Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Applicant must be at least 21 years of age, show identification to confirm their identity and provide proof of a permanent address and telephone number.
Renters must have permission from the property owner.
Applicants must have adequate income for support care including regular and emergency veterinary care, training, dog food, boarding, grooming and dog supplies.
Applicant must be physically capable of or must have adequate assistance to properly train and manage an active dog, including walking the dog on a regular daily basis.
No more than one additional neutered/spayed dog (under the age of 10 years) and three cats may reside in the Applicant’s household. All dogs must be spayed/neutered.
No children under 6 years of age may reside in the Applicant’s household. Applicant may not provide day care services within the residence.
Applicants over the age of 60 may not adopt dogs under the age of 3 years.
Applicant must be willing to allow a Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse representative to complete pre & post adoption follow up, either in person, and/or by telephone.
When adopting a dog from Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse, a legally binding and enforced contract must be signed. The adoption application and the adoption agreement must be signed by the same person(s).
The dog must remain in the care of and reside with the adopter. If at any time the Adopter is unwilling or unable to keep the dog, or unable to provide it with proper care, it must be returned to Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse.
Applicant home must have a fenced in yard or dog run (no stake or trolley or other type tie outs, or electronic fences permitted). Consideration is given for apartment, condo and townhouse residences.
Applicant must agree to enroll with the dog in an approved obedience/socialization class within two months of the adoption date. Proof of completion of the class must be provided to Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse.
Adoption Fee -- adoption fees are nonrefundable and subject to change without notice (age at intake): adult dog: $ 200 – adult dog pair: $ 350 - dogs under 13 months: $450 - dogs under 25 months: $400 - dogs under 36 months: $350 (senior to senior adoptions – dogs over 10 years & adopter over 65 years - $100)
Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse makes no representations or warranties about the health, personality, condition, temperament or behavior of the dog.
Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse reserves the right to refuse any adoption request at will.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.