Peke A Tzu Rescue, a sanctuary for senior and special needs dogs, is a Non-Profit Shih Tzu and Pekingese Rescue exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
We are an Animal Protection Shelter registered with the State of Michigan and function under a Special Use Permit within our township.
We rescue dogs from local animal shelters, animal control facilities and private owners. All are fostered in our homes until they find their Forever Home. All vetting needs are addressed upon arrival with the appropriate follow up vet visits. We also provide a Pre Adoption Physical which is done within a 7 day period prior to adoption. This physical includes a wellness exam and fecal. A copy of the Pre Adoption Physical with our veterinarian's signature will be supplied to the adopter.
Peke A Tzu Rescue provides a loving, caring environment for all of those that arrive. When the dogs come through our door they are part of our family - what is ours is theirs. They are never crated or kenneled, but are welcomed to our couches and beds with open arms. We immediately address any health issues and all are brought up to date on shots, heartworm tested and spayed/neutered. Then the most heart wrenching care begins. To let them know that they are loved and wanted, that each in their own are very special, to put light back in their eyes, to teach them to trust a human again. There is no better feeling than to see one of these babies take little steps toward being once again, a healthy, happy, loving being. The greatest reward is that first kiss, seeing the tail wagging, having beautiful eyes looking at you with total trust. This is what rescue is all about - loving, nurturing and helping these wonderful creatures become whole once again.
Our guidelines are based on years of rescue experience. We have made a commitment to find a safe and loving forever home for each foster in our rescue. If we make a mistake on our selection of a forever home, it could cost the dog his/her life. Many rescuers, who have little or no adoption guidelines, have seen disastrous results such as the adopted dog dumped in a kill shelter within weeks of adoption, where he/she can be destroyed within 3 days. Sometimes the adopted dog was given away to a friend or family member of the adopted parent, and the dog was later dumped. We dearly love our fosters and are solely responsible for their future happiness and health. We will not allow this to happen to our fosters. For this reason, we require a signed adoption application, contract and notarized agreement all stating that "if the adopted parent cannot keep the dog for any reason, he/she agrees to notify Peke A Tzu Rescue and to return the dog upon request. If the dog is not returned, we have permission to enter the home and remove the adopted dog." If you are not willing to agree to these terms, do not complete an adoption application. Our other adoption guidelines are explained below.
Dogs will not be placed in homes with children under the age of 10
Dogs will not be placed in homes with pets in excess of 30 pounds
Dogs will not be placed with an adult who is planning on having children in the next few years
Applicant must have current or previous pet ownership to verify vet history and care
Applicant must have a fenced yard. There are exceptions to this, but 95% of our fosters require a fenced yard
Dogs will not be placed in a home with an invisible fence
Young dogs will not be placed with elderly adults
Applicant must be 25 years or older
An adoption fee is required and is non negotiable and non refundable
Applicant must be a home owner due to leasing/renting complications
Applicant must undergo reference checks and a home visit
The person submitting the application must be the person adopting
Applicant must have a vet reference
All pets must reside inside the applicant’s home
All current pets must be spayed/neutered and current on all vaccinations (or current vaccination titer test), heartworm tested annually and on heartworm preventative
Puppies will not be placed in a home where they are left alone for more than 2 hours without adult supervision
We will NOT process the following Applications:
Applications received without Application Fee payment
Applications that are incomplete
Applications that do not meet our Adoption Guidelines