Founded by Roberta Gottlieb in December of 2013, Chiquita Chihuahua Rescue is a

501(c)(3) non-profit rescue and sanctuary dedicated to saving small breed dogs from the high kill

metropolitan Phoenix shelters.


An overwhelming majority of stray dogs in Phoenix enter the two Maricopa County Shelters. 

The Arizona Humane Society picks up injured strays with their unique Emergency Medical Animal Technician ambulances. The total overall annual intake is approximately 80,000 animals

Almost 200 + enter the shelters daily.  Those without any type of identification are given a 72 hour stray hold, then most end up on "The List". Owner surrenders can be euthanized at any time. 


Maricopa County has the 2nd highest kill rate for shelter animals in the entire United States. 52% make it out alive... And the two most common breeds in our shelters are pit bull mixes and chihuahuas.

THIS is why Chiquita Chihuahua Rescue has chosen to specifically focus primarily on the Chihuahuas who are at most urgent need of rescue: THOSE ON THE EUTHANASIA LIST.


Though I specialize in Chihuahuas, I also take in other small breed dogs with medical needs exceeding what the shelter clinic can provide. This frequently includes "uber-seniors",  who get their lab work, dental surgeries, lots of TLC,  and then live out the remainder of their lives in sanctuary at the Rancho.


Each dog is cared for in a home environment, allowed to set their own pace for emotional and physical recovery, fed premium pet food from Stella & Chewy and Fromm and receives exceptional veterinary care which at a minimum includes being spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.


Take a look at The Rancho page to see where the dogs rehab and relax while waiting for their forever homes.

About Chiquita Chihuahua Rescue

Roberta, Founder and Director

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