Who We Are
Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota is a group of volunteers in the state of Minnesota dedicated to rescuing Shih Tzus and Shih Tzu mixes who are in need of homes and finding loving, forever adoptive homes for them. Our volunteers are located in Minnesota, but we are not limited to rescuing Shih Tzus exclusively in Minnesota. We also rescue Shih Tzus from adjoining states, or farther. Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota is a non-profit charitable organization. Donations to our organization are tax deductible. All donations are used to provide our rescue dogs with the medical care and comfort they need. If you would like to donate to this very important mission;
You will receive an acknowledgement of your donation by return mail.
A Little Bit About Our Dogs
Our Shih Tzus can come from a variety of situations... We get dogs out of shelters, owner turn-ins, strays, dogs who are orphaned because of their owner’s death, or rescues from puppy mills, or retired breeding stock. Rather than leave these dogs to die in a shelter, or worse, we bring them in to foster homes where they are treated like members of the family. We spay or neuter every dog, bring them current on all vaccinations and have them heartworm tested. They are also treated for any immediate medical problems. We will treat most any medical condition the dog has. Each dog stays in their foster home until they are adopted. While in the foster home, the foster parents work with the dog to lessen any behavioral issues, if any, such as housetraining or socialization, and begin basic obedience skills. The dog is thoroughly evaluated and the prospective adoptive home is extensively screened so that a match with the most appropriate home is made. It is the decision of the foster parent as to whether the home is appropriate for the dog.
Some rescue dogs, especially those who have been abused or come from a puppy mill, may have some issues to work through. We will advise you of any issues a dog has prior to adoption. These dogs are often very scared, and unsure of where they belong and their surroundings. In some cases there may be some training and additional attention needed beyond what has been provided by the foster parent. However, rescue dogs have plenty of love, affection and gratitude to give back. And you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you saved the life of a dog and are giving him the love and care that he deserves.
Things to Know Before You Adopt
Please read through the following information. It should answer a lot of questions you may have about adopting from us.
As we work through the adoption process, please understand that our first and ONLY concern is the happiness and welfare of the dog.
Before you adopt a Shih Tzu, please make sure you know this breed. Shih Tzus have many wonderful traits.... but, as with any dog, they have certain needs that must be considered.
First of all, the Shih Tzu is a breed and requires frequent and regular grooming. This means a trip to the groomer about every 6-8 weeks at an average cost of $30 to $40 per session. Please consider whether this ongoing cost is within your budget.
Second, the Shih Tzu does not generally do well left alone for long periods of time. They were bred to be pets and need human companionship. If the Shih Tzu is going to be alone for more than 6 hours at a time, we suggest that you get another compatible dog, hopefully also a Shih Tzu, so that he does not develop behavior problems from being left alone too much.
Third, the Shih Tzu is very susceptible to temperature extremes and must be protected from both extreme heat and cold. They can easily have heatstroke if left out too long in the hot weather.
Fourth, the Shih Tzu is susceptible to ear infections and eye conditions if they are not kept clean and regularly groomed. The ears must be properly cared for to prevent infections that could result in deafness and you must watch for dangers to the eyes as the short muzzle and nose on the Shih Tzu do not provide it with a natural protection.
A Shih Tzu is a very loving and loyal dog that needs attention and affection. They were bred to be companion animals only and their strongest desire is to be with the family, wherever that may be. A Shih Tzu is not suitable as an "outdoor" dog.
What Age Dog Is Best For You?
An average Shih Tzu will live 14-18 years......so what age dog is best for you?
Puppy through 1 year old.........Lots of chewing, not reliably housetrained, needs much attention and training, not good choice if you are gone all day.
1-3 years old........ Still acts like a puppy, may or may not be housetrained, will still chew, needs lots of playtime to burn energy, will become bored easily if left alone too long.
3-5 years old.......Able to be trusted alone in the house for longer periods, needs a few hours of playtime daily, still very active dog.
5+ years old .... A perfect dog. Past the chewing stage, reliably housetrained, content to sleep while you are gone, will want to play for a couple hours, but will be ready to sleep again when you do.
General Guidelines We Follow in Choosing the Homes for Our Dogs:
All pets in your house must be spayed/neutered before we will place a Shih Tzu with you. The only exceptions are showing the dog in conformation shows and because of medical reasons.
We generally will not adopt to families with children under the age of eight unless you already have other dogs in your family. The main reason for this is that many of the Shih Tzus have been rescued because of problems with children. Another reason is the unknown history with children of some of the Shih Tzus. However, we will be glad to help you when the children are over the age of 8; in the meantime we would suggest that you acquaint your children with animals so they can become caring and loving caregivers for pets.
If you are very elderly; we will not place a very young dog with you.
We want you to be committed to the dog for the rest of its life. Ask yourself, if your lifestyle changes due to a move, getting married/divorced, changing jobs, etc., will those changes affect your decision to keep the dog? Adoption is for the rest of the dog’s life.
Adopting a dog is a lifetime decision and should not be made quickly. Our adoption process takes time and does not happen immediately.
Here Are Some Things We Insist on When a Shih Tzu is Adopted Shih Tzu From Us:
The dog may never be allowed outside off a leash/lead unless it is in a securely fenced yard.
The dog must be kept on Heartworm and Flea Prevention and vetted regularly.
The dog must be an indoor dog and treated as a member of the family.
The dog is never to be left outside when you are not home.
The dog must wear ID tags at all times.
You must be 21 years old to submit an adoption application. Our adoptions require a person to be of legal age to be able to sign the adoption contract.
You may not adopt a dog as a gift for another person or as a surprise for someone. This is not fair to the dog or the person involved.
Please remember.......our first and ONLY consideration is the safety and happiness of our dogs.
We do not have a shelter. Our entire organization is made up of volunteer foster homes. Each foster dog is socialized and kept in a home setting. We then evaluate them extensively. You must submit an application including references. A reference check will be conducted, as well as a home visit prior to being approved to adopt. Once you are approved, we can help you select a dog(s) and make arrangements for you to meet them. We will not place dogs in homes that we do not believe will work out, as the dog's welfare comes first to us.
If you live out of the area, we will try to accommodate your requests, depending upon the distance. We will never ship a dog. Since all our dogs are in foster homes in different places, when you inquire about a specific dog we will let you know its location prior to discussing adoption plans regarding that dog.
The Adoption Process
The first step to adoption is filling out a written application. We require a completed adoption application along with at least 3 references before a home screening is done. Prospective homes must meet adoption criteria. After the application is completed and the references are called, we will meet with you and your family in your home. We want to ensure the Shih Tzu you adopt will have a forever loving permanent home. By having a personal meeting and instructional home visit, we can then determine if the dog would fit well in your household. We will also offer you suggestions at that time to ensure the comfort and safety of the pet. This will also make the transition of the Shih Tzu to your home go smoothly. Then we will always be available by phone or email whenever you have any questions concerning the pet. In all cases, the final placement decision is based on the suitability of each dog for a particular home and will not be made until the application has been approved, references called and the home visit has been completed.
Our adoption fees range from $100 to $400 and are based according to age of the dog. The fee is used to offset the veterinary expenses. In all cases, the veterinary services that have been provided far exceed the adoption fee. All dogs are up to date on vaccines, heartworm negative, spayed or neutered and treated for any immediate medical problems before they are ready for adoption. If you question the adoption fee, then you need to ask yourself if you can properly care for the dog. The Shih Tzu is a high maintenance dog and they need extra care in grooming and medical care.
Also... if your idea is to adopt a rescued Shih Tzu because you don't want to pay a breeder’s price, you have a misconception of what rescue is all about. Rescue is about giving a dog a chance at life when he would otherwise not get one.
Rescue dogs range in age from puppies (rarely) to very elderly. Since most people prefer young dogs, it may take a longer time to find one...so please consider opening your heart to an older dog. They also need compassion and love and most often are the best behaved. They need homes just as much, if not more, than the younger dogs. If you have made it this far, and are still interested ,to request an adoption application.visit our web site @ www.shihtzurescuemn.org
Placing a rescued Shih Tzu in a safe and loving home is our number one priority. Besides assessing the Shih Tzu for its needs, we also assess potential homes to assure that the environment and caregivers will be able to provide the right balance of love and attention that each and every Shih Tzu deserves. We are always searching for that special person or family that is willing to open up their home and is ready to be smothered with love by these most wonderful pets. Please visit our web site @ shihtzurescuemn.org
Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota PO Box 46562