Arrived in NZCR care: 13th September 2021.
DOB: Feb 2011 (approx.)
Breed: Chihuahua - Long Coat
Registered with NZCAR: Yes.
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Yes.
Child Friendly: 8 years and older.
Human Sociable: Yes.
Dog Sociable: Yes - best fit for calm, lower energy dogs.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Marty lived with his elderly owner until she passed away approximately two years ago. The owners daughter then took Marty in but has moved and is not allowed pets at her home. The owners reached out to the SPCA for assistance, but they advised to contact us instead. We are happy to assist Marty medically and hope to find him a loving, caring and supportive forever home for him to enjoy his twilight years!
Chihuahuas can live between 17-20 years. So by adopting an older dog, this can still be several years of commitment and may be more suitable for an older person who is looking for some companionship, but realizes that a puppy may not be as suitable.
Marty is a very friendly and sweet little dog. He loves human companionship and will follow you around the house. Marty has always had a daytime companion and will need an Adopter who is home a lot or able to take him with them. This won't be an issue though as Mary is great with strangers!
Marty is reasonably quiet, he is an older gentlemen so he is looking for a simple retirement lifestyle - he just loves to sunbathe and be with his human. Occasional walks and drives would also be great.
Marty is living with other Chihuahuas and cats at present. His former owners report that he would on occasion become a bit jealous and possessive of other dogs receiving affection. This needs to be discouraged. We think he would be ok with one or two older dogs, around the same energy as Marty.
Marty is a lovely little pal just looking for a companion to spend his time with. He would like a loving, warm, quiet forever home who will commit to him until the end of his days.
Marty had his vet check on 14/09/2021 which confirms, although he is 14 he is in pretty good overall health!
Marty’s heart is good. We completed a bloods panel on Marty to check his organ health and suitability for anesthesia. Marty was also vaccinated. Marty's hearing is reduced - this is probably just due to his age and he has very faint cataracts. Aside from this he is spritely and doesn't appear his age!
Marty has a grade four luxating patella (left) but it doesn’t seem to bother him overall and he wouldn’t be considered a surgical candidate at present.
Marty came into care needing a dental also to remove several rotten and infected teeth. His dental was completed on 15/09/2021.
At the same time our vet x-rayed his hips and gave him a Synovan injection (anti inflammatory injection) as we suspect they might have a little arthritis, due to age. Despite this, he is active and loves walking.
Marty will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter. Marty 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 Marty!
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 Marty's cause, all donations, small or large, help us to help him! 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:
- Due to his happy go lucky demeanor, Marty would be suitable for adoption NZ-wide. However, any prospective adopter will need to adhere to our out of town policy, which includes travelling to meet Marty and his foster carer first. Please see the "adoptions "tab for more information on this.
- No Adopters who are out of the home for large periods of time please. This means no full time (out of the home) workers. Marty would need someone retired, working from home, or working very part time. He would not be suitable for doggy-daycare. Marty would be OK with going to a work place in time. However, you would need to gradually introduce this as it would be unfair to overwhelm him with too many changes at once.
- Marty would be OK with one or two other older dogs in the home. Please do not inquire if you have young dogs as this would be a complete energy miss-match.
- Marty needs a fully fenced home and property with no holes or gaps.
- Must be a kind, patient, committed Adopter who is fine with looking after an older gentlemen in their twilight years. In our opinion, it is a privilege to look after an older dog, but it is also sometimes more effort and cost. We need an Adopter who is able and willing to do so for the entirety of the time he has left as he does not need another upheaval in his life.
*We may add other requirements once we get to know Marty better.
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: A donation 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, 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.