If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.
 - Mark Twain


Shih Tzu And Precious Paws Rescue

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Important Notice About This Group

IMPORTANT UPDATE JANUARY 12, 2013: THANK YOU FOR THE MANY FLOWERS, CARDS AND LETTERS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS.

DONNA IS IMPROVING ON A DAILY BASIS AND IS ONCE AGAIN READY TO HELP THE BREED SHE LOVES SO MUCH "THE SHIH TZU". SHE STILL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING INTAKE BUT WILL BE HELPING BY FINDING AND REFERRING YOU TO ONE OF HER MANY CONTACTS THAT CAN HELP THE SHIH TZU. DONNA WILL ACCEPT PHONE CALLS, EMAILS AND TEXT FROM ANYONE NEEDING HELP FOR A FURKID. SHE WILL ALSO BE HAPPY TO COURTESY POST YOUR PET ON HER SHIH TZU AND PRECIOUS PAWS RESCUE PAGE ON PERFINDER AND ON HER PERSONAL FACEBOOK PAGE.


DONNA WOULD LIKE TO SAY A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO TERESA OSBORNE, DIRECTOR OF LONE STAR SHIH TZU AND LHASA APSO RESCUE FOR ALL SHE AND HER MANY FOSTERS DID TO HELP THE HADLEY SHIH TZUS.


IMPORTANT NOTICE OCTOBER 22, 2012: DONNA HADLEY, THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF THIS RESCUE, HAS WORKED EXTREMELY HARD FOR THE PAST TWELVE YEARS TO SAVE THE SHIH TZU. SHE HAS SUCCESSFULLY SAVED HUNDREDS OF DEATH ROW, ABUSED AND NEGLECTED DOGS IN SHELTERS ALL ACROSS THE SOUTH. SHE HAS PLACED HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS MORE INTO LOVING HOMES. SADLY, ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH, DONNA SUFFERED A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK. AT THIS TIME DONNA IS UNABLE TO CONTINUE HER WORK OF SAVING THE SHIH TZU AND PRECIOUS PAWS SHE LOVES SO MUCH. KNOWING SHE WAS IN BAD HEALTH, SHE ARRANGED SEVERAL MONTHS AGO FOR THE SISTER GROUP LONE STAR SHIH TZU AND LHASA APSO RESCUE IN HOUSTON, TX TO TAKE HER FOSTER DOGS INTO THEIR CARE. THIS WEEK, THEY DID JUST THAT. ALL THE DOGS HAVE BEEN OR ARE CURRENTLY BEING TRANSPORTED INTO NEW FOSTER HOMES. DONNA IS STILL HOSPITALIZED AS OF TODAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012. IF YOU WERE LOOKING AT THIS PAGE AND ARE INTERESTED IN A DOG YOU SAW HERE, PLEASE CONTACT LONE STAR FOR ADOPTION INFORMATION. LONE STAR SHIH TZU AND LHASA APSO WILL BE HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU IN ADOPTING A FORMER RESCUED ANIMAL FROM THIS GROUP. WE DEEPLY REGRET, THIS RESCUE WILL BE TAKING A BREAK UNTIL DONNA IS ABLE TO CONTINUE THE WORK SHE LOVES SO MUCH. DONNA WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING INTAKE AT THE PRESENT TIME. WE ASK FOR PRAYERS AND HEALING WISHES FOR HER RECOVERY. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP PAY DOWN THE RESCUE'S HUGE VET BILL WHICH IS QUITE LARGE, YOU MAY MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO EASTGATE ANIMAL CLINIC, 5082 PARK AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TN 38117-5709 OR CALL IN YOUR DONATION BY CREDIT CARD TO (901)683-6339.



I AM A FOREVER DOG, NOT AN 'UNTIL DOG.'

I'm not an "until you get bored with me" dog.

I'm not an "until you find a girlfriend" dog.
...
I'm not an "until you have a baby" dog.

I'm not an "until you have to move" dog.

I'm not an "until you have no time" dog.

I'm not an "until I get old" dog.

I'm a FOREVER DOG.

If you can't give me forever, then I'm not your dog.

IT'S REALLY THAT SIMPLE.

Anonymous


Would You Like To Help

We are in desperate need of donations!  We get no government funding from city, county or the state.  We survive only by private donations from individuals and business.  Without these kind donations, we cannot continue to save animals from high kill shelters or provide them with the medical care they need.  more often than not, the adoption donation doesn't cover our costs incurred. Our adoption donation for most of our rescued pets ranges between $250-$350, depending on the age of the pet.  Our costs of taking in just one animal needing basic vetting can run as much as $300-$350.  We currently have several under going heart worm treatments which can cost $400-$500 over and above the initial vet bills.  Every donation large or small adds up and enables us to provide the much needed help to give these homeless pets a second chance to living a happy and healthy life.  

 

We, also need crates, leashes, harnesses, beds, blankets and small bite Science Diet dog food or chicken Science Diet in the can. Some of you have asked where you can send toys for donations. Please email us privately for an address to send those items.


Email Shih Tzu and Precious Paws

Your donations of any kind would be appreciated more than words can express.

If you would like to make a donation to this cause, please mail your personal check to:

Shih Tzu and Precious Paws Rescue

P.O. Box 238

Collierville, TN 38027

 



FEATURED PET OF THE MONTH


Bosie Would Love To Be A Member Of Your Family

UPDATE: BOISE HAS BEEN ADOPTED!!!!!!! Bosie came to this rescue some time ago. Sadly, he had been in a home where he was neglected. He was forced to live outside in the hot sun and cold winters. He was tied to a tree! He was not allowed indoors because according to his owner, "He wanted to be in my lap all the time". Excuse me, but people like that do not need to have pets! Another small rescue took Boise in until they found out he had heart worms. They felt he needed more than they could handle, so they contacted us. Boise was very sick when we got him. He had to be on antibiotics for a while to get healthier before we could treat him for heart worms. After he got strong enough, the heart worm treatment began. Boise came through with flying colors and has now tested heart worm negative! He gets a long well with other dogs and absolutely loves people and loves the attention from humans. If you would like to meet Boise, please contact Donna at shihtzumom@centurylink.net. You can speed up the process by submitting the adoption application found here. We will contact you as soon as we have your application in hand.


We Need Foster Homes

Have you ever wondered where all the rescued dogs live while waiting to be adopted?  Most people seem to think Shih Tzu and Precious Paws has a nice shelter to house our dogs in.  That's not the case.  They live in our homes with us. We provide a "Foster Home" until they can find their own forever home.

These dogs have already come out of very stressfull situations such as loud noisy, scary shelters, abusive homes, hoarding cases, etc.  These homeless dogs need a peacful place to live and feel secure while being re socialized.  They all need to be loved on and held.  They need to be reassured not all humans are bad. Some may need a little help with housetraining, but we will assist you with training aids if necessary.  They need a place to run and play and interact with humans and other animals. You can make a difference in their life.

We need foster homes desperately.  Without more foster homes, we cannot continue to take in more.  Many will die because we have no where for them to go.  Fostering can be short term or long term.  As difficult as it is to let them go when they are adopted, it's also very rewarding.  Just knowing without you and your help, your foster dog wouldn't have that second chance at happiness with a family that loves him or her as much as you do. 

If you  have adopted from us before, it's easy for you to foster for us.  If not, please contact us for more information on how you can apply to foster.  Shih Tzu and Precious Paws takes care of all vet care, heart worm preventative, medications, etc.  All you do is provide the food and the love.  Your reward is knowing you have helped save a life by fostering.

 

"Yes, it takes time to rescue and foster... but who gave me Time in the first place? And why or what was the reason I was given Time? To fill my own needs? Or was there another reason ever so small and seemingly insignificant, like rescuing this one dog, that could make a difference in another's life? Perhaps to add joy, hope, help and companionship to another who is in need"? -- AUTHOR UNKNOWN

 

Ralphie is one of our adoptable pets currently in an approved foster home.



We got a call from a shelter in Arkansas asking if we could take Ralphie into our rescue.  He needed medical attention the shelter just could not provide.  He needed a rescue or he was going to be euthanized.  We took him in and got him the medical help he needed as soon as possible.  We are thrilled to say he's completely recovered and is looking for a special home where he will be loved forever.  He's is a wonderful foster home and doing great there.  He's getting lots of love and extra attention. .

Shih-Tzu and Precious Paws Rescue is in desperate need of foster homes. Due to the economy, families are surrendering family pets to shelters in record numbers.  In turn, the shelters are overflowing with perfectly adoptable pets who will die needlessly and alone in these shelters if help comes too late. Some are never even given a chance to be adopted in the shelters because by law, the shelter can put them down immediately as an owner turn in.  When shelters are full, dogs are put down by the dozens.

We also have only limited space to house these rescued animals  We opperate without kennels or "shelters" and foster these innocent animals in our own homes.  Without qualified foster homes, we cannot rescue them from the shelters nor can we save them from the streets. We need temporary foster homes until a forever home can be found.  If you would like to become part of the solution and foster one of our rescues like "Ralphie", please contact us for all the details. You would be making room so that another homeless pet can be saved.  For each pet placed in their forever home, we have four more homeless that need a place to go or they will die.  We need your help. Please help us save lives and become a foster home today.


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Our Happy Tails

November was Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Thankfully, we had several of our seniors adopted, but we were especially "over the moon" with joy that our sister pair, Precious and Candi were adopted.  Not only were they adopted, they were adopted together.  We would not let them be separated.

This is their amazing happy reunion story:  Candi and Precious were ten years old when they were dumped at the Memphis Animal Shelter by their own family after they were separated from their loving owner due to illness or death.  By divine intervention, or call it the will of God, these two sisters managed to end up in this rescue with Ms Donna.

Precious was rescued first because she had a terrible skin condition and was literally on her way to the Rainbow Bridge when Dr Chandler called the shleter to offer her medical treatment.  One of our facebook followers let us know she was at the shelter so Donna followed up. After she was treated by Doctor Chandler, she was able to come home with Donna. Almost a week later, Donna went to the shelter to pull a dog for someone else and saw the most beautiful little white female looking so sad and lonely.  She told the shelter she wanted to save her. When she filled out the necessary paperwork to save this one, named Candi, she learned from the shelter officer that the one she had saved a week earlier was this one's sister!  Precious was actually her sister! OMG, no wonder Candi was looking so sad. They had been each other's world for ten years and were separated when Precious was taken to the vet and saved by our rescue.  When Donna got Candi home to reunite her with Precious, it was the most beautiful and tearful reunion! These two little girls were so happy they couldn't get enough love from one another. It was one of the most beautiful moments Donna has ever been a part of. She sat in the floor with them and cried as she watch them love on each other again. There are no words to really express the joy of seeing the two of them together again.  We were able to adopt them together to a wonderful home where they continue to do well together.

God bless the family who opened up their home to Precious and Candi.




Congratulations to Precious and Candi.  

They are living very happy lives TOGETHER in the same home.  We are absolutely overwhelmed with happiness for these two!



Reunions at the Bridge

[Author Unknown]

The young pup and the older dog lay on shaded sweet grass watching the reunions. Sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, sometimes a whole family would approach the Rainbow Bridge, be greeted by their loving pets and cross the bridge together.

The young pup playfully nipped at the older one. "Look! Something wonderful is happening!" The older dog stood up and barked, "Quickly. Get over to the path." "But that's not my owner," whined the pup, but he did as he was told.

Thousands of pets surged forward as a figure in white walked on the path toward the bridge. As the glowing figure passed each animal, that animal bowed its head in love and respect. The figure finally approached the bridge, and was met by a menagerie of joyous animals. Together, they all walked over the bridge and disappeared.

The young pup was still in awe. "Was that an angel?" he whispered. "No, son." The older dog replied. "That was more than an angel. That was a person who worked rescue."

 

Dedicated to all those who work animal rescue.



Adopting A New Best Friend

Potential adopters must complete an application, which includes personal information, personal and veterinarian references, and questions which will help us determine which pet will fit best in your home and family. The applicant must sign an Adoption Agreement and Contract.

We are looking for homes that understand that adopting a pet is a 15 to 20 year commitment to care and love our homeless friends. Please call or email us to make an appointment to meet these precious little homeless animals. We are a very small group of volunteers, who work full time jobs, so please be patient with us while we return calls. We understand how excited and anxious you are to adopt your new pet and we are equally as excited at the possibility of a homeless pet having a new home. We do return all phone calls and answer all e-mails within 24 hours.

While you wait to hear from us, please find us on Facebook. Stop by and "like" our page. Here you will find the latest information available regarding our pets and rescue news.

Our Adoption Program is designed to ensure the placement of our foster babies into permanent, loving, responsible forever homes. We make every effort to match our fur babies with the adopter, so as not to expose the animal to any further trauma, stress, neglect, or rejection. We strive to see that our fur babies receive the stability and unconditional love they deserve for the rest of their lives. Adopting a new family member should involve a well-thought out and deliberate process. Adopting a pet should not be an impulsive  decision. Please understand that we do not want our fur kids to ever be homeless again.

Adoption donations vary depending on the age of the pet and what the circumstances are coming to us. This usually ranges between $250-$400. You should always ask when you call or email about the pet. Fenced yards are preferred and required in most cases, however each adoption application is worked on a case by case basis depending on the living situation.

Our adoption procedures are strict and our screening process is very thorough. Potential applicants must complete an adoption application, agree to a home visit and interview, and sign an adoption contract. We hold the right to disapprove any adoption. All pets are altered, heart worm tested, current on vaccinations and checked by a vet prior to being placed with their forever family. All adoption donations go toward the rescue and care of other animals in need including extensive medical care in many cases which far exceed the donation for adoption. 

We look forward to working with you.


ADOPTION APPLICATION



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Shih-Tzu and Precious Paws Rescue
Collierville, TN 38017
Phone: 662-893-1037

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