Yorkies Available by Application

Announcing Special Adoption Arrangements for Yorkies

We’ve had quite the season for emergency rescues. Since last November, we’ve brought in more than 200 rescued dogs from unfortunate hoarding situations. The latest of these are 123 Yorkie mix-breed dogs rescued from a hoarding case in Poway on Jan. 20. More than 80 of these dogs will be available for adoption soon.

The community’s response for giving these sweet dogs a second chance has been heartwarming and overwhelming — so much so that we’ve made special arrangements for their adoptions.

The dogs will be available to meet by invitation only.

Interested adopters can submit an adoption application starting today through 11:59 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 here. All applications will be reviewed and, of those approved, adopters will be selected via lottery. We will contact these adopters individually to schedule appointments to complete the adoption. By doing this, we can ensure applicants have equal opportunity to adopt the Yorkies, make the whole adoption process better for interested adopters, and most importantly, we can avoid overwhelming the dogs.

Speaking of which, they’re doing well. But some of the dogs will need socialization due to being isolated their whole lives. Some are shy and unaccustomed to collars and leashes, and most aren’t housebroken yet. Nothing surprising given the miserable conditions in which they were living. Their new families will need to help them transition into their new homes, and we’re here to help with behavior and medical support as well as the training classes all new dogs need.

Personally, we’ve been overwhelmed ourselves – but not in the way you might think. We’ve had an incredible response from volunteers offering their support for these dogs. Seventeen professional groomers from throughout San Diego County donated more than 35 hours over the past week. They brought mobile grooming units and helped staff with nail clipping, haircuts, bathing and blow drying these little guys. Many of the Yorkies actually seem lighter in spirit (definitely in fur) after their first spa experience, which literally disentangled them from several pounds of matted fur. We also have individuals sponsoring campaigns to raise funds for the medical and behavioral care necessary to prepare these dogs for adoption. In short, it’s been a community effort to get these dogs on the road to recovery.

Thanks to you, our volunteers, staff and the generous support of our community, these dogs have been rescued from a tragic situation as quickly and compassionately as possible both for the animals and the people involved. As our video last week said best – “we can’t erase their past but we can change their future.” So for now, 123 Yorkies are resting comfortably and we’re all looking forward to getting them into the homes they deserve as soon as possible.

Thanks for all your encouragement and support with these animals. We always dread situations like hoarding, but we’ll always be ready to do what’s necessary to keep animals safe no matter where they may come from.

Dr. Gary Weitzman's Signiture
Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
President and CEO
San Diego Humane Society