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Mission Statement

SSTR is a 501c 3 Non-Profit charity organization, dedicated to rehoming and providing sanctuary care for abandoned, abused and homeless toy breeds.


Southern Shih Tzu Rescue, Inc (SSTR) is a 501(c)3 charity organization. ALL volunteer, small rescue
organization, located in central Alabama. We work in conjunction with local shelters and other rescue groups to aid in placing needy furbabies in loving, caring FOREVER homes. We also provide sanctuary care for senior and special needs furbabies, allowing them to live out their life in a loving home.

Every year, for a variety of reasons, toy breeds in this country find themselves in need of new homes. Sometimes they are lost, abandoned or dumped at shelters. Sometimes owners must give up their dogs for various reasons; medical problems, moving into retirement homes, new baby, divorce, allergies, new house, nipping at the children, etc. And, sometimes they are rescued from commercial breeding facilities, commonly referred to as "puppy mills".

SSTR takes in any toy breed regardless of age, health and/or temperament, when funding and foster room allows . Unfortunately, we are currently limited on funds and foster homes. Due to these limitations, we are forced to limit the number of babies we help.

All dogs are placed in foster care for evaluation and vet-work, which includes: spay/neuter, vaccinations,
heartworm 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...)

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.



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Would you recommend Southern Shih Tzu & Toy Breed Rescue?

by Christina M. (2014-12-04 07:25:25.0)
Hi, When I lost my other two dogs I thought it was time to adopt two more.They helped me find my two fur babies.The two where so happy and didn't take to long to fit right in with the family.My Carlito was scared first because he was at the shelter for three months.Due to their careful screening.Which is a very good thing! He couldn't be placed with a family with children because he had a bad experience with the children in his first home, them not treating him well.Then Gracia was found in a ball of fur and waste matted and lonely left outside.The police exactly took her from her so called owner! Which I am so happy they did! They knew her foster Mom and asked her to help her.She did! She lost sight in her right eye due to abuse by her owner.They were so kind with them and were so carfeul in placing these dogs.This is the way it should be!They look for "FOREVER HOMES!" asking for three personal refreneces a vet being one (if you have evr owned before) Finding them the BEST place!