We adopted a mill rescue from Petite Paws. Wolfgang (who bore a striking resemblance to Mozart) spent 10 years in a cage in a puppy mill. We later adopted Daizy Maizy and Brady from them. Around the same time we started volunteering with them. Later, we began fostering rescues through them. Two of our fosters socialized very well and were adopted. The other foster we decided to keep. He's a work in progress. The group cares VERY much about the rescued dogs, and they have a very thorough application process. They seem to do this to protect the dogs and keep them from ending up in another bad situation. Because their application process is so thorough, they have very few returns; an average of about one per YEAR! I am proud to help them help the small rescued dogs.
We have always lived with dogs. We have had, counting our current foster, 14 dogs in 37 years. Some we got from shelters. Some we got from family members. Some we got from family breeders, where you could meet the parents in a household setting. We had two Silky Terriers for about 15 years. We adopted a rescue Yorkie through another organization. Since then, we have adopted 3 Yorkies through IPPRA. Two of our adopted dogs are still with us. We formalized our affiliation with IPPRA, volunteering, and now fostering the cutest little Chihuahua. IPPRA closely scrutinizes applicants to ensure the dogs go to an excellent home, where they will be loved and well cared for. I thought it was a little "over the top" with our first adoption application, but now I understand. Their primary concern is protecting the pups. I couldn't agree more!
Petite Paws is a very dedicated organization. They give all the have to save abandoned and unwanted Yorkies no matter the reason. They do everything humanly possible to prepare each dog for adoption into a new forever home. The ones that are deemed un-adoptable are kept in their care for the live of the dog.
Petite Paws Rescue is the most wonderful and caring rescue organization I know. The women that operate Petite Paws are completely dedicated to saving Yorkies no matter the reason. They go above and beyond for each dog that they take in. They rely solely on volunteers and donations to survive. Please consider helping them by either volunteering your time or making a donation.
I have owned yorkies for twenty years and knew to avoid pet shops. The first two I got from a breeder and she interviewed me more than I interviewed her, which is an excellent sign. But this time, I knew enough to adopt, not shop. There are enough dogs in the world that need loving homes. I adopted Annabelle when my last yorkie died in June 2007. After she passed, I searched on the internet for rescue information. Although I thought I knew about puppy mills, I came to understand how horrible and common they are. After getting my "Belly" I kept up with the rescue through checking their website. A year later, I joined as a volunteer. I also make donations, especially for my parents for holidays etc. as there is really very little material goods they need at this point in their lives. This seems almost too much to believe but it is true. I was so moved by the need for promotion of animal welfare, that I decided to enroll to become a veterinary technician. I have completed my first of two years and have made Dean's list both semesters. You see, it is wonderful that we are passing laws to make it more difficult for puppy mills to operate; however, there will always be those people that swim beneath the radar. My goal as a vet tech is to make sure clients have the info and resources they need to make educated decisions about getting their next animal. I am staking my career-to-be on the promotion of animal welfare, so I guess you could say this group played a large part in changing my life.
I am a volunteer and also a former adopter. This is a wonderful organization who works diligently to rescue these dogs in need. The volunteers are very professional in all aspects of rescue and do everything they can to help these dogs find their forever homes! I commend the founder of this organization for working so hard to make this rescue everything it is today.
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All of you people with whom I came in contact were so exceptional in their care and attention given on on their search for a proper owner of rescue Brodie that I am having difficulty in expressing my support and appreciation both before and after the adoption.
I have been a volunteer off and on for a few years, helping when and where I can. I have also had the privlege of fostering two yorkies for IPPRA on two seperate occasions. Both fosters (Corky & Brodi) came to us as owner surrenders, and both are now with Forever Families getting the love and attention they deserve. IPPRA is a GREAT rescue that ALWAYS puts the needs of the dogs first! I am honored to be a part of this group!!
I lost my loving pet of 14 years, I thought to Myself, I just can't get another pet. I was 61 years old at the time and just thought I was too old to get another dog but I was wrong. As many loving pet owners we try to steer clear of pet stores and puppy mills and I decided to go on the enternet and see what I could find. That's when I saw Petite Paws and I did some research and found this is where I need to get a loving friend from. That is when I met Tasha A puppymill rescue, one of her ears was missing and she was so scared. I was looking foward to our home visit and Tasha was not too bad with me still a little shy but after the visit, they decided I would be an okay mom. Thank goodness, it was like we both did our healing together and she is being more open with people, very playful and very healthy friend and I love her so much. I cannot express the depth of my apreciation for such an organization and they don't take home visits lightly and I am very glad about that. They care and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. Raylene Strait
I have been a volunteer for this wonderful organization for a little over 2 years. I absolutely love being a foster home for these furkids. The members are all very dedicated and loving and are trying to make a difference for the ones that cannot speak for themselves. They do a lot to help educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter as well as puppy mills. I am so pleased that I found this wonderful group and they allowed me to become a member.
I already had a tiny toy poodle named Mezzo who was also a puppy mill rescue. I went online to see if there was another small poodle in need of a home and found Mia on Petite Paws Rescue Angel's site. From beginning to the present, they have been great. They reviewed the application, had a home check done, met Mezzo, and Mia was soon our newest family member. They keep in touch regularly with newsletters, updates, helpful information and a yahoo group for owners who have adopted. I have continued to stay in touch with their organization and donate and sponsor dogs when possible. I live in the Washington DC area now or I would do more if I could. I work as a foster mom and tranport driver in this area when I can. Having worked with a number of rescues over the years I can definitely say Petite Paws is excellent.
I decided to volunteer with IPPRA after adopting a Yorkie from them. The adoption process was excellent. They do a thorough, complete review of references (personal and vet) as well as doing a home visit. In addition, they ask for your input on the process and follow-up to see how things are going. Everyone is very concerned that the dogs find the right homes. They work hard to care for them until that happens. They take dogs whose owners can't keep them and they also save dogs from puppy mills. Often, the volunteers donate their own funds to help. They are a wonderful, kind, caring group of people and I feel so lucky that I found them!