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Our Featured Excelsior, MN Partner:

NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue

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.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Twin Cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul and surrounding areas, Chicago & Rockford IL.

NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue welcomes new foster homes ready to help these deserving companion animals. To fill out our foster form, please visit:

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible! Your generous donation will directly help cover vetting, transport and dietary costs of our adoptable dogs. Your contribution is making a real difference in the life of a loving little Tzu:

About Our Rescue Group:

NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue (NorthStar/NSSTR) is an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu blend dogs and the people within our community.

Located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, with foster/adoption programs in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Rockford, IL, we operate as a no-kill rescue that provides rescue and adoption services, meaningful outreach programs in order to advance the welfare of these companion animals, to serve and educate our community, and to make a positive, loving impact on the lives of both.

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Come Meet our Pets:

If you’d like to meet any of our adoptable dogs, please attend our Nice To Meet Tzu adoption events, held the second Sunday of each month from 12-2pm (private meet and greets are not available.)
Please check our Events calendar on our website the day before to see if the dog you are interested in is attending & the location of the event, as event locations may change, and additional events may be held in other locations:

Our Adoption Process:

NorthStar strives to best match each dog and family. We're interested in good homes and good people so we ask for information and references. We also do a home visit before final placement is made. You want the best dog for your family and we want the best match for our sweet dogs. Thank you for choosing us!

Please contact us if you have questions about any of our dogs or the adoption process:

Ready to submit an application? Complete our online form:

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.