6 Small Dog Rescues for Adoption

Small dogs are incredibly popular as they make great companions, take up less space and are great with children. Unfortunately, any dog can end up homeless and in need of adoption.

So you’re one of those wondering, “Where can I adopt a rescue small dog near me?” Here are the best small dog rescues:


Save A Small Dog is an amazing charity based in California, rescuing small dogs from high kill shelters, as well as receiving surrendered and displaced dogs. They have a small rescue facility in Phelan, California and have a weekend partnership with PETCO.

The charity is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming small dogs and will ensure all dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed and behavior assessed before being matched with their future family.

The rescue also has the Guardian Angel Sponsorship program where you can make a small monthly donation to support the charity. All donations go towards vet treatment, food and microchipping.

Save A Small Dog Rescue Details

  • Website: saveasmalldogrescue.org
  • Telephone: (760) 269-4519
  • Postal Address: Save a Small Dong Rescue, PO Box 290462, Phelan, CA 92329


Tiny Paws Small Dog Rescue is a non-profit foster-based organization located in Wisconsin. They do not use shelters to house their dogs. Although they began as a dog rescue, they also foster and rehome cats.

The rescue’s mission is to keep as many dogs as possible out of high kill shelters where they are likely to be euthanized due to limited space. The rescue works tirelessly to find foster homes for surrendered or homeless dogs until they can be found in new homes.

Tiny Paws Small Dog Rescue uses Petfinder.com to post their dogs available for adoption, with the contact details of the dog’s foster home.

Tiny Paws Small Dog Rescue Details


Not to be confused with Tiny Paws Small Dog Rescue, this Tiny Paws has foster homes in Central and Southern New Jersey, as well as Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties. They take in small breed dogs from high kill shelters like ACCT Philadelphia and place them with loving foster homes until they are matched with their forever homes.

All dogs rescued by Tiny Paws are vet checked, neutered/spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and undergo a Heartworm test. They have a thorough adoption process including a home check, 2 personal references, meeting all people and pets in the household and a deed verification to confirm the owner of the property where the dog will live.

Tiny Paws does not receive any public funding and relies solely on fundraising and private donations. They also have 2 support programs; Gizzy’s Gift and Tiny Wings. Gizzy’s Gift provides permanent foster homes to elderly dogs with terminal illnesses or disabilities that make adoption difficult. Tiny Wings is a program for terminally ill shelter dogs who have only hours or days to live. These dogs are removed from shelters and placed in a lovely foster home so they can spend their remaining short time in a warm and safe environment.

Tiny Paws Rescue Details

NB: TINY PAWS does not have a physical address or phone number. All contact is via their website or Facebook page Tiny Paws Rescue NJ


4th on our list of small dog rescues is Clive Glen, a small dog rescue based in Walsall, England. They are a no-shelter organization, relying on a network of wonderful foster homes to care for the dogs until they are matched with their forever family.

Clive Glen deserves to be on our list due to their dedication to matching dogs to the perfect owners. All the dogs they rescue are vet checked, microchipped, neutered/spayed, vaccinated and treated for any underlying health conditions. Clive Glen has a very strict adoption application to ensure their dogs are rehomed to suitable adopters.

Clive Glen Details

  • Address: Landywood Lane, Walsall, United Kingdom, WS6 &AJ
  • Telephone: 01785 302025 (answerphone service) 01922 415919 (Branch office)
  • Website: cliveglen.wixsite.com/dogrescue


5th on our list is Minimutts Dog Rescue. This fantastic rescue has foster groups in Dorset and Hampshire in the South of England and Northumberland in the North.

All the dogs adopted from Minimutts are placed with foster homes until their forever family are found. The rescue does not use kennels or any of their dogs. They believe in maintaining a safe and healthy home environment to help their dogs adjust better when they reach their forever homes.

The volunteer staff at Minimutts spend time with every dog, evaluating their temperament and going through training for those dogs with behavioral issues. They perform home checks of all prospective adopters and their dogs can be viewed with their foster family.

Minimutts Details

NB: MINIMUTTS do not have a branch office or phone number. All contact is made via their website.


Angels may be one of the newest rescues on our list, but they definitely deserve their place here. The rescue was set up by Chrissy marshall in 2010 and they became a registered charity in 2017.

Like most of the other organizations on our list, Angels Small Paws Dog Rescue does not use kennels. All of their dogs are placed in foster homes until they have been vet checked, behavior assessed and matched with the perfect family.

They arrange regular events such as dog walks, auctions and raffles to raise funding for the charity. They also rely on public donations to cover the cost of vet fees, transportation costs and various admin/paperwork.

Angels Small Paws Dog Rescue Details

By adopting a small dog from a charity or rescue center, you are not only giving that dog a safe and loving forever home, but you are also helping to ensure that more dogs can be taken from high kill shelters and given a new chance at life.

No rescue dog comes without issues. Most rescue dogs have come from horrible circumstances or have spent time as strays. A small number are surrendered by their owner due to financial problems. Such an upheaval is stressful and frightening, so you should be prepared to put in some time and patience to support your new dog and help them settle into their new home.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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