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


Hello! If I haven’t sniffed your butt already, I would like to formally introduce myself. My name is Boo. How do you do?

I’m a spunky one year old chihuahua mix, who enjoys playing with my pup pals, begging for Beggin’ Strips and procuring pets from my foster mom. Hey, Flufferbutt isn’t the only guy with a penchant for belly rubs in this town.

It’s hard to believe that a little over a week ago I thought my fate was sealed and not in a good way. I was lounging about my kennel in the county shelter when I overheard some talk that my number might be up! Ya see, I was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called Patent Ductus Arteriosus or PDA and was listed as not adoptable. That’s never a good sign. I had one shot left...a plea went out to the rescue community. Im one lucky dog, because AZCR stepped up to the plate and sprung me from the shelter!

While my PDA is the greatest peril of my young life, it’s very treatable with surgery and with terrific success rates. I will live a full and completely normal life after my recovery. I will even be able to find a forever home of my very own! Without the surgery, my little ticker could give out at any time and cut my life short. My surgery will be scheduled very soon and once I recover, I will be available for adoption and ready for a new lease on life! So, if you or anyone you know are interested in a cute little guy like me, please watch for updates on my availability or contact my foster mommy.

Please email
( for information on how to adopt Boo.

Posted November 2018


Hello my name is Buddy. I am a 4 1/2 year old love bug. I enjoy cuddling and walks. I am good with other dogs. I do well in the car. I don’t know if I have met cats before. I just want to love you and lick you. I will let you know if I hear the doorbell ring. I am looking for my forever home, will it be with you? Contact my foster mom if you would like to meet me. I would love to meet you!

Please email Cassie ( for information on how to adopt Buddy.

Posted October 2018


I’m an introverted home body with a sweet face and disposition and I’m seeking an introverted home body with a sweet disposition. It’s not required that you possess a sweet face. I would prefer a human partner, who enjoys the comfort of home, lounging on the couch and eating hotdogs and/or meatballs. Oh, disclaimer: must not mind sharing above-mentioned couch, hotdogs and/or meatballs.

I’m also a tremendous TV enthusiast and will enjoy watching whatever my human is watching. You won’t hear a single complaint about watching a romantic comedy versus football, because it’s all the same to me as long as a little of whatever you are snacking on is slipped my way. While we are lounging on the couch, watching TV and snacking, I don’t mind a scratch around my ears or a pat on my head. In fact, I welcome it. Just saying.

Some other marks in my favor include that I am housebroken, walk well on a leash and ride well in the car. I don’t bounce all over the place like a fool. I sit quietly and enjoy the ambiance of the ride. Did I mention that I like being home? Well I do. Do you have a home? If you would like to share it with me, please contact Terry at

Please email
( for information on how to adopt Cutie Pie.

Posted July 2018


Hi my name is Dobby. I am 10 weeks old. I enjoy playing and chewing on my toys. I get along with other dogs. I get nervous when in my kennel by myself. I just want to be around my humans and their animals. I am loving and looking for my forever home.

Please email Cassie ( for information on how to adopt Dobby.

Posted November 2018


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.


This beautiful lady is Ethel! She was turned in to the Humane Society of Yuma. She’s 5lbs and 7 years old. She has some extraordinary front teeth that dart out in different directions giving her this amazing grin. She has very few back teeth and needs a soft food diet. I’ve been cooking for her and she eats all of her vegetables better than my kids! She follows us around the house everywhere we go and loves to cuddle on the couch. She is good with older kids and dogs. She likes walks and rides in the car. She is kennel trained but also loves a good bed. She’s a happy easy going gal with just the right amount of street smarts. She will be the perfect companion to a lucky someone!

Please email Liesl ( for information on how to adopt Ethel.

Posted November 2018


Please welcome Franco back to the rescue. Franco found himself at the AZ Humane Society years after he was adopted. Thankfully his chip led him back to AZCR.

Franco is 12 years young and has a minor heart murmur that will need watching. He is a little on the larger size at 12 pounds, but that just means more of him to love.
Franco is loving and friendly to everyone he meets. He gets along great with children, small dogs and cats.

Please email
( for information on how to adopt Franco.

Posted November 2018


I would like to introduce Hershey. He’s weighs in at 7 pounds and is 2.5 years old. Hershey loves to play fetch with his soft toys. He also loves to play with his foster siblings. Hershey would love a home with a brother or sister his own size to play with. When the play is over, Hershey will curl up in your lap or next to you on the couch.

Please email
( for information on how to adopt Hershey.

Posted November 2018


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.


**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.**

We rescued Matilda from the County Shelters E-list. Her evaluation described her as a blind senior dog, possible diabetic and if no outlet, humane euthanasia should be done.

I was pleasantly surprised when I first saw Matilda; she was active and alert, despite her vision challenge. The vet diagnosed her with diabetes and said she would need insulin shots for the rest of her life. I have never given insulin shots and found out it is not that difficult especially if you are fortunate to have a dog that is food motivated like Matilda and who doesn’t pay any attention to what you are doing when she is eating.

When we brought Matilda home she was a little confused at first but when she got familiar with her surroundings her personality came out. She is lively, energetic, loves squeaky toys and loves balls. She appears to be house trained and loves being around people. She is guessed to be about 10 years old and weighs 12 lbs. Matilda is a special girl looking for a special family.

Please email Lisa ( for information about Matilda.

Posted June 2018


This handsome little eligible bachelor is Mio! He was born in September 2013, and is a wonderful little dog, who’s going to make someone SO HAPPY! He came to the rescue, with his “brother”, Choco. They had tragically lost their dad, and were taken in by an elderly family member. However, the family member had to keep them separate from one of her other (large) dogs, and they were having to live outside in an outdoor enclosure. The family wanted a better life for them, so reached out to AZCR. We believe Mio is a Beagle Chihuahua mix, or a CHIGLE!! He is about 12 pounds, and is a total love bug! So far, we have not seen a person, or animal that he doesn’t want to befriend. Men, women, kids, dogs, cats...he loves them all!!! He is extremely housebroken, and loves to hang outside, sniffing for bugs, but also enjoys snuggling up with you under a blanket, for a Netflix marathon. And his greeting, when you come home, cannot be any sweeter, and his smile can brighten even the darkest of days!

He is super smart, and loves to play fetch, and TRUE fetch where he brings the toy back every time!!

This little lover is a great catch, don't let him be the one that got away!!

Email me, Danielle, today to see if Mio will give you a rose!!

Please email Dani ( information about Mio.

Posted March 2018


There’s a handsome lad named O’Brian
If I were to tell ya he is a green one, I’d be a lyin’

Even so, he still loves to frolic and play
But longs most to cuddle all day

A furever home ye cannot deny ‘im
So hurry up and start applyin’

Top ‘O The Morning To Ye! Vital Statistics for our lucky laddie, O’Brian are as follows:

Age: As old as his tongue and slightly older than the few teeth he has left (or about 10 years young)!

Weight: 12 lbs of the purest bred Irish chihuahua-mix you will ever find on this side of the pond!

Coat: Very soft, mostly white fur with a sprinkle of black that is perfect for petting. A great stress reliever for any of you folks with elevated blood pressure!

Distinguishing Characteristics: Striking Amber Eyes. Cute speckled floppy years. (Only has a few teeth, but that means big savings on dentals) Very handsome fellow!

Personality: Sweet, sweet, sweet! Truly wants nothing more than to be by your side....and treats...and maybe an occasional puppachino from Starbucks, but that’s all. Nominated for the Congeniality Award at his foster mom’s house. Liked and respected by all the other puppers both young and old for his fun play style and willingness to share.

Special Talents: In addition to be an amazing companion and sidekick, he mastered the doggie door in 10 minutes flat! He also aced walking on a leash and car rides! That’s one smart boy!

He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

Please email
( for information on how to adopt O'Brian and to meet the man, the myth, the legend.

Posted December 2018


Hi! My name is Patrice ( aka Patti or Pitty Pat). I was born in September 2011 and I weigh 5 lbs.

I came to AZCR from Yuma and I love the Valley. I think I may have been a model in my former life because I am tall and slender with Angela Jolie legs. I enjoy lying in the sun and snuggling with my FM. She says I should have been named Mary Poppins because I am practically perfect in every way. I am spayed, chipped and up to date on shots. I am very polite. I like to sit on laps but I will only jump up if invited.

I sometimes sleep on my FM bed but I am just as happy in my own bed.. Oh, I am also housebroken. If you have a cuddly lap and a sunny backyard maybe you would be perfect for me. If you would like to meet me please email my FM.

Please email
( for information on how to adopt Patrice.

Posted November 2018


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 Rocket! He loves long walks and is great on a leash. Throw in a car ride and that’s his perfect day! In fact, he would probably love a night out on the town too! But, when the house gets quiet he’s up for cuddling. He’ll sleep in a kennel or on your bed. He is housebroken and leash trained. He is 7 years old and 6.5 lbs. He gets along with other dogs and loves older children and adults. He’s brand new to us from MACC in West Phoenix and didn’t come with much information. His intake form said he was nervous around small children.

He will be available August 22nd. He will be fully vetted with a brand new dental.

Please email Liesl ( for information on how to adopt Rocket.

Posted July 2018


**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.**

Hi I'm Smalls! I was born 7/5/2017 (est) and weigh 7lbs. I ended up at MCACC with a fractured pelvis and although it has healed, I still have some issues using one of my hind legs. The doctor said I have some scar tissue probably and need some physical therapy and Cosequin supplements. There is a possibility I may need FHO surgery later in life (to make my hip move easier) if I still seem uncomfortable later. I am super sweet and very playful. I am working on housebreaking but don't really like to be in my crate. I'd rather be free to run around the house. I do sleep fine in my crate at night though. I walk well on a leash and I love belly rubs. I am microchipped, up to date on shots and neutered. I would love a home full of love where someone can help me continue to work on my physical therapy and give me never ending belly rubs.

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

Posted July 2018


Meet Zoey! This little fireball was born 8/24/2018. She won’t be available until after she gets spayed but you can send applications now!

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

Posted November 2018

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