We hope our new website will make it easier than ever to browse our adorable furbabies, learn more about our organization, find out how you can get involved, and of course, apply to foster or adopt. Our new website and logo were created by volunteers. For more information, please contact us. Thank you!
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.Read More
Dianne Scarcella passed away peacefully on November 4th, surrounded by her family and loved ones. For the past decade, she fought a singularly brave battle against multiple rare cancers. Through it all, she remained dedicated to Shih Tzus & Furbabies, finding forever homes for countless Shih Tzus while adopting no less than four of her own. Her steadfast commitment to the cause was matched only by her uncompromising determination to battle her illness with courage and resolve. In honor of her memory, her family is asking for friends and loved ones to donate directly to Shih Tzus & Furbabies.