About Us

New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue ("NZCR") is a registered Charitable Trust (CC55119) founded in 2017 after a need for a rescue dedicated specifically to the re-homing of Chihuahuas (and Chihuahua crosses) was identified. Although we are based in Christchurch,New Zealand. NZCR operate throughout the entirety of New Zealand. 

Our Trustees, Alex and Casey, work with a team of wonderful foster carers to facilitate the aims of the Trust. Casey acts as the Managing Trustee of the Trust and will likely be your first point of contact. Casey responds to surrender requests and adoption or foster applications.

NZCR also appreciate the help and support offered by several local businesses, canine experts and other rescues throughout New Zealand. As we rely entirely upon donations, fundraising and sponsorship in order to assist the dogs in the care of the Trust, we greatly appreciate all of the support!  

We are not afraid of a challenge and receive in all kinds of dogs. We pride ourselves on remaining non-judgmental and discreet for those concerned about their privacy. 

We are happy to assist private owners with finding new homes for their dogs and those feeling overwhelmed with the amount of Chihuahuas they have. We also offer private assistance to Breeders who wish to re-home their ex-breeding dogs or senior dogs, into happy retirement homes. 

We take in dogs who appear feral and work with them to rehabilitate and prepare them for their new forever home, together with receiving in strays and Pound dogs.

We do not euthanize any dogs surrendered to us for behavioral issues – in fact, we expect them!     If you are looking to surrender a dog, adopt a dog or become a foster carer, please see the above links. If you are able, please click below for ways that you can assist us.   

 What does the New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Trust do?  

One of our team members assess incoming dogs for their “quirks” and they are placed with a knowledgeable foster carer while they receive any necessary medical treatments (including de-sexing). Our carers then set about shaping them into stable, well-adjusted, social pets. Our carers report back as to their progress and who they recommend would be the best fit in terms of potential Adopters for the dog. We then advertise the dog and set about the process of vetting applicants. It’s our view that the dogs should get matched to the people who would best suit their individual needs – hence our application form is long!   

No situation is too hopeless. We offer (confidential) assistance to anyone who requires it.

Our aims are:

  • To rescue Chihuahuas from situations of neglect and abuse and place them in suitable foster care arrangements and/or permanent homes.

  • To collect and re-home Chihuahuas which are unclaimed and due to be euthanized from Council Pounds in the areas in which the Trust is operating.

  • To provide facilities and resources to assist in the control of the population of unwanted Chihuahuas by de-sexing those placed in the Trust’s care.

  •  To raise funds for to benefit of Chihuahuas in the care of the Trust, as required.

  • To prevent, by education or other means, irresponsible breeding and ownership of the breed and educate the public as to how the breed should be best cared for, so that there are less Chihuahuas surrendered to be re-homed.