I was looking to find a cute little companion for my Lhasa, Kramer, who is the mascot of our website. I subscribed to an online rescue list for the breed. Next thing I knew, I was being asked to go to the shelter to rescue a Lhasa with sarcoptic mange.....who turned out to be a Shih Tzu with fleas! Well, the rest is history!
The thing that was most upsetting to me was while I was at the shelter, the kennel staff tried to convince me that I didn't want this dog. Wearing my "rescue hat" (for the first time mind you) I proudly uttered, "of course I want this dog, I'm a rescuer!!!" I took this mangey mutt, put him in a crate, then trotted off to the vet. Little did I know that would be the first of many, many, many trips to that shelter -- and many others.
Once word got out that I successfully got this dog, rookie that I was, every email I received asking for help I answered. Before I knew it, I was helping a groomer, who was keeping gorgeous Lhasa pups crammed in crates, stacked one on top of another, in a filthy hot grooming studio. She had to move, so she had to place these dogs.
I worked with a great rescue group, Noah's Bark, for several months and got these dogs placed. All of a sudden, I found myself really rescuing.
But Noah's Bark specializes in large dogs, and I wanted to do Lhasa, Shih Tzu, Maltese and little guys under 20 lbs. I was shocked to learn that nobody was pulling these guys out of the shelter, except a few here and there. These guys needed me!!
Founded in April, 2001, Lhasa Happy Homes Rescue, Inc., is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) rescue and foster care organization created for the safe haven and permanent placement of homeless pups. We specialize in Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu and Maltese, but also rescue other small mixed breeds under 20 lbs.
All the Lhasa Happy Homes pups are cared for in a home environment and treated as if they were our own. Each is temperament tested to evaluate their interaction with other dogs, kids and people to determine the best home for each. They receive responsible medical attention; rehabilitation, when necessary; treats and toys when they are good, training when they are not as good and a warm lap to lay in at the end of the day to let them know how much they are unconditionally loved.
We endeavor to give adopters our best assessment of a dog's physical condition and behavior to assure that the selected dog is a good match for the intended family. These dogs have been through a lot... and they deserve to be loved unconditionally... the same way they'll love you! It is our goal to make them feel secure, safe and protected so that when they are placed in their homes, they will stay there! Therefore, our utmost goal is to adopt humans who will provide the perfect forever home for these little furbabies -- wonderful animals who deserve a second chance at a great life.
Our ongoing mission is to match families with their ideal pets and give these special pups a second chance at a great new life. To date, we have rescued and fostered almost 2,000 dogs, or approximately 225 dogs annually, but it never seems enough. As long as there is a Lhasa in the shelter, our work is not done....and unfortunately, the numbers keep growing. It is staggering to see these beautiful dogs dumped in the shelters or abandoned by their families. It is gratifying when people, like you, step up to the plate and help hem....perfect with all their imperfections. We are honored to have the opportunity to provide you with your next family member.
Nothing would make us happier than to be out of business -- but the truth is, rescue is hardly making a dent. The Los Angeles City and County's most recent statistics for the past 12 months report that close to 38,000 dogs were needlessly euthanized in only six shelters throughout LA during 2005-2006. In California alone, the numbers are a staggering. Until dog owners take responsibility for spaying and neutering their animals, caring for them until their last days, we will unfortunately have work to do. It's not the shelter's fault; it starts at the grassroots level, and that is where the education must begin. In your consideration of adoption, keep in mind that owning a dog is a serious commitment, like having a child. It takes patience....training....and diligence so that the end product is a happy child and parent....human or canine!!
Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in rescue and adoption.
We are honored to have the opportunity to help you complete your family with a new child and thank you for your consideration to adopt.
Lhasa Happy Homes was never a planned organization. It really started by accident, or so I thought. But, the Universe doesn't make mistakes., and there really are no accidents.