My name is Zinfandel!

Chihuahua Dog for adoption in San Diego, California - Zinfandel
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Second Chance Dog Rescue

Facts about Zinfandel

  • Breed: Chihuahua
  • Color: Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 8285056-6014

Please go to our website to complete an application.

We will make every attempt to process all applications  within 3 business days of receipt

Zinfandel is too long a name for such a little girl, so her nickname is Zin.  Zin is a tricolor (dark brown/black, light brown and cream white) chihuahua that weighs about 4.5 lbs and is approximately 5 years old.  She looks like a very tiny pinto pony.

Zin was one of almost 200 dogs confiscated from an abandoned illegal puppy mill.  Think of her as a super shy canine introvert who is praying no one will ask her to dance, but who might be open to quiet conversation that includes snacks. She has been working on her socialization skills with her foster family for months: she will now come to take treats from their hands, sit nearby, and is slightly less stressed at being leashed, picked up and crated. She does not like to be cuddled, but she adores treats, chases crickets in the backyard, dances for her dinner, steals socks and hoards small dog toys.   

Zin's ideal person has a quiet adult home with one or two people who have lots and lots of patience, who truly gets just how tough it can be for a little dog in a big world, and who has another little, very social, preferable male chihuahua as a mentor and guide (what can we say, she is a flirt and likes the boys). Zin has super neat potty habits on newspaper, and goes in/out the back door to a fenced area along with the others in her foster family dog pack.  A safe fenced area off the house is essential so that leashing her all the time is not required.   

Are you her lifeline to love? She would love to meet someone who understands canine introverts and has a place for her in their pack. She had a dental done and 3 teeth removed. Zin is spayed, up-to-date on shots, and microchipped.

All of our dogs are in private volunteer foster homes, and as such these individuals are most qualified to answer any questions regarding the dog.

We do not have a central shelter or kennel locations - you must make a private one-on-one meet and greet appointment with each individual dog at the foster family's convenience.  To protect our foster families' privacy, we must have an APPROVED adoption application on file before we release their contact information.

All of our dogs are fixed (spayed/neutered) and up to date on shots. We have a 2 week foster-to-adopt period to make sure the dog is a fit for your family. Adoption fees vary from dog-to-dog.  

Please note that an approved application DOES NOT guarantee that the dog will be placed with you. The final decision rests with our fosters as they know the dogs the best, and please be aware that there may be other applicants interested in the same dog. We continue accepting applications on a dog until the dog is with the new adoptive family in their home.

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About Second Chance Dog Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Second Chance Dog Rescue was formed to fulfill a desperate need in the community to Rescue, Rehabilitate & Re-home homeless dogs from the over-crowded local shelters, and from families who can no longer take care of their dogs (on a case-by-case basis only).

Our program is based on foster care, and all rescued dogs spend their first days at a loving foster home where they receive personalized care. As part of our program, we ensure that all dogs are vaccinated, are spayed or neutered, and have been socialized by their foster family. In addition, Second Chance Dog Rescue provides support for potential new owners and monitors progress for both new pet parents and their adopted dogs. This helps guarantee that our dogs go to good, loving, forever homes.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Visit our website at for a list of upcoming Adoption Events. Additionally, our foster parents may schedule one on one meetings with potential owners and provide a personalized adoption experience.

Our Adoption Process...

We require an Adoption Questionnaire to be completed - whether online or in person - before meeting any of our dogs. Upon approval of the Questionnaire, a potential adopter will be required to complete an Adoption Contract and pay adoption fees. All of our adoptions start with the first 2 weeks as a 'trial' period, to ensure the adoption is a good fit. Adoption of a puppy may require a refundable training deposit, which will be refunded upon completion of training with a Certfied dog trainer, and submission of certificate of completion to our office.