Arrived in NZCR care: 17th March 2021
Breed: Chihuahua - Smooth Coat
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council
Cat Friendly: Yes
Child Friendly: 6 years and older
Human Sociable: Yes
Dog Sociable: Not overly, see below.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Bella was surrendered due to a change in the circumstances of her former family, no further details to be provided.
Bella is described as “kind”, “loving” and “snuggly” she loves to be pet. Bella is a very friendly dog, she great with people she knows and it doesn't take very long for her to warm up to strangers either, if you give her space and some treats!
Bella loves to be around humans - she has always had daytime company, as her owner works from home. Bella is used to sleeping with owners on the bed also.
Bella needs time to warm up to other dogs. Once she adjusts, Bella is fine being around small breed dogs. Bella is OK with her foster carer’s dogs as they are confident dogs, but on her own she has a little fearful reaction to situations that she doesn’t know. Bella will settle after a time and given positive assurances.
Bella would be best as a solo dog. She probably would do fine with another dog in the home but she is not a very playful or dog-orientated dog. For this reason, she wouldn't be best suited for someone primarily looking for a companion for another dog. Bella is also prone to jealousy as she loves to be with "her" person and doesn't like to share attention!
Bella has been known to chase cats, any cats in the home would need to be very confident and able to "stand up" to her.
Bella is very anxious around young kids, hence our requirement that children in the home should be 6 years and older.
Bella had her preliminary vet check with our vet on 30/03/2021. Bella was vaccinated up to date. Our vet also confirms Bella has 2x grade 4 patellas. However, as they do not cause her issues and due to her age, she is not a surgical candidate and should be fine throughout her life as they are. This will need to be monitored however and jumping discouraged.
Bella will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter.
Bella will be adopted out de-sexed, vaccinated up to date, micro-chipped (with the chip registered with the NZ Companion Animal Register and the local Council) as all of our dogs are.
Bella is a little overweight at present so we are working on a diet with her. This will assist her patellas also.
Help us to Help Bella!
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 behavioural assistance!
If you could help by donating to Bella's cause, all donations, small or large, help us to help her! Please also contact us for a receipt and you can receive 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:
*** WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THIS DOG AS THEY ARE NOW ON TRIAL. Please see the "dogs in our care" page for available dogs.***
- Bella has a generally happy-go-lucky demeanor and as a result we are happy for her to be re-homed outside of Canterbury. However, any adopter will need to adhere to our out of town adoption policy (read more about this under the "adoptions" tab) which includes coming to meet her at her foster home here in Canterbury. No exceptions.
- Bella would be fine with children 6 years and older.
- Bella will need a fully-fenced yard with no holes or gaps.
- No full time workers or those out of the house for large periods of time please. Bella needs someone working from home (permanently), able to go to work with daily or part time workers. Bella would not be suitable for doggy daycare (due to the below).
- Bella would be best as a solo dog. She probably would do fine with another dog in the home but she is not a very playful or dog-orientated dog. For this reason, she wouldn't be best suited for someone primarily looking for a companion for another dog. Bella is also prone to jealousy as she loves to be with "her" person and doesn't like to share attention!
- Bella has been known to chase cats, any cats in the home would need to be very confident and able to "stand up" to her. She will run after them, but does listen if told "no!".
PLEASE 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
PLEASE NOTE - RE: 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: de-sexing 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, orthopaedic 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.