Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso Rescue of Texas was the winner of our 2015 National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week Contest. You can learn more about the contest and view their winning entry here.
Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso Rescue of Texas was founded by one woman who wanted to help the breed she loved. Teresa Osborn developed an early love for shih tzu’s after she was given one as a teen. She later got involved in dog rescue, and after receiving a call over Christmas in 1999 to foster two neglected shih tzu’s (one of whom was pregnant), she decided to found her own rescue. Those two, soon to be nine, dogs were Lone Star’s first adoptable dogs.
Now, this 100 percent volunteer run organization adopts out dogs across the continental U.S. and helps an average of 500 dogs a year. They rescue and rehabilitate shih tzu’s, Lhasa Apso’s and the occasional “broken dog”. They will not turn away a dog based on medical needs or age.
“In 2015, so far, we’ve taken in 33 dogs that needed either orthopedic surgery, back surgery or [were] hospitalized in critical care,” said Teresa Osborn, president of Lone Star. “We don’t take the easy dogs that can be adopted into new homes the following day or week. We take the ones that need extensive care to help them overcome emotional and physical abuse, skin conditions, heartworms, and other major health problems.”*
With a foster network spread across the U.S., Lone Star is able to keep around 250 dogs in foster care at all times. These dogs may be owner surrenders, pulls from shelters, or strays found abandoned. The rescue has also become an emergency responder for medical cases at nearby shelters.
“Shelters in our community and surrounding areas and even surrounding states, call us and say “No one else will take this dog, will you?” Our answer is always “Of course!””*
Along with devoting themselves to rescuing the neediest dogs, Lone Star focuses on matching each dog to the correct family.
“Adopting and caring for a dog is a serious and time consuming responsibility and not one to be taken lightly. Consequently, we take the time to ensure that all of our fosters and adopters are carefully screened to ensure that they are capable of taking care of a rescued dog.”*
“One of our most memorable rescue stories began on Halloween, 2014. No one knows exactly what happened to this dog, but we got a call from a local shelter regarding a dog that was found on the side of the road and brought in. He had been spray painted purple and his back feet were mutilated, perhaps in a trap. We named him Grape.
Teresa Schwartz Osborn, Lone Star’s director, picked up and fostered Grape. Teresa cared for him through his many extensive surgeries and nursed him back to health in order for him to be adoptable. Grape was later adopted and is now happily living in Orlando, Florida with his new family and his fur brother.”*
To learn more about Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso Rescue of Texas, visit their website or Facebook page. If you are interested in adopting a Lone Star dog, fill out an application on their website.
*Excerpt from Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso Rescue of Texas’ National Shelter Appreciation Week Contest entry.