About Us


NorthStar is always in need of new foster homes ready to help these deserving companion animals find their forever homes! Why not join us?:

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible! Your generous donation will directly help cover vetting, transport and dietary costs of our adoptable dogs. Your contribution is making a real difference in the life of a loving little Tzu:

Adopting A Friend

NorthStar strives to best match each dog and family. We're interested in good homes and good people so we ask for information and references. We also do a home visit before final placement is made. You want the best dog for your family and we want the best match for our sweet dogs. Thank you for choosing us!

Please contact us if you have questions about any of our dogs or the adoption process:

Ready to submit an application? Complete our online form:


Who We Are

NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue (NorthStar/NSSTR) is an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu blend dogs and the people within our community.

Located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, with foster/adoption programs in the Twin Cities, Chicago & Rockford, IL, we operate as a no-kill rescue that provides rescue and adoption services, meaningful outreach programs in order to advance the welfare of these companion animals, to serve and educate our community, and to make a positive, loving impact on the lives of both.

Come Visit Us

If you’d like to meet any of our adoptable dogs, please attend our Nice To Meet Tzu adoption events, held the second Sunday of each month from 12-2pm (private meet and greets are not available.)
Please check our Events calendar on our website the day before to see if the dog you are interested in is attending & the location of the event, as event locations may change, and additional events may be held in other locations:


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