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Lend A Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Lend A Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue (LAHPSTR) is an all- volunteer, Michigan-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused, neglected, abandoned, displaced, or otherwise homeless, fluffy, small-breed dogs, primarily Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apsos. We also operate a Forever Foster “sanctuary” program where dogs may live out their natural lives, if adoption is not possible due to age, health, or behavior. We operate nationwide.

Target demographics: small breed dogs that no one else wants, whether it be because they are seniors; sick and/or hospice ; special needs; or behaviorally challenged.

Geographic areas served: nationwide

Programs: nurturing rejected dogs in safe and loving foster homes, providing them with comprehensive veterinary care and healing their mind, body and soul.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a pup from this rescue a year ago and had a great experience. The dogs receive the best vet care regardless of medical condition or cost (mine underwent surgery in addition to the standard vetting). On top of that, the adoption screening process is thorough to make sure that potential adopters are the right fit for the pups, and to determine the right one for each household. These pups have been abandoned, abused, broken- but they are rescued in every sense here. They are taken in, cleaned up, fed, given medical care, trained and prepared for a furever family that will hopefully understand that they are accepting a lifetime commitment. The pups truly get a new chance at life. Rescue at its best and as it should be!

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lahpstr Thank you for your kind comment!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an extraordinary rescue. They have a genuine, deep love for the animals they rescue. They take in the dogs that no one else wants. The old, the sick, the “challenged”. With love and patience, they get the best care for the animals, and work with them until they are ready for their furever home. They don’t send the dogs off to any old home, but rather the right home for each dog.
Every penny received is spent on the care of the animals. They are transparent with where the dollars go, providing receipts for everything. I am grateful to them for the lives they save. One dog at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so very honored and proud to be involved with this rescue 1) their willingness and quick action to help a dog in need regardless of its condition physically, medically or behavioral 2) this rescue has an amazing village of donors, volunteers and advocates for all of these special pups 3) most important the amazing, hard working knowledgeable, compassionate , trust worthy women who started it all, thank you Malini! Such a pleasure to work with and learn from.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization made up of extraordinary people.

They take in dogs that others would have written off.

In addition, they provide support and essential information for all dog owners. They believe in the value of a good quality of life for all dogs. They helped me through a very difficult few months last year when my senior Shih Tzu was diagnosed with a tumor. We were able to ensure she lived out her life the absolute best she could, without judgment regarding our decision.

I never hesitate to donate because LAPSTR is completely transparent and they appreciate any donation regardless of size.

I look forward to being paired with a pup perfect for my family in the future from this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are all about the dogs and go to great lengths for their wards. I collaborate with them to secure dogs in urgent situations across the country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are first and foremost about the health and well being of the dogs they rescue. There are no corners cut when it comes to getting a dog healthy, mentally and physically.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lend a helping paw Shih-tzu rescue is the greatest rescue organization that I have ever seen. They take in doggos that are old, sick, injured, angry, and train them and rehabilitate then to have an excellent quality of life. The vetting care is off the charts! How could they improve? More donations for supplies and to help rescue more doggos please

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you so much for supporting what we do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’m a donor to this rescue..I have supported many rescues throughout the years,but Lending Paw Shihtzu Rescue is the best..I like that Malini is transparent with everything such as vet bills ..She is truly an Earth Angel to all of hers rescues..They receive only the best of vet care..Many have behavioral issues that she has to work them through their biting issues and their fear..She has patience with these babies and they only go to their forever homes after they are ready ..Also they don’t just go to any home either..I like the way she doesn’t just take any application and say to them you can adopt a dog..No it doesn’t work like that..It’s only the best of loving forever homes for all of her babies ..I have seen her rescue some really sick babies and she would love and care for them until they were better ..She takes in lots of seniors that others don’t want ..And they can live out their lives with her or some when they get ready go onto their forever homes..Just watch some of the videos and look at the wonderful life these babies have they aren’t locked up in cages they have free range of the home..Malini truly has a special gift with all of these fur babies..Also I would like to add that she has helped me with my own baby..I’m so grateful to have Malini that I can always ask health questions concerning my baby and even my Grand Fur Baby..I have actually trusted her at times more so than some vets that has mislead me just to take my money..I know usually she has had years of firsthand experience with all sorts of health issues that she has had to deal with already with many of her rescues throughout her years of rescuing..I give this rescue five stars..RESCUE DONE RIGHT❤️❤️ADOPT DO NOT SHOP❤️❤️

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you for being part of #TeamLAHPSTR!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lend A Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue is an absolutely amazing rescue. The president works tirelessly to provide homes for homeless, unwanted, elderly and special needs pups (dogs that other rescues won't even take). Each pup is fostered and receives top-notch vetting/medical treatment, all while they're eating five star meals and being rehabilitated. The president is literally a miracle worker, I've seen her work first hand for years. If you adopt a LAHPSTR dog, you're adopting a family member and a gem❤

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you so much for your support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love this rescue. They always make sure their rescue dogs have the best medical care and find a family that is perfect for each dog. Lend a Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue is about taking in the unwanted, the ones left behind and the ones with emotional as well as medical needs. They are about making sure the fur baby is ready for it’s forever home no matter how long it takes. I am truly happy to support and be part of their village that goes above and beyond to make sure each and every baby has the best rest of their lives.

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you for being part of #TeamLAHPSTR!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently I fostered two dogs that had been rescued from a sad situation. They were sick and traumatized and needed lots of special veterinary care, supplies, and medical grooming. LAHPSTR was absolutely phenomenal. They spared no expense in providing everything these precious babies needed. I knew the dogs would be well on their way to a good home and to good health with this organization. As a foster, I felt totally supported. I would feel privileged and honored to work with Lend a Helping Paw again, and one day soon I’d love to adopt a dog from them as well.

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you so much for loving Kiko and Yuki, and giving them the best care in TX!

1 Gialyanna

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue is the best!! All the dogs that arrive here, receive white glove vetting. Topnotch care, and training, and the best love ever. It doesn't matter how they got to the rescue or why, it doesn't matter if they are sick, have behavior issues. Every single one gets the best of the best vetting by the best vets, the best feeding regiment. The best training.... and MOST of all they all receive so much love. The President of this Rescue, Malini truly loves and cares for every single fur baby that comes through these doors.
The adoption is exceptionally rigorous, as the rescue has to make sure every fur baby going to a fur ever home is a perfect match with adopters, and most definitely that the adopters themselves are a perfect match for each fur baby. The rescue is very transparent with all vets bills. Thank you Malini for being the best animal rescuer. It is an honor and pleasure to know you and work with this awesome rescue.

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you for being part of #TeamLAHPSTR!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am an active donor and help behind the scenes anyway I can. I have also approved to adopt from this group when the time comes. I can't say enough about this group and the treatment each and every rescue baby is given. Each and every baby is given the white glove treatment so they will be ready for a deserving forever home. I love this group and how everyone pulls together even though we are located all over the states and Canada.

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you for being part of #TeamLAHPSTR!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this rescue. I am amazed at the level of love and care that these furry babies get each and every day. Many of these rescues are given a safe harbor to live out the rest of their lives with love and all of the care that they need. When it comes to medical treatment, they are given the best care available in the state of Michigan. Many of these babies are frightened and have behavioral issues. Malini works with them so that they can love and trust again. The results are amazing. I've been fortunate enough to see this rescue in action and it warms my heart to see all of the smiling and happy pups. They truly are treated like royalty. I highly recommend this rescue.

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you so much for supporting our mission!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue is a real rescue. Malini take the babies that no one else will take, and work with them until they get their medical and behavioral issues handled. The woman who is behind the rescue is a real life dog whisperer. I have been fortunate enough to spend time at the rescue and I was forever changed by the experience. These pups are not in cages, sleep in bed with her, and have free reign of the house. Some of these dogs will live out their lives here because they are older and sick. Rest assured that they will have fabulous "golden" years and they will be cared for with love. There is a transparency of funds for all fundraising. The goal is to rehab the dogs so that they can have their very best lives with loving homes. The rescue is very discriminating and provides intense vetting to make sure that these babies are never hurt again.

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for supporting our mission!

1 Judi T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This previous year working as a volunteer with Lend a Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue has enabled me to visualize a new beginning in rescue Malini has implemented a wonderful system with pre-screening - foster care carefully chosen and the ultimate goal of adoption into the best fitting family for each individual rescue. I am so happy and honored to be a part of rescue with LAHPSTR as I look forward to placing more of Malini's fosters into their furrever homes

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you for being part of #TeamLAHPSTR! We appreciate you and Mrs T!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


Malini the love behind Lend a Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue speaks volumes
for the individual care, healing, love, patience and individual time given to each
furbaby that arrives into her care - Her philosophy on rehabilitating and the patience in progress has proven successful time and again
Thank you for such a wonderful rescue that truly stands behind the word "rescue"
Paws off to you!!!!

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for supporting our mission!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted an adorable little furry boy from this rescue last summer in the middle of the COVID pandemic. He is blind and has a heart murmur, and I have no doubt that no other rescue would have taken him in, let alone given him the love and tender care he received with this rescue! He had been found as a stray in the middle of winter in the Midwest, but was nursed back to health and flown cross-country to warm Florida to our family. This rescue spares no effort and no expense and patiently waits for the right family for each furbaby.

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you so much for adopting a dog with special needs! We love seeing Ronan thrive in his furever home.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization puts the welfare of its dogs above all else. Dogs that enter its program are guaranteed the best care. I often exchange ideas and best practices with the President who also runs the rescue so her organization can continue to implement improvements to better serve the dogs it targets.

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you your invaluable guidance!

1 terimanisto

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor to this top notch rescue and cannot think of a better cause! Malini is knowledgeable and compassionate and cares for dogs others overlook and leave behind. She is transparent in all her work and bills. She is the best at what she does. She ensures that when and only when the dog is ready for adoption with the absolute correct adopter, then it will happen. This rescue is platinum level, white glove service for all who interact with her. ❤❤

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you for being part of #TeamLAHPSTR!

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Donor

Rating: 5

White Glove, Platinum Services! Malini helps those that are overlooked and forgotten. She is highly knowledgeable and skilled about behavior modification and provides unwavering love and support for her fosters. She invests her life into finding the perfect home fit perfectly for that dog. She takes no shortcuts and loves animals beyond measure. She is 100% transparent on all costs or vetting related to her Rescue. You won't find a better rescue anywhere!!

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for supporting our mission!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Barkley used to be a biter, and this rescue has retrained him to not do that. He was also very aggressive over his food. Now he waits for permission to eat and does nothing when a hand goes in his food bowl while he’s eating. He’s very happy and well adjusted now. Great rescue!

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lahpstr 12/09/2020

Thank you so much for your kind words, Suzy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted sweet Cooper this past August, 2020 from this amazing rescue organization. We can't speak highly enough of Malini and her village of supporters who make it possible for dogs, like Cooper, who have been abandoned, neglected, and mistreated to be given the second chance in life they deserve. All dogs are thoroughly vetted, groomed, fed healthy diets, loved, socialized, spoiled, and receive total committment to helping them find their furever family. We appreciated how thorough the process of adoption was-all our questions were answered and we loved having the opportunity to follow the dogs' journey along the way. Now that we have Cooper, we are doubly blessed, and have a whole community of support if we have questions or need advice. We will continue to support LAHPSTR in any way that we can because we truly believe in their mission and work! Everything they do is truly for the fur babies!

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lahpstr 01/29/2021

Thank you for being the soft spot where our Super Duper Cooper could land!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a FurBaby from this rescue in November of 2019. I had no issues whatsoever with anything that came along with the entire process. If you are serious enough about rescue then you have found the right place, the process was thorough and well worth it. You do what you have to, to ensure everything is perfect for both you, the pet, and the agency. These animals here are guaranteed to be well taken care of and in great shape. Malini devotes all of herself to rehabilitating the broken animals she rescues and is a wealth of knowledge in doing so which helps to ensure these babies are well taken care of. I would highly recommend this rescue to anyone looking for a FurEver baby.

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for your kind comment!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When they say fully vetted, nothing remains undone. If the animal needs a specialist they see one. They take the hard to adopt and make them adoptable. Would not think twice about adopting from this rescue!!

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for supporting our mission!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If ever there was a heaven on earth for unwanted furbabies Lend a helping paw is it! A true dog whisperer that has the ability transform the unwanted, making it look effortless even though we know it takes many hours of work, love & patience. Many of the dogs have come the Lend a helping paw as a place of last resort, many of them biters and who without this rescue would no longer be with us. No dog is ever rushed into adoption. Each and every dog receives complete white glove vetting that goes above & beyond. Honesty, transparency & unending devotion to rescue and the forgotten furbabies is what Lend a helping paw shih tzu rescue is all about!

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for supporting our mission!

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Donor

Rating: 5

It’s so awesome to see a rescue that is dedicated and specific with truly caring for the animals and finding the best home for the pups, vs any old home to turnover numbers. Lend a helping paw truly puts the needs of the pups first, giving them the best possible care and ensuring they are emotionally and physically ready to be adopted out. The care is genuine, and touching to see.

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for supporting our mission!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Talk about white glove service, that is exactly what these fur-babies receive that are brought into this rescue. There is no rush to get them out the door. It is all about meeting their needs to ensure they have all their medical care as well as emotional care. Malini has taken in many troubled cases that have required a lot of patience and hard work to overcome some behavior issues. She wants to ensure before being placed with a family, they are best they can be and that they are placed with the appropriate family so not to end up back in the system. Watching these journeys is exactly why I became a donor supporter and now a board member.

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for supporting our mission!

7 Mari Chely M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A rescue above the rest. A rescue that is positive a dog is fully vetted and going to a loving home. Love and compassion is what dogs are guaranteed when they find their way into this amazing rescue. They will be embraced and cared for until they are ready for their furever home. Thank you Malini for restoring my faith in rescue.

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for supporting our mission!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

By far, one of the best rescue places for neglected, abused and unwanted dogs. Superb care, Transparency and honesty.

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for supporting our mission!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful, caring and loving rescue! They take in the saddest of cases and nurture these babies until they are are ready to go to a loving home. For those who may remain unadoptable, they care for them and love like their own forever.

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for supporting our mission!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have watched Milani take so many dogs that worth at the end of the line and transformed them physically, mentally and socially back into the amazing dogs that they should have been ! Not only that, she has been extremely generous with recommendations to help me make my rescue dog thrive. You are truly receiving a special dog if you get one from this rescue!

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lahpstr 05/17/2020

Thank you for supporting our mission!