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Chihuahua Rescue Organizations

Chihuahua Rescue Organizations

What Are They?

Chihuahua rescue organizations are exactly what they sound like.  They are groups of dedicated Chihuahua lovers who are passionate about finding homes for all the neglected, abused and abandoned Chis out there.

Across the U.K., Canada and the United States there are literally thousands of rescue organizations.  Some of these groups rescue all breeds of dogs from tea cup Chihuahuas to Great Danes.  Other groups specialize in breed specific rescue, and yet others are more determined by size.  There are rescue organizations dedicated to both small breed and large breed dogs.

Some rescue groups are fortunate enough to receive funding and are run in much the same way as a business.  They have paid employees, set hours of business, sponsors and budgets.  Other less formal groups are run solely by volunteers in their spare time.  Often these smaller groups are run out of someone’s home.  These types of set ups are less structured, more casual affairs which require a little more planning to visit.

Large rescue organizations usually have visiting hours where you can go and view the pets they have for adoption.  Often they also have websites which list which dogs are available for adoption and show a photograph and a brief history of the pet.  This type of listing will give you an idea of the dogs needing a home and many owners have fallen in love with their new dog simply from the picture.

Smaller groups may not have a website or set visiting hours but still work incredibly hard to provide rescue services to those dogs most in need.  Take the time to seek out these groups by asking veterinarians for recommendations or looking in the phone book for listings. 

Why Are They Necessary?

If you are reading this you are probably a dedicated Chihuahua owner who spends time with your pet.  You groom your long haired Chihuahua, buy Chihuahua gifts, and dress your pet in funky Chihuahua clothing.  Your little one is very lucky indeed.

Unfortunately, the cold, hard truth is that many Chis aren’t that lucky.  The number of unwanted, abandoned, neglected or abused animals is staggering.  You may not be able to fathom the conditions in which some Chis live or the abuse to which they are subject.

Chihuahuas have strong little personalities and they aren’t for everyone.  Once you love a Chi there is no going back, but not everyone can handle their sometimes touchy temperament.  Some owners simply do not have the knowledge or financial means to take care of a Chihuahua properly and these unfortunate creatures are left homeless and sick.

Rescue organizations provide a much deserved second chance for many Chihuahuas.  These groups will prepare the dog for adoption by looking after them medically and socially.  Rescue dogs are often placed with loving foster families who help teach the dog proper socialization skills prior to being adopted.  These foster families are true heroes who dedicate their time and energy into rehabilitating rescued animals with no thought of gain for themselves.

The Cost of Adopting Through a Rescue Organization

Each organization will have its own set of fees associated with adoption.  Often new owners will be expected to pay a fee that covers the cost of spaying or neutering as well as a small administration fee.  However these costs will reflect whatever discount the group may receive through local veterinarians.

Getting a Chihuahua from a breeder can be a costly endeavour.  Make sure to check out your local rescue organizations before choosing a new pet.  Not only will you save money but you will be providing a loving home to an animal in need.


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