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Chihuahua Rescue
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The economic and cultural distater of the preceding eight years have created the worst crisis for Chihuahuas and Chi mixes in US history. Municipal shelters and private rescues are overwhelmed, the US is on track to anually euthanize 12,000,000 pets including nearly 1,000,000 Chihuahuas and Chi-mixes. This does not include the horrificly large number of small dogs killed or dumped in parking lots, parks, roadsides and left in vacant, foreclosed homes to suffer, starve and die who never make it to the municipal system to be euthanized. Please discourage irrepsonsible breeding, buying and always spay or neuter your pets.

Some friends of the littlest doggies:


Many thanks and endless blessings to Chihuahua worker, Pauley Perrette., multi- gifted artist and living doll, currently featured as "Abby Sciuto" on the hit CBS show, "NCIS", for caring so much about our dogs, the dogs who never made it here and all of the little dogs out there suffering right now who need us. Our dogs love you and so do we. (click pic to enlarge)

Chihuahua Rescue alum, Jinky, and his special happy ending... Local boy makes good! Jinky, once on the kill- list at a city shelter, is now a published author of his very own book, JINKY Dog of a Hollywood Wife! A great holiday gift idea and proceeds help rescues! Truly, a marvelously entertaining read that you won't be able to put down until you're finished.Click here to buy a copy or two at Amazon.com!

A MUST-READ if anyone you know is thinking about buying a dog as a gift:
“I Want a Puppy for Christmas!” And Other Dumb, Holiday Ideas. By Carole Raphaelle Davis

Chihuahua Rescue News Headlines

Angels On Death Row remembered... Kimi Peck, founder of Chihuahua Rescue, saves 176 Chihuahuas in one fell... read more

Thank you student volunteers of HAP-E

Epidemic of abandonded Chihuahuas

Click the TV to watch Inside Edition's great piece, "Star Dogs" featuring Chihuahua Rescue.

Chihuahua Rescue would like to thank Taco Bell for their thoughtful support.

Visit our great friends (and adoptive family of Chihuahua Rescue alumn, Cosmo) at GDI Fashions, who carry a wonderful selection of dog fashions and accessories as well as being the premier provider of unique and affordable custom clothing solutions for your business, event, or venue.! Modeling one of their beautiful products in GDI's doggie apperal line is Ivana, starlet of the sitcom “The Suite Life”on the Disney Channel. Click on Ivana to visit GDI,

Watch Chihuahua Rescue stars, the adorable Stuart Little & Janet on the Snapple TV commercial!

Email Chihuahua Rescue


Our 777th rescue dog has been placed* into a loving, inspected & qualified home since the opening of our Burbank kennel, 3 years ago. That puts our total at over 5,000 dogs placed since our inception! However, we are only a band- aid for the abused & abandoned dog crisis that has become epidemic in recent years and continues to grow. We need your help now more than ever. As long as there is a dog in need, we will continue to be here for him.

Howie video progress report! Click here!

Does this man have possibly the lowest- maintenance Chihuahua on earth? Click to meet Plastico the Chihuahua and find out!

Our dogs eat & recommend quality Wellness® food



(Click on both "Adoptable" and "Lost")

Chihuahua Buddies (click here for other breeds for adoption/foster)

Independent & outside area agencies

In LovingMemory...

Happy Endings..


Medical & Special- Needs Dogs

Links Page

Does "NO KILL" really mean anything anymore?

Adopted Dogs!

About Chihuahua Rescue

Special Needs Dogs

Chihuahua Facts, Care & Tips

Outside Rescue Groups

Smitten with Kittens (cats for adoption)

Back by popular demand! Quality, conversation- starting Chi Rescue Gear!

Join the Friends of Chihuahua Rescue Group- introduce yourself

Chihuahua Rescue relies on volunteers to create and maintain this website. Pictures & descriptions are as up to date as possible, but seeinga dog here does not guarantee that a dog is still available for adoption and not all of our dogs are pictured. We have many more that need your help, so please come visit us during adoption Saturdays or complete an application online. We also welcome any comments you may have. Again, thank you and please keep visiting us online!

Friends, family & resources - other networks and rescues:

Pulled from a shelter, beautiful girl "Twinkie" - Click for Details

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PLEASE: Do not confuse us with other "rescues" who's names may be similar to ours. We are not connected to or affiliated with any other agency, rescue or group. We save dogs, and that's all we do.

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Mickey Rourke
Mary is a tiny, but spirited 15ish, brown - and - tan Chi - X (possibly minpin?) partial - paraplegic cripple who had her spine and pelvis crushed and both her rear legs shattered.

She obviously did not receive any medical care after her devastating injury so the bones set in their broken,  mangled positions resulting in severe malunions, 75% paralysis below mid - back and any functional use of her legs but for the ability to stand for a few seconds, but not able to walk and she must drag her hindquarters. She may have also sustained internal injuries, but her bowel and bladder function normally and she is otherwise as healthy as can be expected.

She was a surrender at a municipal pound, so her history of how she sustained the injuries is unknown, but the appearance of the injury is consistent with the horrific injuries a small dog would sustain if a human sat upon or stomped on her back and pelvis.

A city animal control facility would not keep a dog with this level of injuries for adoption - they wouldn't waste the space because crippled dogs are rarely adopted - and these types of dogs get euthanized very soon after arriving.

Luckily, a volunteer pulled her in time and Mary was placed into a loving foster home in southern California where she currently resides and is practically worshiped for her extreme cuteness, firecracker personality, and fierce loyalty.

Mary enjoys long car rides, shopping, burrowing into fuzzy - blanket igloos, patrolling the front lawn and her favorite after dinner treat is Oatmeal cinnamon Cheerios with unsweetened rice milk.
Mickey Rourke
Chihuahua Rescue's special friend, Stuart Little, kisses Mickey Rourke on the lips! (click on image to go to view larger pics in gallery)
Pauley Perrette, wolf, wolf hybridPauley Perrette loves the dogs both great and small and isn't afraid to pitch in during a busy intake day. Here she is testing wolf-hybrid, "Spirit," for kissability and "snugglebility" - he passed the test!

Pauley Perrette wolf hybrid SpiritHere Pauley is busy checking Spirit's fluffiness and softness (click images to go to gallery with larger pics.)


Mookie's rehab: Mookie, a Chi mix, was bailed out of death row, obviously abused and neglected. The twine tied tightly around his neck had become fused in his neck and hat to be surgically pulled out. He was infested with ticks and still has BB pellets embedded under his skin. He was understandably extremely aggressive and skittish and would not allow anyone near his cage or attempt to pick him up. Of course he was un-neutered and very emaciated from starvation.
Please click on any images below to enlarge

Mooks shortly after admission. He is very wary and will immediately bite everyone and anyone trying to get him out of his cage.

Here you can see the extent of his malnutrtition wuth his vertebrae clearly showing undr his skin.

Here you can see the scar where the string was embedded in his neck. He is starting to put on weight after a couple of weeks of therapy.

Our behaviorist worked with Mookie diligently for many weeks, day-in, day- out, Using calm, reassuring responses to establish trust.
Mookie slowly began to crave and give affection and was able to trust some people implicitly.

This is our boy now, after approximately 6 months of intense rehabilitation, a completely healthy and robust, trustworthy companion.

Browse through pictures and stories of just a few of the thousands of dogs we have helped.

Rokitu was rescued from a notorious backyard breeder (we have placed 4 of his offspring) who thankfully had to quit her "business' due to poor health. Because of the relentless inbreeding that went on, Rokitu and all of his children came to us with serious mental and/or physical pronblems. Rokitu was the stud and was bred with his daughters as well as he himself being sired by one of his older brothers. He had a tumor about the size of a gold ball on the top of his head that was growing and impinging on his brain. Chihuahua Rescue paid over $1600 having it removed in a delicate operation and he pulled through healthy and happy. Click on the pic to enlarge and you can see the slender scar going down the top of his head.

This is how these two sleep every night. It's very cute.

Hi my name is Bear. I am a 5-6 yr old neutered male Chihuahua. I am up to date on all my shots and I am micro chipped. I am fully crate trained and if I am on one side of the house and you ask me to crate I will run to my crate and jump right in. I am on scheduled potty breaks and as long as you let me out I won’t have an accident in the house. I get along with other dogs and love to play with them. My foster dad has a cat that runs from me so of course I chase it. But I visit a home with two cats and I have no issues with them and hardly notice they are there. I love to sit on the sofa and watch TV with you and love to snuggle in your bed. I also love to ride in the car and I would love to go anyplace with you. (Sacramento, California)

Yvette has had a hard life and she has to move on once again. Please give this adorable snuggler a chance at permanent love. A great girl, but is not good with cats.

Chubs is a 3 yr old, neutered Chihuahua/Min Pin mix found wandering the streets in Santa Ana. He was left at the Orange County shelter for 1 week, but his family never came to claim him.He was just diagnosed with diabetes, so he will need insulin shots twice a day…possibly for the rest of his life.

Okay with cats, but he may badger them. Fairly mellow and he walks well on a leash. He’s a little love bug with a sweet disposition! He enjoys plenty of "lap time" and is very eager to please.

Wonderful little boy that was turned into us by a person who found him wondering the streets. After trying to find his owner for two months she decided to turn him into us. He is friendly, about two years old and weighs about 5lbs.

Rickey, 10 year old male
This little senior dog was turned in by his owners who had to move to Chicago. They decided it would be too cold for this little guy there,
so they contacted us. He is very sweet, loving, and calm. This little guy walks very nicely on a leash too.

Kane is a two year old, male
Wonderful little boy! This owner turn-in is amazing when he goes for walks, he stays right next to you. Loves kids and cats don’t bother him at all either. He is also very talented and can stand for a long time on his back legs.

More dog pictures...


Special thanks to our Zef friends of Chihuahua Rescue: Die Antwoord. die antwoord
Thank you Ninja and Yolandi!

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