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Mad Max

Shih Tzu Lhasa Apso

Male, 9 yrs 6 mos
Oak Ridge, NJ
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with dogs, Needs experienced adopter, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Update 12/26/22: Our little grinch Mad Max had a lot to be grumpy about this holiday season. He has just passed his 1 year anniversary with our rescue, which meant an annual vet visit, shots updated, bloodwork… he was displeased 😡 His owners had said he was about 4 years old, but he’s definitely more at the senior stage of his life according to his recheck this week, at least 7-8 years old. Since they couldn’t seem to keep him from constantly running loose and playing in traffic, it’s not surprising they couldn’t count either 🤦‍♀️ He is still an angry little mad man at times but has mellowed quite a bit- between his age and low-stress low-expectation lifestyle he’s been living, maybe he will actually be a nice dog by the time he’s a teenager. If you respect his space and let him be himself he’s actually pretty pleasant and easy to live with, has an understanding with his other weird bad boy dog friends, and appreciates a stable routine. Definitely no children and a calmer adult home, he’s looking for someone who understands him and will work to build a bond of mutual respect, maybe even love one day. Email njwoof@cs.com to meet Mad Max in Northern NJ Meet Mad Max! He came to us with a bit of a reputation… a multiple time running-at-large offender whose owner finally decided to just not pick him back up from the shelter instead of just getting him neutered and being more careful to keep him at home 🤦‍♀️. He was a feisty guy at the shelter with a big personality, aloof with strangers, protective of his food, and not liking some handling. In other words a normal Lhasa type personality and Second Chance demon dog🤷‍♀️. Here he’s not as bad as expected, respectful of the dogs and has warmed up and been sweet and avoidant of confrontation for the most part, definitely no Ray or even Prancer. He seemed to actually be very accustomed and comfortable with a basket muzzle for grooming and vetting which is great… without the muzzle he tried tasting the clippers 😖 but as soon as the muzzle was on he immediately flopped down and calmly allowed us to shave him. Rated R for sure, no kids and a respectful adult home that knows when to give him space and give him attention on his terms. Another dog or a few dogs to live with seem to help balance him, and he so far seems to be pretty housebroken as well as wee wee pads if needed. Mad Max is approximately 4 years old and we think a Lhasa and/or Shih Tzu mix, 15lbs full grown, and is neutered and updated on shots. Please email njwoof@cs.com to meet him Due to COVID-19, we will not be holding our Sunday adoption events until further notice, but we can schedule socially distant appointments with a specific dog outdoors at our vet’s office: VCA Morris Plains Animal Hospital 3009 Rt 10 East Morris Plains (Denville on GPS) NJ 07950 Now is the perfect time to open your home to a needy dog! Submit an application from our website www.secondchance.petfinder.com to speed up the adoption process All our dogs reside in foster care in Northern NJ until adoption. We are a small all-volunteer organization focused on rescuing local dogs from area shelters, as well as accepting some surrenders and puppy mill rescues.
We'll also keep you updated on Bad Buster's adoption status with email updates.
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Bad Buster

Shih Tzu Maltese

Male, 4 yrs 10 mos
Oak Ridge, NJ
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Not good with kids, Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Buster is another tough little demonically possessed tiny dude who grudgingly (mutually, especially on our part, we really really really didn’t want another one right now) found his way to our rescue. We wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he’s related to our also crazy little semi-adoptable Nayla-squirrel-muppet as they share many of the same qualities, looks and personality and originated in the same town. Buster is 4 years old, under 10 lbs, and may be the fountainhead from which this whole family of little psychos have sprung 😳 We aren’t sure of his mix- Nayla’s Dna test showed she’s mostly Shih tzu, Lhasa, chihuahua, and min pin. We would get him a dna test to confirm their relation but don’t think he would allow us to swab his mouth 🦷. He doesn’t want to be held responsible for all that child support. He’s neutered now so the gene pool is hopefully dead forever at last. Buster has many great qualities. He’s adorable to look at, small and cute with an expressive face. He seems to be pretty good about housebreaking. He’s…. Umm, nope that’s it, that’s all his good qualities. He’s never murdered anyone as far as we know, or he’s covered up his past crimes well enough 🤷‍♀️ His likes include being told he’s cute from a distance, looking cute in photos, having his own space, and perching on his favorite soft comfy pillow surveying his empire. That’s all we have identified so far. His dislikes? It’s a long, long list. Let’s see: vets, groomers, having his eye boogers wiped, being startled or handled when he doesn’t want to be, strangers, children, strangers’ children, babies, people considering having babies in his lifetime, visitors, delivery men, repairmen, probably men in general, being cuddled, being kissed in the face, being dressed up… that’s what we know so far. If you want to adopt him for some reason you can spend a lifetime discovering new things to enjoy hating together. Email njwoof@cs.com to meet Buster in Northern NJ if you want a cute little Devil 😈 dog and the perfect excuse to be antisocial and get people to leave you alone and not ask you to babysit their children ever again. Since COVID-19, we are no longer holding our Sunday adoption events until further notice, but we are scheduling meet and greet appointments with a specific dog or dogs at our meeting spots in Northern NJ. To streamline adoptions, all communication before, during, and after the adoption process is done through email only: we have limited volunteers able to return phone calls. Submit an application from our website www.secondchance.petfinder.com to speed up the adoption process and email any questions to us at njwoof@cs.com. Please check your email regularly for next steps. All our dogs reside in foster care in Northern NJ until adoption and we do not have a central shelter location. We are a small all-volunteer organization focused on rescuing local dogs from area shelters, as well as accepting some surrenders and puppy mill rescues.
We'll also keep you updated on Mushy's adoption status with email updates.
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Mushy

Shih Tzu Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier

Male, 5 yrs 7 mos
Oak Ridge, NJ
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Not good with kids, Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
We haven’t introduced you to Mushy yet, but he is the overlooked/turned away-by-other-rescues or euthanized-for-failing-outdated-temperament-tests-in-shelters type of little dog we take in all the time to give not just a second chance, but their only chance. Their last chance. We have been working with him behind the scenes to make friends with him for a couple weeks, and it finally paid off. The first week was rough, not going to lie. He screamed and bared all his teeth when approached. He peed and pooped on the vet in terror while his head was wrapped in a towel to safely get shots into him. He’s just not the love at first sight type at all. But we just left him alone and offered him treats every day until one day we could finally pet him. And he realized he liked it. And then he asked to be picked up. And liked it. And then he even liked being brushed and groomed. Mushy actually lived up to his name and showed how mushy and cuddly he could be! He’s never going to be a happy go lucky, wagging his tail at strangers, walking the kids to the bus stop and letting people pet him kind of dog like a goofy happy pit bull or golden retriever. And that’s ok. He’s not for everyone. He’s a true one-woman dog and a master cuddler with his chosen person once you have worked to earn his trust. Once he loves you, his world revolves around you, and he will be the most trustworthy and reliable little furry person in your life. His second more comprehensive text exam once he bonded to us went much better, and he even wagged his tail and took some treats from the vet! So there is definitely hope for him making new friends, it just takes time and letting him make the decisions. Mushy LOVES other dogs- he follows and cuddles with them and they seem to give him more courage. He’s been used to living in a “pack” and would love to live in a multi dog home again where the dogs far outnumber the humans. He’s about 5 years old, under 15lbs, in good shape medically, neutered and updated on shots. For dogs like Mushy, the greatest gift we can give them is the gift of time and space to warm up to us on their terms, and let them live as happy and stress-free as possible in foster as we get to know them. Once they show us they have the potential to be happy, they stay with us as long as needed to find the right home, be it a week, a month, or a year, or more. We won’t push dogs like Mushy into an overwhelming situation or the wrong home environment just to get him out, but we would love to find him the right home soon so we have space to help the next misunderstood little guy like him. Email us at njwoof@cs.com if you are interested in adopting Mushy or any of his little friends in Northern NJ. And please share his story to help him in his search for his perfect person. Since COVID-19, we are no longer holding our Sunday adoption events until further notice, but we are scheduling meet and greet appointments with a specific dog or dogs at our meeting spots in Northern NJ. To streamline adoptions, all communication before, during, and after the adoption process is done through email only: we have limited volunteers able to return phone calls. Submit an application from our website www.secondchance.petfinder.com to speed up the adoption process and email any questions to us at njwoof@cs.com. Please check your email regularly for next steps. All our dogs reside in foster care in Northern NJ until adoption and we do not have a central shelter location. We are a small all-volunteer organization focused on rescuing local dogs from area shelters, as well as accepting some surrenders and puppy mill rescues.
We'll also keep you updated on Princess Piranha's adoption status with email updates.
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Princess Piranha

Shih Tzu

Female, 4 yrs 2 mos
Oak Ridge, NJ
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Not good with kids, Good with dogs, Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Officially introducing Princess 👑 We may have to rename her Princess Piranha 🐟, but we will give her the benefit of the doubt for now. Her photos mostly tell her story better than we could. But there’s a long history and cycle of neglect that’s been going on with this little dog at the hands of multiple people in her life. She’s not going to be an easy dog to find the right home for, but we have to give it a try… We first met this 3-4 year old Shih tzu back in October and she was almost as badly matted. She had been surrendered to the local pound due to divorce, was reported to not be so friendly and the wife didn’t want her after the husband moved away. Almost immediately when the husband found out she had been dropped at the shelter he reached out to them, was horrified by her condition at the hands of his ex, and wanted her back, but had moved to Florida. A local coworker was willing to take her in and make arrangements to get her back to him. We assisted by getting her a sedated shave down, spay, shots updated and a health certificate so she would be ready to fly. There were some bumps and her tough attitude made her recovery take a bit longer- the people watching her were unable to remove her cone or clean her and she got a skin infection from it and was a difficult patient. But last we heard arrangements had been made and she was flying back to her rightful owner who “loved” her. Recently, she was brought back to the pound severely matted and in even worse shape than before, with feces matted and obstructing her ability to go to the bathroom. We learned that she never ended up flying back to her owners after all and had remained with the coworker who struggled to care for her with her attitude issues at times. Her owner did finally come back to NJ to get her but when reunited she didn’t seem to remember him (or maybe she did and it was bad memories) and he didn’t want her back after all that. She wasn’t letting anyone groom or bathe awake or pick her up and would panic for too much handling, and so she ended up homeless and neglected yet again. She seemed to remember we had helped her before and was a bit calmer and even came over to be petted once we got her out of the kennel, but still with a feisty streak. So once again it was off to the vet for a fully sedated shave down. Her back end was very irritated and painful and she had skin infections from sitting in urine and feces caked mats for so long 😡 She’s settling in and making progress, has some very good qualities, but also has her limits and will need a special adult only home that respects her space and limits and is willing to compromise and meet her in the middle. She gets along with other dogs for the most part and even has started to play with some as long as she can approach them when she’s ready and they don’t crowd her, and she prefers to eat alone. She’s been pretty good about housebreaking and follows all the dogs out into a fenced yard. She does an adorable cute little groundhog begging pose at mealtimes. And she will come over for petting more and more, though always watching and suspicious to make sure you aren’t going to try to scoop her up or anything else she doesn’t like. She isn’t the type to run up and chase and attack people, just justifiably defensive of people trying to grab her or mishandle her after a lifetime of neglect and we suspect some physical abuse as well at the hands of many people. She’s a classic example of people getting dogs who should never have had dogs, especially non-shedding dogs who need to get used to regular grooming in a positive way from a young age. We are hoping the right person will come along and give our little Princess, who has been treated like anything but royalty, an unconditionally loving home even if she doesn’t always reciprocate. Someone that doesn’t expect her to be a snuggly cuddly lapdog and will let her adjust at her own speed. Mostly someone that will just leave her alone and not touch her until she’s ready without her consent. And likely sleepytime meds and sedated shave downs rather than just waiting for her to turn into a giant walking mat 🤦‍♀️ Email njwoof@cs.com to meet Princess in Northern NJ Because of your continued support and donations, we are able to give local dogs like Princess, who have no other options a chance at a comfortable pain free life where they will be understood, and time to let them go at their pace and learn to trust again. Since COVID-19, we are no longer holding our Sunday adoption events until further notice, but we are scheduling meet and greet appointments with a specific dog or dogs at our meeting spots in Northern NJ. To streamline adoptions, all communication before, during, and after the adoption process is done through email only: we have limited volunteers able to return phone calls. Submit an application from our website www.secondchance.petfinder.com to speed up the adoption process and email any questions to us at njwoof@cs.com. Please check your email regularly for next steps. All our dogs reside in foster care in Northern NJ until adoption and we do not have a central shelter location. We are a small all-volunteer organization focused on rescuing local dogs from area shelters, as well as accepting some surrenders and puppy mill rescues.
We'll also keep you updated on Coco Bear's adoption status with email updates.
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Coco Bear

Shih Tzu Brussels Griffon

Female, 3 yrs 1 mo
Oak Ridge, NJ
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Coco Bear is a 3 year old scruffy mix surrendered locally because her owners were moving. She’s shy and scared at first but sweet and cuddly once she bonds, and gets along with other dogs. She just got spayed- she unfortunately had puppies last year mating with her brother 😳 🤦‍♀️ but we are putting an end to that inbred gene pool at last. She’s not been used to walking on leash and was using wee wee pads or going out in a fenced yard. She’s 15lbs and resembles a Brussels griffon but is actually supposed to be a Shih tzu/maltese/chihuahua mix. Email njwoof@cs.com to meet her in Northern NJ Since COVID-19, we are no longer holding our Sunday adoption events until further notice, but we are scheduling meet and greet appointments with a specific dog or dogs at our meeting spots in Northern NJ. To streamline adoptions, all communication before, during, and after the adoption process is done through email only: we have limited volunteers able to return phone calls. Submit an application from our website www.secondchance.petfinder.com to speed up the adoption process and email any questions to us at njwoof@cs.com. Please check your email regularly for next steps. All our dogs reside in foster care in Northern NJ until adoption and we do not have a central shelter location. We are a small all-volunteer organization focused on rescuing local dogs from area shelters, as well as accepting some surrenders and puppy mill rescues.
We'll also keep you updated on Furby-TOOTHLESS AND HAPPY!'s adoption status with email updates.
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Furby-TOOTHLESS AND HAPPY!

Shih Tzu Cockapoo

Male, 14 yrs
Oak Ridge, NJ
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with dogs, Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Check out the new and improved Furby! No more mats 💇‍♂️ no more balls 👋 ⚽️ 🏀 , no more teeth 👋 🦷 and he’s ready to roll into his new life! This happy friendly 14 year old 20lbs mix gets along with cats, dogs, and people and his tail is always wagging. He craves attention and wants nothing more than to be loved and hang around with his people. Email njwoof@cs.com to meet Furby in Northern NJ Since COVID-19, we are no longer holding our Sunday adoption events until further notice, but we are scheduling meet and greet appointments with a specific dog or dogs at our meeting spots in Northern NJ. To streamline adoptions, all communication before, during, and after the adoption process is done through email only: we have limited volunteers able to return phone calls. Submit an application from our website www.secondchance.petfinder.com to speed up the adoption process and email any questions to us at njwoof@cs.com. Please check your email regularly for next steps. All our dogs reside in foster care in Northern NJ until adoption and we do not have a central shelter location. We are a small all-volunteer organization focused on rescuing local dogs from area shelters, as well as accepting some surrenders and puppy mill rescues.

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Shih Tzu shelters & rescues in Newton, New Jersey

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13.7 miles

Second Chance Pet Adoption League

P.O. Box 221, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438

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19.2 miles

NorthStar Pet Rescue Inc

PO Box 284, Boonton, NJ 07005

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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27 miles

Goofy Foot Rescue - Bedminster

Bedminster, NJ 07921

Pet Types: dogs

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27.4 miles

Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.

2 Shelter Lane, Oakland, NJ 07436

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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27.9 miles

Rescue Haven Foundation (formerly FernDog Rescue Foundation)

P.O. Box 266, Caldwell, NJ 07006

Pet Types: dogs

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31.5 miles

Rescue Riders Cooperative NY/NJ

Paterson, NJ 07505

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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34.3 miles

Stray Hearts Animal Rescue - NJ Transport Stop

Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Rescue

35 miles

Friends With Four Paws, East Coast

Bellevile, NJ 07109

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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35.9 miles

Bleu's K9 Rescue Inc.

Middletown, NY 10940

Pet Types: dogs

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38.6 miles

Four Legs Good

65 FIREMENS MEMORIAL DR, POMONA, NY 10970

Pet Types: cats, dogs, rabbits, small animals

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