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(When grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
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Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Good with cats
Small blue checkmark Purebred
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered

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FOR ADOPTION!   Note:  Only those with a responsible dog ownership history and excellent vet reference need apply.

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Checkers (male)

Intake date:   7/19/2022


1 year old

6.6 pounds

Adoption fee:  $200, which includes vetting, microchip and microchip enrollment fee

Good with other dogs:  yes

Cats:  yes

Vetting and other:  altered (spayed/neutered), up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations (since we didn’t have a history, we did give him Distemper/Parvo booster after his initial vaccination), heartworm negative, fecal negative, on monthly flea/tick and heartworm prevention, microchipped

Health issues:  none found

Temperament:   scared, semi-feral-like, likely has not been touched often but he is young and we know in the right home, he will bond quickly

Energy level:  low

Groom needs:  low

Biography:     We were contacted about what started out as 6 dogs... then 7... then finally 8 dogs in a home.  The owner was moving to a home that did not allow dogs.  It was quite an overwhelming situation for all involved and we are thankful they reached out for help, so please no negative comments.  We took in four of the dogs and the other four went to other groups.  Checkers was the dickens to catch in the home... hiding underneath a bed but we eventually were able to trap him.  Checkers is very scared but he has never tried to bite.  We just work very slowly with him and over time and in the right home, we feel he will learn how to be a happy dog and not fearful of humans or at least his new person.  He was covered in fleas and long nails and all that was taken care of immediately.   Checkers does really well in a kennel (we think it’s a safe space for him) but we don’t walk him outside of an unfenced area because he is a flight risk.   He needs a home that will absolutely make sure he is in a contained area at alltimes.   If he were to get away especially in the beginning, it will be next to impossible to recover him.   We prefer a home that is accustomed to or has had a dog like him in the past because they will understand what is necessary and how to handle a dog like him.   He will absolutely NOT be for everyone and we won’t adopt to homes with kids… not even older ones.   If you think you have what it takes to give little Checkers the right home, we welcome your application. 



*We do adopt out of state provided the adopter is willing and able to travel to us once approved.  We do not ship or transport our animals and there is no exception to this rule.


*All of our adoptable dogs are small, and they are never to be left outside alone, ever!  We only rehome our dogs to adopters that plan to have them as inside dogs and part of the family!   We do allow adopters with doggie doors, provided there is SECURE fencing.  There is no exception to this rule!


*PREDATORS:    IF THIS DOG IS UNDER 10 POUNDS, the dog is to be monitored and protected when outside at all times!  PREDATOR-THREAT IS A REAL DANGER!  For example, a hawk tried to pick up a Chihuahua owned by a friend visiting Ninna’s house… RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE VISITOR.  Thankfully the visitor was watching the dog and the hawk was wrestled off of the Chihuahua but it did require an ER visit and she is was very lucky to survive.   TAKE IT SERIOUSLY!  


*NO SMALL CHILDREN!!  As with almost all the dogs at NR2R, young children or a very active household is not recommended.   Many of our dogs come to us BECAUSE of small children, thus we do not rehome our dogs to homes with babies or young children.  KEEP THIS IN MIND IF YOU HAVE VISITING GRANDCHILDREN AS WELL!  Even if the children are older, it would depend on the child AND the parent or parents. 


*HOUSETRAINING:  We do NOT guarantee that any of our adoptable dogs are housetrained.   While most should be easily trained, keep in mind that they live in a rescue where they have access to the outdoors all day and are inside at night.  Even if they were surrendered to us as housetrained, it doesn’t mean they will automatically be housetrained in your home.  Housetraining them should be easy in the right home with time, patience, and consistency. 


*We do not guarantee the age, health or temperament of any of the dogs we rehome.  Many of the dogs we take in come from animal control and rarely do we have histories and even when we do, many times the histories are inaccurate.


*Only adopters with a responsible dog ownership history and excellent vet reference need apply.   If you bring this pet into your heart and home, you will receive in return many years of love, companionship, and loyalty.  That’s our guarantee.


Other notes:  This pet is available for adoption through Ninna’s Road to Rescue, Benton, La.  We are 501c3 non-profit organization.  Our mission is to rescue small-breed dogs and a handful of cats and to re-home them into RESPONSIBLE and CARING forever homes.    DOG APPLICATION LINK:


Time may be of the essence if you are looking to adopt a specific animal.  We do not reserve animals, unless and until we have approved your application, provided the animal is still available at the time we receive your application.  The first APPROVED application we receive will be considered.  We are NOT a first come, first serve rescue!! We adopt our rescues out to the RIGHT home, not just A home. Only responsible pet owners need apply.

Applying to adopt does NOT commit you to the adoption NOR does it guarantee the adoption.

CONTACT:  Our adoptable pets are updated regularly, but if you want to check the availability of a pet... OR still have questions AFTER reading this profile, message us via our Facebook page.   Please indicate the name when communicating with us.


September 27, 2022, 10:20 pm
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Why adoption is a great option

Checkers, a Benton Chihuahua dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Chihuahua for sale in Benton, or seeking a Chihuahua dog from a breeder in Benton.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Benton already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Benton breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Chihuahua breeders who help with Chihuahua rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Benton paves the way for another one to be saved.