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Chihuahua Rescues

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Because of over breeding and not being properly trained, there is an overwhelming number of Chihuahuas out there in need of a home.

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I know many members of our club and Facebook page love the breed and would love to give a homeless Chi a forever home.

Please consider adopting instead of buying.

You can read this article first to help you with finding a chihuahua rescue and then come back here,

If you can’t find a rescue in your area, I found a great resource you can check out whether you want to adopt a dog or need to find a new home for your dog.

Other sources to find a rescue are:

ASPCA database

AKC Rescue Network

PetSmart Charities

The Shelter Pet Project


Below is a list of Chihuahua rescue organizations. If there any that you know of that are not on the list, you can email the info at




Alabama Chihuahua Rescue
Alabama Rescue Groups


Alaska’s Chihuahua Rescue


AZ Chihuahua Rescue
AZ Small Dog Rescue
Paws Across Borders Dog Rescue(will allow adopters from other states)


Arkansas Chihuahua Rescue
Rescue Me Chihuahua Rescue
Dog Tired Ranch Small Dog Rescue


California Rescue Me
Chihuahua Haven Rescue
Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego County
Power of Chi, Oakland


Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue
Colorado Chihuahua Rescue Me


Connecticut Chihuahua Rescue Me


Delaware Chihuahua Rescue Me
Renee’s Rescues


Florida Little Dog Rescue Group
Chihuahua Rescue Florida
Florida Chihuahua Rescue Me
Limbo Chihuahuas (Tampa)

Tshirt says I'm Not Sure Who Rescued Who

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Chihuahua Rescue of Georgia
Small Dog Humane


Hawaii Chihuahua Rescue Me


Idaho Chihuahua Rescue Me


Illinois Chihuahua Rescue Me
Chihuahua Rescue Midwest


Chihuahua Rescue Indiana
Second Chance Small Dog Rescue



Kansas Rescue Me Chihuahua Rescue

Tshirt says Live Love Rescue

Live Love Rescue Shirt



Louisiana Rescue Me
Louisiana Chihuahua Rescue Directory


Maine Chihuahua Rescue Directory


Cold Nose Warm Heart Chihuahua Rescue
Maryland Chihuahua Rescue


Massachusetts Chihuahua Rescue Me
Yankee Chihuahua Rescue


Fur_Ever Fosters
Michigan Chihuahua Rescue Me


Coco’s Heart Rescue
Minnesota Chihuahua Rescue
Underdog Rescue


Mississippi Chihuahua Rescue Me
Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue


Chihuahua Rescue Midwest
We Are Not Disposable
Missouri Chihuahua Rescue Me


Montana Chihuahua Rescue Me
Tiny Tails K-9 Rescue
Montana Pets on the Net



Nebraska Chihuahua Rescue Me
R.U.F.F. Rescue


Chihuahua Rescue Truckee Meadows
Nevada Chihuahua Rescue Me
Sophie’s Chihuahua Rescue


New Hampshire Chihuahua Rescue
Paws New England
Yankee Chihuahua Rescue


New Jersey Chihuahua Rescue Me


Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue LTD
Lap Dog Rescue
Rancho De Chihuahua


New York Chihuahua Rescue Me
Yankee Chihuahua Rescue


Peanut’s Place Rescue
North Carolina Chihuahua Rescue Me



Ohio Chihuahua Rescue Me
Puppy Pals Rescue
Wolf Spirit Rescue


Oklahoma Chihuahua Rescue Me
Because Of You Chihuahua Rescue


Oregon Chihuahua Rescue Me
Displaced Pets Rescue


Pennsylvania Chihuahua Rescue Me


Rhode Island Chihuahua Rescue Me


South Carolina Rescue Me


South Dakota Chihuahua Rescue Me


Small Breed Rescue Of East Tennessee


Ay Chihuahua Rescue
Texas Chihuahua Rescue


Vermont Chihuahua Rescue Me
Yankee Chihuahua Rescue


Go Rescue Pet Adoption Center
Chihuahua Rescue & Transport, Inc.-Southeastern Region


Washington Chihuahua Rescue Me
Chihuahua Rescue and Referrals


West Virginia Chihuahua Rescue Me


Wisconsin Chihuahua Rescue Me


Wyoming Chihuahua Rescue Me


D.C. Chihuahua Rescue Me


American Samoa Chihuahua Rescue Me


Guam Chihuahua Rescue Me


Northern Mariana Islands Chihuahua Rescue Me


Puerto Rico Chihuahua Rescue Me


United States Virgin Islands Chihuahua Rescue Me

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, they are also one of the most adopted small dog breeds as well. 

We have 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?

There are many Chihuahuas, to begin with, and this is the number one reason for them begin so commonly found in rescues and shelters. 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. So, in those states, the pups are usually sold quickly online instead of 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 because a dog owner chooses this small breed before really understanding its size and care requirements. While most Chihuahuas are relatively easy to care for and grooming is easy compared to larger dogs, they also have their fair share of dangers and medical problems due to their small size.

So, if you are excited about a teacup Chihuahua, for example, 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 their own personality, and that has to be accounted for when rescuing them as well.

If you are thinking about adopting a Chihuahua, 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.

We do have another post on how to help your rescue dog adjust.

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 will 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 also help with any erratic behavior you may have noticed.

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 Chihuahua rescues in your area! Remember, it is always a better idea to rescue and choose adoption when you can!

Diane Brewer

Monday 24th of May 2021

Here I go again. I would take an older Chi. Like 9 or 10 years old. I just can't do older than that as you become so attached and it is hard to let them go. I have my last Chi with me as I had het cremated. She is in a little heart container with her name on it.

D. P

Saturday 6th of February 2021

Adoption places make it too hard for people to get animals. I got my chi from a crappy kennel, and she was sick, had a hernia, and tendon issues. She was the most amazing dog I ever had! I actually trained her for service! She just recently passed from heart failure.. I am so lost without her! I have tried to adopt, but its impossible! Im going back to other ways. I will choose my own dog, not one chosen for me bu the volunteers or foster people. I know how to choose animals. I am a grown person who has grown with animals since a child! I am 52 and intelligent! If you want those poor animals to have good homes, stop holding them back from those whonl will give it to them. What a shame.


Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Yes, many of them don't make it easy to adopt.

Chihuahua Breed Information Guide: Facts and Pictures | BARK

Saturday 8th of June 2019

[…] I Love My Chi Database is also a great place to start when looking to adopt a Chihuahua. Again, due to over breeding and high rates of abandonment, there are many of these dogs in search of homes. Thus, most states have at least one or more local Chihuahua rescue. […]


Tuesday 28th of August 2018

I'm definitely looking into one of these links to adopt my next chihuahua! I have two wonderful chi's from rescue organizations and I love them so much!


Tuesday 28th of August 2018

That's great Mary. Hope you find another wonder chi!


Thursday 23rd of August 2018

It breaks my heart to think about all the poor chihuahuas in shelters across the country, as soon as I'm in a situation that allows a pet im adopting one immediately!


Thursday 23rd of August 2018

That's great Luke. These fur babies can use more loving homes.