Many people love the idea of adopting a Rescue dog as it makes them feel happier than the idea of purchasing a dog or puppy from a Breeder. However, it is a large commitment and shouldn't be taken lightly.
Any prospective rescue dog owner needs to consider whether they are ready to commit to a rescue dog which may need ongoing support, socialization and training. Chihuahuas also have a very long potential life span compared to other breeds. So a prospective owner needs to be ready to commit to the dog for 10-15 or so years. We also recommend any prospective owner should research the breed thoroughly before deciding to commit to a Chihuahua. They have specific breed requirements, personality quirks and ailments and it is important to be knowledgeable before you welcome them to your home.
How often do you get dogs in to the Rescue?
We are often overwhelmed with requests from people who want a Rescue dog that is to fulfill very specific needs. Please remember, we are not dog breeders or a pet shop, so we cannot confirm when more dogs will come in to the Rescue. We recommend you submit your application to be placed on the database if there are no dogs that suit your circumstances currently. We consult this database for prospective adopters when new dogs come into care.
Will they be perfect pets - toilet-trained, friendly, social with people and kids, happy to be home alone, great with cats etc?
Primarily, we take in dogs that need help and have often been through a lot in their lives. Just the same as humans, certain experiences leave an imprint on their behavior or personalities. This can be changed with dog behavioral knowledge and commitment to training in most cases. But Rescue dogs sometimes require more work then say, the "blank slate" of a puppy. If you are looking for a dog that needs to fit specific requirements, please do consult an accredited breeder. Receiving a puppy will ensure you will be able to train it to meet your specific needs.
Do you work with the dogs prior to adopting them out?
Owning a "true" Rescue dog is not for the faint of heart. Of course, we work with dogs prior to adopting them out and ensure to the best of our ability, that they are safe to adopt out. However, a percentage of the work with each dog always needs to be completed by the person who will be having them in their house full time (ie. The Adopter). We can only assist so far in foster care and need the Adopter to ensure they stick to any guidelines we give them and create a loving, stable household for our rescue dogs. We explain any essential terms of adoption and expect that the Prospective Adopter is able to commit to these.
Nothing good comes easy. If you want a Rescue dog, you need to be willing to put in the effort required to make it a balanced, stable, family pet. It is often useful to consider WHY you want a rescue dog and then if a rescue dog fits yours or your families' needs. Yes, it is a great feeling to adopt a Rescue a dog that needs a home - but you need to ensure you are a great fit for one another, so that you do not become another failed home for the dog in question.
To be a successful owner of a Rescue dog you need to ensure you have: