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Pathways Home Animal Rescue

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

My info

Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small red x Not good with cats
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered

My story


*Phoenix Metro Area Only* 

Rio "aka Rio Burrito, Burrito" (male)
Breed: Min-pin/Chihuahua blend
Age: 1 yr
Weight: 13 lbs
Size: small, young dog, with short coat
Moderately active, adventurer, and seeker of pleasure
House trained: No (will need committed foster/adopter to train him) 
Ok with dogs, cats unknown 
Good with adults, older respectful kids ok
Low grooming needs
Adoption Fee: $300

Required: adopter/foster who wants a shadow (Rio likes to play, interact, sit on your lap, and sleep by your side); canine companion required.

Meet Rio the burrito!

He is a sweet, gentle, cute boy, and loves his people and other dog friends. Rio knows his name, and thinks he is famous in the burrito world, just ask him which burrito flavor he wants today and if you don't ask in time, he will scale your kitchen counter! At his young age, he has become a famous long jumper and is highly skilled at this trick.  

Rio is even-tempered, crate trained, eager to please, and loves toys. He is looking for a canine companion; in fact this is a requirement to adopt Rio. If you don't already have a canine companion for Rio, Pathways can help in that way - we have lots of wonderful dogs for adoption. (Visit to find all the dogs available for adoption under the "find a pet" tab).

Rio seeks an active family, one who will teach him how to walk on a leash so he can have regular exercise opportunities. He would be an appropriate condo/townhome dog as long as you are active and eager to provide exercise for Rio (we don't want him to put on the pounds from all those burritos).

He is looking for just the right fit now for his forever home but in the meantime we would love to find him a perfect foster home who can help him become the best version of himself. Rio is  intelligent and is looking for his new owner to train him on the house manners. Are you patient and willing to help house train Rio? Will you open your heart and home to him? Apply today at

Rio will join his new owner with a collar, harness, and a leash. He is vaccinated, altered, and microchipped. Meet and greets will be set up on approved applications only. Adoption fee: $300.

Pathways Home Animal Rescue

September 24, 2022, 10:02 pm

Pathways Home Animal Rescue

Contact info
Pet ID
Phoenix, AZ 85029

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

Our process starts with an adoption application, followed by interview / meet & greet with adopter and their existing pets, agree to a home check for the safety of the adopted pet and when approved, will complete an Adoption Agreement along with adoption fee. Fees vary based on adoptable pet's age, breed, and situation. Fees range from $120-$550. Cash or check is preferred payment.

Go meet their pets

We have adoption events every other Saturday from 10:00-2:00 PM at PetSmart in Scottsdale (10030 N. 90th Street). Due to the holidays, the every other week schedule might be off beginning in January, so please contact Petsmart at 480-391-1647 to find out whether there is an event prior to making your way there.

More about this rescue

Pathways Home Animal Rescue is an all volunteer / foster based organization dedicated to finding the best homes for abandoned, surrendered, and county shelter animals. We stay small so we can devote our energies and resources to all the animals in our care. When we take in a found or stray animal every effort is made to reunite them with their owners. All animals in our care receive proper veterinary care, are spayed or neutered, all appropriate vaccinations, preventative care, and microchip are administered before they are adopted.