Save A Yorkie Rescue, Inc.

About us

Who is Save A Yorkie Rescue?donnie and me and the boo boo boys

Volunteers just like you—people who want to give life to another living being, people who believe that saving just one life is the most important thing you can do. Everyone who works with us is a dedicated volunteer, no one gets paid. In fact, many of our fosters pay, or help to pay, the bills for the Yorkies.

Marilyn and Don Faughner started Save A Yorkie Rescue, Inc. on January 1, 2002. Since that day the Faughners and their dedicated small army of volunteers have saved over 2,500 Yorkies. And more Yorkies that must be rescued come in every day.

We have to be kidding, right? Yorkies?

As hard as it is to believe, a big yes. Absolutely.

Most Yorkies lose their home because of thoughtless people, not because they are sick or aggressive. They get dropped off at shelters or are found wandering more than one would think. Or they are injured and the owners will not or cannot pay for medical bills. For a variety of reasons, people cast off their dogs and force them to fend for themselves.

Really? A Yorkie has to fend for himself? Isn't that an oxymoron? A four to thirteen pound dog has to find his own place to go, and find his own food?

Saving these Yorkies is why we are here.

Not all Yorkies make it. Those that do not get to come into rescue or who are not adopted from shelters face something else. Most people use phrases like, "putting a dog down," or especially "euthanizing a dog." The definition of "euthanize" is "intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering." The Yorkies, as well as all of the other dogs, who don't get rescued or adopted, get killed. They are not in pain or suffering. Their only crime was relying on their owners to take care of them.

So we welcome you to Save A Yorkie, where passionate volunteers help Marilyn and Don get the lifesaving work done. We look forward to helping you. And we look forward to your potentially volunteering with us and fostering a Yorkie that is looking for a second chance to life.

Remember, a dog cannot come out of a shelter without having a place to go, without having a foster home available. Read more in "Fostering."

More About Save A Yorkie

Hi, my name is Marilyn Faughner. When I learned that Yorkies were being sent to the pound and even killed, I knew I had to do something to make a difference.

In December, 2001, my father in law gave me a gift of $100 for a Christmas present. That money went to found Save A Yorkie Rescue, Inc.  We incorporated in January 2002 and have become 501c3 qualified and become registered as a kennel with the Department of Agriculture in the state of Pennsylvania. Together with dozens of volunteers, we have saved the lives of over 2500 Yorkies and Yorkie mixes.

We get the calls when families are desperate, when strays are found, when someone dies, when shelters are full and when families lose their home in financial crisis. We say "Yes!" and do the work to bring these dogs into the safety of rescue. We beg for quarters in the hot summer sun, drive across states, do interviews on the telephone hour after hour and on the computer -  whatever it takes to find good homes. WHATEVER it takes, we are committed to giving these Yorkies a new chance.

Our hope is that you have come to this site today to learn more about the breed, to determine if a Yorkie is right for your family, and to offer to do what you can to help save a Yorkie. It doesn't take a saint or a martyr to save a Yorkie. You just have to say, "Yes!" when we call you for help.  You are in the right place to save a Yorkie. Welcome!