a loving home and I could provide that, but I just don't have that much money?"
In order for our rescue to continue, we *have* to require a monetary donation for the dogs we rescue to cover all the medical bills and expenses we have for the dogs. We assure that every dog is spayed or neutered, is up to date on all shots and vaccinations and heartworm tested before they are adopted. If you bought a puppy, you would spend the money for the puppy and much more just to get their first set of shots done. Not to mention the remaining series of puppy shots and checkups. A "cheaper" dog from the pound also would still cost you an adoption fee, plus the trip to the vet you would need to assure the dog's health. All in all, the adoption fees we charge end up being average and sometimes much less than what you would pay for dogs from shelters when you factor in all the costs. Many times, we will have already paid hundreds of dollars more in medical bills for the dog and get only $200 - $300 of that back as the adoption donation, which is why our group is constantly fundraising.
We also want to make sure that the family adopting the dog is serious about their care and not just getting a free dog on a "whim" that will end up back in rescue when they tire of it in a few months, or do not have the money to take the dog to the vet for treatment. Miniature schnauzers as a breed are not "cheap" dogs and require regular groomings, heartworm preventative and flea & tick prevention as well as yearly checkups just like all other dogs. If you have other questions about why these dogs are not "free" please check out a great article here:
Please assure, just as you would before considering having a human child, that you are emotionally and financially able to take care of a canine family member as well. You should also be able to commit to caring for your dog for its entire lifetime, around 14-18 years, if you're lucky!!

LEGAL STUFF - Adoption Disclaimer, please read:

Neither North Carolina Schnauzer Rescue, Inc. (aka NCSR) nor its members, volunteers, coordinators, representatives, Internet Service Provider and its officers, employees, contractors and representatives, and any other person, firm or corporation involved with the efforts or business of this corporation, shall be held liable or responsible for any claims or causes of action incurred as a result of the provision or restriction of information, services, contacts, adoptions, fostering, veterinary care or by the actions of any and all dogs transferred or referenced herein.

Moreover, there is absolutely no guarantee made or implied that any person requesting to adopt a dog being fostered through NCSR, or posted on the NCSR Website or, will be allowed to adopt that particular dog or any other from NCSR. Rather, all adoption applications are subject to approval based on a review process that requires collecting information from references and visiting the applicant's home. All decisions on placing dogs in adoptive and foster homes are based solely on the judgment of the members and coordinators of NCSR and adoption applications submitted are sometimes denied for various reasons. NCSR reserves the right to make all decisions regarding placement or final disposition of any rescued dog in its care whether in, or being placed in, a foster or adoptive home or other facility.

**Please be prepared to correspond with NCSR representatives VIA EMAIL. Due to restrictions on application volume, time, and the general nature of rescue, almost all of our correspondence is done by email. Please check your email regularly to see if you have been contacted, and also check your SPAM and Junk mail folders in case emails have been accidentally routed there by your email provider.**
Please note that membership and adoption applications will only be accepted from persons 21 years old or older that also show the emotional responsibility and financial wherewithal to be able to afford the costs of a pet.

It is NCSR's policy to not adopt our rescues into homes with unaltered pets. While spaying and neutering is a personal choice, it is in the best health interest of a pet to be spayed or neutered. If you are unclear about the benefits, please speak with your vet about the issue. If your pet is not spayed or neutered and you are unwilling to have it done, please do not continue the application process unless that pet is elderly, an active show dog, or too young to be altered. The spay/neuter status of all current pets in any adoptive or foster home is verified through the vet reference and no adoption is approved until this is done.

North Carolina Schnauzer Rescue (NCSR)
PO Box 1147
Holly Springs, NC 27540
(919) 434-5091
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