About New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue:
New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue ("NZCR") is a registered Charitable Trust (charity no. 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. We receive in dogs from local Pounds and other Rescues, private homes, kennels and breeders. We are a privately run rescue that survives off of donations, sponsorship and fundraising. All of our team members are volunteers and we receive no public funding.
Before being adopted,we ensure that all of our dogs are de-sexed, vaccinated up to date, micro-chipped, registered with the New Zealand Companion Animal Register, registered with the local Council and flea and wormed treated. They also receive any other necessary veterinary care unique to their situation such as dentals, blood screening or specialist surgeries. We ensure that any health issues are corrected or disclosed to prospective Adopters.
As an organization, we also aim to educate the public on our breed, the importance of de-sexing and prevalence of irresponsible breeding of Chihuahuas. A couple of our recent adoption or re-homing success stories are found on this website under "success stories".
About Our Team:
We have a specialized, caring and dedicated team behind our Rescue to ensure that our dogs are given the best from the moment they come into Trust care. All of our foster carers have experience with dogs of various breeds and sizes. Many also have a background in veterinary nursing, animal behavior, dog psychology and dog training. Once dogs are placed in care, our foster carers nurse them through any medical procedures required and identify their unique issues. We then set about shaping them into happy, well-adjusted, social pets.
Each of our trustees and many of our team members regularly attend animal welfare, behavior and training courses and seminars. Our Trustees and foster carers are all 100% volunteers. They are, however, paid in an abundance of doggy cuddles, gratitude and love!
The Trust is managed by a board of Trustees, currently: Casey, Katie and Alex. Each of our Trustees have a background in rescue, having privately rescued and re-homed numerous animals for a number of years before beginning work for the New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Trust. Both Each of our Trustees are very familiar with the breed and it's quirks, having owned and assisted many in the past. Our Trustees are also very active in their local Chihuahua Community.
Our Trust Veterinarian, Dr Tracey Tonkin, BVsc (Hons), is an expert in the breed. Dr Tonkin practices out of Tram Road Animal Care Services clinic in North Canterbury. Dr Tonkin acts as the National Health Liaison Officer for chihuahuas, reporting directly to DogsNZ (formerly known as the "NZKC" or "New Zealand Kennel Club"). Dr Tonkin fits her busy veterinary schedule around studying towards a Masters Degree, spending time with her own Chihuahua pack and assisting our Rescue dogs! Our dogs are safe in the hands who not only knows chihuahuas, but specializes in them!
New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue in the Media:
See below for some articles, television and radio interviews on our Trust. To contact NZCR about media inquiries please use the "contact us" form or email noted above.
The Aims of our Charity:
We also take in other small or toy breed dogs when we have the capacity to do so. Please contact us to discuss if you require assistance.
What Type of Dogs Do We Help?
Chihuahuas, Chi-crosses and various other toy breeds when we have the capacity to do so! We have assisted full or crossbred Papillons, Chinese-Crested, Maltese, Pekingese, Griffons and Pomeranians among others.
There is no age limit, they can be in any medical or mental state. We do not judge former owner's reasons for needing to re-home their dog, it is often out of genuine necessity and selflessness that former owners or Breeders contact us for assistance.
We pride ourselves on remaining non-judgmental, understanding and discreet for those concerned about their privacy. We are happy to confidentially assist with finding new homes for dogs. They do not need to appear on our social media or website if this is your preference.
We also offer assistance to Breeders and Dog Exhibitors who wish to re-home their ex-breeding dogs or retired show dogs, into happy pet "retirement" homes. We offer friendly, confidential, assistance to anyone who requires it.
We are not afraid of a challenge and receive in all kinds of dogs. In our view, no situation is too hopeless. We take in dogs who appear feral and work with them to rehabilitate and prepare them for their new forever home. We do not euthanize any dogs for behavioral issues – in fact, we expect them! Any dogs that cannot be safely re-homed will become part of our "forever pack".
For more information about our organization see the following links:
To contact us please email: firstname.lastname@example.org we do not have a physical center at present or a trust phone number to call. Our emails are consistently monitored and you will receive a response within two working days.