Who We Are...
We are dedicated to rescue, adoption and the medical care of stray and homeless Chihuahuas and small dogs in need, and to help control the growing overpopulation through spaying and neutering all dogs in our care.
Our purpose is to extend public education and awareness regarding abuse and neglect. Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue does not house dogs in a shelter -- as with most rescue groups, our dogs are cared for in healthy, safe, loving foster home environments. Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue's foster parents work very hard to be sure that their foster dog feels safe and loved while working on housetraining, crate training, socialization, etc.
All our dogs are spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, heartworm tested, fecal tested, on heartworm preventative and have all other veterinary needs taken care of (such as heartworm treatment, dentals, luxating patellas, etc.).
Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue will take in the injured, ill and elderly Chihuahuas and small dogs. They're GREAT dogs! Please consider the adoption of one of these dogs as well. Seniors and special needs dogs make great pets too! Did you know small breeds can live up to 20 years or more?
We keep the dog in our homes for some TLC and evaluation in regard to its temperament, socialization, and health, in order to make the best possible fit for a prospective adopter. The dogs you visit on our website are living in our homes as loved members of our family. They beg at the table at meals, sleep in our beds, snuggle in our laps while we watch TV, go for rides in the car, chase the mop, and happily celebrate our return home, even after just taking out the garbage! We are not a shelter. These are our homes and everyone that comes into our homes has the run of it.
Adopting A Friend...
Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue does not adopt out dogs on a first come, first serve basis. Because we want to this to be a permanent adoption, we will place the dog in the home best suited for him/her. We will not hold dogs for homes that are not ready to adopt yet or have not yet been approved.
Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue is 100% spay/neuter prior to adoption. We do not make exceptions, so please do not ask. If we have puppies available (which is rare), they will not be available to go to an adoptive home until they are spayed or neutered. They will also have an increased adoption fee.
Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue can't do out of state adoptions, as a home visit is absolutely required. If we have no one to do that home visit, we cannot adopt to that person. We have to visit and verify and counsel with each potential adopter. When we do the visits we often see something that needs to be addressed that the applicant might not think to mention. If an adoption doesn't "click" and the new home is far from the foster homes, it makes it extremely complicated and difficult to retrieve the animal and get him to either the original or another foster home.
TO ADOPT, simply complete these steps:
- Submit an online adoption application. Once you submit the application, your information is submitted to the foster home of the dog you're interested in. You'll receive an email from the foster parent of that dog. If you are not interested in a particular dog, go ahead and fill out an application anyway and tell us what type of dog you are interested in. We verify personal and vet references that are given on your online adoption application.
- A home visit is scheduled for your family. A home visit is mandatory for all adopters. This will involve a rescue volunteer coming to your home and visiting with you. All family members and pets must be present at the time of the visit. If you refuse a home visit, your application will be declined. Once your home visit is completed, your application and home visit report will then forward it to the Board of Directors who will either approve or decline your application for adoption. We reserve the right to refuse any adoption. We will notify you of your adoption status.
- Sign our adoption contract and pay a minimum adoption fee of $200.00 ( this can and will vary depending on the dog you are adopting). The adoption donation is listed on each adoptions page. Donations can and will increase for puppies due to the extra vet work that we must perform on them. This will help other Chis in need, just as the one you're adopting!
Forgive us if we seem to be intrusive when applying for a dog. We are extremely picky in choosing homes for our little ones. Once they become members of our family, we treat them as we would our own children when we're placing them in a new home. Although we donít always have a history on the dogís past or know how it got to the shelter, we do have a sense of its character and needs. If you see a little one that you'd like to adopt, please fill out an adoption application. We get quite a few applications, so please be patient with us as we are all volunteers and work full time jobs, as we do get back to each and every person.
Visit our website to find out more about us!
Click here for a list of adoptable dogs!