Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Shih Tzu Rescue

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Who We Are. . .

We rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home Shih Tzu into permanent adoptive homes. We do adopt outside Ohio, but we do not ship our dogs. Adopters should be prepared to come to Ohio to pick up their new family member. Ohio has a significant number of homeless Shih Tzu, and we are dedicated to reducing and ultimately eliminating Shih Tzu that have to be euthanized due to space in shelters.

Our Foster Dogs. . .

Our foster dogs come from a variety of situations and circumstances. We pull dogs from county shelters who are out of time, owner turn-ins, dogs no longer useful to commercial breeders, dogs left homeless because of the death of an owner. By pulling dogs from shelters, we are saving two dogs because we are opening up space in the shelter so that will not have to euthanize a dog that day. As space allows, we take in dogs from owners who can no longer, for a variety of reasons, care for their dog. Some of the commercial breeders will cooperate with rescue and not kill dogs who are no longer useful to them, instead they will send them to rescue.

We do not have a shelter, we operate as a foster-home based organization where our foster dogs are treated like members of the family. We vet our foster dogs and treat any medical issues they might have. All of our dogs are spayed/neutered prior to adoption, update vaccines and test for heartworm disease and start them on heartworm and flea prevention. The dog is then assessed to determine which home setting will set the dog up for success. It is our goal to place each of our foster dogs in the last home they will ever need.

Every dog in rescue has had a tough break and some rescue dogs may have some behavioral or medical issues. We do our best to fully advise potential adopters of issues or quirks that we find while in rescue. These dogs are often very scared, and unsure of where they belong. There may be some training needed or some bad habits to correct. However, rescue dogs usually have plenty of love, affection and gratitude to give back. Most of all, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped save a life.

What we look for in an adoptive home. . .

*All pets in your house must be spayed/neutered and current on vaccines and heartworm test before we will place a Shih Tzu with you. (The only exception to the spay/neuter would be if you are showing the dog in conformation shows, or due to a substantiated medical reason.

What does current on vaccines mean?

Current Vaccine Protocol consists of Rabies, DHPP, and bordetella (recommended), heartworm test, and heartworm prevention

*Adoptions to families with children under the age of 8 are on a case by case basis. Preference will be given to families with young children if you currently have a dog in the home. Our primary concern is for our foster dog. Many dogs are turned into shelters and rescues because of problems with young children. We do not place young dogs into elderly homes as there stands too much of a risk for injury to the person and the dog. We do, however, always have an abundance of dogs in the 4-8 year old age range looking for wonderful homes. They are the perfect age for most any household and especially senior adopters.

*Our application requests 3 personal references, and we do call them.

*We also conduct a home visit for every adopter.

*Adopters must be over 21 years old.

*We do adopt to renters, but you must list your landlord as a 4th reference.

Know the Breed. . .

An average Shih Tzu will live 14-18 years......so what age dog is best for you?

Puppy through 1 yr. old.........Lots of chewing, not reliably housetrained, needs much attention and training, not a good choice if you are gone all day.

1-3 Yr. 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 Yr. Old.......Able to be trusted alone in the house for short periods, needs several hours of playtime daily, will become bored easily, will chew from boredom.

5+ .... A perfect dog. Past the chewing stage, reliably housetrained, content to sleep while you are gone, will want to play for a few hours, but will be ready to sleep again when you do.

The first step to adoption is filling out an online application. Once we review your application and call your references, a volunteer will contact you to set up the home visit with your family. This is NOT a "white glove" inspection. We assess the home environment you have to provide you with a good match. All family members must be present. Once you have been approved, you may begin meeting our dogs.

Our adoption donations range from $150 to $400, and help offset the expenses of vetting and fostering. All dogs are up to date on vaccines, are heartworm negative and on prevention, spayed or neutered, and treated for any immediate medical problems before they are ready for adoption. We do not receive free vet care and spent over $35,000 in 2010 on the vetting of our foster dogs. Please keep in mind that the adoption is a small cost over the lifetime of the dog. If you question the adoption cost, then you need to ask yourself if you can properly care for the dog. .

Also... if your idea is to adopt a rescue Shih Tzu because you don't want to pay a breeder's price, you haven't the correct knowledge because that is not what rescue is all about. Rescue is about giving a dog a chance who otherwise would not get one.

Rescue dogs range in age from puppies (rarely) to very elderly. Since most people prefer young dogs, it may take a long 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,

Adoption Process. . .

The first step in our process is to submit an online Adoption Application Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Shih Tzu Rescue Adoption Application

This application can be submitted from this web site and has some drop down boxes with several choices. You can only select one answer so choose the answer that most closely fits. Once your application is complete, YOU MUST CLICK ON SUBMIT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. If you have any problems with submitting this application be sure to let us know. Our email address is info@ohiofuzzypawz.org We require a completed adoption application complete with at least 3 references and a home screening. Prospective homes must meet the adoption criteria listed above. We do assess each of our dogs on an individual basis and some dogs may require additional criteria such as a fenced yard or no small children. We do annotate that on the individual biography for each foster dog. After you fill out an application and the references are called, we will meet with you and your family in your home. By having a personal meeting and instructional home visit, we will then determine which Shih Tzu in rescue 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.

Donations and Volunteering

Donations to our rescue effort are much appreciated. We are always grateful to receive cash donations, or donations of supplies (all sizes of crates, premium dog food, towels, blankets, shampoo, toys and treats, etc.) Some of our dogs have special medical needs and donations can be made directly towards their medical treatments. We can also use help with transporting dogs and fostering. FOSTER HOMES are a great need! For every foster parent there is one more dog saved from the shelters, from being unwanted, and also from abusive homes. Please consider fostering! Typical time frames for fostering are from 2 weeks to several months at a time. It is very rewarding and you will enjoy watching the Shih Tzu blossom under your care. If you wish to join Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Rescue or become a foster parent, you can request information and a rescue application from info@ohiofuzzypawz.org

Pets available from other Shih Tzu Rescues

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Bluegrass Shih Tzu Rescue - Kentucky

Furever Shih Tzu Rescue - Michigan

Furever Shih Tzu & Japanese Chin Rescue - Missouri

PA Shih Tzu Rescue - Pennsylvania



Come Visit Us!

We do not have a permanent shelter facility as our organization is a foster home based organzation. All of our dogs are kept in foster homes as part of our families. Please contact us to set up a meeting with the dog you are interested in AFTER you have completed the adoption process as explained above.
Ohio Fuzzy Pawz Shih Tzu Rescue
Columbus, Ohio
Email: info@ohiofuzzypawz.org
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