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Mesa, AZ 85208
ph: 480-844-CHIs


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We are an all volunteer rescue and we do not have any paid staff. We do not have a shelter as all of our dogs live in foster homes throughout the Valley, Flagstaff and Tucson. If you are interested in any of our fosters, please get in touch with their foster mom. We also have adoption events every weekend in the East and West Valley.

Please be patient with us and we will do our best to answer all e-mails within 48 hours. If you haven't received a response in 48 hours, please feel free to email the website and/or call our hotline number. Thank you.

We only adopt to Arizona residents.

All dogs currently residing in your home must be fixed and up-to-date on all vaccines. AZCR will determine the best home for each dog based on the application process and interview. The application and/or interview does not guarantee an approval. It also does not guarantee the adoption of a particular dog you may be interested in. AZCR may recommend a different dog more suitable to your household. AZCR is a privately run, non-profit organization and reserves the right to refuse any adoption that is not in the best interest of the dog based on our policies and standards.


This is a courtesy post for Bella's current owner or person who found her. She is NOT in the care of AZCR. If you are interested in learning more about her and how to adopt her contact Tammie at

She is a Chihuahua/Terrier mix, 3 years old (Oct 4), up on all vaccinations along with heart worm and flea/tick meds. She is also spayed.

Bella is very loveable and likes to cuddle. She loves to lay outside and sun herself. She loves to crawl under covers or a blanket and sleep. She loves treats and loves to take walks.

This breaks my heart to have to do this but I can’t take the chance of her harming another person or another pet. She has become very aggressive towards our other dogs and will, out of no where, growl or even attack them.

Bella is honestly a very loving and affectionate dog but I think and believe that she needs to be in a home as an only pet with somebody that is going to love and dote on her. She deserves that. I will only let her go to a warm and loving family that has time to spend with her.
Bella weighs 21 lbs.

Please email Tammie ( for information about Bella.

Posted October 2018


Coco and China are a bonded pair of girls 4&5 years old, and 7 and 8lbs who must be adopted together.

China is the mostly white girl and although shy she warms and is very much a lap dog, her little partner Coco had never had much human contact until she came to foster care, and although she is a very happy girl, loves blankets and her dog bed, she will need a special adopter that understands her shyness.
Both girls are potty trained for outside and on puppy pad, love going for walks playing with toys and get along well with other dogs and cats.

They do not do well with children.

Contact their foster mom Elizabeth at

Please email Elizabeth ( for information about Coco and China.

Posted May 2020


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me to introduce the artful Dodger. He is a sweet boy, who currently prefers the area underneath the bedroom sofa, to socializing with dogs or people; however, he does venture out, and is currently using the doggy door. He is house trained, has an excellent appetite, and does not suffer fools gladly (this might be why he’s so stand-offish with me 🙄).

Dodger does seem to get along with the dogs here, and there are many, but his two best mates went home last week, so that’s been a bummer for him. He is a bit food aggressive, so I suggest feeding him alone.

All silliness aside, I think Dodger has been through a rough patch prior to coming into rescue care, and needs a quiet setting, and a gentle demeanor to bring him back to his happy place. He’s a scrappy, little survivor, and does not like to be picked up; however, if you can catch him, he is willing to be touched and caressed. I have been letting him do his own thing here, and he’s gotten to the point where he comes out from under the sofa on his own terms. He likes snack time, and will come to the edge of the kitchen, and wait for me to toss him a snack. He goes outside on his own, and periodically comes into the living room to see what’s going on, and if I make eye contact, he high tails it back to the bedroom.

Dodger could be an awesome dog, for the right owner. He’s bright, and self motivated, and gets along well with other dogs. My house is a bit overwhelming for him because there are always people and dogs coming and going. Nonetheless, Dodger is negotiating our chaos like a champ.

Please email Liz ( for information about Dodger.

Posted August 2018


**Dolly is a special needs dog and must be adopted by a behaviorally savvy adopter. Her adopter must agree to sign a bite waiver and be committed to providing her with a safe and structured home. She has a low bite threshold and has snapped at and bitten people when in situations that make her anxious. Her foster states that she is very affectionate and loving once she becomes comfortable and feels safe. Due to her unpredictable behavior, she should be the only pet and in a home with no children. **

Dolly has had a ruff time finding a perfect furever home. She is 9 years old and has been in and out of the shelter several times in the last 4 years. She is your typical chi, loving, needy, friendly lap dog, on her terms! she does not care to be man handled or to have her space invaded. I met her at the shelter and she let me scoop her up and take her for a walk, she loves to go for walks! And boy does she need it, she is VERY over weight! She probably weighs 11 lbs and should weigh 8lbs. She will need someone who understands her quirks and a home with no children or visiting children under the age of 13 to ensure they are old enough to respect her space. Today her new life starts! Also her new diet.

Please email Angela ( for information about Dolly.


This is a courtesy post for Ernie's current owner or person who found him. He is NOT in the care of AZCR. If you are interested in learning more about him and how to adopt him contact Vickie at

This is Ernie. He is 4 1/2 years old and weighs 10 lbs. Yorkie Luv Rescue rescued him a year ago from the West Valley Shelter.

However since they are a yorkie rescue and he is a Chihuahua he hasn't gotten any interest. In the past year in his foster home he is learning to trust people and not be as hand shy. He will snap and growl out of fear during the first introduction. Once he is comfortable with you on his own terms (FYI lots of treats help break the ice) he is very loving and wants to snuggle with you.

Because it is hard for him when he meets people, we currently have him on prozac and he is doing well on it. He gets along with other dogs and cats too. While he is doing great in his foster home, he really needs a quiet home where he is either the only dog or there is another dog his own size. He loves to be outdoors and go on walks and play. He also loves to burrow under a blanket and be left alone. He would make a wonderful companion. He would do best in a home with no young children.

Please email Vicki ( for information about Ernie.

Posted December 2019


My name is Jack (Bauer).

I am a healthy 10 year old male, weight 8lbs, neutered, microchipped and up to date on all shots.

I have some fear issues with collars and leashes and may bite if I feel threatened. I would like to have a quiet home with no children or cats.

I love to sit in your lap but will need a loving person that understands my issues.

I came to the rescue because my family was moving and couldn't take me with them.

If you are interested in meeting me, please email Shelley ( for information.


Please welcome Lucky to AZCR! The vet says he is a 12 week old puppy, which is obvious by his non stop antics. As you can see his eyes are a little crossed. It's called lateral stabismus, the vet said he can see fine, he does have a large head so they are concerned it's being caused by hydrocephalus. He is the sweetest guy, he is currently on medical hold while we have him evaluated. But I already know, whoever adopts him will be LUCKY!

Please email Angela ( for information about Lucky.

Posted February 2019


**A special needs dog can range anywhere from the elderly or injured in need of daily medication to the disabled requiring special restrictions and to the socially challenged in need of a patient and experienced owner.

The dogs here have a second chance at life because of Arizona Chihuahua Rescue. We believe EVERY dog has an owner out there who will love them, care for them and accept them just the way they are.

Please, when looking at these wonderful dogs, be sure to read their bio in depth to see if you have the time, patience and know-how to take them into your home.**

Marmaduke is a 7 year old, slightly pudgy fellow with a rather quirky personality. That being said, I adored him upon first sight and may have to keep him for myself unless I am able to find him the most amazing of homes.

Marm came to us when his owner was no longer able to care for him due to illness. He is considered “special needs”, because he suffers from severe anxiety. What does that mean exactly? Well, he is on some heavy duty anxiety meds, which we will have our veterinarian evaluate. He also has some awkward, jerky movements (reminds me of Joe Cocker) and is a slight bit hesitant and uneasy in social situations with other animals and people. It is odd, because he is an affectionate little guy once he becomes comfortable with you and it’s on his own terms. Overall, he is a reserved little gentleman, who enjoys the occasional pet or bit of attention, appreciates his meals on time and to be let out promptly afterwards, and prefers the comfort of a soft bed in a quiet corner the remainder of the time. In my opinion, he is an easy dog and would be a great constant companion for the right person. He would be around, but not under your feet.

If you are in the market for a low energy dog, Marm may just be your man. He would probably do best as an only dog/pet and in a quiet home without small children. He is housebroken, neutered, up to date on vaccines and microchipped.

Please feel free to submit your application now if you have an interest to Terry (

Posted November 2019


This cute little guy is Milo. He is a sweet 4 year old boy who is looking for his own family to love. Milo loves to be next to you and will sleep under the covers with you at night. He is just learning how to play and gets along great with other small dogs. Milo does take a couple of days to warm up to new people, but he is so worth the time. Could you be the special person Milo is looking for?

Please email JandJ ( for information about Milo.

Posted January 2020


1. Cute
2. Sweet
3. Young
4. Gentle
5. Joyful

Pino is ALL those things and more!! The shelter thought Pino is under a year but his teeth make his foster mom think he’s more like 4/5 yrs old. In any case, he’s quite the charming and sweet little fellow. His favorite past time is being snuggled up under a blanket on his foster parents lap. Currently, Pino has a significant amount of hair loss which is likely due to his previous living conditions and lack of nutrition. His foster mom thinks he will be a lovely blue/grey color with tan markings. His foster mom does believe he will have a full coat as he continues to eat healthy and grow stronger. He may be about 7 lbs when filled out, he is tall & lanky. He is social with both large and small dogs. He would be perfectly happy living with or without fur siblings. He will need an owner that provides consistent potty instruction when he gets his new home. He has done well in his training but it was clearly a change from his previous environment. Pino hopes for a home where he can spend his days and nights beside his human. He gives hugs to anyone that will hold him. Talk gently to this sweet boy, he’s earned your kindness & devotion!

Pino has been neutered and his up to date on his vaccinations.

Please email Nicole ( for information about Pino.

Posted November 2019


**A special needs dog can range anywhere from the elderly or injured in need of daily medication to the disabled requiring special restrictions and to the socially challenged in need of a patient and experienced owner.

The dogs here have a second chance at life because of Arizona Chihuahua Rescue. We believe EVERY dog has an owner out there who will love them, care for them and accept them just the way they are.

Please, when looking at these wonderful dogs, be sure to read their bio in depth to see if you have the time, patience and know-how to take them into your home.**

My name is Poesy. As you can see by my photo, I am a cutie. My ears stand at full attention, my eyes watch everything that goes on, and my body is eager to get going for a day of play (I love toys) and treats (Yeah. I love my treats, too).

You’re probably wondering why I’m in foster care, so let me tell you. A while back, some one, who remains nameless, dumped me and four other friends in the Camp Verde Marshall’s office yard. My current foster mom, Elaine, calls it Doggie Detention. She’s right about that! I’m glad she got me out of that ugly place.

Elaine took me to her home, but she’s not able to keep me forever, cuz she already has a big family of Chis. I know she cares about me and wants a loving family to adopt me. That could be YOU!

I’m only a year old and have lots and lots of energy. Does that mean I’m hyperactive? I don’t know, but hey, take me for a walk, give me some exercise, play with me, give me a few treats and I’m a happy Chi.

I gotta tell you that I’m not a lap dog, and I don’t like being carried around - like that furry kid in Legally Blonde - you get my drift. Of course, I can learn. If you spend some time teaching me good doggy skills and maybe take me to some training classes, I know I will shine. I’m already potty pad trained, will sit next to my human, and snuggle under the covers at night. I can be a little possessive, but between me and you, its because I’m scared.

I know in my heart that there is the perfect home for me. It could be yours. How ‘bout we do a meet and greet. See for yourself. Please, be mine!

Please email Elaine ( for information about Poesy.


Meet Sheba – This cute, extra special little one has a sad, but also interesting story. She came to the Tucson shelter when her owner passed away in November. The shelter was very scary for her, especially since her two other siblings got adopted, and she was far too scared and snappy to be placed up for adoption. She spent some time in shelter staffs’ offices, but still was so scared, nobody could touch her. In December, she was placed in the Decompression Program, where the volunteers began to work on helping her to learn to trust humans, walk on a leash, and accept trust. She made some progress, learned she loved to walk, and was slowly accepting (gloved) pets, but volunteers still had to leave a “drag leash” on her, as she was still too fearful to take the leash on and off. Decomp volunteers were curious about her history, and when her medical notes were looked up, they discovered she is one of nature’s little unique anomalies…as it turns out, when she was altered, the vets found a testicle, as well as her uterus. That’s right….she was/is a hermaphrodite dog! We think that just makes her EXTRA special.

On Christmas Eve, her foster mommy, who is also a decompression volunteer, saved her from the scary shelter, and brought her home to continue the trust work started in the program. She has only been in her foster home a short time, and has already made amazing progress. The 1st night she was still scared and snappy, especially removing her “drag line”, but it was clear she WANTED to trust, as she would follow her foster mom around. Within the next couple of days, she was not only accepting touch, but SEEKING it from her foster mom, jumping on her lap, and rolling over for belly rubs. She is still a tad head shy, still scared of having a collar put on, but she makes more progress with each day.

She will need a patient forever home, with someone who will just give her a little bit of time (really only a couple of days) to realize she is safe, and can trust them.

Sheba is approximately 6 years old, she’s a little overweight, which we’re working on in her foster home. She has lived with other dogs, and does so currently in her foster home. She gets along with most dogs her size, as long as they aren’t pushy, and read her signals if she doesn’t want them “in her face”. She currently lives with (and basically ignores) a large cat. Due to Sheba’s trust issues, and potential to be scared with new situations, she should not go to a home with young children. But if you give her a couple of days, and let her come to you on her own terms, she will be your little shadow, and snuggle bug. For more info on “The Queen of Sheba”, email her foster mom.

Please email Dani ( for information on how to adopt Sheba.

Posted February 2020


Meet Snoopy, he's new to AZCR and we are still getting to know him, he's is a cuddly lap dog and would prefer an adult only home. He's 6yrs old and weighs 5lbs.

Please email Joyce ( for information about Snoopy.

Posted April 2019


Please welcome Titan to AZCR we are just getting to know him. He is 10 years old, healthy, 9 lbs and has a beautiful thick fluffy coat. He walks great on a leash, he is a total lap dog and doesn't like to be kenneled, but he is a good boy and doesn't really need to be kenneled. He pees like a girl, so no leg lifting. He is friendly and happy. He would prefer an adult only home with maybe just one other mellow dog around. If he sounds like a great fit, email Angela

Please email Angela ( for information about Titan.

Posted September 2019

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