Shih Tzu Rescue Information
Find Out Where And How To
Adopt A Shih Tzu And Shih Tzu Puppies

If you are looking for a Shih Tzu rescue in your area or just needing more information and/or resources on how to adopt a Shih Tzu, then this page is just for you. Humane societies, animal shelters and rescue groups are the primary sources for legitimate adoptions. These agencies may or may not, at any given time, have Shih Tzu puppies available for adoption, so you might want to keep checking back with them or consider adopting an older Shih Tzu.


Rescue groups might be your best option when trying to locate Shih Tzu puppies for adoption because these wonderful organizations specialize in the breed. Humane societies and animal shelters are excellent choices as well but they handle all types of dogs, so finding a Shih Tzu might be a little more difficult. But, you never know; you might get lucky on your first attempt.

Keep in mind that Shih Tzu rescues are organizations that try to find quality, lifetime homes for the dogs and puppies under their care. These rescue groups take in Shih Tzus for a variety of reasons. Some of these include: previous owners could no longer financially support their dog, dog was found neglected or abused, dog was rescued from a puppy mill, dog was found abandoned, etc. Once brought into rescue, the Shih Tzus are fed, given appropriate medical attention, groomed and bathed, checked for behavioral disposition and most importantly - showered with love, respect and attention. Then the Shih Tzu is placed in a volunteer foster home where they will remain until a permanent home has been found. Many of the rescue groups are strong advocates of the "No Kill" policy which basically means that euthanasia will not be performed on their Shih Tzus, even if a permanent home is never found.

Shih Tzu puppies for adoption as well as adult Shih Tzus are ready and anxiously awaiting for you and the new loving home that you can provide for them. But first, there are some important details that you should know about. Normally, to adopt a Shih Tzu, a lot of paperwork and documentation will be required on your behalf. These Shih Tzu rescue groups and other organizations want only the best homes for their puppies and dogs so lengthy applications are usually thoroughly investigated. Here are some common questions that you might find on a typical rescue application:

  • Who is your employer and how long have you worked there?
  • Have you had any previous experience with the Shih Tzu?
  • Are you willing to take responsibility for the Shih Tzu for its lifetime?
  • Why do you want to adopt a Shih Tzu?
  • What is your current housing status? Do you own a home, rent a home or apartment? If renting, does your landlord allow pets?
  • How many children live at home with you and what are their ages?
  • How much time can you dedicate to your Shih Tzu on a daily basis?
  • Does your family have a veterinarian?
  • Are you familiar with the Shih Tzu dog breed including their behaviors, temperament and known health risks?
  • Do you currently own any other dogs, cats or other pets?

The above questions are just a small sampling of what you could normally expect to find on a typical Shih Tzu rescue application. When and if you come to this point, please answer all the questions completely and honestly. The applications might seem very lengthy and a little too personal but you have to understand that it's up to these agencies and organizations to find quality, loving and lifetime homes for their Shih Tzus.


So, you've done your research and have decided that you would like to adopt a Shih Tzu. Naturally, there are questions that you might be wondering about such as, "Where can I find a Shih Tzu or puppy for adoption and how much will it cost?" In the next section of this page, we display an ever-growing list of Shih Tzu rescue groups. Some of these are national, regional, or local so please visit their links for more information and to find one in your area. As for the cost of Shih Tzu puppies for adoption or for adult Shih Tzus, prices can vary considerably from one location to the next due to a multitude offactors. But, in general the average price to adopt a Shih Tzu would normally range somewhere between $75 to $500.

Shih Tzu Rescue Agencies

United States Nationwide: American Shih Tzu Club Rescue Info
United States Nationwide: Shih Tzus and Furbabies
Texas: Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso Rescue
Florida: Shih Tzu Rescue, Inc.
Minnesota: Shih Tzu Rescue of MN
Alabama: Southern Shih Tzu & Toy Breed Rescue
Illinois & Indiana: Crossroads Shih Tzu Rescue
California: Small Dog Rescue
California: Holly's Garden Rescue
California: Lhasa Happy Homes

Any other organization that rescues Shih Tzus that wishes to be added to this list, at no charge, please contact us.



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