Shih-Tzu and Precious Paws Rescue

Collierville, TN

Our Mission

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 businesses. 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 at for an address to send those items.

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

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 stressful situations such as loud noisy, scary shelters, abusive homes, hoarding cases, etc. These homeless dogs need a peaceful 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. Without more foster homes, we cannot continue to take in more. Many will die because we have nowhere 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.

We have only limited space to house these rescued animals. We operate 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, 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.

"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

Adoption Policy

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.

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