NOVEMBER 12, 2019 | WRITTEN BY STACY | EVERYTHINGSHIHTZU.COM
Adopting a dog is a big decision, and sometimes your choices are limited depending on where you look for your potential pooch.
If you know that you specifically want to adopt a Shih Tzu, then you need to be willing to stay patient until one becomes available at a shelter, or you may have to widen your search to other states.
Another possibility is to look into adopting from a Shih Tzu rescue.
Adopting a Shih Tzu is similar to adopting any other dog. The biggest thing to consider when you are looking for a specific breed is that you either need to be extremely patient, extremely lucky or seek out a shelter or rescue that specializes in the breed of dog that you are looking for.
Although most of what you need to know to adopt a Shih Tzu is the same as what you need to know to adopt any dog, there are some special considerations to factor into your decision.
The biggest question is where do you go to find a Shih Tzu that you can adopt?
Not every animal shelter is going to have Shih Tzu available; what can you do if your local shelter is one of them?
If you are set on adopting a Shih Tzu, you can always start at your local shelter, but as mentioned before, there is no guarantee that there will be any Shih Tzu available.
If you are even more specific with your needs, for example, you want a Shih Tzu puppy, than you are looking at even more of a possibility of not finding what you want.
Shelters do sometimes have waiting lists, so if you are not in a rush, you could always put your name down to be called if and when the shelter has a Shih Tzu up for adoption.
Another great way to find adoptable pets is by using Petfinder, which includes valuable resources and search tools to help you find exactly what kind of dog you are looking for.
You can search for pets using different variables including breed, age, coat length, size, gender, and color.
It even lets you narrow it down further by selecting dogs that are good with kids, cats, or other dogs, and also dogs that are already house-trained, or dogs that have special needs.
The search tool on Petfinder also has an option to select how many days the dog has been up for adoption, and if the dog is available from a shelter or a rescue.
When your search results come up, you will see a picture and the name of each pup, as well as how far away from you they are located.
You can click on any result to learn more about the individual pup.
What you need in order to adopt a Shih Tzu is the same as what you need for any pup really.
A few extra considerations for adopting a Shih Tzu are that this particular breed does require quite a bit of grooming, which means either more time on your part or more money if you are going to hire a professional to do the job.
Also, Shih Tzu love and crave lots of attention and adore spending time with the family, so keep this in mind if you have a very busy schedule, or you are not going to be home very often.
In addition to your local shelter, and finding a dog through Petfinder, there is also the option of getting your canine companion from a Shih Tzu rescue.
You can learn more about Shih Tzu Rescue, a public charity, no-kill organization, here.
The site has information on adoption, as well as search tools, and once you’ve found your Shih Tzu you can fill out an adoption application online.
The process for adopting a dog through the rescue is:
All of the dogs that are adopted through the rescue are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots, heartworm tested, and micro-chipped.
A rescue is a good way to find a dog if you are looking for a specific breed.
Your local shelter is usually the first choice when it comes to adopting a dog, but if you have specific things that you are looking for, don’t be surprised if your search takes you out of state.
The dog of your dreams might be one state over, or it could be across the country, so you need to decide if you are going to go the extra mile, literally.
Adopting a dog from out of state is possible, but it is also more difficult.
This is because there are extra steps to consider.
Even though the dog is out of state, you still will be required to go through the adoption process, which often involves meeting the dog.
Be prepared to travel; that could mean a road trip, or it could mean your dog needs to travel by air.
If you need to get your pup on a plane, then that is a whole other layer of things that you need to consider.
Some dogs do very well with flying, while others get extremely nervous.
If you are unsure about going through the proper channels with adopting from out of state, you can consult with your vet about different resources and agencies that specifically help relocate dogs from out of state to local shelters in order to be adopted.
Another consideration is that not all dogs are adoptable from out of state, for example, dogs that do not test heartworm negative, have an unpredictable temperament, or possess certain health issues may not be able to fly.
There is a chance that you can get these particular dogs by car, but you just need to be aware that it might not be possible to adopt any dog that you find.
Anytime you are about to make a big decision, you are going to have a lot of questions.
It’s only natural that you should want to find out everything you can about adopting a dog since it is a life-changing event.
The following questions are featured in our post about “What Is Dog Adoption?”
We have included them here as well, for your convenience.
If you are considering adopting a dog, whether it is a Shih Tzu or a different breed, these are the questions you should ask:
Like everything in life, adopting a dog comes with several things you should do, and several things you should avoid.
It's always good practice to familiarize yourself with the do’s and don'ts of any new thing that you do.
Therefore, when you're preparing for the adoption process, keep the following pointers in mind:
When you adopt a dog, consider these do’s and don’ts so that you can have the best possibility of a successful relationship.
Any time you embark on a new adventure it can be a challenge, and dog adoption is no exception.
The best thing that you can do is to learn everything you can about the process so you can make well-informed decisions.
If you’re getting ready to adopt a new Shih Tzu, make sure to check out the rest of our blog!
We have lots of great posts that are geared toward answering all of your questions about dog adoption.
Wishing you the very best for you and your new-found canine pal!