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Frequently Asked Questions


Owner Surrenders

  • We respectfully request that you complete the Relinquishment Application before reaching out. This helps us streamline the process and avoid confusion.

  • Space is limited and NOT guaranteed.

  • A minimum of 4 weeks notice is required from the time the Relinquishment Application is submitted.

  • We do NOT accept animals with a recorded bite history.

  • SSHCR is a foster-based rescue. All animals live in homes until they are adopted.

  • There is a relinquishment fee of up to $150 if your pet is not spayed/neutered or up-to-date on vaccines.

Seniors for Seniors

Seniors for Seniors is a program that we started in August of 2019. The goal is to get more of our precious senior pups into the arms of our doting senior citizens. Each animal will be spayed/neutered (where applicable), microchipped and up-to-date on vaccines at a minimum.


Seniors over the age of 65 may adopt a dog over the age of 8 for a flat $65.00 adoption fee.

Seniors for Seniors cannot be combined with our Pets for Vets discount.


Pets for Vets

Pets for Vets is a simple discount program that we started in November of 2019. Veterans of any branch of the United States Armed Forces can receive a 10% discount on their adoption fees. To receive your discount, please check that you are a veteran on your adoption application.

Pets for Vets cannot be combined with Seniors for Seniors and is also not applicable to feline adoptions from PetSmart.



Sadie's Safe House is classified as a Public Charity by the IRS under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Those who donate funds directly to us will need to ensure we have either an email address or mailing address for a donation receipt. Those who donate items will receive a donation receipt at time of pick up unless you request otherwise.

NOTE: Those who donate via fundraisers on Facebook, PayPal Giving Fund, Network for Good, etc. will receive an email donation receipt directly from the source. Please remember to save it for your tax write off.


At this time, our main volunteer opportunities are at adoption events. Each of the pups will need to be taken out to go potty, have their bedding changed, get fresh water, etc. We also always need help setting up and tearing down.

Our dogs also like to go out on adventures. If you'd like to help socialize one of our pups by taking them out on a day trip to the beach or hiking, I'm sure they'd love it (advance notice required)! Please complete the form below and send us an email.



While the majority of the animals in rescue are Chihuahua's, we frequently have other breeds and occasionally cats and kittens.

NOTE: We do not accept stray animals of any kind. We appreciate good citizens trying to do what they feel is right but the proper channels need to be followed. The animal must first go to  animal control in the county in which it was found to allow the owner/s a fair chance at finding their pet.

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