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If not for Hurricane Irene, dozens of Chihuahuas would be on planes from San Francisco to New York, where people are eager to adopt the tiny dogs. As it is, the dogs are on standby, but soon will have boarding passes for the ride of their lives.
Virgin America and the City of San Francisco Animal Care and Control are working to help improve the lives of these Chihuahuas; California has too many of the hairless ones, while they are in demand on the Eastern Seaboard. An "Operation: Chihuahua" airlift was scheduled for Aug. 30, but travel disruptions caused by Hurricane Irene and the subsequent number of stranded passengers meant the dogs have to wait until seats become available. But this is not an insurmountable problem: An airlift scheduled for December 2009 was postponed because of blizzards on the East Coast.
“We have a major overpopulation of Chihuahuas here in California,” said Rebecca Katz, director of the City of San Francisco Animal Care and Control. “Virgin America’s continued support in flying these little guys out to the East Coast over the last couple of years has helped us place them into loving homes that they couldn’t have found here.” Meet some of the four-legged travelers.
Virgin America, which maintains its home base in San Francisco, earns an A+ for its approach to No Chihuahua Left Behind: a red-carpet sendoff at the gate, with treats and plenty of toys for enjoyment before departure. The newly minted celebrities will be met at JFK by people from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which will work to place the high-fliers in loving homes.
Fans of these lucky Chihuahuas will be able to track their journey at www.facebook.com/virginamerica and www.twitter.com/virginamerica.
Interested in adopting one of these cuties (or one of their fellow boarders)? Check the City of San Francisco Animal Care and Control adoption center web page or the New York City ASPCA’s adoption web page. Not in San Francisco or New York? Contact your local Humane Society or Animal Control office.
Joanne Garrett is an editor and producer for Bing Travel.
I would gladly adopt one of these precious dogs. How do I do that?
I would too. They are adorable
Can someone give me information on adopting one of these dogs?
We adopted our chihuahua, Diego, while I was at a conference in San Diego in March of 2010. He was a little over a year when we got him and he has become the love of our lives. Gentle, sweet and a lap dog at heart he gives us joy each day he is with us. Who do we contact to adopt one of these little guys from SF. We are really considering a second to keep Diego company.
mee too--- how do i get the information to do so ?
I want to adopt on of the dogs, how do I do that? Can someone give me information?
I have two and they are def. what every family should have one. I do not run a puppy farm but I do know how to get my hands on them if needed. How do you reach me - email@example.com.
One excellent Chihuahua rescue organization is CRT (Chihuahua Rescue and Transport). They are online and have several adoption locations throughout the US.
My son his dog from a flea market.Some guy was walking around selling them for 150.00.He took one and now 'Henry', is so much part of the family.So sweet and loves kids.cats and other dogs although we have to protect himfrom them.Very health and will be nutered soon.That is important.Get one of these sweet dogs if your able.Good luck.
I would love to add one of thises litte cuties to my dog rescue threesome. I had Chihuahua growing up.
Please tell me who to contact .
contact the ASPCA - www.aspca.org/.../contact-us.aspx
How good. Not too often do we have a win-win situation.
Chihuahua's are amazing, loyal, devoted, loving and just plain adorable! I have Boo a while long haired, green eyes and pink nose and he is a total lap dog and follows me everywhere. He also has a min pen brother, german shepherd/beagle brother, australian shepherd/healer brother and a lab/greyhound mix sister - they all love each other and me. They love to socialize as well. Would have 5 chihuahua's if I could. :)
I have a seven year old chihuahua and love him dearly, but that being said, "sweet" does not factually describe his personality... Chihuahuas can be very aggressive (little guy complex) and may not make good "family" pets.. perspective adopter be ware..
We have two; a fawn colored and a black and tan from the same litter. They are very affectionate little guys. And, if anyone has asthma you may want to do some research on "asthma chihuahuas". It is interesting. To anyone who plans on adopting one of these little dogs, they are truly a nice addition to the family.
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