I can’t say that I am a huge Chihuahua fan. I did see the movie “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” a few years ago but only because my kids wanted to see it. But this inspirational story was one I had to share.
This past year, California has seen an overwhelming number of Chihuahuas filling their shelters. They have become a well known breed since their appearance in feature films like “Beverly Hill Chihuahua” and “Legally Blonde” as well as commercials like Taco Bell. They are perceived as “purse dogs” and constant companions to many of the rich and famous. Puppy mills and backyard breeders have capitalized on an opportunity to make hundreds of dollars per dog. But the novelty has wore off, and whether owners didn’t know enough about the breed or were forced by the recession to abandon their pets the reality has meant that many of them have ended up in shelters.
Last year, Los Angeles shelters alone had taken in 4,700 Chihuahuas. An increase of 1,000 Chihuahuas over the previous year.
Many of these dogs were slated for euthanasia. The problem. Geography. Many east coast states have a bigger demand for smaller dogs but just didn’t have the supply. Enter Project Flying Chihuahua.
Through Project Flying Chihuahua, dogs were relocated to east coast states where they could be adopted. Teaming up with actress Katherine Heigl, Kinder4Rescue, Los Angeles Animal Services, American Airlines and Virgin America a large group of pups otherwise slated for euthanasia were relocate to east coast states where the Chihuahua ratio is in their favor.
With the love of East Coast families these small cuties will find loving homes on a new coast in 2010.