Shih Tzu Rescue

As a nation, we claim to love cats and dogs. Millions of households have companion animals and billions of dollars are spent yearly on pet supplies and food. But as a nation, we should be ashamed that another statistic runs into the millions each year: the number of dogs and cats given up to shelters or left to die on our streets because of pet owners’ irresponsibility.

The numbers tell only half the story. Every cat or dog who dies as a result of pet overpopulation—whether humanely in a shelter or by injury, disease, or neglect—is a living, breathing, feeling being who, more often than not, would make a wonderful companion if given the chance.

As tremendous as the problem of pet overpopulation is, it can be taken on if each of us takes just one small step, starting with not allowing our own animals to breed. The more we all do, the closer we can come to a solution.--ASPCA
According to AKC records, over 42,000 Shih Tzu were registered during 1998. Due to the popularity of Shih Tzu,  many dogs have been bred for monetary reasons without a careful breeding program or proper home placement. Consequently, many of these wonderful Toy dogs become homeless.
Hard, cold facts show that over 52.3 million dogs live in the U.S., and every year, 13.9 million dogs become homeless. Dogs are surrendered because the landlord objects to complaints from other tenants-owners don't have time for their pets or move and don't take their pets with them. About 27% of this population end up in a rescue home; the rest of the homeless dogs find their way to an animal shelter. 15% of sheltered dogs are reclaimed-25% adopted- the other 60% or approximately 8.4 million dogs are euthanized or 3.7 dogs per second.  Anywhere from 25 to 40% of those shelter dogs are purebred. Shih Tzu are part of these numbers. See Know the Facts Before Breeding Your Dog. 

Included in the millions of homeless dogs are the ones that have been treated badly by their owners, or irresponsible breeders. All 50 states have legislation in place to cover cruelty to animals. Cruelty is punishable by law. See Animal Cruelty Legislation.


Shih Tzu Fanciers of Southern CA  (STFSC) Rescue Program was established to take in homeless members of this loveable breed, restore them to good health, and place them in loving homes. Since 1991, the STFSC Rescue Program has placed over 600 dogs.  Our rescue Shih Tzu come from private homes, puppy mills, unprofessional breeders, lost Shih Tzu whose owners could not be found, and abandoned dogs.


The perfect home for life!  Rescue dogs have gone through at least one disappointment or personal "hell" in their lives, and we do not want to put them through another sad chapter. We are very realistic when talking to people about the possibility of owning a dog. We tell them the negative things that they will probably encounter, such as potty training, grooming, and of course the flea problems. We try to supply the new owner with educational pamphlets and booklets to help with these problems and facilitate new owner transitions. We already know the positive side
Funding for the Rescue Program are donations from the club, private donations and fund raisers.  We welcome all donations to our rescue efforts. If you wish to make a tax deductible donation, send your check to:
7387 Peace Rose Street
Las Vegas, NV 89131
If you wish more information about our rescue program, email us.