Open Arms Rescue -

Dogs For Adoption


"Bailey"  Chihuahua  male 7 yrs old, 9 lbs
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How could you possibly look at his adorable face and abandon him at a shelter? That's exactly what his previous owner did.  He had obviously been neglected for awhile before he found himself at the shelter. He was filthy, had horribly infected ears and had lost many of his teeth.  As a rescue, we were fortunate to find out about Bailey just before he was euthanized. Lucky us because Bailey is sweet elderly gentleman who has an extraordinary amount of love to give to someone. 
He rides perfectly in the car, walks well on a leash, gets along easily with dogs, cats and people he meets and settles in quickly. He is ready to find his forever home, and doesn't know why it has taken so many years to find it.

 He won't ask much of you, just a comfortable and warm place to call home with someone who will love him and treat him like a member of the family, and hopefully snuggle with him often :)  

"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. 

"Nina"  Chihuahua  female 2 yrs old, 4 lbs

Nina -
This beautiful girl is a petite 4 pounds of love!  She has a personality much larger than her size and will impress you with her personality.  Nina loves everyone she meets and gets along great with dogs of all sizes.  Watch her video and you will see how beautifully she prances when she runs!
Nina found herself at a local shelter as a stray. Such a tiny little girl in a big, cold and lonely place.  Luckily she found her way to us and has continually shown her joy at being out in the world with friends all around.

She is an itty bitty thing, and would likely do well with children who are old enough to treat her gently. She loves other dogs, cats and every person she meets.   Come and meet Nina and see for yourself how happy you can make each other! 


"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. 

“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!