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Tibetan Terrier Association of America

Rescue Philosophy

The Tibetan Terrier Association of America established its own rescue program in 2012 for the primary purpose of rescuing Tibetan Terriers at risk in shelters, other rescue organizations or from private owners no longer able to keep their dogs.

TTAA Rescue constantly strives to involve its member breeders, even those that are not active Rescue volunteers.  The success of this program relies on our member breeders to continue prudent breeding and selling practices.  As a courtesy, member breeders are generally notified if a dog of theirs is in need, solely for the purpose of allowing them to assist in the rehoming of said dog and/or to take full responsibility for the dog's welfare.

Although we are focused on the rescue of purebred Tibetan Terriers, we will never knowingly allow any Tibetan Terrier mix to remain in a shelter or pound facility.  If our assistance in rescue is requested, we will take action.   Pedigree status can be determined by genetic testing once the dog is safe.

Any dog that comes into a foster home receives necessary veterinary care, temperament evaluation, and whatever rehabilitation may be needed before being placed.  Foster care duration can be from a minimum of two weeks to several months.

Veterinary care includes a thorough exam, rabies and DHPP vaccinations, fecal and heartworm testing, and spaying/neutering as appropriate.   All dogs entered in to the rescue program will be microchipped. 

We never rehome dogs for the purposes of or potential for breeding nor do we resell any dog no matter what its pedigree.  If you are interested in a dog, you must fill out an application form.  After the form is received and evaluated, you will be eligible for an adoption.  An interview will be conducted before or when we actually have suitable dog for you.  If you have received no feedback from TTAA Rescue after an application or inquiry, please email to make sure it was received.

After a successful interview, we then will check references and arrange for a home visit with as many family members present as possible.  If the applicant passes this screening, then arrangements for getting the dog will be made.

An adoption contract must be signed prior to release of the dog. To help defray the costs of rescue dog care and to support the rescue program, the following fees apply:

  • Up to 18 months: $400
  • 18 months to 8 years: $350
  • 8 years and up: $200
  • 12+ years or special needs dogs (deaf, blind, serious medical problem) a donation of $150 is suggested

Rescue fees do not cover the expenses incurred by Rescue for the dog you adopt; rather they help to defray the expenses of the next Rescue we bring in.  While we never recoup the money we spend on nursing the dogs back to health, we do need to keep replenishing our Rescue fund in order to continue to rescue other Tibetan Terriers in need.  Our funding consists entirely of donations for Tibetan Terrier enthusiasts and fund raising events. 

Although we will assist in setting up transportation of the Rescue to the applicant, any costs incurred for transportation are the responsibility of the applicant. 
Have questions?  Email us at rescue@tibetanterrierassociation.org

The Meaning of Rescue

Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked in my warm new bed.
I'd like to open my baggage,
Lest I forget,

There is so much to carry - So much to regret.
Hmm... Yes there it is, right on the top,
Let's unpack Loneliness, heartache and Loss,
And there by my perch hides Fear and Shame.

As I look on these things
I tried so hard to leave -
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.

I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me.

Will you add to my baggage?
Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things - And take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage,
To never repack?

I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage - Will you still want me?

- Author Unknown