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Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse (S.T.R.A.E.S.)

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.

shelter is not open to the public
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 645-0730

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Adopters must live within the Illinois telephone (land line) area codes: 708, 630, 331, 847, 312, 773, 815 and 779).

About Our Shelter:

Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption and Education Safehouse (S.T.R.A.E.S.) is an all volunteer, not for profit, no kill, licensed shelter established to provide refuge, care and an adoption program for abandoned and relinquished purebred Shih Tzu. All our dogs are kept in a home-like environment with access to over two fenced-in acres where the dogs can run free. Our Shih Tzu are spayed/neutered prior to adoption, current on annual inoculations and heartworm preventative and have an AVID Friendchip identification implant. Complete veterinarian checks are done on all incoming pets and any necessary special tests, medical and/or surgical procedures are provided. Regularly scheduled grooming, parasite checks and treatment are also included as a part of our routine care. All dogs are temperament and personality tested so potential new owners can be matched with a dog that will best suit their needs and lifestyle.

Our rescue group is very knowledgeable about the breed characteristics and specific care requirements of the Shih Tzu. Assistance is provided to help the Shih Tzu and new owner through the transition period. We provide breed specific and general educational materials for Shih Tzu owners, or potential owners, as well as consultation and training services. We will work with Shih Tzu owners considering giving up their pets, offering alternatives and education in an effort to help keep the Shih Tzu in itĺs current home.

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Come Meet our Pets:

To see a complete list of available pets please visit our website: (cut and paste to your browser)

You can pick up an adoption application and visit with some of our adoptable dogs at the PETsMART store in Orland Hills, IL (9277 W 159th St.) on Saturday, Oct 11th & 25th; Nov 1st; and Dec 6th; between 10:30am & 2:00pm. During these events you can spend some hands-on time with the dogs, speak with our volunteers and decide which dog you wish to adopt. You can then complete and submit an adoption application for that dog. Adoption applications are only available during these events. The dogs are not adoptable from the store and we accept multiple applications for our dogs. The application process is multi-step and can take a couple of weeks. We do not take all the dogs to PETsMART, if there is a specific dog or dogs you are interested in, please phone the Safehouse (708-645-0730) after 11am the Friday before your planned PETsMART visit; a list of the dogs that will be attending the event is available at that time.

Potential adopters must visit with the pet(s) of their choice at the PETsMART store before we will process their application. The Safehouse is not open to the public.

Our Adoption Process:

We do not adopt to homes with children under the age of 6 years (or homes where day care is provided for young children) or where more then one dog is already in residence (resident dog must be spayed/neutered); and, adopters must live in Illinois and in the Chicago or suburban area.

Potential adopters must visit with the pet(s) of their choice at one of our Petsmart adoption events before we will process their application. The Safehouse is not open to the public.

Shih Tzu Rescue, Adoption & Education Safehouse reserves the right to refuse any adoption request.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

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.