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My name is Gizmo!

I'm being cared for by
All-American Mutt Rescue, Inc

Facts about me

Tan/Yellow/Fawn - with Black
(When grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Pet ID

My info

Small blue checkmark Purebred
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered

My story

You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Hi … my name is Gizmo and here are some things you need to know about me!  After you read through my bio, if you think I might be the perfect pup for you, please go to and complete your adoption application online.  If you can't adopt me, but would like to help, please consider making a donation to AAMR in my name to help with my extended needs in foster care.

Gizmo is special.  He needs special care, lots of patience and lots of love.  Special pups need special heroes.

Mr. Gizmo is a big personality in a little body!  He was surrendered by an owner to a public shelter. They had him for several years after they found him inside a dumpster … so we know his life has been a mix of really good and awful.  He is happy to be out of the shelter and into foster care because he really does want to be near people.

A typical Chihuahua, Gizmo has some ‘small dog syndrome’ issues … because he has been allowed to behave badly.  He is a typical chihuahua barker and will not be the best apartment/condo/townhome resident. He wants to be with and near people, but only on his terms.  He protests loudly when you try to pick him up.  He will growl and sound very vicious and, yes, he will bite. He is also on an anti-anxiety medication which has seemed to help a little.  If you talk sternly to him, he will show his teeth and growl.  We see a pup who has been allowed to ‘bully’ his people, and it is going to take to take a strong, determined, consistent new adopter to help break these bad habits.  He is a toy hoarder and will guard his food so he will not be the best companion for another dog that likes to play with toys.  And, it is quite a challenge to get a harness on him to go for a walk, so having a fenced yard is a 'must' for him.  (Small dogs should never be walked with just a collar and leash due to potential damage to the trachea.)  This boy sure needs a wonderful family to love him and help him become a happier boy.  Are you willing to be the hero who gives him a chance?

Approximate age/birthdate:  born ~2014

Weight/size: 9 lbs

Housebroken:  YES (as long as you can get him outside often)

Crate trained:  YES (he is not a fan of being crated, but once he is in, he is fine)

Personality: cautious, curious,big personality but wants to be boss, vocal (a great alarm system)

Energy level:  medium to low ... he is busy trying to watch everything in every room, but he isn't rowdy

Fenced yard required?:   YES definitely.  If he gets outside a fenced area off-leash, he will be a flight risk.  He should never be off-leash outside unless he is inside a securely fenced area.  Getting a harness on him to go for a walk can be tricky (he does like to bite), but small dogs should never be walked with just a collar and leash due to potential trachea damage.

Does he/she jump fences?  NO

Leash walk with manners:  YES

Obedience training:  Knows ‘sit’

Riding in vehicles:  RIDES OK     

Spayed/neutered:   YES

Up-to-date on routine vaccinations:   YES

Microchipped:   YES

Social with other dogs:  YES

Social with cats: Cats get his attention and he would love to chase them.

Good with children:  NO CHILDREN.

Adoption donation:  $175

We are an all-volunteer group, so please be patient and understand that it takes an average of 7-14 days to process the applications including reference checks, follow-up questions and home visits.  You can expedite the process by providing accurate email addresses for all your references.  Time to make phone calls is limited and we often have multiple applications in process.  We make every effort to move through them as quickly as possible.

When your application is approved, we will schedule a home visit/meet-and-greet to see if Gizmo picks you too.

If it seems that the adoption will be a good match for all, there is an adoption fee, and an adoption contract to be signed.

Please feel free to email if you have additional questions.

Visit this organization's web site to see any additional information available about this pet.
June 4, 2023, 9:00 pm

All-American Mutt Rescue, Inc

Contact info
Pet ID
Huddleston, VA 24104

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

The adoption process:
Step 1: Complete the appropriate Adoption Application. There are different applications for dogs and cats. You will find the form online Then click on 'Fill Out' and you will be taken directly to the form. Once submitted, it comes directly to us. You should get a message immediately if your application has been successfully submitted
Step 2: Members of the Adoption Committee thoroughly review completed applications and do reference checks. Please remember that adopting a pet is making a commitment of 10-15 years, so we do not take any shortcuts in processing applications. It is our responsibility to place these pets in the very best homes we can possibly find for them. Application processing can usually be done in 7-14 days. Sometimes it may take longer if we have a problem reaching your references or finding another rescue to do a home visit for out-of-town or out-of-state adoptions.
Step 3: After reference checks are completed and your Adoption Application is tentatively approved, we will schedule a home visit and a time for you to meet the pet that just might be the newest member of your family. We will ask that all family members be present for the meet-and-greet ... including all other family pets.

Please be aware that we generally limit adoptions to families within 75 miles of our location in Huddleston, VA. There may be exceptions made, but application processing for remote adoptions usually takes longer because we must find another rescue to help us by conducting a home visit. This is required.

**Please remember that we are an all-volunteer, home-based rescue organization. We do not have a public shelter facility, so all home visits/meet-and-greets for potential adopters and fosters are done after applications are approved and by appointment only. Most of our volunteers work full-time jobs, so the majority of our home visits are scheduled for Saturdays between 10 am and 2 pm and Sundays between 1 pm and 3 pm. You can also meet adoptables at our public events noted on our website. Of course, we will always try to be as flexible as possible when scheduling meet-and-greets.
Step 4: After the home visit, if everything seems to be a perfect match, the final step is the signing of the Adoption Contract, payment of the adoption donation, and welcoming your new family member home.

Please note that completing the online application does not obligate you to adopt a pet, nor does it guarantee that your application will be approved. AAMR reserves the right to decline any application without providing a reason. Please understand, also, that often there are multiple applications for one pet and it is the responsibility of the Committee to find the best fit for each pet.

Go meet their pets

We are an all volunteer, home-based rescue organization. We do not have a public shelter facility, so you can meet our pups at our public events, such as at the Lynchburg VA Petco. Please check our Calendar of Events regularly for other opportunities to meet our pups. Otherwise, we have volunteers bring pups for a home visit after an application has been approved.

More about this rescue

Our motto is "Rescue … rehome … real love” and we try to live it every day. We rescue animals in need of new homes and loving families. We make sure each of them is spayed or neutered and up-to-date on all routine vaccinations. If other medical care or treatment is needed, we get that for them as well.

We welcome these fosters into our homes and our lives and really get to know their personalities and their needs. Then we make it our mission to re-home them - to place them in the forever home that will be perfect for them. Some of them really need to have another dog companion, while others will do well being an 'only pet.' Some love having children to play with, while others prefer being with adult companions. Some do well sharing a home with cats or other small pets, while others .... well ... no so much. And the only way we know this is by living with them!

We also work to educate and encourage other pet owners to spay or neuter their animals to

a) help their pets lead longer, healthier lives, and
b) help reduce the numbers of homeless and unwanted animals in our Central Virgina communities.

It is such an easy thing to do! Not only will it benefit your pet and your family, but it will reduce the numbers of wonderful, adoptable animals that are euthanized every year. Please be part of the solution.