Open Arms Rescue -
Dogs For Adoption


"Scrappy" 5 month old Italian Greyhound/Chihuauha puppy 


Scrappy was the last puppy to be named in the litter. He has a thin blaze of white on his face and his color is a beautiful fawn with dark points and he is the most petite of the puppies in facial features. Scrappy has a tiny kink in his tail. Scrappy has long legs and a thinner type body and he is like a squirrel the way he can crawl up onto my shoulder in a flash. His favorite thing is to find a spot and perch there to watch the other puppies play. He is sweet and is the quietest of the puppies. He is potty trained too! Sleeps all night until you put him outside in the morning to go potty. 

Our rescue took in these pups at 6 days old with their eyes still closed. As their momma belonged to a homeless couple and the momma died 4 days after giving birth to 5 little pups. We took them in and bottle fed them. They all survived and are now 4 months old. They are getting spayed/neutered next week have first set of shots. have been wormed and will be microchipped. If you would like to adopt one. Please visit our website and fill out an online application so we can contact you. 

  “Dewey” Chihuahua, 1 year old male, 6 lbs. 
Dewey is a very gentle 1 year old weighing only 5 lbs he is so tiny. He is a beautiful grayish -white color! He loves people and gets along great with other small dogs. He was rescued from the streets and deserves a chance at having a forever home. He is such a snuggler, loves to burrow under blankets. He always wants to be in your lap and jumps on your leg so you will pick him up and hold him. He loves walks and the dog park and is easy to bathe. He will stick right by you so is very loyal. He will be a great dog for a lucky person or family! 


“Dusty” Chihuahua, 
1 year old male, 6 lbs.

Meet Dusty, a gem among doggies and the latest dog up for adoption from Open Arms Rescue in San Diego!  Dusty is about 1 yr old and a sweet little boy. He loves to be held and played with, likes to play with other dogs too. He loves to cuddle and give kisses.  He loves people.  He is very gentle, cuddly and affectionate.   He loves going for walks and loves toys too. Dusty loves to lay next to his foster parent both in bed or just sitting on a couch watching TV. His funny antics will continually amuse you. 

“Mandy” Pug/Chihuahua, 3 years old female, 8 lbs.  

 This little girl might just be THE perfect dog! She is not only cute as can be, with a beautiful dark muzzle and brown fur and cute little white feet. She is also well mannered, potty trained, gets along well with kids, adults, and other dogs. She walks well on a leash, takes food with the most amazing manners, You name it...this little pup can do it! She is living with a foster family and is looking for her forever home. Come check out this amazing girl!!!  

“Andy”Beagle/Chihuahua mix, 2 years old male, 15 lbs.


 Andy came to us from the streets of Ensenada. He was running amongst traffic so we had to stop and try to save him from being hit by a car. We baited him w/our leftover lunch of a quesadilla. Lol. He jumped right in! We brought him to our vet and had him vaccinated, chpped, neutered, bathed, de-wormed etc etc. Now he is in a foster home in Imperial Beach and waiting for his forever home. He gets along w/other small dogs but would prefer to have all the attention to himself I think. He is a real people dog! He appears to be  mixed w/several different breeds: Chihuahua, beagle, maybe some terrier or pug., hard to say. Just a cute little mutt!  

“Athena “ Chihuahua female, 9 yrs  old, 5 lbs

Athena was rescued in the parking lot of a high kill shelter by one of our volunteers. Her owner was about to walk in and surrender her at the shelter where she probably wouldn’t have had a chance to be adopted as they only give them 3 days there. But our volunteer approached the woman in the parking lot as begged her to reconsider while she checked to see if our rescue could take her in. We did and she is happy in a foster home in San Diego. She gets along w/other small dogs, is a little bossy to them, well lets say she can hold her own no problem. We had a full dental cleaning done on her as she had a terrible abscess in her cheek when we got her. She is now happy, healthy, (clean teeth too) and ready to find a forever home.

"Misty" Tri colored CHIHUAHUA female 2 yrs old 5 lbs

Misty is a super sweet and affectionate little girl.  If you are interested in a dog that spends her day giving you 110% of her love and cuddles, this is the one for you.  She gets along well with other dogs, and is timid about new places at first, but warms up fast.  She is fine off leash at the dog park with both big and small dogs.  She works best with a decently regimented schedule, as do most dogs, where walks and outdoor breaks are concerned.  She is quiet and does not bark much at all unless she is worried.  Needless to say she has been staying in our foster home with another dog without incident.  Her favorite things to do are lay on the floor within view of us, or next to us on the couch while we work on our laptops.  The only minor thing that I have noticed is that she seems to be scared of the outdoors when it is dark.  Her senses seem to perk up at the sounds, and given her size, I think that is quite natural.  She eats well, and responds to her name quickly, just expect to give her a quick hug when you call her over.  The only recommendations that we have is that she would be best as an only dog in the new owners house, that is not to say there are other problems with other dogs, but she wants a lot of attention, so if you are looking for one dog that is there to give you all the affection you can handle then Misty is your choice.  However, when you are busy with things around the house, she is more than content to lay on the floor until you are done.  All in all she has been great and has responded well to everything we have thrown at her with regards to socialization with people and other dogs, quietness unless she feels threatened, and a healthy eating schedule.  All in all she will benefit from attention and some stability with her new home.  Once she has that, she seems to fall into a very content and relaxed state, and will cuddle next to you any chance she gets.   


“Smokie“ Spaniel mix male, 10 yrs  old, 13 lbs
Smokie youtube video
Meet Smokie! He is a mellow little senior guy who would make a great lap dog and companion. He is very friendly and loves walks and cuddles.He doesn’t bark and gets along with other dogs very well

“Phoebe” 2 yr old Chihuahua female
Phoebe was rescued from the streets of Ensenada. She is now safe and happy in San Diego and waiting for her forever home. She is very friendly, affectionate, uses the doggy door, and gets along w/other dogs. She is an easy keeper and a great companion and lapdog. She likes walks and treats and will follow you wherever you go! 


Baxter- Dachshund/Chihuahua male 8 yrs old 8 lbs

 He is a sweet mellow senior Chihuahua mix. About 8 lbs. He was on the put to sleep list at the local shelter so Open Arms busted him out! Now he is in a foster home and ready to be adopted. He likes his doggy bed, not hyper at all and just wants to be a lap dog. Good on a leash. Does need an adult home as he is afraid of small kids. He needs someone that is patient and will let him come to you first. But with in about a day he is quick to adjust and jump in your lap! Then he is your best friend and wants to be by your side.


“Bear” Chihuahua/beagle mix. 2 yr old , 15 lbs

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Bear  is such a wonderful little guy. I can believe someone would let him end up in s shelter! He  loves to play fetch w/toys and will cuddle w/you just like a teddy bear. He is outgoing and very social, friendly and well mannered. He gets along great w/his foster siblings. And is looking for a forever home that he can call his own.


“Dokie” Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix 2 yrs old male 
Adorable and affectionate Dokie will make a perfect pet for someone who likes to take walks and play. Dokie is from Ensenada, where his owner had him since he was 8 weeks old. When his family decided to move, they abandoned him at the local vet. He was scared and withdrawn and stopped eating.
Open Arms took Dokie from the vet. After he moved to San Diego poor little dumped Dokie was so scared at first and it was very apparent that he felt the trauma of losing his family and being completely abandoned. After moving into his new foster home, he quickly acclimated and now lives with 5 other dogs and goes to the beach every day!
Dokie loves attention and is not really interested in having another dog in the house. While he does well with small dogs, he does not really like larger dogs, we think he is intimidated because he is so small.
At night he gives the best cuddles!!! He loves playing keep away and gets super excited when its time to go outside. He walks well on his leash and is fully house trained. When he is at the beach he is off leash and never wonders off. He always comes when he is called especially if it’s for a car ride.

The family that  adopts Dokie will be really lucky! He is a little gem with a BIG personality!


“Scruff-a-luff” Schnauzer Mix  female/spayed

 Scruff-a-luff was rescued by one of our volunteers from a local San Diego shelter where she wasn't doing very well.  She was shy with the staff and preferred to stay in her crate most of the day.  We think she is a 6-8 year old, schnauzer/terrier mix who is approximately 22 pounds.  Since moving in with her foster family, she has really come out of her shell.  She loves to play in her yard with her foster brothers and sisters.  She runs excitedly to the door the moment the leash and harness comes out.  Scruff loves her walks almost as much as she loves cuddling and car rides.  When she's not busy exploring her yard or riding shot gun, you can find her resting at your feet and protecting her family.  Her foster mommy thinks she is the smartest dog she has ever met!  She squeezed through the fence in her back yard and was last seen several miles from her brand new foster home and managed to come back that very same night on her own, after only having spent one night in her new home with no walks...a true genius!  Her foster mommy jokes and says that her Scruff is smarter than she is!  She is perfect off leash, has never had an accident in the house and knows all of the basic doggy commands (sit, lay down, heal and high five).  Scruff is still a little scared of strangers and requires some time before she will fully trust you.  She will shrink back and flinch if you come at her too fast.  She will do best in a home with adults or older children who are respectful of her abused past.  Scruff will do beautifully as an only dog or as a companion to an existing dog (not a thunder stealer)  If you are willing to open your home and your heart, you will get an extremely intelligent and loyal companion for life in Scruff!  Give her l second chance and you will not regret it! 


"Leo" Pomeranian/ Long Haired Chihuahua mix ,senior  male
Meet Leo, a gem among dogs   Leo is about 9-10 years old and a very sweet little boy. He loves to be held and loves having his belly rubbed. He is fine around other dogs but much prefers to be an only child as he is pretty mellow. He would do best in an adult household or with older kids, no small young children.   He is very affectionate but he does need to get used to you first. But if you are patient w/him in the beginning he will warm up to you and never want to leave your side..His silky coat is just so soft. He gets that from the Pomeranian side! He would be perfect for even a older retired person that stays at home or someone that lives alone. He is very mellow!  He loves to cuddle and give kisses. 


"Skyler" Chihuahua, 5 yrs old male, 6 lbs.
Skyler is a cute little boy who wants to be your best friend. He is adorable and very affectionate.  He likes to be held and snuggles so just make some room and he'll join you to watch some TV or just relax.  He is very obedient and is always looking to you for guidance.  He enjoys walking and you will tell because he has a big smile and will stay right next to you even without the leash.  He makes for a great companion and is fun to be around with.   He is totally housebroke.  Gets along well w/other dogs.  He is shy at first but once he gets comfortable he befriends the dogs around him.  Sleeps like a log at night too! Would be great for a couple or a single person.  No small children please as he is very small

 “Rosie” Chihuahua  female, 9 yr, 6 lbs
"Meet  Rosie a cut little black Chihuahua   female aprox 9 yrs old. Which isn't old in the world of small dogs. Chi's can live to a ripe old age of 20 easily!  She is so adorable, gets along w/other doggies and kitty cats too.  Loves walks, cuddles, belly rubs and just lounging around. She would make the perfect lap dog. Very well housebroke. Also knows how to use a doggy door and pee pad trained too! Would love to have a backyard to lay in the sun in or even a little patio area. Would be a perfect dog for a retired person or someone who is home all day and can keep her company  Shes an awesome companion.  She is shy at first so needs patience to warm up to you. She is fearful of men too. Not sure why... But she loves her foster mom!  She will love to relax and watch you all day. whether you're in the kitchen, working in a garden, or just sitting on the couch watching tv.   Rosie will do it with you.  She is totally house trained and easy to take care of.  Please give her a loving home.