02 March 2011

Yo quiero Nueva York! Homeless Chihuahuas come to New York City

Some are calling it the Paris Hilton syndrome, while other are blaming overzealous breeders trying to capitalize on a trend, but whatever the reason the fact is that Chihuahuas are being dumped in California shelters in record numbers. The diminutive doggies now account for 30 percent of unwanted and abandoned canines in California shelters.

Now, with a program called Operation Chihuahua, a dozen of these lucky little pups are traveling from San Francisco in the hopes of finding loving homes in New York City with owners who may be more tolerant of their small and sassy natures.

The Chihuahua airlift is part of an ongoing effort by California animal control and welfare agencies to find homes for these unwanted animals that now outnumber pit bulls in shelters. Chihuahuas are in demand in New York City, where small living spaces require doggie downsizing.

“We’ve never really managed to satisfy the demand for small dogs here, so it makes sense,” said Gail Buchwald, senior vice-president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ adoptions center in New York.

Last year’s Operation Chihuahua was such a success that the ASPCA reported that there were lines around the block to adopt the purse size pups.

The dogs were outfitted with spiffy new coats and flew into New York yesterday. For more info on adopting one of the dogs contact the ASPCA at 212-876-7700 or online at ASPCA.org.

Robin Lawless | @robmlaw | email
Robin lives in New York City where she loves to check out all the vegan eateries. When she's not writing for TDIV, Robin enjoys taking dance lessons, reading, practicing yoga, hanging out with her cat Maggie, baking vegan treats, and volunteering at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Feel free to add Robin as a friend on Facebook.

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