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Arizona Small Dog Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: AZSDR is here to help save unwanted, abused, neglected, homeless, and injured/sick puppies and dogs in need. Our goal is to save as many as we can with proper love, vetting, socialization, care and commitment to the animal above all else. We are the middle ground from homeless, to forever home, giving the pet a stepping stone to get to the loving arms of their forever owners.

Target demographics: homeless, unwanted, abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs (primarily small, but we do rescue and adopt out medium and large sized dogs as well)

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1800 animals in need.

Geographic areas served: the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area

Programs: a no-kill shelter, adoption events and medical care.

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet little Jack Jack about a month ago. We have bonded great and he is my sidekick, my best friend and brings joy to everyone he meets. Thank you to everyone at Arizona small dog rescue for all you do for the fur babies who come to your facility.

Patricia H.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were pleased to have interaction with AZ Small Animal Rescue. We have found the love of our life, a little chihuahua mix who we have named Dory. Dory’s foster mom was so concerned and had nothing but the best interest of this little girl in mind. We were scrutinized carefully which made us appreciate the level of caring provided for the animals in their care. AZ Small Animal Rescue is THE BEST!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last Saturday we visited ASDR to look for a dog to adopt. We were very impressed to see how clean the shelter was and all the dogs looked well cared for.
We found a 5 year old Chihuahua mix named Rory. After spending a little time with him, we knew he was the perfect fit for us. The adoption fee was reasonable and we received all his papers.
Since we brought him home he has made himself very comfortable. He loves to be pet and loved on. We are so very pleased wth him.
Thank you to everyone at ASDR
Sharyn and Roger Bush







Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing rescue! They truly are a no-kill shelter and give the absolute best care to the dogs. They do everything they can to ensure dogs are adopted into proper homes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to start off by saying that the people at Arizona Small Dog Rescue are a godsend to the animals they rescue! This was our first time adopting a rescue dog and it went way better than we had anticipated. Our 3 year old dachshund needed a companion that would be a great match for him and we found that in Mila, formerly known as Pot Pie. The two of them get along so well and Cusco has taught Mila how to use the doggie door and where to go potty. Mila needs only minimum training to correct any negative behavior at best.
I was impressed at how much information was in Mila's file and how much care she had received. The adoption process was smooth and fees were more than reasonable considering the costs to take care of these dogs. Once again thank you for all your hard work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

1/27/2021

We arrived at the Arizona Small Dog Rescue yesterday when they opened the doors at 11:00. Workers helped us meet Kevin and we instantly fell in love. He was a little nervous but gave us both kisses. We had another dog also picked out before we arrived but they said she might be a bite risk to small children, we decided against her. They thought Ember might fit as she had been with Kevin at the shelter and they seemed to get along well. Ember was terrified at first but sweet and we knew she would accept us soon enough.

Once home Kevin bonded instantly with Doug while I sat on the floor to allow Ember time to check me out. Once she came to me we watched a movie with both of our laps occupied. Both of them follow us around and sit on our laps every chance they get and loved sleeping with us. Our new little fur babies have adopted us.

We can’t thank Arizona Small Dog Rescue for helping us find the next addition to our family.

SJoh A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pearl is the second pup we’ve adopted from this rescue. We adopted our first, Poppy, in 2016. Both have been a joy for our family. We so appreciate the work this rescue does and that it brought us our pups!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had such a great experience adopting our 5 year old Chihuahua mix from AZ Small Dog Rescue. We wanted to spend time with 3 different dogs, and we never felt rushed. We were given the backstory on the dog we chose, and AZSDR was so excited for us. One of the employees even had tears in her eyes. We felt like the dogs are really taken care of and treated well. I highly, highly recommend AZSDR. It was a great experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted our new family member from AZ Small Dogs a week ago and couldn't be happier!! 4 months ago I lost my little 10 year old girl to heart failure. We were all devastated. I have been following them for some time now and new that when we were ready for a new member we were going to adopt from them. They posted last Tuesday night and I happened to catch them post little "Cleopatra", showed my husband and asked if I could go meet her. I took a lunch break from work the next day to be at their facility when they open and that was that. The staff is so nice! They answered all my questions, they even put a hold on her for us to wait for my husband, son and other dog to show up for a meet and greet! We changed her name to Dobbbie and she certainly lives up to her new name! If we are ever in the market for another small dog, AZ Small Dogs is the place we will be headed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came into AzSDR because when I googled them I saw they also had larger dogs available. After being greeted by friendly staff at the front desk, they told me I was welcome to take a look at the pups that were available. I was walking through the hall and noticed how many people they had caring for the animals and how much room the furry friends had to be comfortable and play. I got to the last doggy room on the left and there she was! Our beloved Nikita. Staff asked if I would like to see her out in a play yard and I said yes please! They took their time with us and answered any and all questions I had. I had to go back to talk to my husband about Nikita and shortly after I returned to bring Nikita home. The staff was very organized and provided all documentations and medical records for me to take home with us. Not only did they provide us with a collar, harness, leash, but Nikita was also fully vaccinated, spayed, microchipped, and came with some pretty awesome coupons to help us on our new journey! I highly recommend AzSDR!

Unity W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two weeks ago we adopted Max. We noticed him on the Arizona Small Dog Rescue site and went to meet him at an adoption event at Petco. The whole adoption process went so well. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We had lots of questions and Ginna was so patient in answering all of them. She even followed up with us a couple of times after the adoption to see how things were going. The organization seems to really care about the dogs and in finding the best homes for them. Max is doing great and is a sweet, curious, playful love bug. Thank you Arizona Small Dog Rescue!

Judy K.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted Charlie Be Good on October 1, 2020. He is a wonderful dog. 8 year old Pug/ Lhasa Opsa. The whole adoption process went so well. Everyone was helpful and friendly. It could not have gone better!

Sebastian K.

Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted our second furbaby from this fantastic organization. Their Facebook page is constantly updating available dogs, and the application process was very smooth. Their facility was well run and the staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. They really took good care of our little shih tzu mix while he was there. Highly recommend anyone looking to adopt a dog or cat in the Arizona area take a look at this rescue.

Lucie F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted an adorable small terrier a week ago. I was worried because he was so timid, even though they told me he would be timid. I wasn't sure I could deal with him so I called the foster mom. She (Sam) was great ! She answered my questions and encouraged me to try for 24 hours more and I did. Today, Camden and I are very happy. He is adjusting and coming out of his shell. Thank you for being some patient with me and helping me deal with my own worries. The whole process from meeting the dog to meeting the foster mom and taking Camden home went very smoothly. Thank you so much.

Rebecca Montanino K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience from the application process to our initial introduction to the ride home. Lilliana (Lilly) is the sweetest little girl and has fit into our home and our lives seamlessly. I had wanted to find a playmate for Izzy and for the first few days they were getting used to each other but now play and have zoomies together. Where one goes, the other goes, after less than a week. She has had no accidents in the house, doesn't chew anything but the toys and bones. Thank you for taking care of her and for her fantastic foster. We love her so much. She's a part of our family now.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a terrific experience adopting through Arizona small dog rescue. The staff were very kind and very aware of each and everyone of their dogs needs. I found a wonderful fur baby!

Laurie C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our new little boy, Spike, on 10/22/2020 and he is quickly settling in to our home. AZ Small Dog Rescue was great to work with through the application, meet and greet and adoption process. Even though Dani was alone that morning, she made lots of time to go over everything with us and make sure we were comfortable. Kudos to Dani!

Kurt S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We wanted to get another dog after our beloved CeCe passed away in June. We knew we wanted to adopt a rescue, as there are so many needy dogs out there (please spay/nurture you pet). Really liked what dogs ASDR had to offer and liked all the positive reviews. We went down and talked to staff on what we were looking for and our experience. They were upfront and honest about all the dogs we asked about, setting out the pros and cons of each. We narrowed it down and visited with a Jack Russell/Dachshund mix named Kanga. It was obvious from the first that she was a special dog and the one for us. Staff spent time going over her history and personality. Once we decided Kanga was right for us the adoption process was quick and easy. They were well prepared, had a full medical file on her and explained everything thoroughly.
Kanga has been a blessing to our family. She is a sweet and loving dog and it’s obvious that the folks at ASDR are working hard to save these less fortunate dog and find them the right forever home. We can’t say enough about them and their mission. We are so happy with our experience and their dedication, that we have started our own fundraiser (FB birthday) for them. We can hardly wait to get Kanga a companion from them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for picking us to adopt this sweet little dog. The staff was friendly and helpful when we meet our new forever pet. We are over the moon happy with him.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AZSDR is the best. They take time to go over your new family member’s bio as well as make sure you understand the next steps needed for a healthy and happy friendship/ bond.
Steven has been such a blessing and is such a character. Very smart and loving.

JakeGarcia4

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been looking for a dog upwards of 5 years now, and was starting to lose hope on finding my adventure pal. I had tried numerous times to adopt a pup but somehow kept losing my spot to someone quicker to the punch or seemingly more adept at housing a dog. Luckily, I put my name out there for a dog that was being fostered through the Small Dog Rescue and found the perfect little guy for me! Everything has been great ever since, and it has been amazing having some of the perks and vet visits out of the way prior to adoption. The process was fairly easy, and Bean (formerly Cliff) and I have been doing amazing ever since! Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with this shelter, I adopted a cockapoo on 9/18/20. Their dog biographies were very comprehensive and straightforward. The process of looking at dogs in the shelter as well as asking the kind employees for information was incredibly streamlined. It is evident that they provide a lot of care to their dogs and are really determined to find them their forever homes. Thank you so much!

Client Served

Rating: 4

The staff was helpful and kind at the shelter. The dogs were easy to view and had biographies available to read as you observed them. I went in intending to find a young male dog to fill the empty space that our family dog had left (he passed away over the Summer). However, I ended up taking home a baby girl. She has been name "Cookie" and has warmed up to the whole family already. She is spunky, very intelligent and is already a part of our family. I do wish that there was more than one sitting room though, the wait for that was long. Thank you to the Arizona Small Dog Rescue for saving these precious little ones.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kobe has become part of my family and This little bundle of fun fits right in.
Thank you guys so much

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted, Junior, a Jack Russell/Dachshund mix on 9/18/20. He is a wonderful companion. He follows me around and loves to cuddle. He loves to play with his toys and he took to the doggy door right away.
The only thing I need to work on is a way to help him not be sick in the car. I am sure we can overcome that.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We always get rescue dogs, so we have some experience with rescue agencies. Our last little girl died six months ago age 16 and we were ready for a new little friend. Nancy's picture and description were on line and seemed to be a good fit so we went in to meet her. The COVID precautions were in place and were excellently adhered to, so things were a little unusual, but they had a room where we could spend time with her. We were told of her behaviors that we needed to watch out for - none of them were going to be a problem in our setting. She is an excellent fit for us and settled in very quickly. The building isn't fancy, but on a non-profit rescue budget we wouldn't expect it to be, and the dogs are well cared for and the staff is very helpful.

Aprilan F. W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Sugar Cookie from AZ Small Dog Rescue. She is a terrier/pomerian mix. It had been years since I had owned a pet and I was intimidated by the idea of being responsible for another life. Everyone at the Rescue has been very patient with my many many questions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a 5 year old Maltese mix from AZ Small Dog Rescue. It has been such a great experience! Sugar has fit nicely into our home and family. The people at the rescue facility were so easy to work with from the beginning. They were quick to answer emails. When we wen to meet Sugar we were not rushed at all and were given plenty of time to make sure it was a good fit for everyone. They took time to answer all of our questions. I would definitely use this rescue in the future and will be recommending it to everyone. Thank you for our new family member.

Stephanie C.16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a great experience adopting our little fur baby from AZSDR. The staff was very knowledgable as we were trying to integrate our dogs and introduce our new dog to our baby. Everything went very smoothly, and we were blessed to take home a healthy and happy pup who blended right into our home from day 1!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had to put one of my Yorkies down, and needed a friend for my remaining Yorkie. Arizona Small Dog Rescue let me know they had Gidget available. They were very professional, and let me spend time with her. She is very affectionate and a perfect fit for China Moon. I couldn't have dealt with a finer organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience adopting from AZSDR! I saw Cal available on their Facebook page and knew I had to reach out. I thought he would for sure be taken, but the foster mom instantly responded letting me know his status was still available! The foster mom was very responsive and we set up a meeting for two days after our initial email.
After meeting precious Cal, I just knew he had to come home with me. It has been a few days and he is showing his puppy personality! I am so happy Cal came along and am so appreciative of the quick and professional experience I had with AZSDR.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had been searching the internet for quite some time looking for a dog. I found myself relying on the AZ Small Dog Rescue site exclusively. They presented their dogs “warts and all” so I could make a well informed decision that was a good fit for both of us. When I found what I thought was a good match I scheduled a meet and greet. I found the facility clean and the dogs well cared for. The adoption counselor was very friendly and answered all of my questions to the best of her ability. (Not much was known of his prior life) I was given a lot of one on one time to see how we got along together without feeling any pressure. Overall it was a great experience and I would recommend ASDR to anyone looking for a great dog.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I highly recommend checking out and supporting AZ Small Dog Rescue. There are so many dogs and puppies in need of loving homes. The Rescue takes such good care of every animal that comes to them needing help. We rescued a delightful puppy and the staff was professional, caring and 100% focused on finding the right fit him. Adopt - Donate - Love

Chelsea C.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff was so wonderful! We went in having previously viewed the available dogs online and had our hearts set on Oliver Falcon. We did admittedly look at another dog that was recommend to us but still chose Oliver. We have since renamed him Goof and now are officially The Goof Troop! Thank you so much for making our family complete!
Ps:Not sure why the picture is upside down lol

Client Served

Rating: 5

AZ Small Dog rescue made our adoption process smooth, from doing a meet and greet with our other dog, to having the dogs up to date on shots and a free vet visit -- and they've paid for any medical treatment the dogs need. The adoption fees were affordable and they really care about these animals. We have 3 dogs from AZ Small Dog Rescue and I can't recommend them enough.

Kayla P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly the best shelter I've been to in the greater Phoenix area. There were plenty of dogs to choose from and each dog had a very lengthy description, which included the good, bad, and the ugly (which is greatly appreciated). We happened to be there on a high adopt day, meaning they had multiple "preferred" pets for adoption (e.g. puppies, purebreds, etc). The pup we looked at happened to be one of the preferred pets as he was a 6 month old puppy, though we originally went in to look at a different dog. When we visited with the dog, we had our other dog with us so they could meet. They took applications for this dog all day and then chose what they considered to be the best fit family (only done for preferred pets). When we went to pick him up, they provided a packet of every single thing they had on him including vet records, shot records, and his bio. They also included a complimentary vet visit, 30 days of pet insurance, microchip, neutering, care and home-introduction instructions, and a leash/harness. He has truly been the best puppy and we're so happy they chose us. Additionally, for a shelter that doesn't require a fee for owners to surrender their animal, I'd consider the option fee to be quite reasonable ($350).

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted from this group just 2 days before Thanksgiving. I told them what I was looking, my limitations, and they helped me find this little guy. He transitioned right into my life. It was obvious he was well cared for when he was at the rescue. My little guy is happy, healthy & sweet as can be. He has a tiny pesky habit, but the adoption counselor told me about it. I'm SO happy with my experience. Top notch group!

Ruby R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog several years ago from Arizona Small Dog Rescue. He is a wonderful addition to our family and we love him very much. I personally know two of their fosters very well. Lisa and Lori go above and beyond to find the best fit homes for their foster dogs. My experience with this rescue was definitely 5 star.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two rescue dogs from AZSDR and I cannot say enough about this group. They are committed, ethical and incredibly compassionate. Foster dog mom Lisa Scott helped me connect with my first AZSDR pup years ago and she still keeps in touch, ready to answer questions or help us adopt another dog.

1 April Minton H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Az small dog rescue.. our family has had 3 successful adoptions and we will tell everyone how awesome they are.

1 Tina G.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I meet my furever friend with the help of this agency and foster-mom Lisa. Lisa made sure myself and my lifestyle could be the best fit for her foster baby. Even after the adoption, Lisa would pet sit for me so that my lil doggo wouldn’t have to go to a kennel. I highly recommend AZ small dog rescue and can say nothing but wonderful things about Lisa and her passion for dogs and ensuring the best fit for her fosters and their humans. Lisa changed two lives, and we are both extremely grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a small dog from AZ small dog rescue 2 years ago. The pup I got was being fostered by Lisa Scott. She had been abused and was saved by Lisa from being euthanized. She was very protective and made sure my home was the right fit for this fearful pup. We love this dog so much and so thankful Lisa Scott saved her and trusted us to rehome her. This dog has so much love to give and has finally come out of being scared of strangers. Brandy is our precious baby. We can't imagine our lives without her. I will get my next rescue from here as well. Keep up the great work you all are doing.

Janie Blomker
Mesa, AZ

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted A small terrier mix, Rocko three days ago. He is everything they told me and more.
We have bonded well, he is great with my grandchildren, neighbors, and other dogs in the complex. It has been a great match so far and I anticipate a long and happy relationship.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you are looking to rescue a dog there is no better place than Arizona small dog rescue. My husband and I found our sweet boy through this Organization. The foster mom Lisa was very professional and sweet and we fell in love right away. She made sure we were a perfect fit for each other and she was right. I really liked how well they took care of the rescue dogs and the process was pretty simple. I would never go anywhere else to rescue another dog. We are so in love with our fur baby Brooks❤️

Vivianna Maria D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Found our sweet dog Panini via through this dog rescue. Lisa was the foster mom and she was amazing. She came to our home to do a site visit to insure that her foster dog was going to be safe. She helped us with getting her acclimated. Was very impressed with her service. We also reached out to Lisa when one of our dogs went missing and she came out to help us search. We did indeed find our dog with her help. We owe soo much to this rescue and when we are ready to adopt again we will be back! Highly Recommend!!

Laura Ward G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started with this organization as a foster and have now adopted two dogs from AZSDR. I was very interested in the dog rescue world and when I reached out to them, I found an amazing world of support from other volunteers and the shelter staff. Sometimes in our corporate-minded world, we expect things to be quick and fast and immediate responses from everyone, but many in the general public forget that this organization is almost entirely volunteer driven. Volunteers who are giving their personal, unpaid time to drive dogs from the shelter to events, bathe dogs early Saturday mornings, transport dogs to and from vet appointments, pick up dogs who need to be rescued from all over Arizona, accept foster dogs and puppies into their homes like family and so many, many more duties that go along with animal care. I encourage everyone to volunteer at the shelter or events and spend time learning about the rescue world. The dogs would love to have your attention and snuggles- even if you aren't in the market to adopt. Give YOUR time to help make the organization thrive. Invite a scared, pregnant or sick dog into your home and show them that people can be trusted and if you find that special connection, you just may find yourself a new family member!

Harryl B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted and been a volunteer for this rescue for 4 years. The most caring group of people I have ever been around. They care deeply about the dogs and find only the best homes for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster for Arizona Small Dog Rescue. They are a great bunch who never turns down helping a dog in need if they can in any way. I also had a foster who was very ill & they hospitalized her immediately, even though they knew the bill would be extremely high. They really care but need help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two weeks ago we decided as a family that we wanted to get another dog. I found Callie(sunshine) of the Arizona small dog rescue page and fell in love. I got in contact with her foster mom Lisa and she was amazing! She made the process easy and gave us our new bundle of joy. We want to thank Lisa and the rescue for everything!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year when I started looking for another dog to help my older one stay a little spunky, I had looked at a couple shelters and the humane society but couldn’t seem to get enough info from anyone or find a good fit. A friend recommended Small Dog Rescue so I went on the site and fell in love with this picture of an adorable 3 month old chihuahua. I immediately sent a message and got a respond back within the next day from Lisa Scott her current foster. Lisa was very thorough in answering my questions and I could tell she cared deeply about all her fosters going to good homes. We had a phone conversation about meeting up, and the next day I went over to her house which she graciously invited me to to meet the puppies. From then I fell in love all over again and we sat and talked about living conditions, my job requirements and basic questions to make sure I was able to care for a puppy. You could tell Lisa cared a lot about her job and making sure she made the right choice and I’m so happy she let me take my little one. From them Lisa brought over my sweet puppy who is now named Lany, and did a home check. From then Lany got to meet my other dog Sammy and I was so happy Lisa felt comfortable enough to leave her with me. I still give Lisa updates via Facebook and such and still so happy with Small Dog Rescue! The rescue facility itself was so convenient for little Lanys vaccines and well organized. I can’t thank them enough for my girl!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been looking to adopt a small dog for awhile and was drawn in by the eyes of one that was being fostered by Lisa from Arizona Small Dog Rescue. I contacted Lisa who got back to me right away and arranged a meet-and-greet for the following day. I walked in to discover that she had two tiny puppies, who were not related but came into her care within a day of each other, and they had already become best buds in the few weeks they were together.

I was so impressed with Lisa. You could tell she only wants what's best for the pups and the potential adopter and I immediately was aware of the dedication she has to fostering. I had a million questions and she patiently answered them all. She even made herself available to me to answer questions after I brought them home.

I was also impressed with how organized and professional the process was. The puppies were already spayed, had their first vaccines, and I was provided with detailed histories and paperwork for them.

Lisa didn't push me to take both puppies and let me sit there for quite some time while I tried to decide what to do. I was already pushing it bringing a puppy home to a household with 3 indoor cats and a huge lab and the thought of bringing home both puppies was nerve-wracking. I wondered what I would tell my husband. Whoopsie-daisy...I got two!

I have had the pups for 10 months now. I'm thankful that Lisa gave them such a good start to their life. They are healthy and happy and were meant to be together forever. Oh, their names are Whoopsie and Daisy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted six dogs from this rescue. All six are wonderful dogs. Our adoption processes have always been so professional and the staff have been so helpful. This rescue cares deeply about every dog that comes into its care. You can tell from the moment you go in to meet a dog.

1 Tina S.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a dog from Arizona Small Dog Rescue, this is my first rescue dog and it won’t be my last. The experience we had and still continue to have with them has been absolutely amazing! We already had a dog and decided it was time to get another one. When we did the introduction between the two we knew we had to bring him home. I love what Arizona Small Dog Rescue does for all of these dogs. We are so grateful for them for taking in our little guy so he could come home to his forever home with us. I want to especially thank Lisa Scott for her guidance and always taking the time to answer my questions I may have. You will forever have our support and we will continue to donate to help your cause in anyway we can. As you can see from the photo our Katie and Buddy love each other! Thanks again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been a volunteer and a foster fail, I’ve seen the amazing changes, I’ve met the amazing fosters, employees and other volunteers. I’m glad I have the opportunity to continue to work with the animals and all the individuals❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a tremendous experience with this rescue! They truly love the animals they rescue and ensure a good fit for your family! So grateful for all the hard working, dedicated people at Arizona Small Rescue!

3 Nick Susan Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog from this rescue. She was in the care of the most amazing foster mom named Lisa. Maggie, our new dog had a rough start in life and this foster mom was determined to find a peaceful, loving home for her. Yep, you may have a home check, these dogs deserve it.
We have a great backyard, grass, block fence, doggie door, etc.
not a single dog in this rescue goes without.
Toys, beds, healthy food, volunteers to play with, careful foster homes, medical care, micro chipped, etc.
it is a true non profit with every dime going to the dogs. I happily paid the fee and now Maggie runs this house.
Seriously, maybe there is a home check, maybe they want the new dog to meet your other dog, maybe they have a thousand questions for you, but remember they are in this forever, as in forever families. I’d be disappointed if they didn’t care that much.
Keep up the great work AZSDR!
And thank you for Maggie :)

2 Eddie V.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful experience getting our rescue dog from AZ small dog rescue.
They are the absolute best at what they do.
Lisa Scott came over our home to make sure our dog was going to be put in a caring environment. She was very kind and wanted to make sure the dog we were adopting was going to a good home. When it comes time to get another rescue dog, we’ll be going back to them for sure. I would highly recommend AZ small dog rescue. They are completely professional and really do love the dogs.

1 Nanci V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful rescue! They are so caring, they take excellent care of the dogs, and always make sure the dogs are going to a loving and safe home. We’ve had Luka for 4 years now, and would not hesitate to go back to Lisa Scott and the AZ small dog rescue when we’re ready for our next dog! I highly recommend!

1 Lori182

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well I can see I already did a review in 2016. It's 3 years later and I am even more proud to be involved with this rescue. I have been fostering and volunteering since early 2014 and have never once regretted my decision to support AZSDR. This is truly a no kill rescue. No animal is ever euthanized due to cost and all animals receive the best of care no matter what their circumstance is. The staff and management is top notch and their teamwork is incredible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering and volunteering for Arizona Small Dog Rescue for over 2 1/2 years and it was the best decision I have ever made in my life. It is also the most rewarding. AZSDR is all about the animals and I am proud to be a member of such an amazing team of animal lovers which includes staff, fosters and volunteers. The animals always come FIRST and they are cared for with love and affection while they await their furever homes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I don't know how to begin, we are so disappointed. Two years ago we rescued our Little Dog named Newt from this place, at the time they called him Zargon.
We wanted to get him a ply mate so we looked to Arizona Small Dog Rescue and found one that we thought would be good, her name was Regina and was with a foster named Lisa.
She does not except phone calls only text messages so it is very hard to communicate with her as she will not answer yours.
We have a second home in Show Low that was too far for a home inspection, we understand this. So we sent her a text that we would be at our other home in Surprise, and she could come be and inspect that home and see pictures of the Show low property.
No response from her till we sent an email to the office.
So that is why the 2 stars.

Commings L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


I received an email about puppies up for adoption. They were rescued from Tuba City and I called to inquire about one. The foster mom emailed me back right away. Excited that he was up for adoption still I sent my daughter to go check him out. She drove 30 miles to go see him. Foster mom invited her in to meet and greet. She was delighted with him and called and said Mom we are on our way home. He has been a delight in our home and a great buddy for our Nala. I thank Arizona small dog rescue for the opportunity to adopt him cause without them, he wouldn’t be around today. Also the foster mom (Michelle) for raising Shadow. He is now called Sully & weights 30lbs and enjoying life to the fullest!

Lisa H.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last week I adopted a six year old chiuahua from Arizona Small Dog Rescue (AZSDR). I've adopted dogs throughout my life, and this was the best experience ever. My dog behaves exactly as described in his adoption profile and staff provided a detailed history. I could tell that AZSDR staff cares deeply for their dogs and vets potential adopters thoroughly. They have followed up to see how we are doing. I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking to adopt and rescue a smaller dog.

Client Served

Rating: 1

My Aunt and I saw a few of the animals at a local PetsMart this weekend. We live in Wittmann AZ and my aunt instantly fell in love with one of the dogs. We were about to adopt one, when the manager asked us where we lived. Since we live in Wittmann, we were told we couldn't rescue an animal because there are Coyotes and Owls in Wittmann and a dog would need to be over 20lbs. to live at our home. Without knowing anything about myself, or our habits, we were denied the ability to rescue an animal who needed a loving home. My family and I, who all live in Wittmann, have been apart of small animal rescues for the past 20 years. We have rescued a total of nine Miniature Pinchers ourselves, all live in Wittmann, and none have ever been taken by an owl, nor eaten by a coyote. To dismiss a family without cause, and to deny an animal a great home is an atrocity. Employees/ownership of this rescue should evaluate their personal bias' and their customer service skills, because making a personal judgement about the potential adoptors, is simply pathetic.

After reading more about this rescue online, I am quite happy we did not adopt with this shelter, as they seem to be very shady, and have numerous complaints. After my experience, and the relevant experience of others posted online, this shelter should be put under a microscope and the animals should go to a shelter where their needs are looked after rather than the egos of the individuals who are tasked with animal care. I would never recommend this shelter to anyone, and I would caution anyone considering utilizing this rescue to choose a rescue with a better reputation.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We went to the meet & greet open house at Petco in Surprise about 10 days ago. Had not intended to adopt, had lost our beautiful Maggie 4 months ago, and have two small pups already.
When we met "Harlow" we knew he would be a great addition. He's starting to get the routine & we renamed him "Bubba".

1 Jana12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We learned of az small dog rescue from a friend. We volunteered as a foster after seeing a post regarding a dog rescued from a hoarding situation who needed time to socialize and learn how to be a happy dog. We love them and may become foster failures with our sweet pup ❤