Adopted: Bitsy

Hi, I’m Bitsy and I’m a hilarious snugglebunny!
Quick Facts:

  • Breed: Chihuahua/Toy Terrier mix
  • Gender: Female, spayed
  • Age: 2 year old
  • Size: 6 pounds
  • Good with…
    • Dogs? Yes!
    • Cats? Unknown
    • Kids? Yes!


I landed in a very high kill rural shelter in Kentucky, missing half of my fur and with skin so red and raw it was painful to look at. Sadly, that shelter provides no medical care, so I lay there for weeks, itching 24 hours a day and feeling like my skin was on fire. Luckily, another KY shelter scooped me up before I was going to be put to sleep and brought me to their much better shelter, then contacted CDR and asked if I could come up to their foster program. Guess what? They said YES! It was a long ride but boy am I happy to be here, where not only am I getting all of the medical treatment I so badly needed, but I’m also getting tons of love and having so much fun!


I am an adorable lovebug, snugglebunny, affection sponge, and charmer-of-the-century! I love people! After an initial sussing up of a new place and a new person, I then commence to l follow you wherever you go. I absolutely love sitting in my foster mom’s lap while she works on her computer or watches TV. I’m a tiny but expert cuddler and I love to keep your lap warm for you! I would love to sleep in bed with you, and would love to go with you wherever you go!

I also have a playful part of me…I really like to play and chase toys! I don’t always bring them back, but that’s A-OK with my foster mom! When we go outside, I am quite the explorer! Little tiny me likes to lead the way and check everything out! Oh! I enjoy car rides too!

I am a very well-mannered little girl, I am told. I don’t bite or chew things up. I sleep in my crate when mom isn’t around but as I mentioned…I’d rather share the bed with you! I rarely bark but I do sometimes cry you leave me alone, so it would be terrific if I didn’t have to be left alone for huge swaths of time on a regular basis.


I love people! I am all love, all friendliness, all yum-yum! The rescue folks think that because I am SO tiny, I shouldn’t be around kids under the age of 8. Younger kids have less control, and often run around willy-nilly. If they stepped on me or fell on me, or hugged me too hard, they could accidentally hurt my teensy tiny little self.

I am sharing my foster home with another small older dog, and we get along famously. I love dogs!

I have not been cat tested. If you have a cat, we will have to check that out!


I’m deaf! So if I don’t seem to listen to you, it’s not because I don’t want to, it’s because my ears don’t work! I don’t let it stop me one bit though, and I compensate with my eyes and my nose and do just terrific. It does mean that you can’t call after me (obviously!) and you will need to learn hand signals if you want me to learn specific commands. But mostly just get my visual attention and show me what you want and I’ll work on it!

When I arrived, my skin and coat was in utterly abysmal shape, which turned out to be sarcoptic mange. Ack! That is the kind of mange that is really easy to treat, but is super contagious to other pets. I’m halfway through my treatment for that, and my skin is already looking much better and my fur is growing back. By early or mid-October, I will no longer be a contagion risk, so can start hanging out with dogs and cats then!

My teeth are tiny but strong! I love small crunchy treats! I wheeze when I get excited and active but the vet says it’s typical for my size and breed, and nothing to worry about!

Favorite Activities

  • Cuddling!
  • Exploring sights and smells during our outdoor walking adventures!
  • Treats!
  • Following you everywhere!


If you meet me, you’ll want to adopt me…guaranteed! I am friendly, adorable, and cute as the dickens. Everywhere I go people stop and want to pet me. Apparently the fact that my tongue hangs out of the side of my mouth makes me utterly irresistible!

If you are interested in adopting me, please fill out an online adoption application and live close to Ithaca , Syracuse, Binghamton, Rochester, or Elmira. We do home visits on every applicant, and can’t do home visits where we don’t have local volunteers.

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