Arrived in NZCR care: 17 January 2021
DOB: Unknown - in 2018.
Breed: Chihuahua Cross
Registered with NZCAR: TBC.
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2020/2021 membership).
Cat Friendly: Yes
Child Friendly: 10 years and older.
Human Sociable: With Support - see below.
Dog Sociable: With time, see below.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Amelia was originally purchased from a diary in New Brighton, Christchurch, by her former owner. Amelia has been the much-loved pet of her family for the past two years, however there have been many changes to their lifestyle and they feel they cannot offer Amelia as much time as she deserves. Her family are sad to lose her but hopeful there is a wonderful forever family out there who can meet all of her needs.
Amelia will not be released for adoption until mid-year 2021 (August - September likely). She has now had one patella operated on (as of 13/04/21) and undergone 8 weeks of crate rest and recovery, plus physio-therapy. We will complete the second operation on her other knee on 14/07/2021 and she will need another 6-8 weeks of crate rest and recovery will follow this.
We have tentatively selected an Adopter for Amelia who has been meeting with her and her foster carer while she recovers from surgery. At this stage, Amelia is unavailable as she will go on trial with our prospective adopter, following recovery from her patella surgery.
Amelia is a confident, social, loving little dog to those that she knows. Amelia is a very clever little dog, she is active, loves to run around the home and play with her toys.
Initially, when meeting Amelia, she needs to be ignored and able to come up and sniff etc. at her leisure. Care needs to be taken not to overwhelm Amelia with affection too soon.
Amelia was raised in the home with a 6 year old child. However, her owner feels she perhaps isn't the best fit for a young family as she is known to jump and nip when excited. She is also not so tolerant of children and their touching etc.
Amelia has grown up on a lifestyle property with chickens, rabbits and cats.
Amelia is not a fan of larger dogs but she is OK around smaller breeds. Amelia's former owner reports she didn't have much socialization as a puppy, so when meeting new dogs initially, she can be aloof. But if given time and space, she does come around. Amelia would benefit from more exposure to other small dogs. Amelia would be OK with a smaller breed dog in the home, provided they were of medium energy level, not too in her face and allowed her time to become comfortable.
Amelia is already de-sexed and micro-chipped, (which we will register with the Council and NZCAR). Amelia has been flea and wormed every three months while in trust care.
Amelia's owner reports that she is sensitive to her back being touched, although this has been checked out by a vet and she is not aware of any injuries to her back.
Amelia appears as a longer-legged Long Coat Chihuahua. We aren't sure what she is crossed with, it could be a Chihuahua x Papillion mix, due to her wonderful coat - but really, it's anyone's guess! Her adopter could DNA her if desired. We can advise you on how to do so.
Amelia visited the vet on 26/01/21 and was vaccinated up to date.
Unfortunately Amelia will require two patella operations and possibly physio post-recovery for her knees. One of Amelia’s knees are already a Grade 4 (Doctors grade them 1-4 with 4 being the most severe). The other is a lesser 2-3 but will only deteriorate over time. Opting to fix them now will be expensive for the Trust but it will add years to her life and keep her from being more painful and developing arthritis. It also means her Adopter won’t have to worry about this in future. So we’re going to push ahead - one knee at a time! The first operation was completed on 13/04/2021 and she has been attending post-surgical physio for rehabilitation. Amelia has also had to undergo 8 weeks of crate-rest. Amelia is doing well and her second patella operation has now been booked in for 14/07/2021.
Help us to Help Amelia!
Unfortunately, it has become clear that Amelia will need both of her luxating patellas corrected surgically. This is an issue we see a lot of in the chihuahuas and responsible breeding is needed to reduce the likelihood of dogs being affected.
One of Amelia’s knees was a Grade 4 (Doctors grade them 1-4 with 4 being the most severe). The other is a lesser 2-3 but will only deteriorate over. time. Opting to fix them now will add years to her life and keep her from being more painful and developing arthritis. It also means her Adopter won’t have to worry about this in future.
So we need to raise the funds to be able to push ahead with the surgery. If you are able to assist us by donating even $2 or $5, we would be so grateful. If all of our supporters did so, we could book her in ASAP.
New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue is a New Zealand Registered Charity run completely by volunteers. Nobody is paid to participate in our Rescue and 100% of the profits go back into the dogs in our care and community dogs needing assistance. We receive no public funding or grants. Our entire income to assist these dogs is derived from kind donations, sponsorship and fundraising projects. We are always short of money and it impacts how many dogs we can assist as each dog that comes into care needs some form of medical and/or behavioral assistance!
If you could help by donating to Amelia's cause, all donations, small or large, help us to help her! Please also contact us for a receipt and you can recieve 33.33% of your donation back from the IRD.
Donations can be made via:
The New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Westpac Trust Account:
By credit or debit card to our GiveALittle:
***PLEASE NOTE: At present, we are working with a prospective Adopter for Amelia. They have been visiting Amelia while she is recovering from surgery and will be offered a trial once she has healed enough to partake in one. Feel free to submit your application for Amelia, however, at this stage, her Adopter is tentatively selected.***
- Amelia is being fostered in Christchurch, a local home is required so the team can assist with her integration. Please do NOT apply from other areas of New Zealand. We are only considering those in the Canterbury area for Amelia so we can provide her and her adopter our full support.
- Amelia is used to spending a lot of time with her Owner and would not suit a full time worker. Amelia needs an owner who is very part time, retired yet active, able to take her to a (quiet) work place with them, or permanently working from home. She would not suit a full time worker.
- Full fencing is a must. Any adopter must have fully enclosed fencing with no holes or gaps. Amelia is very clever and may try to escape if she can!
- Children need to be over 10 years of age and knowledgeable about dogs. Sorry, no young families. Amelia is not great with young children in her space.
- Adopter must have doggy training knowledge, rescue dog knowledge or animal behavioral knowledge. Amelia needs to be ignored so she will become comfortable in your presence and needs someone with knowledge about dogs.
- An adopter willing to continue physio with Amelia (at Animal Physio of Ferrymead and Rangiora) would be beneficial to her.
- Amelia is used to being a solo dog and would be fine with no other dogs in the home. If you are looking for a companion for an existing dog, it is probably not Amelia. She could perhaps adjust to being in a home with another dog but she can be aloof with other dogs and isn't overly interested in playing with them. She would be OK in a home with an older dog, or low-medium energy dog. A young, energetic playmate or puppy would not be ideal for her, she might nip them if annoyed.
* Requirements may be amended over time.
NOTE: Before applying for our dogs, please do read the above adopter requirements and ensure that you meet these. We are very clear about the homes we are seeking. We set the adopter requirements after consultation with the foster carers and consideration of the dogs, needs, welfare and personality. They are strict requirements - no exceptions. Please do not submit an application if you do not meet the above, we will simply respond to confirm the application is declined. Unfortunately, at times this has been the case and we have had to disappoint prospective adopters. This is why we are clear about our requirements prior and note them above.
Adoption Fee: $500.00 to be paid to the NZCR trust account no. 03-0823-0074502-000
NOTE ON THE ADOPTION FEES AND TRIALS: Our adoption fees are determined by taking into account age of the dog, overall health and funds expended to date on that particular dog. The trust uses these adoption fee funds on: desexing surgery, micro-chip and NZCAR registration, vaccines, Council registration, flea and worm treatments, plus any other essentials dogs require such as specialist medications or food, blood-testing, orthopedic surgeries etc. and any other dog disposables required for dogs in care. Please note: sorry we do not accept payment plans, as we need to be sure adopters are able to financially support dogs prior to adoption - sorry, no exceptions. Please note: the deposit needs to be made to the trust account prior to the changeover date of the dog going on trial. We do not accept cash payments on the date. The full100% of all adoption fees go towards the dogs in the care of the Trust.