Open Arms Rescue -

Dogs For Adoption


"Sparky " 2 1/2 yr old Chihuahua Male, SPECIAL NEEDS

Sparky was shot with a pellet gun while on the streets as a stray. The county shelter was able to find his owner but found out that the owner was neglectful and had with held Sparky from getting needed vet attention after he was shot and simply threw him back out on the streets again. The shelter contacted our rescue and asked if we would take Sparky. He is an amazing dog, He is super fast in his wheel cart and drag bag. He is well traveled. And loves to play with toys, He plays fetch and tug-a-war. He gets along with other small dogs and loves to play. He also is great being carried around in his shoulder sling bag too. Sparky needs a special person that will be home or works out of home. If you are interested in adopting Sparky please contact us.  

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“Sidney” Long Hair Chihuahua/Papillion mix, male, 6.5 lbs, 8 yrs old

Sidney is just gorgeous with the beautiful tri colored coat and the Papillion ears. He is estimated at 8 yrs old but could be younger. He is mellow, doesn’t bark, super affectionate, uses the doggy door. Gets along perfectly with other small dogs. Would be a cuddle bug to just about anyone. He came in as a stray to a high kill shelter and is now in a loving temporary foster home in our rescue. If you would like to meet him please contact Open Arms Rescue for further info.  His adoption fee through our rescue covers him being fully vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered. To learn more about adopting this sweet boy, please go to our site at 

"Babe: Rat Terrier mix female 2 years old, 8 lbs

 Babe is just that a total sweet baby! She is playful and loves to roll around and play with other dogs. As you can see in the Youtube w/Sheena. She has energy and is a cuddle bug. Will burrow under the blankets with you. She has gorgeous markings characteristic of a rat terrier- Tri color. She is looking for her forever home. Open Arms Rescue saved her from a very high kill shelter where she was out of time. She is being fostered in San Diego. !!!

“Virgil” Yorkshire Terrier/Chihuahua mix 4 months old, 7 lbs
Meet Virgil, a gem among puppies and the latest dog up for adoption from Open Arms Rescue in San Diego!  Max is about 4 months 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. Virgil loves to lay next to his foster parent both in bed or just sitting on a couch watching TV. The Terrier breed is a happy, bold, energetic dog; they are extremely loyal, intelligent and assertive. Their greatest attribute is their working ability, closely followed by their excellent qualities as a companion. Their funny antics will continually amuse you, their intelligence seems to know no boundaries and their assertive nature and boundless energy can at times be overwhelming but wow, you’ll never get bored watching him play.


 “Mini ” Chihuahua white female 8 years old, 5 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. 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!  
“Pepe” Italian Greyhound/Chihuahua mix male 1 years old, 9 lbs.

Pepe is a ball of fun. He was found abandoned on a friends horse rescue ranch. He is very energetic and loves to play with other dogs. He would make a great play buddy to another small breed dog. He loves to roll around and wrestle with his foster brothers and sisters. Its quite funny to watch! He would do good with a family or an active single person. He has a lot of energy and would prefer a yard not an apartment as he loves to move. Someone that is home a lot and can give him the attention he deserves. Pepe is just a great all around guy and would love a forever home. 
“Pip” Tiny Chihuahua tri color male 3 years old, 4.5 lbs.


Pip is a pocket Chihuahua! He is so tiny and just wants to be carried around. He is shy around other dogs and would prefer to be an only dog as he is very submissive. But around another calm small dog I think he would be fine. He just wants to be be with his human all the time and be cuddled. He would be a perfect dog to a senior person as he is so calm and affectionate. 
"Misty"- 3 yr old Chihuahua Trio Colored Female 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.


mix, female, 1-2 yrs old, 12 lbs

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Dulce earned her name for being the sweetest little girl ever! She was found in Las Playas Mexico (Baja) wondering around lost and very hungry. Dulce was taken into care by a loving local and spent some time building back up her strength and health at a local vets clinic.
She now lives in foster care here in
San Diego
and is larger than life!!! Dulce’s favorite pass times include playing with all of her foster brothers and sisters who range in size from 5lbs to 80lbs. She loves humans too and jumps at the chance to give kisses whenever you are around. Dulce is fully house. Dulce’s ideal home will be lively with a brother or sister to play with. Because she is around 1 year old she has lots of energy to play and go on walks. She is very well behaved little pup that is ready to take over your home and your heart!!!


“Andy”Beagle/Chihuahua mix, 3 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, chipped, neutered, bathed, de-wormed etc etc. Now he is in a foster home in Mira Mesa 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 currently being fostered w/another chihuahua. 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!  Andy is good with both adults and kids but for some reason seems to be disinterested in kids and gravitates towards adults attention. He is NOT aggressive or anything like that to kids just not interested in playing with them. But does love adults. See Youtube video of him playing fetch
"Skyler" Chihuahua,
 6 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 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.

“Charlie” Shiba Inu mix male 5 years old, 20 lbs.

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Charlie is a very friendly and sweet boy. This ultra sweet dog came into our rescue around Labor day. His previous owner threw him out on the street and when we tracked her down she said she had a new born baby and husband deployed and couldn’t afford or have time for a dog. Wow some people are heartless. So he is now in a safe and happy foster home and is looking for a forever home. He wants to be everyone's friend and gives lots of kisses if you let him. He has been abused in the past so is very afraid of toy guns, brooms and loud sudden noises.
He loves to run in the park and gets 2-3 times a walk together with our own dog.
His ideal new owner would keep the daily walks in his routine.
He wants to be everyone's friend and gives lots of kisses if you let him. He has been abused in the past so is very afraid of toy guns, brooms and loud sudden noises.
He loves to run in the park and gets 2-3 times a walk together with our own dog.
His ideal new owner would keep the daily walks in his routine.

"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. 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. :) 

”Cannoli” male Chihuahua 5 yrs old/3.5 Lbs.

Cannoli is just adorable. Tiny tiny little fellow with lots of energy and just loves to be carried around. He loves riding in his “papoose” shoulder type carry bag. I think he feels secure there. He needs to be an only dog as he is very dominant (even though he is so very tiny) towards other dogs. He does get along with his foster sisters and brothers now but at first he was quite dominant. So he would do better as an only child.. Super super people friendly. Very playful. Gives you kisses and loves to cuddle in your lap.

Baxter- Mini Dachshund/Chihuahua male 9 yrs old 9 lbs 

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He is a sweet mellow senior Mini Dachshund / Chihuahua mix. About 9 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

“Ginger” 6 month old female Chihuahua puppy

Meet Ginger. (born 6/1/14)Very sweet little girl. A little shy at first but then just wants to be attached to you. She was surrendered by her owners to our rescue as their landlord didn’t allow them to keep a puppy. So we are looking for the right home for her. No small children. If you would like to meet her please either contact our rescue or come by one of our adoption events that can be found on our website.


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

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 and is pretty mellow. He would do best in an adult household or with older kids, no small young children.   He is very affectionate and will stand on his hind legs like a squirrel and pose for you. 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.  He loves going for walks and loves toys too.   
“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!