I have been owned by Chihuahua’s for the last 52 years and been involved in rescue in one way or another for the last twenty four years plus
I formed Chihuahua Rescue UK in the hope that I, along with others, would help and improve the lives of little dogs that, through no fault of their own, find themselves in rescue. I ensure that they are all treated with kindness, love and respect whist in our care.
I insist on home checking and making sure that the home is right for the little dog as far as is humanly possible! All dogs that have passed through Chihuahua Rescue UK have been neutered, ( except under extreme circumstances ) micro chipped, vaccinated and have had a clean bill of health from one of our approved vets. If there is a heath problem with a Chihuahua we always inform the person interested in the little dog, sometimes we have to put a little one into long term foster, which means that we pay all the vet bills for life.
I know that many people think “rescue” means a dog will go into kennels or a shelter but little Chihuahuas do not do well in such an environment and often shut down.. because they are alone, frightened and confused, where possible I would rather put a Chihuahua straight into a loving home but unfortunately far too many come to us in need of medical attention or have behavioural problems which does mean they need our wonderful behaviourist. Fostering is the best way forward towards a forever home. A dog can then also be assessed before moving on to the right loving home. Fostering is not an easy job and the people that do it do it for many different reasons – above all they do it with love and the understanding of the breed. These poor dogs are often confused and frightened not knowing what to expect, and a growl doesn’t mean the dog is nasty, it is just plain scared.
A Chihuahua is highly intelligent and can easily be trained. Very loyal and loving to his or her family and a wonderful guard dog, haha you might think but a Chihuahua has wonderful hearing, look at those ears working full time and the last thing a burglar wants is a barking dog. Most Chihuahua’s are lap dogs the nearer to the owner the better they are loyal and do not think for one minuet that they are not really lions!! They love their walks and playing ball or with other dogs of the same size in their garden.
Above all else a Chihuahua is not a toy. Hence we do not re home them to families with children under 10 years.