Thank you for applying to our organization, Lend A Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue (LAHPSTR), to adopt, foster or volunteer. The process is identical to adopt, foster or volunteer.


Before you proceed further, please review our Adoption Policy, Application Process, Dog Matching, Meet and Greet, Veterinary Care, Adoption Donation, and FAQ.

For fostering and volunteering questions, please review our Foster/Volunteer page.

While the adoption process of LAHPSTR may seem too involved and at times, intrusive, it is designed to protect our dogs and find the best homes for them. Adopting a rescued dog is a commitment for the life of the companion animal and we want to ensure our dogs go to loving, committed and responsible adopters.

Incomplete submissions will not be processed. We reserve the right to deny an application and revoke approval for any reason at any time at our sole discretion. Additional agreements are required for foster parents and volunteers after approval.

Our turnaround time for a reply is typically 5 to 7 business days after we receive all your documents, although there may be a longer delay during certain periods. Please understand that we are an all-volunteer group who rescue around personal and professional obligations. We appreciate your patience. You may contact us for a status update or any other inquiry through this website.


Please save the acknowledgement email that you will receive upon submission of your online application as it contains important instructions about the next steps.

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Applicant Information

Co-Applicant Information

Adults living at home and students of legal age (at least 18) must have a co-applicant.