Age: 5 years old (DOB: 02/06/2013)

Breed: Chihuahua x Jack Russell

De-Sexed: Yes 

Micro-chipped: Yes
Registered on NZCAR: Yes
Vaccinated: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - CCC
Cat Friendly:  Yes

Child Friendly: Older children perhaps.

Human Sociable: Yes 

Dog Sociable: Yes    


Rascal comes from another North Island Rescue where he has been for the last 6 or so months. Originally Rascal and his sister were surrendered to that Rescue by an elderly couple. We are advised that Rascal's safety was threatened at his previous home and the Rescue had to step in to ensure his safety. Since that time, Rascal's sister has found a home. Rascal has now come down south to Christchurch from Auckland on the Pet Bus and to recieve some much needed veterinary attention.


Rascal is a happy, loving and friendly little dog who loves to interact with other dogs. Despite his disability, Rascal is energetic and loves to play with toys. Rascal has such a charming and quirky little personality, it's easy to fall in love! Rascal has his favorite sheep that he can often be found carrying in his mouth. Rascal has such a happy demeanor about him and is very affectionate and clever. He has had such a raw deal in life for so long, he just needs that forever person that can love him despite his flaws,

Rascal is also very headstrong and would benefit from some obedience and general commands training. We really just want to see Rascal in the loving supportive home that he has always dreamed of after having such a rough start to life.

Rascal suffers from a shortened ulna and angular limb deformity on his right side. The Trust will be paying the medical costs of having this issue addressed via corrective surgery scheduled as soon as the $8,000 needed to complete the operation can be raised.

If you are able to spare any funds to assist us with Rascal’s operation, please see:

Aside from his right front side, the left side is slightly bowed but does not seem to cause him pain or an issue. Rascal also has a slightly overshot jaw but this doesn't affect him. 

Blood tests confirm Rascal is an otherwise healthy, normal dog. We are advised that aside from the orthopedic issue (to be corrected) Rascal should live a happy normal long life.

Adopter Requirements: 

- We would like to find a forever home for Rascal as soon as possible and while he is going through treatment. The Trust will still commit to pay the medical costs associated with surgery to correct his front right limb deformity. We just need an Adopter who is willing to commit to bonding with him and supporting him through his treatments and operation.

- Rascal needs to be able to attend scheduled vet appointments and physio. Rascal's Adopter would need to be able to facilitate and prioritize his health care, traveling to his appointments. 

- Sorry, no full time workers. Someone who works from home, can take Rascal to work, or is retired but active. 

- Someone who will love Rascal despite his flaws and be committed to giving him the best life possible.

Adoption Fee:  A Donation to the Trust Account.

Rascal comes with: His bed and bedding, his toys, Ruff-wear harness, CCC Council tags, vet book, an ACANA/Orijen  Adopter pack (which includes various goodies, pet insurance forms and the food he has been fed on).  

If  you are interested in applying to adopt Rascal, please go to the  below  link, scroll down and fill out the form. We will consider your application once he is deemed fit to adopt. We do not consider  queries via  Facebook or email without the form. See also the FAQ for more information and to answer any queries you may have. Full terms and conditions can be found under the "adoptions" page or FAQ.

Link to Adoptions Page