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My name is Chico 2!

Adoption process

Submit Application


Approve Application


Meet the Pet


Sign Adoption Contract


Pay Fee

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Facts about me

(When grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Pet ID

My info

Small blue checkmark Purebred

My story

Chico is a sweet, funny Chihuahua mix boy who stayed on the bus when is stopped at Jenny Craig! He says he will try harder as he doesn't like when his friends tease him about beeing chubby! He loves to play fetch and this is his strategy for losing weight. He just needs someone to throw the ball for him!! Chico is pretty active for his size and age. He LOVES walks, playing fetch and going for car rides (oh....and food!) He is protective of his food from other dogs but not from people. Chico is very food motivated and cheese is one of his favorites. He appears to be well house trained as well. Chico is also good with cats. He sleeps in a crate at night presently with his foster. He LOVES giving kisses. Chico's former owner was a man who unfortunately passed away. He is not great around children as he has had little experience with them.

Chico is a short coated dog and will require some brushing and occasional nail trims.

Per his foster, Chico is house trained.

Chico's adoption fee is $175.00

This fee includes at least one health exam at our veterinarian while in our care, altering, all vaccinations including rabies (as permitted by age), a pre-adoption professional grooming and a microchip with lifetime membership that never will cost you a fee.

All dogs also leave with a new collar and or harness and leash as well as a gift bag which includes among other things, a starter bag of the quality kibble that is being fed at the rescue.

Adoption fees also allow us the ability to put funds towards the next homeless or unwanted dog in need of rescue!
If you would like to be considered to for this adoption or any of our amazing rescues, please fill out the application with the help of this link.

We review each application carefully. Please understand that sometimes we get numerous applications for specific dogs and as a volunteer-based rescue, we do not always have the time to respond to each one. We do our best to choose the most suitable home for each dog based on their specific personality and needs.

Please note you MAY NOT be contacted for up to 10 days to schedule a meet and greet if your family is the most suitable for this rescue dog. Regrettably, we do not have the manpower currently to contact all applicants. We keep ALL applications in our database so please feel free to contact us when you see another dog of interest. We appreciate all applicants and do our best to pair ever dog and family for a successful and happy life.


Arizona Shih Tzu and Small Breed Rescue

Contact info
Pet ID
Kathy Hamel
15061 North 28th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Their adoption process


Submit Application

Completing and submitting an application is the only way you can be considered to adopt.


Approve Application

Your application looks great, we have done our checks as well as verified your references.


Meet the Pet

IF YOU ARE THE BEST FIT, you will get an e-mail from us to come & meet our pup. If you have other pets you will need to bring them to meet.


Sign Adoption Contract

If after you all meet and think it would be a match, you can sign the contract, adopt and take your new family member home with you.


Pay Fee

Adoption fees can be given in check, cash, card. This fee allows us to rescue the next little one who finds themselves without a home.

Additional adoption info

Adoption fees include a Veterinarian Wellness Check while here at the rescue. spay/neuter, all vaccinations including Rabies and Bordatella, de-worming, dental (if needed) professional groom and a micro chip that includes a lifetime registration

Adoption fees can range anywhere from $ 225.00 to $600.00.

Applications are sent to all adoption inquiries within the same day the request is received. We ask that you please do not send multiple inquiries on the same dog!

Please note that we receive many applications for each dog and we are processing each one of them in order to find the perfect family that will be a great fit for them.

After completed, please return and your request will be submitted for review. We read and verify each one in order to find the perfect family that will be a great fit for our pups.

WE WILL CONTACT YOU VIA E-MAIL WITHIN 3 DAYS and arrange for a Meet and Greet with all family members who will be living in the home (2 and 4 legged!)

We do not contact potential adopters to tell them that the pup they applied for was adopted. We encourage you to do your due diligence in checking our adoption pages or Facebook page to see who has been adopted and who is still available.

Adoption application

Go meet their pets

We are a Not for Profit, foster and volunteer based private rescue which means we do not have a brick and mortar building to visit our rescue animals.

All of our rescues live in an "in home" rescue or with their foster family to provide a safe and quiet family life which in turn makes it easier for them to transition into their forever homes. They receive love and attention, learn how to cohabitate with other dogs and sometimes cats, house training, medical care (if needed), grooming etc.

We process all of our applications to be sure to match up the right family with each of our rescues. Once a match is found, we contact you right away, and set up a meet and greet.

We do not contact you if your application was declined and your family and life style was not the right fit to meet the needs of the rescue pup you applied for.

** Please note that we do not adopt out of the state of Arizona **

During the cooler months, we have Meet and Greets at:
our rescue home base near the 51 Freeway and Greenway road OR Roadrunner Park located at 32nd Street and Cactus conveniently located right off State Route 51 in Phoenix. We work with your schedule, so meetings are done 7 days a week.

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More about this rescue

Arizona Shih Tzu Rescue is a 501(c)3 Non Profit dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of Shih Tzu as well as small purebred and mixed breed dogs.

We rescue Shih Tzus as well as other small breeds such as Lhasa Apso, Poodles, Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Maltese, Bichon, Schnauzers, and Terriers. We rescue pure as well as mixed breed dogs of all ages...and have been known to take a bigger dog or two....and a few kittens that strangers have dropped off at our doorstep with no where else to go.

Many of our rescues are "medical needs" dogs - meaning they come to us in significant medical need as a result of long term abuse and neglect.

We believe that somewhere there is a famiy for every dog, but that we have a responsibility to place our dogs into homes that will best meet their needs both physically and emotionally. We look for people with patient and loving hearts and an understanding of the furbaby mind.

Abuse, neglect, irresponsible breeding, puppy mills, financial difficulties, changes in family circumstances, births, illness and death of guardians are all contributors to the large population of homeless dogs and some of the reasons we find so many dogs in shelters and rescue groups.

Look at all those little faces on our web site and then ask yourself, "Why should I adopt a rescued dog?"

We are also committed to educating potential adopters about the importance of ethical, responsible and humane pet guardianship. We have the unique ability to train 'littles' that are deemed untrainable. We also provide grooming services and boarding.

We are a Private, Not for Profit 501(c)(3), all Foster and Volunteer based Rescue. We do not have a physical brick and mortar building for you to visit, so we do not have paid Staff.

** Please note that we do not adopt out of the state of Arizona **

Everything we are able to do is made possible by our volunteers. Volunteers who donate their time to foster, visit, clean, feed, play and/or walk our rescue "kids".

We also are able to rescue solely because of the money that comes in the form of Adoption fees and your donations. Our adoption fees and donations go directly back into the rescue. It is with this money that we are able to rescue the next little one that finds him or herself without a home.

And for that we are grateful to you.