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.


Please welcome Blanche to the rescue! She is 4.2 pounds of pure love! She loves to be held and objects when you put her down. She is estimated at 6 years old. She is currently being treated for a leg injury and heart murmur. She is currently on 3-month kennel rest for her leg injury.

Please email Beth ( for information about Blanche.

Posted August 2020


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


Ciao, Biscotto Pincipessa here. I’m a princess or you can call just me Cookie. I didn’t have a name when I came to my foster mom’s house from the shelter, but the first thing I did was eat her biscotti. I'm about 4-5 years old and weigh about 12 pounds. When I came to foster, I had puncture wounds all over me and a dislocated hip. I had surgery to fix my hip and while I was healing, we found out I was going to have six puppies! My foster mom gives me an A+ for being a lap dog and a good mommy. I do get along with my foster siblings (big and little dogs) but I also like my own space and want to be left alone, I appropriately let the other dogs know. I like to go for walks and I walk nicely on a leash. I have seen kitties on my walks and I don’t seem interested in them. However, I would really like to get the guinea pigs at foster mom's house, so it would probably be best if I found a house with no small pets, or keep me separate from them. I’m also housebroken and know how to use a dog door. I’m still nursing my puppies a little, have a mom bod that should mostly go away, and I will be spayed when my puppies are and be ready to go home in mid-November.

Please email Rebecca ( for information about Cookie.

Posted July 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.


Info to come....

Please email Rebecca ( for information about Grasshopper.

Posted November 2020


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


Pinta is approximately 5 years old and weighs 7 pounds. She is shy at the beginning but once she trusts you she wants ear scratches and wants to say hello. She isn’t big on cuddling or being held for very long but she will let you (that could change over time).

She’s a very sweet girl who wags her tail big when she sees you. She does get very nervous when left home alone. Her scar on her face doesn’t seem to affect her vision and we don’t know how it happened.

Please email Misha ( for information about Pinta.

Posted November 2020


Sarge is about 7-8 years old. He is a little shy at first but a very sweet boy once he warms up. Sarge will need a home that understands that he’s a bit more fragile than he looks. Sarge has a few medical problems including patella issues (they don’t bother him for the most part), his elbows are not great, heart murmur (he is on medication), he has some hair loss, his right eye doesn’t look great and needs 2 drops twice a day, and he just had a dental. I know it sounds like a lot and might be scary to take on a dog like Sarge but he is so loving and deserves to spend his days loved and in a lap. The vet said he should lead a mostly normal life, you just need to make sure he’s not jumping off of things. He gets along with my other dogs, is food motivated, and rides in the car well. He takes his heart medicine just fine as long as it’s in a treat and he’s not bothered by the eye drops. His medical needs sound like a lot on paper but he just wants love, a lap, and some snacks. Please email me if you would like to meet him.

Please email Cassie ( for information about Sarge.

Posted November 2020


Meet Sassy. This girl is approximately 7 years old and weighs about 11 lbs. She is a very sweet girl who loves to be with her person and also has a crazy site when she is excited. She loves to give kisses and loves attention. She is housebroken and crate trained and just had a dental.

If you are interested in meeting me, please email Cindi (cflass@hotmail) for information.


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


Tessie is a sensational senior senorita, who needs a lucky break. She was fostered by AZCR 9 years ago and went joyfully to her forever home. Unfortunately, her forever home did not last forever. We were contacted by the Apache Junction Shelter on Thanksgiving Eve, informing us that Tessie’s former owner had left her there after 9 years of being a faithful friend. Needless to say, she was quite scared and confused when she arrived back with us. It has taken several days for her to start to trust us, but she is well on her way now. Tessie is a larger chi-mix; probably mixed with pug or another small breed dog. She has a fabulous thick cream colored coat. She is good on leash and she will kennel, but she does absolutely fine out of a kennel. She is a pretty laid back lady, who enjoys lounging and would appreciate a life of leisure for her remaining years. She has been vetted and is ready to go! Would you be willing to open your heart and home to Tessie?

Please email Terry ( for information about Tessie.

Posted November 2020


Toby is a 9 year old, charming chi, who acts like a dog half his age. He is a peppy pup at heart. He gets along well with people and pups of all ages. He is affectionate and playful.

Every dog has something unique about them. Toby is unique in that he likes to stick the very tip of his tongue out all of the time. Many chihuahuas lose their teeth and their tongues hang out of their mouths. Toby’s situation is a little different. He just likes to stick the tip of his tongue out.

He is also a very handsome little dude with a mostly cream colored short coat with tan spots throughout. He is small, weighing just 7 lbs. He is crate trained and housebroken to use a doggie door. We have not tested him on leash as of yet. However, he is very bright and learns quickly.

Toby has been recently neutered, up to date on vaccines and microchipped. If you would like to consider offering him a loving home, please email me with your application or questions.

Please email Terry ( for information about Toby.

Posted November 2020


**Tony is a special needs dog and must be adopted by a behaviorally savvy adopter. His adopter must agree to sign a bite waiver and be committed to providing him with a safe and structured home. He has a low bite threshold and has snapped at and bitten people when in situations that make him anxious. Due to his unpredictable behavior, he should be the only pet and in a home with no children. **

This is Tony. He is 8 yrs old, recently neutered and was surrendered by his people on July 13th 2020. Somebody loved him I think, enough to surrender him. He arrived in Tucson on July 24th and is staying with H and I for some rehab.

He was never leash trained and may have to wear a harness, modified a bit so he can't slip it, because he has a little cough that may indicate a tracheal problem. He is great with the other dogs so far.

With people he is a fighter and a biter if pushed. Probably mostly to lack of handling and the most basic of training. So a bit of a bully who needs to be pushed out of his comfort zone a little bit at a time, every day, all day long.

He is the fastest sitter I've ever seen if you have something he wants. It's hilarious.

He wants to be with people, counts on people, will get on our lap, and always comes when called when we are outside.
Please email Allison ( for information about Rosie.

Posted August 2020

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