“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

– Karen Davison (Author of A Dog’s Guide to Humans)
Brody Turner, a rescue dog with Lend A Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue, on the couch

Our application process at a glance

1. Application;
2. Vet check;
3. Personal references; and
4. Home Visit

The process to adopt, foster, or volunteer is identical. All steps outlined above are required for approval. If you are looking for a fast turnaround, our rescue may not be the right fit for you since our adoption process is involved.

It is not necessary to apply for a specific dog to be approved to adopt from our group. In fact, we encourage potential adopters to apply at any time to be pre-approved so that they are ready when a Shih Tzu or Lhasa Apso or any of our other dogs they might be interested in becomes available. When newly approved, an applicant may ask to be matched to the most compatible dog for a period of one year from approval date. Past adopters in good standing are not required to reapply.

We adopt within the continental US, subject to prevailing state laws for the import of dogs. We offer free (in cabin) air and road transport to most adopters. Alternatively, adopters may pick up a dog from our rescue directly.

Please read the following links for additional information about our adoption and fostering/volunteering policy.

1. Application process
2. Dog Matching
3. Meet and Greet
4. Veterinary Care
5. Adoption Donations
6. Foster/Volunteer
7. FAQ