Adopting a Yorkie from a local shelter may be as easy as visiting the facility, choosing a particular Yorkie among other dogs, paying the adoption fee and taking your newly adopted pet home. Many shelters do not have a formal or lengthy screening process, allowing for faster and easier adoptions.
To adopt from a local shelter, contact the animal services center handling the local shelter in your area and ask whether they have a Yorkie for adoption. If the shelter does not have a Yorkie under its care, check with the local American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or Humane Society chapter to find an adoptable Yorkie in their affiliated shelters or foster homes.
If adopting from a government-funded local shelter, try to visit the shelter first and check the condition of the facility. Visiting and making a connection with potential pets is also important because in most cases, animals from local shelters may not be trained and may have behavior or medical issues. Most shelters also house stray, homeless and neglected animals with no prior history record.
Adopting a Yorkie from a local shelter costs significantly less than adopting from a rescue group. You may be able to take a pet home for less than $100, as of 2015. The adoption fee often covers the operational cost of the shelter and veterinary services, such as spaying/neutering, microchip insertion and vaccines.