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Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: At Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue, Inc., we are dedicated to finding the best possible home for each Chihuahua and small dog we have in our care. Also, we are committed to good health and quality of life for each and every little one that we rescue. All of our little furry friends are placed in healthy, safe and loving foster homes and, therefore, are not housed in a shelter situation. Our Rescue's mission does not end with just placing dogs in new homes. We work hard to educate the public on how to meet the needs of small dogs and how to avoid abusive and neglectful situations with these little pets.

Target demographics: to help end the un-necessary euthanization of healthy, treatable and adoptable small dogs in shelters throughout Colorado.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 179 small dogs we rescued and we placed 194 into their forever homes.

Geographic areas served: the state of Colorado

Programs: We take in the small dogs and provided them with any and all medical care that they need, provide training as needed and get them ready for their forever homes.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Julia A.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Got my pup Fumble from CSDR. I fostered for them for a bit and had a great experience finding homes for 4 small dogs, but ended up finding one of my soul mates as well

Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost twelve years ago, I contacted Sue at the rescue to inquire about a blonde-colored, 14 pound "Chiweenie" I had been watching online called "Chi Chi." This sweet four-year-old became my devoted companion since January 2006 after Sue inspected my home, yard, (and me) and gave a green light. I can still remember vividly when this darling dog stepped into my living room and began sniffing around. I renamed this dear heart, "Sugar Cookie," and am so grateful she came into my life. What love and devotion she has brought me over the years. Subsequently, in March 2014, I brought home a six pound sandy-haired male Chihuahua who I fell in love with on site. I extended his original rescue name of Lucky to "Bubba Lucky" and he often sits on my shoulder like a parrot as Sugar Cookie lies by my side. Thank you to Sue and all the staff for allowing me to have these two grace my daily world. I am eternally grateful and think highly of this rescue organization. Kay Nash, Colorado Springs

Diane M H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so happy with this rescue and are so glad to have Hope (Charlotte Hope) as part of our family! Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with the Chihuahua Small Dog Rescue over 8 years ago and have loved the experience. The organization is GREAT to work with and really care about their dogs. WeI have fostered over 20 + dogs over the years, and even though its heartbreaking to let them go when they find their forever homes, we realize that it provides an open spot for a new dog to be rescued. The Rescue does so much for the little ones- without their help, some would be euthanized and others may not have get the chance of being in a forever home. Over the eight years, we have adopted 3 wonderful little ones from the Rescue. I don't know what our lives would be without the Chihuahua Small Dog Rescue and the joy our little ones bring us everyday.

Keep up the GREAT work!!!

Jenn

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working with CSDR for the past few years as one of their veterinarians. I have worked with many rescues in the past, but this is the best one I've dealt with! They take amazing care of all their fosters, and do a great job supporting owners even after they've adopted. They have a great set up and are very organized and well-run. I'm very impressed with the number of dogs they have rescued and the quality of medical care and attention all of their dogs receive. Everyone from the top down to the volunteers really care about these little dogs!

Stacy64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as an adopter and moved on to becoming a volunteer for Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue because I loved what they stand for. They care so much about all animals and don’t just turn them away because they are sick or old. I used to volunteer for another rescue and they didn’t take the time to really get to know the potential adopters. Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue really works with the adopters to make sure they are getting the perfect fit. I really respect that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for CSDR for a few years now and I love it. They are committed to saving as many dogs as they can. They really work hard in making sure their pups find their perfect homes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a published author and former journalist, I have been volunteering my writing skills to this remarkable organization for several years now. Among other things, I write their adoptable dog biographies, articles for their weekly blog, and edit their newsletter. Anything to spread the word about this compassionate and committed group. The more the public can be educated, the better served every dog will be; the more dogs adopted, the fewer will die alone on the streets or in shelters. CSDR may save small dogs but the heart of this rescue is HUGE, and I am more than proud to be part of it, of their mission and of their goals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a long time volunteer with CSDR but also a foster failure-I have been blessed with 4 furever babies. I appreciate they make sure an adopter is someone going to provide a safe home for the dogs by doing a home visit prior to an adoption, educate the adopter on behaviors of the dogs and assure are a good match before placing dogs in his/her forever home. Makes for a successful placement and happy puppies and humans.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not sure what I can say that has not already been said. This is an outstanding organization. I have adopted 2 chihuahuas from them and I will never go to another rescue group to adopt. It was totally amazing how two dogs adopted at to different times and were in two different foster homes and they immediately got along. The foster homes are the best, the high standards that they all have is just out of the world.

When it is time for another chihuahua I will go anywhere else but here.

Sharon

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member I am proud that we have the philosophy that quality is much better than quantity. The health of our little ones is the most important thing and with us it is not how many dogs we rescued, it is about the care of the dog and finding that perfect match for the dog. There is no better feeling to know that we did all we can for a little one so they can find their furever home. It could take 2 weeks or 2 years to place a little one, just as long as it is the very best we can give him/her than that is want counts.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have adopted two dogs from this rescue. And soon became onto the Board. I think we do a wonderful thing and it make's our heart's smile.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted several small dogs from this organization and I have never had a single issue with them. They all go overboard to make sure everything is right, and that the dog is the perfect fit for you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great organization, I have adopted 2 dogs from here. The first one went really smoothly. The second one was a very popular dog and because they don't do first come first serve, the process took longer. I am totally ok with that, because this group makes sure that the dog is going to the best home for that dog. If I was not the family for my second dog, I know they would have guided me to the perfect dog for me. The group is all about the dogs and the proper placement of the dogs.

CarolandAlex

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that really cares about the dogs and insuring they are a good match with the people who foster and adopt. Honest and practical, dedicated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization, very organized with friendly, caring people that really care about animals. Varied opportunities to help, even if you are very busy. All dogs are fostered in private homes, so they are being trained and loved while waiting for a forever home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CSDR is the best charity that I've ever volunteered with! They are very transparent, thorough and committed to making sure all of the little ones get into the right homes. I highly recommend donating/working with/adopting with CSDR. It'll be an awesome experience!

Heather227

Volunteer

Rating: 4

CSDR is a great nonprofit group. They make sure the foster homes are safe and the dogs get awesome care, whatever that may be. Very organized and friendly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue group has been so helpful and kind to the little furbabies in need of second chances. They are dedicated to making sure these dogs go to safe and loving homes, which makes me feel very happy and at ease. A wonderful group who truly makes a difference!

Robert175

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group provides a valuable service to the 'little' ones of Colorado. A co-worker dedicates her time, energy, resources, and home to the care, feeding, and placement of Colorado's tiny residents. Keep up the good work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people of this rescue truly care. Their compassion for these animals and desire to find them better homes is awe-inspiring.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It’s great to know that there’s a place where the needs of these small dogs are a provided for with tender loving care. The commitment of the organization and volunteers is to be commended. If you are looking for a “best friend” to add to your family – I would highly recommend visiting Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue Inc.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! Their volunteers have hearts full of love for each little one who comes into their system. These pups get another lease on life by being fostered and adopted by truly loving homes and the humans who become their new 'parents'. Everyone I know who is involved with this organization has lots of room in their heart for these little creatures. And they are diligent in working to ensure each animal finds a safe place for the rest of its life, whether that is 10 more years or just a few months.

Janna K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am incredibly proud to be a part of Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue. I was so blown away to learn that it was started by a woman who just knew she needed to do something to help these small dogs. Just a regular woman - not a woman with millions of dollars - and it made me realize that I can make a difference, too. I don't have to wait until I have a ton of money or until I can devote ALL my time to it. I can make a difference NOW. I am so thankful to Sue for what she has done and for what her example has taught me. This organization is filled with kind, warm people who genuinely love these dogs and offer whatever time they may have to helping them. It is a group of people who are working together and making a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been involved with CSDR for a short while ~ I am impressed by the care and love given to these dogs. These sweet dogs are given a chance at a happy, healthy, loving home because of the work done by CSDR. I'm proud to be a part of it and plan to be a volunteer with this non-profit organization for many years to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did a lot of research of where to volunteer my time before choosing Chihuahua&Small Breed Rescue. They do a great job caring for the fur babies they rescue and also make sure that fosters and volunteers get training before working with the rescues. They are commited to their mission and the dogs they rescue. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Jennifer468

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a group of very caring people. The little ones are well taken care of by all of the fosters. You can tell how much the volunteers care when you see them at meet and greets. It is a group that I am very proud to be associated with and plan to dedicate the rest of my life helping their cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a 7 year volunteer with CSDR I have to say it has been a very rewarding time. I am sad that my job is relocating me to another state and I will not be able to be with this group much longer. The group is run by very respectful and accountable individuals. Everyone (board members and volunteers) take their work very seriously and assure placement of the dogs in its furever home-one that is a best match the the humans and dog. I have thoroughly enjoyed my volunteer time, my foster dogs, and my dogs that I adopted....yes I am a "foster failure" to a few of the dogs over the years. :)

1 Jan_70

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can highly recommend CSDR as a former volunteer and foster mom for this organization. They get the job done and they do it with honesty and integrity!

1 Becky928

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 wonderful dogs from Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue, and I volunteered for them as well. This is a top notch agency that ensures that every home is thoroughly checked out and visited prior to placement. They also do excellent follow up to make sure the placement is secure. They really care about the dogs and their families. I highly recommend this agency without reservation.

1 FinnsMom

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've fostered, volunteered, and adopted small dogs from this wonderful rescue. Many people who adopt small dogs are elderly and alone, and it's so heartwarming to hear them say that their new-found friend gives them something to live for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue has saved the lives of more than 1,000 dogs in high-kill shelters, and in the process has provided loving, loyal companions to many individuals and families throughout Colorado. While we always talk about saving the dogs' lives, many of these small dogs provide considerable companionship and love not only to families, but to otherwise isolated and lonely individuals. Many times over we hear a new "parent" tell us, "this little dog gives me a reason to wake up every morning."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

About 5 years ago I adopted a pup from Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue. I was so very pleased with how much the rescue did for me and this dog. This dog came potty pad trained and was well socialized. The dog was groomed beautifully. The dog was a great joy to me

I recently finished the orientation to volunteer for the CSDR. I chose this organization so I can give my time to successfully help homeless animals find safe and loving homes.

Sue Fisher is a very hands on rescue director. She is available and cares so much about these little animals and finding them good homes. All the other volunteers that I have met are also extremely dedicated and helpful.

It is a great organization. I have chosen to volunteer because of the great job I see this rescue doing. I would like other people and dogs to have a great experience with a most hard working, caring and loving, successful rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about CSDR about 7 years ago, one of the news stations was doing a story on them after they had rescued over 20 dogs from a puppy mill. I had recently lost my husband and that news story touched my heart. I called and told them I wanted to help. In the past 7 years I have fostered many dogs, some came to me with broken bones but most came with a broken heart. Fostering these dogs has helped heal my heart by allowing me to love and care for the dogs and has helped all these dogs get a second chance. All they want is to love their person and be loved in return.
CSDR is more than just an agency helping the dogs, they also care about their volunteers. They have been supportive and caring to me through some hard times. There have been times when I have not been able to foster any dogs due to life situations, yet CSDR still reaches out with activities that I can help with. When I have been able to foster again, they are ready will little dogs that need help.
It is a huge commitment for the board to run the organization. My heart goes out to all of them for all work they do and lives they save.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first came into contact with this rescue a few years ago when my daughter was looking for organizations to volunteer with for community service hours for her high school. We began fostering and volunteering at Saturday Meet and Greets. Because of work schedule changes, I am not able to continue fostering and my daughter has gone on to college, but I can still HIGHLY recommend Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue for their level of integrity and excellent care of the little ones who depend on them. I am always amazed by the volunteers and board members level of commitment to the mission of rescuing and finding homes for displaced animals. Thank you to all the volunteers at CSDR for the difference you make on behalf of 1000+ wordless ones--you have given them a voice and a second chance at life in a loving forever home!

Markymark

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this organization for 2 years now and every time I foster a dog in need I remember the feelings I had as a kid with my first dog. How could there be any feeling better than the unconditional love you receive from one of these amazing animals. We have found homes for six dogs and as an organization well over a thousand. Know that even though the need for more fosters and adoptive families grows, so does the compassion this organization has for these animals. Please open your hearts and homes to help us save the lives of these innocent creatures.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful group that is entirely made up of voluntiers. They have saved over 1000 dogs since they started. They have no shelter and all the animals are homed in foster care. The dogs are therefor healthier and cleaner than those found in shelters. They are also more socialized and the fosters can tell you exactly what the personallity of each dog is. They have meet and greets at local Petsmart and Petco locations and you can give of your time or your money or your love. Please visit the website and become a part of the solution today!

Fernando G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am forever grateful to have been introduced to the Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue, as they showed me how much joy a little one can bring to your life. As a foster I have always gotten all the support and help I have needed. They are a great organization that stays true to their beliefs. The well being of the dogs always comes first
I believe in the impact they have in the lives of anyone involved with them is immeasurable and I hope to continue working with them for years to come.

Julie184

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a volunteer for CSDR, I believe the entire organization fills a need in our communities along the Front Range. The CSDR is "all volunteer" and in that capacity each member has an important role in the care and adoption of each little one in our care as well as the operation of a non-profit entity. The lives of little ones saved depends on each volunteer who can foster a dog in their home and they are the backbone of CSDR. Fostering assures each adopter that their new family member has been living in a family setting, nurtured and ready for their forever family. Volunteering with CDSR is most fulfilling!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The dedication of all those working on their own time for the Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue is truly an inspiration. Most spend a minimum of ten hours a week; many work 20-30 hours during the week to place these loving animals. Their commitment to placing these rescued dogs into a caring family is commendable; those that adopt a pet know it has been very well cared for since its rescue. The amount of travel up and down the Front Range to show case the rescued dogs is a tribute their ardor, enthusiasm, and love for for these unfortunate little ones. To reduce the trauma of these rescued animals, they desire to rapidly find them the proper home and work throughout the week to do so. This is beyond a doubt a top notch nonprofit.

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April47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for this rescue for over a year now and they are great people to work with. They are very dedicated to helping small dogs and helping them to find their forever homes. The foster families really take special care of their dogs and I think this rescue has made a huge difference here in Colorado.