Welcome to the Shih Tzus & Furbabies Website!

Shih Tzus & Furbabies is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of small purebred and mixed breed dogs. We believe that, somewhere, there is a home for every dog, but that we have a responsibility to place our dogs into homes that will best meet their needs, both physically and emotionally. We look for people with patient and loving hearts, and an understanding of the furbaby mind. We are also committed to educating the public about the importance of ethical, responsible, and humane pet guardianship.

Who are we?

In the spring of 1997, we rescued our first "Furbaby" in Jacksonville, Florida. We were introduced to Annie, a blind, 8 year old Shih Tzu girl. Deemed "unadoptable," she was to be euthanized!! We were new, and knew very little about organized rescue, but we did know that we had to save this little one. We were given two weeks to find her a home and we did!! Her new mom had just lost a blind dog and knew that little Annie deserved the same opportunity to be safe and loved - and to live - as any sighted dog. We were hooked!

We established ourselves with shelters and veterinarians in Florida and Georgia, found a few wonderful families willing to care for (foster) the pups until they were ready for adoption, and became known as one of the few small dog rescue organizations willing to take the seniors, the special needs, the abused to the point of aggression, and the babies needing extreme medical care. Our volunteers worked closely with several shelters in the southeast. Our original plan was to rescue Shih Tzu and Tzu mixes, but when we walked through kill shelters on euthanasia day, we couldn't leave dogs behind because they weren't "our" breed. And so "Shih Tzu and Furbaby Rescue" was born.

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