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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Over 30,000 dogs are euthanized each year in the major metropolitan area cities. Our mission is to save at risk shih tzu and lhasa apsos from shelters, mills, and other abusive situations throughout our area.

Programs: Forever foster - dogs that are too old or too ill to be adopted stay in our care until their death.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

In the summer of 2014, this rescue took in four badly neglected dogs from another rescue. You could easily tell from looking at the intake photos that these dogs were in horrible shape. When they came to foster homes, we quickly could tell they were very afraid of people and exhibited all of the signs of totally neglected breeder dogs.

We also were told they were "fully vetted" but quickly discovered that there is a big difference in what different people consider "fully vetted." Our "gold standard" vetting includes many things that the other "rescue" declined, including BASIC bloodwork to identify liver and kidney issues so common in older dogs of this breed, a dental cleaning and immunization boosters.

Foster homes worked with these poor dogs and slowly, they became socialized and were able to be adopted into great families. The first two photos are their intake photos and the last two photos were taken several months later.

Review from Guidestar

Lesa R.


Rating: 5

I've been involved with this rescue since December of 2012. In that time I've seen the dedication and hard work of this all-volunteer rescue. I have adopted 3 dogs from them and fostered over 30 during the 4+ years I've volunteered with Lone Star. We take in the dogs that most other rescues will not take. One of the fosters I currently have is 10 years old, almost deaf, and almost blind, but he's a great dog, and we will find him a good home. That's what we do.

3 Susan468

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

If I could give it -5 starts - I would. The organization posted a fraudulent story about one of their rescues on facebook in an effort to seek monetary contributions. My 501c3 rescue gave this particular dog to Lone Star who was supposed to reimburse veterinary expenses, but of course never did. She them puts the dog on facebook and describes her as a puppymill brood B&*^(, when the dog had been spayed as a puppy. Teresa Osbourne was contacted about it and tried to back peddle for all she was worth. She ended up calling me a liar and all her sycophants joined in. We have maintained the evidence and the witnesses. Happy to share proof!


Rating: 5

I started volunteering for this organization back in October 2014. I am continuously impressed by the number of dogs this organization takes in, provides medical care for, and rehabilitation for as well. The dedicated volunteers and fosters are amazing and go above and beyond in order to try to save as many dogs as possible. I am also a 4-time adopter from this organization. I adopted two dogs from them back in 2007, another in 2013, and another in 2014. Now I also volunteer and foster. It is hard work but a labor of love.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

On or about January 2 2015, Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Rescue posted a pleas for donations on Facebook stating that the dog was used as a puppy mill breeder. That dog was never used as a breeder in a puppy mill. We (Tibetan Terrier Rescue) rescued that dog from the Abilene TX Shelter with 3 others that were owner surrendered after the primary caretaker died. I asked the owner/director of the "not-for-profit" to remove the fraudulent post, but she scoffed it off and the post remained. We have all the paperwork to prove the fabrication was just that - a fabrication to get donations. This not-for-profit is all about profit if they need to make up a story to get funds.