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Welcome to our refurbished site!

Saturday, 13th of June 2015

Welcome to our redesigned site! We gave the whole site a facelift, updated a bunch of pages and added a heap of improvements! We hope you like it.

This whole process began when we were given a wonderful new logo and couldn't work out how to use it in the old site, so we built this new site around the new logo! From Belinda, some text that very nicely describes what the logo means:

Our Chihuahua Rescue Victoria logo represents the journey a rescued Chihuahua will take to their new forever home.

Story of the logo

The new Chihuahua Rescue Victoria logo has a visual identity and the story behind its meaning is very fitting.

The centre of Chihuahua Rescue Victoria is a heart: this represents the determined love and passion of Rita and Mayer rescuing Chihuahuas. The lines spiralling out from within the heart represent a sunrise and this describes the journey that a newly rescued Chihuahua will embark upon.

Within the heart are two rescued Chihuahuas who are at the start of this journey. They currently rest and are nurtured within Chihuahua Rescue Victoria HQ, but will soon be ready to venture forth into their forever home where they will flourish and experience genuine love with their new family.

Lots of love,


So, it all began with the logo created for us by Belinda L and Belinda K, but once it started, we kept going with new ways to improve the site. Here are some highlights of what we have done:

  • A search page that searches three things: this site; our blog for Chihuahuas Available Now; and our Facebook page.
    • You can access the search from any page - just scroll to the bottom of any page and you will see the search box.
  • The Contact Us page has a form now, to make it easier to send messages to us. Plus, when you use the Contact Us form, you will get an email confirming all the details you sent to us.
  • The Expression of Interest page got a new look and some changes to make it easier to use, such as:
    • disabling fields that you don't need to fill out;
    • when you submit the form, you will get an email confirming all the details you sent to us;
    • for text area fields that have limits to the number of characters you enter, we show you how many characters you have left;
    • if you make a mistake in filling out the form (like missing a field), the page will reload and take you to exactly the field you need to fix up and tell you what was wrong.
  • The Success Stories page is improved, listing each Success Story by year and linking to the individual stories.
  • We did the same thing with the Newsletter page.
  • Image galleries: we made it easier to create image galleries like what you see on the front page. So, whenever we have lots of pictures for a Success Story, we will put a gallery on their very own page. Check out these beauties:
  • Image galleries now display permalinks to individual slides, so that you can bookmark that slide and go back to it later, without having to open the page and press left/right until you see it. This is handy because the number of slides on the front page is constantly growing. For example, here is the link to one of Hilby's special photos on the front page gallery or a specific photo of Gypsy in her gallery on the 2010 Success Stories.
  • Tool tips on images: we had them on the old site, but made them much better on the new site. Hold your mouse over any image on the site and you will see a tool tip with a nice description of the image. Even better, this works nicely when you view this site on a mobile or tablet.
  • Whenever we add new things to the site, we announce it on the front page in the What's New section. Now we have an archive page, listing all the previous What's New announcements we can remember!
  • Facebook integration. Look at the bottom of any page and you will see the Faceboo Like button, which also allows you to comment and/or share the page you are reading.

If you see anything wrong with our new site, please let us know via the Contact Us page. We worked really hard on this site, but there is a lot of content, so we may not have found all the spelling or grammar mistakes, or even broken links.

We want to give a big thank you to our amazing testers who checked the website for errors and gave en enormous amount of feedback about design and organisation.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years and taken a rescued Chihuahua into their hearts and homes.

Rita in a special Chihuahua t-shirt!   Mayer in a special Chihuahua t-shirt!

Rita and Mayer





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