Open Arms Rescue -

Dogs For Adoption


"Hazel" Chihuahua  12 yr old female
HAZEL found herself homeless very early in life on the streets of L.A. She lied about her age to become a teenage prostitute, which led to substance abuse. She was eventually befriended by a wealthy individual who enrolled her in a high-end treatment program. Now clean, she moved to San Diego to get away from the big-city temptations. At 12, she's pretty low-key and a real sweetie..............An Hazel then became an actress, she played several small, unknown roles, often playing the sidekick dog to the big star. Then, she landed the starring role in Beverly Hills Chihuahua. The money and fame rolled in. From there, she met Tinkerbell Hilton and Bambi, owners of Paris Hilton, and the predictable nights of partying began, including those distasteful paparazzi shots of Ethel (her foster sister) getting out of the limo without keeping her dress down! Well, she met who she thought was the love of her life: Taco Bell Chihuahua. Tequila nights led to all kinds of bad crowds and worse places. Finally, when Taco Bell Dog got fired and Ethel's agent quit calling, they moved to New Mexico, where they started hanging with Gustavo Fring's dogs. It was all the free chicken and meth a dog could want. But, Gustavo disappeared, the dogs ran off, and there was Ethel, alone and toothless from years of hard partying. Tired and with a headache from another long night, Ethel went to get some sunglasses for her bloodshot eyes. Low and behold, she found herself at an eyeglass convention. She met Liz and Ron, and the rest is history. She now does speaking engagements (between snacks and naps) to other up-and-coming chihuahuas so that others might be helped by hearing her story.



Hemmingway (aka Hemmy), long hair Chihuahua mix male 3 yrs old, 8 lbs
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Hi!  I'm Hemmingway (Hemmy for short)  and I'm one of the most adorable doggies you'll ever meet.  I like to play fetch and tug of war, and I absolutely love to play with toys!  I love playing with other dogs too, and I even like cats, so would do fine in a home with other animals.  I'm also very sweet, loving and cuddly.  If you're looking for a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky and by the way, incredibly good looking companion - I'm the one for you!  Please ask to meet me so we can start having fun together.

“Cocoa” Yorkshire terrier mix, female 8 yrs old 6 lbs

I am very small, sweet as pie, playful, and would look great in my own designer wardrobe. I love everyone;  people, dogs, cats and who knows what else.  I wound up in the rescue after my mom was no longer able to take care of me. I'm optimistic and don't think I will be looking for a forever home very long so you had better hurry up and ask to adopt me so we can start living happily ever after.

"Quincy"  Chihuahua mix (maybe some Pug) male 11 months old, 5 lbs

Quincy - 10 months old
Quincy is a puppy who was rescued from the streets of Ensenada, Mexico.  He's cute, he's small, what's not to love? Quincy is a little shy and is looking for the right person to show him love and let him blossom.  He has his whole life ahead of him, and you be lucky to get to spend all those years with him! Just look at those cute floppy ears!  

"Hank"  Chihuahua/Rat Terrier Mix- male 3 yrs old, 10 lbs

Handsome Hank is what they call me. I am about 3 years old and enjoy long walks on the beach and funny movies. I am also a bit of a foodie and would enjoy being with someone who likes delicious meals. ( Though I could stand to loose a few pounds)
I love people, and get along with other dogs and cats, but prefer to be the only dog in your home. I am a real people dog! I really take pleasure in soaking up all the love and attention I can and I want it all for myself. I will stare longingly into your eyes and devote myself to loving you for the rest of my life. Are you the one for me? I love to run and play with squeaky toys too!   

"Mila"  Chihuahua Mix. female 3 yrs old, 8 lbs

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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. 

"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

MINNIE lived the high life in Europe for years as part of an international art-smuggling ring. When Interpol got too close, she turned on her former colleagues, earning her enrollment in a witness relocation program. She chose San Diego as a place to begin anew. She's 8 years old, loves to walk, is well behaved and good with other dogs.

ACTUALLY 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.


“Leo” Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix , senior male 10 yrs old. 12 lbs

Meet Leo, a gem among dogs Leo is about 12 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. 

“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!