Mission Pawssible: Small dogs, big hearts

Photo source: Channel 3's Hannah Mackenzie

Mission Pawssible is our monthly segment aiming to find forever homes for stray and abandoned pets. With shelters across Northwest Florida at capacity, they need your help now more than ever.

Flori-Bama Chihuahua Rescue is a local non-profit organization looking to find homes for the smallest of dogs.

Foster dog mom, Barbara Jacobs said the dogs don't have to be chihuahuas, but they do have to fall within a specific weight requirement. Brody, a Shih Tzu mix, is one of her foster pups looking for a forever home.

"He's maybe three," said Barbara. "He's an active little boy, he would be good in a home with children, older children, other small dogs. We don't know about cats, but he's very friendly."

Brody is just one of dozens waiting for a family.

Mika, a 5-year-old Paillon, is also available. She is recovering from injuries sustained after another dog attacked her.

If you're looking for a puppy, take your pick. Flori-Bama currently has two special needs pups named Troubadour and Boomer. Troubadour didn't get enough oxygen at birth, resulting in some delays and deficiencies which make it hard for him to maintain balance, while Boomer was born with Hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. Both puppies are doing well and expected to live full lives, they may however require a little extra care and attention.

Troubadour and Boomer's mother, Heather, is also up for adoption. Heather is a 6-pound chihuahua who loves to snuggle.

If you can't adopt a dog at the moment, Barbara says there are plenty of other ways you can help.

"We desperately need more fosters," said Barbara. "We could help more dogs if we had more people willing to be temporary parents."

If you would like to foster or adopt a dog from Flori-Bama Chihuahua Rescue, find the on Facebook or at, they're also at the PetSmart on Davis Highway from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.

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