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Hello Everyone I live in a small town in California's Central Valley

Last night I found a small chihuahua mix female trying to enter my local walmart. I took her in the for the night and am currently trying to find her a home.

I am positive she was dumped at the parking lot.

I would love to keep another rescue but I do not have time or money to provide for another dog.

Can't tell how old she is but her teeth and paws look like they are in good health.

Who ever adopts this sweet girl is going to have to put alot of love into her as she is very very submissive and shows behavior of abuse.

Please I need advice as to want to do her for her. I live in the central valley where there are chihuahuas everywhere and no one ever wants them. Fresno is known for its very high kill shelters and do not want to see her end up in a shelter. If you live close to me and are interested I can drive to meet you.
 

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Contact your local animal shelters and report that you found her, also contact all the local vets in your area and let them know you've found her. Next take her to the vet and have her scanned for a micro chip, and place found ads in your local news papers. Also put up found flyers, I'd do so in the area you found her, surrounding neighborhoods, and in local coffee shops and vets offices that will let you post such things on their bulletin boards. Keep her for at least 2 weeks so that if she does have an owner they have a chance to find her. After that you can try and rehome her. In the 2 weeks you are waiting you can also be trying to find either a rescue to take her or an adopter for her, let whomever might be interested know that she will be available for adoption in 2 weeks because you are not positive she was dumped and want to let any owners a chance to find her.

Thank you for rescuing her and for caring so much about seeing that she is safe.
 

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Rain has great suggestions. I agree that you should contact your local animal shelter and post fliers there. I'd also post on CL and any local FB pages that work to reunite lost dogs with their families.
 

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I'm glad you took the dog in, but I have to say, there is no way you can know for 100 percent sure the dog was dumped in the parking lot. There may be a lot of abandoned dogs of that type in your area, but there's always a chance that this dog has an owner who desperately wants her back.

She could have escaped from a car where the owner left the window cracked too much, or she jumped out before the owner shut the door and the owner didn't see her get out, or even could have escaped while on a walk, by slipping her collar and found her way to that area.

Please make the efforts that Rain suggested in trying to find out if someone is looking for their dog before you find her a home someplace else. It could be the real owners are just sick and heart broke over losing their dog.

I hope things turn out ok for her...you have a kind heart in taking her in and giving her a safe place to stay, rather than just walking by her and letting it be someone else's problem in trying to help this dog out.

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Contact your local animal shelters and report that you found her, also contact all the local vets in your area and let them know you've found her. Next take her to the vet and have her scanned for a micro chip, and place found ads in your local news papers. Also put up found flyers, I'd do so in the area you found her, surrounding neighborhoods, and in local coffee shops and vets offices that will let you post such things on their bulletin boards. Keep her for at least 2 weeks so that if she does have an owner they have a chance to find her. After that you can try and rehome her. In the 2 weeks you are waiting you can also be trying to find either a rescue to take her or an adopter for her, let whomever might be interested know that she will be available for adoption in 2 weeks because you are not positive she was dumped and want to let any owners a chance to find her.

Thank you for rescuing her and for caring so much about seeing that she is safe.
Great post! And just as an FYI this is actually the law in California. You cannot assume the pet has no owner; and if you don't make an effort to find the owner they can show up at anytime after that 2 week hold period and claim their pet back.
 

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Thank you everyone for your replies. I called animal control and let them know I have the dog and gave them my name and number in case anyone called and so far no one has. I took her to the vet to get scanned and she has no chip. The vet also believes she was dumped at the parking lot.

Where I live there are chihuahuas everywhere. The people here are very ignorant and do not find the need to alter their dogs and as a result there is a huge population of chihuahuas. I have honestly heard people in my town refer to chihuahuas as rats and treat them as such.

I have also called rescue groups that rescue chihuahuas and they say they have no more room for other brown Chi. They told me they even have a hard time adopting out the "cute ones".

The situation the central valley is in in regards to chihuahua populations is a desperate one. The valley has endless fields and dogs are dumped around here daily. That's why we have so many of them that are sadly ran over.

The poor little girl pees and shivers even more whenever my dad gets close to her. She appears to be very afraid of men and def. acts like a dog that is used to being hit. She is submissive to the extreme and it is very saddening. Not sure if I would even want her to go back to a home where she is not being treated well.
 
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