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Homeless California Chihuahuas Being Flown Out of State

LOS ANGELES — Chihuahuas have been flying out of California since other states learned about the glut of little dogs in the Golden State.

A group of 25 dogs has already arrived at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua in New Hampshire, thanks to “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Katherine Heigl, Kinder4Rescue in Studio City and American Airlines.

A group of 43 will leave for New Hampshire on Monday or Tuesday, said Kathy Davis, interim general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services, who took part in a news conference Friday to announce Project Flying Chihuahua.

Heigl’s foundation has paid the discounted airfare for all 68 dogs so far, she added.

The Chihuahua crisis in California developed as the dogs were featured in movies such as “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and “Legally Blonde.” Backyard breeders sprung up, but the recession has forced some dog owners to abandon pets.

California shelters soon found that 30 percent or more of their dogs were Chihuahuas. But the eastern U.S. had a shortage of small dogs.

Pack of homeless Chihuahuas flying to Colorado

Nearly three dozen Chihuahuas are being airlifted today from California to Broomfield in hopes of finding homes before the new year through the Dumb Friends League.

Chihuahuas have been flying out of California since other states learned about the glut of little dogs in the Golden State.

The Chihuahua crisis in California developed as the dogs were featured in movies such as “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and “Legally Blonde.” Backyard breeders sprung up, but the recession has forced some dog owners to abandon pets.

California shelters soon found that 30 percent or more of their dogs were Chihuahuas. But the eastern U.S. had a shortage of small dogs.

A long-haired Chihuahua named Dr. Papidies was the inspiration for the Denver rescue effort. Dr. Leslie Capin, who entered her dog into a national “cutest dog” competition, donated half of the winnings to the Dumb Friends League. Then, after learning about the Chihuahua situation in California, Capin offered to cover the cost of transportation for some of them to Denver.

“Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Capin and Pet Airways, we are able to fly in 30 to 35 Chihuahuas and give them a second chance at happiness,” said Robert Rohde, President and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “We will work with other animal shelters in California and coordinate additional flights to help more Chihuahuas that are in need of homes.”

Interested adopters and donors are encouraged to visit the Dumb Friends League Web site at ddfl.org, or call (303) 751-5772 for more information.

Leslie Capin of CARA Mia Medical day spa entered her chihuahua named Dr. Papidies into “cute dog contest” in Sept. and on Thanksgiving found out he had beaten out 50,000 pooches from across the U.S. after people voted online. She ended up winning a $ 1 million, but instead of keeping the cash Capin is donating half of it to the Max Fund, a non kill animal shelter and the other half to the Denver Dumb Friends League, a pet adoption agency. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

If you have room in your heart and in your home for just one more pet, consider adopting a Chihuahua or Chihuahua mix from a local shelter, especially if you live in California or the Phoenix area.  And if Chihuahua’s are not your cup of tea, there are many other dogs and pets in general looking for good homes and loving parents.

Angelina Easter Pup - 2009

Photos By:  Marion Algier – The UCLA Shutterbug

Angelina above is a Chiweenie – a Chihuahua-Dachshund Mix

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California Shelters Overflowing with Chihuahuas

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The young woman was very specific: She wanted a Chihuahua, “just like Tinkerbell,” the petite pet of Paris Hilton. She waited weeks, coming back often to look at the dogs in this Southern California animal shelter. So, when “Teensy” a 1-year-old Chihuahua was recently surrendered by her owners, she signed the adoption papers and popped the pooch straight into her purse.

Unfortunately, she was back three weeks later. The dog had pooped in her bag, run into traffic and barked a lot. “Like so many people who got these little dogs because celebrities have them, she wasn’t prepared for the reality of taking care of her,” the shelter’s director tells PEOPLEPets.com.

California is in the midst of a Chihuahua explosion with animal shelters and rescue operations jammed with tiny little dogs like Teensy. In L.A. the situation was so dire, that Katherine Heigl helped get 25 of the pocket-sized pups airlifted to New Hampshire, where they were adopted immediately. A third of the canines in the San Francisco city shelters are Chihuahuas and in Oakland the population has reached a whopping 50 percent. Experts say those numbers are unprecedented.

The Chihuahua glut started about three years ago, according to Nancy Goodwin, director of the City of Laguna Beach Animal Shelter. “Breeds get popular and then when times get tough, we’ll see an influx of them given up. Years ago it was German shepherds,” she says. “Now it’s the little dogs.”

In the last few years a lot of younger people are coming into the shelters looking for the tiny pups. “They tell us they want to carry the dogs in their purses just like the celebrities,” says Goodwin. “And sometimes that’s not as much fun as it looks. They are a responsibility.”

Blame it on Paris. Blame it on Taco Bell. But the combination of movies (2001’s Legally Blonde, 2008’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and tabloid photos of celebrities toting their pint-size pets in huge purses has resulted in overpopulation, according to Steve Kragenbrink, of the Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo.

“Some of this is accidental breeding,” says Kragenbrink. “Some of it is people trying to make money by breeding, which makes for too many of one kind of animal.” The solution is to spay and neuter pets. “There’s no reason for a dog not to be fixed,” says Kragenbrink, who’s taken Chihuahuas from L.A. shelters to his location for adoption. “The alternative to spaying and neutering is euthanasia. That’s a cruel and unnecessary solution to overpopulation.”

If you’re interested in adding a pet to your family, consider adopting or fostering a Chihuahua. For more information click here.

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What the Human Society Does

Izzy

Izzy weighed in at only 53 pounds when her owner was reported to a local humane society.


Izzy DID  Find a Loving Home

Today, Izzy is thriving in her loving new home, where her devoted owners hand-feed her yogurt to aid her digestion.

Izzy had been cruelly barricaded in a filthy garage. The floor was covered in trash and dark, runny feces – a sign of malnutrition. There were no windows or ventilation of any kind… and no food or water dishes.

Izzy was barely alive. As soon as Lisa (a humane officer and president of the local humane society) opened the garage door, the emaciated dog staggered out and collapsed. Her gums were white, her eyes were sunken, and her bony body was covered in fleas and ants.

Please support the Humane Society and the ASPCA and even more important be pro-active against all abuse and neglect, whether against animals, children the elderly or anyone.  It is not okay to look the other way if you see, suspect or are aware of abuse in any form.  We are all God’s Creatures and the concept of owning a living creature does not supersede the natural laws of helping and standing up for one another!!

Changes need to be lobbied for and enacted for much tougher laws and stricter enforcement against animal abuse and neglect.  If you are an animal lover, please make that crusade a part of your New Year’s goal~

Abuse is everywhere.  And if you aren’t part of the solution… you are part of the problem!!

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