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Chihuahuas head to Norfolk for new home for the holidays

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Posted at 7:16 AM, Dec 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-11 07:17:08-05
Photo credit: Norfolk SPCA

Photo credit: Norfolk SPCA

Norfolk, Va. – How would you like to adopt a Chihuahua this holiday season?

Pup My Ride, a program of Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles, helped a group of Chihuahuas get to the east coast last week so that animal caregivers could give them a chance at having a home for the holidays.

SPCA officials say Chihuahuas typically make up 30 percent or more of dogs in Southern California shelters, and are among the most euthanized. Last year, 15,951 Chihuahuas were impounded in Los Angeles city and county shelter systems, according to shelter agency figures. Last year, 6,326 of the dogs were adopted from shelters, while 5,619 were euthanized.

The Norfolk SPCA picked up the group from the Dulles airport. Some of dogs will be available for viewing on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Applications for adoption will be accepted at this time. The adoption fee for these special dogs is $225 each.

A portion of the adoption fee goes back into the Pup My Ride program to make it sustainable, and to help save more Chihuahuas from euthanasia by funding their travel to areas like Hampton Roads – where the demand is higher for small dogs.

The adoption event will be held Tuesday, December 11, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Norfolk SPCA. That’s located at 916 Ballentine Blvd.