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Most of the time, the adoption fee an adopter pays does not cover the cost of the medical care these little ones need when we get them. Most need to be spayed or neutered, updated on all of their shots, and tested for heartworm.  Some are sick due to improper care and need to be on medication or have other surgeries, which can be very costly. Thanks to your generosity, we can save another life and get him or her placed in a loving environment. To Sponsor a Rescue please click on the PayPal Button beneath the Rescue you wish to sponsor.  It will take you to the PayPal log-in screen.  The dog's name is filled in for you and you can complete the amount you wish to donate to help us out.  Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness and commitment to rescue.
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Special Needs Dogs Have Love to Give, Too.

Meet Rusty
aka Vinnie
UPDATE:  Vinnie passed away in early August 2012.  We extend our sympathies to Laura on her loss and accolades to her for giving Vinnie an awesome life with great quality, caring, and much love.  God speed little one. 

Vinny was one of our rescues.  Although Vinny has already been adopted, we are posting him on this page as a representive of all Special Needs Dogs out there.  Even a Special Needs Dog deserves a forever home, and even a Special Needs Dog can provide lots, and lots of love to his/her people. 

This is a testimonial letter we received from the adoptee of Vinny.

Hi Nancy,

I think we have written back and forth before about his health issues with diabetes and his eyes. Just to update you, he has had diabetes for a couple years now. He is doing very well, with the exception of his eyes.  Anyway what happened is, he got cataracts and within about a month of that I took him down to Ohio State Veterinary College. Unfortunately, they said he was not a good candidate for surgery, so at that time I was just given drops for his eyes. In a few months when we went for a re-check his eyes had gotten worse and they recommended completely removing them. They were bright red and looked swollen to me and basically were so inflamed that they were probably hurting him. It was a hard decision to make since I knew I would miss looking into his beautiful eyes, but we went ahead for his sake and took out both eyes. He was already blind, so it didn't really matter. Now he is doing just perfect.  He gets around the house and yard, and in and out of the doggie door so well no one would know that he can't see. He has extreme sensitivity outside when we our on our walks to miss obstacles and change course so easily and is keyed to my voice so well all I have to do is say whoa and he shifts his direction.

What I wanted everyone to know is that a blind dog that has to get shots twice a day is really no problem at all.  He is very easy to take care of and not seeing has not changed his personality. He still will play and wrestle with the other dogs and comes gets his loving when needed. Only thing he can't do is jump up and down from the couch or bed and yet he has done that once in a thunderstorm when he wanted down. Everything has worked out pretty good...except for my credit card of course. The operation was about $1000.00.

Hope everything is going well for the rescue group.
Take care,
Laura J.
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Ahhh.....sweet, gorgeous Bella.  What a looker!!  So laid back and sweet.  Bella is 8 years old and comes to us because of some life changes.   Her mommy passed away to cancer and she has been well cared for by family members for the last couple of years.   But, Bella's caretakers are active and travel and Bella really craves a quieter lifestyle centered more around home.  They have provided a great home for Bella with lots of love but feel she would be more comfortable and content in a home where someone is home most of the time and there are not a lot of comings and goings.  Bella is obedience trained and has trained and run agility.  She is enjoying snuggling in a lap or on a cushy dog bed in her foster home.  She enjoys playing with toys and learning new things.  She has an awesome nose and is working on searching out odors as a new activity. 

Bella is special needs because she is blind.  BUT by no means does Bella let this define who she is.  She is healthy, active, loves to play and be with people, and also loves a good cuddle in your lap.  She enjoys working through her obedience and showing you what she can do.  Bella is looking for a quieter home with someone who is home most of the time so that she does not have to go into new environments and learn her way around very often.  She would prefer to be an only dog with doggie parents who enjoy walking and spending time with their furbaby.  

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UPDATE ON DAISY DUKE: It's the first week of October and Daisy has visited the vets and been allergy tested.   Poor baby, no wonder she was to itchy--she has several allergies.  BUT, the good news is the doggie dermatologist feels she can be helped with regular allergy shots.  Just like people doctors help their patients with allergy shots!!  These are simple to give at home and once she is on maintenance, Daisy will only need them once every couple of weeks.  Such a small price to pay to no longer be an itchy dog!!!!   Daisy is just beginning to look for her forever home now that we know what kind of treatments she needs for her allergies.  Read more below and see how to adopt Daisy Duke!!!


Say hello to Daisy Duke!!!   Isn't she a sweet-pie, cutie little darlin'?   Daisy is a liver-colored Miniature Schnauzer.   She is so sweet and laid back and is doing very well with her doggy foster brothers and kitty foster siblings, too.   Every so often, you will see Daisy and one of her foster brothers race romping through the house in play.  Daisy is having some allergy problems, like many Schnauzers in the summer, and we are vetting her to get her some relief.  Daisy is taking medication to control her allergies and give her some relief. Right now, the medication she is on runs about $90 per month.  We hope to be able to reduce this dosing at some point to about half of that.  She may need further evaluation in the future, perhaps allergy testing and regular immunotherapy shots, but she is feeling so much better.  

If interested in learning more about SFRA's adoption policies and coverage area, please check out our online application to adopt.

UPDATE::::::  We have worked diligently with our vets and little Daisy to get her some relief but we've not had the results we had hoped for.  We are placing Daisy on medical hold for right now so that we can allergy test her and design a new plan of treatment so she can get even more relief than we've been able to give her up to this point.  The testing and treatments are expensive and SFRA sincerely needs your help in curbing some of these expenses.  Please help Daisy by donating to us at the address found on our Ways to Help page on our website, by emailing kismet1@fuse.net for the address to snail mail donations to or our PayPal direct address.  Daisy is the sweetest thing ever and will so appreciate a life that does not involve incessant scratching and skin problems caused by allergies--your donation can help us achieve that for Daisy. 

SFRA is a 501c3 non-profit since 1996. We depend solely upon donations from the public to continue in our mission to rescue homeless Miniature Schnauzers, rehabilitate them, and place them into loving forever homes. If you cannot foster or adopt but would like to contribute to our cause, please visit our Ways to Help page for ways to donate (goods, services, snail mail addy for checks) or contribute through PayPal below  All contributions are tax deductible and greatly appreciated by the dogs we help.
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UPDATE  8/19/14:
Gio is our sweet little puppy mill survivor that endured years of chronic allergies, ear infections, and who knows what else while he was kept as a breeding stud in the puppy mill in deplorable conditions.  His former life left him with calcified ear canals and chronic pain and ear infections and pretty much deaf.  Well....are you ready?   are you sitting down?   GIO had his surgery.  In fact, Gio sailed through with masts unfurled and flags waving.  Woohoo!!!    In fact, other than a little bit of eye blinking problem which is sometimes a sequel to the surgery and we hope will slowly be regained, Gio was amazing.  And he loves everyone and has blossomed into such a sweet little man.  

NOW--are you still sitting down?   GIO HAS A FOREVER HOME!!! A wonderful family saw him, fell in love with him, and claimed him as their own.  He has a family, a warm bed, great food, and his very own little boy to play with every day!!!  We are over the moon about Gio's good fortune and are enjoying the update pictures and notes from his new family.    We've posted a couple here that his new family wants to share with everyone who had a part in Gio's recovery so you can see him chilling and enjoying the good life!!!   We love you Gio!!   And we love everyone who contributed to help him.  Without the help of the village that donated so selflessly to help Gio, this may not have come to fruition.  You are all just the best and Gio sends many thanks to the many people that helped him.   Goal 1-Help Gio to better health so he can be pain free and have a normal dog's life.  Check.   Goal 2-Find Gio the most awesome forever home where he will always have good food, a soft to nap on, a bed to sleep in, family to love him, and not a care in the world.  Check.   GO GIO!!!!    Thank you all, many times over.  From the bottom of our heart--all of the volunteers at SFRA.

GIO--What a wonder he is. 
Gio came to us as a puppy mill surrender and has been with us several months.  You can read his story on our home page.  Gio has blossomed while he's been in foster care, he also had a much needed operation for his ears--damaged by years of life in a puppy mill with improper veterinary care.  Now, Gio is all well and ready to start that search for his perfect home.  He hears only a little bit since his ears were damaged in the puppy mill, but he is a feisty and sweet fellow that is now ready to give love and receive love--something he's never had in his life. 
Laci is a sweet, lively 2-year old miniature Schnauzer and (we think) Yorkie mix.  Laci adores everyone she meets and gets along well with all the dogs at the dog park - big and small!   Laci and her foster sister, Sammie, enjoy playing and frolicking in the backyard and Laci also likes going for walks and jogs.  Laci is all puppy - easily excitable and still learning boundaries.  She would appreciate a family who understands her breed and who is willing to help her become the dog that we know she can be.  She is a quick learner and wants someone who will be patient, gentle, and persistent with behavior and potty training.  She would do well with someone who wants to spend the time to help her learn her manners and will re-pay in puppy kisses and tail wags.  She would love a home with another dog who likes to run, romp, and play. 

Laci weighs 15 pounds, is crate-trained, up to date on her vaccinations, spayed, and on heartworm preventative.  She is a gorgeous, sweet girl that will bounce into your life (ok, she will nap occasionally) and bring a smile to your face.  She is high, high energy--on the go all the time--and we mean all the time.  If you have an active lifestyle and can provide Laci with lots of daily exercise and supervision, please contact Laci's foster mom, Cathryn, in Columbus, OH at cchellis@me.com.
Give a big welcome to Bailey.  A sweet, alert, and active 6 year old.  Bailey has lost his home and SFRA is going to do its darnedest to find him a forever home full of love and soft doggie beds just for him.  But.....Bailey comes to us with some needs first---He has had some allergy problems this summer but doing better on antihistamines.  He has just had a dental and while he lost quite a few teeth, he is bouncing around his foster home once more.   On the good side, he is heartworm negative, on preventive, his vaccines are up to date and he's a real sweetie pie.  You can email his foster mom Lisa in Columbus, OH, at lisa_k_gray@yahoo.com for more info on Bailey.  Bailey's vetting and extensive dental surgery were costly expenses to SFRA.  If you cannot adopt but would like to help SFRA with Bailey's and the other dogs' expenses, please read how to donate below. 
SFRA is a 501c3 non-profit since 1996. We depend solely upon donations from the public to continue in our mission to rescue homeless Miniature Schnauzers, rehabilitate them, and place them into loving forever homes. If you cannot foster or adopt but would like to contribute to our cause, please visit our Ways to Help page for ways to donate (goods, services, snail mail addy for checks) or contribute through PayPal below.  All contributions are tax deductible and greatly appreciated by the dogs we help. 
AHHHH.......how would you describe Bennie?   I know......youthful exuberance.  Yep, that's our Bennie.  What a corker.  Under a year and full of all that comes with youth--energy, Schnauzer stubbornness, endless play, endless mischief, and what a looker!!   What a corker!!  He's good for providing hours and hours of entertainment and giggles to his humans, BUT he also greatly needs supervision and structure.  After all, he's just a babe and has that need for someone to teach him the way to becoming a good dog.  If you are up to taking on a puppy--supervising, instructing in what is acceptable (chewing on a toy, NOT the kitchen cabinets) behaviors, and all that cuddling and puppy kisses, Bennie is your guy! 

Bennie is up to date on his vaccinations, heartworm negative and on preventative, microchipped, and is ready to settle into his new digs. 

To learn more about Bennie, email his foster mom, Nancy in Cincinnati, OH at kismet1@fuse.net
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Everyone.....meet Stokey!!!!   How about this good-looking boy?  And what a guy he is!   Stokey lost his home when his owners transferred due to work, but he hasn't missed a beat.  He's a happy-go-lucky sweetheart of a guy that is happy whether he's just hanging out or on the greatest car ride ever!  He will be 7 years old this upcoming January, is neutered, up to date on his vaccinations, on heartworm preventative, and microchipped.  What else could you ask for?  Well, he's crate trained, has some obedience trained, gets along well with other dogs, and it just goes on and on.  Stokey is an awesome fellow.  He is larger than the typical Miniature Schnauzer--he weighs in around 39 pounds and uses his size to his advantage--he's known to figure out how to get the piece of fruit from the countertop, so you'll need to make a few adjustments to keep Stokey safe and healthy in your home, but he promises he's not a bother and really just wants a family to call his own. 

To learn more about Stokey, complete the online application to adopt by clicking here or contact foster mom, Nancy in Cincinnati, OH at kismet1@fuse.net.

Now just look at that pic and tell me Margo is not absolutely, 100%, undeniably the most adorable thing you've seen lately!!   And a personality to match--the sweetest, most easy-going little girl you could hope to meet.  Margo is a young girl--she turned 2 years old in September.  Through no fault of her own, she is looking for that one special home that will love her and care for her and let her love her new family with all her heart in return.  We are unsure of what breed of dog Margo is mixed with, but she does have a coat that we have left longer (about 2 inches long).  She does shed just the tiniest bit--a combing through once or twice a week will be all the maintenance she needs.  She is so sweet and just wants to be talked to and loved on. 

She is up to date on her vaccinations heartworm negative and on preventative, microchipped, housetrained and is ready to bring her leash and collar to your home. 

If you want to learn more about Margo, email her foster mom Susan in Lexington, KY at saveaschnauzer@yahoo.com or read about our adoption policies and area, and complete the online adoption application
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Emma and all of her puppy guile arrived at SFRA recently to search for her forever home.  Her owner accepted a job transfer out of the country and was not able to take Emma along.  She is a sweetheart and loves to meet new people.  Emma is about one year old and is fully of puppy energy and hijinks.  She can be barky, so apartment or condo life is likely not the ideal for her. 

Emma is up to date on vaccinations, spayed, on heartworm preventative, microchipped, and is ready to pack her bundle of joy of living and love up and bring it to your home.  Are you ready for Emma? 

For more information, email her foster mom, Nancy, in Cincinnati at kismet1@fuse.net or you may start the first step toward adoption by completing the online application to adopt.