Are you a registered 501 (c)(3) charity?
Yes, and all donations are tax deductible.
*Receipts are available upon request.
What is your adoption process?
Step one is to fill out an Inquiry Questionnaire and email it to Roberta at Chwawagal@gmail.com. Once received, I will contact you within 48 hours to provide additional information and if approved, set up a home visit. When that is approved, the dog is adopted to you at that time, including the finalizing and approval of the Adoption Contract and collection of adoption fees.
What are your adoption fees?
Adoption fees for each dog may vary (due to the varying needs each dog has, such as veterinary, special needs, etc). When inquiring about one of the dogs here, please ask about their individual adoption fees.
Do you only have Chihuahuas?
Primarily I have Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes. On occasion, I do have other small breeds and small mixed breeds available.
I’d like to come see your dogs, where are you located?
I do not have a business shelter location, as all of the rescue is in a private home (to ease them into a home environment for their future adoptions and help with any rehabilitation).
Meet and greets can be arranged if you are interested in a certain dog. To set one up, please email me at: Chwawagal@gmail.com.
You can also stay up to date with the rescue on Facebook.
I’ve found a dog, what should I do?
I recommend you first attempt to find the dog's owners before trying to send it to a rescue or shelter. Any veterinarian, Arizona Humane Society, or even animal control will scan the dog for a microchip. If there is no microchip, craigslist.org has a pets and a lost and found section that may have the dog posted. The Facebook page facebook.com/LostDogsArizona is also a great place to check.
The simplest way is to put the dog on a leash and see if it leads you to its home. I’ve done this several times with great results.
Why focus on Chihuahuas?
Chihuahuas are the 2nd most common breed in shelters in the country, especially here in Arizona. The Chihuahua population in Arizona is the highest of any dog breed here, other than pit bulls. There is extreme need to rescue and re-home Chihuahuas, along with stressing the importance of spaying and neutering all dogs.
Do you have any teacup Chihuahuas?
No, because they do not exist. The breed standard for Chihuahuas only list a variation of only either long hair or short hair Chihuahuas. Even a purebred Chihuahua can weigh over 11 pounds. The myth of a “teacup” Chihuahua is perpetuated by breeders attempting to charge more for dogs. Attempting to breed them as small as possible can have extreme and dangerous results to a tiny Chihuahua's development, including severe malformations that shorten their life span exponentially.