Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston

About MSRH

MSRH Vision:  Every Schnauzer, A Home.  One Adoption At A Time.

MSRH Mission Statement:   Within the organization’s scope and reach, MSRH is dedicated to rescuing every abandoned or lost Miniature Schnauzer that we can and migrating them to a loving forever home.  In the interim period, between rescue and adoption, our all-volunteer team provides temporary homes, in a safe and loving environment, while we search for an adoptive home that is the right match for each Schnauzer.  We never forget that most adopters see only a snapshot of our overall organization.  As such, we strive to ensure a perfect experience to give that snapshot exceptional clarity.  Every perfect adoption experience requires a network of committed volunteers, veterinarians, partners, loving adoptive families and friends who pay the love forward with gifts of time, talent and treasure.  We want every Schnauzer to have a home.  At MSRH, we make it happen….one adoption at a time!


I’m Karen Gayeski Coleman, Founder and President of MSRH.  My first Schnauzer rescue was for myself.  Gretchen joined my family in October 1998 and, though I had other pets in the past, it didn’t take long to realize that the Miniature Schnauzer was the breed for me.  Unfortunately, just over a year later, Gretchen was ‘welcoming’ the kids home from school when she escaped after someone opened the gate.  During the long search, I contacted shelters, boarding facilities, vets and groomers.  I never found her….and it broke my heart.  But within the tragedy, and through all my contacts, I found my purpose.  On February 1, 2000, Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston was born.  We are a 501c3 charitable organization made up entirely of volunteers and sponsored entirely by adoption fees and donations.


In the beginning, MSRH operated using funds I had received from an inheritance.  In that first year alone, we rescued 75 dogs.  Even with this success, the number of rescues continued to grow and MSRH now relies on adoption fees as well as donations from people who love the breed and generously support our continued efforts.  Countless donations, in amounts both big and small, help us rescue approximately 400 dogs per year and provide veterinary services totaling approximately $200,000 per year!  Since its inception, we’ve rescued well over 2,500 Miniature Schnauzers and helped orchestrate their “New Beginnings”.


Our adoption fees generally range between $250 and $450 though there are certainly exceptions.  These fees help cover veterinary services including spay/neuter, shots, heartworm tests (and treatment if positive) and dental work as required.  MSRH also coordinates a number of specialty surgeries including portal shunts, gallbladder removal and orthopedics.  In short, those who adopt dogs from MSRH can be assured the dog is healthy and thoroughly vetted.


Through the years, I’ve been blessed to work with both individuals and companies whose dedication is immeasurable.  Today, Marilyn (Vice-President) and Beverly (Secretary / Treasurer), along with our Board of Directors, help oversee a caring, dedicated team of dedicated volunteers that number 50 – 75 at any given time combined with scores of volunteers that help us with so many other activities like fostering, fundraising and managing our website.  There are so many who helped guide and support MSRH efforts from the beginning.  Friends like Bev Smith, Vicky Beard, Michele Smith, Evelyn Hoover (Lone Star Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, Dallas), Bolivia Powell, Karen Hoffman (Animal Control, Pasadena) and Laurene Murtaugh gave so much to help bring an idea into reality.  In addition, numerous companies have offered their support including Vinson & Elkins (who did our 501 C3 paperwork pro bono), Dr. Tom Dayton of Parker Road Animal Hospital (who provides outstanding veterinary care) and Dogtopia, previously Happy Tails Dog Spa, (who fosters two minis for us and provides certain grooming services).  I can’t individually list all the current volunteers, as well as other individuals and companies that have supported, and continue to support, our efforts but please know that you are forever appreciated and that I am eternally grateful.  Thank You!


I’ve attached just one of our many Schnauzer Success Stories below.  It is stories like this one, and the countless other perfect matches, that keep us motivated at MSRH.  Placing loving Schnauzers in loving Forever Homes is what we’re about.  Won’t you join us?  Whether as a volunteer or with a monetary donation, you can help support our never-ending journey to place loveable dogs with loving families.  Please click the sections on the left hand menu at the top of this page to learn how you can adopt a dog, volunteer at MSRH or donate to our worthy cause.  As an all-volunteer organization, every penny you donate goes directly to the task of rescuing another Schnauzer!  Thank you in advance for your consideration and support!


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  You can leave us a message at 713-513-7811 or you can always reach me at  Need to send a fax?  We have one of those too!  Send it to:  1-888-334-0591.  


Schnauzer Success Stories



Placing a Miniature Schnauzer in a loving, forever home is rewarding for both MSRH and for the forever family.  As we carefully screen each adopter family, it’s no surprise that they provide a loving and safe home for their new best friend.  Our rescued Schnauzers seem so appreciative of the love, attention and security of their forever family and home.  And sometimes, the Schnauzer’s love for the family exceeds all expectations.  Such was the case when Connor went to be with 2-year old Hailey and her mom.  Hailey had been having a hard time.  She missed her Dad.  Nothing seemed the same.  Mom knew she had to do something and she contacted MSRH.  Maybe it was divine intervention.  Connor hadn’t been with MSRH for all that long.  He was from the streets and he was sweet as could be.  He was perfect!  From the moment Connor arrived at his forever home, everything changed for the better.  Hailey bonded with him immediately and lovingly man-handles him all the day long!   Connor has been squeezed, tugged, hugged and kissed.  When the day is done, he can be found in Hailey’s bed keeping watch and resting himself in order to begin another day of loving fun.  Connor seems to relish every minute.  Maybe he recognizes an opportunity to give back to the loving family who gave him a second chance and a terrific forever home!