California Miniature
Schnauzer Rescue

Trusty cooling off in the hot Palmdale summer sun

Trusty, a puppy born to a pregnant Schnauzer mix we rescued, using his water bowl to cool off in the hot Palmdale summer sun.

Rescue Dogs in Northern California (updated almost daily)
Rescue Dogs in Southern California (updated almost daily)
Sponsor our seniors and special needs dogs (updated frequently)

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Fantastic Help from Hope For Paws

About CMSR

CMSR is qualified it with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity. Donations qualify for tax deductions as charitable contributions.

CMSR's federal ID number is 90-0722858.

Adopting a Rescue Dog from CMSR

CMSR checks out adopters to make sure that we are placing our dogs in homes where they will be loved and well cared-for. We require prospective adopters to complete an Adoption Application and we do home visits whenever feasible. There is a link to the Adoption Application in the last paragraph of the description of each dog.

Foster Homes URGENTLY Needed

We frequently need foster homes for Miniature Schnauzers and similar dogs pending their placement in permanent homes.

If you are in northern California, please email Mary Alford at If you are in southern California, please email John Hoffman at

Donations Needed!

Rescue is expensive! Vet bills are by far our biggest expense, but there are also shelter pull fees, gas for trips to pick up dogs from shelters, and other expenses as well.

We try to save older dogs and dogs with medical problems because they are the least likely to make it out of shelters alive, but rescuing them is much more expensive than rescuing young, healthy dogs.

If you can help, we'd be very grateful. You can send us money one of three ways:

  1. Mail a check, payable to CMSR, to our Treasurer:
    Walter Poeth
    13890 Andover Drive
    Magalia, California 95954
  2. Send funds by Paypal to (Please check the "Family and Friends" box. That way, Paypal will not deduct a transaction fee.
  3. Easiest, but Paypal will charge us a transaction fee—click on the Paypal button:

Amazon Smile—Help CMSR when you shop on Amazon!

Buying something on Amazon? You can help us at no additional cost! Just sign in to Amazon using this link and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to CMSR! (Amazon says the donation will be made on most purchases, except for subscriptions and certain other categories.)

Hope For Paws

CMSR would like to extend a huge thank you to Hope For Paws.

Hope For Paws has helped us rescue six dogs with broken legs and broken pelvises by paying for the surgeries on Bailey, Mia, Owen, Dory, Dickens, Sam, and Obi-Wan. In addition, Hope for Paws paid the medical expenses on Bella and Bowie, for whom they asked our help in finding homes.

Hope For Paws is renowned in the rescue world for rescuing scared dogs in dangerous places, such as adjacent to freeways and busy streets. Hope For Paws then posts videos of its astounding rescues. You can see the videos on Hope For Paws' website:

A donation to Hope For Paws will help them help more animals in need.

Here is one example of the incredible rescues Hope for Paws accomplishes on a regular basis:

Cola & Pepsi: bonded Poodles struggling to survive in a sewer get a heartwarming rescue from Hope For Paws on Vimeo.

© California Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, Inc., 2012–2016
Last Updated: April 19, 2016