Adopted – Scotty Turner

Scotty Turner

A “Country Gentleman” is what I am going to be and I am OH SO EXCITED!!  My new Mom and Dad live on a farm in Lonoke, Arkansas and I will have full run of the land!  Everyone says how great country life is and I am going to experience it all for myself.  Don’t my Mom, Sharon and I look great together?  We are going to have a fabulous life on the farm!

Adopted – Sven Patsy Ranger

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What a journey I had getting to my forever home!  I even stayed in a hotel and was treated like a king!!!!  My new Mom Shirley, picked me up in Texas and we flew to New Jersey!  It was a fabulous day for me.  I have a wonderful life ahead of me with Mom, Dad and my two fur brothers.

Adopted – Lawton Lucky

Lawton Lucky

My name is Lawton Lucky and I have that name because I was hit by a car in Lawton, Oklahoma and came to Houston to get all my injuries taken care of.  I am definitely one LUCKY little dog as I am all better now!!  And here I am, back in Oklahoma with my new Mom, Mary.  She will take care of me from now on!  And I love Lone Star for giving me a second chance on life!!

Adopted – Midnight Jefferson

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Am I ever excited!!!!  I traveled a VERY LONG WAY to get to Rhode Island, but it was so worth it!!!  Here I am with my new Mom, Karen.  She was so happy to see me!  What a great life we are going to have together!!

Donations needed!! Jake Theodore Turner–seriously neglected little boy

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CLICK THIS LINK TO DONATE!!

Or, send Jake a check to…..

Jake Theodore Turner
c/o LSSTLAR
P O Box 7728
Houston, TX  77270

We have started this fundraiser in order to fund basic vetting for this little dog.  We may amend the amount as we go along, depending on the amount needed, but in the meantime, we MUST have funding in place in order to provide this baby with only the best care available.

About Jake Turner…..

Jake (formerly known as Theodore or Teddy) is a cute little lhasa mix whose owners attempted to surrender to us in February.  At the last minute, they backed out.
Then, over the weekend, we received an email saying that he was very ill, hadn’t eaten in days and was having bloody diarrhea so they wanted to turn him over immediately.  Of course.
We said, “of course,” and made arrangements to pick him up.
According to the owner, he has not been to the vet in a long, long time so we’re very worried and will be taking him immediately to the vet.
More later as we get him…..

CLICK THIS LINK TO DONATE!!

Please keep good thoughts and prayers in your heart for this little one as a new life starts NOW.

We are asking for help with raising the funds to provide basic vetting and ready this little cutie for a new forever home.

Regular updates and photos will be shared on our LSSTLAR Facebook page.

We are counting on the love you all feel for all of these little pups to aid us in our mission to save not only this one, but as many as possible.

Please donate by clicking the “give now” button above!!

Or, send a check to

LSSTLAR

P O BOX 7728

Houston, TX  77270

If you have trouble using the petcaring fundraiser page, please email “support@petcaring.com.”  They need contact with each person having difficulty to figure out what is wrong.

We appreciate all that you allow us to do for these orphaned and neglected, yet very deserving little dogs.  You are the ones that make all of this happen.  You are the ones that put your hearts and money on the line to make up for all of the neglect and abuse they’ve suffered in the past.

Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso Rescue is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of abandoned and neglected shih tzu and lhasa apsos.

The volunteers of LSSTLAR annually donate over 50,000 hours of their “free” time just to help save little fluffy dogs.

Join us in celebrating what you CAN do if you try.

We rely on solely on donations from the public.  When a dog needs medical attention, we estimate the cost based on our past history and estimates provided by vets.  In the event that a specific dog does not need the funds raised for him/her, we can either apply it to the next needy dog, or refund your donation to you. 

Yes, we do adopt to folks outside of Houston.  We adopt to great homes all over the continental USA.  We can also put you in touch with several transport companies, some low cost and some free, to help you get your baby home to you.  So apply now to adopt ME!!  www.shihtzu-rescue.com.

On average, our “normal” basic vetting and care cost was $623 for each dog in 2013.  This includes only the basics:  spay/neuter, dental cleaning, all immunizations, eye medicines, ear medicines, antibiotics for skin infections, grooming, miscellaneous surgeries, etc.  Our average adoption fee was just under $200.  That, of course, leaves a huge gap in our funding for each dog taken in.

Given the extreme level of expenses we incur, we are asking for help with the difference in average basic costs and our adoption fee when we take in a dog.

We will only ask when we have committed to a dog.  We will continue to look for a foster home until we find one.  Sometimes, a dog we’ve tagged may be adopted out to someone in the public, or perhaps another rescue will step up for that dog.  If we have raised funds for that dog, we can either apply the funds to a different dog, our general vetting fund or refund it to you.  It’s your choice.

Of course, not every dogs costs $693.  Some cost $125 and other may cost $950.  But it’s a good average to use from our last year’s statistics.

We desperately need your help so we CAN try to save them all.  We won’t turn our backs simply because we are short on funding.  We will ask and beg and beg again, it’s worth it to save a life!

Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso Rescue is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of abandoned and neglected shih tzu and lhasa apsos.

The volunteers of LSSTLAR annually donate over 50,000 hours of their “free” time just to help save little fluffy dogs.

Join us in celebrating what you CAN do if you try.

We rely on solely on donations from the public.  When a dog needs medical attention, we estimate the cost based on our past history and estimates provided by vets.  In the event that a specific dog does not need the funds raised for him/her, we will apply it to the next needy dog.

Donations needed! Steve-O needs heart surgery

Donate here:  https://www.petcaring.com/SavingSteveOBexar

Or send little Steve-O a check:

Steve-O Bexar
c/o LSSTLAR
P O Box 7728
Houston, TX  77270

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Yes, you read that right.  Little Steve-O Bexar needs a REAL heart surgery.

We have started this fundraiser in order to fund a critical heart surgery for Steve-O.  We may amend the amount as we go along, depending on the amount needed, but in the meantime, we MUST have funding in place in order to provide this baby with only the best care available.

Here is the description of his condition from the cardiologist…..

Steve-o has been diagnosed with severe pulmonic stenosis. Pulmonic stenosis is a congenital defect which Stev-o has had since birth in which the valve leaflets of the pulmonic valve were formed abnormally. This decreases the area through which blood can flow from the right side of the heart to the lungs. Therefore, the right ventricle (bottom chamber on the right side of the heart) has to generate more pressure to push blood into the lungs, and results in thickening of the right heart muscle.

Patients with severe pulmonic stenosis (pressure gradient > 80mmHg) typically have a shortened life span and clinical signs of exercise intolerance, abdominal distention due to fluid accumulation (right sided congestive heart failure), weakness, and collapse; while dogs with mild to moderate pulmonic stenosis (PS) do not typically have a reduction in their life span as a result of their heart disease. At this time, Stev-o’s pressure gradient is 120 mmHg and is consistent with severe pulmonic stenosis.

The anatomy of his abnormal valve is difficult to fully evaluate; however, I believe it is possible that Stev-o could benefit from a procedure called a balloon valvuloplasty. This procedure would attempt to open up the abnormal pulmonic valve and increase the area through which blood can flow.

We desperately want to help this little boy. 

He’s had a ROUGH go so far!  We were contacted by a good samaritan in San Antonio who had been fostering him, but she thought he needed more care.

Initially, he came into the shelter with a ruptured eyeball….

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The shelter removed his eye and he started to heal.

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Now, it’s time to fix that heart!

Donate here:  https://www.petcaring.com/SavingSteveOBexar

Or send little Steve-O a check:

Steve-O Bexar
c/o LSSTLAR
P O Box 7728
Houston, TX  77270

Please keep good thoughts and prayers in your heart for this little one as we begin the risky treatment of this sweet little boy’s heart.

Regular updates and photos will be shared on our LSSTLAR Facebook page.

We are counting on the love you all feel for all of these little pups to aid us in our mission to save not only this one, but as many as possible.

We appreciate all that you allow us to do for these orphaned and neglected, yet very deserving little dogs.  You are the ones that make all of this happen.  You are the ones that put your hearts and money on the line to make up for all of the neglect and abuse they’ve suffered in the past.

Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso Rescue is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of abandoned and neglected shih tzu and lhasa apsos.

The volunteers of LSSTLAR annually donate over 50,000 hours of their “free” time just to help save little fluffy dogs.

Join us in celebrating what you CAN do if you try.

We rely on solely on donations from the public.  When a dog needs medical attention, we estimate the cost based on our past history and estimates provided by vets.  In the event that a specific dog does not need the funds raised for him/her, we can either apply it to the next needy dog, or refund your donation to you.  

Donations needed for lhasa with TWO broken legs.

Donate here:  https://www.petcaring.com/BaileyBarkley

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January 2014,
I saw this picture come across in an email from our local shelter with the caption “injured poodle” needs out now.  I looked at the photo and thought “well, crap, that definitely has more than poodle in him.  But, we have had so many injured and ill dogs, can we commit to yet another one.  I emailed the shelter to ask if someone had committed to saving the little “poodle,”  hoping beyond hope that “someone else” had chosen to save the little guy.
Nope, no one had expressed interest.  I took a deep breath, said a little prayer, and said “we will come get him.”

Bailey Barkley was abandoned at a local animal shelter because he was broken. The shelter called us because he was a fluffy dog that and no one else wanted him. He was rescue-only because his two front legs were broken. A volunteer rushed down to get him not knowing how bad the breaks were. Once we saved him, he was checked out and the breaks were old. One leg had healed at a 90 degree angle and the other at a 45 degree angle, so Bailey had a very hard time walking. In fact, he would stand up and walk on his back legs. He wasn’t in any pain as the breaks had already healed.

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A fund raiser was started so Bailey could get his legs fixed. Since we had so many broken dogs, we decided to go ahead with the surgery even though all funds were not raised. On March 28th, Bailey had surgery on the left leg that was at a 90 degree angle. It was a very long surgery as they had to remove all the scar tissue, take the bones apart and then assemble them back. He did very well with the surgery and went to his foster home the next day.

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Over the weekend, his bandage showed signs of seepage, so Bailey went back to the Dr. Beale to see what was going on. It seems as if with all the cleaning out of scar tissue and reassembling the bones, there was a lot of trauma to the leg that caused more swelling than was anticipated. So, Bailey went a week without the leg bandaged to allow the swelling to go down. Once the swelling went down, Bailey got a cast to give the leg some protection and support. Each week he went to get the bandage changed and see what color bandage he would get.

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Through it all, Bailey was a real trouper. You could tell his leg hurt and he didn’t feel well, but when you went up to him he would wag his tail and roll on his back for a belly rub. He had to be on crate rest too so the leg could heal and just watch the other dogs play.

After five weeks, the doctor felt Bailey was ready to have the other leg fixed. On May 2nd, he went in to get the leg that was at a 45 degree angle fixed. He did exceptionally well, the leg didn’t swell like the first one and he had his weekly bandage changes for 8 weeks.

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Now, Bailey is bandage free and able to walk on both front legs very well. They both have a plate in them to stabilize the bones as they are fused together but that doesn’t stop him. He is beginning to try to run, dig in the dirt and play with toys just like a normal dog. He loves to stretch his new legs and show them off too.

Since he couldn’t get his cast wet for 13 weeks, his hair had gotten quite long. So he went to the groomer and got it all cut off. He was so funny when got home. It was like he was clip_image012

free. He started acting like a puppy wanting to romp all around. He got on the couch and rolled all over it. He was in such a playful mood. It was like he was saying, “Thank you for fixing me…I feel so good!”

In August, Bailey will be going for his check-up and it should be good based on what I have seen, so he will be ready for a forever home soon. Let’s get his surgery fully funded by then. Thank you all for all the prayers and good wishes to help Bailey get better. He is one super dog!!

Please consider a donation to Bailey:  https://www.petcaring.com/BaileyBarkley

Check donations can be sent to

LSSTLAR
P O Box 7728
Houston, TX  77270

Donations needed for sweet little Corrine!

A puppymill was busted in a little rural Texas town and numerous tiny little maltese, in absolutely horrible condition, were confiscated.

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This horribly matted little one noted as #3 was Corrine.  Volunteers took hours to strip the thick, feces-encrusted mats from their little bodies.

Look how cute Corrine was after her initial hair cut.

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Their teeth were HORRIBLE.

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After her hair was stripped, we noticed something funky about her foot.

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The right foot’s achilles tendon was ruptured.  Likely because the mats pulled the foot up so tight, it snapped the tendon.

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So we took her to GCVS to see what could be done.

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Dr. Beale worked his magic again!!

I’m happy to report that the surgery was totally successful and little Corrine can run around like any other little dog!

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But, now we need to pay off her surgery bill.

Here is her fundraiser:  https://www.petcaring.com/CorrineStarling

Please consider a donation if you can.  We need to get whole on all of these extremely expensive surgeries before some other needy dog comes along!

Or send Corrine a check to …..
Corrine Starling
c/o LSSTLAR
P O Box 7728
Houston, TX  77270

DONATIONS NEEDED!! Kohl Harris–THREE major orthopedic surgeries!

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Donate here:  https://www.petcaring.com/KohlHarris
Or send Kohl a check to …..
Kohl Harris
c/o LSSTLAR
P O Box 7728
Houston, TX  77270

Kohl – This adorable little Peke boy was abandoned at the local county shelter with instructions to euthanize. He had a back injury and the owners couldn’t afford surgery. Although he isn’t a tzu, his face was so adorable, we pulled him. It was obvious from the beginning that he had been somewhat neglected during his life. Really bad skin, smelly yeast infection and, of course, the back.

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But, oh what a personality!! He is one of the most charming little dogs we have ever had. After his back surgery, which was successful, we allowed him to get his skin in order and get a lot healthier. Now, we’ve tackled BOTH front legs. Both legs were terribly bowed and it was difficult for him to walk. Dr. Beale corrected both.

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In these x-rays, you can see how very bowed the legs are.  He waddled like a little old man.

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Here are the post-op x-rays.

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Kohl woke up slowly after surgery. 

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His favorite volunteer, Lindsey visited him while he was in the hospital.

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And here he is waiting to check out.  Bye bye.

This fundraiser is for fixing the right front leg, the left front leg and the remaining balance ($2,780) on his back surgery.

Please help us get these surgeries paid off.

Donate here:  https://www.petcaring.com/KohlHarris
Or send Kohl a check to …..
Kohl Harris
c/o LSSTLAR
P O Box 7728
Houston, TX  77270

Adopted – Walton Ranger

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I don’t know if you can read the sign or not, but it says “Welcome Home Walton!”  Is that not cool?  My two new human sisters made that for me.  They are just as excited as I am!!  My new forever Mom and Dad, are Jennifer and Chris.  What a wonderful life we are going to have together!