We understand that there may be many reasons why you (or someone you know) can no longer care for their Chihuahua, or Chihuahua cross.  It is important for you to know that we are not here to judge your reasons and we understand it is often a very emotional process to let go, regardless of the circumstances. We are always happy to assist and guide you and your furry one through the re-homing process.

We are also happy to work privately with Breeders or Exhibitors of Chihuahuas who are looking to re-home ex-breeding or ex-showing dogs. Some of our Trustees come from dog-showing backgrounds and understand that once retired, dogs may need to be placed in a loving forever pet home.

We also happily accept dogs or puppies with special needs and there is no age limit on the Chihuahuas we accept! We have had dogs who are over ten years of age be placed in their loving forever homes.

When dogs are placed in our care we provide behavioral rehabilitation, medical treatment, de-sexing, up to date vaccinations, flea and worming treatments, micro-chipping and registration on the NZ Companion Animal Register and Council registration for each dog. Once they are fit to be adopted, we vet the potential applicants and make sure that the very best forever homes are chosen. 

Feel free to contact us for a no-obligations discussion on the process. Your details and information are kept privately within our team. Please also let us know if you do not wish for the reasons for re-homing to be advertised, or the dog's name to be changed.

If you are already sure that you wish to re-home your dog, please see the below steps on how to.


1. NZCR is a registered New Zealand Charity 

This means that we are regulated and have the obligation to report our financial information each year to the Charities Services. Not all “charities” are registered. It is important to know when you donate to a charity, or surrender your dog to a Rescue that they are registered and therefore doing all they can to be transparent to the public about their activities or financial information.

The charities register is easily accessible by all members of public and you are able to search by Rescue name. We do not recommend re-homing your dog to strangers on Facebook or TradeMe, or even to those purporting to be from “a Rescue” without searching their details first!  When you send your dog to us, you know you have selected a reputable and legitimate charity and are able to have peace of mind that your dog is in the safest hands possible. We are able to keep you updated on their progress (if you wish for us to do so).  

2. We specialize in Chihuahuas and Chihuahua-crosses and have successfully adopted out almost 40 Chihuahuas (or crosses) within our first year 

We are a breed-specific rescue with a team of Chihuahua-knowledgeable experts. Chihuahuas are unlike any other breed and have their own unique requirements and medical issues. We are able to identify those issues and their causes and refer between our network of staff who medically assist or mentally rehabilitate these dogs. Our team are very knowledgeable and passionate about the breed and doing all we can to assist dogs in need.

3. We provide comprehensive medical care. 

If your dog needs medical treatments, we are still happy to take them in, but please do let us know so we can make plans for their care. We de-sex, vaccinate, microchip, flea and worm and register with the local Council all dogs that come into our care. We also regularly go above and beyond to provide dentals and/or costly orthopedic treatments (such as physio or surgery for patella luxation) in order to ensure dogs live a pain-free life. Anything the dog needs, we will cover. We do not adopt out any dogs until we are certain that they are medically fit.  

4. We have a team of knowledgeable, loving and experienced foster carers available to address any negative personality “quirks” or behaviors.

We do not euthanize dogs for temperamental or behavioral issues. We take our commitment to the trust dogs very seriously and work with them to rehabilitate them into confident, well-adjusted family pets where possible. If they cannot be safely homed they stay at "Chihuahua Rescue HQ"as part of our permanent pack! There are some dogs which will always be wary of strangers and less-confident. However, we assess all of our dog’s needs to ensure that we can accurately match the dog with an owner that will be supportive, understanding of their needs and ensure they thrive. 


Step 1:
Please fill out the below form should you wish for assistance in finding a suitable new home for a dog. This form provides us with all of the information we require to place the dog in the best possible forever or foster home. Please be as honest as possible in terms of any medical treatments the dog may need or behavioral quirks. This does not change our commitment to assisting you! We simply need as much information as possible to be able to pair the dog with a suitable foster carer and/or address any needs they may have. Please email the form to us at

Step 2:

Once your form is received, our Managing Trustee will then be in contact with you to discuss. If you wish to proceed, we can then make arrangements for pick up of the dog, or flights if necessary.


What fees are involved?
There is no fee to surrender a dog to the Trust. No matter what kind of medical care he or she requires. We do not charge former owners. If able, you are more than welcome to make a donation to the Trust at any time. 

Will I get updates?
We are happy to update you while the dog is in foster care and let you know once they have been adopted. However, we understand if you would prefer we did not do so also. Please let us know your preference.

Can you keep my details and reasoning private?

Absolutely! Former owner details are not released to anyone outside of our team without consent, but we are also happy to keep the reasons for surrender confidential. Please let us know your preference.

Can I talk to someone at NZCR about this?

Absolutely! please email us and a Trustee will be in contact with you for a no-obligations chat about our Rescue and the process. We are happy to answer any queries you may have.

I am concerned about the welfare of a dog, what do I do?

We are not an enforcement agency. If you have any concerns about the welfare of a Chihuahua or other dog, please contact your local SPCA and Animal Control Department.