In anticipation of Z Living's upcoming original show Finding Fido, where underwater dog photographer Seth Casteel matches families with the perfect pooch, we're finding the cutest pups from shelters across America who are looking for a forever home, and sharing them with you. Keep checking in for more adoptable dogs, and learn more about Finding Fido here.
Maybe it's their pointy elf ears or their little reindeer bodies, but Chihuahuas make perfect Christmas gifts for someone looking for a lap dog.
They're tough little rascals with big hearts, but their delicate teeth and frail legs prevent them from playing with the big dogs. Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog, and should be adopted by someone who has time to pay attention to a delicate dog's unusual needs.
The little guys below, all awaiting adoption around the US, caught our attention. Think you may be a match for one of these dogs? Contact the shelter directly. Then, tag your new pet with the hashtag #FindingFido to let us know who you saved.
Even if you don't adopt a dog yourself this year, give back to animal shelters by joining our #FindingFido campaign: Through mid-January, we're giving away $5000 to animal shelters around the US. For every #FindingFido hashtag used we'll donate $1 to a Greater Good partner organization. Tag a photo of your dog with the hashtag, plus add the social handle of a shelter you admire to nominate them to win! Learn more here.
UP FOR ADOPTION: Meet Bean (m.) from Mutt Match LA in Los Angeles
"Adorable Bean is very a sweet little guy, approx. 5 lbs. He is friendly and playful with other friendly dogs, he was raised and lives with multiple dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds. "
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UP FOR ADOPTION: Charlotte (f.) and Chloe (f.) from Tails of the City Animal Rescue in Los Angeles
"Charlotte and Chloe are a bonded female pair. They are either sisters or mom and daughter. They are pee pad trained and the sweetest little couple of chis! Very playful and love going on walk. They absolutely adore each other. They were pulled from the shelter the day they were to be euthanized. We are looking for a foster or adopter for these little sweethearts."
Learn more about where to adopt Charlotte (f.) and Chloe
UP FOR ADOPTION: Sonny (m.) from Waggytail Rescue in New York
"Sonny is a wonderful young little pup! He is 2yo and weighs about 8lbs. Sonny is a sweet, devoted cuddler with his foster mom but also loves to play with his foster sibling dogs. He gets along with cats too! He likes to chew on bones and has just gotten the hang of going for walks on a leash. He recently had his first experience running on a beach! He is exceptionally adorable and uses his paws like little hands to hold his toys!"
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"Butter is a 14 week old ti color [Chihuahua] baby! he is so cute, cuddly, learning to use the wee pads outside. Only 3 lbs of love, this bob will grow to be 6/7lbs fully grown. the perfect little city companion that has a whole lot of doggy to offer in a teeny tiny body!"
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UP FOR ADOPTION: Mate (m.) from Almost Home Foundation in Elk Grove Village, IL
I love to play with other dogs. I live with other small dogs and get to visit a big dog a few times a week. I like toys and treats too! I cuddle in bed with my foster mom and the other puppies and go nicely into my crate when Mom goes to work. I'd like to find a forever home with other doggie playmates."
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UP FOR ADOPTION: Bo Peep (f.) from Magnificent Mutts Rescue in Hillside, IL
"Bo Peep was found as a stray. She is approx 5 years old. She gets along with all dogs but is protective of her food around other dogs. We do not know how she is with cats. It took her a while to get used to her new foster home, but now she is a sweet, lovable lap dog and very playful. In any new situation, even with her new family, she may need a couple of days to readjust, but we know she can do it."
Learn more about where to adopt Bo Peep
UP FOR ADOPTION: Scarlett (f.) from East Lake Pet Orphanage in Dallas, TX
"The first step in adopting would be to come by our facility to meet our dogs and puppies in person to see if the animal that you are interested in is a good match for you, after all, a very large part of the adoption process is based on finding the right chemistry."
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UP FOR ADOPTION: Sandy (f.) from DFW FurGotten Friends in Dallas, TX
"Sandy is a very sassy chihuahua she would love to be your lap dog."
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"Rapunzel is about 6 years old and weighs about 4 pounds. Rapunzel and [her companion] Dulcinea are the best of friends looking for their forever home. They are tiny and sweet, the perfect set! Both girls get overwhelmed in chaotic situations and need time to warm up to new people and places."
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UP FOR ADOPTION: Bashote (f.) from DC PAWS Rescue in Washington, DC
"Bashote is a tiny, friendly pup looking for a foster, or even better, forever home so that she can leave that yucky shelter and come to the DC area into a warm home. Elle is still young so she will need someone to help her with her manners and obedience, as well as who will give her plenty of exercise and walks. She is also quite little, so she may fit best with a home without young kids who can easily overwhelm her. "
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