Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport (CCRT) is a network of volunteers working together to rescue, transport, foster and provide necessary veterinary care for homeless, abandoned, neglected, or abused Chihuahuas.
How did CCRT Start?
The idea was created by a Canadian who realized the need in 1996. At that time, the Secretary of the Chihuahua Club of America had learned of a breeder in Texas who developed Alzheimer’s and ‘forgot’ her 17 Chihuahuas. By the time the situation was discovered, the Chihuahuas were in pretty bad shape. The breeder’s family members gave permission to allow the Chihuahuas to be taken into foster care until permanent homes could be found. A message was posted to a Chihuahua email discussion list and there was immediate response from people who wanted to adopt one or more of these Chihuahuas.
Because of the logistical difficulties, stress and unfavorable conditions of flying animals by commercial airlines, they were frustrated at having good homes inaccessible because of location. In a moment of madness, Pat Weir, a list member in Nanaimo, BC, wondered aloud on the list “if only we could organize a network of volunteers who would foster and drive Chihuahuas to new homes.” Within within 24 hours, dozens of volunteers had stepped forward.
In May 1999, we formed the Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport and currently have Regional Coordinators in each Province and have volunteer and adoption applications coming in monthly.
As a reputable rescue, CCRT follows the Canine Code of Ethics and is a Member of Helping Homeless Pets and is included in the Province of Ontario Breed Specific and All Breed Rescue Directory published by Speaking of Dogs.