Southern Shih Tzu Rescue, Inc aka Southern Shih Tzu and TOY BREED RESCUE (SSTR) is a 501(c)3- IRS
charity organization, with over 17 years of rescue experience. ALL volunteer rescue, located in central Alabama.
Focusing on rescuing dogs from kill shelters, puppy mill /breeder survivors and on rare occasions taking an owner
surrender, but only if we have NO dogs awaiting rescue at a local shelter. We are NOT a public shelter, we do not
take in lost or stray dogs or handle animal control contracts.
Unlike most rescues, in addition to the healthy dogs, we save what many consider unadoptable; due to age, medical
issue and socialization/behavior issues. We consider all dogs worthy of living out their natural life span!! SSTR
provides them with that chance of life, either with a new loving adoptive family or through our Sanctuary Foster
Program. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding and foster space, we are limited to the number of dogs saved.
All dogs are placed in foster care for evaluation and vet-work, which includes: spay/neuter, vaccinations, heart worm
test, deworm and treatment of all other medical issues, based on vet recommendation (heartworm treatment, dental
work, hip surgery, eye surgery, liver shunt surgery, etc...) We spend thousands and thousands of dollars yearly taking
care of our dogs, with all adoption fees and donations going directly to vet care.
We have a very thorough adoption screening process, our goal is to place our rescue dogs in a safe, responsible and
loving home, that understands the dedication involved in having a pet family member. We are looking for successful
life-long adoption. We do not do parking lot, same day or on the spot adoptions, this does not benefit the person
adopting or the dog in need of a home. Adopting is a life-time commitment and doesn't need to be made on the
spot in a parking lot- We appreciate our applicants taking time to make the right decision when adding a new pet
family member to their home!
SSTR also participates in local animal welfare events, promoting the education of animal welfare, prevention of
abuse/neglect, spay/neuter programs and encourage people to adopt shelter and rescue pets, reducing the number of
animals killed in shelters.
We look forward to a world where our relationship with animals is guided by compassion and seek a truly humane
society in which animals are respected and where the human-animal bond is strong.
Tammy Owen - Founder and Director
|A 501c 3 Non-Profit charity organization located in Alabama, dedicated to rescuing, rehoming and providing sanctuary care
for abandoned, abused and homeless toy breeds. Focusing on shelter dogs and breeder/mill dogs.
Southern Shih Tzu & Toy Breed
Rescue and Sanctuary