Breaking hearts: 14-year-old Fiona needs loving rescue

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Who can look at Fiona’s tiny face and not want to hug her gently and and assure her everything is going to be fine? On March 6, the 14-year-old Chihuahua arrived at the Carson Animal Care Center. A volunteer writes:

“This sweet angel needs help now. She has some heart failure possibility and having some trouble breathing; she is being treated by the Vet. She needs a foster and rescue now to save her life.”

The shelter has reached out for help and provides the following information:

“…is a geriatric tan female spayed Chihuahua (12-15 years old) who just came in as a stray from the field. She is very lethargic and appears to be in heart failure. She has a grade 4/6 heart murmur, difficulty breathing and there are crackles and wheezes on lung auscultation. Even though she is stray, we are asking that she be fostered as soon as possible to give her the best outcome. If her health declines any further, we may have to consider humane euthanasia to alleviate her suffering – there is no time frame on this one but she should be considered high priority.”

Check Fiona’s short video:

#A5156228 I’m an approximately 14 year old female Chihuahua. I am not yet spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 3/6. I will be available on 3/10. You can visit me at my temporary home at CRECEIVING. Follow Fiona’s Facebook page here.

Chihuahua  AGE: 14 years
Female  ARRIVED:3/6
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

(Photos and video of Fiona courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

Leave No Paws Behind has volunteered to help, but are in need of a foster home. If you can help, please email Please share Fiona’s plight and let’s get her into the loving arms of a caring rescuer. Sharing saves lives.

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12 replies
  1. Ezgi Melody says:


  2. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Please don’t let her die in a shelter, she deserves a soft bed and to be surrounded by love during her last days on this earth.

  3. Red says:

    What do people do? If their pet is old or sick they just toss them away!??!?!? I pray this sweet senior gets a home or rescue!

  4. Gizmos Mommy says:

    I have senior dogs as well as a severely abused little girl. No way would I ever abandon my babies. Senior and handicapped dogs have so much to give. In the process of caring for these pups, your heart grows in understanding and love. I would take this baby in a minute and shower her with love.

  5. Bunny Peters says:

    I wrote this group offering to foster, but have not heard back….. I have many years of experience with frail, elderly chihuahuas…..


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