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My name is Nicky!

Posted 1 year ago | Updated over 3 months ago

Adoption fee: $200.00

This helps The Animal Pad - CA Chapter with pet care costs.

My basic info

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

My details

Checkmark in teal circle Shots current
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered
Checkmark in teal circle Housetrained

My story

Here's what the humans have to say about me:

Ready to shine and reach my full potential!

Hi there! My name is Nicky, and I’m a 5-year-old Chihuahua mix, weighing in at 12 pounds. I’m already neutered, and my health is in great shape! I’m working on being fully potty-trained and am fine in a pen all day when you leave (no separation anxiety here!) My foster mama says that I learn quickly, too, having learned “paw” and “spin” all in one week.

So, here’s a little bit about me: I’m a fun guy who loves to play fetch and tug-o-war. I also love getting attention and jumping to show my excitement. But, sadly, I do have some behavioral issues I’m now trying to overcome, due to my abusive past. Trust is a big thing for me, and if I don’t know you or you haven’t yet earned my trust, I tend to react aggressively and/or bite if touched unexpectedly or picked up. Once I trust you is a different story, however, and I’m much more apt to letting you touch or hold me without showing any negative reactions. In fact, once you’re in my circle of trust, I’m quite loving and affectionate. Another issue that I’m trying to work through occurs when guests visit the home. Because I love getting attention from hoomans, I will bark, nip, and bite at their pant legs if I’m not receiving the level of attention I desire. Therefore, it is advised that I have limited access to those who visit (such as, being crated in another room), and it’s also a good idea to give me time to calm down from the excitement of having guests before giving me the opportunity to say hello to them. Crate training is also helping keeping me separate from the extra-excitement. Additional training, as well as adequate exercise and stimulation before guests arrive, will also help with my excitement and demand barking.

I would appreciate advocacy from my pawrents, that just because I am small, doesnt mean I can be touched, picked up, or mollycoddled. I am more of only see, no touchie kind of guy! I wont mess with anyone, as long as I am not being touched by strangers. But I am so happy to report that all the training from my foster mama and the wonder pill Prozac kicking in, has helped me tremendously! I am becoming way more playful with her and my foster dog sisters. I am getting over stranger danger too!

My ideal furever home is with someone who’d be willing to put in the work so that I can reach my full potential, as well as provide the boundaries I need for training. Because of my reactive tendencies, an environment without children is probably best, and slow introduction to dogs is advised. I’d also prefer to be in a home where I will be loved and given space too. All in all, though, I’d make a great companion for someone who could give me the attention, training, and dedication I need.

"The Animal Pad recognizes that taking in a new dog can pose a challenge to the entire family. Due to his reactivity, Nicky’s adoption package includes a FREE four-week scholarship with our partner Goodpup ( Goodpup offers virtual, individualized training to ensure you, your dog, and your family have the skills needed to thrive together. GoodPup Scholarships include:

  • 4+ weeks of positive reinforcement training

  • 24/7 chat for questions and support

  • Access to a behavior team to assist in advanced cases"

My adoption fee is $200 and that includes spaying/neutering, shots, and microchip. If you want to take me home, please fill out the form on the website here:

The Animal Pad - CA Chapter

Contact info

Pet ID
Stephanie Nisan
San Diego, CA 92103

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

We prioritize local San Diego applicants. We do not provide transport of dogs to other states, and don't allow the dogs to fly in the cargo of the plane.
Our adoption process from start to finish, involves 3 standard forms, and 2 situational.
All potential applicants must be capable of providing their adopted pet with routine and emergency veterinary care (yearly health checks, keeping vaccinations current, heartworm/flea preventatives, and immediate care in the event the animal is sick or injured). They are required to license their pet, and keep an identification tag on their pet at all times.
All applicants must agree to a home check, and provide us with a veterinary reference, or personal references if you're a first-time pet owner. Our home checks are not to invade the privacy of the applicants, we do this to ensure the pet is going into a safe home. We do not discriminate against non-homeowners, or those living in apartments, condos, or otherwise.
Our adoption fees vary from $150-1000.
Applicants must agree in writing that if for any reason they are unable to keep or care for their pet, the pet will be surrendered back to our rescue and not re-homed, turned over to a shelter, pound, rescue, new owner, sold, etc.
Adoption Application:

Adoption application

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More about this rescue

The Animal Pad is a nonprofit, all-breed dog rescue devoted to saving the lives of dogs facing euthanasia at high kill animal shelters and off the streets of Mexico. We rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home locally.

We are dedicated to animal advocacy, and educating dog owners on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. We are a foster based rescue, and rely heavily on the kindness and generosity of the amazing people who make donations toward the rescue and care of the dogs we save.

We are always looking for adopters, fosters, donations, volunteers, etc.. Please let us know if you would like to get involved by contacting us at one of the email addresses found below.

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