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.


Meet Auggie! Auggie was a surprise puppy born on April Fool's Day! He is gonna be a larger boy, maybe 15 plus pounds his mama is 10 pounds but we don't know who his daddy is.

He is so playful and fun! He is kinda silly like a bigger dog, he just flops down and sleeps on the tile, he is still growing into his legs, so he has a goofy gait. He is smart, already pottying where he's supposed to, knows where to eat and sleep.

He is very busy like a puppy though, but not destructive. He did not have siblings but he plays with any of the dogs who will play with him. I think he has a great personality and will be a great companion.

Please email Angela ( for information about August.

Posted June 2021


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 special needs dogs and must be adopted together. These dogs must be adopted by a behaviorally savvy adopter who has the experience and patience to care for them in a loving home**

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.

Please email Elizabeth ( for information about Coco and China.

Posted May 2020


**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.


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.


Hi! My name is Jewels. I came to the Arizona Chihuahua Rescue after being brought to the county shelter. I was nice and quiet but needed some TLC after losing my three puppies. Old girls like me shouldn’t be having puppies, too much stuff can go wrong. I was also missing patches of hair, which is when the party really started…

I was so dirty when I came to foster mom’s house that my first bath left a mud puddle in the bottom of the sink. I went to see the vet about the patches of missing hair, a cough and a bladder infection. Turn’s out I had a bacterial infection on my skin. The vet gave me some medicated shampoo and off foster mom and I went.

Foster mom got ready to give me a bath with the fancy shampoo and when she reached across the sink for the towel, I made a break for it and jumped. I ended up breaking my leg. Foster mom’s nice vet met us on a Sunday and set my leg. So far it seems to be healing good without surgery!
Please check out our other available Chihuahua’s, like my foster brother Hank (he’s the blond guy I’m sharing a PupCup with him in the photo)

If you are interested in Jewel, please email a completed application to Rebecca ( for information about Jewel.

Posted May 2021


Lucky is 1 year old, 13.5 pound special needs pup. He has hydrocephalus, which means he has extra cerebral fluid in his brain which requires him to take daily medication as well as other medical ailments.

He is sensitive to loud sounds and sudden movements. He does not leash, which would require his adopters to have an enclosed area where he could go outside. He is not potty trained, but we are working in it. He also doesn't see well, I think because of his medical condition and his vision he does not like to be picked up, moved or restrained. He has occasionally panicked and will nip out of fear.

He loves to run and chase as well as play tug of war but is also a great cuddler. He loves to be under a blanket, as most chihuahuas do. :) He isn't a barker but sometimes growls when he plays. Lol. He is learning to play nice with other dogs but loves people.

Please email Ellen ( for information about Lucky.

Posted February 2019


Sweet Ruby! She’s 6 years old and 10lbs and ready for adoption. Ruby’s favorite thing to do…..cuddle on the couch!

Ruby was a stray from Verde Valley and was covered in ticks when we got her. She was probably kept in someone’s backyard and now appreciates the finer things in life. She gets along with other dogs, is great with people and older kids. She’s not demanding and a little shy but when she gets to know you she will be your best friend!

She will need a home with a safe yard so she can sit in the sun – that’s her second favorite thing to do and we promised her she would have that in her forever home. She’s not great on a leash but is learning. She picked up going potty outside very quickly and we declare her housebroken.

She’s been to the vet and received all her shots, chipped, spayed and dental. She’s good to go to her forever home!

Please email Liesl ( for information about Ruby.

Posted April 2021


**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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