Arrived in NZCR care: 18th May 2021
Breed: Chihuahua - Long Coat
Registered with NZCAR: Yes.
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Unknown.
Child Friendly: 8 years and older.
Human Sociable: With support, see below.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed or completed"
Lacey is a private surrender. Lacey's former owner has a series of personal health and family issues to deal with and feels she cannot offer Lacey the time she deserves. She will also be travelling between Australia and New Zealand and this would be unsettling for Lacey.
Lacey is a very particular little dog who can be easily overwhelmed. Lacey needs to be approached quietly and given ample time to come to you. At present we are working with he with regard to her introduction to strangers . We are advised seems to feel particularly threatened when she’s on the ground and a stranger comes at her with a hand.
Lacey will need an Adopter who is either doggy-knowledgeable and experienced or willing to learn and commit to ensuring that this behavior is prevented (and not reinforced!) Lacey has been and continues to work on this behavior with the assistance of our dog trainer, Mindpro.
Although Lacey is wary of strangers, once she is comfortable, her Adopter will see what a little gem and sweet companion she can be!
Lacey needs a kind, caring and patient adopter to support her through this final transition into her new forever loving home. In exchange, Lacey will give you her unlimited loyalty, affection and love!
Lacey's former owner says: “Lacey is shy at first until she feels comfortable with someone. Once she is comfortable around someone however, she is a very happy and playful little dog. Her favorite thing is running and digging at the beach and being out and about with her owner."
Lacey's foster mum adds: "Lacey loves cuddles, lying on your lap, sleeping in comfy warm places, walks, and loves riding in the car. Lacey needs about a month to relax, gain trust and love - but then she is one very loyal dog and tries very hard to please.
We think Lacey would suit a quiet person or couple, with no other dogs, or young children. Plus someone who is home at least part time.
Lacey loves riding in the car, sitting either on your knee or beside you and walks."
Lacey does not like to be overwhelmed and will growl to indicate she would like to be left alone. For this reason, any children in the home need to be doggy-knowledgeable and understand when to give Lacey her space.
Lacey has been fostered around other dogs and isn’t really interested in doggy company. Lacey is more human-orientated. She would not be a suitable match for someone looking for a companion to an existing dog. Lacey doesn’t like young children and she is said to be ok with cats but has not been cat-tested. Lacey has bonded particularly with her male foster dad who she adores. She lives with a couple and their permanent dog, a Chihuahua.
Lacey arrived in care with red-raw swollen, inflamed patches of skin and was rushed to our Vet on 18/05/2021. Our vet noted that Lacey had been chewing at herself for some time, due to being chronically itchy. Lacey also had a mild secondary bacterial infection on some areas where she had been chewing. To address and clear up her skin issues Lacey was prescribed Prednisone, Neosoothe ointment and Malaseb shampoo. There are still patches of fur that will need to regrow which will take time, but we suspect her allergy issues were related to flea dermatitis as it appears to have completely resolved now the fleas have been removed. After a course of hypoallergenic food she is now on Satiety food to assist with weight gain.
Lacey also has a pronounced sinus arrhythmia, however the implications of this are not exactly clear yet. She has no signs of heart disease and no murmur was detectable.
Lacey had her dental on 24/06/2021 and her vaccinations completed!
Lacey will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter.
Lacey 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.
Help us to Help Lacey!
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 Lacey'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 for Lacey will go towards her vet care - preliminary check up, vaccines, microchip and NZCAR registration, Council registration and blood test and dental costs. Plus the costs of her medications and vet-diet food.
Donations can be made via:
The New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Westpac Trust Account:
By credit or debit card to our GiveALittle:
- Preferably, Lacey is to be adopted within the Canterbury area, as she can be fearful of strangers and would benefit from careful integration into her new home with our team's assistance. BUT We would potentially consider an Adopter from outside of Canterbury provided they had the necessary rescue dog experience and ability to commit to Lacey's progression behaviorally. They would need to travel to meet Lacey and adhere to the terms of our out of town adoptions policy (see adoptions tab for details).
- Lacey would be best suited to a home with no other dogs OR a dog of a similar age and energy level. Lacey tolerates other dogs fine, but would not be suitable for someone with young dogs or who is primarily interested in a companion for an existing dog.
- No full time workers need apply please. Lacey would suit someone who is retired, working from home (permanently) or part time. Lacey would not enjoy being taken to a workplace of strangers, or a doggy daycare. She is very stranger-shy.
- Adopter must have a fully fenced property with no holes or gaps.
- Lacey does not like young children. She will need a home where the only kids around are 6-8 years MIN. They must be doggy-knowledgeable also and adhere to her signals to keep away.
- We will need an adopter who has doggy-knowledge, particularly with regard to rescue dogs and can assist Lacey with her fear of strangers. We have an dog trainer we recommend and use who can meet with you to discuss and advise. But any adopter will already need to be fairly doggy knowledgeable to deal with this behavior correctly (and not reinforce it!).
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: $350.00 to be paid to the NZCR trust account no. 03-0823-0074502-000
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.