Below are the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive. Should you not find the answers to your questions on this page, feel free to contact us.
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When Can I Meet The Chihuahuas?
We post thorough biographies for each chihuahua on our site, with all the info we have at the time. Updates will be posted online for everyone to read. If you are interested in a certain Chihuahua and want to speak with the foster home, you must be an approved applicant (this is for the protection and safety of our Chihuahuas and foster families).
Do You Take In Chihuahua Mixes?
Yes, if space allows we try to help as many mixes as we can. However, if there is a purebred Chihuahua in need, the purebred will be taken in before the Chihuahua Mix. Shelters call us daily with purebred Chihuahuas and we simply must take them in first.
I Found A Chihuahua. Can You Take Him/Her?
We want to help every single Chihuahua we are contacted about, but in reality, we know we cannot. We would be glad to place the Chihuahua as a courtsey listing on our site. We do require that the Chihuahua receives all vet care prior to adoption. That includes spay and neuter.
If you are a person who knows of a Chihuahua that is being neglected or has been abandoned PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITY IMMEDIATELY. If animal control investigates and takes the Chihuahua, BOYCR will most likely be contacted if the Chihuahua is in danger of being euthanized.
We work extremely hard to maintain positive relationships with many shelters and animal controls in Oklahoma and we work with these agencies to ensure Chihuahuas have the best chance at adoption and do not die needlessly. We do not recommend that you remove the Chihuahua from the property for obvious reasons - you may very well want to, but we ask that you take the proper steps and call animal control first, to make a complaint (which can be anonymous).
How Do I Adopt A Chihuahua?
Why Is There An Adoption Fee?
All of your adoption fee goes toward vet costs. Vaccinations, spay/neuter's, heartworm tests, exams, rabies tags, microchips and general care while the dogs are in the rescue program. The adoption fee never covers the cost of basic care for one dog. Many times the Chihuhuas that we take in require other surgical procedures to live a pain-free life. The cost of fixing one Chihuahua with a bad knee (which is common in rescue) can far exceed $1000.00. That is why we must have an adoption fee. Because Of You Chihuahua Rescue is made up entirely of volunteer help; there are NO paid volunteers or board members.
Can I Adopt A Chihuahua That Has Not Been Spayed Or Neutered?
There is a very short answer to this question...No. Because Of You Chihuahua Rescue and every legitimate breed rescue will only adopt out dogs that have been altered (spayed or neutered). The reason animal shelters and rescues have to exist, is because there is a horrendous pet overpopulation problem in our "disposable pet" society. We often do not know the backgrounds (genetic and behavioral) of most of the dogs that come into rescue. We definitely do not want to be a party to contributing to additional unwanted animals being born; therefore, ALL dogs leaving this rescue will be sterilized, unless there is a medical reason to delay it.
Where Do You Get Your Chihuahuas?
There are many different ways that Chihuahuas come into our care. Many come to us from shelters and animal control facilities. We pull them out if they are in danger of being euthanized because of shelter overcrowding. We also get many Chihuahuas from families who give up their dogs for a variety of reasons. Another is from other all-breed rescues. If they are lacking space then we will acquire any Chihuahuas they may have.
Where Is Your Facility?
We do not have a kennel facility nor do we want one. We have wonderful foster homes throughout Oklahoma. Chihuahuas in our rescue program stay in private foster homes. Our foster families open their heart and homes to their foster Chihuahuas and treat them as if they were their own. We believe that foster homes play a key role in rehabilitating these precious rescued Chihuahuas. Our foster homes are located in Metro (OKC, Edmond, Moore, etc.).
Can You Take My Chihuahua?
We will help you if there is space in our rescue program. Shelter dogs must come into our foster homes first but if we have space we will take your Chihuahua into our program. You will need to fill out a release agreement and provide us with information on the said Chihuahua.
If space does not allow for us to pull your Chihuahua into our program will can place your Chihuahua as a courtesy listing. We will need a bio from you with a picture. You must agree to keep your dog safe at home with you and not give it away, sell it, or surrender it to a shelter. Volunteers will screen applicants for your dog by reading over their application, checking vet references and performing a home visit, if applicable. All vet work is completed on courtesy listed dogs as well...either by the owner or by the rescue.
He's a Biter: Smaller Dogs Show Higher-Than-Average Aggression Levels
By Adam Goldfarb
These days it's hard to find a red-carpet event that doesn’t include the celeb-utante of the month toting around a small dog in a $2,000 purse.
These pint-sized pooches might be cute, but a recent study from the Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science suggests their bite might be worse than their bark.
In the study, dachshunds and chihuahuas showed higher-than-average aggression levels toward both people and other dogs when compared to other breeds.
Though breed alone can't determine a dog’s likelihood to bite, this study should serve as a stern reminder that small dogs—as cute as they might be—are still dogs, and any dog can bite.
Despite the pictures that are often featured in celebrity magazines and the movies and television shows that portray small dogs as fashion accessories, animals should never be acquired or treated that way.
All dogs, large or small, fluffy or hairless, have special needs.
Animals are not dolls, and most do not enjoy being dressed up, unless they need special protection from the weather. Whether you have a petite poodle or a mighty mastiff, dogs are dogs, and they’re best served when their owners remember that.
Why Would Small Dogs Bite?
A chihuahua sees things from a very different perspective than a Great Dane. Tiny canines are constantly underfoot in a world that's much larger than they are. It's not surprising that such an animal would be fearful.
This study supports that idea: dachshunds, chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers all showed above average fear coupled with aggression.
Where Do They
Dachshunds and chihuahuas are both very popular breeds, and there's no shortage of unscrupulous puppy mills selling poorly-bred versions of these dogs online, through newspaper ads and in pet stores.
Any dog from a puppy mill is at a greater risk of developing health and behavior problems—including aggression. Read more about puppy mills and how to avoid buying a puppy mill dog by visiting www.stoppuppymills.org.
What to Do
If you're a small dog owner, don't fret—most of these guys won't turn into demonic ankle-biters. You can help steer your dog in the right direction through early and regular socialization and positive training.
• Socialization means exposing your dog to different people, things and situations. It’s especially important for puppies to be well-socialized, but socialization should continue regularly through a dog's adult years too.
• Teaching your dog basic skills like sitting, lying down or returning to you on command can help build your dog's confidence. Training through positive reinforcement rewards your dog for succeeding and simply teaching these basic skills can go a long way.
• If there are children in the house, make sure they are trained too! Children should be taught that small animals are not toys and should be treated gently and with respect. Always supervise children when they are interacting with a dog.
Aggression is a problem that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Dog bites can cause serious damage—even when small dogs are involved. If your dog has developed tendencies to snarl, snap or bite people, professional help may be in order.
Consult with a trainer or behaviorist for experienced advice.
Above content from the HSUS website, http://www.hsus.org/. Adam Goldfarb is an issues specialist for the Companion Animals section of The HSUS.
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