Open Arms Rescue -

Dogs For Adoption


 "Champ" male
1 yr old, 18lbs Belgian Malinois MINIATURE  mix


When I first heard about Champ being brought into a county shelter by animal control, my heart just went out to him and I knew I had to save him.
Champ was found dumped on the side of the road in Riverside, born with no back legs and what stumps he was born with were ground right down to the bone.
Upon rescuing Champ from the shelter we took him to our vet where he had his stubs repaired. Once Champs injuries were healed he was fitted with a cart.
Champ is now very mobile and quite fast. Champ can actually out run me down my street. We play fetch and run a lot. Champ would be a great jogger companion. He can definitely keep up the pace.
Champ is quite small in size only weighing 18 lbs. He resembles a miniature Belgian Malinois maybe mixed with Chihuahua??
Champ is approximately 1 year old.
Champ is very social and has lots of energy and loves to play with his foster brothers and sisters.

For someone to have dumped Champ on the side of the road in his condition is beyond my comprehension. But Champ has forgotten all of that as if it were just a bad dream and he now has his whole future to look forward to.


"Mila"  Chihuahua Mix. female 3 yrs old, 8 lbs
Mila was dumped at a shelter by her owner and requested to be put to sleep as they did not want her anymore. But the shelter refused as she was sweet, healthy and highly adoptable so instead the shelter agreed to take her in and let her live. However she was really stressed out in the shelter environment and would “pace” all night long in her cage. During the day the shelter would put her outdoors in a play yard with other dogs and she was just fine. But at night she hated to be caged by herself. So they asked if our rescue would take her in. And we did!  We have found Mila to be just a great little girl. Friendly, playful and no negative traits so far. She gets along great with other small dogs in our rescue and loves to climb up your leg to be held. She has a funny little deformity that she was born with but it doesn’t affect her in any way at all. She has what is called a Clef Pallet. She eats and drinks just fine and cleft palate are only dangerous when a puppy is first born and sometimes they cannot nurse from their mothers. But Mila is 3 yrs old so she made it just fine through the tough spot of puppyhood. We think she is just beautiful and it gives her a little character. 

"Annie"  Long Hair Dachshund Mix. female 5 yrs old, 8 lbs
Annie is a young long-haired ‪‎Dachshund‬ weighing 8-pounds, rescued by Open Arms Rescue - San Diego from an LA shelter on the day she was to be euthanized. She was very sick and wouldn't eat, drink, or even pick up her head. It took a week to bring her back from near death, but she has improved daily and shown how sweet and loving she is. When she was healthy enough to be spayed, the vet removed some cancerous mammary tumors and now we can only hope for the best outcome, and to find her someone who will love her for the rest of her life, no matter how long that may be. Annie deserves to be a loved and cherished member of a family. She is active, loves walks, is house-trained and very smart. 
We hope someone who sees Annie will want to give her that life.  Show her all the love and comfort she has somehow missed out on so far.  Will that someone be you? Her adoption fee through our rescue covers her being fully vaccinated, micro-chipped and spayed.

We hope someone who sees Annie will want to give her that life.  Show her all the love and comfort she has somehow missed out on so far.  Will that someone be you? 

"Babe: Rat Terrier mix female 3 years old, 8 lbs

When Babe lays her head down to sleep at night she dreams of a forever family who can give her the life of love and adventure she has been searching for.

Babe was rescued 
​by Open Arms Rescue ​
with minutes to spare from a high kill shelter in Southern California.  At only 3 years old, she is a vivacious bundle of joy to be around. While Babe  loves to play with her foster siblings, she also loves being around her people and given the chance will sleep tucked up right next to you. ​She would do best in a house with a yard as she loves to run and play. And would make a wonderful friend to another dog.​

Will you make her dreams come true?


 “Minnie ” Chihuahua white female 8 years old, 6 lbs

Sweet little Mini, she was dumped at a high kill shelter without a second thought! What a little doll she is. She is affectionate, Good around other small dogs. Loves to be held and cuddled and wow what a great snuggler. She loves to burrow under the blankets and cuddle right up next to you to keep warm. She is good on a leash and knows the doggy door. She would make a terrific lapdog for an adult or older person, just no small kids. She doesn’t bark or make any noise and is just content to sit on her doggy bed or on your lap. She is just thirsting for attention and so deserves the very best forever home!  


"Skyler" Chihuahua,
 7 yrs old male, 5 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 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 housebroken.  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.


"Athena " Chihuahua female, 10 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. She is active so don't let her age fool you. She plays fetch w/her toys and will run off and hide them too. Chihuahuas can live to a ripe old age of 20, so 10 yrs old is only middle age. :) 


“Leo” Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix , senior male 10 yrs old. 10 lbs

Meet Leo, a gem among dogs Leo is about 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 and is pretty mellow. He would do best in an adult household or with older kids over 12. And he would also be a great companion for an older retired person.  Leo is very affectionate and will stand on his hind legs like a squirrel and pose for you. He has a gorgeous silky coat that is low maintenance.  I think he gets that from the Pomeranian side! He is very mellow! He loves going for walks and playing with toys. 

“Rosie” Chihuahua  female, 10 yr, 6 lbs

Meet  Rosie a cut little black Chihuahua   female aprox 10 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 super warm with all people,  and very friendly.  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.

“Scruff-a-luff” Schnauzer Mix  female/spayed, 9 yrs old, 25 lbs

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.  She is a Schnauzer/terrier mix who is approximately 25 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! 


COURTESY POSTS.......  If interested in any of the  dogs below please contact the foster direct Marian 619.254.0978

"Pikachu" 5 yr old Male Chihuahua 
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