Small Chance Rescue

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Who We Are

We specialize in small dogs, generally weighing less than 15 pounds. Examples of breeds include Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, Shih Tzu's, Lhasa Apso's, and mixes thereof.

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What are the adoption criteria?

We adopt to homes in the Austin Metro Area (Up to 200 miles away). We will adopt outside of that area on a limited basis, but in addition to the adoption application, potential adopters must be able to provide a veterinary reference and photos/video of their home and dogs. A home visit by a representative of the group that lives within the area may be requested as well.

In order to be considered as an adopter for Small Chance Rescue you must:
• Be 21 years of age or older.
• Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide training, medical treatment and proper care for a pet for the entire life of that animal.
• Have the knowledge and consent of your landlord.
• Have the knowledge and consent of all adults living in household.
• Understand that children's age restriction will be based on their exposure to and experience with this specific breed.
• Understand that Small Chance Rescue has the right to either deny or approve your adoption application without explanation.

How did this dog end up in rescue?
Dogs come into our group either from shelters or owners that surrender them directly to us. The reasons for the dogs needing new homes may vary but the most common are:
• General veterinary expenses required to maintain a dog;
• Dog's poor or deteriorating health;
• General maintenance expenses required to maintain a dog;
• Household composition--children do not get along with dog;
• Change in household composition--marriage, divorce, re-marriage, new children or they grow up, death;
• Change in lifestyle--traveling more often due to employment or personal reasons;
• Medical reasons--development of allergies, declining health and no longer able to care for dog;
• Behavioral problems--dog becomes aggressive or shy;
• Time required for a companion dog—small breed dogs require an extreme amount of human companionship and interaction;
• Time and expense associated with grooming;
• Training difficulties-- they may require more time and training to housebreak.

Some of the dogs have health issues or emotional issues associated with abuse. Others have come from a relatively stable household that due to personal circumstances must give them up. We cannot guarantee a dog’s health, but we will let you know if a dog has a known medical problem during the interview phase. When a dog is adopted you will be given all of their vet invoices, medications and/or special dog food they may be on. All adopters are required to take the vet invoices we give them to their first appointment so their vet can contact the clinics for their adopted dog’s patient history.

If you are interested in adopting, submitting an adoption application is the first step and can be found by clicking here.

Come Visit Us!

All of the dogs are kept in foster homes, so in order to meet the dogs, you can either apply and we'll do a home visit, or you can come to one of our Meet and Greet events that are held at pet supply stores in Austin. The dates of the Meet and Greet events will be listed on the group's home page at when an event is planned.
Small Chance Rescue
P.O. Box 10033
Austin, TX 78766

Phone: 512-797-2076

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