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UYR's Latest Rescues


As we approach Motherís Day, I would like to wish all moms and our foster moms a day full of peace, happiness and togetherness. Moms are very special people who give of themselves selflessly and show their dedication and love to all in their charge. Thank you for not only being there for your own families but also for our UYR family!

So far in 2016, we have been able to rescue 80 dogs and adopted out 70. Sadly in April we lost Teeka, our little girl who had surgery to repair the aural hematomas in both ears. She was just returning from her checkup at the vet when her foster dad noticed she was having trouble breathing. He rushed her right back to the vet and learned that her trachea had collapsed entirely. She had never displayed any symptoms of a weakening trachea so this was a shock to us all. Sadly for her, stent surgery was not an option and we had to help her to the Bridge. Little Teeka was a sweet girl who won the hearts of so many and she will be missed.

We also lost little Lexi who came to us from a California shelter. She had been turned in on Monday by someone who claimed to have found her and because of that, a hold was placed on her preventing her from being immediately surrendered to rescue. Lexi had been stepped on and she had a fractured jaw, pelvis and what was presumed to be a herniated disc. The shelter finally released her to UYR on Wednesday. Her foster mom rushed her to an orthopedic specialist where we learned that little Lexiís vertebrae were no longer aligned and there was compression swelling on her spine that had been worsening. As a result, she had more nerve damage and loss of feeling in her back legs. The location of this fracture was fairly high up on the spine and the vet said there was little likelihood of Lexi recovering from this injury even with surgery. We sadly had to help Lexi to the Bridge the same day we got her. Her foster mom was devastated and has asked those who pledged support for Lexi to donate to Dallas, our Liver Shunt puppy rescued in California in her name.

Rescue has its painful and sad moments and we have had our share of losses this year due to kidney failure and cancer. But we can look to the successes weíve had with our liver shunt and orthopedic pups, the heartworm cures and all those dogs we have taken from horrendous conditions that now are fully rehabilitated and in happy forever homes. This is what keeps us going and puts smiles on our faces each and every day. In closing, thank you to all our volunteer Moms and those Moms that visit our site and donate to our efforts to rehabilitate and place our rescues into homes just like yours. You are the Best!

Check out our adoptable pups on Looking for Love to find your perfect companion. If you are interested in adopting a dog not located in your state, please note that we do not ship dogs via air cargo. Out of state transport guidelines are explained on our online adoption request form.


Can you imagine forcing your pet dog to live his or her entire life in a small wire cage with no human companionship, toys, or comfort, and little hope of ever becoming part of a family? That is what life is like for a puppy mill breeding dog. Help us stop this cycle of cruelty that contributes to pet overpopulation and the suffering of countless dogs by adopting your next pet. There are many places you can adopt your next pet, such as an animal shelter, humane society, or a rescue organization. Click on our Looking for Love link and check out all the beautiful Yorkies in our foster program. If you don't see what you are looking for, we recommend visiting You might be surprised to see all the pets available in your area. Remember: Adopt, Don't Shop!

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UYR is in need of foster homes. We have many more requests for surrender than we can handle. If you would like to become a UYR foster person, please, fill out a "Volunteer Application."


Video of little Henry's recovery! This is just one of the miracles our foster moms perform everyday.


UYR could not continue to rescue Yorkies in need without the help of our donors. To date we have rescued: 2,639 Yorkies and Yorkie mixes. Our vetting costs to date are: $1,435,000!!

Any amount is truly needed and appreciated. A $5.00 donation allows us to purchase Heartworm prevention for a month for a rescue. For $30.00 we can rescue a Yorkie from a shelter that would otherwise be put to sleep. Won't you please consider joining the list of donors on our page to help us continue to save our beloved breed?

If you would like to make a donation to our organization, please use the following PayPal button! Or, send a check to our treasurer at the address below the Paypal button. We are an approved 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible. IRS rules for Donors

United Yorkie Rescue
C/O Carl Sullenberger, Treasurer UYR
3924 Miami Avenue
Lorain, OH 44053
United Yorkie Rescue Inc. A Florida Corp

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Photo submissions are being accepted April 1st through June 1st for the 2017 Calendar. Email as many photos as you'd like of dogs that were adopted from rescue groups or shelters to Those selected get a calendar at cost ($5) plus shipping.

Interested in Yorkie inspired artwork? Here's your link. Please, note on any order you saw the link on United Yorkie Rescue and a portion of your purchase will go to UYR.

Looking for a pet friendly apartment? Here's a helpful site.

Spring is in the air and Summer is around the corner. Visit the Yorkie Shoppe for great walking harnesses, dresses and hair accessories. All proceeds support our fosters' vetting needs.

Donate a Thundershirt!

Request to Surrender Form

If you need to surrender your Yorkie or mix, please, use this link "Request To Surrender Form" to contact to contact a UYR representative. Please complete this form in its entirety, including a photo if possible. A representative will be in contact with you as soon as possible to make arrangements or refer you to another rescue if we do not have members in your area.

Read about Ozzie, our first liver shunt pup, on the Yorkie Tales page. See a happy ending to a serious medical condition. Your donation can make a BIG difference.

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News Updates
FOREVER OURS - 09/01/2011
As of April 2016, UYR currently has 10 Yorkies in the Forever Ours Program. These 10 pups will remain with UYR for the rest of their lives. They receive vetting care as needed and this care is provided by UYR and your donations.

Total cost of vetting to date for our 10 Forever Ours Yorkies is: $30,079!! Donations for our Forever Ours pups is $16,240 which leaves us with a shortfall on these pups of $13,840.

We are happy to say that more than half of these costs have been covered by donations for the special little ones. Donations for each one are still needed to have money available for their continuing care needs.

We are always looking for people who would be interested in being a 'Sponsor' to one or more of our Forever Ours Yorkies! As a sponsor you will become a cherished person in this dog's life.

You would receive communications about your sponsored pup and your name would appear in their story on the Forever Ours page. If you are interested please contact Carl Sullenberger at

Please, visit our Forever Ours page!!!
In Lieu Donation - 08/11/2007
We have had many requests for a way to make a donation to UYR in lieu of gifts for family and friends on birthdays and other special occasions. We listened and have designed a special card that we'll send to your loved one. Please, be sure to include to whom and what you're designating the donation.
To make this thoughtful gift, contact:
To make any donation, use the Paypal button below, or mail a check to:
United Yorkie Rescue: In Lieu
C/O Carl Sullenberger, Treasurer UYR
3924 Miami Avenue
Lorain, OH 44001
We appreciate the overwhelming generosity of our donors! The members and Yorkies of UYR say THANK YOU!!!