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 southern
Louisiana and 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

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 Pampinto  - Founder/Director
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Southern Shih Tzu & Toy Breed
Rescue and Sanctuary
A 501c 3 Non-Profit charity located in central Alabama and southern Louisiana,  dedicated to rescuing, rehoming and
providing sanctuary care for abandoned, abused and homeless toy breeds. Focusing on shelter dogs and breeder/mill dogs.