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Shih-Tzu and Precious Paws Rescue

Collierville, TN

Our Mission

Have you ever wondered where all the rescued dogs live while waiting to be adopted? Some people assume that Shih Tzu and Precious Paws has a nice shelter to house our dogs. 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 noisy, scary shelters, abusive homes, hoarding cases, the streets, 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 that 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 the lives of these pets. Without more foster homes, we cannot continue to take in pets who need us. 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 to know that you helped your foster dog have a second chance at happiness with a family that loves him as much as you do. If you have adopted from us in the past, we especially invite you to foster by simply contacting us and completing a few easy steps. 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. Please help us save lives and apply to become a foster parent today.

Donations are gladly accepted and much appreciated! We do not receive government funding from city, county, or state. We operate only by private donations from individuals and businesses. Without these kind donations, we cannot continue to save animals or provide them with the medical care they need. More often than not, the adoption donation doesn't fully cover our cost. Our adoption donations vary depending on the age of the pet and the cost incurred in providing care. At times we have several dogs undergoing heartworm treatments which can be costly for us. Every donation, large or small, adds up and enables us to provide much needed help in giving these homeless pets a second chance at a happy and healthy life.

If you would like to make a donation please email Donna Hadley at, contact her cell phone at (901)485-4303, or mail a personal check to:
Shih Tzu and Precious Paws Rescue
55 Oak Grove Drive
Byhalia, Ms 38611

We also need foster homes!

"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 $400-$800. 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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