Although our desire is to place as many dogs as possible,  all homes must be qualified to take care of the dogs they
adopt.  For this reason, all homes are screened.  There are a few guidelines that almost all rescue groups use to determine if
an individual is a good candidate for adoption.
   By coming to a dog rescue site you have already passed the first qualification!  You CARE about saving a dog that
needs you!  But, caring isn't enough.  You must have a home that is "dog friendly".  Ask yourself the following:  Is there
anything in my home that could harm a dog?  Any exposed electrical cords?  Any poisonous houseplants?  Are household
chemicals on open low shelves?  Are there other pets that are aggressive?  Do your young children understand to be
   Do you have a securely fenced yard?  If not, are you willing to walk the dog on a leash several times every day?  You
might also check to see if a dog can hurt your home!  All dogs occasionally have "accidents", even well trained dogs.  Can
you deal with this?  Many dogs (especially younger dogs) chew belongings, or scratch couches.  Most dogs shed leaving
dog hair on your furniture, carpets & clothes . . . are you ok with this?  Are the other members of the household ok with
   All dogs bark, whine & howl on occasion.  Can you deal with this?  Can your neighbors?
  And lastly, you must have the TIME for a dog!  Dogs are like perpetual children.  They need love, discipline, love,
exercise, love, training, love, medical care and more LOVE!
   Please browse about our site.  We would love to hear your suggestions or comments.  Feel free to email us!


Debby Sweet  

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Short 'n Sweet has adopted out over 4,200 dogs!
We adopted out 49 animals in 2016.

Short 'n Sweet Dog Rescue
takes in dogs that are in shelters
or heading towards shelters due
to their home situation changing.  
All dogs taken in are spayed,
neutered and given vaccines and
any medical attention they need.  
We strive to match them up with
caring families that will love
them for their entire natural lives.

All dogs are spayed or neutered!  
We discourage casual breeding
of dogs . . . even purebred
dogs!  If you question this
opinion, please go to and browse
through the thousands of
homeless dogs needing a place to
For more information
on spaying/neutering
Ask us about our book of cartoons featuring reasons people have given us as to why they had to take their pet to the shelter.  We used "Spot" and "Fluffy" bringing their
"owners" to a tired overworked shelter manager to hopefully point out how ridiculous most of the reasons are.

Animal Shelters were never intended as a dumping ground.  Please ask us to help you KEEP your pet if you are considering getting rid of him.
Debby Sweet, President of Short 'n Sweet is a member of the Rescue Alliance of Hairless & Other Breeds inc. 501(c)3      Rescue Alliance is a non-profit
organization.  You can make donations to Rescue Alliance & specify that they be applied to Short 'n Sweet & you will receive a tax donation receipt for tax
purposes. 90% of your donation will go directly to caring for the fosters at Short 'n Sweet.  Since we composed primarily of volunteers, we have a very low
percentage of the donations needing to go to administrative purposes..

You can use paypal with donations going to "".  Please put
Short 'n Sweet in the memo!
We want to thank some special companies and businesses that have helped us tremendously!
Maddie's Fund for providing us with a $1,000 grant to help our senior dogs!

Main St. Small Animal Hospital in Templeton
Thank you for alway taking such great care of our fosters & for always giving us the best possible prices & discounts on our
necessary procedures
Animal Expressions in Cambria
Thank you for transforming some of our more scruffy fosters into beautifully groomed gorgeous dogs!
Atascadero Pet Center
Thank you for providing routine & emergency care for our animals.  We love you!
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friends at TLC Dog Sitting in
Atascadero CA
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