Roxy was adopted by her family back in September 2017 at the age of 8 months. Roxy was surrendered to a local Vet with 11 of her siblings and then found herself with Chihuahua rescue for re-homing. After receiving foster care for a couple of months, Roxy now lives the life of a princess with her wonderful Adopter, Elena in Christchurch. Elena shares her experience with us as follows…
“We have recently had the pleasure of adopting our gorgeous Roxy through the NZ Chihuahua rescue group . The rescue group was amazing. They first established what sort of home environment we had and worked with us to find a perfect match. Then they ensured we were responsible and able to provide the right home to make sure Roxy would thrive and it was the perfect fit. It couldn’t have worked out better as she is absolutely the perfect girl for us. We are all madly in love with her! We were also given lots of support from the rescue group.
The group is professional and compassionate and has the best interest for Chihuahuas at heart . I can’t say how grateful I am this group exists and so incredibly thankful for all the lives they have helped- thank you!”
Prior to Christmas 2017, my husband suffered a horrendous accident and suffered several long term injuries requiring surgery. This, coupled with the fact that my 105 year old Mother only had weeks to live, meant that we had to reconsider our future. As long-time owners of breeding and show kennels for Chihuahuas (long coat and smooth coat) we were forced to make decisions we had hoped we would not have to make.
With heartbreak and tears I contacted Casey from the Chihuahua Rescue Trust to see if she could help. This was the most sensible thing I could have done as within a week we had dogs winging their way to Christchurch to wonderful pet homes and others placed through the website into Homes closer to Auckland where we could meet the new pet owners.
Our sincere thanks go to Casey, The Trust and their helpers for making this sad process of rehoming our much loved and treasured Chihuahuas that much more manageable.
To anyone finding themselves in a position where they need to rehome their Chihuahua please don’t hesitate to contact Casey and the Trust for help. We flew our dogs to Christchurch knowing they were going to be safe
Bobbie is a clever, loving, energetic young man from Teddee Kennels in Auckland.
In late 2017, the Trust worked with Bobbie's new owner in relation to finding her a perfect match for her family. Bobbie's owner already had one older dog, plus regularly babysat a younger, playful, energetic Pomeranian. We needed to ensure that any addition to the family would be a perfect fit for all of them.
The Trust assisted Bobbie's current owner in making contact with the Kennels and picking the perfect dog for her and her existing furry family members!
Bobbie has been in his home for a number of months now and has adjusted to living down South with his new family. Bobbie's new owner was thrilled to find him and has fallen in love with his quirky nature. Bobbie has completely fit in to their existing family unit - its just as if he's always been there!
Bentley was also one of the dogs from a hoarding situation surrendered to a local vet.
Considered to be the worst of the worst, Bentley was sent back to his former owner from the Vets and then back to the Vets from his former owner. He was considered "un-home-able".
When Bentley first went into care foster care with the Trustees at the end of August 2017, he was so terrified he would not leave his crate. We ignored him mostly for the first few days to ensure that he had time to adjust and wasn't overwhelmed with affection.
Eventually, Slowly he began to venture out and became curious about us. Bentley bonded quite quickly to males but not so much females. It has been a process for Bentley to learn how to trust humans again.
Fast-foward a couple of months and Bentley has since blossomed into a goofy, energetic, playful and loving little dog. Bentley is very dog-sociable and loves playing with his new "brothers".
Bentley remains wary of strangers and takes time to adjust to being out and about. It is amazing how much a dog can change when given a bit of love, patience and routine/boundaries.
Bonnie is also one of the Chihuahuas surrendered to a local vet for re-homing initially.
Unfortunately, she was placed with an inexperienced Adopter by the Vet and returned to the Vet Clinic who later surrendered Bonnie.
Bonnie seems to have lived a sheltered life, so being welcomed into the big wide-world was overwhelming for her. Bonnie entered foster care in order to learn how to be a dog again.
After several months with her carer, Bonnie was adopted by Bronwyn and John.
Bronwyn's message - "Bonnie has become an absolutely integral part of the family. Bonnie has her quirks which are just her and we really love her. She's best friends with Libby the Beagle but her soulmate is my partner John who cuddles her all night long and she cries greetings to him and talks to him."
After James' former owner moved overseas, he was surrendered to the Trust for re-homing.
James had a few issues to work on while in foster care (such as his dislike for males). However, James was then adopted to his wonderful new forever home in Nelson. Carolyn shares her experience as follows...
"My partner and I decided that our wee chi-cross, Molly, would benefit from having a playmate. We also decided we would rather give a home to an older dog. The next day James popped up looking for a forever home.
James has fit in very well with us. He is (understandably) a bit nervous around strangers, but learning. James has been camping and straight away knew his safe place was the camper. James is a very smart boy. James took longer to bond with Kevin, but has now turned into a real daddy's boy.
We are all so happy to have James as part of our family and so pleased that the trust chose us for him. Everything was handled very professionally with the main concern being that James was placed in the best home for him. I am pleased to say he was. We all love each other to bits. James continues to trust us more each day, loves car rides in his car-seat and curls up in his own bed at night tucked into his blankets."
Message from Adopter - "We got Cinnamon on 7 April 2018, after we lost our 8year old girl Dolce in February very suddenly and our 8 year old boy “Napoleon” was lost without his best friend.
We wanted to help a Chihuahua in need and give Napoleon a mate. Although Cinnamon has not been here long, she has warmed up to us so much in just a week.
Napoleon and Cinnamon play all day, cuddle and sleep together. We love her already and I love seeing her being just a fur-child. Cinnamon wags her tail and loves cuddles. I’m so, so, pleased. Napoleon and Cinnamon are both currently snuggled up on my husband, loving life."
Cleo was re-homed at 8 months old in September 2017. Cleo came to the Rescue from the same circumstances as Roxy and Bentley. After a brief stay in Christchurch, Cleo was homed to her lovely Adopter, Jenny, in Nelson. Prior to moving in with Jenny, Cleo was a shy, timid dog, who had had little socialization or interaction with the outside world.
Today, Cleo spends her days in sunny Nelson with her new owner Jenny and has become a cuddly little companion.
Jenny and Cleo are also now regulars at the Tasman/Nelson Chihuahua group fun days!
NZCR were asked to assist in the rehoming of Polar Bear after his former owner passed away and he was fostered by his Breeder. Polar Bear was understandably quite down after his loss and needed a new best friend.
Message from Polar Bear’s Breeder – “Polar Bear is very happy an relaxed with his new Family in Timaru. He is Ray’s dog, his best friend died before Christmas and so did Polar Bears Dad. They were made for each other. When they left, Polar Bears eyes were firmly fixed on the road, as if he thought “woohoo- I'm going somewhere just like when my Dad took me out!” The Adopter and I keep in touch and have rung each other. Everyone is very happy. Ray takes him on walks and gets many compliments. Thank you so much for your help in finding him a beautiful life.”