ADOPTING AN ADULT HAS MANY ADVANTAGES
Occasionally, the Standard Schnauzer Club of America has an adult
Standard Schnauzer who needs a new home. These are excellent dogs who
have lost their homes through no fault of their own. Homes can be
lost through death, divorce, relocation, illness, or many other reasons.
A "ready made dog" can be a wonderful choice for the first-time
owner or the family that doesn't have time to train a puppy. Most of
these dogs are over 5 years old and are males. There are between 12-15
dogs a year placed thru Rescue across the Nation.
These older dogs are usually housebroken, lead trained, or even obedience trained.
They are usually nice about being brushed and combed. Lots of patience is required,
however, for the first few weeks. The dog will feel confused and lonesome for his old
family, but will quickly love his new family given a little patience.
My name is Piper
and I got adopted!
Hi. I’m the new rescue boy here and I’m only 10 months old. I am a typical Standard Schnauzer as I need plenty
of exercise and structure. I like other dogs and people and love to chase and play fetch.
I’m looking for a new family in the Pennsylvalia area, that is understanding and will help me with some
obedience training. I am very anxious to learn and would do well in any structured dog activities.
Could you be my new home??
I'm Zeke.   I am now Adopted, Yeahhh!
I am a healthy 3 year old neutered male and would love to have a new home!
I get along with smaller dogs and have had some obedience training, which I should continue.
I am a little anxious with social situations and car travel, but I am getting better.
I like being bathed and groomed, aren’t I handsome? I am living in Florida now, could you be my new owner?
Hi! My name is Tigger, and I got ADOPTED !
I am a healthy 8 year old neutered male being fostered in N.Y. I don’t make many demands and love to sleep in my crate! I like other dogs and even cats…
I especially love people and would like to be someone’s close companion. If you would play tug with me it would make me so happy. Sometimes I bark, but that is easily controlled with attention.
I am a little shy, but so well behaved… Could you be my new home?
Here is a video of me.
what do you think??
I'm Charlie. I am adopted. Thanks for adopting me!
I'm a sweet, 9 year old, neutered male who gets along well with cats, and other dogs, but not children.
I love people and I will follow you everywhere. I am up to date on all my shots, house trained, crate trained, and (usually) walk well on a
leash…gotta love those walks! I am presently in northern California so if you could be my forever home,
please contact Dottie Michelmore at firstname.lastname@example.org
The rescue form comes in "two flavors" - PDF and online. If, for whatever reason, you have a problem with the
online form, then print the PDF version and mail it to the rescue person.
Click here for a PDF version copy of the SSCA rescue application.
Please email if you would like more information.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The SSCA rescues, evaluates, and places these wonderful Standard Schnauzers in new homes.
For Adoption Information, email , the SSCA rescue committee chairman.
The first step towards getting a rescue dog is to
print a copy of the application,
fill it out and mail it to . The application will be kept on file and when a
dog comes into the Rescue program that is what you are looking for you would be notified.
The Rescue Program does not normally ship dogs. We try to match the dog to the best owner
for it. I encourage you to also contact the local SSCA rescue person in your area so they
are aware you are interested in a rescue dog. These contacts are listed below.
YOU WANT TO ADOPT A STANDARD SCHNAUZER?
Please take a few minutes to read about the characteristics of the Standard Schnauzer.
The Standard is known as "the dog with the human brain", while being an exaggeration,
it does illustrate the mental abilities of the breed. The Standard is the original of the
three sizes, miniature, standard and giant. Listed are areas you need to consider before
you decide to share your home with a Standard Schnauzer.
Although sizes may vary, the correct size for males is 18" - 20" at
the shoulder with a weight between 40 - 50 pounds, and females 17" - 19"
at the shoulder with a weight between 35 - 45 pounds.
The Standard Schnauzer is a robust, exuberant dog who loves to play and needs
daily exercise. A fenced yard is highly recommended. If motivated,
Standards can jump a six foot fence.
All dogs require grooming, whether it be nail clipping, ear cleaning, or brushing.
Standard Schnauzers require more than the average dog. Beard and leg furnishings
must be combed and brushed often to keep from matting. Pets may be machine clippered,
which is quicker than stripping; however, dogs that are shown must be stripped
to maintain correct coat texture and body outline. A properly groomed Standard
should not shed.
HEALTH & CARE:
The breed is relatively healthy. Although hip dysplasia is present, severe
hip dysplasia is rare. There are cases of flea and food allergies and some
skin problems. Most breeds have some of the above and some Standards will
never have allergies , skin problems, or hip problems, but we feel it is
best for you to know the worst. Feeding one medium sized dog for a year
will cost approximately $250-$300. Many expenses are hidden in the
grocery bill (food, dishes, leashes, collars, brushes, shampoos and toys).
The Standard, if given good care, will usually live 12 to 15 years.
The combination of intelligence and spirit can make him a handful and he
requires training and discipline. The training must be consistent;
a Standard Schnauzer will work readily and happily if praised for positive
behavior rather than punished for bad behavior. He must be made to
understand that you, the owner, are the "pack leader" or he
will claim this title for himself. Local kennel clubs in your area
offer training classes in obedience and the cost is nominal.
As a home guardian the Standard Schnauzer excels. He readily accepts friends
of the family, but warns of strangers with a strong voice. He is alert to
his surroundings and aware of change in his environment. His reaction is
usually to hold rather than to attack, and unless provoked, has been known
to keep an intruder cornered for quite a long time. He is good with children
and appoints himself as their guardian and protector.
Standard Schnauzers are "people" dogs. They need to be with,
around, and near humans because they thrive on love and attention. Consider
your lifestyle and household schedule - do you travel a lot, do you work
long hours, are you busy with your children's activities? In other words,
do you have time to give the love and attention a Standard Schnauzer needs?
Few people own only one Standard Schnauzer. They simply are habit forming!
Contrary to popular opinion, they are NOT cheaper by the dozen. If you have
two Standard Schnauzers, it will cost you twice as much and so on and so on ......
When a dog is adopted, he should become your companion for LIFE. His needs
for love and security are no different from our own.
If you are still interested, and we hope you are, welcome to the
family of STANDARD SCHNAUZER ADMIRERS!
WHAT IS RESCUE?
The objective of the Standard Schnauzer Rescue Committee is to place unwanted purebred Standard Schnauzers
in appropriate adoptive homes where they will receive a daily ration of love and attention.
In all cases, the Standard Schnauzer is the primary concern of this committee.
The rescue program addresses the following issues:
- House homeless Standard Schnauzers in foster homes, kennels or vet clinics.
- Try to locate the breeder and urge that they take responsibility of the Standard Schnauzer they have bred. The rescue program is not a clearing house for our breed.
- Screen potential homes with a written application, personal/residential interview and references before adoption; and provide post-adoption follow-up.
- Request adoption fee to defray cost of spay/neuter and other rescue expenses; shipping costs, if applicable, are extra.
- Require proof of ownership and dog profile from owner (or breeder) giving up Standard Schnauzer.
- Require spay/neuter.
- Provide Standard Schnauzers with inoculations, check for heartworm and administer heartworm preventative.
- Perform temperament evaluation on each Standard Schnauzer before placing.
- Recommend fenced yard (minimum five feet high), but stress that dog must live indoors as family pet - no tying out.
- Match "want list" with list of adoptable Standard Schnauzers, including those remaining with owner (or breeder) until adoption.
- Demonstrate how to bathe and groom adopted Standard Schnauzer.
- Require notification of change of address and return of Standard Schnauzer if unable to keep.
- Request Standard Schnauzer wear ID at all times; encourage tattoo and/or micro-chip procedures.
- Recommend basic obedience classes; counsel on veterinary requirements and diet.
- Lost and found assistance; periodically advertise rescue and adoption service in newspapers.
- Actively promote spay/neuter of pets.
- Provide individual assistance on behavioral problems and education on Standard Schnauzers.
- Support humane legislation at national, state and local levels.
- Funding comprised of donations and proceeds from Standard Schnauzer rescues plus yearly fund-raiser.
We have successfully placed numerous Standard Schnauzers. Their ages are
usually between twelve months and seven years, but we do see some seniors
and a few puppies as well. All rescue dogs have a physical examination, all
necessary medical treatment, and are neutered or spayed, vaccinated, and
heartworm tested. In addition, many are tattooed. Many dogs come from homes
where there has been a move, divorce, allergies, or just not enough time.
Others come to us from pounds and shelters.
Our rescue organization is comprised of hard-working volunteers whose
only reward is seeing these wonderful Standards placed in loving homes
and given a second chance for a happy life. If you are patient with our
process, we will try to provide you with a devoted, loving companion - a Standard Schnauzer.
We will then have another rescue story to read OUTCAST TO A HAPPY ENDING!
TERMS OF ADOPTION
There is a fee for a rescued Standard Schnauzer which will vary,
depending on its age, plus shipping, if applicable. This fee will help cover rescue
expenses. The rescue dog will be neutered or spayed, given all necessary vaccinations
including a rabies shot, heartworm tested, stool tested for parasites, microchipped,
and given any other medical treatment needed before adoption.
Standard Schnauzers will only be placed in private homes. The Standard
may not be used as a guard dog by any profit-making agency or kept on the
premises of any business. Standards are best kept as house dogs in close
companionship with their families.
RIGHT TO RECLAIM POLICY
If, for any reason, the adoption is not satisfactory for the rescue
Standard or the adoptive family, SSCA Rescue Committee requires that
the dog be returned to this Committee. The rescue dog must not be sold,
given away or used in animal research. If the new owner neglects,
improperly cares for, or allows the rescue dog to run free, the adoptee
will be required to pay liquidated damages in the amount of $500 plus attorney
fees and costs. The new owner cannot transfer ownership of the Standard
him/herself under any circumstances.
The adoptive owner must sign a legal Adoption Contract to protect him/herself, SSCA and the rescue dog.
The rescue dog must be licensed in accordance with existing laws
in the adoptive owner's town and the rabies shot must be kept current.
All state and local ordinances governing the ownership and possession of
dogs will be observed.
The adoptive family agrees to provide proper shelter, food, water and medical care.
In addition, the adoptive family will not allow the rescue dog to run free. The rescue
dog will always carry identifying tags and/or be tattooed with an identifying name or
number. Failure to comply will require that the rescue dog be surrendered to SSCA Rescue Committee.
SSCA Rescue Committee recommends that a regular vaccination program be established by
your veterinarian. The rescue dog will need yearly boosters for such vaccinations such
as distemper, parvo, rabies, etc. The rescue dog must also have an annual heartworm test
followed by a preventative heartworm program.
THE SSCA RESCUE COMMITTEE CANNOT VOUCH FOR THE TEMPERAMENT, HEALTH, OR LINE OF THE DOG,
OTHER THAN AS STATED IN OUR PAPERWORK AS THE DOG MAY HAVE BEEN IN AN UNUSUAL SITUATION
AND IN MANY CASES WITHOUT HISTORY AND MAY NOT SHOW ITS TRUE NATURE OR HEALTH UNTIL
Click here for an PDF version of the SSCA rescue application.