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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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December 28, 2009 - Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Pet Adoption, Pets, responsible pet ownership, Stop Euthenization | , , , , , , , , , ,

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