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Shih-Tzu Puppies Available for Adoption

Three Shih-Tzu puppies plus 8 year old female available for adoption thru All Dogs' Heaven

All Dogs' Heaven has three Shih-Tzu puppies and one female adult ready to be placed in permanent homes. The mother, an 8 year old Shih-Tzu was rescued while pregnant from a puppy mill where she spent her entire life in a cage birthing countless litters for profit. Three months ago was the first time her paws touched grass. Mother dog is crate trained and is about 90% potty trained, she just needs a little more practice. Her adoption fee is $175.

The Shih-Tzu puppies are 9 weeks old and there are two males and one female. They were born while in foster care where their foster mom is working on crate training and on potty training. They will be fully vetted, including spay/neuter before going to their new homes. Their adoption fee is $200.

We charge a modest adoption fee to defray the cost of vetting and care for our rescue dogs. All of our animals for adoption are located in foster homes. No appointments will be made to meet any of the animals until and application has been submitted and approved. To fill out an application for this pet, please go to www.alldogsheaven.org

All Dogs' Heaven (ADH) is an all volunteer rescue group dedicated to rescuing homeless, abandoned, neglected, abused and puppy mill dogs. Our mission is to rescue, medically treat, provide housing and place dogs in loving, permanent homes. ADH is a non-profit 501c3 organization. We have no paid staff and operate  through the volunteers that donate time and talent to save the lives of the many wonderful dogs that we have in our care. Dontations are always needed and welcome and may be made through the website at www.alldogsheaven.org.

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Michael A. Miller July 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Eight years of olde is pretty mature for a dog. It's a only a matter of a couple of years before the medical issues start kicking in. An adoption fee of $175.00 seems excessive, especially if she's not fully housebroken.
Bob Smith July 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM
I hope this post is a joke.
Missy Limkemann July 10, 2012 at 01:21 PM
This is not a joke. The reason mom's adoption fee is higher because she is going to need a dental which is 400 dollars, she will need to be spayed which is 200 dollars and then lets add her exam, shots and everything that goes with it...that right there is another 150 dollars. The puppies are 200 because they will need to be fixed...which is 200 dollars PER puppy, shots, exam, fecal tested and treated if anything is found, microchipped (with free registration for life thanks to the rescue), that then adds up to another 200+ dollars. Hmmm....sounds like a discount to me. We (the rescue) do not get free vet services, we do not get free food, free anything unless donated and that is rare. We lose about 150 dollars on each adult dog that is adopted out, we lose about 200+ on each puppy that is adopted out. If you look at our one dog Princess, her amputation was 4 grand and her adoption fee will be 200.
Bob Smith July 10, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Melissa - I was referring Mike's comment, not the article.
Missy Limkemann July 10, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Oh good. But I also wanted to shed a light on our adoption fees for these particular puppies or other animals we have available. I like to let everyone know what their adoption fee covers and what we put into each animal. (along with our hearts as many of my foster homes have failed and ended up keeping their foster dogs...) I want everyone to know what exactly we do. :-)
Michael A. Miller July 11, 2012 at 02:11 PM
It's MICHAEL, not "Mike". No, Bob, my comment wasn't a joke. It's a fact. I love dogs but wouldn't shell out $175.00 for an 8-year-old dog who isn't housebroken. I hope she's adopted into a good and loving home, and more power to anyone who's willing to be gouged. Two hundred dollars for a dog that's had an amputation doesn't sound like the deal of the century, either.
Missy Limkemann July 11, 2012 at 02:14 PM
If we don't have adoption fees, how do you suppose we help the dogs here and keep going? ADH does NOT get funding from anyone but kind people who donate or adoption fees. That is it. Mastercard is over the limit.
Steve July 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Hey Mike. Sounds to me that YOU would prefer a $49.00 office visit, a $15.00 shot and a 10 cent garbage bag to dispose of the dogs. Why comment if you have no real compassion or solutions to this problem that effects the whole U.S. Thank GOD (DOG) for people that are stepping up to the plate for these furbabies. ADH rock's in my book.
Jane Doe July 11, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Well Michael..you can get 'free' dogs all day long on craigslist. Be prepared to shell out hundreds of dollars though..do you know how much a spay alone is at Lakewood Animal Hospital? More than $175, depending on the size of the dog. Melissa is not making any profit from these animals she rescues, she puts her blood, sweat, tears AND money into these unwanted pets in order to make sure they are happy, healthy & go to loving homes. A friend adopted a dog from the pound for $35 (which included neutering)..good deal right? Well, he had kennel cough, needed a heartworm test, the rest of his shots..my friend spent quite a bit more than $175 to get him healthy again.
Michael A. Miller July 11, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Other than Melissa, how many dogs have you all adopted from ADH? How much have you donated or spent? What has your contribution been on a nationwide scale?
Steve July 11, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Apparently it's much, much more than you Mike, I will leave it at that, and be happy knowing that I have helped those who cannot help themselves. I will be their VOICE.
Missy Limkemann July 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Can we please not argue on this page. This is about finding homes for dogs in need. This is also about raising awareness on adoption and homeless pets. If you would like to volunteer, foster, or help us fundraise, please let us know. We can always use the help. Again, mastercard is over the limit... Thank you.
Steve July 11, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Mike, thanks for the complement!
Michael A. Miller July 11, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Melissa, did you try a modest IndieGogo campaign, just to see what kind of response you would get, or researching grants? Has anybody in your organization gone online and checked for unclaimed funds? I've heard all my life about all this "hidden money" all over the place but I have yet to locate any. Have you tried fundraisers, or a recurring 5-bet MegaMillion/Powerball/Classic Lotto pool among your staff? Has anyone gone to their church or St. Luke's St. Vincent de Paul Society and asked for a fund to be set up? I don't know if you're from here, but the typical Clevelander is cheap, selfish and lazy. If you start turning over rocks looking for nonconventional funding, you never know where it might lead. Too bad you couldn't have snagged the recent wave of philanthropists before they donated untold thousands of dollars to Beck Center and its heinous Administration over the last couple of months. Their money would have been better spent had they thrown it to the dogs.
Missy Limkemann July 11, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I have not heard of IndieGogo, and I can check that out. I also do not have a grant writer on my team, and I am looking for one. If anyone is a grant writer, please come on down, you are the next contestant on "Help Missy help more dogs!!" I am from Lakewood as ADH is the only Lakewood Rescue (not affliated with any shelter). I own a home here, and my 2 kids go to school here. Please note, that I am always looking for ways to raise funds, and if anyone has ideas, or wants to even run with an idea, please let me know. I will give you full rein to do so and would LOVE you for it. ADH is a 501c3 organization and any help is needed. Please note I do not wish harm upon any person or any animal. No fires, or dying, please!!!!! Again any fundraising ideas, tips or anything, email me or even help set it up would be awesome.
Steve July 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
This is about helping Animals, nothing more, nothing less, by compassionate people. I hope YOU are one of them, Mike.
Michael A. Miller July 11, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Sam, I commented and meant to leave it go at that but wound up having to defend myself against the usual sanctimonious browbeating that typically surfaces by way of people who find courage in anonymity. Now you're piling on. Using my words against me or expecting me to stand down in the face of a personal attack isn't realistic. This is a public forum for me as much as it is for everyone else. ADH stepped into it with a hand out and a sense of entitlement, same as everyone does these days. There's always a risk that someone is going to not entirely agree with that method. No person or organization has enough money these days, yet everyone is always trying to conjure their own charity. It's a self-perpetuating mess. It never hurts to pin down other revenue sources because, sometimes, when people say "No" they make a referral. That's how one thing leads to another. Some locals make homemade dog treats that are purportedly not unhealthy. Would it kill someone to ask for a modest donation of goods to be sold at ADH to cover expenses? Frankly, I have to question the common sense of someone who would max out a credit card, then start panhandling. It's common knowledge that trying to survive off of credit cards is bad business. How is it here's not one vet anywhere that will donate time and services? I never heard of ADH until I saw this article. I'm sure, ultimately, it's a fine organization. Do they charge a drop-off fee? The one on Brookpark Road charges $25, last I heard.
Michael A. Miller July 11, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Steve, I'm duly compassionate. I just don't hold my self out as an earthbound saint or broadcast my deeds publicly. People will think what they will. I couldn't care less.
Michael A. Miller July 11, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I was just at ADH's site to send a lovely e'mail that might actually prove resourceful. Had to do a sidebar because it was too good for the likes of you. If I had someone like you on my side, I'd burn my organization to cinders. How about you stop spending your day obsessing on me, and carry on getting back on your meds and otherwise treating your distressed mental health? 'k, Bobbi? How about a detailed accounting of what you've done to help ADH or any of the souls affiliated with it, since you're so self-righteous? Be sure to include how much you took in self-serving tax write-offs.
Colin McEwen July 16, 2012 at 02:49 PM
A comment was deleted for violating Patch's terms of use.
Colin McEwen July 16, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I agree. There were several comments on this post that violated our terms of use (lakewood-oh.patch.com). Let's keep it civil, folks.

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