Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption and Education Safehouse (S.T.R.A.E.S.)

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Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse (S.T.R.A.E.S.) is an all volunteer, not for profit, no-kill, licensed animal shelter, established in 1999 to provide sanctuary, loving care and an adoption program for abandoned and relinquished Shih Tzu. We are an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. 100% of all donations are used to provide care for our shelter dogs. We have no paid staff and our facilities are donated. Our mission includes two special programs. (1) Adoptable dogs with injuries and medical ailments that are costly to treat and who would otherwise be scheduled to die are given the extra-ordinary medical care and lengthy rehabilitation they need to live happy complete lives. (2) Neglected and abused dogs with behavior issues ranging from aggression to fear that have the potential to become loving family members are enrolled in a remedial program with a professional trainer/behaviorist so they too can be successfully placed in “forever homes.” All dogs are kept in a cageless, home-like environment with access to over two fenced-in acres where they can run free. Our Shih Tzu are spayed/neutered prior to adoption, current on annual inoculations and flea/tick and heartworm preventative and have a microchip implant. Complete veterinarian wellness checks are done on all incoming pets and any necessary special tests, medical and/or surgical procedures are provided. Regularly scheduled grooming, parasite checks and treatment are also included as a part of our routine care. All dogs are temperament and personality tested so adopters can be matched with a dog that will best suit their expectations and lifestyle. Follow-up assistance is provided to help the Shih Tzu and new caregiver through the transition period. We provide breed specific and general educational materials for Shih Tzu owners, or potential owners, as well as consultation and training services. We will work with Shih Tzu owners considering giving up their pets, offering alternatives and education in an effort to help keep the Shih Tzu in it's current home.


If you are interested in volunteering at any of the following events please phone (708-645-0730) or email us and we will get back to you.

You are invited to join us at the Chicago Pet Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 Randall Road in St. Charles, from 10am to 5pm, on Saturday and Sunday, November 8th & 9th. Print and use our S.T.R.A.E.S. discount coupons and you will save $1 off the $7 adult admission fee AND one-half ($3) of that admission fee will be donated back to our shelter. Adult tickets are good for the entire weekend ~ Seniors are Free ~ Kids under 18 are Free ~ Parking is Free ~ Bring your entire family for a fun filled affordable weekend. There will be entertaining pet activities, several petting areas, pet services and products, magic acts, cold blooded creatures, pony rides and a whole lot more! ... Rescues, Shelters & Humane Societies will be showing dogs, cats and other animals available for adoption ... Come learn and play with us ... Stop by our booth and share your Shih Tzu stories and pictures and talk endless Shih Tzu! Our beautiful handmade FurBaby Blankies and popular FurBaby Scrunchy Collars will be available (just in time for the holidays!). We will have a raffle drawing at the close of the Pet Show for a gift basket filled with doggy and people delights (winner need not be present) ... Help us earn $$$$'s... print additional S.T.R.A.E.S. discount coupons ... hand them out to ONE AND ALL ... Everyone is invited to join in the fun . . . Please contact us if you are interested in helping out.

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From now through November 15th, we are partnering with the Bon-Ton family of stores through the sale of coupon booklets, good toward store merchandise. With 100% of booklet sales benefiting S.T.R.A.E.S., you can feel good going shopping and great about giving back! This valuable coupon booklet can be purchased for just $5 each, good toward great merchandise at any Carson's, BON-TON, Bergner's, Boston Store, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, and Younkers stores or ONLINE during the special Two Day Community Day Sale on November 14 - November 15. The Community Day booklet is filled with great savings coupons and exclusive offers! For every booklet we sell, we keep the entire $5 purchase price. 100% of the proceeds from the booklet sales will help us save more dogs. This is a major source of funding for the Safehouse but WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

PURCHASE . . . . Purchase $5 Community Days Coupon Booklets from our volunteers:
  • at the Charlestown Mall (St. Charles, IL), Carson Pirie Scott Store, upper level entrance from noon until 4pm, on Saturday, Oct 11; Oct 18; Oct 25; and Nov 8.
  • . . . . or . . . . during our adoption events at the Orland Hills PETSMART store (9277 W 159th St), from 10:30am until 2pm, on Saturday, Oct 11; Oct 25; and Nov 1.
SELL . . . . Sell our $5 Community Days Coupon Booklets yourself at work, school and church events. Sell them to friends, neighbors and family members. . . that's what friends are for!!

If you have questions you can contact the Safehouse at 708-645-0730. If you would like to buy/sell additional booklets please contact Tami, our Community Days Coordinator, at 847-963-9924. Thanks for your support and HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

Do you have an idea you are willing to develop and coordinate that would help to support S.T.R.A.E.S. efforts to give Shih Tzu a second chance at life and a loving home? Please phone (708-645-0730) or email us and we will get back to you. We appreciate your support..

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For a list of available dogs click on the words "OUR PET LIST" above. A full description of any dog can be displayed by clicking on the name of that specific dog. Adoption applications are NOT available online. If you are interested in adopting one of our homeless pets, you can pick up an adoption application and visit with some of our adoptable dogs at one of our PETsMART adoption events.

The Safehouse is NOT open to the public. Potential adopters must visit with the pet(s) of their choice at one of our PETsMART adoption events before we will process their application. You can pick up an adoption application and visit with some of our adoptable dogs at the PETsMART store in GREAT NEW LOCATION Orland Hills, IL (9277 W 159th St.) on Saturday, Oct 11 & 25; Nov 1; and Dec 6. The dogs are available for viewing at the PETsMART store between 10:30am & 2:00pm. The dogs are not adoptable from the store and we accept multiple applications for our dogs. The application process is multi-step and can take a couple of weeks. We do not take all the dogs to PETsMART. If there is a specific dog or dogs you are interested in, a list of the dogs scheduled to attend the event will be available after 11am on the Friday prior to your planned PETsMART visit. Please phone the Safehouse (708-645-0730) at that time.

A Few of Our Requirements

  • Adopter must be at least 21 years of age and have identification and proof of address.
  • Adopter must provide the name, phone number and relationship of three local references (only one relative can be listed as a reference).
  • We do not adopt to homes with children under the age of 6 years (or homes where day care is provided for young children).
  • Applicants over the age of 65 may not adopt dogs under the age of 3 years.
  • No more than one dog (under the age of 10 years) and three cats may reside in the Adopter's household and the resident dog must be spayed/neutered.
  • All members of the adopting household must be interviewed including any resident dog before the final adoption can take place.
  • Adopters must live in Illinois and in the Chicago or suburban area (area codes 708, 630, 331, 847, 312, 773, 872, 815 and 779).
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  • Walmart, PETsMART, Pet Supplies Plus and PetCo gift cards are always helpful.
  • Small dog size soft doggy treats.
  • Nature’s Recipe Grain Free Salmon, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe dry kibble.
  • Office supplies such as: postage stamps, letter size hanging folders, easy peel address and mailing labels, hp Officejet Ink Cartridge 950XL & 951XL, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies such as: paper towels, disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, dish and laundry detergent, etc.
  • We desperately need volunteers to help at our monthly PETsMART store visits: talk to potential adopters, take the dogs out for a potty break, setup and tear down. This is the ONLY way our dogs can meet the public and find their forever new home. The number of dogs presented at the store depends on the number of volunteers that are there to support us.
  • Most of all, we are in need of funds to allow us to continue to provide medical care and shelter for our unwanted, abused and abandoned Shih Tzu.
  • A caring way to memorialize or celebrate a beloved pet or pet lover is through a remembrance donation. Your gift will assist S.T.R.A.E.S. in caring for our special charges. The honoree is sent an appropriate card informing them of your thoughtful gift. You are sent a heartfelt acknowledgement card as a receipt.
  • S.T.R.A.E.S. is an all volunteer organization, there is no paid staff and our facilities are donated. 100% of all donations are used to provide care for our shelter dogs. We are an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, your donation is tax deductable.

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Buy your pet supplies at any of these online pet stores and they will make a cash donation to our shelter.

Sloppy Kiss Cards

Sloppy Kiss Cards are high quality animated ecards for dog lovers. You get to select and name the dog that stars in every ecard you send.
The Sloppy Kiss Cards dog gallery features a Shih Tzu! To join click here and enter STRAES in the "charity code" field.

USBones will donate 25% of your order value (pre-tax & pre-shipping) to S.T.R.A.E.S.
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Our dogs love to sleep on Kuranda Dog beds with soft fleece bed pads.

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Reward your pet with the gift of a Kuranda dog bed and soft fleece bed pad and
Kuranda will donate 10% of your order to our shelter:

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Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption and Education Safehouse (S.T.R.A.E.S.)

14015 Lemont Road
Homer Glen, IL 60491-5821
Phone: 708-645-0730

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