About Cisco

Please be aware that during COVID 19 social distancing regulations, we will NOT be placing Cisco in a foster or adoptive home. He is a dog with behavioral and fear issues, and we cannot simply “drop him off at your door”. Cisco requires multiple meetings before going into a new home. His foster mom MUST be able to watch the interactions and advise foster or adopter how to manage his fears. Please DO NOT send in an application or Inquiries for Cisco until COVID 19 resolved and we can go back to visiting fosters and adopters in their homes. We will not respond to any inquiries for Cisco at this time. Thank you! Cisco was found abandoned and tied to a bus stop in Surrey. He was picked up by animal control and ended up in the municipal shelter. He did not do well there as his fear levels were so high. He is about 6 years old, 10 lbs. He was taken out of the shelter by another rescue society and placed in foster care for 3 weeks. However he did not do well there, as the foster parent didn’t understand that Cisco did not want to be forced to interact with humans. He just wasn’t ready for that yet. Cisco was transferred to our rescue. He was not forced to interact with us in any way until he was ready. We did not pick him up or pet him unless he came to us. Even then, we took things very slowly. Just a little pet, a second or two, then worked out way up to longer pet sessions. This has worked so wonderfully for Cisco. Now he is so affectionate and loving (but mostly only with me). He loves to be pet (except when he’s on his back, he will take tummy rubs only for a few seconds before his ptsd kicks in). He is fine being picked up by his Foster mom only and loves to give us plenty of kisses. When he goes into a new home, his fear will return and his new human must understand that they cannot flood him or force him to interact. Just like we did. Until he is ready. If his new human is patient, kind, and understanding, Cisco will be your best loving friend forever. But he will not trust any new person 100%. Cisco will likely revert back to the fearful dog he was when he goes to a new home. Quick movements, and forcing him to interact with you will trigger his ptsd again and he will warn you (and may bite). Cisco should not live with children because they are too unpredictable. He has been fine with cats and all the small dogs he has met and lived with. We have not tested him with large dogs yet. He is very scared of many dogs at one time and will bolt and scream in fear. Dog parks are a HUGE NO for Cisco. He is house trained and potties outside. We have pee pads down in case we are out too long and he will use them if necessary. He walks wonderfully on leash and should never be off leash and never taken to off leash dog parks. All interactions must be in a controlled environment. It only takes one thing to trigger his fear and he will bolt. Cisco is not suitable for the first time dog owner. He requires a human that has the knowledge of fearful dogs and their body language. Please do not apply or inquire if you are a first time dog owner or if you’ve only experienced working with easy dogs. His adoption fee is $395. He has been neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and has had his dental, deworming and flea treatment. A home visit and adoption application is required.

My Information

Breed Chihuahua Gender Male
Location Vancouver, BC Age Adult
Size Small Adoption Fee


Vancouver, BC

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Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs. Cisco has been very abused in his past and requires an understanding, patient human who won’t use flooding or forceful methods.

Good in a home with

Other dogs, cats.

Prefers a home without


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