You’re bound to be living near an animal rescue facility, so searching for Shih Tzu puppies for adoption would not be too difficult – if it’s a long drive, then pack up and prepare for it. You need to be informed that the breeding line may not be possible to provide with some Shih Tzu puppies, since litters may be found abandoned or maybe brought to dog shelters in boxes. Sometimes, owners who take their Shih Tzu puppies to the shelter for adoption also leave behind the puppies’ documentation pertaining to breeding and other health matters – but that’s rare.
For the most part, most of the animals found in shelters are already adults ones; but don’t despair, sometimes a liter of pups is brought in, most of them healthy – the shelter will need to nurse them back to health if they’ve been unfed for a few days. This means some Shih Tzu puppies for adoption may not be all that healthy, or are recovering from malnutrition. One factor that contributes to abandoned dogs is the existence of puppy mills, which breed dogs with only profit in mind, never mind deviating from healthy breeding standards set by kennel associations.
What’s recommended is to adopt an adult dog from a Shih Tzu rescue. Animal rescue groups are predominantly small organizations with limited funding and limited physical resources. One way to augment their capacity to take care of abandoned dogs is to let foster homes take them in while they await prospective new owners. When you adopt adult dogs or puppies from the shelter, you help them by freeing up space so they can help more orphaned dogs. It’s win-win for all parties: you, for getting a new dog, the dog for getting a new home, and the shelter for getting room to accept more dogs since you’ve just taken one home.
Supposing you bring home a liter of healthy puppies the staff nursed and took care of before finding for them a good home, you may want to talk to the staff who took care of them. When it comes to taking good care of the puppies, no doubt the staff can walk you through what you need to do and what you need to avoid. If it’s been so long since you took care of puppies, then the staff can certainly be of help.
Keep in mind that adoption is a good option if you’re not particularly attached to a Shih Tzu breed, and if you’re fortunate enough to stumble upon a shelter with Shih Tzu puppies ready for adoption. This breed makes for great companions, especially if you have the time, heart, and finances to support several of these toy dogs.