Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse (S.T.R.A.E.S.) is an all volunteer, non-profit, no-kill, licensed shelter, established in 1998 to provide sanctuary, loving care and an adoption program for abandoned and relinquished Shih Tzu. Our mission also includes these special programs: (1) Adoptable small 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 mild 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.” (3) Resident dogs, diagnosed with terminal illness and needing end-of-life hospice care are given the comfort, gentle nursing, love and best quality of life possible for however long, and, when the end comes, they are not alone but find peace in the arms of love.
We only adopt locally, which we consider up to an hour and a half or so drive from our location (land line area codes 708, 872, 630/331, 847/224, 312/773, 815/779). Exceptions may be considered for senior or special needs dogs. We do not adopt out-of-state – no exception.
We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus Pandemic; it is amazing how challenging life has become in such a very short time. The Safehouse is not open to the public. You can meet our available dogs, receive and submit our adoption application ONLY during our designated Petsmart adoption events. However, PetSmart has notified us that they are temporarily suspending all in-store adoption events until further notice. In an effort to comply with the PetSmart decision, CDC guidelines, social distancing recommendations, and Governor Pritzker’s "stay at home" executive order, we are temporarily discontinuing our PetSmart store meet and greet adoption events and, as a result, suspending adoptions until further notice. In an effort to manage the dual responsibilities of protecting human health and saving animal lives through this crisis, we are considering all ways to resume adoptions of the dogs in our care with minimal interaction with people. It’s too soon to really know how the COVID-19 crisis will progress but PetSmart Charities has informed us that they will allow in-store meet and greet adoption events to resume as soon as it is safe to do so. As we continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation, we will most likely be making additional changes to our adoption processes as needed. Updates will be posted on Facebook www.facebook.com/shihtzu.safehouse and our website www.straes.org.
The Safehouse is not open to the public. Potential adopters can only visit with our dogs at one of our off-site (designated) adoption events.
In 2019, we are scheduled to show our available dogs at the PETsMART store in Crestwood, IL (4975 Cal Sag Rd.) on the first and second Saturdays of every month between 10:30am & 2pm. Applications are accepted between 10:45am & 1:45pm. We will post any schedule changes on Facebook.
You can complete and submit your application for a specific dog only after you have met and spent some hands-on time with the dog you wish to adopt and spoken with one of our volunteers. All members of the adopting household must be interviewed before we will process an application. If your application is approved, your resident dog must be introduced to the S.T.R.A.E.S. dog at the shelter before the actual adoption can take place.
Your completed application must include the name of the dog you wish to adopt along with the name, phone number and relationship of three to five local references; only one relative or employee can be listed as a reference. Veterinarian information is included within the application and cannot be used as a personal reference.
We WILL NOT PROCESS an application that does not include the name of a specific dog; an application for a dog you have not met; or an application completed by someone other than the actual person who will live with and be responsible for the care of the dog.