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.


Introducing Bear!

Bear is all puppy and one wild and crazy little guy! He is at least half Chihuahua on his momma’s side. We don’t know anything about dear old dad. Bear has the appearance of a mini Boxer. His fur is as soft and smooth as velvet and his legs are on the longer side. He knows how to use a potty pad and is learning how to use the doggie door now. He is being crate trained. He loves people and playing…and playing…and more playing!

Speaking of playing, squeaky or bouncy – what do you look for in a toy, Bear?

Well, as a matter of fact, I like both the squeaky and bouncy varieties. If I had to pin point a favorite, I would have to go with the tuggy toy. There is nothing quite like tugging away at the end of a good tuggy toy, especially when there is a person tugging away at the other end of it! Now, that’s fun!

What are you looking for in a forever home?

I get along great with other small dogs and all of the humans I have met here in my foster home. As you know, I am an energetic pup, who is full of vim and vigor. I would love to find an active home with people to play with me. Racing around the backyard is great way for me to get some exercise now, but when I am a little older, I really would like to learn how to walk on a leash. A dog cannot live on playtime alone. That’s why I look for my very own soft bed to plop down to catch some rest and relaxation. In my humble opinion, this is also a great time for the humans to provide me with snuggles. Of course, yummy treats make for a perfect home too! The humans should always provide yummy treats.

Bear will be available for adoption in a few weeks after he is neutered. He will receive all of his vaccinations and be microchipped. Please email
( for information on how to adopt Bear.

Posted June 2018


Meet Bashful Beau! This special boy is a highly sought after “mystery mix”. Half Chihuahua and half who knows. He looks a lot like a miniature boxer with velvety soft short fur and super long legs. Beau’s personality is all sweetness and silliness. He is playful, but not quite as rambunctious as his big brother. He loves to cuddle and snuggle with his person and he is known to give the best and most kisses. He is very good about using a potty pad and is learning to use a doggie door now. He is being crate trained.

Beau, what are your special talents?

Singing! I love to sing for my supper…and my breakfast…and treats! I get so excited about the mere prospect of food that I burst into vivacious song. I have quite the set of lungs, if I do say so myself. I also enjoy interpretive dance as a way to express my enthusiasm for food since I am normally on the shy side.

Complete this sentence: “I wish I had a friend with whom I would share…”

Everything! I would love a special friend of my very own and a home of my very own. I want to play with my new friend and give lots of cuddles and snuggles.

Beau will be available for adoption in a few weeks after he is neutered. He will receive all of his vaccinations and be microchipped. Please email
( for information on how to adopt Beau.

Posted June 2018


Hi Everyone! My name is Brutus! I was a stray at the County shelter and of course a volunteer favorite! Look how adorable I am, they just carried me around and gave me kisses! Anyways, I was taken in by AZCR because I had some extra medical needs. I had a dental and had to have my last 8 teeth pulled. They were all rotted out. We also discovered I have a grade 2 heart murmur. It's not bad, I don't need medicine for it, but I'm an older guy, maybe around 10 or so, so I have old man problems. I am cute and tiny at a mere 5 lbs I will fit in a hand bag, I have soft luxurious fur and I LOVE being petted and carried around. I am sweet, quiet, and friendly. I am a happy guy and when I see you I just wag my tail♡

Please email Angela ( for information about Brutus.

Posted July 2018


Cookie is an adventure girl. She will jump and run and explore. She loves to play with her toys. Cookie enjoys playing with her sister and my other dogs. She likes to climb on my shoulders and lick my ears. She’s a sweet little girl.

Please email
( for information on how to adopt Cookie.

Posted June 2018


Meet Dolly!

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.


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 man 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 either a Basset/Chi mix, or possibly Jack Russell/Chi Mix. He is about 13 pounds, and is a total love bug! So far, we have not seen a person, or animal that he doesn’t want to befriend. He does have some allergies that caused him to have a pretty bad ear infection when he came to us, but it is healing up nicely. His forever family may want to discuss options for allergy treatment to keep them from reoccurring. He is doing well with potty training, with only one or two accidents, which are to be expected. Belly bands, frequent outdoor time, and crating when no humans are home, seems to be working wonders to teach him.

Please email Dani ( information about Mio.

Posted March 2018


Hi I'm Mouser! My foster mom says I'm awful cute but can be difficult when I meet new people. Once I trust you though, look out! I love laps and cuddling but playing is my favorite thing! I was born 12/12/2016 and I weigh about 7 lbs. I live with a 10 year old girl I just adore so I'd be good with kids (again, once I trust them). I am not real fond of big dogs but am okay with small dogs and cats. No little dogs in my current home really want to play with me so I'd love a playmate. I am crate trained but do still have accidents in the house. Sometimes I just don't want to go out but realize after I have to go. Oops! I will get there. I'm still a puppy. I am looking for a family that will look past my fearful display of barking and see what a great dog I really am. I am such a happy boy but I do get scared. The world can be a scary place for a little dog who came from the shelter. I am neutered (don't even go there), up to date on shots and microchipped. I would love for someone to give me a chance and continue to work with me on my socialization.

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


Dear Favorite Person In The Whole Entire World,

Thank you so much for offering me the position of Beloved and Cherished Member of your Family. I wholeheartedly accept! OK, I know we’re not quite there yet. But if we were, here are just a few of the characteristics that I would bring to the role.

1. International woman of mystery (check)

2. Smarter than a monkey and cuter than one too (check)

3. Adorable puppy dog eyes that will not be denied (double-check)

4. Expert-level proficiency at cuddles and snuggles (double double-check)

5. Models refined behavior becoming of a lady with a sweet and soft spoken demeanor (aka not being a yappy bitch - triple check)

6. Doggie door proficient (quadruple check)

I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how my qualifications will bring an abundance of joy to your life.

Please email
( for information on how to adopt Nikki

Posted July 2018


Pepper loves to run around. She is more of a mamas girl. She loves to chew on her toys. Pepper likes to play with her sister and my other dogs. She’s just a sweet girl. She is around 4lbs right now. She will be available for adoption around the end of July.

Please email
( for information on how to adopt Pepper.

Posted June 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.


Call me Precious Marie. I was born in October, 2008. I’m a 6 lb blonde, but no blonde jokes - please!
I love men, women and older kids. I’m a healthy, active Chi who loves cuddling, taking walks and going on car rides. My foster dad lets me sleep next to him. I like that!

I am potty trained and use the doggy door. I LOVE food and will bark for it. With a name like Precious, you know I must be sweet, and I am, except for a few little quirks like chasing my butt, being a little possessive of my human and okay, I confess. I can be rude to new visitors.

The Rescue brought me in from Yuma where I lived with one family for 8 years. They told the shelter that I was the best dog and would protect you in a thunderstorm even though they scare me too, but they still turned me in. If you would adopt me, cuz I am super sweet, we could work on my manners together and I will protect you in a scary thunderstorm. You and me… a one human house…. we could go places together!

Precious Marie is current on all vaccines, microchipped and spayed.

Please email Angela ( for information about Precious Marie.


Hello, my name is Spicy and I am a brindle smooth coat chi-weenie.

I was born 3/1/2008 per my owner who had to surrender me to AZCR. I need a home with NO children under the age of 12. I would like to be the only dog as I can be a dominant female. I like to go for walks and ride in the car. I like going to Petsmart type stores that are doggie friendly but, I am not great with folks coming up to pet me and strange dogs upset me.

I would do wonderful in a home with a women or senior couple. I like my crate as my inside doggie house. I do not get on the furniture. I do use the doggie door.

I was attacked by a big dog and was hurt. My previous mom was hurt as well by the big dog. I am located up north in the Verde Valley.

Please email Cho ( for information on how to adopt Spicy.


Hi! My name is Terri.

I was born in November 2014. I’m a big girl, weighing in at 10 pounds. I ‘m not saying for sure, but I think I’m one of those mixed breeds - maybe a little Fox TERRIer with some Chi. Get ti?

My foster parents call me “The dog behind the couch”. Here’s the scoop: I came in from the county - scared, super scared. Humans made me nervous. They still do, but I’m working on getting rid of those fears. My foster parents believe that I will fall in line eventually, since I sit on the couch and take treats from their hands.

I used to be so scared when picked up, I would defecate, but now if you can catch me, I’ll let you hold me.
I love playing with other puppies in the house and I am very potty trained, I do not potty in the house, but someone needs to open the door for me. I don’t know how to use a doggy door or a crate. As for the leash. Don’t even try it. Not yet. I’ll need to get braver and feel more trust in humans before that happens.

One thing I love is food. Even though I’m still scared, I don’t miss a meal. I know when it’s time to eat, and I magically appear at my dish. When its night time and all the others have chosen their places of sleep, I saunter off to my bed behind the couch.

I hope I haven’t scared you. Yeah, I’m a challenge, but I’m a worthy one. If you understand dog behavior and don’t mind that I have fears, we could become a team. You could work with me and help me increase my confidence. I’d be ever so thankful, and you’d be proud of your new furry kid!

Terri is up to date on all her vaccines, microchipped and spayed.

Please email Angela ( for information about Terri.


Please meet Vivian! Vivian is 2-3 years old and she was hit by a car prior to coming to our rescue. She is fully recovered apart from some scarring. She loves people and is good with most dogs but not particularly cat friendly. She is very much a cuddler and is a larger mix at 13-15lbs. She is currently living in Flagstaff with her foster family.

Please email Helen ( for information about Vivian.


Winston is a super cute, 5 lbs male chihuahua with a short tan coat. He has a fear of being picked up and will run away, but once he gets into your lap, he is content and will stay in it as long as you want. Winston does not mind taking baths or clipping his nails. He loves going on walks and is learning to enjoy rides in the car. He loves his kennel and naps on the couch. He’s approximately 6 years old. He is very well housebroken.

We are not sure of his circumstances before he arrived to AZCR. He was found roaming the desert and saved by the organization. By observing his behavior, it appears that he might have been in an abusive situation.

We are working on a few behavior issues with Winston. Winston will do best in a female household, with no children or large dogs. He will snap from fear and is aggressive towards men and kids. He does bite and has a good set of teeth. He wants to be loyal to one female person. Please be prepared to let him warm up for some time (2+ months).
Winston has some medical issues that will require regular veterinary care and medication.

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

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