Arrived in NZCR care: 29th January 2022
DOB/AGE: 9 years old
Breed: Chihuahua - Long Coat
Registered with NZCAR: Yes.
DogsNZ (NZKC): Unknown.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Untested.
Child Friendly: Yes.
Human Sociable: Yes.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Missy came to us with her sister, Maisey, from a prolific "breeder" who has been described as a "puppy farmer" and is responsible for MANY dogs we have assisted in the past 4-5 years. We have reached out to this person prior, to help the dogs. They decline assistance. Both of these girls have sad pasts as breeding bitches, and have been used to pump out puppies before being discarded, requiring medical attention.
We did not receive these girls direct from the breeder. Instead, we received them from a very kind person (our surrenderer) who took them in after seeing the environment they were living in. However, being reasonable and only wanting the best for these dogs - this person became aware that they would need a fair bit of expensive medical treatment and care, and got into contact with us.
It is important you know the past that Missy has had, to ensure you can commit to her and give her the love, patience and support she will need. A testimonial from our surrenderer about collecting the two girls: "Tell them about the cages outside, over 15 dogs in the house, state of the house was [sick] a tarp in front of the telly for them to sh** on, honestly horrific. Because there are so f******* many of them. OBVIOUSLY, they aren't getting the care they oh so deserve. Many people have tried to tell her in the past how malnourished the dogs are that they have purchased off her - this is all coming from her pie hole.... She knows she will get in trouble for selling sick animals.... I loved them, I wanted to be their safe space but unfortunately my babies health problems were just waaayy beyond my pay check. I’m just glad we got those girls out of that horrid place, was so hard to let them go.” It is important you know the past that Maisey has had, to ensure you can commit to her and give her the love, patience and support she will need.
Missy has had a difficult past and as a result will take her some time to trust and to ajust She will need an Adopter who is willing to commit to her for the long haul - to be patient and supportive with her. It will take 6-12 months for Missy to feel 100% at home in her new surroundings so please keep this in mind if you are considering Missy. But in return, if you are able to be patient, she will give you all of her love and trust and be a loyal companion to you for the end of her days.
At present, Missy is living in one of our foster homes learning rules and boundaries, around things like human food, for example. Missy has not lived as a beloved "pet" before, so this is all new to her.
Once she comes out of her shell, Missy was described by her former owner as being "funny, cuddly, goofy and gentle". Missy is great with people that she knows and seems to be very affectionate and friendly. As with many dogs, Missy can be wary of people she doesn't know. She needs time to become comfortable and to come out of her shell. Initially she needs time on her own to decompress and to not be overwhelmed.
Missy's foster mum describes her as follows:
Missy visited our vet on 10/02/2022 where it was discovered that she had "severe dental disease". Missy also had her bloods taken to confirm fitness for her dental surgery, they came back fine and Missy's dental was completed on 21/02/2022.
Missy is quite overweight - we will be working on this while she is in care. During her check up with the vet, Missy was also diagnosed as having a luxating patella - we will wait until her weight is reduced and then re-examine her to decide whether she requires surgery or not.
Missy will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter.
Missy 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 Missy!
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 Missy'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: 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: $450.00 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.
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