JAMESTOWN - Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Chautauqua County Humane Society and a Chautauqua County native, dozens of purebred Chihuahuas will be making their way to the area in search of new homes.
The Chihuahuas began to arrive at the CCHS in the beginning of August and are put under medical surveillance until they are cleared for adoption.
"I have fond memories of my summers in Chautauqua County," said Marcy Christmas, who now works with the Ventura (Calif.) County Animal Service. "I had a Chihuahua as a child and care deeply for these animals. I know they can find good homes in Chautauqua County,"
CCHS volunteer Jill Patterson holds a carrier with one of the “Flying Chihuahuas.”
Christmas pioneered 'Project Flying Chihuahuas' to place California's number one euthanized dog in adoptive homes across the East Coast, especially in major cities. The Chihuahuas are either stray dogs, surrendered by their owners or rescued from abusive homes.
The travel expenses for the Chihuahuas to fly from LAX in Los Angeles to Cleveland are covered by Christmas. From there, CCHS volunteers transport them to the shelter and prepare them for adoption.
"Larger cities such as Jamestown have a high adoption rate for small dogs," said Sue Bobek, Humane Outreach Coordinator for CCHS. "When there is a high concentration of people in a small area, larger dogs are harder to adopt. Periodically, our shelter needs support adopting those animals, so we help other shelters when we can to return the favor," said Bobek.
The Chihuahuas are available for adoption now. Regular adoption rates apply. Visit www.spcapets.com or call 716-665-2209 to set up an appointment.