A dog can be many things. A dog can be your best buddy, your exercise partner, loving companion and very best friend and comforter.  But dog ownership is a lot of work. A dog requires time and money. Adopting a dog is not something to take lightly. A dog (or any pet, for that matter) is a living breathing thing that is totally dependent on you for his/her health and welfare. It is a commitment that will last their whole lifetime. Here are a few things to carefully consider before adopting a dog, especially a rescue dog.


Remember, puppies, as human babies need a lot of your time and attention. It will take many hours each day to train and exercise your puppy. But all that time and attention will pay off in the long run. You’ve seen those really cool dogs that are well trained and follow commands and do tricks……that didn’t happen accidentally! An older dog is not as needy as a puppy, but will still need training and attention.


There are many things that are absolutely necessary to keep your new dog healthy and happy. Dogs need regular nail clipping and bathing and teeth cleaning. You may be able to do those things yourself and save money, but they still will need annual dental checkups.  If you get a dog with long fur that will need to be groomed on a regular basis also.


According to the ASPCA, we spend more than $1,000 annually on veterinary expenses. There is spaying or neutering, annual vaccinations. We already mentioned dental exams. Dogs do get sick from time to time, so you have to consider that. Chihuahuas also are prone to knee problems because of their small stature. My little one had a patella that slipped and was very painful for her. She had surgery on both knees to correct it. My veterinarian told me that small dogs are more prone to this type of problem.


Then there is the cost of beds, crates, collars, leashes, toys, treats, food, and of course clothes. That is a big debate; whether or not to dress your Chihuahua, but they really do need coats and sweaters when it is cold outside. They are so tiny they get cold easily.


As you can see there is a lot to consider. But there is much more than that. Dogs need socialization, not just with you or your family, but with other children, other dogs, and cats. Your freedom will be limited. Thankfully more and more airlines and hotels are recognizing the need to include their guests four-legged family members and you can take them with you many places, but not all.

This is a very short list of things to consider before adopting a dog. If you have carefully taken all these things into consideration and you do decide to adopt a rescue dog, here are a few Chihuahua Rescue groups that I have found.



  • You CAN find purebred Chihuahuas for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.
  • Chihuahuas and Chihuahua puppies for adoption are NOT in any way inferior to or different from those for sale.
  • The dogs in the shelter are NOT there because they’re bad dogs.
  • If you want a puppy, you DON’T have to buy a Chihuahua puppy.  Chihuahua puppies ARE available for adoption.
  • If you have children, adopting a dog is likely the SAFEST option.


At Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue, Inc., we are dedicated to finding the best possible home for each Chihuahua and small dog we have in our care. Also, we are committed to good health and quality of life for each and every little one that we rescue. All of our little furry friends are placed in healthy, safe and loving foster homes and, therefore, are not housed in a shelter situation.



Chihuahua Rescue & Transport (CRT) is a national foster-based rescue group that places Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes in approved homes.  Our purpose is to extend public education and awareness regarding abuse and neglect.  We have placed hundreds of Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes in approved homes.  CRT requires an application, vet check, reference check and home visit for each adopter.


Leg Up Rescue

Serving San Francisco, Martin, Sonoma, East Bay Areas. A Leg Up Rescue is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and then adopting small dogs (mostly Chihuahuas and mixes). We offer a variety of services to adopters, as well as to those who currently have a small dog and are seeking assistance with behavior modification, housetraining, nutrition, etc.


Chihuahua-Toy Breed Rescue & Retirement – Florida Chapter

We are a small and passionate rescue group in South Florida. We are all nonprofit and all volunteer. We began about 3 years ago and since then we have rescued over 300 loving little friends! We do this for all the animals that need a loving heart, open arms, a tender touch, and medical care and treatment until they are healthy and ready for their own forever home.

Because we are all-volunteer, please be patient when you call or submit your application. It may take us up to 4 days to get back to you but we will contact you by phone or email.

We adopt out to the tri-state area of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia but you will have to drive to where the foster home is located for the first meeting with the pet or pets and our volunteers.


Tiny Dog Rescue

We rescue tiny dogs under 5 lbs, many of which are chihuahuas. We are located in northwest Washington, but we consider adopting to out of state individuals upon approval.


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