P.O. Box 52713
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


Bug is a sweet 1 year old 9lb dauschaund mix. He very much would like his own person. He is good with other dogs, but he has a bossy streak, mostly because he wants to have his own person. He was turned into the shelter up north because his family lost their home. They stated he was fearful of men, but he has been fine with Kevin. So it may just depend on the man. He will want to be right on your lap, next to you in bed and literally is your shadow, he follows you everywhere! He has not lifted his leg in our home, he is a good boy and wants to please. If you are looking for an amazing companion, email me.

Please email Angela ( for information about Bug.

Posted February 2019


Dany is a darling dumpling of a girl, who desperately needed out of the county shelter. She is why we rescue. Most likely, she found herself at the county shelter after her lifelong companion passed away. She probably had no clue what was happening or why her life had so suddenly and dramatically changed. She’s very cute and extremely sweet, but rather pudgy and a senior. She not only has those two strikes against her. She also is recovering from kennel cough, has some bad teeth, a mass near her front leg and needs to be spayed. Dany will be on a medical hold until she is healthy enough to undergo full vetting and recover from all procedures. Once she is released from medical hold, we will be looking for the perfect forever home for this angel of a girl. She deserves to spend her remaining years in a loving and caring forever home. Might that home be with you? If so, please email us an application.

Please email
( for information on how to adopt Dany.

Posted May 2019


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.


**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.**

Meet Einstein! Einstein has been busy at school working out equations to your heart and to his furever home!

Einstein came to us from the shelter with an upper respiratory infection and a bad patella. He had surgery for his patella and once he was off kennel rest he had a few screaming episodes that had us back at the vet, apparently, he has a compressed disc in his back. The vet gave him steroids and he was much better. The vet later sent us home with anti-inflammatory and told us we should just use it if he seems to be in pain. To avoid these spasms, he must have a home that will provide him with steps to all furniture. He seems to know better than to jump down, or he will hurt himself, but the steps give him the freedom to roam like any other dog.

He REALLY enjoys sun-bathing, so he would enjoy a home that allows him a yard or patio to hang out on, supervised of course.

He is an awesome snuggler, he likes to give surprise kisses, he is not destructive and he doesn't mind his kennel. He is potty trained, and the only time he has marked was when we first got him, but it was minimal. He likes to play with the other dogs, but actually doesn't really know how to play, so it's quite funny!

He likes going on walks and car rides. He would love to be the center of attention, everyone who visits, he is the first one on their lap, he is a visitor favorite.

He will need annual dentals, he weighs around 6lbs, his DOB is estimated at 12/2013. He is fully vetted and ready for his furever home.

Please email Angela ( for information about Einstein.


Please meet the tiniest, cutest guy ever! He is probably about 7 years old and 3.5 lbs of adorable-ness! He is friendly and snuggly, but also enjoys being fierce guard dog and likes to bark at nothing with the rest of the crew. He walks great on a leash but due to his size he would need a home that would only allow him outside supervised, he could literally be swooped up by a pigeon! If you are interested in meeting him send me an application!

Please email Angela ( for information about Genie.

Posted July 2019


Please welcome Gidget to AZCR! She is so friendly and sweet, she gives the sweetest hugs♡. She is great with adults and older children. She is good with our other dogs and enjoys playing and is great at fetch, she knows a few commands too! She is almost 3 years old and 7.5 lbs.

Please email Angela ( for information about Gidget.

Posted May 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.


I’m Luna. I am 11 years old and weigh 8 lbs. I adore people, nearly everyone I meet is interesting. Men , women and older children that respect my size are the best!! I prefer people over other dogs but I get along fine with my foster siblings . I was really nervous when I first met the big dogs in my temp home but they don’t bother me and now I’m not afraid.

I like the outdoors if my foster mom is outdoors with me. Sunbathing is an excellent way to spend my morning! I had all my teeth removed recently bc they hurt. I can eat moistened kibble and love it when a little wet canned food is mixed in. 😋. Yes, my tongue does hang out bc it’s always at the ready to give out kisses. I may be in the double digits at this point but I am a young lady at heart. I would like a home where I can be a constant companion to my human. I only want to be near my forever human and show him/her how loyal I am. Two things you should know before thinking about taking me home:
I love to explore, so if there’s an open door I’m going through it! I just can’t help myself . If there’s some one in your home that doesn’t remember to close the front door, I won’t be safe in your home. All these recent transitions in my later life have me a little confused about the best place to potty. I need a human that is going to be patient , consistent and encouraging on this issue. I prefer the outside but have made a few errors in judgement.

I love a soft snuggly blanket in my crate where I sleep at night. I eat my meals in my crate so I don’t have to share. I feel very safe in my crate but like having the door open in case the doorbell rings and I have to go check it out !
My foster mom says she’s really blessed to have me as her first foster dog bc I’m so easy! She calls me pretty girl and Lulu which I love !! I am unusual looking with my white body large black markings and greying face. I have liquid brown eyes that I will use to lure you in.

If you apply, I’ll ask my foster mom to consider you. She says I have to go to a forever home where I will be spoiled daily and made to feel like princess.

Please email Nicole ( for information about Luna.

Posted June 2019


Mollie and Louie are a bonded pair. Mollie only has a few lower teeth but it doesn’t stop her from enjoying her food.

We are 8 years old and like to relax. Our favorite thing is getting pet while cuddling. We get along with most dogs. All we want is to find our forever home. Let our foster mom know if we sound like your kinda dogs.

Please email Cassie ( for information on how to adopt Mollie and Louie

Posted May 2019


Mouser is the sweetest little boy you could ever imagine. He can take some time to warm up but once he does he loves to cuddle and snuggle. He was born 12/12/2016. He loves to play but also loves laying on the couch with his person. He is housebroken and crate trained. He walks well on a leash as well. He can take some time to warm up to new people but when given that time he becomes a love bug. He is neutered and microchipped and up to date on shots. Don’t let this little love slip by! Mouser would do best in a home with older children. He is good with other dogs and with cats although he is not too fond of bigger dogs.

Please email Cindi ( for information on how to adopt Mouser.

Posted April 2019


Paige is a beautiful little senior! She is a brown sable who has had a summer haircut to deal with our heat! She loves to cuddle either on you or next to you! If you are looking for a sweet little companion this is the girl for you!!!!!

Please email Lynn ( for information about Paige.

Posted July 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 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


Hi! I’m Tonka! Named after Tonka Branch of the #Gilbert23.

I’m a single cute male looking for a single gentle, and caring lady to share a forever life of happiness with. Do you like to walk, run, jog, or hike? I would LOVE to keep you company doing all of those things! I’d even be interested in trying out Agility training to show off my pawesome jumping skills, and try some new obstacles. I’m also content to cuddle on the couch, roll over for belly rubs, and give you tender kisses. I’m sensitive, smart, and independent. I have a goofy side as well, and will keep you entertained playing with blankets, rubbing against your legs like a cat, and acting like a puppy. I do have a history of living with, and getting along with a small female dog, and I do okay with the less dominant male dogs my size in my foster home, but I’d be perfectly content being your one and only too! I have to be honest with you. Because of some things in my past, I get nervous with people I don’t know, or as my foster mom says, I have “stranger danger”. So I do need you to go slow (and having yummy treats available doesn’t hurt) when I first meet you. But once I learn to trust you, watch out because I’ll give you more love and attention than you know what to do with. My former family brought me to the shelter because I was fearful of men & children, and it wasn’t a good fit. I would do best in a home where I can share lots of time with a patient and understanding woman by my side. Please be patient with me and give me a chance to get to know you. I guarantee you I can be the best companion a girl could ask for.

My “stats”:

Approximately 3 years old

About 15lbs (and shrinking with diet and walks in my foster home)

Neutered, Vaccinated, and Microchipped

Housebroken & Crate Trained (If there are other males in the house, I might try to mark, but I do well with a belly band, that my foster would provide upon adoption.)

Loyal, Happy, Great On a Leash

Fun, Sweet, Affectionate, and Silly


Please email Danielle ( for information about Tonka.

Posted April 2019


Meet Triscuit, she is new to AZCR and is on medical hold due to surgery for pyometria, severe dental disease, and mammary masses.
The Doctors actually think she is younger than you would think, between 6-8 years old. She is sweet and friendly and only 6.3 lbs. She had severe dental disease and only had a few teeth left when she went for her dental, they all fell out during her cleaning, so she will need soft food. She isn't feeling herself and we are still getting to know her. She should be off medical hold in about 6 weeks but we are accepting applications now.

Please email Angela ( for information about Triscuit.

Posted January 2019

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