To adopt Shih Tzu puppies, visit the website of a Shih Tzu rescue organization, a humane society chapter or a pet adoption advertisement site and look for adoption instructions. Most rescue groups post the document requirements, adoption procedures and adoption fees on their websites.
Most rescues encourage interested adopters to fill out their online adoption forms before visiting their facilities or shelters. This allows the rescue to match your pet preference to the available adoptable puppies in their care. Some rescues, such as the Shih Tzu Rescue, Inc., provide an in-depth application form that gives the directors an idea of the adopter’s family, lifestyle, living conditions and reasons for adopting a Shih Tzu puppy. Although application is open to the public, the rescue group filters adopters using the information on the submitted form.
When a rescue finds a Shih Tzu that matches your preference, you may visit the shelter or foster home of the puppy, or a staff from the organization can take the puppy to your home. Having you meet an adoptable puppy allows the rescue to check the rapport between your family and the animal and your home as well. It is also a good time to observe the puppy’s behavior and traits. Some rescue even allow a trial period where the puppy stays in your home for a definite period of time.
Later steps of the adoption process can include paying the adoption fee that usually covers the pet’s vaccinations, deworming and the cost of medical treatment, if any.