Minnie is doing great and is ready for adoption. She is an 8-year old Toy Fox Terrier. She gets along with other dogs but is also happy with just one special person for company. She should not go to a home with children.



"With Holy Shih Tzu's help, these small dogs become wonderful companions for families, children with special needs, lonely adults and the elderly, creating a mutually beneficial human/canine relationship."

—The Huffington Post,
Social Entrepreneurship,
Oct. 3, 2013


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Our adoptable dogs will only be placed in homes where they will be accepted as part of the adopting family. All adoptable dogs are up to date on vaccinations and already spayed or neutered before adoption.

Because we get more adoption applications than dogs, many of our dogs are matched with adoptive homes without ever being posted to our Facebook page. To increase your chances of adoption you can fill out an application beforehand, and tell us what kind of dog you're looking for. Priority is given to retirees, disabled adults, recovering veterans, and families of children with special needs.

We also give priority to adoptive families who have securely fenced yards for the safety of our little ones.

Please click here for our adoption application form.

OP and Mamie


During foster care we socialize our dogs and teach them good manners, until they are ready to be adopted into a permanent home. When space is available we also offer foster care for dogs belonging to our troops serving overseas.

Lap dogs often require more human contact than larger dogs would. They might be timid, defensive, finicky, or have special medical needs. Some might have been misunderstood, and treated as small pets who can be easily caged, rather than as pampered members of the family. Some might have been severely neglected, or crated for much of the time. They generally would not do well in a cage at a shelter, and often refuse to eat when left in that situation.

We get to know each dog individually so we can help you find the right dog for you. We try to determine during foster care which dogs would prefer to be the only pet and which dogs enjoy the company of other dogs; and which dogs would do well with small children and which would not. We address resource guarding, separation anxiety, housetraining, and crate training issues so you can follow up with training when you bring your new family member home.

Our rescue isn't breed specific, but we specialize in small companion dogs who may not do well in ordinary shelters. Our mission is to provide specialized care and adoption services for small dogs who are at risk of failing to thrive in a typical kill shelter; and to place them with special people who will benefit from a close bond with an extraordinary animal.

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Your donations help us provide complete veterinary care including mandatory spaying or neutering for our adoptable dogs, and are 501(c)(3) tax deductible.

We always welcome donations of unopened dog food, clean beds, toys, gates, and other supplies.


Our special thanks to:

The Pollination Project



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