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.


Aria is a beautiful 3 year Chihuahua mix, who came to us as an owner surrender. She weighs just over 9 lbs. and has a striking appearance. She has a smooth black and tan coat and looks like a mini German shepherd.

Over the summer, we received a call from Aria’s former owner asking us to accept her into the Rescue. She had never been spayed and was expecting pups. She arrived in the nick of time, delivering her 3 little puppies the very night that she arrived to stay with us. Now that her pups are all weaned and adopted, it is Aria’s turn to find her forever home.

Here is a little information about Aria’s personality and what we believe would be her ideal new home. Aria is a highly intelligent and very active dog. She enjoys being outdoors, playing and going for walks/runs. If she is not adequately exercised, she has been known to make a little mischief (but only a teeny tiny bit of mischief). Her favorite mischief making activities include getting on and into things that she should not get on or into and shredding the occasional magazine for fun. If you think placing her behind a barrier such as a baby gate will stop her, you will be quite surprised (as I have been on many occasions) to find her enthusiastically greeting you from the side of the gate that she is not supposed to be on. She easily climbs and jumps over baby gates and opens crates that are not secured with a lock. She does crate well once you have figured out how to outsmart her with a good locking mechanism. A carabiner clip does wonders in this case!

Aria is an absolute love when it comes to her person and people in general. She wants nothing more than to be near you and lives to curl up and cuddle with you. She is very gentle and eager to please. She is good with adults and children of all ages.

Aria also does well with most other dogs. I consider her to be dominant and would recommend an introduction to other dogs prior to adoption. I would not recommend her to a home with cats.

Aria is housebroken and trained to use a doggie door. She does bark, but not excessively. She is crate trained and walks well on a leash. Again, she is an incredibly intelligent dog and eager to please, so she would most likely be very responsive to someone willing to invest the time and effort in working with her on basic commands. We believe that she is highly trainable and would enjoy the stimulation of training or even agility. She is a wonderful dog!

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

Posted September 2019


2year old neutered male

50% Chihuahua 25% Pekingese 25% Tibetan Spaniel

About 10lbs

Chocolate with caramel and white markings

Bear is a special little dog! He is half chihuahua and has chihuahua traits, but he has very strong traits from the Tibetan Spaniel and Pekingese. All three of the breeds that make Bear up form tight bonds with their family or person. The Tibetan Spaniel often forms a worshipful bond. Bear is loyal to his person and is a great alert dog. He thinks he is a good guard dog too. Bear takes time to warm up to strangers and remains aloof. Bear prefers to meet a stranger on his level. He is aa very intelligent dog with a huge personality. Bear needs to have an owner who has confidence and patience. He can be a little stubborn but thrives to please, he is just unsure. Bear is playful and enjoys playing with other dogs that are his size. He prefers a playmate that is a girl. If he doesn’t have another dog to play with, he is perfectly content playing with his person and a toy. Bear’s ideal home will have only 1 or 2 other dogs his size and only 1-2 people living there. He would prefer a little quitter home in respects to the number of strangers who come and go.

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

Posted September 2019


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


Biscuitia comes to us from Camp Verde. She was a stray picked up by the Camp Verde Marshall’s office. When no one came to claim this sweet little senior the volunteers that take care of them reached out to AZCR to bring her into the rescue.

She is 10 years old, spayed, up to date on her shots and just had a dental. She is very attached to her people and will follow them everywhere they go, in fact she will cry when she can’t fine her person.

Biscuitia would do best in a quiet home. She doesn’t mind other small dogs that are mature and quite like her. She is house trained and will go to the door when she needs to go out.

If you think you might be interested in learning more about Biscuitia contact Janet at

Please email
( for information on how to adopt Biscuitia.

Posted October 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.


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


Adorable little Erza is available for adoption. This sweet little girl is 8 months old and a little over 8 pounds. She gets along great with other small dogs and has no interest in cats. She has not been around children, but I think she would do well as long as they were good to her.

Erza loves to play. She currently lives with other dogs and they chase around the house and wrestle. We would love for Erza to find a home with another young dog to play with. When it comes time for bed, Erza will curl up next to you and sleep all night.

I you think you might be interested in Erza please fill out an application found at and email it to her foster parents at mom2poms@hotmail. Please contact us with any other questions you may have.

If you are interested in meeting me, please email J&J (mom2poms@hotmail) for information.

Posted September 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 walks great on a leash and is a loyal companion. She does have allergies that may be jus seasonal but seem to be controlled with medicine, the cost is under $30 a month. She is 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.


Lucy is a gorgeous 2 to 3 year old Chihuahua mix (most likely chi-weenie), who came to us as a stray. She weighs 10 lbs. and has a very pretty red short coat with a dark wash to it.

When Lucy initially arrived at my house, she was terrified of me and of my dogs. She spent the first week hiding behind the toilet in my guest bathroom. It took some coaxing and a lot of roasted chicken, but she finally emerged and decided to join the rest of the household. She has never looked back! Every day, her confidence grows and she becomes more and more animated. It is a joy to see her personality unfold. She remains a bit shy and timid at time and will probably always be a little unsure of herself in new situations, but she has turned out to be an incredible dog.

Lucy’s two favorite things are food and belly rubs. She is affectionate and loving once she warms up to you. You will know that she has warmed up, because she will be in your lap. She enjoys walks and is improving on leash. She is nervous when strangers or other unknown animals approach. She is housebroken and uses a doggie door. I did crate her initially, but have not done so in many, many weeks. She is good with most other dogs, but would recommend an introduction to other pets prior to adoption. I would also recommend that she go to a home with only older children. She becomes easily excited and may inadvertently knock down a small child in her enthusiasm. All in all, I think Lucy is a wonderful companion dog. She very much deserves a home of her own, where she will thrive with all of the attention she will receive.

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

Posted November 2019


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


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 is a courtesy post for Mitzi'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 her current owner. Contact information down below.

Mitzi is a good little 3 year old girl. She has been spayed, micro chipped and is current on all of her shots. She is doggie door trained and she loves her kennel. She loves attention and gets along with children and other dogs. Everyone that has groomed her or watched her says she is a real sweetheart.

Please email Sherri ( for information about Mitzi.

Posted September 2019


This beautiful girl is Molly Sue. She is 10 years old and 4lbs. She was a stray turned in to West MACC so we don’t have a lot of information about her. Molly is a special needs dog with a huge personality. The bones in her back legs are deformed and she has loose knees and hips. We took her to 3 specialists to see if there was something we could do to fix her hind legs but the deformity is too severe to correct. But don’t think this slow her down! She can jump and walk and climb. She has a strong front end that gets her everywhere she wants to go.

Molly is very vocal and has a dog vocabulary beyond anything I’ve ever heard. She’s loving and affectionate and hasn’t found a person she doesn’t like. She gets along with other dogs and pets but isn’t afraid to hold her own if someone tries to give her a hard time. She loves kids too and doesn’t bite.

She may need to be on an anti inflammatory to help with the strain put on her back by her bowed legs. She needs to work on her house breaking skills. She is pretty good with potty pads and will go outside too but needs to be watched in the house. I think she will benefit from short walks and swimming to keep her muscles strong. One meet and greet and you will fall in love with her!

Please email
( for information on how to adopt Molly Sue.

Posted November 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


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 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


Meet Spero! Spero means “I hope” in Italian. This sweet petite girl hopes for a forever home. She is shy at first but warms up and quickly loves her family. We estimate her age at approximately 4 yrs old. She had one eye removed immediately upon coming into AZCR. Her eye had suffered an injury and a severe infection. We don’t know the specifics. She has had at least one litter of puppies. Spero is about 8lbs. She might be a wee bit heavy, she loves to eat and has to be watched so she doesn’t steal a fur siblings meal. She’s done very well with her house training!! She took a liking to using the artificial grass right away. She’s happy to go in a crate with a treat and to sleep at night. We like to nap together and she cuddles up so nice & close. She won’t budge until you do! Spero loves to play with her foster siblings. She wrestles & rough houses and then they nap. She wants to always be near her human and part of the group. Spero let me trim her nails with out issue. She has learned to trust and if you’re meant to be her mom or dad she will trust you too. I’m very proud of this little lady. She’s willing to open her heart to strangers that come in the house.

I have not seen her interact with small children or cats. I suspect she will handle both well as long as she doesn’t feel threatened. She has done exceptional with big dogs and other dogs her size.

As you can see from her pictures she is tri-colored, has the best ears and one pretty bright brown eye! This freckled girl is charming in every way!

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

Posted September 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


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.

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

Posted November 2019

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