I came across another post asking for some help for dogs in need. The original post is here. Here's the gist of the problem in California right now:
California shelters are overrun with chihuahuas. According to this article from CBS news, “there are so many Chihuahuas at shelters in Oakland, they have started shipping the dogs out of state, said Megan Webb, director of Oakland Animal Services. Chihuahuas make up 30 percent or more of the dog populations at many California shelters. And experts say pop culture is to blame, with fans imitating Chihuahua-toting celebrities like Paris Hilton and Miley Cyrus, then abandoning the dogs. One of these California shelters’ biggest problems is a lack of money to fly the dogs to other states.”
They actually refer to it as the Paris Hilton syndrome. Yet another reason why I'm just not a fan. It's so sad to think of all those people who get these cute little guys and then realize that it's not a toy- you have to take care of them. Those of us with dogs understand the time and attention they need- even the little ones. It's not for everyone, but I enjoy it, and I know I get a lot out of having Loki around.
So if you know of anyone who's in California and looking for a small dog, or if you're going to be there and want to bring one home with you- and you're prepared for the responsibility of a dog- don't hesitate!