About Our Rescue Group...
Chihuahua/Small Dog Rescue of Central Florida is staffed by a small group of dedicated, unpaid volunteers. We receive no commercial or government funding.
Most of our dogs come from local animal shelters where rescue organizations like ours are considered a "last resort." This means that we are called upon to rescue the dog after it has not been claimed or adopted, and is scheduled to be euthanized. Because the shelters are oftentimes very full, the amount of time a dog has before being euthanized ranges from 3 to 10 days.
After the dogs are rescued we place them in foster homes until we can find them a permanent home. Because we have already placed them in a home environment, we can tell you a little about their habits and house manners--something you will not know if you adopt from a shelter or kennel.
If you don't see a dog on our site that you would like to adopt, please bookmark our site and check back frequently.
Before adopting a dog, prospective owners must fill out an adoption application. Once approved, a home inspection will be required before the adoption can be finalized.
At this time Chihuahua/Small Dog Rescue is unable to adopt dogs to individuals living outside of the Central Florida area (generally defined as within 200 miles of Orlando, Florida).
Due to the large amount of pet birds being abandoned, we are now accepting pet birds. Bird adoptions are subject to the same screening and application procedure that is required for the dogs.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO APPLICANTS
Not all rescuers operate in the same fashion. Just because a rescuer is asking a large adoption fee, doesn't mean that they have fully vetted the dog. It is very important to ask the following questions before you agree to go see and possibly adopt a new dog into your household:
> What medical records will I receive with this dog?
> What vaccines have been done within the last year? At a minimum the dog should have a DA2PP (DHPP) and rabies vaccine. An added bonus would be a Bordetella vaccine. In south Florida, it is very important that you also have a Lepto vaccine, since this virus is prevalent in south Florida.
> Has this dog had an OCCULT heartworm test within the last SIX MONTHS? If so, what were the results? Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes and are a serious problem here in Florida. If the rescue is not occult heartworm testing their dogs, beware! Heartworm treatment can cost several hundred dollars and takes 1-2 months to complete. Are you willing to immediately invest this much in your new pet?
> Has the dog been treated with a tick/flea repellent within the last month? If so, what is the brand name?
> Is the dog spayed/neutered?
> Is the dog microchipped?
> Has the dog been tested for tickborne illnesses? This is an optional, but nice bonus. If the dog has lived in an environment where ticks are prevalent, or came to the rescue loaded with ticks, they should be tested for Lyme and Ehrlichia. There is a new idexx snap test that not only tests for heartworms, but also tests for these two tickborne illnesses.
> If I discover that the new dog is not "working out" at my home, can I return it?
At Chihuahua/Small Dog Rescue, our dogs are all vaccinated with DA2PP and rabies vaccines before placement. They are occult heartworm tested, and, if positive, they are treated with immiticide, the most reliable treatment available for heartworms. Our dogs are spayed/neutered before placement. Many of them are microchipped and have additional vaccines such as bordetella. If we suspect any tickborne illnesses, the dogs are tested prior to placement using the idexx snap test. We use either Advantage, Frontline or Revolution to control fleas and ticks.
Should you no longer be able to care for this dog, even if it is many years later, you MUST contact us first before you attempt to dispose of this dog.