Age: 9  (DOB:  2010) 

Breed: Chihuahua - Long Coat 

De-Sexed: Yes

Micro-chipped: Yes

Vaccinated: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.
Council Registered: Yes - CCC
Cat Friendly:  TBC

Child Friendly: Not suitable for small children.

Human Sociable: See Below

Dog Sociable: Yes


Shaya comes from the same home as another of our Trust dogs, Angel. Both dogs were primarily cared for by an older gentleman until he passed away recently. Angel and Shaya remained living with his Wife until she had to enter Hospice care on 8 March 2019. They were surrendered her to our Rescue so that they could find a new forever home and companion. 


Shaya is a little diamond in the rough with a hilarious and quirky personality once he lets you in on it! Shaya has been through quite a lot of transitions this year (see above) and as a result he can be a little stand-offish initially. However, once comfortable he is a great little companion who will happily sit on your lap or next to you and be petted. Shaya loves one-on-one time and paws at you to ask for affection. Shaya is very quiet in nature, preferring to find himself a nice sunny spot to sleep in. He is toilet-trained and clever - Shaya recognizes the word "toillies" and will seek your attention to be let outside. 

Shaya would be fine around older dogs but probably would not enjoy living with young energetic dogs. Shaya can't tolerate puppies and high energy dogs for too long. Shaya's former carers say he is fine with other Chihuahuas, kids, small animals and other breeds but we will assess this  in time. Shaya is looking for his new forever companion to spend the rest of his life with - we think he would be a great loyal and loving companion for someone.

Shaya is de-sexed, micro-chipped and registered with NZCAR, he will also receive up to date vaccinations. 

Shaya does require a bit of weight-loss which we are working on while he is in foster care.

Shaya is a bit of a licker - some animals do this to relieve stress when anxious. We have had Shaya medically checked out to ensure he is not licking because he is sore. We have begun working with him on this obsessive habit and will discuss with the potential Adopter.

Blood results from the end of March 2019 show elevated liver levels although Shaya appears to be in great health. We have put Shaya on specialist liver diet food and Samylin pills to assist his liver. Once this has been achieved, Shaya will be x-rayed and have his dental completed.

Any prospective adopter will need to commit to ensuring his liver remains healthy. Shaya will need to remain on specialist food (Hills Liver Diet cans) and Samylin. Regular blood tests are recommended to ensure that liver remains healthy.

Adopter Requirements: 

- No full time workers. Extremely part-time, those who work from home or are retired would be a great match. Shaya is used to being with an elderly couple who are home much of the time. Shaya does seem to stress and suffer a bit of separation anxiety when left alone.

-  Someone with older Chihuahuas would be fine but Shaya does not really enjoy young energetic puppies. Shaya has always had at least one other Chihuahua for company. 

- Fully fenced backyard, with no holes or gaps.

-  An adopter who  could take on Angel and Shaya would be IDEAL. If unable to do so, someone in Canterbury who could stay in touch with Angel's future  adopter and organize for the two to see each other would be great. These  two dogs have known one another for 8 years and are bonded. Angel is  the more confident and independent of the two, Shaya has come out of his  shell since being reunited with his sister. We are considering  separating them as Angel is more advanced than Shaya at this stage and  Shaya requires some health work before being re-homed. If they went together, Angel would go first allowing us to stabilize Shaya's liver levels, he would follow.


Adoption Fee: 

$300.00 for Shaya alone. 

$400.00 for Angel alone.

$600.00 for Angel and Shaya together.

Shaya comes with: Council tags, vet book, an ACANA/Orijen  Adopter pack (which includes various goodies and the food  he has been fed on).

If  you are interested in applying to adopt  Angel and Shaya  please go to the  below  link, scroll down and fill out the form. 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 Adoption page