Because of overbreeding and improper training, there is an overwhelming number of chihuahuas out there in need of a home. If you are interested in adopting a rescue, check out this list of chihuahua rescue organizations throughout the United States.
I know many members of our club and Facebook page love the breed and would love to adopt a rescued chihuahua to give it a forever home.
Please consider adopting a chihuahua instead of buying. If you want more information about finding a chihuahua rescue, read that article then come back here.
Have trouble finding a chihuahua rescue in your area? If you want to adopt a small dog or need to find a new home for your pet, this great resource can help: Get Your Pet.
Petfinder is another good place to look for a pet.
If you are looking to buy a puppy, check out Puppy Spot.
Chihuahua Rescues Near Me
Below is a list of chihuahua rescue organizations. If there are any that you know of that are not on the list, you can email the info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also please be aware that I have no affiliation with any of these rescues. I cannot personally help you find a dog. All I have done is research what chihuahua rescues are out there and provided it for you here.
And be sure to scroll to the bottom to read important information about caring for your rescued dog.
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
More Ways to Find a Chihuahua Rescue
- ASPCA database
- AKC Rescue Network
- PetSmart Charities
- The Shelter Pet Project
Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescues
A chihuahua rescue not only wants to provide great homes to these dogs, but they also want to educate and spread awareness about overpopulation, spaying and neutering, abuse, neglect, and the staggering rate of chihuahua abandonment across the country.
The chihuahua is a dog breed that is most commonly found in shelters and rescues; however, out of the small dog rescues, rescued chihuahuas are one of the most adopted small dog breeds as well.
Look here for more info on how to find a chihuahua rescue.
Rescue Chihuahua Stats
Did you know that at least 23 percent of households who own a Chihuahua got their chi from a rescue organization or an animal shelter?
Another 12 percent of chihuahua owners say that they obtained their chihuahua from other ways, including finding one that was thrown out near their home, a friend couldn’t keep theirs, flea markets, found the dog running the streets and couldn’t locate the owner, and even from yard sales.
The chihuahua is also now considered one of the three top breeds found at shelters in the United States. The two dog breeds above the Chihuahua breed are German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers.
Why Are There So Many Chihuahuas in Rescues and Shelters?
The number one reason for them being so commonly found in rescues and shelters is there are just a lot of them!
Another reason has to do with the small size of this particular dog breed. A puppy mill or backyard breeder finds much more of a profit when it comes to these small size dog breeds.
Approximately 15 states as of 2019 have minimal or no regulations in place to shut down these breeder facilities. In those states, the pups are usually sold quickly online instead of in pet stores because the online sale of a chihuahua puppy doesn’t require the breeder to be federally licensed or inspected.
Another big reason there are so many Chihuahuas in rescues and shelters is that dog owners choose this small dog breed before really understanding its size and care requirements.
Most chihuahuas are relatively easy to care for, and grooming is easy compared to larger dogs, but they also have their fair share of dangers and medical problems due to their small size.
For example, if you are excited about a teacup chihuahua, you need to familiarize yourself with the extra care that needs to be shown. A teacup chihuahua is even smaller than a standard chihuahua. It is a tiny pup that is more fragile and will require more attentive care.
Common Issues with Rescued Chihuahuas
As you can see, a rescue organization is so important because of the high number of Chihuahuas we see across the United States.
Each of these dogs also has its own personality, and that has to be accounted for when rescuing them as well.
If you are thinking about finding a chihuahua for adoption, a chihuahua puppy, or even a senior dog that has spent considerable time in a rescue or animal shelter, then you need to prepare yourself ahead of time.
They may not have as much leash experience as you expected, there may be marking issues with some older male dogs, dental health needs to be checked, and they may need to be housetrained.
Acclimating Your Rescued Chihuahua
If you are getting your Chihuahua from a rescue organization, allow the dog to adapt to their new home at their own pace. They need to build trust with a new dog owner and learn how to navigate their new life.
To learn more about how to help your rescue dog adjust, check out this post.
If you get a puppy, this post will tell you what you need to have before you bring your puppy home.
If you decide to get a senior chi, and they desperately need homes and are often overlooked, this post will help you find what you need for a senior chihuahua.
You should also have a set schedule in place for your chihuahua to help them feel safer and more secure. It will help with any erratic behavior you may notice.
Allow time for an emotional bond to grow between you and your new Chihuahua. Don’t take it personally if they don’t warm up to you right away. This is a new experience for both of you.
Finally, accept boundaries and work on socialization at a pace that works for your Chihuahua. Sometimes they need their own personal space to learn how to figure things out.
If you are looking for a Chihuahua, check out the links we have outlined above for the rescues in your area! Remember, it is always a better idea to rescue and find a chihuahua for adoption when you can!