About Us



       Welcome to Pine Valley Shih Tzu Rescue

        P.O. BOX 52022, Philadelphia, PA 19115



Established In 1991 near

Historic Bucks County, Pa.

Pine Valley Shih Tzu Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization located in the Philadelphia, PA area since 1991.  PVSTR is dedicated to rescuing and re-homing Shih Tzu dogs and other small breeds.  We are an all volunteer animal rescue group that takes in the old, the young, the injured, the neglected, the malnourished, the abused, and the forgotten.  We save the ones that are in danger of being put to sleep in kill shelters and puppy mills, as well as owner surrenders and abused/neglected cases.

We are not a Shelter or Animal Facility.  All of our dogs are evaluated and placed in foster care where our Volunteers provide loving homes for them until the right family comes along.  All need veterinary care and some have needed special care. Many need TLC, rehabilitation, and sometimes, all they need is time - time to heal, both mentally and physically.  Our animals have gone on to enjoy new and improved lives in loving Forever Homes with their adoptive owners.



Adopting A Friend


Step 1: Fill out an Adoption Application
Be sure to answer all questions.

Step 2: Review of Your Application
Someone from the Pine Valley Shih Tzu Rescue Applications Committee will review your application to determine if it should move on to the next step. Since our goal is to find the perfect safe and happy forever home for every animal, we appreciate your understanding should you be eliminated as an adoption candidate.

Step 3: Veterinary Reference Check
Pine Valley Shih Tzu Rescue will verify your vet history as listed on your application to ensure that your current pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered (we will not place one of our dogs in a home where there is another intact animal). If you do not have a pet, we will verify that the vet you have selected exists.

Step 4: Phone or Email Interview
A volunteer will contact you directly to conduct a phone interview consisting of questions about you, your family, your home and other scenarios to determine a suitable match for your home. This process can take as much as two to three weeks but also can be completed in less time in some cases.

Step 5: Home Visit
The final step of the approval process is a home visit. A home visit is when a volunteer comes to your home to determine if it is safe and acceptable for the animal you wish to adopt. A representative from Pine Valley Shih Tzu Rescue will arrange the home visit at the convenience of all parties involved.

Step 6: Adopt
Once this process is completed and all requirements are met, the adoption can proceed.

Who We Are

We are a group of individuals that volunteer our time to help animals in need get a second chance at life. We are a small breed dog, no-kill rescue and operate out of our homes and foster homes. In addition to providing rescue efforts, we do work full-time jobs so please be patient with us. We will attempt to respond to all emails as quickly as possible.



Volunteers and Fosters:

We are always looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of the rescue from transporting to vet appointments, fundraising, events, etc. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at

We are always searching for foster homes where we may place our rescues until they find permanent homes. If you would be interested in becoming a foster, please contact us at


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