This organization is the best and truly most caring and dedicated rescue. They help the helpless and give them the love these dogs deserve! Andy helped me when my parents passed and left elderly dogs with health issues to me to care for. I had other animals I rescued of my own and I wasn’t able to take care of them properly so these loving people stepped in and cared for my parents babies until they passed. The Schnauzer Ranch is so worthwhile to donate to.
To say this rescue far exceeds expectations is an understatement. Andy, Susan and the entire family dedicate their entire lives to the Schnauzer breed and beyond. Andy has driven to the ends of the earth to rescue those in need. Never a more deserving group to win. Pictured below is one of his rescues, Dusty. Andy's rescue paid for all the necessary procedures and grooming to make this poor baby feel better only to discover he had a brain tumor and had to cross the bridge. There are no limits or boundaries as far as Andy is concerned. He is 110% all in. Love this guy to the moon and back. I have told him that when I grow up I want to be just like him.
I've been involved with this wonderful organization since it's conception.
They do magnificent work caring for the the seniors the ones that have major health issues physical impairments
“The Ranch” not only saves the life’s of our 4 pups, their actions in turn have positivity changes the life’s of humans as well..
The late Vincent Phillip passed away in April 2015 I swore no more dogs, can’t do it anymore. Within a month I asked Andy to show me photos of 3 schnauzers at which time I’d choose. That I did. In June 2015 Bernadette and I took a road trip from Florida to The Ranch to pick up my boy Salvador Peter who last a wonderful handsome boy that fills my heart everyday. To all those involved with caring for and loving these kids deserve all the praise in the world.
It gives me great pleasure in writing a testimony lifting the " Andy Politte Schnauzer Ranch" and Marcia Welton to the highest standards exceeding my expectations.
Late 2014 I added Andy Politte Schnauzer Ranch and Marcia to my friend group on Facebook, April 2015 I lost a Schnauzer due to a combination of age and illness. Of course as all Schnauzer loves do, I posted my loss to the page. I was torn about getting another Marcia sent her condolences as did Andy did as well as countless others. Weeks went by, I was missing Vincent more and more everyday. Being I was receiving a severance from my employer I had the time but not the funds at the time. While contemplating do I or don't get another. Well once a Schnauzer lover always a lover. I messaged Andy asked to send me photos of 3 Schnauzers I can choose from. Puff.. I choose "Boston" who Marcia rescued in Texas and Andy relocated him to Missouri. Weeks later I got the funds together, rented a car, Bernadette (a Schnauzer I had with Vincent) and I took a road trip from Jacksonville Florida to Bonne Terra, Missouri the end of June..
Bernadette and I arrived on the 27th. I was welcomed by many mustaches, pointed and floppy ears with plenty of Schnauzer barks.. I was in heaven.
"Boston" was renamed to Salvador. The 3 of us continued on our road trip of 5100 miles. We returned to Jacksonville, we all settled in within a week. Today Salvador is just as wonderful as the other Schnauzers I've adopted, 7 in total.
When I returned to Florida, I forwarded a link of The Ranch to a friend of mine, she was so impressed in turn she asked me for the address of The Ranch to send a donation which she did in honor of Salvador to thank all those involved with The Ranch.
Months later I fell on hard times as I injured myself on the job and couldn't work. While Workers Compensation takes forever to sort out, I reached out to Andy for assistance, in turn he was extremely generous purchased multiple large bags of food and a brush. Weeks later I personally was low on funds I reached out to Marcia who also was gracious and sent me a $300 check, and offered me more weeks later to ensure I and the kids were ok.. On top of the food, cash and the brush, Andy also offered and insisted he take care of Salvador and Bernadette's next haircut.
After realizing I will never be the same again I filed for Social Security Disability which can take years to resolve. As of today it's been about 2 years and counting. My days are very routine and Salvador and Bernadette both know what our days are like; spending the day together as a family, waiting for Social Security to be approved so that I may head back to Missouri or even Texas for a third.
I was thrilled writhing the testimony on behalf on The Ranch and Marcia Welton. I am blessed to know them and have them in our lives. Should there be any questions I may answer, please feel free to contact me directly.
I live in Michigan but follow this non-profit on facebook. I love watching the videos which are sometimes. I have owned several schnauzers and am impressed with the compassion and persistence of this organization. I would rate it as ten stars if you offered that option
Such a great organization. Their compassion and care is beyond the norm. I first got interested in this group by FB postings about a little disabled dog they rescued named Thor. I love this group and will continue to support.
Andy and everyone involved at the Schnauzer Ranch really has gotten my heart because they do a wonderful job with all the dogs all the rescues the transportation and I've tried to help when I can and it does good to see how awesome they are with these babies that are neglected nobody wants or too old you know treat them the way they need to be treated and love them and take care of them haircuts Marshall Welton also does an awesome job you know for them with the transportation and the care of the dogs she has a genuine passion and he does too everybody involved has a passion for these these little schnauzers. It is such a great rescue if I was to have to give up any animal of mine to the Schnauzer Ranch I wouldn't have no worries that they would be taken well care of
Andy and Susan, Marcia and Tara are all awesome and their tireless dedication to the ranch and to the rescue networks makes them angels in my book...the ranch is home to many dogs some permanent like Thor
Compassionate organization! Helps to save those with numerous problems and never gives up on a fur baby. So appreciated what they do!
I have always had a passion for helping animals but had gotten in with some not so legit rescues that were not really having the best interest of the animals at heart . Then I found the schnauzer ranch, I have never known such compassion for animals (and people)existed in this capacity until I met Andy, Marcia, Susan and the other volunteers and rescuers for the ranch. Andy and the rest go above and beyond for people and their fur babies, I have such admiration for them all!!
love the work Andy and staff do to help those wonderful little schnauzers!Especially fond of Thor!Keep up the good work Schnauzer Ranch!
Andy Politte, Susan Wright, Marcia Welton and the Schnauzer Ranch are amazing!! They all work so hard to help as many Schnauzers and other pups as they can. Andy works a full time job and uses every spare minute to focus on his rescues, spending personal funds to get the neglected, lame, sick and injured pups the attention they need and deserve. He makes runs hours away to Texas and neighboring States on his days off and takes the ones that are ready for furever homes to adoption events. He often keeps senior rescues as permenant residents because of their health issues, too often facing the heartache of losing them. The Schnauzer Ranch is a God send and I personally wish I could do more to help!!
Andy is one of the most amazing people you will find in the dog rescue world! His generosity, love and compassion for these dogs know no bounds. He deserves nothing but good for his rescue.
Schnauzer Ranch & Friends is such a wondeful operation!! They take in some of the most helpless of the helpless and love them so well with such great and tender care! They cannot do it totally alone, but I am sure if the need comes, they give the shirts off their backs putting someone’s discarded dog first, making them a beloved pet and member of an extended family! It is with great joy and much humility I support such a wonderful group of people with donations!
I have been following the Schnauzer Ranch for almost 2 years. I'm so impressed with the Ranch, how they take in the injured schnauzers and their friends. They never turn down a dog because of being old, if it's injuries are life threatening or permanent. If needed Andy keeps the dog at the Ranch until they cross the Rainbow Bridge. They have fund raising auctions and have people who donate time, money and/or both. Andy and Marcia have both stepped up to help people who needed help with food or money to keep their own dogs.
Andy travels to Texas and pulls dogs from high kill shelters and transports them back to the Ranch in Missouri to be vetted. Susan is always with the dogs. Her care and compassion is so overwhelming. Marcia is the co-director. They find furever homes for all of the dogs that can be adopted.
I have been a miniature schnauzer owner for quite some time. I got more involved with rescues after rescuing my current mini schnauzer Moe.
I don't donate to many organizations but the Schnauzer Ranch almost stands alone in that group. I love to partake in the fund raising auctions as it's all about the schnauzers! And at times, I am able to donate to the Ranch for whatever is needed.
I wish all rescues were as top notched as The Schnauzer Ranch. They all could learn alot about compassion to say the least!! Thank you to Andy and your team for what and how you do it!!!
This rescue has done so much for mini schnauzers to help with their well being by doing auctions and other ways to pay for medical treatment. Which gives these cute schnauzers a fighting chance, it also promotes schnauzers that are in need of adoption from puppies to seniors. They want to make sure also schnauzers find their forever homes.
I was the best friend and parent of a black Mini Schnauzer named Winona. We lost her last year to age (16) and Cushings. She is my heart. I got her as a puppy, and she looked into my eyes and stole my heart. Although Andy helped me too with Winona, our affiliation began with Gracie.
One day I saw a photo of a beautiful emaciated salt and pepper Schnauzer on Facebook. It was followed by the impassioned plea of a Vet Tech who had been told Gracie's time was up-- they needed her bed. I pm'ed her and she told me that some people kept reporting a feral Schnauzer living in some woods, a ball of brambles, barely recognizeable as the breed. People had tried to catch her but she was too fast. Then there were people who reported her existence but had no intention of helping this "scary dog who might have rabies." One day a man who'd seen her many times sound her beside the road unmoving but alive. He brought her to the Vet where they shaved off Six inches of fur, brambles, dirt, and twigs, pulled some teeth, and removed two large fatty tumors that were making it hard for her to walk. They left three large fatty tumors behind that weren't impeding her movement. The Vet had had her for a month but abruptly, her time was up. Unbeknownst to them, the Tech had posted the picture and the short impassioned plea. We messaged each other and I told her I would be in before 9 am to adopt her the following day.
When my daughter and I went in, it was our Vet Tech's day off and they were stunned when we told them we were there for the as yet unnamed Salt and Pepper Schnauzer. They told us her story, said she'd been reported living in the woods for three years and was feral and peed in her crate. And was blind, deaf, and bit hard in spite of having a mostly gummy bite, and we couldn't touch her so there was no way to get her into the car. I asked about heartworm and rabies and said I wanted her tested as she was going home with us. They spent a rough hour testing and vaccinating her and brought her out trembling on a leash, occasionally bucking like a horse. She was adorable. Again they told us her story , reiterating the "feral and pees in her crate" part, wringing their hands about how to get her into my VW. Sarah looked at them in exasperation and said to me, "I'll drive, you hold her." I got into the car and Sarah scooped her up, walked across the parking lot , stopped and asked,"what do you call her?" They said, "Gracie." We smiled and repeated "Gracie," which was my Grandmother's name and Sarah's middle name. Sarah put her in my arms with a fuzzy blanket we brought, and they were still agape as we drove off. They had waived her adoption fee.
I took her to my Vet and he said he'd remove the tumors but she had to be very old, and she had bit him, and he couldn't see much of a future for her. My heart was broken. No special diet... he just said to feed her whatever she wanted and see if she took pleasure out of it.
Our other dogs checked her out, Winona established dominance, and Gracie was ours. Her vision was very limited, but she was profoundly deaf-- no doubt caused by three years unsheltered with expertly cropped ears. We'd take her outside and she'd furiously gnaw the roots of the grass and we realized she was eating bugs like there was no tomorrow!! This stopped after two weeks.
I have been following the schnauzer ranch for over a year now. I am very discriminatory about who I donate funds too and support. I applaud all they do for the animals. The time and dedication this organization gives to the dogs is above and beyond most rescues capabilities. I highly recommend them for this award and your support.