Arrived in NZCR care: 24 December 2020
DOB: Unknown - estimated at 9 years old.
Breed: Long Coat Chihuahua
De-Sexed: TBC - Lily is awaiting her desex operation at present.
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2020/2021 membership).
Cat Friendly: Yes
Child Friendly: 6 years and older.
Human Sociable: Yes - see below.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Surrendered due to personal circumstances of the owner. No further details provided. Prior to living with her former owner, we are advised Lily was "caged" and not exposed to much in life.
Lily was surrendered with the white Long Coat Chihuahua, Pebbles. The girls have lived together for a period of approximately 2 years but we are unsure whether they are biologically related. The two came into care together and were initially fostered together. During their time in foster care it became evident they were not a bonded pair and also fought, as a result we are homing Pebbles on her own. We only separate pairs when it is in their best interests to do so and these girls need separate homes.
Lily originally came to the trust as "Puppy" and has been renamed.
Lily cannot be adopted out due to the below medical issues. Instead, she will remain in care and owned by the Trust, we will find her a "forever foster family" to take care of her for the duration of her life. The Trust will pay the costs associated with Lily's medical care and her forever family will provide all the love and support she requires for her entire life.
Lily is a very happy, bright and sweet little dog with a quiet temperament and personality. Lily loves sitting on your lap and receiving attention. She will do a little "happy dance" when you come home to show her appreciation.
Lily has lived with cats and is being fostered with confident cats and chickens. So far, she has ignored both.
Initially, when she meets new people Lily can be unsure and avoidant. If you allow her to come to you in your own time, she becomes a very sweet, cuddly, little dog. Lily seems to be scared of crockery (ie. bowls and plates) but is learning to be ok with these.
Lily is fine with other dogs, but does prefer her space. Lily only occasionally plays and won't be able to walk far distances. She would be fine in a house with dogs of a similar energy level. She will snuggle up with a dog she likes, but is very selective about who.
Despite her issues with the spine and her back end, she will run or walk around the house. Lily also has a great appetite.
* More information may be added at a later date.
Lily has suffered from a large flea infestation which has caused redness to her skin and patches of fur loss. Lily has been bathed and de-flead. We hope that her skin will now begin to heal, with the aid of a healthy diet also. Since coming into care, Lily has been flea and wormed every 3 months.
Lily had a preliminary check with our vet on 26/12/2020. Lily has a grade 3 heart murmur and began her heart medications on 04/01/2021 - Fortekor and Vetmedin, she is also on the cardiac diet. Lily will need to be on these for life.
Lily had a blood panel taken to confirm suitability for surgery on 30/12/2020.
Lily has an old hip injury and a crooked spine. As a result, her back legs are slightly wasted away. She has a slightly wobbly gait at times but this does not appear to affect her disposition.
Lily can become a little stiff and sore at night times - heat (ie. electric blankets and water-bottles help with this and she will be put on pain medication), Lily seems to be much better in the morning. Lily also seems to avoid steps (ie. more than say 2 into a property). Lily had x-rays on her hips and knees on 04/01/2021. The x-rays show no arthritis which is great, but she does have an old injury in her hips which will need watching. Our vet suggests medication to manage pain as needed, so Lily is receiving Metacam at present. We also began a course of Synovan (an anti inflammatory injection) to assist. Lily should be exercised minimally in future but will be fine.
Lily also received a dental on 04/01/2021, one tooth was removed. The rest of the teeth cleaned beautifully.
Lily has also been vaccinated up to date, micro-chipped and added to the NZCAR and Council databases.
Lily will next be booked in for surgery to be de-sexed - following this, the only medical care she will need, will be her injections and pills. Her foster carer will need to book and attend these appointments with her.
Help us to Help Lily!
Lily will likely not be cleared for adoption due to her longstanding medical issues. If this is the case, Lily will become a "forever foster" which the Trust will need to meet the ongoing costs of, forever. Costs associated with Lily will be: regular pain relief, heart medication, specialist cardiac food, blood tests and x-rays, flea and worming, vaccinations etc.
Lily's heart medications alone are over $100.00 per month, plus she is on special cardiac food.
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 the girls by donating to their cause, small or large, any amount helps! 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:
Forever Foster Family Requirements:
Lily cannot be adopted out due to the above medical issues. Instead, she will remain in care and owned by the Trust, we will find her a "forever foster family" to take care of her for the duration of her life. The Trust will take care of her medical costs, however, we do require a very specific family which can adhere to the below requirements:
- Lily's forever foster family will need to be located in Canterbury and able/willing and able to travel for regular vet check ins, or to collect medications from our vet in Ohoka, North Canterbury. Please do not apply as a forever foster for Lily unless you are based in Christchurch or Canterbury and willing to travel at least every month to the clinic and/or extra visits, as needed.
- You will need to be able to stay in communication with our Trustees and vet, providing email or messenger updates on Lily's condition as required. This is usually no more than once weekly, unless anything arises.
- Lily will need a quiet foster home to "retire" in, with no younger dogs present. Other older dogs of a similar energy level would be fine. Single level house would be a bonus.
- Lily will not be able to be too active. If you are looking for a companion to walk regularly or play with current dogs, Lily is not a match for you.
- Lily needs a quiet household with older children (6 years plus), if any. They will need to be aware and respectful of her physical limitations and doggy-knowledgeable.
- Must have a fully fenced back yard with no holes or gaps.
- Lily is used to daytime company and will require a forever foster who can take her with them to work, who works part time, works from home (permanently), or is retired.
- Must be willing to commit to Lily permanently. As if she were adopted, so that she does not have to undergo another change and move houses.
Please only apply if you are serious about being Lily's lifetime carer and able to meet all of the above requirements.
How Do I Apply to become Lily's Forever Foster Family?
If you feel that you could be a "forever foster" for Lily for as long as she has left, please email or post to us the completed foster application (including the enclosures noted - ie. landlord consent or photos) and we will be in touch with you!
Applications can be found at the link below and our contact options noted under the above tab.
NOTE: Before applying for our dogs, please do read the above requirements and ensure that you meet these. We are very clear about the homes we are seeking. We set the 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 carers or adopters. This is why we are clear about our requirements prior and note them above.