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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

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 | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

ABC NEWS: ‘Hollywood Tough Guy Teams With Animal Rights Groups for Tax Change’

Update:  Help make pet care more affordable — urge U.S. Office Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to support the HAPPY Act. Take action!

“What a pro-active way to be able to help the economy and change the culture in this country around animals,” Robert Davi, a veteran actor (”The Goonies,” “Die Hard,” “License to Kill”) who was a main force behind the bill’s introduction, told ABCNews.com in a telephone interview.

Tax Relief to Keep Pets at Home

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“This money goes back into the economy, and it encourages people to understand the social responsibilities we have toward animals,” Davi said. …

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A bill making the rounds on Capitol Hill marries two feel-good propositions — tax cuts and pet ownership — to generate a novel idea: A tax break of up to $3,500 per person for pet care expenses.

The measure is a legislative long shot. But it’s been championed by a veteran Hollywood tough guy and by a conservative Michigan congressman [Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich], and has drawn the enthusiastic support of animal rights groups eager to promote pet ownership during economic down times. …

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The tax break would apply to more exotic pets as well, so long as they’re being owned within the bounds of the law. Any “legally owned, domesticated, live animal” would qualify, under the terms of the bill.

According to the ASPCA, a cat costs about $670 a year on average to take care of, while dogs are about $200 a year more expensive. The tax break would be capped at $3,500 per person, regardless of how many animals a taxpayer owned.

Davi, the owner of four dogs and a cat, said the concept of using the tax code to promote pet ownership occurred to him a few months ago, in thinking about the stimulus package passed by Democrats in Congress — a package, he said, that he opposed.

Davi’s cousin runs a prominent California animal rescue foundation, D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, and is always looking for ideas that would get more pets adopted, he said. Why not let people deduct expenses like pet food and veterinarian bills from their taxes, like child care expenses or mortgage interest can help reduce your tax burden?

by Big Hollywood

Read the full article here.

Write your congressperson and encourage them to vote for this bill.

This is actually a pretty good idea during these tough times because it will help reduce the burden on cities by reducing the numbers of abandoned pets by giving families a helping hand.  And, it will encourage people to adopt animals from shelters if they could deduct the costs.

Pets are a joy, but just like children, they are an expense and times are tough.

Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act

Support the ‘Happy Act’ HR 3501 – Tax Deduction for Your Pets

The HAPPY Act in Process – Pet Tax Credit Introduced by Congressman Thadd…

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October 19, 2009 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Pets, Political Change, Stop Euthenization | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie Opens Today

Beverly Hills Chihuahua” barks onto the scene today to declare an early lead on the Best Dog In A Motion Picture Academy Award. No, it’s not the next Eddie Murphy return vehicle, instead it purports to be a cute story of love, loss and rescue between two diminutive and overly pampered dogs who happen to believe they’re descendant from gods. Well, not exactly, but you get the picture. The film features the voices of George Lopez, Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia, Plácido Domingo, Edward James Olmos, Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Luis Guzman, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, and actors Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona, Eugenio Derbez and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Critics have not been kind to “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.” Rotten Tomatoes has it pegged at 67%. But some have reported that a warm hearted story and a lack of the typical dog jokes make BHC better than the average dog comedy. So that says something.
If you live in the Los Angeles area you can catch a special engagement of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” at Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre. From October 3rd through the 16th each screening will feature a LIVE stage appearance by the film’s dog stars, “Papi” and “Chloe,” . The film screens daily at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:40 pm. Tickets are available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), on line at http://www.elcaptitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.
The full press release is below the cut:  THE CHIHUAHUAS WILL RISE AT HOLLYWOOD’S EL CAPITAN THEATRE FOR SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT OF DISNEY’S “BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA” FROM OCTOBER 3-16 WITH AN ON-STAGE APPEARANCE BY FILM’S DOG STARS “PAPI” AND “CHLOE” BEFORE EACH SHOW
In celebration of its special engagement of Walt Disney Pictures’ howl-arious new comedy, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre is featuring a LIVE stage appearance by the film’s dog stars, “Papi” and “Chloe,” from October 3rd through the 16th, it was announced today by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film screens daily at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:40 pm. Tickets are available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), on line at http://www.elcaptitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.
To commemorate the occasion, Walt Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store (located adjacent to the theatre) will be offering the “Beverly Hills Chihuahua Sundae.” This mouthwatering treat comes in a delicious taco-shaped waffle cone, and is filled with vanilla ice cream, drizzled throughout with chocolate syrup, and garnished with fluffy whipped cream and festive sprinkles.
Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, “’Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ is great fun for moviegoers of all ages, and there’s no better place to see it than at the El Capitan Theatre. In addition to our beautiful state-of-the-art digital projection, friendly staff, and classic movie palace environment, this is the only place to actually see the stars of the film live and in person.
We’re very excited about this special engagement and know that our audience is going to have a great time.” Walt Disney Pictures’ “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” follows the hilarious tale of Chloe (voice of Drew Barrymore), a diamond-clad, bootie wearing pampered pooch who enjoys her luxurious lifestyle so much that she hardly notices Papi (voice of George Lopez), a neighbor dog who is head over paws in love with her. But when Chloe gets lost in Mexico with only a street-wise German Shepherd (voice of Andy Garcia) to help her find her way home, Papi heads south of the border – joining forces with a motley crew: three dogs (voiced by Placido Domingo, Luis Guzman and Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo), two humans (Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona), a sly rat (voice of Cheech Marin), and a nervous iguana (voice of Paul Rodriguez) – to rescue his true love.
by John Frost, Disney Blog

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October 3, 2008 Posted by | Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, Pet Events, pet fun, Pets | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment