More than 100 Chihuahuas from California have been brought to Connecticut and will soon be ready for adoption.
The Connecticut Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a no-kill shelter, and the PETCO Foundation teamed up to transport the 120 homeless Chihuahuas on Wednesday morning to Who’s Your Doggie Daycare at 100 Gulf Street in New Milford.
They will be cared for until they are made available for adoption July 14 to July 15.
The Associated Press reported that the state of California has been overrun with Chihuahuas because of pop culture.
Part of the problem is fans trying to imitate celebrities who carry the purse-size dogs and then abandoning them when they develop health problems, become possessive and aggressive and for other reasons, the AP reported.
Up to 30 percent of the dogs in California shelters are Chihuahuas and many of them have to be euthanized.
On the East Coast, however, the demand for these little dogs is high.
The “Flying Chihuahua” mission is transporting dogs, which will be rehabilitated, spayed or neutered, and vaccinated.
The adoption fee for a Chihuahua is set at $395 to cover these costs and provide each pet with microchipping and a health certificate. A portion of those fees also go to bringing more dogs here safely.
Adoptions will take place on July 14 and July 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at PETCO, located at 1401 Boston Post Road, Milford. For more information, call 203-445-9978.