Arrived back in NZCR care: May 2021
Breed: Chihuahua x Wire-Haired Jack Russell
Registered with NZCAR: Yes.
DogsNZ (NZKC): No - crossbred.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Cat trainable - confident cats only.
Child Friendly: 8 years and older.
Human Sociable: Yes.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Lucy is a private surrender. Lucy was purchased from a pet store at the beginning of 2020. She is a private surrender; her owners feel they are not the correct match for her.
Lucy was originally adopted by us to a family in August 2020. However, they have been unable to keep up with Lucy's training and she is not getting along with their cat. So we are seeking that perfect match for Lucy. She has had a lot of change in her short little life and we want to make sure this next family is her forever family.
Lucy is a sweet, energetic and sassy 16 month old Chihuahua x Wire-Haired Jack Russell.
Lucy's former owners state: "Lucy is cute, energetic, healthy and smart. She is sweet some of the time and likes cuddles and play most of the time. She is responsive to food and treats and knows some commands (sit, stay, come). She is obedient when it suits her - recall is particularly unreliable. Lucy is bossy, assertive and head strong. She walks reasonably well on harness and lead. Lucy could be a good member of the home of someone with time, energy, experience with dog behavior and patience."
With Lucy, and any young active dog, reinforcement of boundaries is required. She needs someone who is doggy-knowledgeable.
Lucy is full of energy and fun. Lucy would benefit from having a "job" or sport to participate in – at very least she needs an active family environment. Someone who is active and able to walk her at least once a day would be ideal. Her terrier side is strong and she gets bored if not occupied.
Lucy was fostered with other Chihuahuas, cats and chickens. She was very good with chickens, ok with cats (needed occasional reminders they didn't want to play tag) and loved having other dogs around. We think she would be OK with a confident and playful cat but no timid cats.
Lucy is a sweet dog, but has not been socialized correctly and requires time and patience, plus care not to be overwhelmed. Lucy can be quite fearful about meeting new people at times, but once she knows you she is full of love and licks!
Lucy proved to be quite the crate-guarder so they were eliminated from her life. This helped hugely. Don't let Lucy near a crate!
Lucy is being fostered with other Chihuahuas, chickens and cats. Lucy can only be rehomed with confident cats (if any).
Lucy has been medically signed off by our vet. Lucy 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.
Lucy will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter.
Help us to Help Lucy!
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 Lucy'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:
*** PLEASE NOTE: This dog is currently unavailable and we are no longer accepting applications for them. We have either selected their adopter or the dog has gone on trial with a prospective adoptive family. Please view the status' for each dog on the "dogs in our care page". We have several other dogs still looking for loving new homes! ***
- Lucy is being fostered in Christchurch, a local home is required for Lucy as will need to be integrated into a new home with the help of her foster and our Team. Lucy is to be rehomed in Christchurch only.
- Adopter will need to be patient, understanding, loving and supportive. Must have doggy experience or knowledge on dog training etc. Lucy is a dog who requires firm boundaries.
- Adopters will need to be willing to walk Lucy regularly and keep her active. She is an energetic dog.
- Fencing is a must. Lucy will need a fully enclosed property with fences of a decent height, no holes or gaps.
- No full time workers please. Lucy would suit a part time worker, someone working from home or active but retired.
- Older children who are doggy-knowledgeable (10years+) and give her plenty of space would be fine. No families with younger children need apply please.
- Ideally no cats in the home, or a confident cat if any. Not suitable for timid or wary cats.
- Would be fine as a companion for another dog or as a solo dog in the home.
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 - 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.